CDC Top 10 Causes of death 2016

Is the CDC trying to hide the enormous scale of suicides lately?

By splitting up the total suicides by method – firearm, suffocation, or poisoning – the numbers are far smaller. Even the three-way split still ranks them all in the top 10 causes of death.

If they counted all the methods together, which would make much more sense,  the total of 41,278 suicides would rank as the 2nd  leading cause of deaths.

That’s a sad reflection on life in the US – so bad that so many cannot tolerate it anymore. They are willing to give up life itself to escape what has literally become unbearable.   Continue reading

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Analysis of Pain Mgmt Tx from Cochrane Reviews

The user “Seshet” on the Inspire.com support forum has compiled this list of scientific evaluation of various non-opioid pain management treatments that are highly recommended by our government these days (as of June 2018):

An Analysis of Pain Management using Cochrane Reviews

The Cochrane organization (http://www.cochrane.org/about-us) provides meta-analyses and reviews of basic questions in clinical medicine.   Continue reading

Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs

While reading and blogging about this article: Overdose and Other Drug and Addiction Myths  by Stanton Peele Ph.D. in a previous blog post, I found this:

The main case against the overdose myth was made initially by the New York Medical Examiner, as presented by Edward Brecher in his remarkable Consumer Reports volume, “Licit and Illicit Drugs’.”

This piqued my curiosity, so I followed the link and found an interesting story of the “old days” of heroin in New York City in 1972, how the cost and scarcity of heroin led to dealers adding quinine.

This is strikingly similar to what we see now in 2018 when dealers are adding much cheaper and much more powerful fentanyl to all kinds of other street drugs: heroin, cocaine, and even counterfeit pills (made with the same pill presses the pharmaceutical industry uses).   Continue reading

Overdose and Other Drug and Addiction Myths

Overdose and Other Drug and Addiction Myths  – Psychology Today – by Stanton Peele Ph.D. – Jan 2018

  1.  Drug Overdose

Tom Petty died from, according to the New York Times headline (link is external), an “Accidental Drug Overdose.”

Here’s the coroner’s list of the drugs found in Petty’s system:

  1. fentanyl,
  2. oxycodone,
  3. temazepam,
  4. alprazolam,
  5. citalopram,
  6. acetyl fentanyl and
  7. despropionyl fentanyl. 

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Patient Privacy Threatened By ER Marketing

Patient Privacy Threatened By End of Legal Decency | American Council on Science and Health – By Jamie Wells, M.D. — June 3, 2018

While our culture is preoccupied with violations of consumer data privacy yielding targeted marketing for shoes, travel or food preferences, law and advertising firms are leading a more nefarious erosive charge on patient privacy.

Unbeknownst to emergency room visitors, companies are setting up digital geofences around hospital perimeters that capture mobile phone entry to the premises.   Continue reading

Joint Hypermobility Associated with Anxiety

Brain structure and joint hypermobility: relevance to the expression of psychiatric symptoms – Br J Psychiatry. 2012 Jun – free full text /PMC3365276/

This is not a new article, but a thorough scientific survey of the brain differences seen in people with hypermobility (which is usually undiagnosed EDS). This was the beginning of my understanding that EDS is not just a physical issue, but also affects our minds.

To me, it makes sense that the same instability (lack of balance, tendency to extremes) found in our bodies would also be represented in our brains/minds.

Joint hypermobility is overrepresented among people with anxiety and can be associated with abnormal autonomic reactivity.   Continue reading

ATIP Offers Opioid Prescribing Recommendations

Patient Advocacy Group Offers Opioid Prescribing Recommendations –  June 13, 2018 – By Richard A. Lawhern, PhD and Steven E. Nadeau, MD

I’m proud that the advocacy group I’m involved with (ATIP) has its recommendations published in this mainstream medical magazine:

Advocacy group describes why CDC Guidelines on Opioid Prescribing should be withdrawn and rewritten.

In a whitepaper titled “Principles for Patient-Centered Opioid Prescription Guidelines,”* the Alliance for the Treatment of Intractable Pain [ATIP] argues that the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain “must be withdrawn and rewritten” to recognize both the indispensable role that opioids play in chronic pain management, and the central role of physicians in assessing and prescribing medications as patients require.   Continue reading

Illicit Fentanyl deaths up 1,000% since 2013

Fentanyl deaths up 1,000% since 2013, so much so that even heroin’s supply is dwarfed – by Terry DeMio, Cincinnati Enquirer – June 6, 2018

The powerhouse opioid fentanyl has drenched the drug supply in Greater Cincinnati, dwarfing the presence of heroin sold on the streets.

More than 90 percent of drugs analyzed at the Hamilton County crime lab through May 3 this year have had the synthetic opiate in them.

Fentanyl crept into the drug stream around 2012. By 2013, fentanyl-related deaths amounted to 24. Last year? 324.  

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A Pathogenic Autoantibody Causes Pain

When the Immune System Attacks Its Own Proteins, Pain Can Emerge – RELIEF: PAIN RESEARCH NEWS, INSIGHTS AND IDEAS – April 2018

The results of this study are pretty amazing: injecting a “pain protein” from humans into normal mice caused the mice to feel pain.

This directly contradicts the popular belief that pain isn’t a physical entity in itself, but rather a bio-psycho-social disorder. Now we know that’s simply not true.

Unremitting pain may eventually create a bio-psycho-social disorder by leading to deconditioning, depression, and isolation, but those are consequences, not causes.    Continue reading