My Wellness Station

I’ve received all of my supplements and homeopathics and I’m ready to get started.  The key to any wellness program is consistency.  I know that if I’m going to stick with it, it has to be part of my routine.  Otherwise, I’ll fall off the wagon.  Check out this video and you’ll see what I like to call my “wellness station.”

Have you ever done something like this before?   How did you make sure that you’d follow through?  Let  me know if you have any ideas. I’d love to hear them.

Which Symptoms Should I Address?

A few folks have asked about my remaining symptoms.  So, I put together this video awhile ago and decided to post it for all to see.  Take a look and click the comment link below to share what symptoms you may have.

My Test Results are In!

I love getting mail because usually it’s something I ordered or a nice card or gift (I get bills via email).  So today I was really excited to receive the results from my electromagnetic testing.  The results were broken down into 3 sections:  Inhibitors, Imbalances and Organ and Systems.  There was also a summary section that rated my vitality, energy and pathology.  Here are the highlights:

Inhibitors – This section discussed influences that could be negatively affecting my body.  The higher the number, the more of an inhibitor it is.  My top inhibitors were yeast, sensitivities and allergies.  No surprise here.   I long ago realized that I’m sensitive/allergic to certain foods and chemicals and so I’ve just avoided them.  Yeast is another factor that didn’t surprise me.  I’ve tried dozens of yeast products and none of them really worked (I wish I’d known how to choose the right supplements for my body).

Imbalances – My top imbalances were hormone and vitamin/mineral.  Since I’ve had hypothyroid issues, the hormonal imbalances were no surprise.  Ditto on the vitamins and minerals since I have a problem with absorption in some cases.

Organs and Systems – Colon, adrenals, and leaky gut topped the list.

Overall, I was pleased with the results because they confirmed what I already determined by paying attention to my own body and symptoms.  And, the best part is that I’ll feel even better than I already do once I address these issues.

Now what?  I’ll talk about my wellness regimen in future posts.

Another weight loss gimmick!

The battle of the bulge has been around forever and shows no sign of losing steam.  I saw an article today that reinforces the notion that you can get rid of your bulge without diet and exercise.  Yep, another gimmick.    You can read the story here if you so desire but basically it talks about yet another “non-surgical” method to help reduce fat.

What’s glaringly obvious is that people continue to fall for things like this and don’t realize that diet and exercise is the only way to permanent weight loss.  Yes, some have had success with this latest procedure, but I wonder how their bellies will look a year from now. Hmmmm……  We’ve seen it time and time again with other “procedures” and each time folks have complained that the weight has returned.

The only way to get rid of fat permanently is to change your lifestyle.  That will never change, no matter what “gimmick” is introduced to the market.

Electromagnetic Testing?

If you’ve been to my site before, then you know that I’ve talked about how I got rid of most of my symptoms myself.  But, like most people with chronic illnesses, I still have a few problems that I’d like to get rid of.  Enter electromagnectic testing.  Without going into too much detail, electromagnetic testing looks at your body at the cellular level.  If it’s done properly, your ND should be able to tell you exactly what your body needs.

Why did I decide to go through this after my medical ordeal?  Well, I was intrigued by the fact that the results are specific to my body as opposed to others suffering from the same symptoms.  I’ve also had success with homeopathy, which also deals with your specific body and symptoms.  So, I contacted my friend Nancy and she set everything up.

I received a kit in the mail with instructions to collect saliva and urine (okay, I’ve collected samples a million times before so no big deal).  I mailed it in and should be receiving my kit shortly.  Actually, I’m really excited to see the results.

I’ll keep you posted.

Trans Fats No More!

As a native Californian, I’m proud to say that we’ve finally taken the plunge!  As of January 1, 2010 California has banned all restaurants from using trans fats in their cooking – yeah!  You can read the story here for details.  What concerns me, though, is that California is the first STATE to do so.  New York and Philadelphia have done the same, but it’s only a city level, which means citizens in other parts of the state are still exposed to harmful trans fats when they go out to eat….  Doesn’t really make sense to me, but I guess it’s a step in the right direction.

Still, there are those who feel that this is government control.  Personally, I think this is an excellent example of when the government should interfere.  Consider that KFC, Burger King, McDonald’s and Rubios are among those fast food chains that don’t use trans fat in their cooking.  They’ve even conducted internal and external taste tests and no one could tell the difference between the two.   Have you noticed the difference when eating there (I don’t eat fast food so I don’t know).

So if the government wants to take control of a situation that helps my health and it doesn’t make a difference to me (in this case no none could taste the difference) then I say have at it!  My guess is that the reason others haven’t followed suit is that it’s cheaper to use trans fat.  I’ve not heard any evidence of this, but usually when something doesn’t make sense all you have to do is follow the money.

Next up….if we’re lucky it’ll be high fructose corn syrup.

Rx to OTC? What Gives?

Recently, I stumbled across an advertisement for Prevacid24, an over-the-counter proton pump inhibitor used for the treatment of GERD. After seeing the ad – “OTC Prevacid will be on shelves before Thanksgiving heartburn” I thought – “What gives? Isn’t Prevacid available by prescription only?” To answer this question, I turned to the Internet. The information I discovered was actually quite fascinating:


The journey from Rx to OTC…

Pharmaceutical patents have a lifespan of 20 years from the date the patent was filed. As medications near end of their patent, drug companies will often petition the FDA to switch the medication from Rx to OTC status. Why?

Patents are very unique creations. They don’t give the patent holder the right to do something; rather, they prevent others from doing something. When a Rx patent expires, other companies can manufacture the formula as a “generic.” Normally, when a drug goes off patent, its price falls by 25% within the first 6 months; after that, the price is only 20% of what it had been while on patent. Translation: patent expiration can mean a major impact on profits.

While many drug companies employ questionable schemes to protect their sales after patent expiration such as introducing an “extended release” version, or releasing a “new” brand-name that is simply a modification of the old drug, others maintain their slice of the pie by going OTC. (Remember, OTC’s don’t require a visit to the doctor, and are a lot easier for a patient to get their hands on than a generic medication.)


Who decides if a drug should be made OTC?

The FDA regulates OTC medications, just as it regulates prescription pharmaceuticals. In order for the FDA to approve a drug as an OTC, it must find that:

•    The benefits outweigh the risks: In other words, the health benefit from taking the drug is more important than any negative side effects.
•    The drug has a low potential for misuse and abuse. That is, the drug should not be addictive or promote a cheap “high” that may encourage others to overuse it.
•    The consumer can use it for self-diagnosed conditions. In other words, the drug isn’t used for something that requires testing or a doctor’s diagnosis such as high cholesterol. Rather, the drug treats an obvious symptom such as a headache or cough.
•    The drug can be adequately labeled with warnings and instructions for use that are clear and easy to understand without any medical training.
•    The drug does not need a doctor’s supervision.
Since 1975, the FDA has approved 101 ingredients for Rx to OTC status such as Rogaine for hair loss, Aleve for pain, Tagamet for heartburn, and Monistat for vaginal yeast infections; in May, 2009 Prevacid for heartburn was added to this list.


So, what’s the problem?

A few concerns:

•    Many people have the impression that OTC’s are “safer” than their Rx counterparts though this isn’t necessarily the case.
•    The potential for OTC medication abuse is real. One in 10 teens have used OTC cough medicines to get high, and 28% know someone who has tried it. Dex, Skittling, Tussing, Robo-Tripping, Triple Cs, are all slang words used for DXM (dextromethorphan) cough medication abuse.

However, my real “beef” with the Rx to OTC switch is this: lifestyle changes are never addressed when a patient self medicates. Doctors play a vital role in encouraging patients to make healthy lifestyle changes such as exercising, losing weight, kicking the tobacco habit, and eliminating stress.  While I’m all for cutting out the middleman when it comes to retail, I have to draw the line where medications are concerned.

So, how do you feel about the Rx to OTC switch? Yay, or nay? Drop me a line, or share your comments – I’d love to hear your feedback.

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