It’s About Time!
Apparently it is becoming more common place for healthcare companies to deny employment to applicants who smoke, even in their off time. While many object, there are still 21 states that allow the practice, and it’s becoming more popular. Not only does it cost much more for an employer to insure a smoker, but the employee is going to miss more work due to smoking related diseases, most likely not be a good fit for a health conscious company, and, of course, last but not least, the employee’s breath and clothing will offend many. We say more power to the employers who stand up for their rights! Read more here.
These Items May Leach Even More Dangerous Chemicals
Remember the uproar over the dangers of the BPA in plastics, particularly baby bottles and water bottles, and in food cans, thermal credit card and cash register receipts and U.S. Federal currency? Next came the BPA FREE products, and we were told they were SAFE! Well, as it turns out, according to the Journal of Environmental Prospectives, those products might release even more chemicals with “estrogenic activity.” These chemicals mimic estrogen and are suspect for disrupting normal endocrine functioning. Some scientists link the chemicals to cancer, obesity and liver disease. Read this article for additional eye-opening information:
Often Ineffective, These Pills Can Be Dangerous
Not only are anti-depressants highly ineffective in a large percentage of patients, but they carry risks that are unacceptable. The popular drug Abilify has 75 known side effects! According to an article published in the May 2008 Journal of General Internal Medicine, anti-depressants can increase a woman’s chance of bone fracture by a whopping 30%. Read more by linking to this article.
Think Bottled Water is SAFE to Drink??? Think Again Folks!
Recently we have been made aware of the BPA toxicity in plastic water bottles, and, of course, we all know that they are not so eco-friendly, but have you ever looked at a real study of bottled water? Wow! Are you in for a surprise! The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has been testing bottled water for some time. Here is a link to their site where you can download the full report entitled “2011 Bottled Water Scorecard”
SOY – NOT As Healthy as You Think!
Even though much evidence points the other direction, during the last decade, the prevalence of soy as a health food has proliferated many forms of advertising media. You’re probably asking yourself WHY. Simply because soy crops are cheap and easy, and soy is now a multi-billion dollar, high profit industry!
Shocked? You’re not alone! While many of us thought we were doing something good for ourselves and our families by switching to soy milk and consuming more soy in our day to day meals, we were totally unaware of all the negative aspects.
Did you know that drinking just 5-8 ounces of soymilk a day has been shown to suppress thyroid function? According to a recent article by Joseph Mercola, MD (www.mercola.com) consumption of unfermented soy can also lead to increased risk of breast cancer due to the plant based estrogen compounds, cognitive decline, kidney stones due to the oxalate (compound that binds with calcium and forms stones), impaired immune function, impaired fertility, infant health problems and serious, potentially fatal allergic reactions.
John Hopkins Health Alerts states that non-fermented soy milk prevents the absorption of vitamins and minerals and can contribute to deficiencies. The phyto-estrogens can trigger early puberty in children, and the phyto-chemicals isoflavones have been linked to leukemia. A 2008 study indicated that men whose diet was high in soy products had a lower sperm count.
In addition to all the negative health consequences of soy, the soy industry adds more insult to injury by the fact that over 90% of all soybeans cultivated in the U.S. are genetically modified. This means they have high levels of systemic pesticides from the exposure to Round Up.
You May End Up With a More Expensive Trip to the Pharmacy
One of the largest drug manufacturers, Genentech, has been paying incentives to opthomologists who prescribe their very expensive drug, Lucentis, for patients with macular degeneration. Much less expensive alternatives, even by the same drug company, are available. The payments are tiered, and the doctors receive even more if they beat their last quarters’ quota. Even though these incentives may be legal, are they ethically correct??? Read this article for more information:
CHIROPRACTIC MAINTENANCE CARE REALLY DOES WORK!
For about 100 years now, chiropractors have been encouraging patients to continue with maintenance care after the initial phase of more frequent treatment, and this study shows that patients with chronic low back pain who receive on-going maintenance care have much better outcomes than patients who stop treatment after the initial phase. Read more here.
Why Do Women Not Seek Second Opinions?
WOW! Between 1996 and 2007, the frequency of Cesarean births in the U.S. increased at a whopping rate of over 50%. Shockingly, now, one in every three babies is delivered by C-section! These deliveries often bring unnecessary risks to both the mother and baby, not to mention the enormous increase in the hospital and obstetrician charges. The saddest part is that this increase is not based on medical reasons.
Are We That Unwary, or Is it Just Slick Marketing?
Big Pharma is all about slick marketing. We’ve mentioned this before in other posts. When we, as a population, are bombarded repeatedly day after day with advertisements – “Pills for our Ills”, some, if not most of us, begin to believe we actually NEED them. The doctor writes the prescription and we blindly head off to the pharmacy without giving it a second thought.
What about diet, exercise, adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular preventive care? Cholesterol, triglycerides, diabetes and many musculo-skeletal conditions, do respond well when permanent lifestyle changes are made. Take a minute to read this article and then think about all the potentially detrimental side effects you, or someone you know, may unnecessarily be suffering: