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Enterprising doctor and pharmacist come up with cheaper alternatives to the ridiculously priced EpiPen

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Pharmaceutical company Mylan has made news recently by raising the price of a popular and important drug. Mylan acquired a product by the name of EpiPen in 2007. At the time, the price of the product was approximately $100 per unit. However, the price quickly shot up to $600 after Mylan's acquisition.

EpiPen is an injection containing epinephrine, a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. These effects can reverse severe low blood pressure, wheezing, severe skin itching, hives, and other symptoms of an allergic reaction. This product is popular among people with life threatening allergies.

EpiPen currently has annual sales of about $1 billion. In response to the controversy, Mylan said that it would sell its own generic version of EpiPen for $300 — a concession not well received by those who depend on this life-saving technology.

According to a report in Forbes, the government's outrage over the price of EpiPen is hypocritical as it was a direct result of the government's policy that caused the price spike:

Comment: Dr. Douglas McMahon is selling his verson for $50.
A doctor with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Minnesota has created an alternative to the EpiPen that would be smaller and, more importantly, much cheaper than the Epinephrine devices available at the moment.

Dr. Douglas McMahon is no stranger to the dangers of allergic reactions.

"I actually have severe food allergies myself, so I've need to carry an Epinephrine device for many years. Throughout that process I've realized the current device is really big and cumbersome, to the point where I hardly ever carried it," he told WCCO.

While working with the Allergy and Asthma Center, he began playing around with EpiPens in his lab several years ago.

"By chance I came to realize how inexpensive the parts were, including the medicine, and I realized we can sell it to patients for a very reasonable cost," McMahon said.

This should come as a surprising piece of information to anyone familiar with the current EpiPen on the market made by Mylan, the price of which went from a little over $100 for a two pack, one year's supply, in 2007 to $600 in 2016.

In an effort to make their prices more reasonable, Mylan announced a cheaper alternative of $300 for a two pack. Not bad, but still close to three times more expensive than the price less than a decade ago.

Meanwhile, McMahon plans to sell his version for $50.

"I'm a patient that uses this device and I would prescribe this device, so I know both sides of the field," McMahon told WCCO.

McMahon's plans to call his EpiPen the AllergyStop and is trying to raise money for it on IndieGogo, where he hopes to raise $200,000 in the next month. That cost may only be a drop in the bucket when he is looking at the cost of running human trials on his product in order to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

All in all, McMahon expects that the AllergyStop tests will cost about $2 million in total after ensuring the medicine can remain sterile in the pen and be in direct sunlight. With so much money necessary, McMahon is open to allowing investors in on the project, but he hopes they won't expect him to increase the price.



Stop

Maryland schools ban thousands of students without government-mandated vaccinations

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Maryland schools plan to ban thousands of students from attending class over new mandatory vaccine requirements.

Maryland students are required to receive vaccinations for chicken pox, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and meningitis and parents are required to provide proof within 20 calendar days from the start of school, but thousands of students across the state are out of compliance, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Next week, students without the proper immunizations will be banned from class until their parents provide proof they received the shots.

"... Baltimore County barred hundreds of children from school this week after failing to meet a Tuesday deadline for required vaccinations," according to the news site.

For Baltimore City schools, the number of students who could miss out on class next week is in the thousands, as 3,800 were without the required vaccinations Wednesday.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Connecting the Dots: There's something rotten.....everywhere

Things are heating up in the health world with many interesting news stories from the last few weeks. Is something big on the vaccine front headed our way? Public agencies are certainly acting as if there is. The WHO released an instruction manual on how to win the hearts and minds of vaccine deniers and if that doesn't work, the CDC has plans to stop, quarantine and 'treat' any travelers who look a little under the weather. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it's okay for doctors to ditch the non-vaccinated and, thanks to a little bill out of California, showing the film VAXXED could become a crime.

Join us for this episode of the Health and Wellness Show where we'll discuss the above madness as well as ways to protect against the dreaded MMR vaccine, the high costs of Autism, useless cancer screening and more.

Stay tuned, as always, for Zoya's Pet Health Segment and find out what an anal gland is.

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Pills

Pea-brained nation: New study reveals many common drugs that cause brain shrinkage

A group of common drugs used to treat allergies and other chronic health issues increase the risk of Alzheimers and dementia, according to a new study by the University of Indiana School of Medicine. The study also found that these drugs reduce the overall size of the brain as well as its metabolism if taken regularly. The drugs, known collectively as anticholinergics, are commonly prescribed for allergies, insomnia, hypertension, cardiac problems, and depression among others. Some of the most well-known brands in the US include Xanax, Zyrtec, Valium, Wellbutrin, Benadryl, Dramamine, Paxil, and Histex. You can see a comprehensive list of anticholinergic drugs implicated in this study by clicking here.

This class of drugs blocks acetylcholine in the brain, an important neurotransmitter vital to normal brain function. In people with Alzheimers, there is always a lack of this neurotransmitter and, according to this study and others, these drugs worsen the condition or can provoke it. However, this study is not the first to find problems with anticholinergic drugs. A study in 2013 found that people who take these types of drugs showed a significant reduction in cognitive ability. Their risk of contracting Alzheimers also increased by more than 60%.

Comment: Just say no to drugs.


Syringe

Adult vaccine schedule: More shots mean more illness and more deaths

The primary focus for disease prevention for adults, in this country, continues to be vaccinations and the development of new ones. However, vaccinations fail to prevent their targeted diseases and can cause other health problems, including death. [1]

Americans are currently facing a health epidemic with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and autoimmune disorder rates at an all-time high. Many of these diseases have actually been causally linked to vaccinations. [2, 3]

Currently, several vaccines are recommended for adults, but many more, which target some of these illnesses, are being developed for the future. In addition to new vaccines, new adjuvants are being studied, as well as needle-free vaccines.

What would a more expansive vaccination schedule mean for the health of American adults? It seems likely that more vaccines would equate with more health problems, not less.

Health

What is a lipoma and should you be worried?

Harmless little fat cell "lumps" under your skin may not be something you'd worry about. Especially if you have just one or two. But is it possible to overlook a tumor as a benign lipoma? Should you have it checked out? And what are the best ways to deal with lipoma that's troubling you?

Ever had one of those wobbly bumps appear below your skin and been told they're just "fatty cells"? Lipomas are usually nothing to worry about. But with cancer scares jolting us out of our reverie, do these benign lumps warrant some attention too?

Ambulance

Mysterious illness spreads like wildfire in Alabama school, 120 sick

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In an ABC 33/40 news exclusive report, a mysterious illness spread like wildfire in a Lamar County school.

The illness ending a large number of students home sick. Right now, the cause of the illness is yet to be determined. Roughly 120 students were out at South Lamar today. The school system contacted the state health department.

An environmental health specialist will be at the school Thursday to investigate what caused the students to get sick. On Wednesday afternoon, crews were at the school cleaning the building and school buses thoroughly.

Several parents posted about the mysterious illness on Facebook. Some say they noticed their children getting sick Tuesday night, and that several households got hit at once. Many agree, they have never seen anything like this.

Some question whether there was food contamination. Superintedent Garth Moss tells ABC 33/40, some students got sick who ate in the cafeteria. Other students got sick who didn't set foot in the cafeteria.

Comment: Mysterious illness affecting Kansas high school spreading to other district schools


Syringe

CDC's measles hysteria: Proposed rule calls for detention or quarantine of travelers suspected of having a contagious disease

© John Woudstra
I remember the day in 2007, when I was standing in front of a Maryland country courthouse videotaping interviews with mothers and fathers lined up with children who had been thrown out of school for failing to show proof they had gotten chickenpox and hepatitis B shots.1,2

State public health officials were threatening the parents with fines and jail time and suddenly, as we were talking, men in uniforms with guns and dogs emerged from the courthouse and headed toward us.

In the pit of my stomach was the sickening feeling that people in countries throughout history have felt when the exercise of freedom of thought, speech and conscience is met with a demonstration of police power wielded by agents of the State.

Today, the American people are challenged, as they have never been before, to confront the expansion of government authority over our bodies and the bodies of our children, specifically the exercise of police power to take us into custody and isolate us without our consent whenever public health officials believe we are sick or could become sick.

At stake is the preservation of human rights and cultural values that have been part of America since the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights defined civil liberties two centuries ago.

Are public health officials getting ready to apprehend and quarantine you or your child if they believe you are, or could become, infected with measles or any other communicable disease they decide is a threat to the public health?

Are they enlisting airline and other public transportation personnel to help them conduct a dragnet that will be easy for you to get caught up in when you travel?

Once you are detained, can they hold you for 72 hours against your will until you agree to be vaccinated or they declare you are no longer a threat? Is this for real or not? You be the judge.

Comment: Is a forced vaccination agenda behind the measles hysteria?
Every person has an absolute right to their own body and anything that goes into it. Take good note of the following, and be prepared to use it when they bring up the safety argument:

1) The US Government Has Paid out $3 Billion to Vaccine-Injured Americans Since 1989, and almost 90 percent of victims with serious side effects are deterred from reporting or even making a claim. Doctors are trained to deny any evidence of vaccine linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

2) The Polio vaccine is contaminated with monkey cancer virus

3) A 5 Year old girl contracted shingles (severe nerve damage) after chickenpox vaccination

4) The MMR vaccine has been shown to give baby monkeys autism

5) In the New York measles outbreak 90% were vaccinated for measles.

6) There are thousands of SIDS deaths linked to vaccines administered a few days before, and many more thousands of screaming babies with high fevers and permanent damage.
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Bacon

How packaging covers up the truth about bacon's fatty glory

© Josh Freydkis
Bacon is fatty. It's the nature of the beast—literally—because bacon is made from pork belly, which is a naturally fatty section of a hog's carcass. That's part of why bacon tastes so good: Fat is flavor. But we've also been taught that fat is unhealthy and unappealing. And this tension may explain why bacon has one of the most unusual and underappreciated packaging formats of any supermarket product.

You've probably seen and handled supermarket bacon countless times. The standard one-pound package shows the bacon slices fanned out, with only their leading edges exposed. The industry term for this is a shingle pack—a reference to the way the slices overlap. Because those front edges tend to feature more lean muscle than the fattier back edges, and because the face of the top slice is invariably covered by a paperboard flap containing the manufacturer's logo and other branding information, the consumer sees a relatively unbroken field of red protein, creating the illusion that the bacon is leaner than it is.

Comment: Don't fear the bacon, embrace it.


Cell Phone

Beware 5G technolgy

On 14 July 2016 the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) of the USA made space available in the radio spectrum for consumer devices to operate within the 25 GHz to 100 GHz of the electromagnetic spectrum.

It went on to say:
"The Commission has struck a balance between new wireless services, current and future fixed satellite service operations, and federal uses. The item adopts effective sharing schemes to ensure that diverse users - including federal and non-federal, satellite and terrestrial, and fixed and mobile - can co-exist and expand."
Nowhere in its document is mention made of consumer safety or well-being. I guess that is fair of the FCC because historically, it is not interested in matters of microwave radiation and consequent thermal and non-thermal effects on the population. Let's face it, and most people find this hard to believe, the FCC works purely on behalf of the telecoms industries in granting them access to the airwaves, no more and no less.