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Dr. Horowitz
Dr. Steven M. Horowitz 
Village Chiropractic & Healing Arts Center 
Surprisingly Dangerous Medicines


I came across an article in Bottom Line Personal 
that highlighted some of the serious side effects of various medications (both prescribed AND over the counter).  As a complementary health care provider, I am obviously a proponent of using natural 
or holistic treatments whenever possible, but of 
course, there are times that medication is absolutely necessary, so some of the examples I'm giving below 
are not meant to scare you per say.  They are however, just a few of the many examples of possible side effects, and therefore should serve as a reminder to 
always follow the correct dosage 
and be open with your doctor if something just 
doesn't "feel right" when taking any medication.


Mineral oil, for example is an inexpensive and effective treatment for constipation, but it can sometimes cause lipoid pneumonia, a type of lung inflammation caused by inhaling an oil-based substance.  High doses of Rolaids or Tums (or any calcium carbonate antacids) can lead to hypercalcemia, elevated blood calcium, which can cause heart problems.  Commonly prescribed "water pills" (diuretic furosemide) can actually cause hearing loss when given in high doses (they're actually estimated to cause hearing loss in up to 100,000 patients a year!).  Diuretic Spironolactone (Aldactone) is used to reduce fluid retention in patients with heart, liver or kidney disease, as well as a treatment for hypertension, but it can sometimes cause a dangerous increase in blood potassium, which can cause a potentially deadly irregular heartbeat.

Meatless Meatballs 
Herbed Spaghetti Squash

Meatless Mondays!!!  Whether you're a meat eater or not, going vegetarian for even a few meals a week is really good for you!  Here's a great recipe I found on for meatless meatballs that anyone will love... And since we're using bread in the vegetarian meatballs, I suggest serving it over spaghetti squash to save on the carbohydrates in regular pasta!

INGREDIENTS (6 servings):
  • 1 pound stale country-style bread, crusts removed & cut into thick slices
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino OR parmigiano-reggiano
  • 1/2 bunch of Italian parsley, leaves chopped to yield 2 tablespoons
  • 1 bunch of basil leaves chopped
  • clove of garlic, thinly sliced
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 cup of olive oil

In a large bowl add the bread slices and milk.  Let sit until the bread is soaked through, then squeeze dry.  Crumble and tear the soaked bread into smaller pieces and process in the food processor, using quick pulses, to yield 4 cups of soaked crumbs.


Mix the crumbs in a bowl with the eggs, cheese, herbs and garlic, adding salt & pepper to taste.  Form into round balls about 2 inches in diameter.  Set aside on a rack or plate to dry for about 15 to 20 minutes.


In a saucepan or deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil to frying temperature, about 360 degrees F, and fry the bread balls until brown on all sides.  Remove the balls as they brown and drain on a rack covered with paper towels.




INGREDIENTS (4 servings):

  • 1 (3 1/4-pound) spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pierce squash several times with the tip of a sharp knife. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds and membrane with a spoon.


Place squash halves in a baking dish (squash halves will overlap) and add 1/2 cup of water.  Cover with plastic wrap and vent.  Microwave on high for 10 minutes or until tender.  Using a fork, remove spaghetti-like strands and place in a large bowl.  Add olive oil and remaining ingredients and toss well.


Serve "meatballs" over spaghetti squash 

and smother in tomato sauce!!!



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Yours in health,

Dr. Steven M. Horowitz 
Village Chiropractic & Healing Arts Center