Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The FDA is considering changing is stance on Acetaminophen.

We all know that taking any thing prescribed by a doctor or even over the counter drugs have a slew of side effects that can scare the you know what out of us.
So now the all powerful FDA is rethinking it's position on Acetaminophens, and this surprises who???
Here is want I think... Always look for a natural alternative first.
I think we can agree that there is a time and place for regular doctors, but why not go the natural way first?
If you've been taking these dangerous medications, You Need to Detox Your Liver, Now!  
All the best,
Lou & Debbie

How is this for a headline?

The FDA is considering changing their recommendations for acetaminophen. 

So the question is why would they consider doing this?

Here is why...


The advisory panel recommended banning hydrocodone and oxycodone products (like Vicodin and Percocet) that contain acetaminophen. Vicodin and its generic counterparts contain hydrocodone and acetaminophen.  Percocet and its generic formulations contain oxycodone and acetaminophen. 
Acetaminophen is not uncommon – it is in many over-the-counter drugs, including Tylenol and cold/flu medication.  For this reason, taking one of these OTC drugs combined with either Percocet or Vicodin could result in an overdose.
The FDA panel has recommended lowering the maximum recommended dose of acetaminophen from 1,000 mg per dose to 650 mg. 
They also recommended lowering the maximum daily dose, which is currently 4 grams (4,000 mg).  Although they didn't specify what the maximum daily dose should be lowered to, it would most likely be in the neighborhood of 2,600 mg per day.
The FDA is not required to take the recommendation of the advisory panel, although they usually do.  Since the vote to ban Vicodin and Percocet-type drugs was so close, perhaps they will give it some extra consideration.
In the past, an FDA advisory panel also recommended removing painkillers Darvon and Darvocet from the market.  The drug-maker then voluntarily pulled the drug, due to a potentially deadly link to heart rhythms.
Stay tuned to see what happens.  If you know anyone taking these drugs, you may want to pass along the link to this posting...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

So I found this and thought, wow, can you believe that the best way to overcome arthritis is good old fashioned “diet and exercise”, who would have thought…
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…
You might remember that Debbie and I used to own a health club, I guess they should’ve called to interview one of us, huh?
So let me see if we got this right, instead of having surgery, we should exercise and loose weight?
Remember that the New York Times is the –
how do they put it, “the paper of record…” so now it may start to catch on!

All the best,
Lou & Debbie

'Magic' arthritis treatment may be old-fashioned diet and exercise
What's the best treatment for osteoarthritis? Many patients are seeking out surgery, but simply losing weight and wearing the right shoes may offer more of a benefit, according to the New York Times "Well" blog.
Nearly 27 million U.S. residents currently live with life-limiting osteoarthritis, and they are "relying more and more heavily on surgery," according to David Felson, a rheumatologist and epidemiologist at Boston University School of Medicine. While Felson endorsed the benefits of hip replacement surgery, he told the Times that knee replacements can be significantly less helpful. Knee replacement surgery rose 800% among U.S. residents 65 and older between 1979 and 2002, but up to one-third of patients will never experience an improvement, according to Felson.
Though many patients turn to surgery to relieve pain, Felson says old-fashioned diet and exercise may have the same effect:
   Weight loss combined with a well-design exercise program significantly reduced the pain of 450 men and women with osteoarthritis, according to a Wake Forest University trial;
   Exercises that strengthen quadriceps, like leg presses, wall squats, and mini squats, can restore and preserve a range of motion, according to arthritis prevention expert Glen Johnson;
   Wearing specially designed wedge-shape shoes may help take stress off arthritic knees and hips, according to the Times;
   Bracing an arthritic knee can help, too—according to Felson—because an unloader brace can shift stress away from the damaged part of the joint; and
   Eating foods rich in vitamin K, like broccoli, kale, and cabbage may benefit joints.
The severity of pain is directly "correlated with the degree of muscle weakness," Felson wrote in an article published in NEJM (Brody, Well,  New York Times, 7/9).

Wow, I have been busy with life and have neglected keeping my blog posts going.
There have been so many changes happening in my life, that I forgot to share some important stuff with you all.
I hope that you have been having a wonderful year and looking forward to reconnecting with you all.
I will get back to posting, everything and anything I can that helps us to grow and learn, and maybe some fun stuff too…
If you have anything you can share, let us know
God Bless
Lou & Debbie