Tuesday, February 22, 2005
News About Pain Relieving Drugs
It turns out that highly touted, advertised and expensive pain relieving drugs, Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra do more than relieve pain. An increased risk of heart attacks has been discovered.
According to Michael Smith, MD, of WebMD, most people on these drugs do not really need them.
This raises the question, Why are they prescribed? One major reason is that the marketing effort is very successful with the medical profession and with the public.
This gets my attention when I know that energy-therapies are highly effective for pain relief. And there are no side affects. This information is not likely to hit the news any time soon.
Below is a portion of an interview with FDA veteran, David Graham, posted on the AARP website:
Q. How serious are the heart risk problems with newer pain relievers like Vioxx, which is now off the market, Celebrex and Bextra?
Any individual patient’s absolute risk for developing a heart attack might be small, but if you have millions of people taking the drug, many thousands of people will get heart attacks. A recent clinical trial showed an almost fourfold increase in heart attack risk with high doses of Vioxx. We estimate 100,000 people had heart attacks due to Vioxx, with 30,000 to 40,000 dying. And the ones who didn’t die had their life expectancy shortened because they’ve had a first heart attack. This is a major safety problem.
Q. Why weren’t physicians and consumers more cautious about prescribing and taking these new drugs?
The direct-to-consumer advertising magnified the risk [by encouraging consumers to ask doctors for the drugs]. It is difficult for people to comprehend what these [risk-factor] statistics mean. If a person has diabetes, is a smoker or has high cholesterol or blood pressure, the risk is even higher. It is also difficult for the physicians, who rely on the drug companies for most of the information they get about the drugs. You would expect that people should be able to rely on the FDA for information about drugs. But in the case of Vioxx, the FDA let the American people down.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
What a gift! Our own hands are the vessels of healing. When we touch ourselves or another, something magical happens.
The energy of the universe is available to us. By the Grace of God it is administered and conveyed through our own hands.
Why do we ignore such wonder? In fact, we don't; we use it intuitively when we put our hand on our forehead when we are stressed or when we touch a child's "owie". Yet we could do so much more if we focused our intent on the power of touch.
To help ourselves and our famiilies, we can administer a loving touch using only a little basic knowledge.
After learning and practicing several touch healing techniques, I have come to the conclusion that the power is not so much in the technique as it is in the loving intent with which it is administered. The hands convey the energy despite or knowing or lack of it.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Overcoming the System
For instance, doctors have no interest in incorporating energy therapy into their practices. It seems there is little choice in what a doctor is allowed to do because of limitations imposed by the medical associations, liability insurers. One would think that despite this, the medical insurance companies might be interested in anything that could reduce the costs of medical care. However, such is not the case. This is a puzzle to me. It all seems to be one big self-serving system supported by employers that pay health insurance premiums and consumers.
Overcoming all this is also a puzzle. It may happen, however, if costs continue to rise causing the bubble to burst. In the meantime we do what we can to educate the public. The internet is one way to do this and may contribute to the bursting of the bubble.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Time For a New Paradigm
So much is happening in our world. Global changes are forcing us to take a new look at how things work and how we as individuals relate to our environment.
What this requires is an examination of our own consciousness and how we view ourselves in relation to everything else. Such is not easily accomplished as it requires a willingness to look outside our current world view. This can be frightening, especially when we come to the possibility that we are responsible for what is, and therefore, we have the power to change it. That is the crux of it - we no longer are victims, but co-creators.
We can now take control of our lives - particularly our health and well being. My purpose is to help people wake up to this and to help them heal.