Nutritional Concepts
 

eNewsletter
November 20, 2009



Inside:

Cool Thanksgiving Facts.
Metamorphosis of a 
     Blockbuster Drug.
Soothing Salt Lamps
 
Dear Valued Client,


Now that we have reached November, if you have not already done so, increase the supplemental dose of vitamin D3 for you and your family.

I would like your help answering this H1N1 (Swine) Flu question.


As we look towards early 2010 resolutions, these two important weight control studies should put things into perspective.

For those of you, like myself, that live in Lake County, IL, please learn about recent efforts to allow a burn waste incinerator, which can have devastating health effects. To learn more or voice your opposition (deadline 11/30), go to incineratorfreelakecounty.com.

Have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving! Bonnie


Cool Thanksgiving Facts
 
  • It was not until 1941 that Congress made Thanksgiving a national holiday.
  • The Thanksgiving feast between the Plymouth settlers and Native Americans was not the first in North America. It started with Spanish settlers and the Hasinai tribe in St. Augustine, Florida in 1565.
  • 91 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • The Guinness World Record for the heaviest dressed turkey is 86 pounds.
  • Twenty percent of all cranberries produced in a year are eaten on Thanksgiving.
  • Cornucopia, also called the Horn of Plenty, originated in ancient Greece as a symbol of abundance. It was a curved goat's horn overflowing with fruits and grains.
  • Since 1970, a group of Native Americans hold a national day of mourning on Thanksgiving for social equality and in honor of political prisoners.
Our office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
We will be open Friday, 11/27.
Metamorphosis of a Blockbuster Drug
 

Phase One:
FDA approves a drug without sufficient proof of efficacy and safety.
Phase Two:
Drug maker makes billions the first few years it is on the market.
Phase Three:
Drug maker releases research showing the drug is either ineffective, harmful, or at best effective, but less so than an older, much cheaper drug.
Phase Four:
If harmful, the FDA pulls the drug off the market. If ineffective, drug maker slowly phases it out of the marketplace while continuing to make money.

Where have we seen this before? Vioxx, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Children's Cold and Flu Medicines, to name a few. The latest drug to follow this pattern is the cholesterol drug Zetia (also found in Vytorin).

A new study confirms that Zetia is inferior to the decades-old Niaspan (the high-dose, prescription B-Vitamin Niacin). According to the lead researcher, "Zetia has been on the market for seven years and we still have not proven that it improves clinical outcomes (raising HDL, shrinking plaque buildup). These new results will be very influential in getting doctors to turn to Niaspan."

Efficacy and safety aside, the price of Zetia and most drugs keeps going up. While the Consumer Price Index has fallen this year, drug makers have raised prices 9 percent, faster than anytime in its history. The only other business group raising prices at a faster clip: Health Insurance.


Salt Lamps: More Than Just Eye Candy
 

Many of you may have seen these in our office. We all have one. Salt Lamps are hunks of crystallized mineral salt, usually harvested from the Himalayas, with a hollowed out center where a candle or light bulb is inserted. As the crystal is warmed, its molecules release negatively charged ions of oxygen (NAIs) into the air.
  • NAIs remove dust, dust mites, pollen, allergens, odors, and germs, giving them an electrical charge that makes them move toward and adhere to solid surfaces.
  • NAIs are deficient in areas with indoor circulated air, fluorescent lights, and electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and copiers. Supplementing the air with salt lamp emissions is recommended.
  • NAIs released by salt lamp are more palatable from a visual and safety perspective compared to electric ionizers.
  • Salt Lamps are  an ideal "Mindful Giving" holiday gift.



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Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at nutritionalconcepts.com
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