Archive for November, 2006

BREAST SILICONE IMPLANTS released by FDA — DID WE LEARN ENOUGH OR STILL LEARNING

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

OVER 14 YEARS THE SILICONE IMPLANT STORY HAS BEEN ON HOLD.  BUT THE MANUFACTURERS HAVE LOBBIED TO REGAIN THE STRONG APPROVAL.  DESPITE THE NEW IMPLANTS UNDER A GUIDELINE OF FURTHER STUDY, THE IMPLANTS CAN BE USED.  ACTUALLY, THEY HAVE BEEN USED OVER THIS PERIOD FOR CANCER OR TRAUMA INJURIES FOR RECONSTRUCTION ALL ALONG. 

THE GROWTH IS EXPECTED TO BE A DOUBLE DIGIT NUMBER FROM NOW ON, UNDER TEN PERCENT A YEAR OVER THE PAST YEARS.  THE MARKET IS  HUGE – GREATER THAN ONE-HALF BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR.

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE'S REPORT REACHED A "NO CONVINCING EVIDENCE" SUMMATION OF THE PROBLEM OF LEAKAGE, RUPTURE, OR DISINTEGRATION CAUSING AN INCREASE OF OTHER DISEASES SUCH AS LUPUS, IMMUNOLOGICAL DISORDERS, OR CANCERS.

IN ONE STUDY HOWEVER, OF NEARLY 1000 WOMEN, ABOUT ONE-THIRD HAD TO HAVE REPLACEMENT OR REMOVAL OF THE "DEVICE."  OF OVER 300 WOMEN, HAVING MRI STUDIES, SHOWED 69 PERCENT WITH LEAKAGE AT ONE POINT.

OVER 260,000 WOMEN HAD BREAST IMPLANTS LAST YEAR WITH THE SALINE-FILLED DEVICES, NOT THE SILICONE TYPE.  NEW RULES ONLY ALLOW WOMEN OVER AGE 22 YEARS OR THOSE NEEDING BREAST RECONSTRUCTION TO USE THE DEVICES.

SILICONE DEVICES HAVE BEEN USED FOR ABOUT THREE DECADES NOW.  THE "HOLD" WAS AFTER MANY WOMEN HAD LEAKAGE, DEFORMITY, PAIN, AND ILLNESS WHEN THE DEVICES FAILED. 

MANY WOMEN HAVE CONTRACTURE, FALLING, SCAR TISSUE, AND DEFORMITY.

ONE COMPANY IS REPLACING RUPTURED DEVICES AND PAYING FOR THE SURGERY AND NEW DEVICES.  HEALTH INSURERS DO NOT ROUTINELY COVER SUCH DEVICES OR SCANS TO CHECK FOR LEAKS, RUPTURES, OR OTHER PROBLEMS.

SO – WHERE ARE YOU ON THE SUBJECT…..TIME TO READ THE "SEQUOIA SEED."

(some portions adapted from SeaTim-FDA contributions)

METH BODY PACKIN’ ELMO EXTREME – BUSTED IN COLORADO

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

One of the best stories for the holiday season, is the recent bust of the California to Colorado methamphetamine bust.

It was reported by the DEA in Colorado, the drug ring was using the Sesame Street character "Elmo" for the meth "mule."

None other than "Tickle Me Elmo Extreme" was apprehended with the pre-street loot !

Just like meth, able to cause the toxic agitation, convulsions, repetitive movements – the Elmo Extreme character laughs, rolls, and hits the ground uncontrollably…or until it shuts off.

Unfortunately, the infamous "war on drugs" has not shut off the resources, money, or mules for meth, cocaine, crack, crank, weed, or other drugs of abuse – especially at the southern US border.  With the Afghanistan poppy crop at one of its highest production years, the disconnect of drug curtailment and drug support continues within our own government.  And that is a "mind stretch."

POISONINGS OF THE CRITICS – TOXIC POLITICAL THEORIES – HISTORICAL METHODOLOGIES

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Certainly, the death of the former KGB agent criticizing the Kremlin's politics should awaken those that do not believe in the old ways.  Litvinenko died of complete bone marrow failure…due to radioactivity, initially thought however to be thallium poisoning – a toxic metal – used for rat poison in the past. 

Politkovskaya, the Russian investigative journalist was mortally shot October 7, 2006 in her Moscow apartment.   

THE OTHER ONE: 

Doctors at an Austrian clinic where Yushchenko visited after he fell suspiciously ill  – after a dinner with a political rival in September, found evidence of dioxin poisoning.

Dioxins are highly toxic chemicals that often are byproducts of factories that use chlorine in cleaning and manufacturing. In humans, dioxins in high doses can cause cancer and liver damage and have been linked to reproductive damage with an increased likeliness of diabetes and heart disease. Yushchenko had about 1,000 times the normal amount of dioxin in his blood.

The tests left "no doubt."  

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO CASTMD BLOGOSPHERE

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

IMMEDIATE CARE urgent care CLINICS – WHY WAIT IN THE ER MINOR EMERGENCY WALK IN URGENT CARE INJURY ILLNESS – WORKER OCCUPATIONAL CARE – DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE TESTING – MRO REVIEW – SPORTS CARE – FAMILY CARE – URGENT CARE

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
  • OVER THE PAST DECADE AT LEAST 400 HUNDRED OR MORE EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE CLOSED
  • GREATER 120 MILLION PEOPLE WERE TREATED IN ERS A FEW YEARS AGO – GROWING
  • GROWTH IS AN ALARMING 20-30% EVERY 5-10 YEARS
  • COMPLICATED PATIENTS CONTINUE TO GROW – AIDS, TB, CANCER, ADVANCED DIABETES, STROKE, HEART DISEASE COMPLICATIONS, TRAUMA, SHOOTINGS, DRUGS OF ABUSE
  • NEARLY 50 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE NO INSURANCE OR LIMITED ACCESS

click on link -  http://www.nimcc.com

WHAT TO DO:

BRING A LIST OF YOUR ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS, PAST MEDICAL HISTORY, EKG IF YOU HAVE IT, AND NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, AND INSURANCE INFO IF IN DATE 

 

GO TO IMMEDIATE CARE IF UNSURE  – IF NOT SEVERELY ILL OR INJURED

IF YOU MUST GO TO THE ER, GO IN THE MORNING…LESS BUSY USUALLY

WHEN IN DOUBT –  IF ILLNESS OR INJURY IS SEVERE…CALL 911

TELL THE TRIAGE NURSE YOUR SYMPTOMS…ALL OF THEM

KNOW THE CREDENTIALS OF YOUR DOCTOR…EXPERIENCE

IS THE EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN RESIDENCY TRAINED IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

IS THE EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BOARD-CERTIFIED IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

BRING AN ADVOCATE TO WATCH, LISTEN, AND ASK QUESTIONS – ESPECIALLY IF VERY ILL

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS CAN TAKE CARE OF MANY ILLNESSES AND MINOR EMERGENCIES – CALL IF UNSURE

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS CAN STABILIZE AND TRANSFER TO THE HOSPITAL

MANY IMMEDIATE CARE CLINICS HAVE BOARD CERTIFIED ER DOCS AND ER EXPERIENCED DOCS

MATURE MATTERS (c) – RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME OR PLACEBO

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Recent reading lead me to wonder if the advertising behind the medical problem leads to greater use of the drug.  What is suspect is the $36 million dollars alone that the Glaxo-SmithKline company was reported to have spent on "consumer advertising" for the restless legs syndrome.  Evidently it paid off, with this year's sales of their drug Requip, to be in the neighborhood of $500 million dollars, a very fast growing drug…What is amazing – is that this is a Parkinsons medication.

With all the ads, the website "hits" of the company's advertising campaign went throught the roof.  Does everyone now have restless legs syndrome?  Does everyone now have depression?  Does everyone now have ADD/ADHD?  Does everyone now have anxiety to treat with strong mind-bending medications?

The continual bombardment of ads by the PHARMA industry is leading to disease propagation and profit propagation.  Buyer beware…patient beware…TV and ad blitzes are real…Is the disease real in all those taking the drug?  

(adapted:  wsj corp focus)

KNIGHTLY POETRY

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

GOOD KNIGHT©

THERE ONCE WAS A COACH NAMED KNIGHT
ALWAYS COACHING HIS WAY TO FIGHT,
TRUTH A CHANCE
WITH VERBAL DANCE. 
 

WARNING OH WARNING
FACIAL SCOURNING,
PLAYERS LOOK
FORCE THAT SHOOK.

THE TEACHER, THE MENTOR,
THE COACH, THE  TORMENTOR,
LEADING WINNING EDGE
CRUSH SOUND  POUNDING SLEDGE. 
 

FOR MONEY GAINS
DISCORD REMAINS,
YOUR SONS OF ROUNDBALL
WATCH PUBLIC CALL 
 

TECHNICAL – AT LEAST A FOUL
PLAYER’S REACTION DISEMBOWEL,
FOR AGES OF THE TRUE KNIGHT
COURAGE, VALOR, HONORABLE FIGHT.  
 

BUT OF THIS KNIGHT
OPPORTUNE BRIGHT,
BUT DIMS WITH AGE
NOW MINIMAL SAGE… 

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COACH BOBBY KNIGHT – INAUGURAL INDUCTION INTO NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME OR SEE HIS MUGSHOT ON THE “most” WANTED POSTERS ?

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

IN THE NEWS RECENTLY IS THE FACT THAT THE PLAYER-ABUSIVE COACH KNIGHT WILL BE WELCOMED IN THE INAUGURAL INDUCTION TO THE NEW HALL OF FAME.

THIS IS AMAZING.  MAYBE WE SHOULD INDUCT ALL OUR CHILD ABUSERS INTO SUCH FAME?

INTERVENTION AND COUNSELING. DO NOT PROMOTE HIS NEANDERTHAL BEHAVIOUR.  METH?

What did I miss?  Because you are a coach at a University, allows

you to physically abuse and psychologically misuse your players? 

NOT !   And not infront of national television audiences.

If anyone really cares whether or not Coach Knight breaks the record he is aimed at.  His abuse continues…just like that of domestic violence.  Now, the honeymoon period of flowers, forget-me-nots, and joking style.  But, as many Emergency Physicians know,  the cycle of his violence toward players, coaches, referees, and fans will only continue…Coach Knight has proven that already.  Is he on METH?

There is NO lesson learned here.  From the tape, the athlete’s TMJ now has a problem for life…Very difficult area once injured to rehab !  The athlete’s head “flew back” … not a “love tap” like the talking heads were saying on some shows trying to justify that violence.

Coach Few of Gonzaga Bulldogs and other coaches must take the lead here.  No person will gain self-respect, dignity, and optimism by being assaulted by an authority figure…just ask any child abuse victim !

 

FIRE HIM NOW