“2010 most prescribed and purchased drugs”

The 10 most prescribed drugs in the U.S. aren’t the drugs on which we spend the most, according to a report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
The institute is the public face of IMS, a pharmaceutical market intelligence firm. Its latest report provides a wealth of data on U.S. prescription drug use.
Continuing a major trend, IMS finds that 78% of the nearly 4 billion U.S. prescriptions written in 2010 were for generic drugs (both unbranded and those still sold under a brand name). In order of number of prescriptions written in 2010, the 10 most-prescribed drugs in the U.S. are:

  • Hydrocodone (combined with acetaminophen) — 131.2 million prescriptions
  • Generic Zocor (simvastatin), a cholesterol-lowering statin drug — 94.1 million prescriptions
  • Lisinopril (brand names include Prinivil and Zestril), a blood pressure drug — 87.4 million prescriptions
  • Generic Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium), synthetic thyroid hormone — 70.5 million prescriptions
  • Generic Norvasc (amlodipine besylate), an angina/blood pressure drug — 57.2 million prescriptions
  • Generic Prilosec (omeprazole), an antacid drug — 53.4 million prescriptions (does not include over-the-counter sales)
  • Azithromycin (brand names include Z-Pak and Zithromax), an antibiotic — 52.6 million prescriptions
  • Amoxicillin (various brand names), an antibiotic — 52.3 million prescriptions
  • Generic Glucophage (metformin), a diabetes drug — 48.3 million prescriptions
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (various brand names), a water pill used to lower blood pressure — 47.8 million prescriptions.
The 10 Best-Selling Drugs
However, these generic drugs are not create the hugh dollars for pharmaceutical companies. The drugs that are still protected by patent create the fortunes companies grow on.
The IMS reports that Americans spent $307 billion on prescription drugs in 2010.
The 10 drugs on which we spent the most were:
  1. Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering statin drug — $7.2 billion
  2. Nexium, an antacid drug — $6.3 billion
  3. Plavix, a blood thinner — $6.1 billion
  4. Advair Diskus, an asthma inhaler — $4.7 billion
  5. Abilify, an antipsychotic drug — $4.6 billion
  6. Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug — $4.4 billion
  7. Singulair, an oral asthma drug — $4.1 billion
  8. Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering statin drug — $3.8 billion
  9. Actos, a diabetes drug — $3.5 billion
  10. Epogen, an injectable anemia drug — $3.3 billion
Who’s paying for all these drugs?
Commercial insurance helped pay for 63% of prescriptions, down from 66% five years ago. Federal government spending through Medicare Part D covered 22% of prescriptions.
For Americans covered by insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid, the average co-payment for a prescription was $10.73 — down a bit from 2009 due to increased use of generic drugs. The average co-payment for branded drugs for which generic alternatives were available jumped 6% to $22.73.
In 2010
Doctor visits were down 4.2% since 2009.
Patients filled more than half of their prescriptions — 54% — at chain drugstores, possibly because of discounts on generic drugs.
Brands that lost their protection from generic competition led to $12.6 billion less spending in 2010 than in 2009.
The price increase for drugs without generic competition led to $16.6 billion more spending in 2010 than in 2009.
Drug companies offered $4.5 billion in rebates to assist patients with the high cost of brand name drugs for which there was no generic alternative.
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“Beware dental abuses and lies”

Author Editor Mary Wolken, Exec. Dir. CMA

How long have we heard to get semi annual check up and cleaning for your teeth. “The old expression of be true to your teeth or they will be false to you” Is truer today than any time in the past.

The falseness is not only in the false teeth that click away not fitting properly in so many peoples’ mouths, but also to the tools and the consciousness of the dental”care” industry.

The false premise that getting your teeth drilled, filled, root canalled, or implanted with a series of metals, poisonous chemicals, false patient education and excessive fees is only superceeded by the “supported” care of the dental insurance industry who has not improved its policies in 25 years.

There seems to be few healthy safe natural chemicals, filling materials or procedures used by a dentist that would stand the test of non-toxicity, non-leaching or off gassing in a patient’s mouth over time. A patient’s mouth is turned into a chemical battery that constantly is a threat to the patient’s long term health and well being, but could be used to transmit radio signals.

Then there are the dentists who have decided to forget quality dentistry and honesty and tell you anything to get your money for less than top care. If they develop their practices in several locations in town and across the border, then if the fillings or posts used in your mouth are inferior or the posts not long enough they will be so o kind that the defects in the care will not be seen until the tooth decays further in the patient’s mouth and another dentist is now in charge of the case and the first bandit has long ago collected his money and will lie if confronted about the poor craftsman ship in the patient’s mouth. Forget giving money back or compensating you for the hours of wasted time waiting for the poor care in the office..

Even when a holistic dentist can be seen and afforded, there is no standard of excellence to holistic care. Possible because none of today’s dentists have been trained in schools that have a holistic standard of care and or there is not enough of a demand for quality natural care.

I once went to a holistic dentist that considered the anticeptic used to be health anf holistic that was made from creosotum. Yes, it is made from the croesote bush that grows naturally in the southwestern desert of the US, but creosotum has traditionally been used to tan leather. The taste lingered in my mouth for two days that cannot be a good thing.

Wood creosote has been used as a disinfectant, a laxative, and a cough treatment, but these have mostly been replaced by newer medicines. Coal tar creosote is used as a wood preservative. It is distilled from crude coke oven tar, and is mainly composed of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), but also contains phenols and cresols.

So what is a person to do.

Buyer the risk is all yours. Unless you have  lots of kids, dental insurance is a farce and a complete scam. your could  put the same amount of money you give the dental insurance people into an account and let it earn interest for you and use it as you need for your dental well being. Dental insurance takes your monthly payments religiously every month, but you cannot used more than the most inexpensive of dental services like cleaning and maybe a filling or two for six months after getting the insurance. After that no extractions or more involved care for a full year then that care is parceled out like a mister gives away his gold.

We cannot let rotting teeth stay in your mouth, because of other health risk so take good care of your choppers. The goal is to have them last through your whole life.

Home dentistry is not the answer.

What is desperately needed is quality healthy care for all and the education needed to foster it. The ancient dental dynasty that has not changed much since Egyptian times needed to become more wholistic and work more closely with other natural care practitioners to look at and encourage whole care.

An example would be someone who has played sports or had a head or birth injury, these individuals’ jaws and skulls problably need to be realigned before any dental care to avoid severe and uneven wearing of the teeth and the bite reset. For teeth grinding this too needed to be solved or aided, before fillimgs etc. are donw so teeth and the bite remains even.

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“Change your burned skin – change your life”

Gunning for success

Burn care and healing has been fraught with extreem pain and long crueling amounts of time to heal. Now the prayers have been answered with a gun. Until now burns have usually been treated with skin grafts, which involve taking skin sections from uninjured parts of the patient’s body, or growing sheets of skin artificially, and grafting them over the burn. The grafts can take several weeks or even months to heal, and during the recovery period patients are prone to infections because of the damage to the skin, which is the body’s first line of defense against pathogens.
Scientists have been able to regenerate skin in the laboratory for decades, but the process takes two to three weeks and the sheets of skin produced are fragile. When grafted on, blisters can form beneath it due to secretions, and can push up against the sheet and damage it. Scaring scars lives.

Enter the Skin-cell Gun

The skin sprayer works like a very high tech paint spray gun. Originally developed by Professor Joerg C. Gerlach and colleages of the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburg’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Skin spraying have been in use  in Australia, where Dr Fiona Wood of the West Australia Burns Unit developed a method called “spray-on-skin.” Dr Wood’s method uses an aerosol system to spray on cultured skin cells.

This system also cuts healing time to days rather than weeks or months, and the technique substantially cut the death toll in the Bali bombings in 2002.

Dr Gerlach said the new method uses an electronically controlled pneumatic device that does not injure the cells, while the other skin spraying devices are hand-pumped atomizers.
In a process taking only an hour and a half in total, a biopsy is taken from the patient’s undamaged skin and then healthy stem cells are isolated from the biopsy and an aqueous solution containing the cells is sprayed on the burn.
The sprayed wound is then covered with a newly-developed dressing with tubes enmeshed within it and extending from each end. One set of tubes functions as an artery, while the second set functions as a vein. The tubes are connected to an “artificial vascular system” and provide electrolytes, antibiotics, amino acids and glucose to the wound. The dressing keeps the wound clean and sterile, and provides nutrition for the skin stem cells to encourage them to regenerate new skin.
After treatment the wound heals in just days, when it would have taken weeks to heal using traditional treatments. Dr Gerlach said patients had been treated at the Berlin Burn Center and they had regrown skin over a burned ear or an entire face in only a few days.

At the moment the technique can only be used on second-degree burns, but Dr Gerlach hopes it will later be able to tackle third-degree burns as well.
The research is funded by the US Department of Defense under the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) consortium of research institutions, which was formed in 2008 to research better treatments for wounded service personnel.
The Skin-cell Gun was shown on the National Geographic channel in the episode Explorer: How to Build a Beating Heart, which looks at the latest tissue regeneration techniques.
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“The crisis in modern dentistry”

The crisis in “modern” dentistry is many fold. High cost of the toxic materials that are used to fill and some way “save” dead or decaying teeth is staggering. These inflated costs, greed and economic depression have driven many to go to Mexico or worse yet sent the poor to illegal immigrant dentists like 71 year old Ukrainian native Vladimir Mandzyuk who ran his illegal clinic in the basement of a Sugar Hill, Georgia home.
The Crisis in Dentistry
The Office of the Surgeon General estimates that some 108 million children and adults  mostly the poor or lower middle class in the US have no dental coverage. One key determining factor in who can secure dental coverage is the source of their overall healthcare plan. 8 out of 10 people with employer provided health insurance had some sort of dental coverage while only 3 out 10 people who self-purchased health plans included dental coverage. The businesses would come out ahead if they would bank funds for their employees.
Most of these dental plans are not work purchasing. They are good if your family has strong healthy teeth and don’t need anything besides a cleaning twice a year, but it is cheaper to have a special saving account and monthly put $30 in it rather than  pay for the dental insurance.  You can let your money work for you.
Not surprisingly, the burden of this lack of dental coverage is heaped onto the poor. The Surgeon General reports that tooth decay remains the single most chronic disease for children, poor children suffer from twice as many cavities as the children of the affluent and 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illnesses. A shocking 50 percent of poor children have not even been seen by a dentist before entering Kindergarten.
Next topic: There is the issue of natural quality care and the over pricing issue. In the past three years my eyes have been open to the shoddy overpriced care

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“Beware of kids loving tooth paste !”

Beware of young children loving tooth paste too much. Seems if a young child eats or drinks and then swallows too much fluoride, the fluoride, it can damage the natural coloration of their teeth permanently. Their teeth can be damaged mildly as in the image below or severely as in the bottom.

Dental fluorosis is a health condition caused by a child receiving too much fluoride during tooth development and nutrition. The critical period of exposure is between 1 and 4 years old; children over age 8 are not at risk. In its mild form, which is the most common, fluorosis appears as tiny white streaks or specks that are often unnoticeable. In its severest form, which is also called mottling of dental enamel, it is characterized by black and brown stains, as well as cracking and pitting of the teeth.
How does fluoride stain or pit the teeth?

Dental fluorosis occurs by ingesting too much fluoride, either from the fluoride in the water supply, naturally occurring or added to it; or from fluoride toothpaste or other sources. It damages teeth while they are developing in children between the ages of 3 months to 8 years, from the overexposure to fluoride.
How are teeth damaged by fluorosis?

Teeth are generally composed of minerals/calcium compounds, calcium phosphate hydroxyapatite and carbonated hydroxyapatite; when fluoride is present, some fluorapatite is formed. When excessive fluoride is present, white spots, brown stains or pitting or mottling of enamel will occur. Once the tooth has come through gums into the oral cavity, fluorapatite is beneficial; it is more resistant to dissolution by acids (demineralization). Although it is usually the permanent (adult) teeth which are affected, occasionally the primary (baby) teeth may be involved.

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The organic portion of enamel does not contain collagen, as dentin and bone does. Instead, it has two unique classes of proteins called amelogenins and enamelins . The role of these proteins is uncertain but thought to be needed for the development of enamel as a framework support and other mechanisms.

Talk to your pediatric dentist or water treatment facility to tell you how much fluoride is in your local drinking water. If you drink well water or bottled water, your pediatric dentist can assist you in getting an analysis of its fluoride content. After you know how much fluoride your child receives, you and your pediatric dentist can decide together whether your child needs a fluoride supplement.

Caution:

  • Monitor your child when it is tooth brushing time:
  • If you are using a fluoridated toothpaste use a pea-sized amount on the brush is plenty for fluoride protection.
  • Teach your child to spit out the toothpaste, not swallow it, after brushing.

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“The Zen of soap”

Soap RX with the Master Soap Maker

Dragnash?  Pomegranate?  Crunchy Scratchy Lavender?  Red Wine & Flax?  Pumpkin Pie?  Beer?  Sandalwood?

This is not a grocery list, but an inventory of the various chunks and pieces of soap that confront me when I step into my morning shower.  I am a Soap Maker.  So on any given day I may have nine to twelve different soaps in my shower to choose from.  It’s not just the odd sizes of these little soaps that make them unique (I use the remnant and irregular pieces), but the fact that each one has it’s own special character and purpose.

The art of choosing the perfect soap to begin your day

With such a wide selection of soaps, how do I decide?  What makes me choose a particular soap each morning?  I have to admit that there are days, I just stare at them-none of them particularly inviting.  That’s when I know it’s time to create a new soap. Soap scents range from beer to Dragnash, Pomegranate, Crunchy Scratchy Lavender to Red Wine & Flax, Pumpkin Pie, Beer, and Sandalwood blends to name a few.

Some days my process is purely logical. I have made a new soap and needed to test it thoroughly before I offer it for sale.  In which case, I will use the soap every day for a few weeks to make sure it meets Zen of Soap expectations.

Today, my choice was strictly emotional.  The alarm woke me up after a restless night, I was still tired, my sinuses were blocked and I was CRANKY.  I instinctually reached for Crunchy Scratchy Lavender.  The Chamomile, Lavender and Oatmeal worked to sooth my skin and senses.  A hint Eucalyptus Essential Oil managed to help clear my nose.  Ahh, my morning has immediately improved-now I can start my day.

Have a Happy Day !

Joyce Speer, Zen of Soap Artist from  Dragnass Soap will be glad to answer your questions and teach you how to make Zen soaps.

Contact Joyce or sent your questions to Zen of Soap

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“Mercury contamination in kids”

If women are pregnant, want to be pregnant or are nursing eating more than one or two servings a week of canned tuna, especially albacore tuna could be harmful to their health according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Tuna fish and other seafoods are packed with great nutrients such as omega-3’s, the B vitamins and lean protein. But lurking unseen is a toxic contaminant mercury that can affect brain development and the nervous system in young children. The number of children born witth mercury contamination is on the rise.

Buy your fish from the first list below not the last.

Lowest in mercury – You can enjoy two 6-oz servings per week

Anchovies, 
Butterfish, 
Calamari (squid), 
Caviar (farmed)
, King crab, 
Pollock, 
Catfish
, Whitefish, 
Perch (ocean), 
Scallops
, Flounder, 
Haddock, 
Hake
, Herring, 
Lobster (spiny/rock), 
Shad, 
Sole
, Crawfish/crayfish
, Salmon, 
Shrimp, 
Clams,
Tilapia
, Oysters, 
Sardines, 
Sturgeon (farmed), 
Trout (freshwater)

Below are a few of the cities that have  had trouble with toxic mercury levels in tuna:
Santa Cruz, CA,  San Diego, CA,  Destin, FL,  Long Island, N Y
Des Moines-Ames Corridor, Iowa   San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Mercury in Seafood: No Fair Warning.
Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Chicago, Il

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“What’s swinging in your family tree?”

– M.Wolken editor of CMANews
When I went in the early 90s to a family reunion for my mother family I took time to observe what was swinging from my family’s health tree and the decade of life these  various health imbalances began to show. It was fasinating glimpse into the my possible health future.
My training in natural medicines especially Homeopathy has taught me to look at each of life’s challenges from a different perspective. Our response to each health and or emotional crisis has come to be from our cumulative training from those people and the environment both inside our body as well as those stresses of living our life has brought us.

To assist a person  find peace and wellness a practitioner must learn as much about the entire personal and familial history  as possible. Nothing in health or dis-ease happens in isolation.

Family health history a powerful, underused tool in modern medicine today.
In integrated medical practice like homeopathy, ayurvedic, oriental, and naturopathic medicines, the family history has always been seen as needed. We were taught the better the initial history the better the evaluation, the better insight, the better individualized care and the more positive the healing.

In Homeopathy and Oriental medicine add another aspect to the history and patient profile, learning how to observe how a person, how they move, presents themselves, shake hands, the health and coloring of their tongue and their emotional history are the vital components of the patient history.

These wholistic aspects to patient care are so often ignored or missed in the current “managed care system of seeing a person every 3 to 5 minutes, reminding them to focus only on what is bothering them the most and running on to the next person before the patient has gotten acquainted with the professional.
A recent  Cleveland Clinic study compared using a good oral family history to using simply the lab results from an online genomic testing services that analyze DNA glitches and predict people’s predisposition to various diseases to uncovered who might be at an increased risk of cancer.  Not surprisingly , a good family history taken by an office assistant from relatives accompanying the patient was found to be a better predictor.
All it costs is a little time questioning your relatives, yet good family health trees are rare. A government survey estimated less than a third of families have one – and time-crunched doctors seldom push their patients to remedy that.

*Encourage each family to write down as much as they can remember about the conditions their parents and elderly had, how they died and from what. Knowing both sides of your family tree are vital. A study of 2,500 women found that women not only know less about the health of their paternal relatives, they tend to dismiss the threat of breast cancer if it’s on Dad’s side.
“It’s a risk no matter what,” says Dr. Wendy Rubinstein of Chicago’s North Shore University Health System.

Dr. Charis Eng, a cancer geneticist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute believes that  “It’s the best-kept secret in health care.”

How to start your family health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General operates a free website – https://familyhistory.hhs.gov – that helps people create a family health history and share it electronically with relatives and their doctor.

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“Will a laptop fry your parts?”

Sitting with a computer on your lap and the cell phone in your pocket on your hip or over your heart may effect your health and your ability to reproduce.
When the temperature in your upper leg area rises it may effect the quality, viability and numbers of sperm.of your nether regions.
In the journal Fertility and Sterility, short of putting your laptop on a desk, researchers found no way to protect the sexual organs..
The researchers hooked thermometers to the scrotums of 29 young men who were balancing a laptop on their knees. They found that even with a lap pad under the computer, the men’s scrotums overheated quickly. After one hour, when a laptop is held on your knees, sitting still with your legs closed. men’s testicle temperature had risen by up to 2.5 C.
A lap pad kept the computer cool and also made sure less heat was transmitted to the skin. But it didn’t do much to cool the testicles, and might give “a false sense of security,” according to Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who led the new study.
“Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don’t feel it,” he added. Under normal circumstances, the testicles’ position outside of the body makes sure they stay a few degrees cooler than the inside of the body, which is necessary for sperm production.  The body is designed to protect  the testicles’ position outside of the body to sure they stay a few degrees cooler than the inside of the body, which is necessary for sperm production.
Earlier research has shown that warming the scrotum more than one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) is enough to damage sperm.
According to the American Urological Association, nearly one in six couples in the US have trouble conceiving a baby, and about half the time the man is at the root of the problem.
Many factors influence reproductive health including genetics, lifestyle, nutrition, drug use and this up and coming factor heat and radiation effects from cell phones and cell phone towers.

Health Hazard
Using computers, cell phone or living too close to cell phone towers can increase damage to living cells, increase sleep problems and malignant tumors and ADD and ADHD symptoms,  fatique and decrease overall well being.

The solution is protection, healthy diet and placing cell phone towers at a safe distance from communities they are serving.

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“Rx for success”

If they walk like a duck
If they quack like a duck
They must be ducks.
Once again hasty generalization is not valid.

What turns a dummy pill into a catalyst for relieving pain, anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction, or the tremors of Parkinson’s disease? The brain’s own healing mechanisms, unleashed by the belief that a phony medication is the real thing. The most important ingredient in any placebo is the doctor’s bedside manner, but according to research, the color of a tablet can boost the effectiveness even of genuine meds—or help convince a patient that a placebo is a potent remedy.—Steve Silberman

Researchers at the University of California published in the October issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.a review of a 167 placebo-controlled trials published in peer-reviewed medical journals in 2008 and 2009 and found that 92 percent of those trials never even described the ingredients of their placebo pills.

There are no regulations govern placebo composition. The composition of placebos can in randomized, placebo-controlled trials. Reviewers independently abstracted data from the introduction and methods sections of identified articles, recording treatment type (pill, injection, or other) and whether placebo composition was stated. They found that most studies disclosure was less common for pills than for injections and other treatments (8.2% vs. 26.7%; P = 0.002). Placebos were seldom described in randomized, controlled trials of pills or capsules. Because the nature of the placebo can influence trial outcomes, placebo formulation should be disclosed in reports of placebo-controlled trials.
Why is this important. The fact that “modern medical research” claims that their system of drugs is better and safer for patients then homeopathy, herbs, or acupuncture, because they have run double and triple blind studies using placebos to measure the effectiveness of the trial medicine.
What they have not done is standardize what is in the placebos. Why? It was considered unimportant and the less attention given to individuals getting better on something other than the test drug was baffling and down right bad for Big Pharm business.

A placebo may contain sugar or olive oil or salt or some liquid for all the patients know, but they may outperform the trial drug. Why? The placebo or healing response works best when the patient or tester spends quality time with a health professional before the trial begins.

Yes, consistently placebo + human caring + hope +belief = better results with or without the trial drug even over extended periods of time.

So healing of the body begins in the mind of the patient and is accelerated when the practitioner explains and shares his support and expertise with the patient.  People caring for people is the key to success in life, love and healing.

This is very important for another reason too-the patients put their hopes and faith in the test that they will be helped. The mindset of the person can be giving better results than the test drug. The placebo could also potentially harm the individual as well.
Primary Funding Source: University of California Foundation Fund 3929—Medical Reasoning.
University of California Foundation Fund 3929–Medical Reasoning. The manuscript was revised while Dr. Howick was a recipient of a Medical Research Council/Economic and Social Research Council Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship (G0800055).
Published their findings in the October issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine
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