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FDA issues 'voluntary recall' for two thyroid medications

Having to take a daily medication for a certain condition can be a hassle, but of course it is worth it when the medication helps to keep your symptoms under control. But what if you found out that the prescription you have been taking was recalled due to issues in manufacturing? Yikes!

As uncommon as this occurrence may be, it can happen from time to time. Just recently the Federal U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) voluntarily recalled two thyroid medications for this exact reason.

Comment: Additional information on Hypothroidism:
The simplest method to deal with an under active thyroid is proper supplementation with iodine, called orthoiodosupplementation. If the thyroid is damaged, then supplementation with thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3, the main biologically active hormone) may be necessary. Supplementation (6). with these hormones should be done under close supervision of a medical professional. However, supplementation with inorganic iodine is generally much safer, as the body "knows" how much T4 and T3 need to make. There are also drugs that change physiology of iodine metabolism, but this subject is beyond the scope of this article. Pharmaceutical companies pressure doctors to avoid inexpensive orthoiodosupplementation, so you won't likely get a prescription for inexpensive Lugol's solution from a mainstream practitioner.

One caveat to supplementation with iodine is the autoimmune illness called Hashimoto's disease, or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, which is one of the potential causes of hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, when hypothyroidism is diagnosed, the possibility that Hashimoto's disease underlies this condition has not always been properly tested. Therefore, Hashimoto's disease has often been mis-diagnosed. Doctors usually treat this condition with hormone replacement therapy, and some believe that excessive iodine intake may trigger it in susceptible people (7). Always ask your doctor if iodine supplements are right for you.


The growing list of products tested positive for Glyphosate contamination

Monsanto is receiving considerable global backlash after the agrochemical and seed giant was found guilty of malice and of covering the fact that their flagship product can cause cancer.

At issue is glyphosate, the active chemical ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and Ranger herbicides. For years, evidence has been mounting that glyphosate is carcinogenic, which is quite alarming considering that it is the most widely used (and overused) agricultural chemical ever.
"Americans have applied 1.8 million tons of glyphosate since its introduction in 1974. Worldwide, 9.4 million tons of the chemical have been sprayed onto fields. For comparison, that's equivalent to the weight of water in more than 2,300 Olympic-size swimming pools. It's also enough to spray nearly half a pound of Roundup on every cultivated acre of land in the world." ~ Newsweek

Comment: The growing list of Glyphosate contamination in consumer products: Also read Interview with Dr. Stephanie Seneff: Glyphosate herbicide and how to detox it


The marvel of electric light and how it became a global blight to health

light pollution
Light pollution is often characterised as a soft issue in environmentalism. This perception needs to change. Light at night constitutes a massive assault on the ecology of the planet, including us. It also has indirect impacts because, while 20 per cent of electricity is used for lighting worldwide, at least 30 per cent of that light is wasted. Wasted light serves no purpose at all, and excessive lighting is too often used beyond what is needed for driving, or shopping, or Friday-night football.

The electric light bulb is touted as one of the most significant technological advancements of human beings. It ranks right up there with the wheel, control of fire, antibiotics and dynamite. But as with any new and spectacular technology, there are invariably unintended consequences. With electric light has come an obliteration of night in much of the modern world; both outside in the city, and indoors during what was once 'night' according to the natural position of the Sun.


Bayer needs more than an aspirin to cure its Monsanto-sized headache

In a special telephone meeting on Thursday, August 23, Bayer AG's CEO Werner Bauman tried to reassure the German conglomerate's principal shareholders who were concerned about the recent drop in the company's stock. Bayer's stock fell dramatically after an unfavorable verdict against Bayer's St. Louis subsidiary, Monsanto.

Bauman expressed his confidence in Monsanto and predicted a sunny future for its flagship herbicide, Roundup.

He told his top-tier investors that Bayer had performed an adequate due-diligence on Monsanto before purchasing the troubled company for $66 billion this past June. At the time of its purchase, Monsanto told its German suitors that a $270-million set-aside would cover all its outstanding liabilities arising from Monsanto's 5,000 Roundup cancer lawsuits.


Flame retardants: Worse than lead?

flame retardants
© Consumer Product Safety Commission
Fire alarm: US government tests found that flame retardants “did not…provide any significant protection.”
Special Investigation: The chemical industry strikes again, shifting from lead to flame retardants that also sicken and kill.

Today, thanks in part to the efforts of a single Virginia family, as many as 97 percent of Americans have toxic flame retardants in their blood. Deeply poisonous, and linked to cancer, genetic damage, and behavioral and learning difficulties, the prevalence of flame retardants, here and around the world, owes to the fact that these chemicals have been placed in many of the objects of daily life-in our homes, automobiles, and workplaces, even in our beds.

Comment: Are Flame Retardants Safe? Growing Evidence Says 'No'


How to prepare for a pandemic flu should one occur

flu pandemic
It has been 100 years since the Spanish Flu (also known as the 1918 flu pandemic) spread across the globe, infecting 500 million people and causing the deaths of 50 million - which was three to five percent of the world's population at the time.

Imagine the catastrophic numbers in today's time if a similar flu hit - and how quickly it would spread from the ease in transportation modern society allows.

While you can rest easy right now knowing a global pandemic is not currently a threat, it is just a matter of time before the next one arrives.

Although modern medicine has a lot more flu-fighting tricks in its arsenal than it did several decades ago, the risk of a pandemic flu killing many is still very real.

The growing population, ease in global travel, civil conflict, a marked decrease in medical facilities in outbreak regions, and a decrease in CDC resources could all create a perfect storm for an epidemic to rapidly get out of control and become a pandemic.

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The Health & Wellness Show: The Nanny State and the Myth of a Healthy Utopia

food police
Economists say obesity and its consequences cost our society $190 billion annually in health care and lost productivity. So our government overlords and health officials want to find effective strategies to discourage people from over-consuming sugary drinks and junk foods. They hope to accomplish this gargantuan feat through taxation that generates billions of dollars in revenue that will allegedly go toward schemes that will lay the framework for a healthy utopia where everyone is, ultimately, a super-hot vegan. It's all for the kids, ya know. But can anyone, let alone the government, successfully regulate private behavior? Who decides what is healthy? And what if the deciders not only tell us what not to eat but start enforcing what we we have to eat?

Join us for this episode of The Health and Wellness Show where we discuss the slippery slope of food policy and taxation contrasted with the need for policies that actually are for the public good, the foxes guarding the hen-house (otherwise known as the FDA) and the ultimate responsibility that rests with the individual.

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Why so many older Americans are overdosing on opioids

© Chris Shinn
A recent poll suggests many doctors aren't warning elderly patients of the risks when prescribing painkillers.

As the body ages, it often aches. In the United States, 81 percent of adults over 65 endure multiple chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. There also can be emotional pain from the loss of relatives and close friends, and concerns about the continued ability to live independently.

For those whose physical ailments prove almost paralyzing and chronic, health providers often prescribe opioid painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. But that can lead to trouble. Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a public-health emergency. The department has spent almost $900 million on treatment services and other initiatives, but still more and more Americans are dying of overdoses on opioids-in the forms of prescription pain pills, heroin, or synthetic drugs. While older adults are not the age group most affected by the crisis, the population of older adults who misuse opioids is projected to double from 2004 to 2020.


Latest low-carb 'study': All politics, no science

low carb tombstone
© Suzi Smith
Recently, the journal Lancet Public Health published a study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the University of Minnesota warning people that low-carbohydrate diets can cause early death.

The paper, entitled "Dietary carbohydrate intake and mortality: a prospective cohort study and meta-analysis" has enjoyed broad media coverage and ignited passionate debate in nutrition circles around the world.

Comment: Rather ironic that the very same site, Psychology Today, posted another article called "Are Carbs The Culprit?" that sings the praises of this study: "The take-home message: Moderation is best, and focusing primarily on a plant-based diet can help you to live longer." What a crock! It looks like Psychology Today has some decisions to make: stick with the old dying paradigm of low-fat, low/no meat recommendations that have been killing us for decades, or actually look critically at the evidence and recognize the house of cards for what it is.

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Nearly 70K children a year go to the ER due to antibiotic side effects

© antibiotics-info.org
Before the beginning of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was 47 years, even in the industrialized world.1 Infectious diseases such as pneumonia, syphilis and smallpox were rampant. The discovery of penicillin in 1928 marked the beginning of a revolution against microbes that had assailed human health for centuries.

Discoveries of many new classes of antibiotics occurred during the antibiotic era. In the U.S., the leading cause of death became noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke, as compared to communicable diseases, and the average life expectancy rose to 78.8 years.2 But overuse has led to a reduction in effectiveness.

The drugs that transformed life in the early 1900s now saturate concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and are offered to many who seek medical care with anything appearing like an infection. Antibiotics are also sprayed on crops,3 dumped in rivers with treated and untreated waste4 and painted on the hulls of boats5 to keep off barnacles.

Over the decades these tiny microbes have begun to evade the drugs used to kill them, developing into antibiotic-resistant pathogens estimated to cause at least 2 million infections annually, leading to 23,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.6 According to the World Health Organization:7

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: What have we done? Antibiotic resistance in the age of superbugs