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September 18, 2022
Nutrient Drug Depletion –
A safe and effective way to reduce drug side effects and increase sales!

When I worked with Purity Life, early 2000, I met Ross Pelton who wrote the book Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook.

Ross was a pharmacist who understood prescription and OTC drug have side effects which in many cases can be reduced or reversed.

As a young retailer early 80’s, with a small chain of supplement stores we would use the Vitamin Bible by Earl Mindell, a pharmacist, who had good suggestions to offset the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

It is not about suggesting customers stop using their drugs, not at all, the idea is to educate them that there are ways to avoid, what in some cases are serious side effects, by following simple guidelines to replace the nutrients various drugs deplete from the body.

As boomers age there will be an increase in drug use, which is generally up to 4-5 drugs a day, yet they have no understanding, consideration or idea, of the drug interactions caused by their drugs, or of ways to offset/reduce the side effects.

I suggest, as retailers, to take the time to study drug depletion, and how the foods and supplements you sell, have a tremendous potential to assist your customers to have fewer side effects, and live a healthier, happier life.

Two of the nutrient depletions that Pelton is most concerned about regarding women taking oral contraceptives are vitamin B6 and tyrosine

“Vitamin B6 is required for the production of serotonin,” he says. “Serotonin gets converted to melatonin, which is why a B6 deficiency may lead to sleep problems. R Pelton
Ross Pelton
Earl Mindell
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  • 5 million older adults saw their doctor or were hospitalized for drug reactions in 2018
  • 42 percent of older adults take five or more prescription medications there was a 200 percent rise in polypharmacy over a 20-year period
  • $62 billion was spent on unnecessary hospitalizations over 10 years estimates are that there will be 150,000 premature deaths in 10 years as a result of adverse drug events
  • According to their figures, the numbers of children aged birth to 1 year old on these types of medications were:
  • 249,669 on antianxiety drugs (such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan)
  • 26,406 on antidepressants (such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil)
  • 1,422 on ADHD drugs (such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta)
  • 654 on antipsychotics (such as Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa)
  • In the 2- to 3-year-old age group, the commission found 318,997 were on antianxiety drugs; 46,102 were on antidepressants; and 3,760 were on antipsychotics.
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CoQ10 for Children’s Migraines
From the Natural Path Newsletter        
by Linda Woolven M.H., R.Ac & Ted Snider
If you’re in severe pain, your head is throbbing, you’re sick to your stomach and every light and sound bothers you, you are one of the one billion people worldwide who suffers from migraine. Migraine is unbelievably common. It is the third most prevalent illness in the world, affecting 12%-22% of the U.S. population and at least 8.3% of people in Canada. 91% of them can’t function normally during their attacks and frequently miss work. 

Crueler still is that migraine is the most common type of headache in children. 10% of kids between 5 and 15 suffer from migraines. For many of them, their quality of life is severely impacted. 

The antidepressant drug amitriptyline is one of the most prescribed treatments for migraine, including in children. However, it has several side effects. An equally effective but safer alternative would be a game changer for kids with migraine. 

One such alternative is CoQ10. Normally thought of more as a heart nutrient, this just published study shows that CoQ10 is a promising alternative to amitriptyline (Adv Biomed Res. 2022 11:43). 

Several studies, including a recent meta-analysis (Nutr Neurosci 2019 6:1-8), have shown that CoQ10 reduces the frequency of migraines. 

Other recent studies have shown that CoQ10 can reduce, not only the frequency, but the severity and duration of migraine headaches in adults (J Headache Pain. 2015;16:A186; Nutr Neurosci. 2019;22:607–15). 

Studies in children have been scarcer. One study found that giving CoQ10 to kids who are deficient in CoQ10 reduced the frequency of migraines (Headache. 2007;47:73–80). 

This new study compared CoQ10 to amitriptyline and looked at, not just frequency, but duration and severity of headaches. It included 72 children between the ages of 5 and 15 who suffered from migraines. The dose of CoQ10 was 30mg for children under 30kg and 60mg for children over 30kg. The kids were all followed for 3 months. 

For each of frequency, duration and severity, both treatments led to significant improvement. In each case, the amitriptyline worked faster, but in each case in the second and third months the two treatments were equally effective, meaning that CoQ10 is equally as effective as amitriptyline for the long term control of migraines in children. 

CoQ10 was also equally effective at improving quality of life. 

So, CoQ10 and amitriptyline are equally effective at long term management of migraine in children. Amitriptyline has the advantage of working a little faster. But CoQ10 has the important advantage of being safer. The use of amitriptyline in kids is limited by its side effects, including drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, increased appetite and arrhythmia. In this study, there were “more unwanted effects” in the amitriptyline group, which is in line with the general safety of CoQ10. 

The researcher conclude their study by saying that CoQ10 has “comparable therapeutic effects” and “fewer side effects” than amitriptyline, making it a good choice for prevention of migraine headaches.
To Increase Your Sales by Educating Your Customers, Start Giving The Natural Path Newsletter to Your Customers Today! 

The Natural Path is a natural health newsletter specifically designed to help Canadian health food stores increase their sales by educating their customers. The Natural Path contains no advertising and never mentions a brand name.

Contact Ted Snider at or at 416.782.8211.

For comprehensive natural help with your health, make an appointment to see Linda Woolven now. Linda’s clinic is now open for virtual appointments. Linda is a master herbalist, acupuncturist, reiki practitioner and solution-focused counsellor with a practice in Toronto. 

Linda is also an artist whose paintings hang in galleries and private collections across North America. You can see some of her painting here.
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