Against the Grain with Dr. Chad Edwards | Oklahoma Prolotherapy | Podcast 5 – Part 1
Chad: This is Dr. Chad Edwards, and you are listening to podcast number five of Against the Grain.
Speaker 2: Welcome to Against the Grain podcast with Dr. Chad Edwards, where he challenges the status quo when it comes to medicine. We get into hot topics in the medical field with real stories from real patients to help you on your way to a healthy lifestyle. Get ready, because we’re about to go against the grain.
Brian: This is Brian Wilkes here, with Dr. Chad Edwards. Chad, how are you doing today?
Chad: Man, I am excited to be in flu season and talk about some awesome topics.
Brian: Flu season. By default, half your listeners aren’t listening, right? They have the flu.
Chad: Well, maybe because they’re home from work they have nothing better to do than listen to me ramble on about a bunch of stuff.
Brian: Yeah, there’s that. There’s that. Our topic of our podcast today is I have the flu, now I need … Do I say Tamiflu, like the woman’s name?
Chad: You can.
Chad: I think most people would say Tamiflu.
Brian: Tamiflu. It kind of reads Tammy-flu.
Chad: To be brand non-specific, also tamivir.
Brian: It does read Tami-flu, interesting. There’s that. We have some sponsors that keep the lights on around here, Revolution Health and Wellness Clinic … Dr. Chad Edwards Clinic. Tell us a little bit about your clinic, Chad.
Chad: Functional Medicine Clinic, Tulsa’s Premier Functional Medicine Clinic. We look for the underlying cause of illness and disease, and we will use any tool that has the potential to help someone and not harm them to get them better. Lots of IV nutrition, bio-identical hormones, comprehensive lab testing, looking at the overall health picture, doing whatever we can. We also do prolotherapy, stem cell, PRP or platelet-rich plasma therapy for sports injuries, athletes, musculoskeletal pain. Great stuff. Give us a call at 918-935-3636, or visit our website at revolutionhealth.org. Come in and see us.
Brian: You never say this when I ask you about your clinic, but one of the things I like best about it is there’s not a long waiting game.
Chad: Excuse me. Not a long waiting game to get an appointment, not a long waiting game [crosstalk 00:02:12]
Brian: Both. Just really great service.
Chad: I will say this. Sometimes we’re running a little bit behind, but it’s because we’re focused on each patient individually, one at a time. I wouldn’t make a 9:00 appointment thinking you’re going to get in right at 9:00, because sometimes that doesn’t happen. We are going to take care of you in the best way that we can. We’ve got an amazing staff. I feel so blessed to have the people that we have.
Brian: I get in right away every time. Really, seriously. You probably feel bad because you don’t pay me to do this podcast, so get Brian right in, right?
Brian: There you go. Our next sponsor is Upper Cervical Health Centers. Upper Cervical is not your typical chiropractic office. They’re different in that they never jerk, twist, snap, or crack your spine. They actually do an overall holistic evaluation of your health and, since you’re seeing the note, their patients report an improvement of over 75% in their own health. Their number is 918-742-2300, or you can go to their website at uppercervicaltulsa.com\newyou.
Tamiflu, Chad. Let’s talk about it. What is it?
Chad: Let’s talk about Tamiflu.
Brian: Let’s talk about Tamiflu.
Chad: I used to do a lot of emergency medicine. I used to work in urgent cares and things like that, and I would get patients that would come in and both … You know, at the time, I was much more traditional in my approach to medicine, and then I’ve got the patients on the other side. They’ve got the flu.
Brian: Pretty focused young doctor doing it by the book.
Chad: Exactly. I’ve got to help these people. I’ve got to give them their pill. You get somebody that has the flu, what are you going to do? You give them the anti-flu drug. There’s some older ones, amantadine, and there are some older anti-viral medications. The Tamiflu is what we’re going to focus on. Relenza is another anti-viral that’s been shown to have some effect, but most of the marketing stuff has been on Tamiflu.
Brian: Tamiflu, for the people that don’t know it, and I imagine most do, they’ve heard it on the news. It is a controversial subject, but it said if I get the flu … If I have the flu, Chad, I take Tamiflu and it reduces the symptoms, is the claim.
Chad: That’s an interesting point. Let’s talk about a couple of things. The first one is yes, the thought is that Tamiflu is going to make you better. What’s actually been shown in the studies … Tamiflu is developed by Roche, R-O-C-H-E. That’s the drug manufacturer that developed it. They did some studies and there’s some controversy around that, and we’ll talk about that after we get through some of this stuff, because that’s going to be a part of the against the grain stuff that we’ll discuss. According to their package insert … Their package insert is the safety information, who should get it, the prescribing information, how do you prescribe it, warnings, indications, contraindications, all those things. According to their package insert … Excuse me, I’ve got this cough.
Brian: You need a Tamiflu. Get him a Tamiflu right now. Marshall, can we get a Tamiflu in here?
Chad: According to their studies, they break up their results based on the studies that were done into age groups. They’ve got two weeks to one year. There are two studies that were performed. They’ve one to 12 years old, and they’ve got 13 years and up, and then they’ve got geriatric patients. I believe those were over the age of 65, I believe, but I don’t remember that. According to the package insert … Two weeks to one year, again, like I said, there’s two studies. The quote in that … And remember, Tamiflu … Let me start with the beginning.
Tamiflu, according to their statement, is indicated for the treatment of acute uncomplicated illness due to influenza infection in patients two weeks of age or older who have been symptomatic for no more than two days. When we look at two weeks to one year, because remember this is indicated for two weeks of age and older … In the two studies that they performed, these clinical trials were not designed to evaluate clinical efficacy or virologic response. In other words, we don’t know that it works on two weeks to a year. We have no studies proving that it works, and that was [crosstalk 00:06:28]