Neurosurgeon, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s View on Cannabis – Medical Marijuana…

marijuana sphereIn early 2009  neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta said he “would vote no on pot.”  Dr. Gupta’s dismissal of medical marijuana was eye-opening because, as I noted, he was“brilliant, telegenic, a neurosurgeon, had huge recognition and an is excellent communicator.” Now, lets forward 4 1/2 years and Sanjay Gupta’s views have come around 180 degrees. Incredibly, he now says, “Well, I am here to apologize. I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA, listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof.”

Sanjay now knows, after long investigation, that “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”  He pretty much calls out the DEA as the liars that they are.  One may question why such a brilliant man could have ever believed DEA lies, but the important thing now is that he knows better, and is communicating the truth in a CNN documentary. It would have been more appropriately called a documentary on Cannabis, rather than Weed,  the term preferred by cops. But for now, truth wins out as Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks out.

As far as the creditably of Dr. Gupta, it should be mentioned that he was appointed as the “Surgeon General of the United States” but declined the offer.

I have had a chance to view Sanjay’s full video report as it appeared on CNN which is available HERE. You will learn the current studies that are present pertaining to the healing properties of CBD (cannabidiol) which will astound you as it did me in learning there is more to it than just “getting high”. So set aside some time to watch this 40 minute video!

As a Natural Healthcare Provider for over 30 yrs., I was Shocked to view what I thought, along with most of you, that Cannabis/marijuana was only good for that “euphoric high”… Wow was I amazed to see what’s been uncovered in this CNN Documentary; as most of you know I am very well grounded in my belief of the natural approach to healthcare… But this Herb known as Hemp has made me think!

How To Make Healthy Choices With Fast Food…

junkfood_2Eating healthy at a fast food restaurant is difficult, but not impossible.
Try some of these tips to keep your diet healthier and lower in fatIf it is the only choice you have for lunch, choose  Healthier meals the rest of the day. The thing we need to avoid at all cost is that meal that is high in Fat and Sodium. Below are some helpful tips to follow if the need arises to eat fast food and keep it for lunch and NOT Dinner:

  • Order orange juice or milk instead of soda to boost the vitamin and mineral content of your meal.
  • If you are going to order a soda, order a small soda. It has about 150 fewer calories than the large one.
  • When out for pizza with your friends, order a salad and enjoy it before the pizza comes. This will help to curb your appetite and start your metabolism to burn rather than store it as fat.
  • Ask for sandwiches without special sauce, cheese, dressing, or mayonnaise and eliminate the bun.
  • Choose the relatively healthier and lower fat items highlighted in bold print in charts below
  • Order your salads with the dressing on the side.
  • Try ordering something grilled, baked, or roasted not fried.  Instead of chicken nuggets try a grilled chicken sandwich without the bun.
  • Order regular portion sizes instead of the jumbo sizes that are now common at most fast food restaurants.
  • Share an entrée with a friend when going to a restaurant.
  • Try a bake potato instead of french fries. Skip the butter and sour cream. Try BBQ sauce instead.
  • Have Frozen Yogurt instead of Ice Cream

Check out the number of calories, fat, and sodium of your favorite meals at these fast food restaurants:
Arby’s, Burger King,  KFC, Mc Donald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s

Items in BOLD print contain less than 30% of calories from fat:

ARBY’S ITEMs

CALORIES

FAT

SODIUM

Junior Roast Beef

310

13

740

Super Roast Beef

470

23

1130

Chicken Breast Fillet

540

30

1160

Roast Chicken Club

520

28

1440

French Dip

440

18

1680

Turkey Club Salad

350

21

920

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (no drsg.)

230

8

920

Light Grilled Chicken

280

5

1170

Light Roast Turkey

260

5

980

Grilled Chicken Salad

210

5

800

Curly Fries (Med)

400

20

990

Homestyle Fries Child’s

220

10

430

 

BURGER KING ITEMS

CALORIES

FAT

SODIUM

Whopper w/o mayo

530

22

840

Whopper w/ Cheese

780

47

1390

Hamburger

320

14

530

BK Big Fish

710

38

1200

Chicken Club Sandwich

740

44

1530

BK Broiler w/o mayo

390

8

1010

Chicken Tenders (8pc)

340

19

840

French Fries-Sm. (no salt)

230

11

240

Onion Rings-Med.

320

16

460

Croissan’wich w/ Sausage, Egg, Cheese

500

36

1020

Cini-Mini (No Icing)

440

23

710

French Toast Sticks

390

20

440

 

KFC ITEMS

CALORIES

FAT

SODIUM

Original Wing w/Skin

140

10

414

Ex. Crispy Breast w/Skin

470

28

874

“ “ Breast w/o skin*

344

14

797

Original Thigh w/ Skin

250

18

747

Original Thigh w/o Skin*

196

12

312

Roast Chicken Sandwich w/ No Sauce

270

5

690

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

310

6

560

Corn on the Cob

150

2

20

Mash Potato w/ Gravy

120

6

440

* Estimated  

 

PIZZA HUT ITEMS

CALORIES

FAT

SODIUM

Info. for 1 med. slice:
Thin ‘N Crispy
Cheese

200

9

590

Sausage

290

17

800

Ham

170

7

610

Veggie Lover’s

190

7

520

Pan Pizza
Chicken Supreme

270

12

580

Meat Lover’s

360

21

840

Veggie Lover’s

270

12

510

Personal Pan
Info. for each pizza:
Cheese

630

28

1370

Pepperoni

620

28

1430

Sausage

740

39

1640

Spaghetti w/Marinara

490

6

730

Spaghetti w/ Meatballs

850

24

1120

Hot Buffalo Wings (4)

210

12

900

Garlic Bread (1 sl.)

150

8

240

Bread Stick/1 serv.

130

4

170

 

MC DONALD’S ITEMS

CALORIES

FAT

SODIUM

Hamburger

280

10

590

Cheeseburger

330

14

830

Quarter Pounder w/Cheese

530

30

1310

Big Mac

590

34

1090

Fillet-of-Fish

470

26

890

Chicken McGrill Deluxe w/o mayo

340

7

890

Chicken McNugs (6)

290

17

540

French Fries (Sm.)

210

10

135

French Fries (Super)

610

29

390

Garden Salad

100

6

120

Grilled Chicken Salad

100

3

240

Fat-free Herb Dressing

35

0

260

Ranch

170

18

460

Egg McMuffin

290

12

790

Sausage Biscuit/egg

490

33

1010

Hash Browns

130

8

330

Hotcakes Plain

340

8

630

Hotcakes w/Margarine & Syrup

600

17

770

Lowfat Apple Muffin

300

3

380

Vanilla Cone

150

5

75

Hot Fudge Sundae

340

12

170

Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait

380

5

240

Baked Apple Pie

260

13

200

McDonaldland Cookies

230

8

250

Vanilla Shake (Small)

360

9

250

1% Lowfat Milk

100

3

115

Orange Juice

80

0

20

 

WENDY’S ITEMS

CALORIES

FAT

SODIUM

Classic Single

410

19

920

Big Bacon Classic

580

30

1460

Jr. Hamburger

270

9

620

Grilled Chicken

300

7

740

Chicken Club

470

20

940

Fries-Medium

420

20

130

Fries-Great Biggie

570

27

180

Baked Potato-Plain

310

0

25

Baked Potato-Bacon & Cheese

530

17

820

Chili-Small

210

7

800

Chili-Large

310

10

1190

Chicken Nuggets (5)

230

16

470

Caesar Side Salad

110

5

380

Grilled Chicken Salad

200

7

780

Taco Salad

380

19

1040

Fat-free French Drsg

70

0

300

Soft Breadstick

130

3

250

 

TACO BELL ITEMS

CALORIES

FAT

SODIUM

Taco

210

12

330

Taco Supreme

260

16

350

Soft Taco-Chicken

190

7

480

Soft Taco-Steak

280

17

630

Bean Burrito

370

12

1080

Burrito Supreme-Beef

430

18

1210

Burrito Supreme – Chicken

410

16

1120

Fiesta Burrito-Chicken

370

12

1000

Fiesta Burrito-Steak

370

12

1020

Supreme Chicken

300

13

530

Supreme Steak

300

14

550

Nacho Cheese Chicken

290

13

690

Cheesy Crunch

560

33

980

Tostada

250

12

640

Taco Salad w/Salsa

850

52

2250

Taco Salad w/o Shell

400

22

1510

Cheese Quesadilla

490

28

1080

Mexican Pizza

540

35

1040

Nachos

320

18

560

Nachos Bell Grande

760

39

1300

Pintos ‘n Cheese

180

8

640

Mexican Rice

190

9

750

Cinnamon Twists

150

5

190

 

SUBWAY ITEMS

CALORIES

FAT

SODIUM

Info. for 6″ sandwich (w/o cheese or condiments)
Veggie Delite

200

3

500

Turkey Breast

254

4

1000

Roast Beef

264

5

840

Ham

261

5

1260

Tuna

419

21

1180

Caesar Italian BMT

530

31

1840

Southwest Chicken

362

13

960

Meatball

501

25

1350

Wraps:
Asiago Caesar Chicken

413

15

1320

Turkey & Bacon

321

7

1510

Salads w/ Fat-free Dressing:
Veggie Delite Salad

50

1

310

Subway Club Salad

145

4

1070

Roasted Chicken Breast

137

3

730

Baby Boomers – You Need To Know What Nitric Oxide Does…

Nitric Oxide is a free form of gas produced by the cells in our body. Symbolized as ‘NO’, Nitric Oxide contains one atom of Nitrogen and one of Oxygen. It is produced when enzymes in the body break down the amino acid Arginine, and is mainly used for intra-cellular communication. So, read on if you are a Baby Boomer to discover why I say that this is one of the greatest discoveries in the Anti-Aging world!

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Nitric Oxide is required for key physiological functions within our body. It travels freely from one cell to another assisting in a variety of biological functions. Depending on the requirement, Nitric Oxide can act as a hormone, a neurotransmitter and an intracellular messenger.

As mentioned earlier, Nitric Oxide is crucial for a variety of body functions, and it is essential that the cells produce adequate amount of this gas within our bodies. Body builders or those who perform rigorous physical activities need a higher amount of NO, as it allows for an increase in blood flow while building muscles. Signs of NO deficiency include extreme fatigue and physical weakness.

Nitric Oxide is neither a mineral nor a Vitamin, but a biological gas that is produced within the body and assists in a variety of physiological functions. It is useful in treating a variety of conditions such as insomnia, obesity, diabetes and sexual problems. It is because of these abilities that NO is touted to be the next miracle cure on the shelf.

Benefits of Nitric Oxide – A Closer Look

  • Blood Circulation – Nitric Oxide regulates blood circulation throughout the body, increases the diameter of blood vessels and prevents formation of clots. It assists the endothelial cells in controlling and relaxing blood vessels. Nitric Oxide supplements can also boost the oxygen levels within your body, reduce blood pressure levels and keep your heart healthy and functioning optimally.
  • Immune System The Immune cells within our body release Nitric Oxide to destroy bacteria, virus and other harmful foreign elements that can cause an infection. The quality of blood cells in the bone marrow, the immunity-boosting cells and the muscle cells is enhanced with Nitric Oxide supplements. NO is also known to prevent tumor and cancerous growths within the body cells.
  • Endurance level – Nitric Oxide increases the endurance level of the muscle cells, enabling you to lift heavier load and perform strenuous activities with ease. This is again one of the major reasons why body builders consider Nitric Oxide supplementation extremely beneficial.
  • Increases Alertness – Nitric Oxide acts as an intracellular messenger between various cells in the body, including the nerve cells. With adequate amount of NO present in the body, the communication between nerve cells is faster, leading to quick responses and an increase in focus and vigilance.
  • Increases Sexual Energy – One of the most popular benefits of Nitric Oxide is that it stimulates, invigorates and amplifies the sexual response mechanism within the body. Sensory and mental stimulation causes the nerve cells to release nitric oxide. This causes the penis muscles to relax, allowing blood to flow into the penis and create an erection. The process remains the same for women too, as blood flow increases in their vaginal tissues. This is how Loss of Libido, lack of sexual energy etc can be easily treated with nitric oxide supplementation.
  • Pain Relief – Nitric Oxide supplementation can provide long-term relief from the pain associated with arthritis and joint inflammation. This is because it activates the anti-inflammatory mechanism within the body cells, and helps in reducing inflammation.
  • Increases Muscle Mass – Nitric Oxide supplements widen the blood channels that lead to skeletal muscles, allowing for better blood flow and an increase in the lean muscle mass. With an increase in blood flow, the amount of nutrients available for the muscles is more, which again contributes toward increasing their size.
  • Better Intra-cellular Communication – Nitric Oxide improves the process of communication between various cells in the body, including the nerve and the brain cells. Nitric Oxide supplementation is therefore extremely beneficial for enhancing memory, learning abilities and concentration levels. It also aids in treating various disorders especially insomnia and gastrointestinal ailments.

In addition to all of these benefits, Nitric Oxide is also a rich source of essential nutrients such as B-sitosterol, ursolic, ghycosides, plant sterols and anthrquinoidenes. It is also rich in Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Vitamin A and C.

Nitric Oxide supplementation can help everyone, but it is especially beneficial for the Baby Boomer population. The reason behind this is simple: when you are young, your muscles, body cells and tissues are also in their prime – quick and efficient at releasing and producing enough Nitric Oxide to carry out different bodily processes.

However, as you grow old, your muscles become weaker and the response mechanism of your nerve cells also drops. It is then that you need Nitric Oxide supplements to boost your cellular activity, increase muscle mass, enhance strength and stamina, and improve your sexual performance.

But be careful about the dosage – Nitric Oxide supplements contain amino acids which if taken in excess, can lead to diarrhea, nausea and fatigue. With that caveat issued, it is safe to say that NO oxide can help you in more ways than you can think of.

Whatever health problems you may be suffering from – neural, immune system related or gastrointestinal, or sexually, there is a good chance that Nitric Oxide supplementation can help you. With adequate amount of NO in your body, you will be able to function and operate in an effective way.

The following product will give you the synergistic blend of L-arginine and nitric oxide. Learn more about the supplement that I recommend to my Baby Boomer patients by clicking here 

CEO Compensation & It’s Relationship To The Skyrocketing Cost Of Health Care…

ceo-pay.ju.topExecutives in the top spots at the country’s five largest publicly traded health plans were paid a collective $110 million for their services in 2011. In a time when our Healthcare System has found itself under the full control of the Health Insurance industry, healthcare providers are no longer in charge of the True Health of this wonderful nation. Controlling all aspects of what the insured must do and the hoops which providers must jump through, the insurance industry with all its accountants, lawyers, executives and stock holders are sucking the life out of our Healthcare system as we knew it 25 years ago.

While America’s families struggled with skyrocketing health insurance costs and the worst economy since the Great Depression, chief executives of the 10 largest for-profit health insurance companies collected total pay of $163.6 million, averaging over $16 million per CEO in 2011. (these are the most recent figures available to date)

“The insurance companies are driven by perverse incentives that reward CEO’s for imposing devastating rate hikes on families and businesses while denying care to people when they need it most,” said HCAN Executive Director Ethan Rome.  “It’s indefensible that CEO’s in America are profiting by gouging customers in such a shameless way.”

Statistics have shown as much as 83% of all healthcare dollars spent on health insurance is directed to administrative costs with the remaining 17% spent on the true caring of health. If you were to know that the cost of health insurance is factored into the escalating cost of healthcare rather than just the cost of caring for health, you’d be as upset about our current system as I am!!!

Below are the figures of the Shameless Gougers of our Healthcare System:

compensation leaders

There is a system currently being brought to life that will finally make sense of this Healthcare market which will put the decision making power back into the hands that truly care about your Health…contact me for further info@ blkmorrison@gmail.com 

For The Love Of Coffee…

coffee pressCaffeine — it’s the world’s most popular drug. People drink it with alcohol to ramp up the effect. They drink it after alcohol to sober up. They take it to get rid of headaches, cure cancer, and prevent Parkinson’s. Then again, most are looking to put warning labels on any product that contains added caffeine. So what gives — is caffeine saint or sinner, miracle drug or a self induced nightmare?

The devil, as usual when it comes to natural substances, lies in the details. And that’s what we’re going to explore in this article, the truth behind caffeine.

As Previously stated, Caffeine is the #1 used (or abused) DRUG in the world and is part of everyone’s daily life-style. It has gone unnoticed as a potentially harmful substance to most people’s health – especially if you’re over the age of 35 and you’re worried about heart disease, joint pain, anxiety, depression, and/or diabetes. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It’s consumed by up to 90% of people in the world in one form or another, but mostly in beverages. It is a naturally occurring substance found in plants like cocoa beans, tea leaves, and kola nuts.

Daily usage, let alone multiple cups, as well as higher dosed caffeinated products such as Espresso’s, Energy Drinks, and Weight Loss + Energy pills – have NUMEROUS long-term negative effects because of caffeine build up.

Below are the Top 10 Caffeine Related Problems. Please read them carefully and see what improvements you could make in your own lifestyle & future health picture.

  1. Cardiovascular Problems(heart disease, strokes and blood pressure) Caffeine increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure, and can contribute to the development of heart disease. This means an increase chance of heart attacks and strokes. Both decaf and regular coffee increase your cholesterol and homocysteine, the biochemical indicators that is linked to increased risk for heart attacks. Caffeine is also linked to coronary vasospasms, the cause for 20% of all fatal heart attacks, which kill otherwise perfectly healthy people.
  2. Stress(physical, emotional and a rise in stress hormones such as cortisol) Caffeine stimulates and increases the excretion of stress hormones, such as Cortisol and other negative adrenal hormones. This produces increased levels of anxiety, irritability, muscular tension and pain, indigestion, insomnia, and decreased immune function (leading to sickness). Increased levels of stress from caffeine can keep you from being able to make healthy responses to the normal daily stress everyone is subjected to in their lives. Hence, you’re NOT able to deal with stress as well.
  3. Emotional Disturbances(anxiety, panic attacks, and irritability) Anxiety and irritability are primary mood disturbances associated with caffeine consumption, but equally important is depression and attention disorders. Depression may occur as part of the let down (withdrawals) after the stimulant effects of caffeine wears off. This tends to happen through out the day due to caffeine’s short half life. Hence, why you drink multiple cups of coffee or caffeinated beverages through out the day. Your body “needs” the caffeine boost in order to survive and feel “normal”. Additionally, the depression may also appear during the recovery period after quitting caffeine while the brain’s chemistry is readjusted (this usually takes 3-10 days before your body “normalizes” and feels “human” again). Caffeine, rather than increasing mental activity actually decreases blood flow to the brain by as much as 30% and negatively effects memory and mental performance. Just like any drug, caffeine has negative withdrawals when you attempt to get off or even reduce your consumption. The above mentioned emotional disturbances, coupled with physical weakness and fatigue – adding to it horrible headaches – is one reason many people never stay off caffeine. It’s just too difficult to quit and because it’s readily available and acceptable for daily use, no one tries to quit.
  4. Blood Sugar & Insulin Problems(hypoglycemia, high insulin, etc.) Diabetics and people who tend to have low-blood sugar (hypoglycemia) should avoid caffeine because it stimulates a temporary surge in blood sugar, which is then followed by an overproduction of insulin that causes a blood sugar crash within hours. This low blood sugar makes you feel tired, fatigued and crave carbohydrates and sugary type of foods. If you’re trying to loose weight, this rollercoaster will actually cause weight gain, since insulin’s message to the body is to store excess sugar and food as body fat (around the legs, stomach, etc.). The other problem is if you’re pre-diabetic, diabetic and/or have a family history of it – caffeine makes things MUCH worse and you have to adjust your medication accordingly – on a day to day basis due to all the fluctuations and “rollercoaster” problems with your blood sugar because of the caffeine. Additionally, almost all caffeinated beverages contain calories and sugars – this again adds to the problem and makes many people gain fat (yes, even diet “no calorie” sodas have this effect!)
  5. Gastrointestinal Problems(stomach, heart burn, acid reflux, indigestion) Many people experience a burning sensation in their stomach after drinking coffee because coffee increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid leading to an increased risk for ulcers. Granted, it’s mild, goes unnoticed and people simply get use to this “mild discomfort” over the years and think it’s normal. Coffee, including decaf, reduces the pressure on the valve between the esophagus and the stomach, so that the highly acidic contents of the stomach pass up to the esophagus leading to heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease. With America’s high consumption of coffee, its no wonder the best selling over-the-counter drugs are the so-called antacids.
  6. Nutritional Deficiencies(vitamins, minerals, etc.) Caffeine inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and trace minerals, all essential elements necessary for good health – especially your bones. This is one major reason for people having osteoporosis, joint problems and getting shorter as we age – less calcium absorption!
  7. Male Health Problems(urinary, prostate, BPH) Even though caffeine acts as a diuretic, it causes problems and prostate growth (PBH). Hence, if you are getting up to pee a few times a night, cutting out the caffeine will definitely help your prostate and you’ll sleep better too!
  8. Female Problems(PMS, cysts, osteoporosis, etc.) Fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, osteoporosis, infertility problems, miscarriage, low birth weight infants, and menopausal problems such as hot flashes are all exacerbated by caffeine consumption. Women on birth control pills are particularly at risk because they have a decreased ability to detoxify caffeine. Additionally, caffeine has been shown to cause cysts in breast tissue. As discussed in #6 above, caffeine prevents the absorption of certain nutrients – two main ones being calcium and magnesium. BOTH of these minerals are extremely important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, while preventing osteoporosis (especially in women and more so if you’re post menopausal).
  9. Adrenal Exhaustion(fatigue, muscle weakness, sleepy) Caffeine consumption leads to eventual adrenal exhaustion, which can leave you vulnerable to a variety of health disorders related to inflammation, autoimmunity, colds and flues, and fatigue. Basically, your adrenal glands help create “adrenal”, in addition to a numerous other very important anti-aging hormones. When we are under stress (physical and/or emotional), our adrenal glands work over time to help us cope with life’s stresses. But, when you are using caffeine, your adrenal glands are already depleted. In fact, caffeine has REPLACED some of the adrenal’s functions. Similar to a car running on an empty gas tank. Hence, because of this adrenal exhaustion due to caffeine – your body is in a “weak” state and any additional pressures and stresses affect you much quicker. Irritability, muscle fatigue, anger, fat again are all related to adrenal exhaustion and the caffeine is making it worse!
  10. Accelerated Aging(dehydration, skin elasticity, wrinkles, loss of hormones) Many people over the age of 35 and definitely in their 40’s, find that they can no longer tolerate the same level of caffeine consumption, as they could in their twenties and early thirties. The production of DHEA, melatonin, and other hormones start to decline and caffeine accelerates that downhill drop & makes you age faster. As discussed earlier, caffeine is also a diuretic. It dehydrates the body of water and contributes to the aging of the skin and kidneys. It has been shown to inhibit DNA repair and slow the ability of the liver to detoxify foreign toxins. The kidneys and liver are very important organs needed for your longevity, detoxification, regeneration of cells, creation of hormones, metabolism of foods and nutrients and so many other vital duties.

Well, there you have it – 10 important reasons to AVOID caffeine and caffeinated products, pills and beverages. Yes, ONCE in a while, a small cup of organic coffee or tea is fine. But daily use, let alone multiple times a day is NOT good for your physical or emotional health – especially longterm usage.
If you tend to “abuse” caffeine and are a bit addicted (hence, daily usage, multiple times), my suggestion is to slowly reduce your dependency. For example, if you are having 4 cups of coffee daily, slowly lower it by HALF a cup each week until you are completely off.

Drugs That Gobble Vitamins…

Below is a list of some of the more popular drugs that are or have recently been on the market and the vitamins & minerals that they are known to deplete from the body. This information is from the physicians desk reference.drugs that gobble vitamins

It should be noted that this is in no way a recommendation to stop the medication that you are currently taking but to be aware of the bodies depletion of the above vitamins & or minerals with certain medications. Rather it is intended to enhance the communication between you and your healthcare professional as it pertains to your overall health picture.

Do You Know The Eight Drugs Doctors Would Never Take??? You Should!!!

spoonful of drugsWould doctors take the medications they prescribe to their patients? Not necessarily, as it was reported in a recent article in Men′s Health, June 22, 2008. A number of physicians were asked which drugs they themselves would refuse to take.

And it may surprise you especially if you are currently taking one of these drugs, but here is their list:

  • Asthma drug Advair
  • Diabetes drug Avandia
  • Pain reliever Celebrex (a relative of the infamous Voixx)
  • Antibiotic Ketek
  • Heartburn medication Prilosec
  • Heartburn medication Nexium
  • Eye drops Visine Original
  • Decongestant Pseudoephedrin

The doctors questioned also suggested alternative treatments. Unfortunately, all they could come up with were other drugs! You have to understand that is all they are trained in at medical school…You can find their recommendations in the original article in Men’s Health.

Here is a portion of a commentary by Dr. Mercola on this very subject:

Seemingly positive and helpful articles like these really highlight how pervasive the conventional drug culture is. Although these drugs are exposed as being dangerous and best avoided at all costs, the writer failed miserably in providing ′healthier′ alternatives; in all cases but two, merely citing alternative drug treatments …”

Actually it was the doctors who failed miserably; the writer just quoted the doctors′ recommendations. Mercola then goes on to comment on three of the drugs on this list — the asthma, diabetes and heartburn/acid reflux medications — and suggests non-pharmaceutical alternatives. This would be a good time for me to restrict my own comments to Avandia. But it should be mentioned that there is a reason lawyers are targeting people who have had adverse reactions to this drug.

In May of 2007 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on Avandia:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is aware of a potential safety issue related to Avandia (rosiglitazone), a drug approved to treat type 2 diabetes …”

The agency goes on to say that safety data from some controlled clinical trials showed a potential increase in the risk of heart attacks, but other data provided contradictory evidence. The agency then issues this warning to patients on Avandia:

“Patients who are taking Avandia, especially those who are known to have underlying heart disease or who are at high risk of heart attack should talk to their doctor about this new information as they evaluate the available treatment options for their type 2 diabetes.”

Why didn′t the FDA just mandate the removal of the drug from the market?

“FDA′s analyses are ongoing. FDA has not confirmed the clinical significance of the reported increased risk in the context of other studies. Pending questions include whether the other approved treatment from the same class of drugs, pioglitazone, has less, the same or greater risks. Furthermore, there is inherent risk associated with switching patients with diabetes from one treatment to another even in the absence of specific risks associated with particular treatments. For these reasons, FDA is not asking GlaxoSmithKline, the drug′s sponsor, to take any specific action at this time.”

If changing treatments poses such a significant health risk, why advise patients to talk to their doctors about their available treatment options, i.e. about switching drugs? And exactly what was the information available to the agency that made it so difficult for them to make a decision?

“Recently, the manufacturer of Avandia (GlaxoSmithKline) provided FDA with a pooled analysis (meta analysis) of 42 randomized, controlled clinical trials in which Avandia was compared to either placebo or other anti-diabetic therapies in patients with type 2 diabetes. The pooled analysis suggested that patients receiving short-term (most studies were 6 months duration) treatment with Avandia may have a 30-40 percent greater risk of heart attack and other heart-related adverse events than patients treated with placebo or other anti-diabetic therapy. These data, if confirmed, would be of significant concern since patients with diabetes are already at an increased risk of heart disease.”  FDA approval for Avandia was given May 1999 and this safety alert wasn’t issued by the FDA until May of 2007. My question is-What took so long to issue the Risk Warnings of serious cardiovascular complications after most of these studies that were conducted over a short 6 month period of time? It sure is odd that it took 8 years to issue this safety alert, in my opinion!

Of significant concern? Can you imagine a natural health product remaining on the market with a rap sheet like that. Does the pharmaceutical industry control the FDA, or what?

The sad thing about all of this is that type 2 diabetes is considered a life style disease that is both preventable and reversible. The American Diabetes Association readily admits this:

“People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. Along with exercise and medications (insulin or oral diabetic pills), nutrition is important for good diabetes control. By eating well-balanced meals in the correct amounts, you can keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal (non-diabetic level) as possible.”

Pharmaceutical intervention shouldn′t even be necessary in type 2 diabetes. Yet the drug peddling continues, with the active participation of the medical establishment.

It is a shame that every Healthcare Provider isn’t required by law to learn what Nutraceutical options exist…but we have to remember who has the greatest influence in a medical doctors education and training-it’s not the nutraceutical companies!

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