The Effects of Opioids on Cognition in Older Adults With Cancer and Chronic Noncancer Pain: A Systematic Review – Oct 2019
I’m only able to access the abstract here, but it says pretty much what pain patients already know: unless we’re also taking other non-opioid medications, like Gabapentin or antidepressants, there is “no effect of opioid use on cognitive domains”.
Opioids are prescribed to manage moderate-to-severe pain and can be used with older adults; however, they may lead to several adverse effects, including cognitive impairment.
This is purely conjecture since it has NOT been proven. Continue reading
This post contains the critical proof we can use to push back against the anti-opioid policies threatening our lives. It draws on public government data and scientific studies to expose the lies promulgated by anti-opioid activists to blame our prescribed opioids for all overdose deaths.
I believe it’s so significant that I’ve created a separate page for it and I’ll be showing it at the top of this blog for a while:
Misperceptions about the ‘Opioid Epidemic:’ Exploring the Facts – July 2019 – Pain Management Nursing
Thank goodness for nurses! In this lengthy document, they meticulously prove that the ‘Opioid Epidemic’ is a complete fabrication, hyped by anti-opioid activists and spread into our society and even our medical system despite reams of evidence to the contrary from science and government data.
This thoroughly referenced article itemizes and thoroughly debunks the anti-opioid misperceptions (if not outright lies) that have swept through the medical profession and corrupted clear, logical thinking about the rising rate of illicit drug overdoses (not from prescribed opioids).
This is the most sensible document I’ve ever read about the so-called “opioid crisis”. Supported by numerous scientific references, it makes all the arguments we pain patient advocates have been making for years. Continue reading
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
Pain reliever shows anti-viral activity against flu — ScienceDaily – Mar 2013 – Source: 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 | 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 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  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
National Academies outlines new guidelines for opioid prescribing – By Andrew Joseph @DrewQJoseph – Dec 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 Actually Feel Euphoric When They Take Opioids, Study Finds | Live Science – By Nicoletta Lanese – Staff Writer – Oct 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
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