Latest Articles: Health/Medical
Why Some Farts Smell Worse Than Others
Post Date: 2016-10-12 08:41:35 by Willie Green
If youre prone to producing smelly bottom burps, its actually a sign of good health. Gastroenterologist Dr Myron Brand said the smelly odour is not bad, its just a function of what youre eating and what your bacteria is doing inside your gastrointestinal tract. Some people may have strong-smelling farts, while others are more toned down - and this is completely normal. Everyone is different, Dr Brand told Thrillist. Foul smell just means the carbohydrates you consume are being malabsorbed - its fermented. The end product of fermentation in our gastrointestinal tract is gas - carbon dioxide, hydrogen, or methane. ...
Seattle plans to open safe spaces for addicts to use heroin — and that's smart [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2016-10-06 19:35:15 by hondo68
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Nearly every major city across the United States has been affected by a wave of heroin abuse and overdoses in recent years, but none have responded with the radical but proven approach that Seattle-area officials now plan to take. A county-level heroin task force recommended Thursday that the city and surrounding municipalities open places where addicts can inject or smoke opioids without fear of arrest and with access to clean needles and treatment.After unveiling a 99-page report on the subject, which outlined the myriad public health benefits from similar experiments elsewhere in the world, King County Executive Dow Constantine told ...
Medical Marijuana Replaces More Dangerous Drugs
Post Date: 2016-09-27 09:04:41 by Deckard
A new study adds to the evidence that letting patients use cannabis saves lives by reducing consumption of pharmaceuticals.Insys Therapeutics, the Arizona-based pharmaceutical company that recently became the biggest financial supporter of the campaign against marijuana legalization in that state, makes an oral spray that delivers the opioid painkiller fentanyl and plans to market another one that contains dronabinol, a synthetic version of THC. Insys says it gave $500,000 to the main group opposing Arizona's legalization initiative because the measure "fails to protect the safety of Arizona's citizens, and particularly its children." But one needn't be terribly ...
As Marijuana Prohibition Winds Down, What Will Control Freaks Ban Next? [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2016-09-13 20:08:30 by hondo68
It isnt enough to end just one restrictive law, we have to disempower the prohibitionists. Marijuana "does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision, and it has a high potential for abuse," the Drug Enforcement Administration sniffed in an August public announcement refusing to consider easing restrictions on the stuff. The announcement seemed to deliberately miss the point since a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana for fun, not just medicine. That the feds are fighting a rear-guard action on the issue is apparent from the fact that half ...
Big PharmaÂ’s Patents on Kratom Alkaloids Expose Real Reason DEA is Banning this Plant
Post Date: 2016-09-08 20:14:16 by Deckard
Washington, D.C. As the Free Thought Project reported last week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) just announced they will ban the popular pain relief supplement kratom by placing it on the Schedule 1 list, which denotes no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse the most restrictive classification under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This move to ban yet another highly beneficial plant by the DEA has been met with heavy backlash and multiple petitions. The backlash is entirely justified as this plant has many amazing benefits including a potential cure for opioid addiction. A notice of intent to classify kratom was ...
Another Vaccine “Bombshell” Glyphosate – Think Monsanto’s Roundup – Confirmed in Most Vaccines
Post Date: 2016-09-07 10:49:59 by Deckard
Research scientist Anthony Samsel has confirmed that glyphosate, a key active chemical in Monsantos herbicide Roundup®, has been found in most vaccines! In this video, we hear Dr Samsel reciting his findings. Additionally, Dr Samsel sent a letter to his Congressional Senator from New Hampshire wherein he gives Senator Shaheen permission to share his laboratory data on glyphosate-contaminated vaccines with all members of Congress and the public. What will Senator Shaheen do? Will she have the presence of conscience to do what U.S. Congressman Bill Posey of Florida did when, in July of 2015, he went before Congress to ask for a congressional investigation into the ...
The American Legion Wants Marijuana Reclassified to Help Treat PTSD [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2016-09-07 07:37:27 by Deckard
These aren't your filthy hippies and stoners looking for an excuse to toke (not that there's anything wrong with that!): The American Legion is calling for the federal government to reclassify marijuana to acknowledge its potential benefits as a medical treatment. As Jacob Sullum previously noted, The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is stubbornly refusing to change the federal classification of marijuana as a drug that has no "accepted medical use" until science proves them wrong. Fortunately they're easing off on the Catch-22 situation that has resulted in this classification making it extremely difficult for researchers to perform the very scientific testing that could ...
Chemo kills up to 50% of cancer patients in some hospitals
Post Date: 2016-09-02 21:41:43 by U don't know me
Chemo kills up to 50% of cancer patients in some hospitals Patients should be warned about the dangers of chemotherapy after new research published in The Lancet Oncology showed that chemo kills up to 50% of cancer patients in some hospitals. For the first time researchers looked at the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, which indicates that the medication is the cause of death, rather than the cancer. Almost 1,400 patients with either breast or lung cancer died in England in 2014 within a month of being given chemotherapy, roughly 8.4% of lung cancer patients, and 2.4% of breast cancer patients. In some hospitals the figure was far higher. In ...
Could this be the end of Alzheimer's? Revolutionary drug 'may stop the disease from ever developing'
Post Date: 2016-08-31 21:12:30 by cranky
Aducanumab is designed to target the underlying damage to the brainWorks by targeting the hallmark tangle of proteins in Alzheimer's patients Study showed those who took drug had reduced build up after a year Experts hailed the findings as 'game-changing' and 'unprecedented' A revolutionary drug that could stop people from ever developing Alzheimers disease has been unveiled by scientists.Trials have produced unprecedented results and the medicine has been hailed as a potential game-changer in the fight against the cruel disease.In future, healthy pensioners could be prescribed the drug to ward off dementia, in much the same way as statins are given ...
23 Health Benefits Of Marijuana
Post Date: 2016-08-27 20:43:04 by Deckard
States around the country more than 20 in total have legalized medical marijuana. Experts have been changing their minds too recently, CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta reversed his opinion on medical marijuana. While recreational pot usage is controversial, many people agree with Gupta's new stance, and believe that the drug should be legal for medical uses. And even though the benefits of smoking pot may be overstated by advocates of marijuana legalization, new laws will help researchers study the drug's medicinal uses and better understand how it impacts the body. Currently only 6% of studies on marijuana analyze its medicinal ...
A Doctor's Take on Pot [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2016-08-24 11:14:24 by Deckard
We rarely worry about marijuana. So why is it still a Schedule I drug? On August 11th, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its decision to keep marijuana classified as a Schedule I drug. The federal government has historically referred to this category as the most dangerous group of substances, including drugs like heroin and bath salts. As a resident physician specializing in mental health, I can't make much sense of this. Every day, I talk to patients about substance abuse. Whether evaluating patients in clinic, in the emergency department, or on inpatient units, my colleagues and I screen patients for substance use. It's a ...
Massive price increases on EpiPens raise alarm
Post Date: 2016-08-23 20:54:08 by U don't know me
Massive price increases on EpiPens raise alarm Chris Woodyard and Mary Jo Layton, USA TODAY and Asbury Park (N.J.) Press 12:28 p.m. EDT August 23, 2016 Two U.S. senators are raising concerns about massive price increases on a drug used under emergency conditions for food allergy reactions to see if they are justified. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has written the manufacturer, Mylan, asking for the reasons behind the price boosts for EpiPen, an epinephine auto-injector used to treat allergy reactions that has seen its price rise from $57 in 2007 to about $500 today. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., wants the Federal Trade Commission to take a look. "I am concerned that the substantial ...
Insulin price spike leaves diabetes patients in crisis
Post Date: 2016-08-22 14:53:54 by Willie Green
A massive spike in insulin prices is causing a health crisis for millions of diabetes patients who depend on the lifesaving drug, doctors say.Now, after years of rapid increases having nothing to do with available supply and not matched elsewhere in the world, those in the U.S. insulin supply chain are blaming one another. Tens of thousands of medical professionals are engaged in an intricate therapeutic ballet performed to protect the health, limbs and lives of the almost 30 million people in the U.S. suffering from diabetes.But their efforts have been dramatically complicated by the soaring increase in the cost of insulin. They find themselves balancing the cost of the essential ...
Omaha dad finds pot brownies, eats 4 of them, says mean things to cat
Post Date: 2016-08-18 22:44:52 by hondo68
This is a stock photo of brownies. Good, old regular brownies. An Omaha dad who mistakenly ate some marijuana brownies didnt enjoy the experience.Omaha police officers were called to a house near 90th and Maple Streets about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday to investigate an accidental overdose. They learned that a 53-year-old man had been unloading groceries and found some brownies in the back seat of a car that his adult children had used earlier in the day.The man ate four of the brownies.The mans wife told police that as she and her husband were watching TV, he noted that he was getting bad anxiety. She tried to call their children to ask them what was in the brownies but ...
Hospice and Medicare
Post Date: 2016-08-16 23:04:56 by U don't know me
Taxpayers on the Hook as Obamacare Exchanges Near the Edge of Collapse [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2016-08-13 09:35:51 by Justified
The health insurance exchanges that are the beating heart of Obamacare are on the edge of collapse, with premiums rising sharply for ever narrower provider networks, non-profit health co-ops shuttering their doors, and even the biggest insurance companies heading for the exits amid mounting losses. Even the liberal Capitol Hill newspaper is warning of a possible Obamacare meltdown this fall. Three states Alaska, Alabama, and Wyoming are already down to just a single insurance company, as are large parts of several other states, totaling at least 664 counties. UnitedHealth is pulling out completely, Humana is pulling out of 88 percent of counties it was in, and ...
CBS News Source: Marijuana To Remain Classified As Dangerous Drug In U.S.
Post Date: 2016-08-11 09:18:51 by cranky
The federal government is expected to make an announcement Thursday that it has rejected petitions to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, CBS News reported. But a U.S. government source told CBS News that the government would allow more research into marijuana, senior investigative producer Pat Milton reported. A nurse practitioner and two former state governors filed petitions asking federal agencies to have marijuana reclassified as a drug with acceptable medical uses, CBS New reported. Marijuana has long been classified as a Schedule 1 drug with no currently accepted medical use and high potential for abuse, which ...
The Real Reason Pharma Companies Hate Medical Marijuana (It Works)
Post Date: 2016-07-22 10:31:11 by Deckard
Former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner was appointed to the federal bench by Bill Clinton in 1994. She presided over trials for 17 years. And Sunday, she stood before a crowd at The Aspen Ideas Festival to denounce most punishments that she imposed. Among 500 sanctions that she handed down, 80 percent I believe were unfair and disproportionate, she said. I left the bench in 2011 to join the Harvard faculty to write about those storiesto write about how it came to pass that I was obliged to sentence people to terms that, frankly, made no sense under any philosophy. She went on to savage the War on Drugs at greater length. This is a war that ...
Kenya: Judge upholds use of anal probes to define sexuality
Post Date: 2016-06-17 07:41:37 by cranky
A Kenyan court on Thursday upheld the use of anal examinations to determine a suspect's sexual orientation, dismissing the argument that the procedure amounts to torture and degrading treatment. There was no violation of rights or the law, Mombasa High Court Judge Mathew Emukule said. "I find no violation of human dignity, right to privacy and right to freedom of the petitioners," he said. Two men had sought a court ruling to stop enforced anal examinations and HIV tests of men accused of being gay after they were subjected to the procedures. The two were arrested in a bar near Ukunda along Kenya's Indian Ocean coast in February 2015 on suspicion of engaging in gay ...
MEDICARE AT AGE 76, IMPORTANT PLEASE READ
Post Date: 2016-06-08 22:32:21 by U don't know me
I received this by email. Does anyone know if this is true? MEDICARE AT AGE 76, IMPORTANT PLEASE READ - ANYONE WHO DOUBTS THIS IS TRUE CAN DOWNLOAD THE NEW OBAMA CARE AND LOOK UP THE PAGES MENTIONED. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING....................THIS should be read by everyone, especially important to those over 75....... If you are younger, then it may apply to your parents. Your hospital Medicare admittance has just changed under Obama Care. You must be admitted by your primary Physician in order for Medicare to pay for it! If you are admitted by an emergency room doctor, it is treated as outpatient care where hospital costs are not covered. This is only the tip of the iceberg for ...
We Can’t Afford To Cure Cancer
Post Date: 2016-06-07 23:39:03 by U don't know me
We Cant Afford To Cure Cancer By Bill Sardi June 7, 2016 Someone has said there are just too many jobs in the pursuit of a cancer cure to allow any therapy to be proven and put into practice. Recognize the nation is dotted with cancer research centers that hold billions of dollars of debt. For example, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington holds $176 million of debt. [Moodys Investor Service] Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the nations cancer research center, holds $1.9 billion of debt. [Moodys Investor Service] A cancer cure would leave research centers like these on the hook for loans that could not possibly be paid back. ...
Diabetic 15-year-old weighing 37 pounds dies after parents choose prayer over insulin
Post Date: 2016-06-06 07:57:45 by Willie Green
A 15-year-old Canadian boy suffering from severe effects of insulin-dependent diabetes died because his religious parents refused to seek proper medical care, the CBC reports. Emil and Rodica Radita are on trial for first-degree murder after their son, Alex, died in 2013 from what prosecutors say were the effects of his parents refusal to seek medical care and rely on prayer and home treatment instead. Alex was diagnosed with diabetes as a 3 year old. The condition can be controlled by monitoring blood glucose levels and giving insulin. But his parents believed that doctors caused the condition by treating him for it and left his diabetes untreated. The result was that by ...
The chickenpox virus never leaves the body ... it can come back --- as the painful rash of Shingles.
Post Date: 2016-06-04 15:53:27 by BorisY
The chickenpox virus never leaves the body and it can come back as the painful rash of Shingles. If youve had chickenpox, you can get Shingles at any time. It doesnt matter how healthy you feel. Shingles can strike when you least expect it and can cause a blistering rash that may bring deep, penetrating pain. The Shingles rash can last up to 30 days, and for most the pain lessens as the rash heals. But some people who develop Shingles experience long-term nerve pain that can last for months, even years. As you get older, theres a greater chance Shingles can happen to you. Its a simple fact that your immune system can weaken with age. And as a result, your chances ...
Rumer Rose, once given cannabis oil by her father, dies of cancer
Post Date: 2016-06-03 19:29:59 by Gatlin
A "warrior princess" whose father sparked debate across the nation with his decision to treat her with cannabis oil has died. Little Rumer Rose, who couldn't be named until now for legal reasons, passed away in her sleep early Monday morning, her father told a legion of online supporters. Queensland father Adam Koessler walked out of court in March with a $500 fine and a two-year good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to supplying his daughter with a dangerous drug. The 32-year-old had used the oil treat his daughter's neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, after she was diagnosed in December 2014 and given a 50 per cent chance of survival. On Monday, with ...
Male doctor helps Saudi woman deliver baby - and is then shot by husband
Post Date: 2016-05-27 07:44:58 by cranky
According to 'Al-Araby', the father went to the hospital in order to "thank" the doctor, only to pull out a gun and shoot him at close range. Saudi veiled women doctors work at a hospital in Riyadh. A Jordanian doctor who helped deliver a baby at a Saudi hospital was shot by the woman's husband who was angry that a male obstetrician tended to his wife, according to a report in the London-based Al-Araby newspaper.Dr. Mohannad al-Zubn helped a woman give birth in the King Fahd Medical City in the Saudi capital of Riyadh last month.According to Al-Araby, the father went to the hospital in order to "thank" the doctor, only to pull out a gun and shoot him at ...
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