HealthFreedoms Protect & Preserve Your Health Freedoms 2016-07-29T16:40:43Z http://www.healthfreedoms.org/feed/atom/ WordPress http://cdna.healthfreedoms.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-hfa_logo-32x32.png rene <![CDATA[The Vital Importance Of Vitamin D And How To Get More Of It Everyday]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=74039 2016-07-29T16:25:51Z 2016-07-29T16:40:43Z

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about vitamin D lately, and how it’s vital to your overall health. There’s an abundance of research on the benefits of this essential compound.

And yet, it’s estimated that 80 percent of certain populations in America have lower than recommended levels. Plus, the definition of what constitutes a deficiency has changed over the years, making determining the scale of the problem even more difficult.

If you’re confused about vitamin D and what you need to know for vibrant health, here’s what I tell my patients:

Why your body needs vitamin D:

Vitamin D receptors are present in nearly every tissue and cell in the body, making it essential for maintaining many of the body’s physiological functions. At a minimum, vitamin D maintains bone health by helping your body absorb calcium. A deficiency over a prolonged period of time can lead to a loss in bone density and a higher likelihood of fractures and falls as you age.

Research also suggests that adequate vitamin D levels may help lower your risk of developing heart disease. A 10ng/ml increase in vitamin D levels results in a decrease in C Reactive Protein (CRP), which is a marker associated with heart disease (the higher the CRP levels, the higher the risk of heart disease). Higher CRP levels are also indicative of other inflammatory illnesses in the body.

 Vitamin D is essential for the normal and healthy functioning of the immune system. When adequate levels of vitamin D are not maintained, the microglia—the immune cells of the central nervous system that initiate temporary inflammatory responses to attack foreign invading organisms—are unable to function optimally. As a result, people with low levels of vitamin D can be at a higher risk of developing a host of inflammatory conditions.

How much vitamin D is enough?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it’s stored by the body in fat tissue and remains on reserve for future use. This also means, of course, that it’s possible to reach toxic levels if too much is taken.

The Institutes of Medicine (IOM) recommends daily intake of up to 600 IUs per day, and up to 800 IUs per day for those over 70 years old. The IOM also suggests, however, that some people may need much larger doses depending on their state of health.

These are general recommendations, of course. The only way to determine appropriate dosage is by having serum levels measured by asking your doctor to order a “Vit. D 25-OH-D” test (also called Vit. D 25, Hydroxy). This is the best test to accurately determine if you have adequate levels of vitamin D in your body. Serum levels are considered normal in the 30 to 100ng/ml range. But when the goal is optimal health, maintaining a level of 50 to 60ng/ml is ideal.

How to get more vitamin D

You can make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D by obtaining it in a few ways:

Exposure to sunlight

Vitamin D3 is produced when bare skin is exposed to UV rays. Factors such as sunscreen use and your geographic location can all affect your vitamin D level. Experts say that approximately 5 to 10 minutes per day outside without sunscreen, two to three times a week, can help you maintain adequate levels.

Food sources

While there are not too many foods that naturally contain vitamin D, good sources include fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines, and mackerel. It can also be found in eggs (specifically the yolks) and in liver.

Nutritional supplements

Taking a daily supplement of vitamin D is an easy and effective way to maintain adequate levels in the body. However, because vitamin D is fat-soluble, it’s harder for your body to eliminate it if levels get too high. Therefore, make sure to talk to your physician about the dosage that’s best for you. Make sure to only use supplements from a reliable manufacturer, given that supplements are not FDA regulated.


Source(s):

mindbodygreen.com

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

my.clevelandclinic.org

live2agewell.com

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rene <![CDATA[Yeast and Yeast Extracts Market Forcast To 2027 Global Analysis]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=74047 2016-07-29T16:25:27Z 2016-07-29T16:40:38Z

Market research future has published a new report on Global Yeast and Yeast Extracts Market. The research was carried keeping following objectives in mind

  • To provide detailed analysis of the  Global Yeast and Yeast Extracts Market  along with historic data from 2011 and forecast for the next 10 years of the various segments and sub-segments of the Global Yeast and Yeast Extracts Market
  • To provide insights into the factors affecting global market growth.
  • To analyze the Global Yeast and Yeast Extracts Market on the basis of factors such as price analysis, supply chain analysis, and porter’s five force analysis.
  • To provide historic and forecast revenue of the market segments and sub-segments with respect to four main geographies and their countries- North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of the World (ROW).

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Market Scenario.

Globally, the market for yeast and yeast extracts is increasing rapidly as due to increasing health issues which directly results in growing preferences for healthy, nutritional and processed food. Moreover, busy lifestyles and growing work-stress has resulted in demand for yeast based food products.  Furthermore, as there is intense growth of vegan globally, the consumers prefer yeast and yeast extracts food diet. In addition yeast extracts act as flavoring agents which is healthy as well as nutritional due to which global yeast and yeast extracts market is anticipated to grow at a substantial CAGR over the period of 2016 – 2027. Globally, the market is expected to grow at CAGR of X.X% from 2016 to 2027.

Key Players

Some of the major players in the global yeast and yeast extracts market are Angel Yeast, DSM, ABF Ingredients, Kerry Group, Lesaffre Group, Chr. Hansen and Lallemand, British Foods pl, Leiber GmbH and Synergy Flavor

Segments

The report on global yeast and yeast extracts market covers the detailed analysis and forecasts for following segments.

Segmentation of yeast by type:

  • Bakers
  • Brewers
  • Wine
  • Others

Segmentation of yeast extracts by product:

  • Yeast Autolysates
  • Yeast Beta-Glucan
  • Yeast Derivatives

Segmentation by form

  • Dry yeast
  • Instant yeast
  • Fresh yeast

Segmentation by application :

  • Food and Beverages
  • Animal feed
  • Pharmaceuticals industry and intermediary suppliers
  • Others

Regional Coverage

North America

  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico

Europe

  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • UK
  • Rest of Europe

Asia– Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Australia

Rest of Asia Pacific

  • ROW
  • MENA
  • LATIN AMERICA

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Globally, the consumption of tobacco has become a critical issue despite several government initiatives to increase the awareness about the health issues caused by consuming tobacco. Consumers addicted to tobacco find it difficult to get rid of the addiction and would require an alternate to tobacco. This in turn has turned out to be one of the major drivers for the growth in E-Cigarettes and vaporizer market.

The global E-Cigarettes & Vaporizer market is expected to grow at a CAGR over 25.0% over the period of 2016 to 2021.

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Source(s):

beforeitsnews.com

marketresearchfuture.com

 

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rene <![CDATA[How Much Water Do You Need To Drink To Lose Water Weight]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=74042 2016-07-29T16:25:40Z 2016-07-29T16:40:38Z

Water is Mother Nature’s elixir of health and beauty. Drinking plenty of water can help you get healthy, lose weight, get a better complexion and feel more energized throughout the day. Many people don’t realize how important staying hydrated is to your overall health and to your weight loss efforts. According to a survey, majority of Americans do not drink the recommended amount of daily water.

This may explain why so many people have trouble reaching their weight loss goals, as a recent study revealed that drinking just 2 cups of water before meals can help dieters lose an additional 5 pounds every year and help you maintain that steady weight loss. Imagine if we actually drank as much water as our body needs?

Drinking the right amount of water every day can help boost our metabolism and reduce the urge for overeating. This is because if we are dehydrated the lack of water causes our body to confuse hunger and thirst. But what is the right amount of water? Does every person need to drink the same amount or does it vary from person to person? What does this depend on?

We’ll share with you a few tips on how to calculate how much water you need to drink in order to stay healthy and stimulate weight loss.

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Find out your weight. It is important to be familiar with your weight if you want to accurately calculate how much water you need to drink on a daily basis. The amount of water you will need to drink everyday is going to be based off of how much you weigh. After all, a 200 pound man wouldn’t drink the same amount of water as a 100 pound woman, right?

Your weight divided in half. Divide your weight by 1/2 to find out how much water you should drink on a daily basis. For instance, if you weigh 170 pounds: 1/2 = 85 ounces. This means that a person who weighs 170 pounds should drink 85 ounces of water every day.

Activity level. Another factor that effects how much water you should drink every day is your level of activity (how much you exercise). This is important because when you perform physically strenuous activities you sweat and expel water in the process, which means you need to compensate for the amount you lost. On average, you need to add 16 ounces of water to your recommended amount for every 30 minutes of exercise. This means that if you’ve worked out for an hour today you’ll need to add 32 ounces of water to your recommended daily amount.

If you’re still not sure about the calculations here’s a chart for recommended daily intake of water for a range of weights.

It may seem nearly impossible to drink more than 100 ounces a day but there are a few guidelines as to how you can achieve your goal. Drink 2 cups of water (16 ounces) before every meal. This is 48 ounces a day. Every morning when you get up and before you go to bed try to drink a glass of water. That’s another 32 ounces. Divide the rest throughout the day and you’re set. Keep track of how much water you drink by using one specific container to drink water from and calculate how much of these you’ll need to drink.


Source(s):

getholistichealth.com

ars.usda.gov

acs.org

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

webmd.com

healthycures.org

 

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rene <![CDATA[Feeling Bloated? Here are 5 Natural Ways To Reduce It And Feel Better]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=74036 2016-07-29T16:26:02Z 2016-07-29T16:40:33Z  

Feeling bloated is draining–it zaps confidence and energy. Whether it was something you ate, or how you ate, or something else entirely, feeling bloated can make you feel embarrassed, tired, and frustrated. But there are some things you can do to help alleviate the bloat and the discomfort, and you’ll likely experience the benefits immediately.

Here are 5 ways to reduce bloating and feel better now!

1. Deep Breathing

Eating in a rush or in a stressed state limits the production of digestive juices (enzymes, HCL, bile, etc) and how much blood and oxygen circulates to the digestive organs. As a result, the food can feel like its just sitting in your stomach, undigested, fermenting, and causing bloating.

Take this opportunity to breathe deeply, settling yourself into a relaxed state of mind, which increases the body’s digestive activity. Allowing the diaphragm to expand downward toward the stomach with deep breaths can help move things around so all the food can contact the digestive juices. By fully oxygenating the lungs, more fresh blood will be able to circulate to the digestive system. This triple action will set your digestive system back on the right track, helping it to digest rather than ferment, and to reduce bloating and gas.

All it takes is a little relaxation and deep breathing.

2. Pu-erh Tea

If your belly is feeling heavy after a greasy meal, consider sipping on pu-erh tea. Unlike green, black, or other teas, pu-erh tea goes through a slight fermentation process (before final drying). This process creates certain enzymes that are known in Chinese Medicine to help breakdown fatty, oily, and undigested foods. It’s one of the most popular teas in China for digestion and weight control.

For best results, sip on pu-erh at least 35 minutes after eating (so as not to dilute digestive juices). Pu-erh tea should be steeped in boiling water.

3. Probiotics

You may have had mixed experiences with probiotics; perhaps you’ve found some that seemed to cause bloating, while others made no impact at all. You may need to test different brands or formulation of probiotics to find the one that works for you. But you’ll know when you’ve find the right one, you’ll be regular, bloating will be noticeably reduced, and your digestive system will feel consistently effective.

Here are a few tips to help you find the right one. If you’re new to probiotics, you may need to start with a lower dose until you begin to rebalance gut flora or deal with underlying gut issues. Another option is to look for a single strain probiotic to determine if your system is reactive to certain blends or certain strains. If you’re sensitive to FODMaPs (fermentable carbohydrates, like beans) and your probiotic contains FOS or Inulin, this could be the cause of bloating when taking probiotics. One probiotic I’ve found very effective at reducing bloating is VSL, available online or at the pharmacy window of your local drugstore (it needs to be refrigerated.)

4. Yoga

Yoga is effective at reducing bloating for many of the same reasons as deep breathing: it relaxes you, it alleviates stress and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, commonly called “rest and digest.” But yoga offers even more advantages to help alleviate bloating.

For example, doing twists and side bends can help move the contents of the stomach around so they come into contact with digestive juices. Apanasana, or “wind relieving” pose, in which you lay on your back and pull your knees into your chest, can help move gas through the system. Vajrasana (sitting upright on your knees and shins) is sometimes translated as “rock” pose because it’s believed this pose increases your digestive fire enough to be able to digest a rock. Malasana, while commonly translated as “squatting” pose or “garland” pose, actually comes from “mala,” a word in Ayurveda which means wastes. Therefore, malasana pose helps to move wastes through and out of the lower digestive system, which can ensure you have a flat lower belly.

5. Herbal Infusions

Undoubtedly you’ve read that infusions of ginger or mint are both good for digestion. Ginger facilitates increased secretion of digestive juices, while mint helps relax the muscles to allow foods to settle and pass through. Even a chamomile infusion can reduce the spasmodic activity that can contribute to gas.

There are also some herbs from Chinese Medicine that may be even more effective, for example, lotus leaf and Chinese hawthorn. When your digestion is feeling sluggish, incomplete, or stagnant, look to Chinese hawthorn; in China it is widely used to aid the processing undigested food and wastes and to support liver health and function. Lotus leaf assists in the transit of carbs and fats and can help alleviate the bloating caused by water retention. Pour boiling water over these herbs, steep for 5-10 minutes, then sip to facilitate easier digestion, less buildup of wastes, and the resulting flatter stomach.

Whether you’re trying to get your skinny jeans buttoned or ensure a flat belly before putting on a swimsuit, these easy, fast, effective tricks can help ensure your digestion is smooth, easy, and consistent. You’ll feel more confident and ready to take on your day.


Source(s):

livelovefruit.com

reference.com

 

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rene <![CDATA[Fight Chronic Inflammation With This Full One-Day Meal Plan]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=74029 2016-07-29T16:26:21Z 2016-07-29T16:40:29Z

Most of us are familiar with the inflammation on the surface of our bodies that appears as redness, heat, swelling, and pain, but there is another kind of chronic inflammation that lingers within us.

This kind of internal inflammation is incredibly destructive to our health, particularly when it extends beyond the boundaries of a localized area or continues for long periods of time. Stress, exposure to environmental toxins, and poor diet can all contribute to it.

The good news is that we have the power to control much of the body’s inflammatory response with our food choices. Here’s a day’s worth of anti-inflammatory recipes that can improve your overall health:

Breakfast: Refreshing Green Juice

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Think healthy fats like avocados and coconut oil, vegetables, low-glycemic fruits, and fresh juices.

Ingredients

  • 3 stalks kale
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 whole cucumber
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 small piece fresh ginger

Preparation

Combine ingredients in a blender and enjoy.

Lunch: Tempeh Macro Bowl With Miso Sauce

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For lunch, load up on veggies and proteins like omega-rich wild salmon or hearty tempeh. Balanced soups and salads are great options as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped baby bok choy
  • ½ cup dried wakame, soaked (rehydrated) in water for 5 minutes or hijiki
  • ½ cup kimchi or sauerkraut
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (or grain of choice)
  • 2 cups cooked adzuki beans (or legume of choice)
  • ½ English cucumber, spiralized or chopped
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • Diced Lotus root (optional)
  • 1 package tempeh, sliced and tossed (optional)
  • 1 large piece baked wild-caught cod or wild fish of choice (optional)

Preparation

1. Prepare your grains.

2. Prepare your tempeh or fish on the stovetop.

3. Steam or bake chopped sweet potato.

4. Slightly steam your kale and steam or sauté your bok choy.

5. Fill serving bowl with about ½ to 1 cup of cooked rice. Top with the above and serve with miso sauce.

Miso Sauce

Ingredients

  • ½ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small knob fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water (depending on desired consistency)

Preparation

Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

Snack: “Cheesy” Kale Chips

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Once midday cravings hit, reach for anti-inflammatory superfoods like fruits and healthy fats. Grain-free muffins also provide a satisfying way to settle a sweet tooth, while herb-loaded pesto is the perfect savory complement to veggies.

  • 1 head kale, rinsed and massaged
  • 5 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • Pinch or 2 of Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of ½ a lemon (optional)

Blend mixture in food processor and use it to thoroughly coat the kale. Dehydrate overnight at 115 degrees or bake at 300 for 25 minutes (rotating in between).

Dinner: Healing Kitchari

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At the end of the day, shoot for healing meals with lots of protein, greens, and balanced soups or grain dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic split mung beans
  • 1 cup organic basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 (heaping) tablespoon of each spice: organic turmeric/coriander/cumin/ginger powder or fresh root
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon each of fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, and cinnamon
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons ground mustard seed
  • 4 cups chopped vegetables (I usually use 3 or more of following: bok choy, kale, broccoli, carrots, celery)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoon Himalayan salt to taste
  • Lime to garnish (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro to garnish (optional)

Preparation

1. Wash the rice and mung beans well. If you have time, let them soak for several hours before cooking or overnight. This will aid your digestion later on.

2. Heat about 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or ghee) in a pot. Sauté all spices including salt for a few minutes until spices release aroma, but be careful not to burn them.

3. Add the rice and lentils until everything is mixed and well-blended with spices and coconut oil/ghee.

4. Add 6 to 8 cups of water (or vegetable stock) and chopped vegetables and bring to a boil uncovered for 5 minutes. Cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Adjust water to your liking. It should have a soupy or stewlike consistency.

5. Salt to taste.

6. Garnish with a good squeeze of lemon and some cilantro.

Note: If you have a rice cooker, just combine rice, mung beans, vegetables, and water or stock in the cooker and squeeze of lemon or lime. Gently simmer the spices in coconut oil, pour into the rice cooker, stir, and start!


Source(s):

mindbodygreen.com

dahlhousenutritiion.com

foodgawker.com

thekitchen.com

 

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rene <![CDATA[Naturally Whiten Your Teeth At Home In 10 Minutes!!]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=74050 2016-07-29T16:25:16Z 2016-07-29T16:40:16Z

In our cosmetically driven world, white teeth and thick, shiny hair are priorities. Every year, Americans spend over 1.4 billion dollars for teeth whitening products. But the side effect is that teeth become very sensitive after whitening procedures. Good news is that there are natural alternative to get the desired effect.

Here are some tips on how to prepare home solutions for teeth whitening:

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste

Baking soda, or also known as Sodium Bicarbonate is slightly abrasive. With gently scrubbing you can remove the surface stains and return the whiter shade of teeth. If you eat a lot of acidic food, baking soda will help you balance the Ph, since it is alkaline. Lemon juice is natural bleach and its acidity is reduced by the baking soda. You can either use lemon juice, or only water.

You will need:

Several teaspoons of baking soda
Enough lemon juice or water to create a paste
A toothbrush

Mix the baking soda with fresh lemon juice (or water) and make a paste. Wipe your teeth with a paper towel. Let the paste sit for 1 minute and rinse afterwards. If you are using water instead of lemon juice, leave the paste for up to 3 minutes.

Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda Scrub

Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C, which helps removing plaque that causes yellow teeth. Strawberries also have malic acid, an enzyme that helps removing surface stains too. The salt in the paste plays the role of an abrasive, scrubbing and removing the stains. Baking soda can be added if you prefer.

You will need:

1-3 large strawberries
A pinch of seat salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (optional)

Mash the berries and add a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda (if you like to use it). After you wipe your teeth with a paper towel, apply the mixture on teeth with a toothbrush. Leave the mixture for 5 minutes, then rinse. Do this every night.

Coconut Oil Rinse

Maybe it sounds crazy, but coconut oil rinse is a unique and old remedy that many people say is really effective. Lauric acid in coconut oil removes bacteria from teeth. It also keeps the gums healthy and keeps your breath fresh.

You will need:

About a tablespoon of coconut oil

Before you brush your teeth in the morning, scoop a tablespoon or a little less of coconut oil. Push and swish the oil through and around teeth for 10-15 minutes then spit it out, rinse with water and brush teeth.


Source(s):

getholistichealth.com

howtowhitenmyteeth.net

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rene <![CDATA[Big Pharma And Their Unbelievable Tactics To Peddle Their Wares]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=74053 2016-07-29T16:25:03Z 2016-07-29T16:40:12Z

At the 2010 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New Orleans, a psychiatrist from the East coast shared her anger with me about the recent clamp down on Pharma financial perks to doctors. “They used to wine us and dine us. An SSRI maker flew my entire office to a Caribbean island…but now nothing,” she lamented.

She was right. Before news organizations and the 2010 Physician Financial Transparency Reports (also called the Sunshine Act, part of the Affordable Care Act) reported the outrageous amount of money Pharma was giving doctors to prescribe its new, brand-name drugs, there was almost no limit to what was spent to encourage prescribing.

At another medical conference I attended, soon after, when it was suggested that doctors notaccept free meals from Pharma reps because of indebtedness, a doctor asked in all earnestness “but what do we do for lunch?”

He was right. Doctors seldom have to go hungry at lunchtime when Pharma reps are around. Not only do reps reliably bring lunch and free drug samples, until fairly recently they wielded thousand-dollar budgets to send doctors on trips to resorts, golf vacations and to sought after sports events. No wonder the docs saw them.

But by 2010, much of the over-the-top Pharma largesse had ended. Not just because the press and Sunshine Act exposed the huge payments, naming names—but because practically every major drug company from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Eli Lilly, Abbott, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson to Amgen, Allergen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cephalon, Novartis and Purdue had settled a wrongdoing suit. Both doctors and the public largely viewed Pharma’s safety and effectiveness claims as “bought” by such extravagance.

In fact, by 2010, the number of doctors even willing to see Pharma reps had fallen by almost 20 percent and the number of doctors refusing to see all reps increased by half.  Eight million sales calls were “nearly impossible to complete,” reported ZS Associates.

Still, here are some of the ways Pharma managed to get drugs into your medicine cabinet when the financial excess bestowed on doctors was tolerated:

1) Blue Cross Blue Shield said that Pfizer jetted 5,000 doctors to Caribbean resorts where they enjoyed massages, golf and $2,000 honoraria to try to increase prescriptions for its painkiller Bextra—a drug that proved so unsafe it was withdrawn from the market in 2005 for heart risks.

2) The Justice Department charged that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) “paid millions to doctors to promote Wellbutrin, approved at the time for depression, for off-label uses by funding meetings, sometimes at lavish resorts,” according to CBS News. Off-label uses ignore FDA approved indications in favor of whatever Pharma wants to say to sell a drug.

3) In China, GSK was charged with being even more brazen—employing a network of 700 middlemen and travel agencies and sex workers to convince doctors to prescribe its drugs.

4) Johnson & Johnson wined and dined Texas Medicaid officials, charged state authorities, treating them to trips, perks and honoraria to get its expensive antipsychotic drug Risperdal preferred status on the state formulary where it would be paid for by taxpayers. (Taxpayers were also bilked by the Department of Veterans Affairs expenditure of $717 million on Risperdal only to discover the drug worked no better than a placebo.)

5) Bristol-Myers Squibb enticed doctors to prescribe its drugs with access to the Los Angeles Lakers and luxury box suites for their games, according to California regulators.

6) And, in keeping with the marketing free-for-all that has hooked so many Americans on opioid drugs, opioid maker Victory Pharma was charged with treating doctors to mortgage assistance and… lap dances.

Golf Trips Are Not the Only Way Pharma Pays Doctors

Doctors may not get to go to the Caribbean as they once did, but they make a huge amount of money from Pharma by giving speeches promoting its drugs. The speech-givers, who sit on Pharma’s speakers’ bureaus, are considered “key opinion leaders,” capable of convincing other doctors of a drug’s benefits so they will then prescribe the drug.

According to ProPublica, Sujata Narayan, a family medicine doctor practicing in Stanford, CA earned an astounding $43.9 million promoting drugs for Pharma. Karen Underwood, a pediatric critical care doctor in Scottsdale, AZ received a walloping $28 million. Moreover, hospitals are also a wash in Pharma money with the City Of Hope National Medical Center receiving $361 million and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation $22 million.

Pharma also pays doctors to conduct studies of its drugs often paying them for each subject they recruit and winning their loyalty because they are then familiar with the drug after monitoring subjects on it. A huge Pfizer trial of the drug Neurontin was conducted just this way charged Carl Elliot in the New York Times: 772 study investigators were recruited so they would personally prescribe the drug once they were familiar with it. The study was not conducted to establish effectiveness and safety and the joke was on them—and the public.

Traditionally, Pharma also paid for Continuing Medical Education courses, or CME, that are required for doctors to keep their state licenses and sometimes their insurance. Since the Pharma subsidized CMEs were “free,” doctors saved money they would have spent to enroll in a real course but of course had to listen to a Pharma sales pitch as a captive audience, instead.

Until transparency laws, CME course materials did not even hide Pharma funding. For example, a 2008 course called “Bipolar disorder: individualizing treatment to improve patient outcomes, part 2” was unabashedly taught by teachers funded by Abbott, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca; GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, Wyeth, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Shire and four more drug companies.

Pharma has also used CMEs for damage control when safety signals about a drug could tank sales. When dentists, oral surgeons and patients began seeing “jawbone death” from the popular bone drugs called bisphosphonates, Pharma told doctors in its free CMEs it was not the drugs but patients’ poor “hygiene” that was causing the serious and disfiguring side effect. Right. Seven years after hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was linked to increased risks of cancer, heart disease and stroke Pharma CMEs marketing HRT as if nothing had happened at Duke University, Penn State University and University of Oklahoma medical schools, the Cleveland Clinic and on Medscape.

Pharma funded CMEs also helped “disease awareness,” an insidious selling tactic. When Lilly’s antidepressant Cymbalta got FDA approval for use in fibromyalgia, Lilly gave nonprofits $3.9 million in CME grants to raise “awareness” of fibromyalgia. Have drug; need patients.

Defending Pharma Payments

Medical professionals have accused journalists of putting undue focus on Pharma payments, maintaining that it does not affect their prescribing and also that the world has bigger problems. New York University professor Lila E. Nachtigall, who received $124,000 from Pharma for speaking and other promotional fees, said “It kind of makes me laugh” that Pharma links are a concern, “with what goes on in the Senate.”

But journalists hew to a strict “no gifts” code themselves. According to the Reuters Handbook of Journalism, professional journalists do not accept “any payment, gift, service or benefit (whether in cash or in kind) offered by a news source or contact,” or “hospitality when there is no news value,” or travel “junkets.” Journalists must pay their own way on trips to maintain “accuracy, balance and the truth,” says Reuters. Other reputable news organization adhere to the same standards.

At medical conferences, doctors often show slides disclosing all the Pharma companies who pay them before segueing into their “objective” medical study. Imagine what would happen if a journalist disclosed financial payments from an entity or industry and then proceeded to “report” on it.

Free Lunches Still Common—and Sway Prescribing

In 2002, Pharma’s lobbying group PhRMA adopted a voluntary code discouraging free trips and tickets to the theater or sporting event for doctors. But the code still allows free meals. A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that even a lowly, $20 meal resulted in more prescriptions for Pharma.

The study found doctors who received even one free meal were 70 percent more likely to prescribe the brand-name beta blocker Bystolic, 52 percent more likely to prescribe the brand-name ACE inhibitor Benicar, 118 percent more likely to prescribe the brand-name antidepressant Pristiq and 18 percent more likely to prescribe the brand-name statin Crestor. Preference for the drug linked to a free meal existed even though generic equivalents exist for all four drugs which significantly save patients and the health care system money. The study found that more than one free mealincreased the likelihood of doctors prescribing the drugs with the exception of Pristiq, a “me-too” antidepressant with significant risks that was included in a legal settlement charging misrepresentation.

Of course doctors can take umbrage at the suggestion that they “can be bought for a hero or a slice of pizza,” said the study’s lead author R. Adams Dudley, a professor of medicine and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. But “it is human nature for a doctor to reciprocate by listening to the pitch of a sales representative bearing free food or beverages.”

An editorial accompanying the JAMA Internal Medicine study said,  “There are inherent tensions between the profits of health care companies, the independence of physicians and the integrity of our work, and the affordability of medical care. If drug and device manufacturers were to stop sending money to physicians for promotional speaking, meals and other activities without clear medical justifications and invest more in independent bona fide research on safety, effectiveness and affordability, our patients and the health care system would be better off.” It is an understatement.

Not only do we now know that even a free meal can affect prescribing decisions, three years after the Sunshine Act, more than half of US doctors were still enjoying free meals, gifts and outright payments from Pharma.


Source(s):

theinfluence.org

medicalresearch.com

prnewswire.com

theguardian.com

nytimes.com

 

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alodin <![CDATA[Without a Word, nor an Agenda, This Clip from “Samsara” Film Will Leave You Speechless]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=73993 2016-07-29T06:08:24Z 2016-07-28T18:40:54Z

We are all well aware of the fact that there are flaws In the system which is often inciting outrage, and in some cases , spurring laws in order to protect the industry from the prying eyes of the public. Luckily, there are lots of books, documentaries and even undercover videos which expose these flaws.

In this article we will present you a video, which is a small part of the documentary called “Samsara”. This video explores the modern food process through an artistic approach.

Withous saying a word, this documentary takes the viewer on a journey through poultry, pork facilities, and cattle, a fast food restaurant, a grocery store, and it ends with a doctor’s visit. “Samsara” is not just about the food industry, it has no shots of beaten pigs, no activities rellaying for a better welfare of animals. The filmmakers claim that they don’t have an agenda, it is about the feeling and inner journey rather that an intellectual experience.

According to the film’s website, “Samsara” means the “ever turning wheel of life” in Sanskrit and is meant to showcase “the point of departure for the filmmakers while they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives”. In order to explain the mirroring of the life cycle on the planet’s rhythm, this video was filmed in 25 different countries.


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fhfn.org

dorkshelf.com

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alodin <![CDATA[10 Ways Ancient Ayurvedic Practices Improve Your Mind, Body, and Spirit]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=73968 2016-07-28T18:34:53Z 2016-07-28T18:40:54Z

A balanced diet and daily exercise routine is essential to a healthy mind and body. But that’s just the beginning when it comes to optimum health. The 5,000 year old science holds all the secrets to living, maintaining and preserving a sweet long life, in all respects to our constant dance of life. Here are 10 ancient Ayurvedic practices that will change your life forever!

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curejoy.com

wellnesscoachingforlife.com

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alodin <![CDATA[We All Should Know Characteristics and Dietary Needs for Our Blood Type!]]> http://www.healthfreedoms.org/?p=73981 2016-07-28T18:35:00Z 2016-07-28T18:40:48Z Our blood type plays a huge role in our body along with our nutrition and lifestyle. As we all know, there are 4 different blood types: A, B, AB, O. we cannot affect our blood type in any way later on in life since it forms while we are still in the womb.

Every single blood type has its own characteristics which affect our personality, weight loss and certain diseases. In order to be able to improve your health and plan an adequate nutrition, you should know the characteristics of your blood type.

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BLOOD TYPE AND NUTRITION

During the entire day, a chemical reaction happens in our bodies, so the blood type is very important when it comes to digestion or weight loss.

People with different types of blood should consume different kind of food. For instance, those who have blood type O should consume high protein nutrition such as meat and fish. People with blood type A should avoid meat because vegetables are more suitable for them.

People with blood type B need to avoid chicken meat and consume red meat more, whereas group AB will benefit from sea foods and lean meat.

BLOOD TYPE AND DISEASES

Due to the fact that every blood type has different characteristics, every blood group is resistant to one type of disease, but in the same time it is more susceptible to some other kind of disease. In order to prevent specific diseases, you should know the characteristics of your blood type.

BLOOD TYPE AND PERSONALITY

As we previously mentioned, our blood type affects our personality so there are different characteristics for people with different blood types. For instance, people with blood type O are social, confident, creative and extroverts. Those who have blood type A are more peaceful, trustworthy and artistically-minded. People with blood type B are the ones who are trully dedicated to their goals, independent and strong and in  the end,  people with blood type AB are reliable, shy, responsible, and like to take care of others.

BLOOD TYPE AND PREGNANCY

Blood type also affects pregnancy. For example women with AB blood type produce less follicle stimulating hormone which helps women to conceive more easily.

BLOOD TYPE AND STRESS SUSCEPTIBILITY

Blood type also affects our stress susceptibility. People with different blood types react differently to stress. People who get furious easily, they probably have blood type O. These people have a higher level of adrenaline and need more time to recuperate from stressful situations.

BLOOD ANTIGENS

Blood antigens are not only present in the blood, but also in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the colon, and even in the nostrils and lungs.

BLOOD TYPE AND ABDOMEN

While some people struggle with belly fat, others should not worry about this because due to their blood type, this will never be a problematic area for them. Those who have blood type O are more prone to belly fat than those with blood type A who almost never have to deal with this problem.

BLOOD TYPE AND MARRIAGE

When it comes to planning children, some blood types should not get mixed, so when you decide to get married, make sure to check your partner’s blood type group. People with A and B blood type should not mix because according to the RH factor, RH+ and RH- should not be mixed. Because of this, there are many states who require couples to do a blood test before they get married.

BLOOD TYPE AND EXERCISE

We all know that stress is our biggest enemy, but some people are even more prone to stress, such as people with blood type A. as a result, they need relaxing and calming exercises like meditation and yoga. People with blood type B like challenges for their body and spirit which is why they tend to perform activities for balance of these two such as tennis, mountain climbing, and martial arts.

BLOOD TYPE AND EMERGENCIES

Whenever you go somewhere, especially if you go on a trip, make sure to carry personal information with you like your address, phone number, name, surname and blood type. The reason why you need to have this information with you is because if you have some kind of an accident, you will probably need a blood transfusion.


Source(s):

fhfn.org

mycentralhealth.com

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