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Are you going to take that?? Capt Wendi Dick Flight Surgeon, 363 EARS Ext 7600 1Lt Nereyda Sevilla Aerospace Physiologist Ext 7049.

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1 Are you going to take that?? Capt Wendi Dick Flight Surgeon, 363 EARS Ext Lt Nereyda Sevilla Aerospace Physiologist Ext 7049

2 Human Trend (2000 B.C….Here, eat this root. (1000 A.D….Roots are heathen. Say this prayer. (1850 A.D….Prayer is superstition. Drink this potion. (1940 A.D….That potion is snake oil. Swallow this pill.

3 What have we come to? (1985 A.D….That pill is ineffective. Take this antibiotic. (2000 A.D….That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root

4 USAF Policy AFI does not prohibit the use of dietary supplements except –anabolic steroids –hemp oil –Nutriva bars Aircrew must report use to Flight Surgeon 24 hour DNIF after last dose of many substances

5 But is it a Safety Concern? No pharmaceutical testing or safety requirement Anecdotal reports of aviator use Behavioral Changes –unknown SA & SD effects Cardiovascular effects –Lower G tolerance

6 What can I take? OTC Medications Skin antiseptics Topical antifungals 1% hydrocortisone cream Single doses of aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen for minor aches and pains Antacids Pepto Bismol Hemorroidal suppositories Nasal sprays

7 There’s More!! Vitamins and Minerals –Stay below 100% DV and Tolerable UL –Look for “USP” Amino Acids (creatine) –Get a good diet instead –Hydration key

8 Avoid Hallucinogens (Hallucination or SD) –California poppy –Kava-kava –Magic mushrooms –Nutmeg –Periwinkle –Thorn Apple

9 Avoid Sedatives (drowsiness, slow reaction time, SD) –Valerian Root –Snakeroot –Deadly Nightshade –Hemlock –Opium Poppy –Passion Flower –Jimson Weed

10 Avoid Cardiovascular Effects (Palpitations, MI) –Ephedra –Broom –Indian Snakeroot –White Squill –Yellow Foxglove

11 Avoid Liver Poisons (besides the alcohol) –Borage –Chaparral –Comfrey –Germander –Life root –Thread leafed groundsel

12 Specific Questions on what you are taking ask the FS or physiologist!


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