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Besides the United States the only other country that has legalized DTC advertising is New Zealand (which did so in 1981)
The use of DTC ads has grown rapidly since it was first approved in the U.S. in 1997. At that time, the ads could only be run along with lengthy consumer information warning of risks and side effects, so few companies used them. In 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the rule so that rather than providing a full disclosure, companies only needed to meet an “adequate standard” when it came to describing risks to consumers. For those who are wondering, the only other country that has legalized DTC advertising is New Zealand (which did so in 1981).
|RED = Ads which have been removed due to SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS, and/or FDA action. http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/medicine/prescription-drug-tv-ads.htm|
Spending on prescription drugs has grown faster than any other type of health-care spending in the United States. “If you just look at the number of prescriptions issued since restrictions have lifted, they’ve definitely gone up,” said Michael Russo, a health-care advocate for CalPIRG. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=106198
My advise to people who actually watching prescription drugs advertisements.
As soon as you see the TV ad please get up and do something like wash the dishes, run up or down stairs, play with kids or the dog. Just move!
You will improve your health and save money. And you will help America to cut health care cost.
Prevention Is To Be Proactive
In defense of the Affordable Care Act.
Healthcare means to take care of your health, to stay healthy. In America we have sickness care. And that keeps medical establishment happy while you are sick.
Not enough attention to one very important aspect of the Obamacare is that it encourages and promotes prevention.
Unfortunately Democrats and the current White House suck at public relation and the propaganda about it’s accomplishments.
Real problem with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the administration did a terrible job explaining the important parts of this new law. One of which is prevention. In a long run just this (prevention) should greatly improve people’s health and reduce healthcare cost overall.
Here are some facts.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just announced that the healthcare reform law provided approximately 54 million private health plan participants with at least one new free preventive service in 2011.
In 2011, the healthcare reform law put employers on the hook for preventive care by prohibiting co-pays or deductibles on things like mammograms, Pap smears, colonoscopies, well-child visits, flu shots and other medical services designed to catch and prevent serious conditions before they become bigger problems.
The law also made preventive services free for most people on Medicare, and it’s estimated that another 32.5 million people on Medicare received at least one free preventive service in 2011. That brings the law’s beneficiary grand total to 86 million. http://www.hrmorning.com/86-million-benefit-from-obamacare-mandate/
The fact that getting more people access to the healthcare when ‘small’ illnesses can be treated before they become more complicated and dramatically more expensive, will save considerably more money than we spend in the long term.
A new study conducted by The University Of California Irvine and the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, has produced some results that indicate that the approach taken by the ACA(Affordable Care Act) may be very much on the right track.
The study involved giving health insurance to some 26,000 previously uninsured people in Richmond, Virginia, allowing them to access primary care services in the area. The demographics of those participating in the program were designed to match the demographics of those who will be affected by the expansion of the Medicaid program in 2014.
Similar to Medicaid, participants were responsible to re-enroll in the program proactively for subsequent years.
To date, the study reveals that primary-care visits, for patients who continued to participate it the program for three years, rose from 1.06 in the first year to 1.60 visits annualized over the three years of the study. Not surprisingly, the emergency room visitation rate fell from 1.02 for these folks in the first year to .74 by the end of year three. When measuring the change in health care costs for those participants who increased their visits to a primary care physician during the three year period while decreasing the number of visits to the emergency room, the study reveals that, on average, the total annual health care costs per enrollee fell from $8,899 in year one, to a startling $4,569 in year three—an almost 50 percent decline in the cost of health care per individual.http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/03/12/early-signs-that-obamacare-is-on-the-right-track-to-reduce-costs/
So my usual and constant advise is to learn how to live healthy. Proper diet, exercise, reducing stress, meditation and positive attitude in general. And if you hate your job – do something else. Be proactive. Be happy. Smile even if you don’t feel like smiling.
Bamboo textiles are cloth, yarn, and clothing made out of bamboo fibers. While historically used only for structural elements, such as bustles and the ribs of corsets, in recent years a range of technologies have been developed allowing bamboo fiber to be used in a wide range of textile and fashion applications. Modern bamboo clothing is clothing made from either 100% bamboo yarn or a blend of bamboo and cotton yarn. The bamboo yarn can also be blended with other textile fibers such as hemp or even spandex.
Bamboo has gained popularity as a “green” fiber. Manufacturers tout the fact that bamboo can be cultivated quickly, can be used as a cash crop to develop impoverished regions of the third world, and is a natural fiber (as opposed to popular synthetics like polyester) whose cultivation results in a decrease in greenhouse gases. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo_textiles
Bamboo leaves and the soft, inner pith from the hard bamboo trunk are extracted using a steaming process and then mechanically crushed. In part because of its luxurious softness, smooth hand, flowing and gentle drape, and easy price – at least compared with silk and cashmere – and Eco friendly cachet, bamboo has gained entry throughout the fashion industry. But it has been the trumpets heralding bamboo as the latest and hottest sustainable Eco-fabric that have been the most strident.
I personally live to ware bamboo socks. I use them for workouts, at home and for my travels. My feet don’t sweat and don’t smell! These socks are comfortable in cold and hot weather. Highly recommended.
What “Experts” are saying.
“Simply put, you should be drinking water even when you’re not feeling thirsty. Most of the time, your body mistakes thirst for hunger and causes you to obtain more calories from food when you simply need water. Or, your body may just disregard your thirst. Your body requires water regularly throughout the day regardless of how thirsty — or not thirsty — it feels, so keep hydrating yourself even if you’re not feeling dry.“ http://www.healthygrad.org/drink-up/
These “experts” do not distinguish between a 300 LBS male and 100 LBS female.
Between people living in Arizona and people in NY
Between an accountant spending work hours sitting in air conditioned office and the construction worker in summer Nevada.
How about the marathon runner versus casual walker?
Should pregnant woman drink more then menopausal women?
Should we drink more in the summer or winter?
Also each person is different. Different kidneys, liver, heart. Different metabolism.
So should you listen to “experts”and obediently chug down 8 glasses of water each day?
Chinese holistic philosophy.
In Western medicine, patients with similar complaints or diseases, usually will receive virtually the same treatment.
The Chinese physician is more of an adviser than an authority; he or she believes in treating every patient differently, based on the notion that one does not treat the disease or condition but rather the individual patient. Thus two people with the same complaint may be treated entirely differently, if their constitutions and life situations are dissimilar. Disease is also considered to be evidence of the failure of preventive health care and a falling out of balance or harmony. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/traditional+Chinese+medicine
Returning to our senses.
Finding that just right balance between drinking enough but not too much does not have to be a complicated equation – just pay attention to your thirst. For many years we heard that thirst is a poor indicator to help regulate fluid intake but it turns out there was little research to back up this claim. Many runners took these guidelines to heart and drank up to the point of over-hydration which can lead to low levels of sodium in the blood. This condition called hyponatremia can be very serious and even fatal. It is more common in slower, less trained runners who may be on the race course for many more hours and also exposed to the mid-day heat that can cause even more sodium loss. http://www.runcolfax.org/hydration-should-you-trust-your-thirst/
Messages are changing but your body knows best.
Years ago, we were told to drink lots of water to keep hydrated when working out. Later, we were told that water isn’t enough; we need the electrolytes found in thirst quenching sports drinks. Then, with the greenwashing trend of going “natural,” we were told that we should be drinking coconut water to replenish those electrolytes instead. And we still haven’t stopped hydrating over and over with regular water — may it be filtered or from the tap — in a bottle, a plastic reservoir hydration system, or a trendy stainless steel bottle.
But did you know that most of this hydration hype is engineered by marketeers, who almost aim to scare people into consuming more water and sports drinks — even though a new study says all of this constant water consumption isn’t really necessary for us?
When you have too much waterin your body, your blood takes in that surplus in order to balance your body’s salt levels. This causes your cells to swell, which may lead to pain and dizziness, and in severe cases, vomiting. Not only that, but you don’t necessarily need to be going to the bathroom all the time. Sure, we can drink our recommended eight glasses of water a day to keep hydrated during our daily routine, but according to Dr. Winger, “There’s no science behind those whatsoever. Zero.” http://news.discovery.com/human/life/are-we-hydrating-too-much.htm
Typically, though, guzzling down too much fluid—especially from certain “rehydration” drinks—can ironically cause dehydration. “When the drink has a high level of sugar and additives, for example, and thus more solutes than you naturally have in your blood, the body has to take its own fluid to dilute it, so it can be absorbed, and if you’re simply drinking too much water at once, you may end up peeing too much, and not absorbing any fluid. The body has a natural volume response that causes you to pee.” (Learn A Better Way to Measure Hydration.)
So my friends now that you are confused enough I jut want to suggest: Listen to your body. Listen to it. Don’t wait til your body starts to scream.
Here is a short story:
A student once asked his teacher, “Master, what is enlightenment?”
The master replied, “When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep. When thirsty, drink.”
One more thing in conclusion. Please do not buy or use plastic bottles. It is bad for you and for our environment.
Just lay down on the grass and look at the sky. The clouds. See any shapes you recognize? When I was a kid I was doing it often. I would see faces and fairy tales heroes and the armies ready for battle. Strange tropical islands and wales and faces watching me.
Smile at strangers and many of them will smile back at you and for both of you the day will get brighter and kinder.
Summer is almost over. Pretty soon leafs will start to change colors, days are getting shorter, kids are back in school and for many of us the mood is changing too. I personally like the seasons and change because each season got it’s own beauty.
But the colder weather is coming. One of the things that helps me to stay warm and cozy are herbal packs. I have been using them for years. It is so nice to place this warm aromatic thing on my shoulder! Add a cup of hot tea and relax, enjoy the warmth and aroma. (I sometimes add a little cognac in my tea).
Not much else can top that!
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Use hot/moist to:
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• Relieve pain due to injured muscles
• Reduce swelling and fever
• Relieve minor headaches
• Relieve minor burns and bruises
It is a great alternative to drugs. These packs work wonders on back, shoulder and knee pains; they help you relax and relieve tension; they open up breathing passages, they help to reduce menstrual cramps – and all naturally. These herbal warmers are a perfect gift for someone special. There are a wide variety of shapes, fabrics and sets
So my friend do yourselves a favor and try it. You will not be disappointed.
Let the winter come.
But we parents are a part of the problem. Why don’t we let kids to be kids? To play outside, to run, to fall and get bruises and bumps on their heads. Children’s bodies need physical activities. And it is fine to get dirty. Kids fall, kids get cuts and scratches. Kids play and scream and forget stuff.
And kids need you, parents to make sure they eat healthy food. Not sugar bombs or sodas. Not donuts and pop tarts and other junk foods. Please teach your kids to appreciate the taste of fresh fruits. Take them to apple orchards to pick apples.
Hike with kids, take them kayaking. Let them climb trees. Please limit their TV time and computer games. Kids do have a short attention span but sedentary lifestyle make the problem much worse.
I have to tell you my observation. Every morning we walk with our dog and I noticed that every morning during the school year two of our neighbors put their kids in a car and drive them a half a block to the school bus stop. A half a block? I feel so sorry for these kids! What will become of them when they grow up?
Below are some excerpts about this huge problem that we adults created. ADHD Drug Emergencies Quadrupled in 6 Years.
According to a 2010 US government survey, 1 in 10 American children now has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—a 22 percent increase from 2003. ADHD makes it hard for children to pay attention and control impulsive behavior.
According to recently released data, ADHD drugs were responsible for nearly 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011—a more than 400% increase in ER visits due to adverse reactions to such drugs in a mere six years.
. . There’s a suit going on right now in three states. It alleges that the major pharmaceutical company that makes Ritalin, the Novartis Company, along with the American Psychiatric Association, the main representatives of organized medicine in the ADHD movement, and the self-help group CHADD have conspired to dupe the American public into believing that there’s such a thing as ADHD, and then thrust upon innocent children a potentially dangerous drug.
In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%.
The French holistic, psychosocial approach also allows for considering nutritional causes for ADHD-type symptoms — specifically the fact that the behavior of some children is worsened after eating foods with artificial colors, certain preservatives, and/or allergens. Clinicians who work with troubled children in this country — not to mention parents of many ADHD kids — are well aware that dietary interventions can sometimes help a child’s problem. In the United States, the strict focus on pharmaceutical treatment of ADHD, however, encourages clinicians to ignore the influence of dietary factors on children’s behavior. http://www.governamerica.com/news/1033-adhd-sick-children-in-u-s-huge-corporate-profits#.UiC34TbkvUY
ADHD Drugs Cause Hallucinations in Children; Psychiatry Pushes Hallucinogenic Drugs for Profit. ADHD drugs, of course, are powerful psychotropic mind-altering chemicals that are often on molecular level identical to street drugs. The industry of psychiatry is virtually owned by Big Pharma, which hopes to drug every child, teenager and adult with at least one mind-altering medication.
New research published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that the ADHD drugs prescribed to millions of children are causing them to experience frightening hallucinations. Children on these drugs hallucinated that snakes and bugs were crawling all over them, says Reuters, and some kids taking the drugs experience other bizarre psychotic side effects such as thinking they ran into a wall and falling to the ground even when no wall was present. http://www.naturalnews.com/025433_drug_drugs_children.html#ixzz2dSygCh6Q
Four ‘atypical’ antipsychotic drugs triple the risk of a child developing type 2 diabetes, the so-called lifestyle disease that can lead to heart problems, researchers have discovered. http://www.wddty.com/adhd-drugs-triple-risk-of-diabetes-in-children.html
And medical establishment: big pharma, some doctors and hospital make handsome profit of ruining our children, our future.
Please let your kids be kids.
Medications, medical mistakes, infections in hospitals kill more people than all traffic accidents.
Drug manufacturers, hospitals and doctors make handsome profit from people being sick.
So what is the solution?
Why don’t we try to learn how to stay healthy ? And avoiding medications if possible. And to have a second opinion before doing anything drastic like surgery. And please educate yourselves.
Below is some information for your education.
June 24, 2010
How many people do you know who regularly use a prescription medication? If your social group is like most Americans, the answer is most. Sixty-five percent of the country takes a prescription drug these days. In 2005 alone, we spent $250 billion on them.
More recently, the companies have had their sales reps urge doctors to prescribe antidepressants, antipsychotics and other psychiatric meds to children. The result: our kids take more of those medicines than children in other countries. For example, a study last year found that American children take three times more attention deficit medications and antidepressants than children in Europe.
9 out of 10 doctors said they had recently taken something of value from the drug industry. And some of those doctors take hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from the industry. The drug companies pay doctors to be their so-called consultants. More Treatment, More Mistakes. A reasonable estimate is that medical mistakes now kill around 200,000 Americans every year. That would make them one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Why have these mistakes been so hard to prevent? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/opinion/more-treatment-more-mistakes.html?_r=0
“The simplest way to say this is that about 100,000 people die each year from infections we give them in the hospital,” says Dr. Peter Pronovost, director of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins University. “That’s enormous.” The math, he says, is pretty gruesome. Take the two most deadly types of infections hospitals give their patients: infections from ventilators and infections from catheters. Together, those kill 65,000 people a year. There are about 5,000 hospitals in the United States, so statistically, each hospital in the United States gives these deadly infections to one patient every month.
In her column,Maureen Dowd described how her brother went into the hospital with pneumonia and quickly contracted four other infections in the intensive care unit. When she asked a doctor why this was happening, he told her, “It could be anything.” ’”http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/14/the-gruesome-math-of-hospital-infections/
Health care related bankruptcies.
Bankruptcies resulting from unpaid medical bills will affect nearly 2 million people this year—making health care the No. 1 cause of such filings, and outpacing bankruptcies due to credit-card bills or unpaid mortgages, according to new data. And even having health insurance doesn’t buffer consumers against financial hardship.http://www.cnbc.com/id/100840148
My dear readers. I realize we get sick sometimes no matter what we do and even if we do all we know how to stay healthy. But I firmly believe that if we learn and follow healthy living practices, the number of medications and hospital visits will be reduced drastically.
And I am not going to loose any sleep over medical mafia diminishing returns.
“The idea plays to our love of efficiency, spirit of entrepreneurship, and longing to install physicians and scientists as the new priests of the age. “
“The exercise pill would help on multiple fronts. First, just think what we could do with an extra two hours per week. We would finally have the time to sit down and phone an old friend, take another shot at those scrapbooks, or get that bathroom repainted. Time really is money, and getting those two hours back would count for a lot. “
Pill-taking could easily be made into a group activity.
“school children all over the country are still spending precious hours exercising during recess and gym, instead of hunkered down over their textbooks augmenting their vocabularies. Thanks to the exercise pill, our children will be able to devote all their time and attention to the part of the body that matters most, above the shoulders. “ http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/what-would-the-exercise-pill-mean/277922/
Are you serious?
I am still not sure if this article is for real or just a satire showing the absurdity of our society behavior. Instant gratification. Just lay in the couch eat junk and take a pill or two or three(one to lower cholesterol, another to loose weight, and one on to for the cardio exercise. And you are done. Looking fit and lean.
And what about our kids? Isn’t their purpose in life is to study and study and study.
And for adults to wonder what is it all about. Because if we to follow this madness to logical conclusion we might as well live in cages and take pills to stay alive.
Just like cows on the industrialized farms.
The difference is the cows did not volunteer for the arrangement.
We spent a few wonderful fun days with my daughters family in Florida, and I noticed that every morning and evening the parents would give their kids (6 and 4 years old) a glass of fat free or low fat milk. That looked a little strange to me considering that the kids are active and this “milk” looks a little scary – blue and almost transparent and would leave no trace on the glass. I still remember how the milk man would bring fresh whole milk to our house every morning and we kids would drink it. It tasted like milk. Nobody at the time new or used low fat “milk”. I was concerned and did some research. And I would encourage you to do your own research, please. For the sake of your loved once.
Skim Milk Hoax.
You’re supposed to drink skim because whole milk has too much fat, too many calories, and cholesterol that can give you heart disease. Right? Hey more ways to make money!
“What was once an industrial waste product had quickly become a highly-desirable “health food.” When cream was skimmed from milk, the remaining fat-free milk used to be considered a nearly useless byproduct of obtaining the cream. But, market that wasteful skim milk as being a healthful choice for consumers, and suddenly, you’ve got a serious money-maker on your hands! The skim milk you’ll find in most grocery stores is a mass-produced product from animals in concentrated animal feeding operations, or factory farms, where the cows are kept in confinement and fed a diet that is completely inappropriate for their species.
Because of that cows given antibiotics to keep them alive so they can continue to produce. But because they’re still fighting off infections, things like blood and pus from open sores frequently make their way into the finished product — the milk we see on store shelves. The FDA allows up to 750 million pus cells per liter of milk, to be sold legally. Adults aren’t faring much better with swapping whole milk for skim. Studies have showed time and time again that a reduced-fat diet, similarly to a reduced-calorie diet, does not result in long-term weight loss and health, but instead leads only to “transient” weight loss — that would be weight that comes piling right back on after it’s temporarily shed. This is because healthy fats actually curb your appetite and trigger the production of hormones which tell the brain when you’re full. If you’re not eating fat, you stay constantly hungry, and wind up binging on unhealthy food. Fat-free milk essentially signals to your body that something is missing, which leads to overeating and weight gain.” Please read the rest of the article here: http://butterbeliever.com/fat-free-dairy-skim-milk-secrets/
Low-fat foods do not lower calorie consumption: Low-fat versions are supposed to reduce the amount of calories that people eat, and in an absolute sense, they do. A cup of low-fat milk contains fewer calories than a cup of whole milk. But Ludwig and Willett note that there isn’t much evidence to support the idea that drinking lower-calorie beverages in general leads to lower-calorie intake. Reduced-fat foods and drinks may not be as filling, so consumers may end up compensating for the lack of calories and eating or drinking more. In a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood in March, scientists found that kids who drank lower-fat milks were actually more likely to be overweight later on.
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/07/03/skim-milk-is-healthier-than-whole-milk-right-maybe-not/#ixzz2a5sx55el
A study of preschool-aged children published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, a sister publication of the British Medical Journal, finds that low-fat milk was associated with higher weight.
The study included about 10,700 children in the United States. Parents were interviewed about their child’s beverage consumption on two occasions: once when the children were 2 years old and again at 4 years. Direct measurements of height and weight (to calculate body mass index) were taken by researchers.
Interestingly, this is not the first study to point in this direction.
In a 2005, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital reported that skim and 1 percent milk were associated with weight gain among 9-to-14-year-olds.
And a 2010 by researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston, which also looked at preschool-aged children, found that higher intake of whole milk at age 2 was associated with a slightly lower BMI (body mass index). The researchers concluded that switching from whole milk to reduced-fat milk at 2 years did not appear to prevent weight problems in early childhood.
There are many more studies providing evidence that fat free or low fat products are not beneficial and actually bad for us. Especially for children who’s metabolism can be screwed up for the rest of their lives. But what a great money making idea! Whole milk costs about the same as skim milk. So let’s separate the fat and sell as cream (which is more expensive than milk and sell the leftovers (skim milk) as healthy product to poor suckers who believe this crap. The profits at least doubled and life is good! But not for cows and people who believe the marketing scheme. I ask parents and grand parent please do your research before giving the skim milk to children.