Tuesday, April 12, 2005
two for tuesdays; mind-numbing medication news...
Pot is hardly a bad habit anymore - cheap cigarettes with no filters now THAT is not good for you! *LOL*
Alas, I do not condone smokers in any way shape or form - to me, it is really burning money away... AND ruining your health at the same time! One might just as well set one's cash on fire and inhale THOSE fumes while they're at it - it will be just as effective on their lungs as well as their pocketbook!
For the two actual mind-numbing tidbits of medical un-news - check the comments section! ;)
25/03/2005 3:45:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A drug that has been used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for 30 years is being discontinued.
The consumer group Public Citizen petitioned the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, asking the agency to ban pemoline, also sold under the trade name Cylert, because of reported cases of liver damage in users.
Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Cylert, said it is already planning to discontinue the drug because of declining sales.
Pemoline was approved in 1975. Since then other drugs, including generics, have become available to treat ADHD. Cylert sales were less than $1 million US last year.
The company said letters advising physicians that the drug is being discontinued will go out within two months, and they will be given time to change patients to other drugs.
In its petition, Public Citizen said the drug has been withdrawn in the United Kingdom and Canada and carries two separate label warnings in this country.
Between the 1975 approval and 1996, there were 193 adverse drug reactions involving the liver ascribed to pemoline, including 13 cases of acute liver failure, Public Citizen said.
25/03/2005 12:21:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A once-a-month pill to help women battle the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Boniva will be the first monthly osteoporosis medication, said Dr. Richard Emkey of Radiant Research in Reading, Pa., which conducted trials of the drug. Current medications are taken weekly.
Boniva, approved late Thursday, is being jointly promoted by the drug companies, GlaxoSmithKline and Roche.
The companies estimate that 44 million Americans over age 50 suffer from osteoporosis
Known as ibandronate sodium, the 150 milligram tablets are intended for both treatment and prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. The drug is expected to go on sale, by prescription, in April.
The companies said they were setting up a patient support program to help patients remember to take the drug every month and to stay on the medication.
In trials over three years the drug reduced the number of new vertebral fractures in women with osteoporosis and increased bone density in women who had not developed the disease. The most common side-effects reported were abdominal pain, high blood pressure, upset stomach, joint pain, nausea and diarrhea.
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just relaxed him...but it gave me visions that would occur for a shaman...and I am a shaman at
heart. I should work with more plant medicine.
I don't smoke cigarettes very often either...but when I do...the inhalation of the smoke gives me a quick high that leaves me in a meditative state for 20 minutes or so and my senses are much more intune.
Anyway...it's a shame that people abuse its true purpose as a sacred plant. If used religiously, like that of the Rastafarians...its true purpose could be well revered than to treat the plant like its just a recreattional drug...because it isn't. I get fed up with people that treat sacred plants as recreation because it's blasphemous to my eyes.
So I will leave you with this:
Ganja (Marijuana) is considered the "wisdom weed" by Rastafarians, as its use helps one to gain wisdom. Rastafarians use it as a part of a religious rite and as a means of getting closer to their inner spiritual self, Jah (God) and Creation.
Ganja is also seen by Rastafarians as the herb of life mentioned in the Bible. Rastafarians use of ganja is justified by the following Psalms 104:14 that says, "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man, that he may bring forth food out of the earth." Rastafarians also say it was found growing at the grave of King Solomon in the Bible.
Rastafarian consume it through smoking and eating (not recomended). The smoking of Ganja is a part of a religious ritual. When there is a large "reasoning" gathering of Rastafarians, a Chalice, which is a large smoking pipe, may be passed around and smoked. This is similar to the passing around of a communion cup by some Christian denominations. These gatherings are also called Nyahbinghi (also the name of a Rastafarian sect: Theocratic Priesthood and Livity Order of Nyahbinghi).
True Rastafarians do not smoke cigarettes as it is seen as un-natural and dangerous to one's health. Marijuana is not the only plant or herb used by Rastafarians. They use a wide variety of herbs, plants for medicinal and dietary purposes, however, ganja is the most popular.
I feel that if Christianity was taken beyond it's somewhat dry literal sense...people may actually be shocked to find out that it has many ties to sacred plants...including hallucinogenic ones...as so the theory states by John Allegro in the "Sacred Mushroom and the Cross". I don't know if his theory is true but he surely puts up a great argument with the use of etymology...getting to the roots of the words to decipher a possible true code for the Holy Book.
Nothing is what it really seems.
Take Care For Now My Dear Friend...
(((HUGS)))) RESPLENDENT REBECCA