You may like to have a look at this interesting webpage about the health benefits of Turmeric. -- If you browse the internet using your favourite search engine you will find a multitude of further articles about this ancient spice that retains a worthy place in our modern world and especially in meals like curries. You will find that it has a role to play in cancer prevention, in reducing inflammation and chronic pain, in treating bowel problems and many more. It doesn't have bad side-effects like painkillers and other pharmaceutical drugs do, and that's a huge advantage. But it does have one disadvantage, and that is that it can stain. Indeed, it was first used as a dye. - Now me, I'm really good at spilling stuff, especially now that my hands have been so damaged by the effects of steroid meds, etc. So although I used to add turmeric powder to my meals I got fed up of sometimes getting turmeric stains on my clothes and I stopped using it in cooking. I now buy it in capsule form and I simply swallow a couple of the capsules a day with a meal and a good drink of water. - But there can't be too many people as clumsy as I am, so I'm sure most of you would want to use it in the time-honoured way of simply adding it to your curry/soup/stew or whatever.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
"Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay as much as $2.2 billion to
resolve an investigation into its marketing of the anti-psychotic drug
Risperdal, according to a published report."
Read article in the Houston Chronicle (USA)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Just because a painkiller is available over the counter (otc) it doesn't mean it's harmless, especially if it's paracetamol/acetaminophen/Calpol/Tylenol/
Just because a painkiller is available aver the counter (otc) it doesn't mean
it's harmless, especially if it's
paracetamol/acetaminophen/Calpol/Tylenol/Panadol. See this abcnews article. And see this Google search page.This drug is particularly dangerous to
children. See Philly.com Report. For children especially it can cause
asthma, liver damage and even sudden death. - That's apart from starting them on
the path of painkiller dependence and painkiller addiction.
It is better to deal with the cause of the pain, rather than trying to eliminate the symptom. Pain is not caused by paracetamol deficiency.
Friday, July 13, 2012
"The Vioxx saga continues. Nearly eight years after Merck
withdrew the controversial painkiller over links to heart attacks and
strokes, a new paper indicates the drugmaker hid evidence that Vioxx
tripled the risk of cardiovascular death for more than three years
before taking the pill off the market in 2004. During the same period,
the paper in the American Heart Journal notes, Merck had regularly
insisted such an increased did not exist."
Read article at pharmalot.com
Thursday, July 12, 2012
On Inside Health on Radio 4 this week: some people are being misdiagnosed as having exercise-induced asthma
On Inside Health this week: some people are being misdiagnosed as having exercise-induced asthma. So if you or someone you know has had this diagnosis, and especially if you are an athlete, more especially if medication has been prescribed, and even more especially if that is steroid medication, then I suggest you visit this BBC webpage. Rather than exercise-induced asthma, the problem may be vocal cord dysfunction, and this problem does not respond to inhalers. I suggest you also have a look at my recent blogpost about asthma.
Dr Mercola today explains the widespread corruption of science: that drug companies invent data, fabricate research, falsify results,cover up adverse effects...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Friday, July 06, 2012
Roche Holding AG must pay a total of $18 million in damages to two
former users of its Accutane acne drug who blamed the medicine for their
bowel disease, a New Jersey jury ruled.
Read article at bloomberg.com
Thursday, July 05, 2012
"A research director for Pfizer was positively buoyant after reading that
an important medical conference had just featured a study claiming that
the new arthritis drug Celebrex was safer on the stomach than more
established drugs. “They swallowed our story, hook, line and sinker,” he
wrote in an e-mail to a colleague. The truth was that Celebrex was no
better at protecting the stomach from serious complications than other
drugs. It appeared that way only because Pfizer and its partner,
Pharmacia, presented the results from the first six months of a yearlong
study rather than the whole thing."
Read article in the New York Times (USA)
Really I don't think arthritis painkilling drugs are worth the candle. They've done a great deal of harm over the years. See my posts about Vioxx, for example.
You can reduce the pain of osteoarthritis by the simple expedient of seriously cutting down on salt and salty food. This dietary measure also lowers high blood pressure, reduces your risk of heart attack, stroke, depression, fractures, some cancers and many other degenerative illnesses, as well as reducing excess weight caused by fluid retention and helping with breathing problems. - What's not to like? - Try it! - You will feel so much better!
GSK whistleblowers handsomely rewarded for their evidence which helped in the US prosecution of Glaxo for drug mispromotion and fraud
The Telegraph reports that four former GlaxoSmithKline employees will share up to £159 million for their part in the successful prosecution of the drug company. Unfortunately Glaxo's crimes and misdemeanours are regarded with amazing leniency in Britain, as evidenced by the award of a knighthood earlier this year to Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline. Drug company profits trump patient safety and corporate ethics.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
The settlement will cover criminal fines as well as civil settlements with the federal and state governments.
The case concerns 10 drugs, including Paxil, Wellbutrin, Avandia and Advair."
Did you know that the many well-honed skills of GSK include bribing doctors to prescribe antidepressant drugs off-label for children, knowing that these drugs can and do result in grave harm to children, including death? And did you know that Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours List? - Beggars belief, doesn't it? - It's not as if the fraudulent practices of this firm have only come to light recently. They have been reported and in the public domain for years. Why was the head of this huge criminal business recommended for a knighthood?
I've mentioned Andrew Witty previously in one of my blogposts. - See HERE. Would you feel safe taking drugs made and marketed by this company? - Well I wouldn't.