41 Drugs to Die For

24 10 2010
Prescription Drugs “Can” be a Bit Like Rolling the Dice in Vegas

    I’ve stated before, “Anything manmade and outside of God’s natural organic order, can/will cause ill-health medical conditions.”  And there is nothing more true to this statement and applicable relative to the plethora of FDA approved drugs that are causing great harm to those with medical conditions and dependent on pharmaceuticals.

     Although I believe there is no manmade drug (including long-storage processed/restaurant, fast-foods) that is entirely good for us, I would concede there are medical conditions where specific types of drugs given to patients far outweigh the health risk consequences than going without.

     My biggest concern with our FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved drugs process is the sheer number of products coming to market.  Recall, before these drugs come to market there is an extensive FDA safety-approval process that also equates to billions of R&D (Research & Development) dollars where investors demand a ROI (Return on Investment) by bringing product to market.  And it is also true that that much of the FDA’s budget is greatly dependent upon the pharmaceutical products and services industries.  These industry resources also equate to 10’s of thousands of government, private sector and special interest jobs, within our health care industry.

     It is my opinion, the drug companies know full well how to fudge research data and the FDA knows how to give a free pass.  Folks this is a dangerous combination for the unknowing patient in need of safe effective drugs with minimal side effects.  We already know anything manmade is going to create additional risk for our health.  However, how much unnecessary risk should the “unknowing” patient take?  Are drugs that create high risk health conditions with “little-to-no” health benefits really necessary?  And has our drug approval process “now” incorporated increased health risk conditions and acceptable death rate into the cost-of-doing business?  And is litigation and class action lawsuits now factored into the cost of doing business as well?

     It would appear, “patients” have become a part of the “rat” lab program included into the cost or R&D “in our open markets!” Human studies now are disguised through a “free pass to market” process that incorporates reuse of the same drug(s); “pulled from consumer use,” and then relabeled  under different names (read below “Off-Market Labels”) to treat conditions that were not initially approved by the FDA.  I submit… The cost of doing business in expediting drug-to-market approval for use on humans is more cost effective with better correlated data than animal lab studies.

     It seems the paradigm shift is “now” Humans are an expendable commodity where the cost of doing business is settled through class action lawsuits to appease suffering families by compensating financially.  Also more research animals are saved, simultaneously keeping activist at bay; investors also make huge fortunes; government and private sector jobs and special interests continue to thrive and grow.

     Have we become the little white rats supporting the Off-Market Label drug trials as drug products are expedited for use in the marketplace?  And is this why our prescription drugs have a ridiculously high cost:  “Factor cost of class action lawsuits; off-label product marketing costs and FDA blind-eye policy and underwriter kickbacks to give a green light on a free pass to market.”  Are Off-Market Label drug policies breaking our healthcare systems back?  Is there anything that can be done about it?

     American greed knows no boundaries.  Those without a moral compass care only about their here and now.  Think about it.  I don’t know the entire solution in how to resolve this particular crux.  My only thought is, without moral leadership at the helm of any private, corporate, or government regulatory agency, these types of things will change little because of a corrupt soul.

     What can we the consumer do about this.  We the people “do” have the power to change consumer regulatory control.  “Vote the vermin out of government office and fill the seats with good guys.”  How do you know who the good guys are?  Simple, they have an undeniable morale leadership character and honorable past with little interest in lining their pockets (look for the money trail which is a dead giveaway).  Also, look for agenda motive and who endorses them.  Good guys also don’t seek recognition for doing the right things, it just comes to them.  And they only seek to rise higher in the leadership hierarchy to do greater good serving the people and appointing “moral good guys/gals.”  They are also responsible and accountable for their actions and to the people under which they serve.

     I’ve listed 5 of the 41 most dangerous class action lawsuit prescription drugs below.  All of these drugs have caused serious health problems for patients and even death.  The lawsuits are an indicator that even with inception of new drug products to market; this “quick product to market” approach is not going to stop anytime soon.  It has only gotten more complicated with Off-Market Labels and class action lawsuits.  As long as the FDA continues to turn a blind eye to R&D data, and class action lawsuits data statistics, etc.  Consumers will continue to experience more ill-health side effects and prescription induced “early” death through the off-label drug to market process.

     Even the fines issued by the FDA are only a slap on the wrist to hundreds of billion dollar companies.  Fines do not incentivize these companies to change the way they do business, but instead provides a “pay-per-play” drug policy which gives the appearance of our Federal government doing something about malicious business practices.  If our government really cared, they’d slap an injunction to stop distribution-to-market and remove any drug label that is deemed to have caused significant medical harm and death.  And if they were serious about consumer protection, fine these companies in a way that hurts their bottom line and require these companies to begin the R&D approval process over from start to finish.   But this won’t happen, why?  Federal regulatory agencies are in bed with these deep pocketed special interest companies and addicted to the money.

     However, it is now obvious the FDA drug approval process trust is being challenged by many consumer class action lawsuits with no end in sight.  The FDA is under a tremendous amount of pressure from the government oversight committees, consumer watch dogs and other advocates against the current drug-to-market protocols that is releasing bad drugs into the market.  If this “business as usual” approach does not change, further erosion of Obama care mandates will occur because policy will prove to be “cost unsustainable.”  And if health reform does not control the “status quo” drug approval process, these governmental policies will crumble and take our economy with it.  As to continue forward with such drug approval processes will cause irreversible harm to our health care services and economy.

 Five out of 41 Most Dangerous Drugs in Class Action Lawsuits.  See following Link: http://www.legallawhelp.com/safety_and_health/defective_drugs.html

 “Accutane:   Lawsuit 2010-09-30 – This was an approved FDA, “award winning” vitamin A derivative to treat various forms of cancer highly effective at mitigating and killing the spread of cells in the pancreas, brain and nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome.  There are now many problematic side-effect and deaths as a result of use.  Some of the serious side-effects include but not limited to:  Bowl disease, psychosis, hepatitis, pancreatic, myalgia, raised blood glucose, etc., And birth defect rates are extremely high when proper screening before prescription occurred.   Legal action is the result of either party(s) wrongly prescribed, or misunderstood use of, or detailed information of potential risks/brochures, or a signed consent form of understanding of pharmacist was not accomplished per prudent protocols.”  http://accutanelawsuit2010.net/

 “Vioxx and Bextra:  Approved by the FDA – A new study links certain painkillers to High Cholesterol, 13 Feb 2007.  Pain killers known as COX-2 inhibitors (Vioxx and Bextra) at the time of the study were shown to increase excess cholesterol for lack of purging it from the body.  This increased the possibilities of blood clot and stroke.  Lipid loads in the body when using this anti-arthritic pain alleviation drugs were shown to increase leading to cardiovascular issues with pain patients.”  http://vioxx.pharmaceutical-lawsuits.com/

 “Ketek:  An anti-biotic was linked to liver failure and other problems.  Originally Ketek was approved by the FDA to treat sinusitis and bronchitis.  Because of the problems it was no longer allowed for use by the FDA as originally intended.  However, in 2004 was approved to treat pneumonia outside of a hospital or nursing home.  The statements made by former physician David Ross who worked on pre-approval for FDA at Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) after 10 years stated “his superiors forced him to soften his unflattering review of the drugs.” http://www.newsinferno.com/legal-news/ketek-lawsuit-filed-in-illinois-says-sanofi-aventis-knew-of-liver-failure-side-effects/

 “Zyprexa:  Approved in 1996 and has been used for years to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Clinical trials have shown this drug to cause weight gain and diabetes.  The CDER is known by prominent medical clinical research professional(s) regards the pharmaceutical industry as the FDA’s(agency) main client.  Off-label marketing (specific falsities as to the side effects of a drug) for anti-psychotic drugs used to sedate nursing home patients kills approximately 15,000 a year.  However there is evidence that off-label marketing is not as strong as it use to be.  Off-label use also means that prescription drugs may be used to alleviate other symptoms or conditions but not approved for use by the FDA.”  http://www.coreynahman.com/atypical-antipsychotic-lawsuits.html

 “Rosiglitazon (Avandia):   Approved by the FDA – A type 2 diabetes drug approved for diabetes 2 use in 1999 caused some patients to have heart attacks.   Rosiglitazon is an oral anti-diabetic drug that increases insensitivity to insulin.  After patients experienced, heart problems, liver failure, weight gain, low blood sugar and fractures the FDA put out a warning on the drug.  In 2005 the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that Rosiglitazon caused partial blindness in 7 patients.  In 2007 a press release stated women that used Avandia showed increased signs of upper arm, feet and hand fractures.  In 2009, there is “no increase” in hospitalizations or death in comparison to those taking metformin with sulfonylurea.   But there were increases in heart failure and deaths for those taking Avandia.  The drug is still in use today and some patients are beginning to file lawsuits.”  http://www.avandia-injury-lawyer.com/index.php?gclid=CKbgwZyUr6QCFQsSbAodPibP0w

 “OFF-Label Plus,”

     It appears the drug industries are now focused on “Off-Label Plus” meaning to reduce or minimize false statements, or kickback incentives that would cause serious risk to patients.  In many cases some patients that have no other choice get treated with drugs that were originally intended and approved for a completely different use “without FDA approval!”

     The individual drug companies run these off-label research programs in a research setting funded by our government and “more than it should!”  This creates quite a lengthy mess during off-label prosecutions.  Research programs are causing our government to pay for more uses of drugs than it should through numerous individual Medicaid State agencies.  This off-label product-to-market channel is creating a complicated medical lawsuit nightmare for all parties involved.

     There are literally multiple-billion dollar; multi-national Companies with millions of “Off-Label Plus” claims throughout our nation.  In lawsuits, a heavy emphasis in the decision making process appears to be “patient harm versus patient benefit.”  Another major consideration in lawsuit cases is if research and development centers, physicians and/or sales reps have mislead the public trust, or the FDA in any serious way.  While in many other cases, if the off-label process were to be put to a halt, many patients may lose their life, while at the same time many lives may be saved. http://www.policymed.com/2010/07/pharmaceutical-marketing-lawsuits-slowing-considerably.html

Recommendation:  If you are taking any prescription drugs, and especially if that drug is one of the 41 class action lawsuits drugs found at the link I’ve provided above…  Learn all you can about the drug(s) and lawsuits, talk to your doctor and determine if there are better alternatives out there.  All too often, many of us tend to continue taking the same drugs for many years without physician follow up consultation to determine if health risk outweighs the benefits of using any particular, or combination of pharmaceuticals (annual physician consultations are a “good” ideal).  And through time, health condition, prescription formulation, dosages, may require prescription change; reducing risk while increasing health benefits. 

 Moderation and medical self-advocacy and due diligence is key in optimizing health benefits while reducing health risk.  This is especially true if you consume “any” product altered, or manufactured by man! 

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2010 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.

Marijuana Addiction, Government & Industrial Greed

23 07 2009

When you digest the information I’ve provided within “Marijuana Addiction “Lay Your Bet! Part 1,” See MAE HealthBlog, www.mirrorathlete.com.  One can only assume, the government is more concerned about retaining control and power over the people.  Let me provide you some interesting information with regard to Marinol (HMO Legal cannabis oil prescription).  A month supply costs the patient, or your HMO health provider $300-500 per month.  Also, the 13 states that allow medical marijuana scripts with a state approved medicinal marijuana card allow patients to grow a specified number of plants per year for harvest and personal use.  If you do not want to grow your own script, you can purchase the THC in food products, or purchase cannabis by the ounce for a fraction of HMO legal Marinol through state sanctioned medical marijuana distribution centers.  Currently, our federal government does not recognize “voter approved” states rights to distribute medical marijuana.  I believe this is because the federal government has not figured out how to control the revenues, which not done correctly will have a diminishing impact on their power and control base.  Or is it our government is concerned about our children’s potential addiction through access of our parents legalized medical marijuana scripts, or recreational health risks, or is it more in line to say, “It’s all about the money!”  Let’s continue the money, control and power assessment of what’s really going on here.

Marijuana consumption does not appear to be dwindling in use, per “The Street and journal reviews.”   I’ve talked with many parents about this issue, received mixed reviews, but on the whole parents accept the notion that legalization of marijuana for use by chronic pain patients should be a voter approved statewide mandate recognized by the federal government as intended by congress passing of the Compassionate Use Act, 1996 and revisions thereafter (see MAE Marijuana Use, Pain Benefits, Part 1).  Aside from state legal medical marijuana use many believe marijuana should be legalized for recreational use, much like alcohol (a social drug with NO medicinal property and HUGE health risks).   Then those that did become addicts could receive help and support much like an alcoholic and prescription addict receives state and health insurance covered rehabilitation and cessation services.

Alcohol and cigarettes have caused more damage to families and societies overall health than our government will ever admit.  To allow a drug to enter the market legally without full government control would begin “a shrinking” of the federal power base by giving too much control back to the people, such as we see in the struggle to bring medical marijuana to market.  Be patient, I will explain this concept very soon.   Please do take a little time and do your due diligence to see what’s going on in the world around you with regard to the legalization of marijuana.  Don’t take my word or insight as gospel with what you are about to read, instead use this insight to “incite” your curiosity and further educate yourself on these matters.  If marijuana was legalized as a recreational drug much like alcohol, I fear much crime, unnecessary deaths, overcrowded jails, addiction, etc., to include tax payer burden for rehabilitative support programs would still occur, “but I believe significantly less than if the drug was fully legalized!”  Yes, you heard me right.  My educated insight tells me if marijuana was legal and regulated much like alcohol many problems in our country would be significantly reduced.  And if you are wondering, as I stated in my medical marijuana MAE video, “I have not requested a medical marijuana card from my Oregon physician as part of my pain management program, although I could; I see no reason at this time to do so.

You see if an individual is bent on self destruction, or is predisposed to become addicted to a drug… This will occur regardless of whether cannabis is widely accepted and legalized as a recreational drug, or solely legalized and distributed as medical marijuana.  This is because children and adults will find a legal or illegal drug when they need to find relief from their stress realities and justify bad behavior through intoxication.  The biggest problem in self medication with recreational drugs (legal, or not), we don’t know whom among us is genetically wired to become addicted to any specific substance, “including prescription medications, tobacco or alcohol!”

Let’s not mince words here, although I’m speaking from a pain patient perspective where I see benefits based on science, the fact is cannabis medicinal properties have been known for thousands of years.  However,   have the potential for addiction, much like our prescription pain killers, alcohol, or tobacco.  Why our federal government released prohibition of alcohol in the early twentieth century as a social recreational drug as opposed to cannabis, which has medicinal properties, one can only speculate the interest in one legalized social, or prescribed drug versus the other, which I feel I know the answer to my own question.  Quite the opposite health effect is true of alcohol; it causes much illness, disease and destruction within our minds, bodies, employment, family and society at large where much statistical information proves this fact.  Marijuana use statistics on the other hand are literally unknown since this is not a general population “legal” consumption drug.  Recreational Marijuana negative impact on society and personal health can only be statistically known once legalized for the general population.

I believe alcohol like cigarettes and marijuana can be very addicting, very profitable and can be easily controlled by our state and federal agencies, “with the exception of cannabis.”  “With all the scientific evidence regarding alcohol and cigarette use health risks, addiction, societal and family harm, why are they not banned from public consumption?” “Or better yet, why not controlled like our legal pharmaceuticals if there is a health benefit-risk aspect?”  After all, when you pick up drug prescriptions at a pharmacy, why are they so concerned about how much you take, while consulting the risks and symptoms to watch out for if you experience a negative reaction?  Since you are not asked specific health questions before you purchase alcohol and cigarettes, does this mean there is no immediate health risk?

Do you get these kinds of questions when you walk into a liquor store to pick up your products… Or when you’re in a bar, does the bar tender ask you if you have a heart, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol condition, etc., before he/she pours your drink?  Is it just me, or is this all fickle?  And why is it so easy for our children to become alcoholics, or pot heads?  I believe this is an easy question to answer. Alcohol in general is accepted as the gold standard recreational drug while marijuana is tolerated as a recreational closet drug.  Remember, there’s big potential money here for our government if they can figure out how to control recreational use marijuana, much like what’s happening with medical marijuana.  Why do you think marijuana possession and confiscation of miniscule amounts have very low conviction and mostly civil penalties?  Or do you honestly believe just because one drug is accepted by our government for sale to the general population it’s better for you? 

Many of our high school and college students are allowed by many adults to party hardy to relieve stress.  Don’t parental and societal role model actions speak louder than words?  What do most American adults and teenagers consume in one form or another as a recreational drug of choice (prescription drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana).  Since this appears to be the case, it is very important to understand marijuana will eventually receive full regulation and control by our state and federal governments as they are drooling over a potential multi-billion dollar industry to fatten their coffers, much like alcohol and tobacco has done to grow government services (jobs).  Does it not sound like a money thing to you yet?  “If it doesn’t, it soon will.”  Does it not sound like a nice budgetary balance sheet and debt reducer catering to thousands of government jobs and/or more tax revenues that are controlled by our legislators leading to bigger government?  Examples, FDA (Food & Drug Administration), DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), FTC (Federal Trade Commission), ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives) to name a few and countless other government organizations in existence that want a piece of the action.  Or better yet, new jobs yet to be created by the government.

Come on, let’s be real and smell the money trail.   If cannabis was legalized “wholly” many government jobs would disappear and new ones would appear, hence government control and power shift.  Does it appear our government cares about our children’s marijuana addiction and health probabilities?  No, unfortunately it appears our government is concerned about programs to fatten coffers, grow government jobs, control, regulate and provide penal and other tax-based industrial services while lining pockets of our politicians and special interest groups!  How else am I supposed to see our government’s activities and behaviors regarding any government sponsored, or controlled program, or service?  Think about it, if we become addicted to any drug, legal or not, we pay a price through our societal government controlled systems.  Who pays for the addiction, criminal and penal services?  We the tax payer!

Reviewing addiction studies, predictable behavioral patterns are statistically derived in part from alcohol, tobacco, prescription drug sales, DUI arrests and fatalities, AA support group attendance, incarceration, cessation programs, depression medications, battery drug related arrests, etc., we “the consumer” unknowingly provide the government annual data to forecast a budget.  Many state and federal appropriated dollars are used and paid by the tax payer for these governments owned and controlled services.  This is not so easy to accomplish with cannabis as statistics cannot forecast and justify government tax paid marijuana services to regulate and control recreational marijuana.   In part, this is true because medical marijuana users can grow their own prescription taking away the government’s ability to control and regulate the proceeds of a multi-billion dollar industry.  And if they cannot figure out how to capture and control the revenues, they will not fully legalize marijuana because some government tax payer services may become unnecessary, may be reduced in scope, political power shift wars within government, or shift a balance of power back to the people!

If voters and legislation fail to pass other tax increases to keep government growing and states out of debt, the marijuana lobbyists will continue to capture the attention of politicians, the tax payer and voter.  California is now considering the legalization of marijuana as it nears bankruptcy.  So you can’t honestly tell me you still believe our government restricts recreational marijuana because it is concerned about our children’s health and addiction possibilities!  Or medical marijuana has no medicinal benefit and pain patients should be thrown into jail.  This is ridiculous!  If you believe this, then you should believe anyone in the possession of alcohol should be incarcerated as well!  Remember, in the early 20th century both were used as recreational drugs.  The biggest reason alcohol made the recreational drug use cut is because our government figured out how to control and regulate the money while growing government (Legal history of cannabis in the United States, “Prohibition of cannabis arose in many states from 1906 and onward,” www.wikipedia.org ).

A multi-billion dollar cannabis industry will create less need for “status quo” government services (e.g., fewer incarcerated jail services, policing,  border drug trafficking-smuggling activity, reduced deaths & investigation related to drug trafficking; including less government cash cow industry sales: Alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceuticals, less DEA & ATF services etc.).  These shifts are certain to happen as our government is slowly losing power and control over states rights.  I believe the cannabis industry and Universal health care must be controlled by the federal government in order to maintain its power base due to an inevitable global power base shift.  The legalization of recreational marijuana without federal control would definitely create a downsizing of federal services; while increasing the size of state power and control back to the people!


I believe the governments interest to control and gain power over the cannabis industry has nothing to do with concern for any child that may become addicted, or suffer from any illness, or disease caused by marijuana, “this I’d lay a bet I’m right.”  Instead the governments concern is “how can we control and regulate a product that can be grown on the resident’s property?”  If this is the case how will the government fully legalize recreational marijuana when it understands this means reduced government taxed based dollars, fewer required federal government services, hence power control shift back to the people and state?


Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.

Fibromyalgia Relief an Unexplained Pain Disorder

22 01 2009

Unexplained pain disorder diagnosis is commonly & medically transcribed “characteristic of fibromyalgia pain.” However, the worse thing about unexplained pain depression is not knowing where the pain disorder originates and how to effectively alleviate, or remove the pain. So we seek medical help to resolve our pain disorder issues commonly treated with strong “mental health” prescription drugs.

In this case, instead of “status quo” pychosomatic (mind-to-body) pain connection; a “not so well known” reversal of “undiagnosed (not medically substantiated)” neurological soft tissue damage creates the opposite pain pathology… In which physical pain can cause great depression effecting mental health. This my friends is much harder for medical specialist to diagnose and agree upon actual causes of any particular “unsubtantiated pain disorder(s).” And in many cases, unexplained physical pain disorders are now receiving a fibromyalgia diagnosis which is an easy out for much of our medical community; good for the pharmaceutical companies and horrible for these unique pain disorder outpatients.

In otherwords, it’s much easier “in many cases, not all” for physicians to prescribe psycotropic drugs for mental health conditions believed to be the cause of physical pain (mind-body neurological pathology connection). But when unsubstantiated physical acute pain becomes chronic… Much pain depression occurs from the body-mind connection pathology. This in turn causes depression of the mind originating from the body (non diagnosed origin).

In many of those suffering from physical pain seek pain alleviation to no avail because the pain never originated from a mental health cause pathology problem. Now if this undiagnosed physical problem continues on too long without the necessary intervention; a mental health ill-health condition begins to surface, then “can cause” phycosomatic health issues. The bottom line… substantiated pain origins must be determined to not worsen encompassing health issues in these unique outpatient situations.

This is a whole different ballgame for which our HMO’s don’t handle well. I know this from personal experience. I know our medical community has the technology to provide appropriate diagnosis in many pain disorder cases. However, HMO specialist disagree all to often and always seem to subjectively diagnose, label and prescribe medications all too often that are not effective and potentially cause further harm to patients. Once given a “labeled” diagnosis through subjectivity makes it very hard for some patience to receive further appropriate and timely referals; and other necessary help, i.e., further safe/healthy treatment, state services, e.g., Financial disability assistance, etc.

Tell your story in the comments section about pain depression, fibromyalgia experiences/connection, disability support, or lack thereof so we can help steer each other to pain free bodies and minds. If interested in a fresh chronic pain forum to discuss this issue I can start one under a unique Face Book discussion topic (Click on MA Blog Article at Top of this page, click on FB Fan Badge and start a topic of interest, or chime in here.   

Fibromyalgia Basics:  Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain and stiffness in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.  Although an exact cause of this condition has not been directly identified, it is thought that a major player to this chronic condition resides within the brains serotonin levels which affects mood.  Lower levels of serotonin are known to stimulate depression and with depression psychosomatic illness occurs (we get depressed for long periods of time, our bodies get sick & physical illness often ensues).  There seems to be a direct correlation between depression, lack of sleep, restlessness, disturbances in bowel function and super sensitivity with touch and key trigger point pain receptors transmitted via the central nervous system (brain).  Fatigue combined with depression can trigger infection, or other trauma and disease to the body. 

    This condition is tough for many physicians to nail down and diagnose as fibromyalgia.  This is because unlike rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus there is no swelling, external-internal tissue damage, or joint-muscle deformity.  The patient is healthy otherwise but suffers from chronic muscular pain and stiffness without swelling, deformity or bruising.  Apparent common denominators of those that suffer from fibromyalgia are as follows.  Researchers find elevated levels of “Substance P” (Chemical Nerve Signal) and “Nerve Growth Factor” (Found in the spinal fluid) and lower levels of “serotonin” (Brain Nerve Chemical) from laboratory specimen fluid samples.  The effected populace tends to be women between the ages of 35-55.  This condition rarely takes a toll on men, the elderly or children, although it does occur.  Women with fibromyalgia in the U.S. represent over 80% of those diagnosed with this condition.  The total populace affected by fibromyalgia in the US represents 2% of our population.  Fibromyalgia was formally known as fibrosistis (a group of disorders characterized by widespread body aches and pains in muscle, connective tissue, joints and bone).   Other triggers that can activate the fibromyalgia condition include exposure to dampness, or cold and certain infections.  Pain is usually worse in the morning. Fibromyalgia is not considered a psychological disorder.

1.     See your doctor if you experience any/combination of the conditions listed above, or below.
        a.     Chronic body pain for more than 3 months above and below the waist.
        b.     Feel pain in at least 11-18 possible tender points when light pressure is applied.
        c.     Where depression and thoughts of suicide are common (psychosomatic illnesses).
2.     If family member exhibits: Panic attacks, hostility, restlessness, hyperactivity, sleeplessness, etc.
3.     If prescribed anti-depressants, a family member should watch for adverse character changes.
        a.     Adverse behavior risk is more prominent within adults under 24 and children.
        b.     A 2 month watch if prescribed anti-depressants to combat fibromyalgia is recommended.
4.     Hot showers-spray localized area, use heating pads, whirlpool, hot compresses, gentle message.
5.     Stretching and conditioning, relaxation, alleviate stress, biofeedback for contracted muscles.
6.     Aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Cortisone and local anesthetic injections “trigger points.”
7.     Antidepressants – Per doctor recommendations, Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI).
8.     Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these interfere with sleep.
9.     Prevention – Get adequate sleep and general conditioning and exercise, proper nutrition.

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.




Diet and Weight Loss Simple through Deprivation?

23 12 2008

Q.  Do you know of any way I could lose weight and stick to the plan without dreading it?  It seems like every time I go through the diet process it’s boring, grueling and depressing.  I’m gaining more weight instead of losing, this is very frustrating.   I usually quit trying to lose weight for long periods of time and then begin to think about unsafe diet short cuts.  Is there any way to lose fat other than to deprive yourself from the foods you love and grueling exercise?

A.  I like you hate to diet for weight loss, let alone starting one that requires me to deprive my body of healthy and good tasting foods to achieve results.   All deprivation diets require a lot of will power which slowly reduces morale, creates depression and ultimately failure for most.  I much prefer a weight management program that includes healthy eating and fun activity, not deprivation dieting and grueling exercise like you see recommended by many published health experts.  A lot of health experts have no ideal on how to customize a healthy body, mind and soul management solution that will meet every health profile.

Our societal gatherings usually involve consuming foods like every other culture.  To follow a diet plan that excludes cultural or certain types of foods is simply ridiculous.  After all, we’re talking total calorie input here.  A diet plan followed to the letter that would prevent one from socializing at gatherings simply because they don’t have the will power not to eat certain foods is ridiculous.  In this event, deprivation diet plans do not promote a very positive experience and threatens non-participation in important cultural-social and family experiences.  Also deprivation diets for most will only create a state of anxiety, panic and depression.  For those that have wrestled with weight problems all their lives, “family and social gatherings that involve food are a big deal.”  Those that have not dealt with obesity in their lives have a hard time relating to traditional social eating habits and what food deprivation has on one’s psyche.  Everyone requires comfort in this life, for most comfort food boosts morale and staves depression.  Balanced food consumption keeps the body healthy regardless of cultural foods.  For all nutritionally balance cultural foods can be healthy for your body.

Following a diet plan that deprives your body of healthy balanced meals can create an ill-health condition.  What impacts are you having on your mind, body and soul through deprivation consumption?  I will list my top 10 health risk associated with deprivation dieting; however there are many more negative health impacts when unhealthy fad diets, diet pills, or deprivation diets are applied.

 1)  Deprivation of foods we love or need only makes you want to cheat on your diet loss plan that much more with failed results.
2)  Not consuming nutrients from all food groups will leave you feeling un-energized coupled with more sedentary behavioral patterns, low immune system, etc. leading to other ill-health conditions.
3)  Greater loss of will power due to repeat weight loss failures will leave you more prone to look for other unsafe fad diet solutions seeking the silver bullet will further risk your health.
4)  People tend to isolate themselves from others to avoid social gatherings where there will be tempting foods – Circle of family and friends isolation will further erode morale, well-being, and increase depression through isolation.
5)  Extreme mood changes typically causes acute -chronic depression which also has a direct impact on ill-health (psychosomatic) mind-body ill-health condition.
6)  Most deprivation diets fail and body weight returns with a vengeance solidifying failure, loss of will power, decreased self-esteem.
7)  Increase body fat and decreased muscle mass as a result of fad dieting, or deprivation results in slower, or broken metabolism.
8)  Risky diet plans can create behavioral patterns considered as OCB (Obsessive Compulsive Behavior) traits.  OCB traits are bad for your overall body, mind, soul and family.
9)  Brain function suffers, or does not perform optimally.  Nutrient reduction impacts cognitive, mood and physiological functions.
10) Sleep patterns becomes irregular, impacting well-being exposing you to other ill-health possibilities.

To get to the meat of this issue one must do a few things as we age to enjoy quality of life, enjoy foods we love and remain healthy while applying an appropriate and sensible weight management program.  I don’t use diet here, because to me this is too restrictive in tone, doesn’t apply my healthy life balance daily principles and has a negative connotation with regard to good health.  Instead I like to focus on how can I manage my weight without giving up quality of foods while socializing or just daily food intake with, or without my family.  Look for our next issue found within our site Health Repository, or Health Blog, “Diet & Weight Loss Simple?  “Manage & Lose Weight Tips,” Part 2.  Also subscribe to our monthly free eNewsletter, “Looking at Yourself.  Got Health?”  Stay up-to-date with all of our health articles which circulate NLT 25th of each month.


Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.


Do you have “Dry Flakey Skin, Itchy Scalp, Lifeless Hair, Nails?”

25 09 2008

Get Excited About Things - Experience Life!

Common Question’s And Concerns,

“I have flaky dry skin. I’ve been told I have seborrhea by my dermatologist. I’ve been given prescription lotions etc. What causes dry skin.  Also, I’d like to find ways in which to improve upon my lifeless hair and unhealthy nails?  Most of my problems seem to be skin, but I would also like to understand how I could improve upon the condition of my hair and nails as well.

Although my skin prescriptions seems to work OK, I’m concerned about the side effects as you’ve mentioned in your other articles regarding man-made products.  Is there any natural alternatives for my conditions, if so what?

Answer. Did you ever notice, your skin condition flare up vs. flare down? Even without medication, I know you’ve noticed times of low to worse skin conditions.  Whether it be seborrhea, or some kind of dermatitis. You’ve probably even thought at some point, “maybe I don’t need medication any more.”  But to your dismay, the dermatitis returns with a vengence.  What does this tell you?  It tells me that you may also be sensitive to toxins in your home and/or consumed products.  In other words, the flare ups come and go without consistency in duration and frequency.  And if you are paying attention, you may also note but harder to see because of time, nails and hair condition are connected.

Read the Rest of the Story and find out how you can treat your symptoms naturally today!


Do you have Dry Flakey Skin, Itchy Scalp, Lifeless Hair, Nails?

25 09 2008

Get Excited About Things - Experience Life!

Common Question’s And Concerns,

“I have flaky dry skin. I’ve been told I have seborrhea by my dermatologist. I’ve been given prescription lotions etc. What causes dry skin.  Also, I’d like to find ways in which to improve upon my lifeless hair and unhealthy nails?  Most of my problems seem to be skin, but I would also like to understand how I could improve upon the condition of my hair and nails as well.

Although my skin prescriptions seems to work OK, I’m concerned about the side effects as you’ve mentioned in your other articles regarding man-made products.  Is there any natural alternatives for my conditions, if so what?

Answer. Did you ever notice, your skin condition flare up vs. flare down? Even without medication, I know you’ve noticed times of low to worse skin conditions.  Whether it be seborrhea, or some kind of dermatitis. You’ve probably even thought at some point, “maybe I don’t need medication any more.”  But to your dismay, the dermatitis returns with a vengence.  What does this tell you?  It tells me that you may also be sensitive to toxins in your home and/or consumed products.  In other words, the flare ups come and go without consistency in duration and frequency.  And if you are paying attention, you may also note but harder to see because of time, nails and hair condition are connected.

Read the Rest of the Story and find out how you can treat your symptoms naturally today!