Archive for March, 2012

Lipitor: a Story

Monday, March 26th, 2012

I took myself off of Lipitor years ago because of adverse side effects. My doctor didn’t help me and my cardiologist said, “I didn’t fight you”, when I told him I was going to take myself off. That was years ago. Now I want to share a chilling story from Life Extension:

“According to the New York Times, the largest introduction of a generic drug in history is being impeded in another devious scheme perpetrated by Big Pharma.

“Lipitor is the best-selling drug of all time, generating sales of $106 billion over the last decade. Pfizer has told financial analysts it is preparing for the loss of Lipitor’s patent with a variety of business moves to preserve market share.

“In a letter to pharmacists, Pfizer is asking many drugstores to block prescriptions for a generic version of Lipitor. This cholesterol-lowering drug lost patent protection on November 30, 2011.

“One of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers issued instructions seeking to have pharmacists keep filling prescriptions with the more expensive Lipitor for six months. Pfizer will provide large discounts to benefit managers that block the use of generic versions of Lipitor.

“This tactic will benefit Pfizer and benefit managers at the expense of employers and taxpayers, who are on the hook for paying more than they should for an off-patent drug.” Life Extension, March 2012, p.12

The the political party nay-sayers are saying we can’t afford Medicare and Medicaid or insurance for all people while a few people make millions over their greedy practices of price control. And this is only one example of Big Pharma keeping generic drugs at inflated prices.

If you truly want to be healthy you must, in most cases, ignore the ads for drugs and search and find out if your doctor knows what’s best for you.

Smile! It Will Add Years to Your Life

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

In his book “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age” Dr. Daniel Amen states that a sincere and happy, natural smile may be one of the top age erasers of all. When people have brains that are both calm and focused and who live lives that are healthy tend to be happier and smile more often.

So add a smile to your face – one that is real.

Stress – The “Modern Disease”

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Stress and anxiety have become the modern form of “disease”. Studies show that 80 percent of Americans have chronic stress – and chronic stress causes chronic diseases and early death. Stress also effects the whole body. That’s why some people have pain in different areas. What is not so well known is that stress also effects cortisol levels and can restrict blood flow and other functions.

One of the natural combatants to stress is lemon balm which reduces stress and anxiety. Lemon balm is a common garden herb related to mint. Not only does it work as a mild sedative but is well known for its memory-enhancing properties.

Another natural combatant is L-theanine, a non-protein amino acid found only in green tea. That’s why you are reading so much about drinking green tea today. Many studies say that 2 or 3 cups of green tea a day will help significantly in lowering stress.

Both lemon balm and L-theanine demonstrate neuroprotective characteristics through mechanisms related to the calming effects on brain cells.

For more information go to Life Extension, January 2012

Animal Products Kill More People Than Tobacco

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Recent studies show that more people are dying from heart disease, cancer, and stroke related to excessive animal product consumption.

Pumping animals with antibiotics, feeding them GMO foods, and foods filled with herbicides are bringing the poisons right into human consumption.

There is a better way. Vegetarians have a much lower rate of these diseases and are much less likely to be obese.

You are what you eat. A trite saying but true.

Three Industries Attacking Our Health

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

You would think that as the richest country in the world and with the most expensive health care system anywhere in the world you would think we would be healthy. But two-thirds of our U.S. population is overweight, and many of them obese that we need to take all kinds of drugs to get through the day.

Women in 48 other countries and men in 44 other countries live longer than we do.

Why?

Fast and highly processed foods are the number one culprit.

The TV industry with remotes so we can keep from exercising is number two.

And number three is the pharmaceutical companies. Their drugs do not kill us too quickly so we can continue to get the prescriptions refilled. In most cases good nutritious food could replace these drugs with no side effects. Did you ever watch a TV add for some new drug “Be careful, it may kill you” is the most frequent warning. Or “Don’t take this drug if . . .”

Why do they do this?

Money, greed, lack of concern for  a healthy America.

One fast food chain boasts that they give money to help fight breast cancer – the cancer they cause with their food.

These companies start out with real food and they they process it – heating, bleaching, drying, evaporating, etc., until it’s not food any more. Then they add color, preservatives, artificial flavors, enhance the appearance and modify the texture. They use over a billion pounds of chemicals to processed food to make what looks like food. And these chemicals are addictive. Yes as the ad says “sugar is sugar” but high fructose corn syrup is not plain sugar – it is dangerous to your health.

If we start out with whole, organic foods we wouldn’t need all the medicines and would feel more like exercising to stay healthy.

How is your health?

Are You Afraid of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Friday, March 9th, 2012

There are more and more studies out their now that show that exercise slows the process of developing dementia. Sometimes genetics plays a part. All people carry the gene APOE, which is involved in metabolism. But people who carry the APOE gene mutation e4 increase their risk of developing AD by 15 times that of someone without the e4 mutation.

If you have the e4 mutation you can neutralize it’s effect with exercise.

Get Healthy Brain Habits

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

With the technology we have today we can see what our brain looks like and see how healthy or unhealthy it is.

Dr. Daniel Amen is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and with his brain imaging SPECT studies show how we can improve our brains so that they look younger and function better to help ward off dementia and other problems.

You only have one brain so use it to your advantage and remain or become sharp again.

I would suggest looking into Dr. Daniel Amen’s books and clinics.

Exercise

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Physical inactivity is the fourth most common preventable cause of death, behind smoking, hypertension, and obesity.

Dr. Daniel Amen