May 14, 2018 7-9PM ET
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Can’t Just Blame Big Pharma….
’60 Minutes’ Was Right About Huge Drug Prices, But Wrong About The Villain Last Sunday, CBS’ “60 Minutes” covered a budget crisis in the small town of Rockford, Ill., sparked by an unexpected increase in health coverage for town employees. The problem: a surprise new bill for $500,000, the price for a year’s supply of one drug for two children. The town is scrambling to cut police and firefighting budgets to cover the cost. The company that makes this drug had the presence of mind to dodge an interview with correspondent Leslie Stahl. This deprived TV viewers of the image of suits stammering why they raised prices on children from $40 a vial to $40,000, or perhaps Stahl leading the sweating CEO on a tour of the town’s abandoned firehouse. Still, the villain of this story was clear: a greedy drug maker.
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Fad Diets Are Out – Join the New Wave of Eaters for Health A wave of highly informed seekers of clean and healthy food is taking over the information highway and leaving yo-yo and fad dieting methods in the dust. They are representing a new generation of educated consumers who seek not only to maintain a healthy body, but supercharge their longevity and well-being with foods which are free of toxins and genetically modified organisms (GMO). They do not necessarily fall into any specific category whether vegetarian, fishetarian, vegan, raw or any other known pattern. They’re simply interested in eating clean, fresh, unadulterated foods that agree with both their palate and physiology. The old tried and claimed true methods of eating less fat have clearly failed millions of people on these types of calorie reduced diets. More importantly, they damage long-term health by lowering critical cholesterol levels which may cause more serious diseases such as cancer.
Examining The Opioid Epidemic
Lawsuit Alleges Doctor, Company, Caused Opioid Addiction A Delaware man is alleging a doctor and an Arizona-based pharmaceutical manufacturer ignored medical standards and led to his addiction to opioids. The News Journal reports that a lawsuit was filed in Kent County Superior Court last week. It accuses Maryland Dr. Eva Dickinson and her former practice, Cutting Edge Treatment Center in Harrington, Delaware, of ignoring the plaintiff’s health needs and prescribing an unnecessarily powerful opioid. It also accuses pharmaceutical manufacturer Insys Therapeutics of “ingratiating” employees inside Dickinson’s practice to encourage dangerous prescriptions. Both Dickinson and Insys executives have been indicted in other states for crimes relating to opioids. Dickinson and the company did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.
Opioid Makers’ Perks to Docs Tied to More Prescriptions Doctors who accept perks from companies that make opioid painkillers are more likely to prescribe the drugs for their patients, new research suggests. The money in question paid doctors for meals, consulting and speaking fees, and travel expenses. Typically, doctors receive less than $1,000 per year, said lead investigator Dr. Scott Hadland. Less than 2 percent of physicians get more than that, so many doctors “probably believe such relatively small amounts are not influencing their practice,” he added. “But, put simply, the data shows that it is.” The drug industry trade group PhRMA would not comment on the findings. Hadland said that, on average, opioid prescription rates among physicians receiving these perks rose by about 9 percent in the year following payment. Opioid painkillers include Oxycontin and Vicodin. “Unlike prior investigations that have focused on the impact of huge payments to a small group of doctors, what we found is much more subtle but much more widespread, involving many physicians,” he noted.
Chronic pain patients angry over ‘opioid contracts’ Many doctors around the country are now asking patients with chronic pain to sign a document agreeing to certain conditions before they’ll prescribe an opioid pain medication. As part of these “opioid contracts” or “pain contracts,” patients agree to random urine drug screens, opioid pill counts, and other conditions. Violation of the terms can result in patients no longer being prescribed opioids by that medical professional. The contracts, also known as “opioid treatment agreements,” are one tool among many aimed at reducing the misuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine. They’re also intended as a way to inform patients of the risks of prescription opioids. “It is really meant to be used as a clear way to establish an understanding of [opioid] treatment guidelines and expectations of the patient and physician,” said Dr. Kavita Sharma, a board-certified pain physician with New York-based Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates.
Well, It’s About Time!
Hour 2 – Advanced Medicine with Dr. Rashid Buttar!
Dr. Buttar is back to talk about what’s happening in the world of health news. Here’s what we have in store for you today:
Question of The Day!
Hello RSB and Super D and Dr. Buttar,
my husband has skin cancer and has had it before. I give him selenium, chromium, silica and a good liquid multi with minerals. He takes EFA’s and enzymes. I also give him chlorella. So why is he coming up with skin cancer all the time? Thank you as always.
New Research Claims ‘Vaccine Resistance’ Is Happening When it comes to the concept of vaccines, many people have argued that there is stronger science backing the idea of the human/animal immune system being the better option at defending against illnesses. And really, why wouldn’t this logic be more readily accepted? The immune system is a savvy, intelligent system that’s driven by interactions with the current environment and even, genetics, that give it insight into history. Vaccines are created in labs as a reaction to bacteria and illnesses that are already evolved, or evolving. The vaccine, particularly the flu shot, is a reaction to what pharmaceutical companies “think will happen.” Illnesses are a part of the cycle of life. Just like humans and animals and plants, evolution makes bacteria stronger. So do we honestly believe that vaccines, created in labs, could possibly defeat evolutionary principles?
Whooping Cough Outbreaks Continue Nationwide Due to Failed Pertussis Vaccine Once blamed on unvaccinated children, few today deny the fact that fully vaccinated children are spreading whooping cough as outbreaks continue across the U.S. One of the latest outbreaks has occurred in North Carolina, where Carteret County health officials have warned parents to be on the lookout for whooping cough. Kim Davis, the Nursing Director for the Carteret County Health Department, was interviewed by WITN and readily admitted that all the cases have been in fully vaccinated children, and that the vaccine does not offer protection: “Every case that we’ve had, that we’ve seen so far, has been vaccinated. So you can’t take for granted that just because your child’s been vaccinated for pertussis that they don’t have the capability of contracting it.” (Source.) The pertussis vaccine is supposed to protect against whooping cough, and even though health officials now acknowledge that the vaccine is not effective, it is still required.
These Everyday ‘Drugs’ Cause More Harm Than the Illegal Ones, Study Says Worldwide, alcohol and tobacco cause much more death, disability and addiction than illegal drugs, according to a new review. The review analyzed data from 2015 on global drug use — both overall and in 21 different regions — using data from the World Health Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, as well as other sources. The researchers examined both the prevalence of drug use as well as the “health burden,” in the form of death and disability tied to drugs. The researchers found that, worldwide, an estimated 18 percent of people reported “heavy” alcohol use in the last month (heavy use corresponds to more than 60 grams of alcohol, or about four standard drinks, on one occasion). In addition, 15 percent reported daily tobacco smoking, 3.8 percent reported marijuana use in the past year, 0.77 percent reported amphetamine use in the past year, 0.37 percent reported non-medical opioid use in the past year and 0.35 percent reported cocaine use in the past year.
Sunny Side Up: Eggs Won’t Increase Risk For Heart Disease After All Eggs have long been a source of debate when it comes to health risks because of the amount of cholesterol they contain. Despite previous studies suggesting the opposite, new research now claims eggs do not appear to be linked to heart disease after all. The recent study by researchers at the University of Sydney found that eating up to a dozen eggs in a week doesn’t pose a more serious risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type-2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. “Despite differing advice around safe levels of egg consumption for people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes, our research indicates people do not need to hold back from eating eggs if this is part of a healthy diet,” says Dr. Nick Fuller of the University of Sydney’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, in a school release. “A healthy diet as prescribed in this study emphasised replacing saturated fats (such as butter) with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (such as avocado and olive oil).”
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