Archive for April 2008

Osteoporosis Drug Fosamax Linked To Heart Problem, Study Suggests

April 29, 2008

Another study showing problems with Fosamax.

Osteoporosis Drug Fosamax Linked To Heart Problem, Study Suggests:

Osteoporosis Drug Fosamax Linked To Heart Problem, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (Apr. 28, 2008) — Women who have used Fosamax are nearly twice as likely to develop the most common kind of chronically irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) than are those who have never used it, according to research from Group Health and the University of Washington.

“We studied more than 700 female Group Health patients whose atrial fibrillation was first detected during a three-year period,” said Dr. Heckbert. She and her colleagues compared those women to over 900 randomly selected female Group Health members matched on age and high blood pressure to serve as controls.
“Having ever used alendronate was associated with an 86 percent higher risk of newly detected atrial fibrillation compared with never having used the drug,” said Dr. Heckbert, who is also an affiliate investigator at the Group Health Center for Health Studies.

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A child’s perspective

April 28, 2008

I love this, our clinic director in Portland forwarded it out to us. It’s an email from a new client and feedback she got from a young student. Gotta love childrens’ honesty.

And Polly, keep up the great work! You’ll soon be using that walker as a potted plant holder.


I thought you would find this interesting…

A ten year old student this morning took my walker and demonstrated “This is the old (meaning former, bent over) Polly and this is the new Polly (upright).”

I guess there is progress! Polly

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Aerobic exercise helps turn back biological clock

April 26, 2008

Another study on the importance of motion:

Aerobic exercise helps turn back biological clock – Yahoo! News:

Aerobic exercise helps turn back biological clock
Thu Apr 24, 1:47 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Maintaining aerobic fitness through middle age and beyond could delay the aging process by more than a decade and prolong independent living, according to a new review of research on aerobic fitness and dependency in old age.

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Good Advice

April 20, 2008

a friend forwarded this to me after having it forwarded to her. I liked it and thought I’d pass it on…………..

1.) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is
the ultimate antidepressant.

2.) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you
have to.

3.) Buy a Tivo (DVR), tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

4.) When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
‘My purpose is to________ today.’

5.) Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6.) Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you
did last year.

7.) Always pray and make time to exercise.

8.) Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age
of Six.

9.) Dream more while you are awake.

10.) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods
that are manufactured in plants.

11.) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan
salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.

12.) Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13.) Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new
and flowing energy into your life.

14.) Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues
of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead,
invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15.) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems
are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra
class …….but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16.) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a
college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17.) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18.) Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

19.) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20.) Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21.) You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22.) Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

23.) Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their
journey is all about.

24.) Ladies – Go on and burn those ‘special’ scented candles, use the
600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear our fancy lingerie now.
Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special.

25.) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26.) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years,
will this matter?’

27.) Forgive everyone for everything.

28.) What other people think of you is none of your business.

29.) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!

30.) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31.) Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends
will. Stay in touch with them.

32.) Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

33.) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God
provides remember?!

34.) The best is yet to come. (in restored earthly paradise)

35.) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

36.) Do the right thing!

37.) Call your family often.

38.) Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
‘I am thankful for __________.’ Today I accomplished _________.

39.) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

40.) Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you
certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so
make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

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Children and smoke detectors

April 17, 2008

Thanks to Rosie, our office manager, for forwarding this to me. It’s a news report that shows how children sleep in such a way that they will often not hear the alarm when a smoke detector goes off. This is sobering for those with children. It does show a new solution that should hopefully be coming to market soon. The video lasts about 3-4 minutes, check it out here.

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How Monsanto manipulates the news

April 16, 2008

There’s a link below that I think is important to watch. It makes the point that what you see in “the news” ain’t necessarily the news. As mainstream media ownership becomes increasingly consolidated in the hands of fewer and fewer entities, money becomes issue in what news an outlet is permitted to report. We teach our children that in America we have a “free press”, but it is evident that our press is not particularly free nor honest. To that end, a book I highly recommend is “Into The Buzzsaw”. It’s a collection of essays from reputable journalists about how their attempts to report on key issues were limited or censored by those for whom they work. After reading it, you won’t look at the news the same way again.

The video below is important for two reasons. One is what I mention above. It tells a story about how the news is really delivered and what this industry’s priorities really are. Secondly, it brings up the important issue of how we are systematically poisoning our food supplies and feeding ourselves and our children toxins that have no business being anywhere near our bodies. I don’t remember the exact length of the video, I think it’s about 8-10 minutes, but it’s very well worth watching. Please, watch it and then pass it on to your friends. This is a story that needs to be shared. The media won’t do it, but we can.

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Vioxx studies often used “ghost authors”

April 16, 2008

I have some people ask me why I’m skeptical of “clinical research” that “proves” a new drug’s efficacy and safety. There are a lot of reasons why this is so. I think the process is fundamentally corrupted by the enormous amounts of money involved and at stake. Here’s one example of that corruption. And I’ll say clearly, anyone who thinks this practice was limited to Merck and specifically Vioxx are deluding themselves.

Reuters Health Information (2008-04-15): Vioxx studies often used “ghost authors”:
Vioxx studies often used “ghost authors”

Last Updated: 2008-04-15 16:00:40 -0400 (Reuters Health)

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A review of industry documents from the litigation surrounding Vioxx, the arthritis pain reliever that was withdrawn from the market by Merck, Inc. in 2004, reveals that clinical trials and review articles published about the drug were often written by company employees or other unacknowledged authors, while an academically affiliated investigator, who may have had little involvement with the study or who did not always disclose sponsor-related financial support, was listed as the primary author.

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