1014 Cases, self-reported
LEXINGTON, KY – Blue Lotus Health’s Shifu Ramon Careaga, BSEE, MSTOM, LAc., has completed initial analysis of five years of patient self-reported data. Recording age, height (when provided), number of meds and supplements taken, and number of complaints+historical complaints, the following graphs, which will be put into a research paper later this year, were acquired. Below is also a video about these results.
The initial hypothesis, based on clinical observations, would be a linear or even geometric relationship between the increase of meds, and supplements, and the reporting of signs and symptoms as complaints and history. Despite teh fact that people frequently leave out certain information, after 1014 cases, a reliable pattern did emerge. It can be summarized as follows:
- There is a spike in symptoms and complaints at both 7 medications and 7 supplements, with supplements being the higher spike, but both averaging 19.5 complaints. In aggregate the spike occurred at 8 meds+supplements. (see Figures 1-3)
- A clear linear trendline emerges in both cases, and in aggregate (see Figure 4).
- This trendline cannot be found in cases where the sample size was too small (at higher numbers). See Sample size in Figure 5.
- In medications+supplements aggregated, there was another unexpected exponential rise in complaints.
- The geometric relationship overall was not exponential but natural logarithmic, and after 14 meds+supplements, no benefit nor increase in complaints could be ascertained, without a larger sample size.
- Very few patients were willing to admit to taking such inordinate amounts of medications and supplements, but it is speculated that many people omitted such data out of neglect, embarrassment, or forgetfulness.
The study perhaps could use 10,000 samples, and may warrant replication by other clinics, over larger sample sizes.
In conclusion it must be said that although people take more meds and supplements because they have more complaints, they should be advised to stay under 7 of each or 8 of the two; and definitely under 12 where a critical new level of discomfort and almost tragic life condition emerges. If a person is in this category they should not consider adding more but finding a way to take less, as there is almost no benefit to an increased number of meds taken. See Figure 6.
Sample size info in pie chart form is found in Figures 7 –