Health&Fitness Talk

Supporting Healthy Life Styles

Online Pharmacies and Counterfeit Drugs
by Kimberly Allen, RN Today one of the biggest reasons health care costs are so high is the cost of medications – that is legitimate medications.  Many people, especially the elderly, are forced to choose medications or food.  It’s choices like this that has pushed record numbers of people... Read more
The Bad Plan B – An Over-The-Counter Monopoly
by Kimberly Allen, RN After a long legal battle on June 10th the federal government announced that it will drop it’s lawsuit to prevent the sale of the ‘morning after pill’ to girls under 17 years of age.  This means that the emergency contraceptive “Plan B One-step” will be... Read more
Let The Frankenfish Go Extinct
by Jeff Clemetson, Editor Wishing for the extinction of a species seems like a rather heartless act, but what if that species has serious potential to harm people’s health? What if it has the potential to damage the evironment? What if that species was man-made? Such is the question... Read more
Don’t Waste Rx
by Kimberly Allen, RN Last week the government agency responsible for the welfare of children here in Honduras paid an unannounced visit to one of our local orphanages. Their biggest complaint was there were medications with expiration dates that had past, but it wasn’t only medications they told the... Read more
Coming Soon! Milk – It Does a Body Bad

There was a time when milk was the second most popular non-alcoholic beverage in the world. The first being water, of coarse. Since then, fruit juices, then sodas, then energy drinks have won over consumers and milk has seen its popularity fall. Perhaps this is the reason for the totally insane move proposed by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) to make a “diet” milk that is sweetened with a known carcinogen – aspartame. Aspartame is the ingredient used in a lot of diet sodas and sugar substitutes like the ones in…

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FDA Approval a Trojan Horse for Herbal Supplements?

It stands to reason that herbalists would feel vindicated after so many years of being snubbed by the FDA and looked down upon by a medical establishment that reveres pharmaceuticals as a superior treatment for patients. However, the opposite is true. FDA approval of drugs like Fulyzaq and Veregen could spell more trouble for an industry which is already under attack by regulators…

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Spilt milk, supplements and party politics

This week saw a lot of action in the usually mundane world of FDA policy wonking on Capitol Hill as the Senate debated and voted on the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. The Act itself was the usually rather boring stuff – creating checks on medical device manufacturers, plans to update this and that in the code, helping doctors reduce prescription drug abuse…

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Cholesterol Drugs Need Warning Labels for Risk of Memory Loss and Diabetes  FDA Finally Agrees

Over 30 million Americans are currently taking statin drugs to reduce their cholesterol levels but are almost completely unaware that these drugs are also causing diabetes and memory loss in many.

Just last week of this year the FDA announced the need for new warnings for very popular statin drugs such as Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor. The new labels will have such warnings that statin drugs will cause hyperglycemia and can increase the risk of diabetes in those who …

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Magic pills, the FDA and curing the common obesity

Wednesday’s FDA advisory panel decision to recommend the weight loss drug Qnexa for approval sounds like good news to many Americans who battle obesity, an epidemic that has now taken 35 percent of us and adds billions of dollars to our overburdened health care system. Weight loss drugs have been one of the Holy Grails of the pharmaceutical industry for years – the idea that if a perfect drug can be made to magically loose weight, profits would be heavenly…

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Weight loss drug near FDA approval

The Federal Food and Drug Administration is close to allowing the release of a new weight loss drug, after an advisory panel recommended Qnexa be ruled safe for human consumption. During clinical trials, Qnexa was shown to help weight loss by an average of 10 percent. Along with Qnexa’s success in reducing fat in obese patients, there were noticeable side effects…

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