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
control studies should put things into
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
- 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
- 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
Our office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
We will be open Friday, 11/27.
of a Blockbuster Drug
FDA approves a drug without sufficient proof of
efficacy and safety.
Drug maker makes billions the first few years it is
on the market.
Drug maker releases research showing the drug is
either ineffective, harmful, or at best effective,
but less so than an older, much cheaper drug.
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.
Lamps: More Than Just Eye Candy
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
- Salt Lamps are an ideal "Mindful
Giving" holiday gift.
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our most recent eNewsletter, Thanksgiving
Issue and H1N1 Vaccine Safety.
This Holiday Season,
Reflect Upon What is Important: the Health of Family
Invest in Wellness.
Are the Kids, Family
Home for the Holidays? Give Them a Much Needed Immune
Support Consult with Bonnie.
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