Sunday, May 31, 2009

All Medications Have Risks

Health care providers have known for a long time that one of the safest medications available still had its risks. Liver damage.

The liver is the detoxification plant of the body. Without it, you can't live. People in general disregard the liver - who thinks about sewage treatment plants on a regular basis? Until it doesn't work, it's out of sight, out of mind.

A huge consequence of this 'safe' medication is teenagers who 'attempt' suicide by overdose with acetaminophen. They don't realize the damage caused to the liver is a life long result of a short-sighted action.

Personally, I and many other health professionals hope that stronger warnings will bring these risks to the general public and maybe save some people severe, life-long (or life-short) pain and suffering.
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FDA recommends acetaminophen warnings

NEW YORK - A Food and Drug Administration report released Wednesday recommends stronger warnings and dose limits on drugs containing the painkiller acetaminophen, citing an increased risk of liver injury.

"There is extensive evidence that hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) caused by acetaminophen use may result from lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen can cause severe liver injury," the working group report said.

"Consumers may not be aware that acetaminophen is present in many over-the-counter combination products, so they may unknowingly exceed the recommended acetaminophen dose if they take more than one acetaminophen product without knowing that both contain acetaminophen," the report said.

The recommendations also call for limiting the maximum adult daily dose to no more than 3,250 milligrams, limiting tablet strength for immediate release formulations, and limiting options in liquid formulations for children.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sounds Like We Should All Re-Read the Constiution

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Tenth Amendment Movement Aims to Give Power Back to the States

Fed up with Washington's involvement in everything from land use to gun control to education spending, states across the country
are fighting back against what they say is the federal government's growing intrusion on their rights.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved
to the States respectively, or to the people
-- U.S. Constitution, Tenth Amendment

At least 35 states have introduced
legislation this year asserting their power under the Tenth Amendment to regulate all matters not specifically delegated to
the federal government by the Constitution.

The government has gone too far. Enough is enough.

"If the states are serious
about returning the federal government to its historical origins, they're going to have to do more than pass resolutions.
They're going to have to turn down money and litigate."

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

An Opinion I Agree With....The USA

The internet needs to remain a place of open knowledge, free speech and uncensored information.

Most of the world has some form of censorship imposed on it's citizens. In the US, the MSM feeds us what they think we 'need to know' (hence the over-coverage of Brittney and Lindsey) and puts their own spin on the important stories (such as Gitmo).

The internet allows us to sort, digest, and learn and form our own opinions. If a body, like the UN, takes control of domain naming, etc... we may lose that ability.

As a citizen of a free country, I'm not willing to give up my rights to appease countries that don't respect them.
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Who Controls The Internet?

In order to please our European allies and our Third World critics, the Obama administration may be tempted to surrender one particular manifestation of American "dominance": central management of key aspects of the Internet by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Other countries are pushing for more control.
Internet domain names (such as are managed hierarchically. At the top of the hierarchy is an entity called IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, operated on behalf of the Commerce Department. The U.S. government therefore has the ultimate authority to review or revoke any decision, or even to transfer control of IANA to a different operator.
Domain names sometimes present political questions. Which side in a civil war should control Pakistan's Internet domain? Should Israel's .il be suspended as punishment for its being an "Apartheid state"? What about Taiwan's .tw if China announces an attempt to "reabsorb its wayward province"?
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