Dr. Marchese recalls if time-release medications are harmful to patients.
Well, some time-release medications are coated with a chemical called phthalates. Phthalates we typically think of as plastic water bottles and plastic Tupperware® or cling wrap or the plastic that’s on our cheeses in the store, but actually phthalates can be coating time-release medications, or what’s called enteric-coated medications.
And so, it is a caution because we know that phthalates have some estrogen-like properties and are linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer for example, and so it really comes down to a risk versus benefits scenario because if somebody has a health condition that they absolutely need a certain medication and it only comes in a time-release medication, obviously we don’t want to pull them off of that, but if there is an option to not use an enteric-coated time release medication, I would prefer that they find another option.
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Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator. She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and specialized in neurological and orthopedic conditions while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Marchese received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland Oregon in 2002. She completed a two-year postgraduate residency in Integrative Medicine and Womens Health and completed a six-month post-graduate training in Environmental Medicine. Dr. Marchese has been an adjunct faculty member at a post-graduate college since 2003 teaching in the areas of women's health and environmental medicine. She first taught at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and later at Life Chiropractic College. Currently, she is clinical supervisor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Marchese offers full laboratory services for diagnosis of disease and utilizes the naturopathic treatment modalities of: nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, chelation, cleansing, IV therapy, microcurrent, nutritional supplements, and natural bioidentical hormones. She utilizes an integrative model of health care and has a strong network of close relationships with practitioners of all disciplines. Dr. Marchese has served on the legislative committee for the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and currently is on the Board of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association.
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