FDA Ignores 100,000 Annual Prescription Drug Deaths

Pill bottle100,000 Die from Prescriptions Every Year

Yet, apparently that’s a-okay with the US Govt since nothing at all is done about it. Drug ads continue to state the side effects include death, yet no big outrage there either. Yet an herbal product is “claimed” to have contributed to less than 20 deaths and the FDA yanks that right off the market! This is ridiculous. I’m sick of being run by big pharmacy.

Between the drug companies and the banks we are being held hostage. Banks run this country, and drug companies are making sure everyone in the country is on some prescription including tiny children. Stop the madness.

How to Get Healthier and Stay Out of Doctor’s Offices?

Start with what you eat. Yes, you’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again and again. The food supply in the United States of American is simply horrible. There is no way to test the safety of our food supply, and recalls are announced months after products have sold. I heard one recently for pistachio nuts that had been sold three months prior. When’s the last time you bought a bag of nuts and didn’t eat them pretty much right away?

Why Buy Organic and/or So Called “Natural” Foods?

Because the quality of our food supply and distribution is horrifying. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) each year 76 million cases of foodborne illness occur and more than 300,000 persons are hospitalized and 5,000 die from foodborne illness. And the media went crazy went less than 20 people died from the recent swine flu outbreak!?!

Yet Far More Die from Properly Prescribed Prescription Drugs

The Journal of the American Medical Association in 1994 estimated that 76,000 to 137,000 people died from properly prescribed prescription drugs. That would make so-called adverse drug reactions between the sixth and fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Why does the FDA go up in arms over herbals remedies yet allow this insane number of deaths to occur?

You can fight back at the grocery store. Eat well and reduce your prescriptions too (it’s possible, I’m not suggesting to toss prescriptions, but the connection is clear). The first complaint is organic food is too expensive. Partly because supply and demand creates the higher prices: once more people buy healthier foods prices will drop but you can save 10 to 50% now by joining the first organic and natural foods buying club, The Green Polkadot Box.

You can be sure there will be lots more online organic and natural food buying clubs, but Green PolkaDot Box is the first and best. As of this writing the site is not complete, that’s why they are offering incentives to register early. It costs nothing to pre-register (they will not charge membership fee until opening day), and you have an instant extra 5% discount on everything you buy for the lifetime of your membership. No risk, they are allowing up to 90 days after they launch to change your mind! If you could receive a 5% lifetime discount where you shop now would you refuse?

References:

JAMA April 15, 1998;279(15):1200-5
US hospitals too many serious and fatal drug reactions

Costs are staggering too, so why does this continue? Big pharmacy. Notice there’s a new drug for everything? Notice too they say “you have to continue taking this medication…” Ridiculous, and how about the disclosure they list at the end, including “death” as a side effect?

If you’re sick and tired of this it’s time to take back your health and eating healthier is the best place to start. It’s not impossible to eat fairly well at a traditional grocery but processed foods are not your friend. I’m not suggesting you have to give everything up, just consider what you are fueling your body with and start making some better choices.

Once the majority are buying healthier foods costs will lower — the crappy food prices would be dirt cheap if not for the billions spent on advertising them to us. We are paying for those advertisements. Sheesh, it’s easy to get into rant mode. I only want to perhaps open someone’s eyes to the fact that we are being killed by what we’re eating. It’s not impossible to change that equation if you get ready for the revolution.

Taking Diet Advice from Unknown Experts

Just Who, Exactly are “They”

There are a lot of rules flying around about what you should or shouldn’t eat and what “they” say is right or wrong. But just who exactly the ones known as “they?” When you say you know you should eat X calories, who says? Where did you get the idea you should do anything, let alone eat exactly this number of calories or that many grams of protein? Who is the expert, you, or some guru you saw on TV?

I know what works for me by trial and error and that will work for you as well. Take the rules and bend them to work for your lifestyle. If you don’t feel satisfied at all with the calories you’re getting, then add a little, no matter what “they” said you should eat. If you feel energized after working out but “they” say you should be getting an hour a day, well, tough on them. I say do what feels right for you.

This is especially true with the standard diet list of calories you should have. There is no way a 6′ tall man should have the same calories as a 5’2″ woman, yet restaurants continue to serve the same plates to everyone, and diets tell us men should have so many calories, and woman should have so many; yet, no account for height at all. Ridiculous.

Capital One Credit Card Rip Off Diet

Deal With These Idiots and You’ll Lose Your Appetite

Here’s a way to lose weight; get ripped off by Capital One, then when you try to call and straightened it out you’re told, “That’s Capital One’s policy.”

I paid by balance in full and my statement showed a finance charge for purchases and cash which is odd since I did not have any cash transactions. I paid the balance in full anyway so it should not have been there.

According to Capital One you must pay your balance in full two business cycles in a row before you get the “benefit” of no finance charge. What that means though is you are going to be charged a finance fee for month one, the first time you pay your balance in full, then again for month two, then finally come month three, now they’ll give you the benefit of no fee. Anyone hear of this before? So when I wanted to know my account balance so I could pay the account off and close the sorry deal, I was told, “It changes daily because you’re still incurring finance charges.”

So, basically these ass-wipes are ripping me off and probably every single client out there so check your statements. If you’re being charged finance fees unfairly, call and cancel your business. There’s plenty of other companies out there more than happy to get your dollars.

No doubt I’m going to get a bill for a couple of dollars and each time I send that to pay it off I’ll get another one with a few more cents.

I suggest not doing business with Capital One if you want to keep your sanity, but if you’re like me and lose your appetite when you get upset, then it’s a great way to lose some weight this weekend

Muscle Does Not Weigh More Than Fat Ad Nauseum

Man, I still get e-mails like this:

“Umm, so I stumbled on your site, and found you had written something on muscle weighing more than fat being a myth. To quote “As you can see, the 5 lbs. of fat is much bulkier than the 5 lbs. of muscle, but five pounds is still five pounds. Muscle does not weigh more than fat.”. When people say ‘muscle weighs more than fat’ they don’t mean that 5lbs of muscle weighs more than 5lbs of fat. That would just stupid. Look at the picture you have, the fat is much larger than the muscle. If the muscle was the same size as the fat, it would weigh more, understand? What you’re doing is the same as saying “hey, metal doesn’t weigh more than cotton! To prove it, I have this bucket full of metal, and nine buckets of cotton. Guess what, they weigh the same!” Seriously, I suggest you remove or revise that article to avoid looking like an idiot.”

Thanks for your insightful message. I think in second grade we were given the test: What weighs more: a pound of feathers or a pound of lead, and everyone said, “lead!” Most of learned than density counts.

The fact is, muscle does not weigh more than fat. Not now, not ever.

Muscle is denser than fat. Density is not the same as weight. The argument you make is that since people make an obvious mistake, that somehow makes it correct? Now who looks like an idiot?

Saying something incorrectly does not make it correct and muscle does not weigh more than fat. Not now, not ever. There’s no reason people can’t learn this simple concept. Density vs. weight. Just basic science really.

Then perhaps people will start to say, “If you have more muscle, you may weigh more than if you had more fat.”

A person who is 120 pounds but 20% fat will not weigh more than a person who is 120 pounds but 15% fat, right? No, of course not. So, why persist that muscle weighs more than fat? It does not. It is more dense, more compact.

Sorry, I’m standing fast. A pound of muscle does not weigh more than a pound of fat. If you want to talk density, there is a difference but that’s not what’s said when
someone says, “muscle weighs more than fat.”

Sheesh. And, really. It’s easier to read your messages if you put a paragraph break in now and then.

You Lose Weight, Your Pants Are Loose

The Difference Between Lose and Loose is my pet peeve: People who profess to be experts in weight loss but they say “weight loose.” OMG, it about kills me.

Here’s an easy way to remember. You lose something, your pants are loose. I mean, really now. That’s a big difference and were talking just a basic word, not rocket science. If you can’t seem to remember, use “lose” because how often are you talking about your pants anyway?

Lose has one O. You lose weight.

Loose has two Os. Your rings are loose, but they aren’t lose because that makes no sense. Phonetically loose is the “ew” sound, “Ew! They killed that rat right in the street!” Say it with me now, “L o o s e.” Loose rhymes with goose and moose and that’s about all I can think of right now.

Lose has one O. You only want to lose one O, and you end up with lose. Neat and tidy. I want to lose that extra O, so I say, “I want to lose weight without gaining it back.” What do you say? Can you just ditch that extra O?

Say it with me, “I lose weight.” Lose, lose, lose. It’s the “OU” sound, as in Lou’s. Oh, crap! There’s another way to spell it. English sucks sometimes.

Lose: lose weight
Loose: loose pants, loose rings, loose women
Lou’s: The guy upstairs who has a car that is always parked in your space. That is Lou’s car.

One O. Just limit yourself to one O from now on and you’ll save the world from the travesty of those seeking to “loose weight” forever more, and ignore Lou. Thank you Great Grammar God. Amen.

Loose pants get lost

Grammarly says …

Why the Grammarly Blog has written a post on this exact subject called Loose vs Lose. Bravo Grammarly.

Sweet Offers That Suddenly Go Sour

I see an offer for a free CD/DVD that I’d like anyway. It’s a copy of “Business is Booming” which is a CD about direct marketing, blah, blah, and so whatever, it’s being offered free for postage only. Okay, so I’m game.

I check it out and what do I find? It’s $9.47 for one stupid CD/DVD. Well I don’t know what turnip patch these folks think I hail from but in my neck of the woods it doesn’t cost that much to mail a skimpy CD envelope. Maybe $3.95 but not 10 bucks! I’m not sure where they get that CD/DVD shit anyway (oops, bad language alert). It’s either a CD or it’s a DVD. WHICH IS IT?

What a friggen rip off. I can’t even believe they’d think anyone would consider that “postage.” Makes me want to go get one of those books where you can learn to say good insults because “damn” just doesn’t begin to cover it.

Folks, if you’re offered something for free and they want more than a buck over the real cost of shipping, guess what? You’re actually paying for the stupid thing, so they are screwing you big time. This sort of thing really bugs me, if you didn’t notice.

Okay, rant over. I feel better now. 😉