Prescribing Trends: Not a Pretty Picture

There are safe, cheap effective alternatives for all chronic conditions people suffer with. We need to split modern medicine into two parts.

The American ER is top notch. 

Prescribing patented chemicals to suppress the symptoms of chronic decay is not you best option. Ask me for details.

“Spending on prescription drugs in the Unites States has risen nearly 6-fold since 1990, reflecting substantial increases in treatment of chronic conditions and subsequent polypharmacy. As many as 45% of Americans have at least 1 diagnosed chronic condition, and 60% of the most prescribed medications were for hypertension, high cholesterol levels and diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 11% of the US population and 40% of people older than age 60 take 5 medications or more.”

 

Prescribing Trends: Not a Pretty Picture.

Doctor – Patient – Confidentiality

When I graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College and earned my Doctorate Degree, one of the things I had learned was the importance of keeping everything the patient told me completely confidential.
(Confidential – to be kept private, not shared, not discussed with anyone else, not revealed without direct instruction from the patient.)

I still take that responsibility very seriously.  Nothing you say to me during a treatment session will ever be repeated outside that door, without your direct instructions.

But over the past 20 years, I have seen a loss of expectation for privacy in our health records.

Now, the intimate details of our lives, illnesses, sufferings, and frailties are connected with our financial records and distributed across the globe. To potential employers, future spouse, colleges, ex-wives, police, lawyers, salesmen, anyone interested in us.

Call me old fashioned, but I will not participate in this attack on your privacy.  If you trust me as your doctor, I will keep records in a hand written format.  Everything stays confidential and between you and me.  Nothing leaves my files except directly to you.  (or your next of kin)

So if you have a bad back, but don’t want your employer to know.  Get in here.

If you need a safe ear to share your troubles, I promise to keep it confidential.  (Unless you tell me your an axe murderer)

If something is going on with your kid, and you are afraid it might affect his chances for a scholarship, I can help.

There are so many situations the details of your health condition should be private, I am an oasis of privacy.

Let me help

Call the clinic at 816-436-9355 and set up a confidential appointment right now.

Good vibrations

I start each morning with 10 minutes of Qi Gong.  Which translated simply means vibrating and shaking my body around.

This simple activity give me an amazing energy burst that lasts most of the day.  Sometimes, if I have seen a lot of patients I have to do it again in the afternoon.  It always helps.

Here is a NASA article from 2001 talking about research showing standing on a vibrating plate for a few minutes everyday drastically improves bone density.

Health care is not rocket science.  Staying healthy is a daily responsibility, please take care of yourself.

Dr D

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast02nov_1/

Osteoporosis Drugs May Be Linked to Cancer Risk

Original article

Side Effects of Osteoporosis Drugs can Be Far Worse than Brittle Bones…

Osteoporosis drugs have become increasingly well-known for their dangerous side effects, many of which could easily be worse than your original concern.

Acid reflux and related esophageal inflammation were a couple of the side effects that quickly became apparent when these drugs hit the market. This is why you’re instructed to take them with food and avoid lying down shortly after taking them.

But as I predicted over a decade ago, that’s just the beginning of the health nightmare these drugs can bring about.

Since their release, bisphosphonate drugs have also become associated with:

  • Hypocalcemia (blood calcium levels are too low)
  • Serious eye inflammation and possible blindness
  • Severe musculoskeletal pain
  • Stomach ulcers – particularly when taken together with anti-inflammatory drugs.

    In one study, 8 percent of participants taking Fosamax and 12 percent of those receiving the anti-inflammatory Naprosyn developed stomach ulcers. But when the two drugs were taken in combination, the rate of stomach ulcers rose to a whopping 38 percent.

    This is important, as many elderly, particularly women, are likely to suffer from both arthritis and osteoporosis, increasing the likelihood of bisphosphonates and anti-inflammatory drugs being taken at the same time.

  • Liver damage –Although the mechanism is still unknown, researchers believe drugs like Fosamax may inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol in your liver, which may alter liver function.

    Regardless of the mechanism, if you’re taking Fosamax or related bisphosphonate drugs you need to beware of the possibility of liver dysfunction, and your doctor should monitor you properly for it.

  • Kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Atrial fibrillation — Women who have used Fosamax are nearly twice as likely to develop atrial fibrillation (quivering of your heart’s upper chambers), which is the most common kind of chronically irregular heartbeat

    One study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that Fosamax was associated with an 86 percent higher risk of atrial fibrillation compared to those who had never used the drug.

    Atrial fibrillation can cause palpitations, fainting, fatigue, or congestive heart failure. It can also lead to embolic strokes.

  • Thigh bone (femur) fractures – Although you’ve only started hearing about this recently, the FDA asked Merck (the maker of Fosamax) to “add information about the report of femur fractures” to the medication’s package insert back in 2008, according to an ABC News report.

    Sixteen months later they finally added it to the list of fine print side effects, but neither Merck nor the FDA properly informed doctors and patients of this newfound risk.

    According to a recent report by a US panel of experts reviewing the evidence of increased risk of unusual femur fractures, 94 percent of patients who had experienced a femur break had been on bisphosphonate drugs. Most of them had taken the drugs longer than five years.

    More than half of those who broke their thigh bones had reported groin or thigh pain for a period of weeks or months before fractures occurred.

    In addition, “more than a quarter of patients who experienced atypical femur fractures in one leg experienced a fracture in the other leg as well,” Canadian CTV reports.

  • Osteonecrosis of your jaw bone (jaw bone death) — This is a serious condition that can also cause disfiguration as the bone in your jaw dies and begins to decay.

    Symptoms include jaw pain, infection, and loosening of your teeth. However, some people experience no symptoms until they suddenly notice exposed bone. If you’ve had teeth extracted, or wear full dentures, you may also be at greater risk.

    Interestingly, an animal study published in the June issue of Journal of Bone and Mineral Research concluded that osteonecrosis of the jaw may involve the interaction between bisphosphonate drugs and vitamin D deficiency! As you will see below, optimizing your vitamin D levels is imperative for healthy bones, and this finding further strengthens that recommendation.

PRESENTING: MINUTES TO MEMORIES, reconnecting body mind and spirit

I am honored to present to you the first talk radio show that I am looking forward to listening to.  That’s because

I’M THE HOST!!!

6 pm every Friday from now until they run me off, I will be on internet radio www.jackaloperadio.com

Most gracious thanks goes out to my new producer Mr. Todd Sheets, what a cool dude.  He will be there with me to make sure everything sounds great.

My first show is this Friday at 6 pm CDT.  I am going to explain the theme of the show, tell my story, and review potential topics for future discussions.

I am lining up a fine list of guest speakers and like this blog I will ask the difficult questions and expect responses.

I invite you to join me, with your phone or computer, at http://www.jackaloperadio.com

Healthy living and Acupuncture Seminars!

It is finally official!

My 64 hour seminar series will kick of in a couple of weeks!

April 10-11,`2010

Saturday
Explanation of Qi – what is it, why is it important.
Living in the post Google world
24 hour cycle of energy
Sleep Disorders
Asthma, upper respiratory issues.
Lung Meridian System and points

Sunday
Ah Shi and circle the dragon acupressure
Fluoride – recent fact and myths
Detoxification programs
Large Intestine meridian system and points
Label reading and shopping tips

These classes are approved for Continued Education for Chiropractors, Nurses, and Massage Therapists. But are designed for anyone interested in taking control of their own health care needs.  You will walk away with a head full of new and interesting information no matter what level you are at now!

Continued Education certification is $80.00 per day. (pre-registered)
Non-certificate audit attendance is $50.00 per day. (pre-registered)

$20.00 at the door charge for non-registered attendance.  Space is limited so let me know if you plan to attend ASAP.

The entire course is 64 hours of class room with a certification test and diploma. ( 20% discount if prepaid ) Graduates will be invited to participate in all future seminars and business relationships to duplicate and spread this knowledge far and wide.

Dates for the first round of the seminar series include:

April 10-11, 2010

May 15-16, 2010

June 5-6, 2010

July 10-11, 2010

Second series dates:

August 14-15, 2010

September 11-12, 2010

October 9-10, 2010

November 6-7, 2010

Dress comfortable because there will be exercise training, think about bringing a partner to train with.

WARNING:  These are not “BUTT” hours, and all you doctors out there know what I’m talking about.  Plan to participate or please get your hours somewhere else.

Merck sees 57 percent drop in first-quarter profit

Drugmaker Merck posts 57 percent drop in first-quarter profit on lower sales, partner revenue

* Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer *

Tuesday April 21, 2009, 8:26 am EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Merck & Co. on Tuesday posted a 57 percent drop in first-quarter profit, falling short of expectations, because of a drop in both sales of its drugs and income from its partnership on cholesterol medicines.

full article here