THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
~Thoughts for Thinking People~
The MOTHERS Act
A new law called the MOTHERS Act is being considered in Congress, which is aimed at preventing postpartum depression in new moms. The solution being proposed is to drug moms with SSRI antidepressant drugs while they're still pregnant. This new legislation is the result of a marketing plan brought to Washington by pharmaceutical lobbyists in an effort to expand anti-depressant consumers. Even though these potent drugs have not been approved for newborns, this new act ignores the fact that SSRI’s easily pass across the placenta to the unborn child adversely affecting brain development and potentially having all the adverse consequences previously reported in the eHL (http://www.wysong.net/health/hl_992.shtml#corruption).
For one mother, Amy Philo (who was drugged with antidepressants), the drugs caused her to experience thoughts of violence against her newborn babies, having visions of killing them (and herself). Upon returning to her doctor, Amy was told to raise the prescribed amount! Fortunately, Amy recognized that the drugs were wrecking her own brain chemistry, and she discontinued taking the pills completely, causing the thoughts of violence and suicide to subside. Her story is documented on You Tube: http://youtube.com/watch?v=LQW23XCmOCwSSRIs incite violence and suicides in teens. Reportedly, every shooting massacre in the last ten years has been carried out by a person taking SSRI antidepressant drugs. Meanwhile, the media and FDA ignore the link. Why? Everyone seems to be in the hip pocket of the money driven pharmaceutical industry. Natural News
Anti-bacterial Soaps Can Be Harmful
Yes, we still have cold and flu season lingering across the country. But for all the germophobes out there, beware of using soaps designed to speak to the latest craze: anti-bacterial performance.
Most soaps that are anti-bacterial contain an ingredient called triclosan. Many scientists believe that not only is triclosan unnecessary in most cases, it can also contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria. Also, remember that we can absorb what is put on the skin surface. Triclosan can damage the organs and disrupt hormones. Outside the body, it's dangerous also, as it reacts with chlorine in your tap water to create chloroform.
Better to use a natural soap, emphasizing at least 30 seconds of scrubbing to get rid of germs. greendaily.com
States Adopt UnSales Strategy for Pharmaceuticals
It seems that every other commercial on television these days is for a prescription drug. Apparently there is something very wrong with most of us – surely something – so we should all be dashing to our doctors’ offices for help. This is an alarming trend that is simply further entrenching society in the medical mill. Some prescription drug commercials run so often, viewers become convinced there simply must be merit to that particular pharmaceutical. But Pennsylvania is among a handful of states trying to fight the pharmaceutical industry's multibillion-dollar marketing and "ask your doctor" advertising.
Pennsylvania is not the first state to try what is known as an "unsales" strategy, believing that the best way to combat slick pharmaceutical industry marketing is to try to beat them at their own game. The state spends $1 million a year on its "unsales" force—11 consultants, including some former pharmaceutical salespeople, assigned to the 28 counties with the highest concentrations of seniors enrolled in discount drug programs.
It’s an uphill battle. The pharmaceutical industry spends, in addition to television and print marketing, more than $7 billion a year on direct marketing to doctors and employs about 90,000 salespeople – one for every five doctors. Their tricks and treats include free pill samples, logo pads and pens, free lunch for doctor and staff, and often many more goodies and perks. The sad fact is that state budgets cannot compete with these bloated businesses.
Still, Pennsylvania is reporting some success vs. the drug giants. For patients of nearly 300 participating doctors, average monthly spending on some pain relievers dropped from $400 to $340 per doctor within six months after a state consultant visit. Another analysis found that the program saved Pennsylvania about $572,000 a year alone on heartburn drugs.
The truth is that most of us probably need the latest hyped prescription drug no more than we do the most slickly presented new automobile, or any of the other gazillions of products tauted by sexy models and paid spokestars. How great would it be if everyone started taking excellent care of their own health, permitting most of us to just turn down the volume and ignore the marketing nonsense? Health will not be found in a pill, better insurance, or free national access to symptom-covering allopathic medicines.
How much better it would be if people would follow the simple and wise truths in the Optimal Health Program and become masters of their own health destiny (http://www.wysong.net/ohp.shtml). AOL Body Health News
Congress Probes Dr. Jarvik in Pharmaceutical Ad
Dr. Robert Jarvik, most well known for his invention of the Jarvik Artificial Heart, has recently come under scrutiny for his role in a widely publicized Pfizer advertisement. Dr. Jarvik is seen in the ad touting the benefits of the cholesterol drug Lipitor, the world’s best selling drug. He states in the ad, “When diet and exercise aren’t enough, adding Lipitor significantly lowers cholesterol.”
The advertisement depicts Dr. Jarvik rowing across a lake, but it has now been uncovered that a stunt double was used for the rowing scene, and Dr. Jarvik is not a sculling enthusiast. A colleague of Dr. Jarvik, Dr. O.H. Frazier, described him as “about as much an outdoorsman as Woody Allen.”
Additionally, although Dr. Jarvik claims to have benefited personally from Lipitor, he is not a cardiologist and is not licensed to practice medicine.
The advertisement has garnered the attention of Congress, specifically, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is investigating whether the advertisement gives the public a false impression. John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and member of the Committee stated, “It seems that Pfizer’s No. 1 priority is to sell lots of Lipitor, by whatever means necessary, including misleading the American people.”
Lipitor sales last year were $12.7 billion, and from January 2006 to September 2007 Pfizer spent $258 million advertising Lipitor. The New York Times
Why A High-Carb Diet Can Harm Your Heart
A long-term study found women eating a low-carb, high-fat diet did not raise their risk of heart disease. Those who got their carbohydrates from refined sugars and processed foods nearly doubled their risk of heart disease. Those who ate a low-carb diet, but got more of their protein and fat from meats and vegetables, cut their heart disease risk by 30 percent. New England Journal of Medicine
Iron Can Have Devastating Effects On Your Health
People who eat a Western-type diet high in red meat do not need supplemental iron. People eating a Western-type diet high in red meat and taking supplemental iron had high iron stores. Consumption of vegetable fiber was found to decrease the risk of high iron stores by inhibiting the absorption of non-heme iron. American Journal Clinical Nutrition
Medicare Costs Exploding
Exploding heath costs and the new Medicare laws have contributed to the deterioration of Medicare’s financial condition. Medicare’s hospital insurance fund will be exhausted soon. Medicare cost will exceed that of Social Security and will grow much quicker than the economy. Money is projected to run out before the end of the next decade. Other than for emergency measures, this will probably be a good thing. The more medical access people have, the less chance they have of being healthy. Health is what we do to ourselves, not what others can do to us. Cato Policy Analysis
Stomach Stapling Surgeries
The demand for bariatric surgery has jumped. There were 103,000 in 2003 as compared to 16,000 in the early 1990’s. According to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, operations increased 450% between 1998 and 2002. The projected number of bariatric surgeries in 2006 near 200,000. Experts believe some of the reasons for this increase are: increased obesity, less invasive techniques available, and celebrity endorsements. Resorting to such measures is also a symptom of the modern trend to turn to “experts” and throw money at problems rather than rely on self. Many health insurers have become skeptical of the procedure and are stopping payment for the high risk-high cost procedure. New England Journal of Medicine (See Wysong Weight Loss Program)
State agencies, courts, and schools are all working towards the mandated usage of psychotropic drugs in children as young as three years old. One mother refused to medicate her six-year-old mildly autistic son, and was ultimately taken into state custody. Without the consult of a doctor, the court forced the child on five powerful anti-psychotic drugs, even though none of these drugs have been approved by the FDA for use in children. Peter Breggin, M.D., author of Toxic Psychiatry and other books about the use of psychiatric drugs, maintains that no psychiatric drug treatment corrects or improves existing brain dysfunction (such as a biochemical imbalance.)
Natural Birth is Best
A major study of over 94,000 births found that elective Caesarean section is shown to have an increased risk of serious complications and death when compared to natural births. This poses a huge cause for concern considering that currently 25 percent of all deliveries are conducted via scheduled, non-emergency Caesarean section. British Medical Journal
Saving Gas Costs
Reducing gas costs and emissions by double, triple, or more by thinking:
1. Stop driving. Let’s say you would normally make two car trips today. If one was not really necessary and you didn’t do it, you just effectively doubled gas mileage. For every unnecessary trip eliminated, gas, costs, and emissions are reduced.
2. Stop thinking so much about gas mileage, but rather in terms of how much total fuel is used. Arrange your life to use less fuel and you will beat the price increases, and reduce waste and emissions.
3. Car pooling does the same. Also, rather than you making a special trip, have a family member or friend pick up the item you need on the way.
4. Group your needs and preplan trips so you get all your running done in one trip with an efficiently planned route.
5. Get a smaller car, and use a bike, scooter, roller blades, or just walk. Stop and think about how ridiculous it is to use a three to four thousand pound vehicle to haul your little self to the store to pick up an item that weighs less than an ounce. Consider the resources and energy used to make and move your two ton vehicle, and then to scrap it one day. Sometime, put the car in neutral, get out and try to push it. That will give you and idea of the tremendous amount of energy used each time you decide to run the roads. If resources and fuel were infinite, and if population were stagnate, that would be one thing. But that is not the case. The United States gluttony is a shame on us. If the whole world consumed like we did it would take four Earth’s to support it
6. Drive smart. If there is a red light or a stop sign up ahead, why accelerate toward it and then slam on the brakes? Braking effectively cancels all the fuel energy that was used to push the car up to speed. If you could coast to all your stops, you would be getting maximum efficiency out of your vehicle. Capturing this lost energy is what hybrids do, but you can do it without a hybrid by using this simple technique. Yes, you will tick other drivers off who are hurrying up so they can stop, and you will have to use judgment based on traffic, but do it when you can.