PARENTING

The Magic Of Olive Oil

  

Since the Mediterranean diet came on the scene, the recommended use of olive oil has been ubiquitous.

An analysis quoted (2014, Wikipedia) showed that elevated use of olive oil was associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality-cardiovascular events and stroke and type 2 diabetes. That olive oil use cut cancer death by 6% and that greater adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, slower cognitive decline as well as Parkinson ’s disease.

One of the keenly cited benefits is the use of olive oil, which contains monounsaturated fats, most notably oleic acid.  And the protection of olive oil is by way of the polyphenols against the oxidation of blood lipids.  

[ii]Regular consumption of olive oil is associated with increased longevity and that the benefits include preventing cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity as well as certain cancers including digestive and breast cancer. Though this article calls for more definitive research, this and another article says that olive oil is seen as being an:

  • Antihypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Anti-thromotic[iii]

Virgin olive oil is the one rich in phenolic compounds[iv] and is said that daily ingestion of this is beneficial and a key food for protection from cardiovascular issue.  And it may be that extra virgin olive oil can be problematic as well because it is extremely perishable and can easily go rancid[v]. Perhaps semi-refined oil is better since when oil is exposed to light or air it oxidizes and the chlorophyll in extra virgin olive oil accelerates this oxidation. Spoiled oil will do more harm than good (Mercola) .

So keep your olive oil in a cool dark place and close the cap immediately--plus perhaps buy small amounts at a time or transfer to smaller containers to mitigate oxidation. Heating vegetable oil and cooking with olive oil is said to change it into an oxidant because at high temperatures, it burns. It is recommended to use coconut oil to cook with.[vi]   

To tell if you have olive oil gone bad it:

  • smells like crayons or putty
  • tastes like rancid nuts and
  • has a greasy mouthfeel.   

Mercola indicates that corn, soy, safflower andcanola oil are highly damaged by heat and can clog arteries.   He further warns as well about processed foods like potato chips, pre-made cookies and microwave dinners. They use of trans-fat which raises your LDL and is linked to heart disease.

Recently[vii] a review of 23 publications was done to see if heating vegetable oil increased the risk of chronic disease. The survey concluded that the myth of frying foods associated by the risk of cardiovascular disease is not supported by the evidence. That virgin olive oil significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular clinical events and that high use of fried foods is related to higher risk of weight gain.

 

We recommend that you check with a nutritionist or do your own look up.

 

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Toxic Chemicals In Hair Care Products

So savvy today, we are about health and beauty.

Yet with all our knowledge about the best hair care products--there is the issue with toxic chemicals so the team wanted to take a look.

We cannot go to a high fashion hair salon, it seems, without toxic chemicals in our midst. 

At the organic or going green salons, we are told consistently that the color and hair care is not as good, we will pay a lot more and the color/process will not even last.  

We have also found that for African Americans, hair care products use alot of endocrine disruptive chemicals that are linked to fibroids, cancer, early puberty, and harmful effects to the brain[i].

Chris Rock, in Good Hair, speaks of a 9 billion dollar business where folks look to find what is the best relaxer for African Americans who ‘relax their hair’ or as he puts it, are on “creamy crack”.

The going green products are just organic hair care products even though they say that they are. They burn and damage the scalp, cause allergies, cellular damage, organ toxicity and damage our immune systems.

There is a change in the trend of buying these organic hair care products.  

The natural hair movement.

The products are organic balms and oils. This seemed to begin with natural styles of the 1960’s-the Afro. The power was to the people and the liberation of their hair was one sign of that. Remember HAIR the musical!   But this was not to last, unfortunately. 

A study[ii] quoted occurring in 2011 showing that African American and African Caribbean women are more likely to be toxically exposed to chemicals in personal care products. That endocrine disruptive chemicals are linked to various reproductive and birth defects, breast cancer and coronary disease. One study showed that hair relaxer increases the risk for fibroid tumors through the burning of their scalp and lesions oncurred by using these products with chemicals.

There is also early onset puberty in African American girls who use the hair products and this was significant when compared to Hispanics and Caucasians. The research shows that when girls menstruate before age ten they are more likely to get uterine fibroids.  It is racially linked.

The research shows us:

  • Personal care products use is greater among African Americans-and that hair and skin products can have EA or AEA and that these estrogenic activity chemicals can have adverse health effects and cause cancer especially in young children with low estrogen levels[iii].   
  • African Americans have a higher mortality rate due to breast cancer and it appears linked to environmental exposures to breast cancer and environmental estrogen as well as the presence of toxic chemicals in personal care products and the use of certain hair care products with breast cancer risk[iv]  
  • There are more African American and African Caribbean women likely to be exposed to hormonally-active chemicals in hair products such as hair oil and lotion, leave in conditioner, root stimulator, perms etc..[v]   

Going green and going natural is a good choice for health. No one cares what your hair looks like really.

..If your hair is trimmed, neat, clean.  Just be yourself.

Why risk your own health and your daughters, your sisters, your mothers?

                                    We can choose!

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Your Safety In The Water-Summer Tips

 

Almost as soon as we are enjoying the warmth of summer, we almost certainly head for swimming pools to cool off!

We mostly don't think of swimming pools as being risky for our health.

We do need to be aware because there are various issues affecting your safety in the water.

Recreational water illnesses are lurking. These are sicknesses that can be caused by contaminated water by bacteria in pools of all sorts and found in:

  • water parks,
  • fountains,
  • lakes
  • oceans, too.
  • Germs can spread by swallowing or breathing in, the mist.
  • Chlorine just does not kill germs right away, nor do disinfectants. 
  • And urine or sweat in the pool, makes it more difficult for germs to die.  

We looked to the Center Disease Control for some healthy swimming safety tips for pools:[i]

  • Keep bodily fluids out of the water
  • Shower first with soap.
  • Don’t add dirt to the pool water.
  • Don’t go in the pool if you have a stomach ache.
  • By all means don’t swallow the water!

And safety tips for hot tubs.. [ii]:  

  • Take kids out every hour to the bathroom.
  • Don’t change diapers near the pool area.
  • Be aware[iii] that even if young children have on "swim" diapers, that it is not enough to prevent infection-causing germs from leaking out. This contamination is very significant and can make everyone in the pool very ill. 

Other things to do to keep safe in and near pools and hot tubs:

  • Reapply sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Almost 90% of families with young children plan to be in the water during summer and half of them swim without a lifeguard.
  • 19% of the drowning incidents involve kids in public pools with certified lifeguards in attendance.      
  • Stay near to your kids and don’t depend on floatation devices.
  • Restrict your time as directed in the hot tub,
  • Don’t drink alcohol while being in the water or the beach water,
  • Kids under 5 should not use the hot tub,
  • Be careful to ask your doctor if you are pregnant for guidelines for the hot tub-it is usually not recommended.
  • Make sure it is not over 104 degrees in the tub and that there is no smell of chlorine.
  • It should not feel slippery in the tub
  • You should hear the equipment humming to confirm filtration.
  • 60% of children who die, do so in swimming pools.
  • Of kids 4 and under who drown, 70% are in the care of parents and 75% are missing from sight for 5-7 minutes.
  • People can submerge in 20-60 seconds and do not usually call out or wave arms to alert.
  • Make sure as you can that the pools are checked for chlorine and pH, before you dip. (1-3 mg/L per million pH 7.2-7.8 for pool germs and for hot tubs 2-4 parts chlorine per million and pH same as pools.  Levels should be checked 2 times per day or more with heavy use. pH is important because it balances germ-killing-ability of the chlorine and allows for skin and eyes to not be irritated.) 

Common sense--and we are also including this about diving:

DO NOT dive into shallow pools.

Our friend lives in a building that has a pool year round, just over 5 feet deep. There are signs everywhere saying ‘Don’t Dive’.  Suitable pool depth for diving is not usually available in residential buildings.  9 feet of water is what is recommended by The American Red Cross for head first dives and dives from pool decks.[iv]  Many such pools for diving are even 10 feet deep. One day our friend saw a neighbor actually helping his young kids dive head first into the water.  

Playing the odds of not injuring yourself or your loved ones by diving is dangerous.

  • 57.2% of all pool diving accidents occur in water 4 feet deep or less
  • 4.8% of diving accidents occur in water at least 8 feet deep.
  • 16.8% of accidents are from trick dives.
  • 50% of diving accidents involve alcohol.   
  • Drowning is the 2nd largest cause of accident related deaths in kids 14 and younger. Be safe this summer!

Choose to be safe in the water this summer!

CHOOSE TO WIN!

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[i] Triple A’s of Healthy Swimming Awareness, Action, Advocacy CDC 24/7

[ii] Hot Tub User Information: Protect Yourself from Recreational Water and Illness and Stay HOT! CDC

[iii] Swim Diapers and Swim Pants CDC 24/7

[iv] Pools and Diving Accidents Injury Statistics by Swope, Rodane PA

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Mother's Rights-Breast Feeding In Public

In this political year, where there is talk of rights for all, what about mothers' rights?

There are still no real breast feeding places!

Bathrooms, lounges, etc., regardless of what gender adult they attract are not intended for nursing.  All the who-ha about bathrooms in the news this past year, brings to mind a friend who was trying to nurse (mid 1990’s) and it was very difficult for her to find a place in which to do it. This has not changed 21 years later!

 

Not a place for breast feeding in public yet! In a country where everything is possible!

Back then, the rest rooms or lounges were not quiet safe spaces to nurse.  That meant women had to pump into a bottle and feed- or run home and nurse. 

Today there is not quite the nursing stigma that there was twenty years back--and mothers can legally breastfeed in public in every state.  Still woman turn to formula for convenience despite that the American Association of Pediatrics recommends breast feeding for at least the first six months of life as best practice.  

Where would mothers nurse if they could?  Do we want babies to eat in the bathroom? Really?!

 Despite this, there are no real designated spaces, for nursing a baby:

  • [i] Infant nursing is up (as of 2011 at 79%).
  • 49% were still breastfeeding at 6 months-up 35% from 2000.
  • At 12 months the rate was 27% up from 16% from 2000.

Another article[ii] (2010, from Australia), showed that the longer the duration of breastfeeding a baby, the greater the self-confidence in the practice of nursing, the better the self-esteem and coping capacity as well as stronger social participation for the mother.

Lower levels of anxiety and other post partum depression symptoms, were associated with longer length of nursing times too.  

 

A more recent study[iii]  looked at depression, finding that the longer time spent breast feeding infants-four versus one month, the less depressed the mothers were.  Yet another study from Hawaii [iv]looked further at nursing and postpartum depression. The participants in the study that did not breastfeed over the six months-- said that they were concerned about low milk supply, lack of support for lactation information, medical issues and pain.

What support for nursing a baby is necessary?

This is a multifacited endeavor for todays' mothers.

It takes something for a modern women to breast feed:

  • It takes understanding how the process works and develops,
  • Including what is to be expected, what if an infection presents, how to wean, etc.
  • Lactation specialists can help mothers begin the process and support the process of lactation. But there are only a small (2-6%) number of lactation certified professionals to every 1,000 live births nationwide.

 There is room to foster more breast feeding activities if there is education and support!

 Another study[v] portrays the benefits of breastfeeding.

     Breastfeeding saves $300 billion dollars per year in the U.S.[vi]

Benefits for nursed babies:

  • Prevent child infections and malocclusion.
  • Possibly reduced weight and diabetes as adulthood ensues 
  • Globally could prevent 823,000 deaths in children under 5.

Benefits for nursing mothers:

  • Protection against breast cancer, improved birth spacing and possible protection against ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes
  • Breastfeeding globally could prevent 20,000 cases of breast cancer annually.
  • Increases oxytocin for bonding and for health benefits for both baby and mother.

Despite these facts, breastfeeding rates vary widely.   Women turn to formula when breast feeding is uncomfortable,  inconvenient or when they lack lactation support.

The Affordable Care Act in the U.S provides for nursing breaks and insurance for pumps and this may increase the breast feeding practice by 25%. There is much more needed from governments and health representatives to facilitate and support every women in this practice, for her own health and the health of her baby. And for public health and prevention of disease!  

Where should women go to nurse?

There needs to be safe, clean and calming nursing stations set up in public places.

Should babies nurse in bathrooms?

The Team does not think so because we would not eat in a bathroom!

Should we speak up and tell politicians what is important to us and what the value is to our families and society?

Should the U.S. invest in the proliferation of breast feeding education through public relations campaigns and support for developing lactation specialists? What do you think? We think yes!

 We can choose for our babies and our health!

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Road Safety For Young Drivers and Teen Drivers


June and July are the months with the highest percentage of teenage crashes. Teen driving statistics tell us that 53% of crashes occur more frequently on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and between 9-12 PM[i].

It’s summertime and young people and teens are out and about for long weekends. They may drink of be with friends with those who do.  They can be distracted and in party mode.  

We are committed to providing you with a more impactful view about road safety for young drivers.

Sharing safety information for you and your loved ones might prompt actions to mitigate crashes.

Some statistics to know about safety for young drivers, teens specifically:

  • Rates have gone down regarding motor vehicle crashes (2012) to 68% fewer fatalities than in 1975.
  • Two of three teens killed are male.
  • Teens make up about 8% of motor vehicle crash deaths.
  • 79% of crashes result in death of the passenger; 60% of them were driven by 16-19 year olds.
  • Seat belts were worn at a rate of 42% fatally injured teens compared to 49% for those over 30.
  • The risk of 16-17 year old drivers dying is proportionate to the number of passengers: the increase is 44% with one, double that with two, and quadruple that with three or four.

Car accidents come from inexperience, from drinking and from distraction.

  1. Practice! Many teens are now continuing driving practice with experienced drivers even after they get their licenses to combat this inexperience.  
  2. Don't drink! Fatal crashes in 2014[ii]showed the highest percent of drunk drivers was for 21-24 year olds (30%)[iii]. Ten thousand or so were killed the same year from drunk driving and 290,000 were injured from drunk driving.   Fatal drunk driving is four times more prevalent at night than during the day and occurs about twice the rate on weekends as during the week. 
  3. Don't be distracted! According to the CDC, there are three primary types of distraction on the road. Distraction results in up to 80% of all crashes.

Distraction is described as:

  • Visually taking your eyes off the road by using your GPS or looking elsewhere, manually doing other things with your hands such as eating and not holding the wheel and cognitively taking your mind off your driving. 
  • Texting and driving? Texting is the worst distraction because it integrates the visual, the manual and the cognitive functions.
  • Those sending texts are 23 times more likely to be in a car crash than other drivers.  Cell phones are involved in 1.6 million crashes and 6,000 lives.[iv]  

  • A crash takes place within three seconds of a driver being distracted.
  • Teens, according to the Automobile Association of America become distracted by their phones (12% of crashes),
  • They look for something in the car (10%),
  • They get distracted by something outside (9%),
  • They sing or dance to music (8%) What? yes!
  • They groom (6%)
  • Or reach for an object (6%).

Many things can be done to enhance driver safety: 

  • Take a minimal number of passengers
  • Use a newer car and a larger one-where track record stats show less crash propensity
  • Use a car with a less powerful engine to dissuade speeding
  • Always use your seat belt
  • Don’t text or be on the phone
  • Study the routes ahead of time and if they are unfamiliar, drive by day until comfortable
  • Know how to get gas and change the oil and about tire pressure, etc..
  • Carry emergency items such as a blanket, flashlight and batteries and water as well as a first aid kit.
  • Don’t drive if you are sleepy or have had alcohol (you must be 21 to have alcohol)   
  • Don't drive if you are depressed.

There are choices to make which not only impact our health but the health and well-being of those around us.

 We can choose!

 

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High School Athletes Suffer Mild Traumatic Brain Injury-Concussions!

Of those reported, 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury disability!  

Many sports-oriented kids, in team sports have sustained a concussion[i]. 

After an ice hockey game when our friends' 15 year old daughter was hit in the head, the daughter spoke in a rude and quite sarcastic way to her high school teacher.  This "out of character", behavior for the usually reserved teen, was clearly one of the signs of concussions in kids.  Our friend did not realize that her daugher had sustained a traumatic brain injury that altered her personality transiently.

That's when we knew we had to write about kid’s concussions.  

The CDC sites that in the past ten years, concussions (which are reported), have doubled with the number of visits to the ER for 8-13 year olds, and that concussions themselves have increased among teens at a 200% rate.  The first concussion can be problematic but following traumatic brain injury hits may cause permanent or long-term brain damage.  

Accumulating more hits to the brain can cause traumatic brain injury disability.

Studies show that a third of those affected will sustain a second concussion the same year. 

 

And 33% of injuries occur from football practice.  Why is that?  One study “tackles” this issue suggesting that many strategies of the game can be used especially during practice that mitigate player to player contact and other behavior that brings on concussion.ncussions.[ii] 

A recent report indicated that children’s’ concussions are ‘vastly under-reported”[iii]  and among the signs of concussions in kids, 90% do not lose consciousness. Concussions are much more likely (82% more) to be triaged in their pediatrician’s office than in the emergency room which is where the CDC gets the statistics they use.  It is also estimated that there are as many as 3.8 million concussions annually during sports, in the United States—both competitive and recreational, with 50% of the injuries unreported.[iv]

Concussion is defined as a "traumatically induced transient disturbance of brain function and involves a complex pathophysiological process" it is usually self-limiting and is in fact, a mild traumatic brain injury.

The highest incidence of traumatic brain injury from football occurs (47 percent-high school football), then ice hockey, rugby, soccer and finally, basketball.   If you have sustained one concussion, you are at a higher risk for another one. And if you have many concussion symptoms, it might take you longer to recover. Women athletes have a greater incidence than men for concussion and young athletes are more likely to have a longer recovery and associated catastrophic injury-traumatic brain injury disability. Preexisting issues such as mood, learning, attention deficit disorders and headaches complicate the management of concussions.

One study suggests that playing fair and wearing helmets for football, lacrosse, hockey and soccer/rugby may prevent impact such as fracture, bleeding and cuts. This however does not correlate with reducing the frequency or severity of the concussion.  

There is more information our now about being able to return to playing sports (Return To Play-PTP) and that sports activity should be done when the individual is free of symptoms, due to concussions decreasing ones’ reaction time.

 

Neuropsychological testing can be used as part of an overall assessment and is useful in managing long-term concussion symptoms.  Children should be assessed on the field and not allowed to continue play.

For the best outcome about this worsening public health issue, is the awareness of coaches, teachers, parents and children in order to mitigate long term effects! [v]

 Choose to be knowledgeable and informed, because our kids brains’ matter!

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[i] http://www.headcasecompany.com/concussion_info/stats_on_concussions_sports 

[ii] Incidence of Concussion During Practice and Games in Youth, High School and Collegiate American Football Players Thomas P Dompier, PHD, ATC, et al JAMA Pediatr. 2015; 169(7):659-665. Doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.0210.

[iii]  Br J Sports Med.2013 Jan; 47(1):15-26. Doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091941. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine position statement: concussion in sport. Harmon KG, et al.

[v] J Sci Med Sport. 2016 Mar;19(3):194-9. Doi: 10.1016/jsams.2015.02.009. Epub 2015 Feb 24 On-field management and return-to-play in sports-related concussion in children: Are children managed appropriately? Haran HP, et al.http://abcnews.go.com/Health/concussions-children-vastly-underreported-study-finds/story?id=39506549

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Nails Reflect Our health:The Trouble with Nail Polishes

 not the telltale chip on your pinky nor the fact that your expensive manicure did not last--

It is the toxic chemicals in nail polishes that is the real issue.

Today’s nail polishes, unlike those from years back are made from:

  • plasticizers,
  • and dyes,
  • pigments and polymers,
  • thickening agents
  • and stabilizers
  • and other toxic chemicals..that you would not even want your beloved gold fish, anywhere near.

There are endocrine-disrupting chemicals in popular nail polishes which were revealed by a study within the bodies of over 24 women who used such products[ii].   All women had a metabolite of triphenyl phosphate in their bodies even 10-14 hours after painting their nails. It is a further evil that nail polish is popularly marketed to women and teenage girls during their fertile years and even to tweens and children at a time when their bodies are maturing.

It is said (Nail Magazine) that 97% of girls aged 12-14 used nail products like polish and use them daily at a rate of 14%.

 

More than 1,500 of the most popular products contain TPHT as an ingredient which causes reproductive and developmental problems and obesity.  

YES,  toxic chemicals in your FAV Nail Polishes!

WE ARE NOT LISTING THEM...BECAUSE WE COULD GO ON FOR PAGES!

Other studies have shown toxic chemical issues over time:

  • Toluene sulfonamide formaldehyde resins-caused allergies such as contact dermatitis[iii] and can also cause anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage.
  • Toxicity of formaldehyde[iv] -a skin, eye and respiratory irritant and known carcinogen linked to leukemia
  • Toxicity of toluene[v] and dibutyl phthalate-that products claiming to be toluene free (83% had high concentrations and those DBP free, were not (in error at 14%) and that generally these exceeded safety limits for both workers and patrons of salons. The later causes birth defects in animals.

Nails reflect our health. 

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that changes in our nails such as discoloring or thickening can be a signal of liver, kidney , heart and lung conditions, anemia and diabetes.

Instead of painting your nails, why not?...

  • clean them with a brush after applying olive oil each week to your cuticles?
  • get an emery board and shape them neatly.
  • remember that your good health and reproductivity is far more beautiful and attractive than painting the latest color
  • remember that your good health is more important that using the latest glue—and we have not yet even covered the toxicity of glues!
  • eat healthfully for your nails. Healthy proteins-free range egg yolks,-grass fed choices, antioxidants and leafy greens, berries,  etc.. Omega 3’s also. Cut back on vegetable oils as these will make your nails brittle too and are not good for you anyway. Eat sardines, anchovies.
  • if your nails are weak, perhaps have your thyroid checked.
  • make sure you are getting enough vitamin B12 and magnesium for your nails and that you are not iron deficient.
  • if you have pits or dents in your nails it could be psoriasis or an autoimmune issue. 
  • don’t bite your nails because first, it might lead to infection systemically and second you won’t be as able to function without full painless use of your hands.  We recommend as Mercola suggests to put tape on your nails for a short time so that they can grow or band aids.  And take up a hobby where it is more fun to use your hands and fingers productively than to cause yourself harm.

 

Be natural. Be active. Be healthy. Avoid toxic chemicals in nail polishes!

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Antibiotics Called Fluoroquinolones Can Ruin Your Health!

 

There is nothing new about this antibiotic which goes by the name of Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, Factive, Noroxin, Vigamox (for eyes) or Floxin (in 2011 accounted for 90% of the flueroquenolones used).  And nothing new about Gemifloxin, Ofloxacin and Norfloxacin.

Except that they generate $1.5 + billion in sales annually (as of 2013) and they are available generically.        

       Cute names, right?

  • Not really!  This is not Beatrix Potter--nor a character like---Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. 
  • This is a potentially deadly antibiotic that can have grave side effects including death.
  • In 2011, over 23 milion patients were on these drugs,[i]  and the FDA has strenghtened its warning.
  • These antibiotics can cause peripheral neuopathy/ damage to nerves that sends information to and from the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body.
  • Some people have reported permanent  person numbness, tingling, shooting pain and burning in the arms and legs.
  •  About 3.8 million received injectable flueroquinolones in 2011.

Such meds have been scripted regularly as an antibacterial drug for routine infections:

  • urinary tract
  • bronchitis
  • sinusitis. 

There are new warnings for these meds taken by mouth or by injection only.

We also know of many who had panic reactions from use of Vigamox for cataracts surgery, but the new warnings, apply to those taking the meds by injection or by mouth only and not in the eyes or ears.

Warnings have been inadequate for many.

There had been a boxed warning required from the FDA in 2008 stating that tendons can be damaged and rupture. 

 TENDONS!

In 2014[ii]researchers from the FDA and Canada drew an association between fluroquiolones and acute kidney injury. 

Men between the ages of 40-85 had twice the risk of this than those not given Cipro and Levaquin. There were 6.5 events of this per 10,000 person/year and 1 case per 1,529 patients. 

 

The new FDA warning is now in place even though these antibiotics have been used for years to treat simple infections.

Side effects of these drugs outweigh the benefits and the drug is now not to be used routinely underscore our Team! 

Levaquin[iii]was in the news in 2014 regarding mitochondrial toxicity.

A watchdog group was to have a black box label warning for Levaquin.

This would have been the strongest warning the FDA can require a drug to carry—and that the label would say that Levaquin can increase the risk of Alzheimers' disease, Lou Gehrigs disease, liver damage and Parkinson's disease.

Levaquin is found the worst for adverse reactions and watchdog group SONAR states that mitocodrial toxity can could have caused 31% of the 80,000 adverse events from 1997-2011 and that number reflects only 1-10% of events that are reported.

  • Studies have shown cases of retinal detachment, blindness, flashers of light and floaters occuring in the eye.
  • Other side effects include disabling, permanent effects to the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves and central nervous system. 

Patients have been complaining about the ‘side effects’ for the three decades that the drugs have been marketed: 

  • Severely injured and permenantly damaged nerves,
  • Loss of bladder control,
  • Tendon rupture,
  • Kidney injury
  • Blindness
  • Death.

[iv] This week, the FDA began requiring labeling changes for these systemic drugs including:

  • An updated box warning that the seriousness of the side effects outweigh the benefits for simple uncomplicated infections.
  • That warnings and precautions contain the new safety information on disabling and potentially irreversible serious adverse reactions including the descriptions of Tendonitis and Tendon Rupture, Peripheral Neuropathy, and Central Nervous System Effects.
  • That other serious and sometimes Fatal Adverse Reactions occur and should be written to appear in order before Hypersensitivity Reactions.
  • The FDA changed the patient information regarding to disabling and potentially irreversible serious adverse reactions. 

Makers of the drugs have released statements that they are going to uphold safety for the patient.   The Quinolone Vigilance Foundation also issued a statement fighting for patient safety. And thirty years later, it is late in the game --HEED THIS!  

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Parenting: TEENAGE Daughters

We have a choice as a society. We can choose to have respect for our teen girls and be supportive and interact with them to show them what is possible in life, or we can do what we seem to be doing which is to show them that the circumstances dictate their future as we speak versions of ‘same ole, same ole’ to them daily—when or if we listen to them at all.

A new book out today, about teen girls and creating order out of chaos in the teen years, was discussed on CBS this morning.  And the interview with the author also included a short video interview of teen girls. 

 

If we were to think back, we would likely recall the concerns teen girls have (and boys too for that matter), regardless of our current age, our gender, our place in life, what we have achieved—because adolescence is about transition, identification with a new group (adults), the unknown-as part of who we are and what choices we have, what each of us are expecting of ourselves and what we think is expected of us by others.  

The kids interviewed, even as young as 14 are by their own admission:

  • stressed
  • worried about their futures
  • have no self-expression
  • feel they have to conform to stereotypes and be perfect
  • feel that their world is in a negative story about teens
  • insecure about how to mark their place in the world.

What legacy are we passing to our teen girls?  It seems we are in a dialog with them to have a future where:

  • they are not being themselves
  • where they are watching themselves move through the motions of life in order to get by
  • whereby they are not creating the future of their dreams based on who they are.

When we hear the concerns they voice, we say, “We can choose!”  “Our teen girls can choose!”

Perhaps we are not choosing. Maybe we are passing on that it is the circumstances that dictates our future and not what is inside of each of us.

One study indicated that over the past five years, 53% of girls ages 11-21, wanted to know where to go for help[i].   We must listen to our teen girls above all else.  This GirlGuiding UK study, showed that two in five British girls need help with their mental health and many fail to find support for their emotional well-being and 82% feel that adults are out of touch with their teen girl pressures while parents are primarily preoccupied with drug, alcohol use and smoking. 

66% of girls 11-21 found it awkward to speak about mental health and only 44% of girls 11-16 said that the subject was discussed in school. Teen girls according to the UK study are now self-harming, smoking, having mental illness, depression and eating disorders.  This has changed since 2010 when concerns were binge drinking, smoking and drug use.  

Not being understood, nor self-expressed only makes the issue worse. 

Parental relationships with teen girls need to support what can be possible.

Both parental and mother-daughter relationships, according to other research, can make a huge impact on the physical and mental health and well-being of teen girls can teach problem-solving skills and even make an impact on public health.  And attitudes of parents including those of mothers about competence in romantic relationships serve daughters in having healthy relationships[ii]


Health studies in the past few years have indicated that teen girls are also dealing with disease (higher risk for HIV), risky behavior[iii] and relationship and romantic competence.

If we want to have healthy teen daughters we must listen, support and encourage them to pursue their dreams..and not be in a story about circumstances, which is only crippling and disease promoting.

Hold a legacy to your daughters about choice and what is possible.

Choose to win so they can also! 

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Topics: womens health, parenting, teen's health, teen health