This week, the news is full of articles about a link between long-term, higher dosages of a class of drugs called anticholinergics (often used for hay fever, depression, and bladder control) and dementia. While it is not a cause and effect relationship, there does seem to be a correlation. Long-term use of medications is not always necessary. Acupuncture can be effective for conditions usually treated by medication, such as allergies, sleep disorders, and high cholesterol. Additional information is available at http://www.affinityacupuncture.com/conditions-treated/. While we do not recommend stopping medication without consulting with your doctor, we welcome you to contact us with questions to see if acupuncture may be an effective alternative for you. 

Here are links to just a few of the articles about the recent findings:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/common-allergy-depression-meds-may-increase-odds-of-dementia/

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/838788

http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=19546

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