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Ontario (Canada) Ends Forced Opioid Tapering

Bravo Ontario; Forced Opioid Tapering is (Mercifully) Ending | American Council on Science and Health – By Josh Bloom — January 30, 2020

Let’s hear it for Dr. Nancy Whitmore, the head of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. She has the ethics and the courage to make changes in policy that should have never been in place to begin with.

Barbaric forced tapering will no longer be permitted, and doctors and patients will make treatment plans together.

Hallelujah!! Finally, some common sense and courage in the face of the anti-opioid politics dictating medical care these days.  Continue reading

Naproxen shows anti-viral activity against flu

Pain reliever shows anti-viral activity against flu — ScienceDaily Mar 2013Source: American Society for Microbiology

This was a total surprise to me and, considering the specter of a new coronavirus spreading across the globe, I thought this information could be very useful.

New influenza vaccines must be developed annually, because the surface proteins they target mutate rapidly. The researchers found a much more stable, reliable target for anti-influenza activity.

The so-called ribonucleoprotein complexes are necessary for replication, and the researchers realized they could target the nucleoprotein, preventing assembly of the complexes. Because of its vital function, the nucleoprotein is highly conserved, making it a good potential target for antiviral drugs.   Continue reading

Chronic-pain bill aims to protect providers and patients

Chronic-pain bill aims to protect providers and patients | Health | unionleader.com – By Shawne K. Wickham New Hampshire Sunday News – Jan 2020

Finally, at least in Massachusetts, there are signs of push-back against all the inane and arbitrary opioid restrictions.

Senate Bill 546 calls for providers to “administer care sufficient to treat a patient’s chronic pain based on ongoing, objective evaluations of the patient without fear of reprimand or discipline.”

It also states that patient care and prescribing of medication, including opioid painkillers, should not be dictated by “pre-determined” guidelines.

This kind of logical reasoning is far too rare these days, but I take it as a hopeful sign that some folks are starting to wake up to the facts – facts that have been successfully buried by all the media-hype based on endlessly repeated PROPaganda.  Continue reading

EDS, HSD More Prevalent Than Previously Thought

EDS, HSD More Prevalent Than Previously Thought in UK, Study Finds – by Joana Carvalho, MSc – Jan 2020

The rare disease status of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) should be re-evaluated, as both conditions seem to be more prevalent than previously thought, a U.K. study suggests.

A nationwide Danish cohort study [2017] had reported that EDS, a connective tissue disorder, affects 20 per 100,000 people, an incidence that falls within the scope of a rare disease according to European Union standards (less than 50 cases in 100,000 people).

However, scientists are now convinced that the prevalence of EDS and HSD could be much higher than previously thought, because many patients are initially misdiagnosed, which can skew the estimations of disease prevalence.   Continue reading

Guidelines should allow for individual decisions

National Academies outlines new guidelines for opioid prescribing – By Andrew Joseph @DrewQJosephDec 2019

 A new report issued Thursday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine outlines a framework for prescribers and others to develop their own plans for acute pain, without offering any direct recommendations itself. 

Here is finally a sensible “guideline” that essentially says to ignore specific “rules” and work with individual patients to find what works best for them.

But I expect the simplistic anti-opioid rules fabricated by non-medical “experts” will continue to override any thoughtful guidance from respected scientific groups like the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

After all, what could scientists possibly know that PROPagandists don’t?   Continue reading

Most People Don’t Feel Euphoric From Opioids

Most People Don’t Actually Feel Euphoric When They Take Opioids, Study Finds | Live Science – By Nicoletta Lanese – Staff WriterOct 2019

Finally, someone is willing to state the truth, one that goes against all the rabidly anti-opioid media hype:

Opioids jump-start the brain’s reward system, provoking a burst of pleasurable feelings along with a dizzying drug-induced high. At least that’s what scientists used to think.

But mounting research suggests that the average person doesn’t actually reach this euphoric state on opioids, particularly not the first time they try it.  

Yet, this is exactly the kind of research that is not getting funded these days.   Continue reading

This Has Been the Best Year Ever (but not for pain patients)

Opinion | This Has Been the Best Year Ever – The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof – Dec 2019

If you’re depressed by the state of the world, let me toss out an idea: In the long arc of human history, 2019 has been the best year ever.

The bad things that you fret about are true. But it’s also true that since modern humans emerged about 200,000 years ago, 2019 was probably the year in which

  • children were least likely to die,
  • adults were least likely to be illiterate and
  • people were least likely to suffer excruciating and disfiguring diseases.

This is of small comfort to those of us with chronic pain, but at least someone somewhere is having a better life – and that is a genuine “good thing”, even if it isn’t affecting us directly.   Continue reading

We Have Salamander-Like Ability to Regrow Cartilage

Humans Have Salamander-Like Ability to Regrow Cartilage in JointsDuke Clinical Research Institute Oct 2019

Here’s a promising development for one of the scourges of aging, osteoarthritis. Additionally, with EDS cartilage can be defective and deteriorate faster than the norm, so this could be very good news.

“Once cartilage is gone, it’s gone for good and there’s no replacement that we know of,” Luk said.

However…

Contrary to popular belief, cartilage in human joints can repair itself through a process similar to that used by creatures such as salamanders and zebrafish to regenerate limbs, researchers at Duke Health found.   Continue reading

Civil Rights Case Gives Hope to Pain Patients

Civil Rights Case Gives Hope to Pain PatientsBy Richard Dobson, MD, Guest Columnist – Pain News Network – Feb 2019

Here’s a hopeful development: an example of a successful suit on the basis of discrimination under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

People with chronic disabling pain frequently complain that doctors discharge them from their practice because of the medications they take. Sometimes doctors refuse to accept patients who are taking opioid pain medications, even though the medications treat a legitimate medical condition.

There may be hope that such actions will be considered violations of the civil rights of patients. Continue reading

Contribution of Rx Versus Illicit Opioids to Overdoses

The Contribution of Prescribed and Illicit Opioids to Fatal Overdoses in Massachusetts, 2013-2015 – Oct 2019

Massachusetts is only an example of what we’d find in other states if they were more concerned with finding out what’s killing people who overdose. Instead, it’s often not tested adequately to find the real culprit because it’s already assumed that any sign of any opioid makes it a “prescription opioid overdose” to be added to those inflated numbers.

Objectives:
Opioid-related overdoses are commonly attributed to prescription opioids.

Whether true or not, our “public service” coroners just follow the path of least resistance and fall into the false confidence of their predetermined ideas.  Continue reading