The Opioid Crisis — A Case of Mass Homicide?

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The inappropriate treatment approach to back pain and post-surgical pain from tonsillectomies and wisdom teeth removal are driving forces behind the opioid epidemic
  • Insurance claims data reveal 60% of children between the ages of 1 and 18 with private insurance fill one or more opioid prescriptions after surgical tonsil removal. Dentists wrote 18.1 million prescriptions for opioids in 2017
  • Research shows opioids (including morphine, Vicodin, oxycodone and fentanyl) fail to control moderate to severe pain any better than over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen
  • The American College of Physicians’ guideline for low back pain call for the use of heat, massage, acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments as first-line treatments. When drugs are desired, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants should be used
  • While clinical practice guidelines call for nonpharmacological intervention for back pain, most insurance plans avoid paying for such treatments, favoring opioid treatment instead

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Women Workers Are at Greater Risk of Suicide or Overdose When Suffering a Lost-Time Injury

Researchers can’t say with certainty why women who are injured at work are more prone to commit suicide or suffer a drug overdose.

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Ballooning Diabetes Rates Highlight the High Cost of Cheap Food

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A three-year old girl, weighing in at 77 pounds, is one of the youngest persons ever diagnosed with type 2 diabetes Continue reading

Heroin Use Surging Among Women and Middle-Class Americans Who Fell into the Prescription Painkiller Trap

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Lethal heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled between 2000 and 2013 in the US

The largest increases are seen in groups that have had historically low rates of heroin use but high rates of painkiller use, Continue reading

Female Viagra

femaleMore than 17 years after the FDA approved Pfizer’s Viagra, the first drug to treat low sexual desire in women has won approval from U.S. health regulators. Addyi (flibanserin), produced by privately-held Sprout Pharmaceuticals, will only be available through certified health care professionals and pharmacies due to its safety issues. Continue reading

Splenda Contaminates 65% of Breastmilk Sampled, Gov. Study Finds

splenda_contaminates_breastmilkA concerning new study finds that most of the breast milk samples tested contained artificial sweeteners. Why has this never been discovered until now and what are the implications to our most vulnerable populations? 

An article soon to be published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health on the presence of synthetic sweeteners in breast milk is bound to upset the apple cart when Continue reading

Connecticut Law Requires Prescription Opioid Checks

images7X2YHYZTConnecticut is the latest state to require that health care providers obtain information about patients from the state’s prescription drug monitoring program before prescribing controlled substances.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday signed into law H.B. 6856, which is intended to combat substance abuse, the governor’s office said in a statement. Continue reading

Antidepressants Causing Birth Defects and Are Found in Water Supplies

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Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of birth defects

 Paxil and Prozac use were Continue reading

Statin Disaster, Heart Disease and Magnesium – Change in Cholesterol Recommendations

statinThere is not enough evidence to support the practice of western medicine as it is presently practiced. The entire system of medicine in the United States is broken, not only because the toxic medicines they use kill so many people but also because the insurance programs that fund expensive medicine do not work as effective payment systems. Although more Americans have health insurance coverage, 25% of non-elderly Americans do not have enough liquid assets to cover the deductible on their health insurance plan, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.   Continue reading

The Metabolic Power of Pleasure

metabolic_power_of_pleasureLosing weight by limiting pleasure is like trying to stop smoking by not breathing.” ~Marc David

Vitamin P – Pleasure – is a vital element that makes our meals nutritionally complete and makes life worth living. Like all organisms on the planet, we humans are genetically programmed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. A cat chasing a mouse is seeking pleasure, Continue reading

A Nation Running from Pain: What Can Be Done About It

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Lethal heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled between 2000 and 2013 in the US, escalating from 0.7 to 2.7 deaths per 100,000

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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth—How GMOs Took Over the Food Supply, Part 2 Druker

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The sole purported legal basis for the marketing of GE foods in the United States is the FDA’s fraudulent claim that they are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Continue reading

U.S. Prescription Spending Increase in 2014 Highest in Over a Decade

imagesS4R86OG4Prescription drug spending increased 13.1% in the United States last year, attributed partly to an increase in spending for specialty drugs, Continue reading

Popular Cigarettes Found to Contain Toxic Metals: Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic and Aluminum

cigToday I’m publishing the laboratory test results that document the levels of lead, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum found in popular cigarettes and cigarette rolling paper. The good news is that the concentrations of metals are very low in the rolling paper.

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Attacking Ourselves: Top Doctors Reveal Vaccines Turn Our Immune System Against Us

Attacking-OurselvesThe research is hard to ignore, vaccines can trigger autoimmunity with a laundry list of diseases to follow. With harmful and toxic metals as some vaccine ingredients, who is susceptible and which individuals are more at risk?

No one would accuse Yehuda Shoenfeld of being a quack. The Israeli clinician has spent more than three decades studying the human immune system and is at the pinnacle of his profession. Continue reading