- Lesson 1 | GI, GU, & Immune Part 1 2h 00min
- Lesson 2 | Cardiovascular System & Diabetes 2h 00min
- Lesson 3 | Nervous System Part 1 & Immune System Part 2 2h 00min
- Lesson 4 | Respiratory 1h 45min
- Lesson 5 | Nervous System Part 2 & Immune System Part 2 2h 00min
Diseases of the Drugs: Organ Systems
Dr. Christie Fleetwood is at it again with more Diseases of the Drugs! Using the combined lists of the Top 100 Most Prescribed and Top 100 in Sales, this five-part series focuses on essential pharmaceutical agents in the evolution of diseases.
Lesson 1 focuses on drugs affecting the gastrointestinal system, the genito-urinary system, and the immune system. Looking at the drugs used for GERD, IBS, IBD, ED, BPH, urinary incontinence, and antibiotics, we’ll find out what can go wrong and why. Direct and indirect effects of the drugs (from the mechanisms of action), primary and secondary effects (from the body compensating or responding to the drugs), nutritional deficits caused by the drugs and other considerations (financial, emotional, dis/empowerment to the patient) will be investigated through the lens of a pharmacist-turned-naturopath.
Lesson 2 of the series looks at the cardiovascular system–specifically, those used for hypertension, dyslipidemia, Type II Diabetes, clotting disorders, and arrhythmias)–and the radically clear link between diseases and the drugs that caused them.
Lesson 3 will investigate the nervous system, especially drugs used for ADHD, sleep, dementia, MS, chronic pain, smoking cessation, and the immune system, particularly immunomodulators used for MS and chronic pain.
Lesson 4 of the series looks at the respiratory system, and sheds light on drugs used to manage allergies, asthma, COPD, and infections specific to the lungs.
Lesson 5, the last in the series, explore pharmaceutical that affect the nervous system–drugs used for depression, anxiety, epilepsy, psychosis, bipolar–and the immune system (immune suppressants used specifically for autoimmune diseases). This piece is focused on the ethics surrounding the use of these particular agents, as they put the patient’s very life at risk.
As naturopathic doctors, we have so many more tools from which to choose than potentially dangerous pharmaceutical agents. Let’s make sure we know the full risks of each of them before using them in the care of our patients.
- Be able to predict possible adverse events based on mechanism of action, nutrient depletions, black box warnings, listed warnings and precautions and/or published adverse events
- Know the meaning of iatrogenesis
- Better understand the Law of Dual Effect and its application in medicine
- Think about the complex patient in a deeper, more “root-cause/treat-the-whole-person” kind of way
- Be prepared for next year’s series in de-prescribing!
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, in 1988. After practicing as a retail pharmacist in the greater Richmond area for a decade, I attended Bastyr University, earning a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2004. Because of my unique education and training, I understand both conventional medicine as well as natural forms of healing. And because I’ve been asked to teach on pharmacology/pharmacy related topics to my beloved naturopathic profession, I study them constantly, going deeper into the intricacies and nuances of the agents and uncovering some astonishing information that I think YOU (and your patients/clients) would benefit from knowing!
--Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
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