Americans deserve a more transparent, accountable system where cutting-edge medicine is delivered to doorsteps across the country at reasonable rates.
Medicine has come a long way in 5,000 years of recorded history, but progress has hardly been even and neat. Health care and the public policy that shapes it are often more of a zig-zag toward progress than a straightly paved road. Continue reading
Today, children are being diagnosed with, and often medicated for, ADHD at an astonishing rate.
Childhood exuberance is now a liability. Behaviors that were once accepted as normal, even if mildly irritating to adults, are increasingly viewed as unacceptable and cause for medical intervention. High energy, lack of impulse control, inability to sit still and listen, lack of organizational skills, fidgeting, talking incessantly—these typical childhood qualities were widely tolerated until relatively recently. Today, children with these characteristics are being diagnosed with, and often medicated for, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at an astonishing rate. Continue reading
Your chances of being prescribed opioids for a minor injury like an ankle sprain could vary widely depending on where you live, a new study has found
Researchers say that patients seeking medical care were on average three times more likely to be given opioids in ‘high-prescribing states’ like Georgia and Nebraska than in ‘low-prescribing states’ like West Virginia and Michigan.
The variation increased to 10 times more likely between Arkansas, where the most amount of patients were given opioids, and North Dakota, where the least amount were. Continue reading
6 conditions are often treated with these drugs but shouldn’t be
Every year doctors prescribe millions of antibiotics. But about one-third of the antibiotics prescribed in doctors’ offices are unnecessary, according to a report released earlier this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unless an infection is caused by bacteria – which is usually not the case – the drugs will have no effect. Continue reading
The industry wants to put in a dent in your wallet to line theirs
The pharmaceutical industry, as usual, is doing whatever it can to profit off the suffering of Americans. Recent filings show ‘Big Pharma’ spent a record amount of money on lobbying in 2018. While you and your family are struggling to figure out how to pay for prescriptions, pharmaceutical companies are trying to figure out how to dig an even deeper hole in your wallet to make theirs fatter. Continue reading
New report on the opioid epidemic also found that most fatal overdoses were the result of more than one drug
According to a new study, starting in 2013, fentanyl use increased 113 percent per year. ~ Drew Angerer/Getty Images
A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) assessing overdose deaths from 2011 to 2016 offers further evidence of fentanyl’s impact on the ever-worsening opioid crisis. The report also emphasizes what public health experts have been saying for years — that most people who suffer fatal overdoses have more than one drug in their system. Continue reading
Clinical depression, mental illness and disorder or bad health services concept. Sad smiley face made from pills, medicine and tablets on wooden table. Dissatisfied and unhappy icon.
A news article published in 2017 reported that, according to the latest data, a staggering 12.7 percent of all US citizens over the age of 12 were taking antidepressants. Thrive Global, who reported these figures, stated that:
For many, antidepressants have been a long-term course of medication: 68 percent of people in the most recent survey said they’d been taking them for two or more years, and 25 percent had been taking them for more than a decade.”
In reality, more children are being prescribed these drugs than the public are aware of. Continue reading
It’s not breaking news that too much sugar in your diet can lead to serious health concerns such as diabetes and obesity. In fact, there have been lots of questions regarding sugar’s relationship to cancer. We know that sugar consumption can impact our insulin levels which, in turn, can lead to chronic disease but… does too much sugar directly cause cancer? Continue reading
Drug overdose deaths in the US are estimated to have been around 59,000 in 2016 and addiction is on the rise. But drug addiction and deaths have always been a part of our history – on the Mayflower, the doctor carried a kit with an early form of laudanum. Cocaine, heroin, opium, alcohol, marijuana . . . our grandparents used all of these to cure their illnesses – often unknowingly. Addiction isn’t new: patent medicines weren’t usually patented (no one wanted to share the ingredients) – and they weren’t regulated, either.
The FDA was formed in 1906 but it was years before true regulation took place. From the 1800’s through the 1930’s, patent medicines were sold to cure everything from baldness to serious diseases. Some “cures” were harmless sugar water and some were strong drugs. Laudanum, for instance (which included opium, alcohol, and morphine), was used to relieve coughing, diarrhea, and general pain. Continue reading
FDA committee votes to approve opioid tablet 1,000 times stronger than morphine – but even the group’s own chair warns ‘it will cause death’
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to approve a new opioid that is up to 1,000 times more powerful than morphine.
Though its advisory panel has given the agency the green light, many doctors are outraged and one group has published a letter – penned by the advisory committee’s own chairman, who did not take part in the vote – urging the FDA to stop the approval process short. Continue reading
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is ubiquitous in the American classroom, there’s little debate about that. According to CDC statistics from 2012, 11 percent of children between the ages of four and 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD at some point. With over six million kids diagnosed, it’s hard not to wonder: Is this condition even a real problem? Continue reading
If you disagree with your doctor regarding the medical treatment of your children, they can be taken away from you, put in a foster home, and you can be arrested for endangering the health and welfare of your child. There are many people jailed every year, put there for disagreeing with medical doctors and their policies. In order to break free from the clutches of organized medical crime, pharmaceutical drug cartels and the monstrous insurance companies, we must all work to reform the unconstitutional laws that monopolize health care. Continue reading
In a 1960 pre-employment physical at L.A. City Schools offices a lady doctor said my blood pressure “Is too high for employment!” She had me sit quietly for a while, reread it and I passed. She told me it was “White coat hypertension and male reaction to a female doctor.” I admit her probing upset me. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall for a thyroid medication made by a Chinese manufacturer because of potential problems with an ingredient.
In the Aug. 9 statement, the FDA said Levothyroxine and Liothyronine 15 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg, 90 mg, and 120 mg thyroid tablets are being recalled as a precaution. Continue reading
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall of drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.
The FDA joins 22 other countries in recalling several drugs, reported Fox News. All of the drugs include the active ingredient valsartan.
Tests showed that there was N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the recalled products. The FDA reported that NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. Continue reading