In this health video you will learn to know if you are getting the correct dose of your prescriptions.
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Mr. Lyle Hurd: Dr. Cass, I don’t take drugs unless I really have to. I don’t recommend people take drugs. I have noticed that when you take drugs, there is pills of certain size and it says take four of this a day, are all drugs, do you take the same amount, the same dosage, the same number of milligrams for everyone whether it’s a little kid or whether it’s an old woman or whether if somebody who is college athlete? Dr. Hyla Cass: That’s a very good question, now officially when you look up drugs in the physician’s desk reference in the PDR, it really does say you’re doing it for five milligrams per kilogram, but when you really get down to dosing, doctors just don’t dose that way. So for example, Prozac is a very good example. Most people are given 20 milligrams to start with. Now the research, the original research done by the company that developed Prozac had people getting good results on five milligrams, and 10 mg. So why did they come up with a 20 mg? They came up with a 20 mg because there was a certain percentage of their population, the test population that needed to go up to 20. So rather than tailor it for each one, just put out the 20 mg because that way you’re going to get everyone underneath it as well. Unfortunately, you’re going to up the side effects as well. So you’re giving, particularly women, women need much lower doses of a lot of drugs, because women’s —pharmacokinetics in women are different. The way drugs act in the body. We have more fat than men, other is the different distribution of water in the body and so also the hormones are also affecting drug effects. So women really do require lower dosed and myself as a Psychiatrist, I’ll see patients on the SSRI’s on really too high a dose and Prozac for example which was the first and the most popular SSRI, I would end up having someone say on 5mg doing much better than they did on 20. Because on 20 they where being overdosed. Dr. Jay Cone wrote a nice book called “Over DosMr. Lyle Hurd: Dr. Gilbere. Dr. Gloria Gilbere: Yes sir. Mr. Lyle Hurd: I understand we are going to revisit the toxicity inside of your house, which you’ve already pretty much shocked us a little bit with, talking about or bedroom. Now what I’d like you to talk about is a couple of things, one is, wall boards, I’d like you to talk about the flooring, I’d like you to talk about insulation, and then I’d also like to talk, have you talk about the products that we wash our clothes in and what impact those may have on the individual and the family. Dr. Gloria Gilbere: On the individual, and the family, and it’s not just in our homes Lyle, remember that it also carries over into our offices because it’s the environments where you spend most of the time, so that’s in most cases that our office and our home. If somebody is commuting six hours a day, three hours to and from which I have some patients that do, then you have to also include the car in that, the automobile that you’re actually in. So when you’re talking about the home; number one in my opinion we did a huge service to everyone by making it popular to start putting carpeting over our beautiful wood floors, remember, I mean I was raised in the 40s 50s and 60s with hardwood floors, and then everybody started putting this big long shag carpet, and then we went to all types of carpeting. From then that we where covering this beautiful wood floors. Now the trend is to go back to hardwood floors, sometimes they’re refinished, but that’s ok and I’ll explain why in a moment. But the main thing is that you’ve got not only my old friend dusty that we’ve talked about early that’s the dust mite, and you noticed how cute his fangs are and there is millions of them in our pillows, but you also have that in the carpeting. Can you imagine how many of these little critters are in a piece of carpeting, because I don’t care how good your vacuum cleaner is, and I only use HEPA filter vacuum cleaner in my home and my office. It doesn’t matter, you’re