Newsletter 04/17/18 – Sniff the Rubbing Alcohol but don’t Drink the Kool-Aid!

To My Patients and Friends,

Here’s a handy tool to pull from your home remedy kit the next time you’re stricken with a stomach bug.  A recent study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine confirms what emergency doctors have known for years: a few sniffs of a cotton ball or pad soaked with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol can provide significant relief from nausea.  Read the details here… and don’t neglect to notify your physician if you experience unexplained or prolonged bouts of nausea (and, of course, never ingest rubbing alcohol).

Another interesting study recently presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual conference provides convincing evidence that, contrary to popular belief (and industry messaging), artificial sweeteners can negatively impact our metabolic health, and in fact can increase our risk of developing diabetes.  So, my take-home message is that water or unsweetened beverages are your best bets for hydration or washing down those fruits and veggies.
Be well… and may your isopropyl alcohol forever stay in the bottle!