Tuesday, May 22, 2007

FDA Knew About Avandia Dangers 5 Years Ago


Public Citizen, (http://www.citizen.org/publications/release.cfm?ID=7523), a national non-profit public interest organization reported today that the US Government as far back as 2002, knew about the potential of Avandia to lead to heart failure.

Public Citizen was able to secure a FDA memorandum, (http://www.citizen.org/documents/AvandiaMemo.pdf), from Health and Human Services Team Leader and Drug Safety Evaluator, Lahn Green to David Orloff, Director of Metabolic and Endocrine Drug Products at HHS that warned of the connection between rosiglitazone, commonly known as Avandia(registered trademark) and congestive heart failure.

Yet we the public (victims?) are just finding out about the dangers of the drug today. In a war, the fatalities that one comes to expect is known as an, "acceptable risk". Apparently, the government was willing to wait five years and create an acceptable risk of death by not fully advising patients of the potential risks of Avandia. What other chemicals approved by the FDA are killing us today with their full knowledge and acquiescence. Is the profit and kickback motive that strong?


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Monday, May 21, 2007

Wonder Drug Avandia in Question

CBS, the Associated Press and other news sources reported today that Avandia the diabetes, "wonder drug", may not be so wonderful after all.

Although Glaxo Smith Kline, the developers opf Avandia, say the benefits outweigh the risk, the New England Journal of Medicine reports that people taking Avandia to help lower their blood sugars may face a 43% higher chance of heart problems, and a 64% higher chance of cardiovascular problems while taking the drug.

It is reported that last year the Avandia developer changed the medicine's label to reflect this higher risk. They are recommending that patients who take Avandia not stop taking the drug on their own because of possible uncontrolled rises in blood sugar. Such patients should confer with their doctors.

We agree with the advice that patients not cease taking Avandia. However, people have to begin to put pressure on their doctors to recommend natural treatments for diabetes and other chronic conditions. We simply are getting tired of revelation after revelation about these chemically manufactured "cures".
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Natural Ways To Treat Diabetes by: Gray Rollins

Diabetes is a disease caused when the body does not properly produce insulin. Seven percent of the population in the United States has diabetes. There are two types of the disease. Type one diabetes is where the body does not produce insulin and type two is where the body resists insulin. The majority of people diagnosed with this disease have type two. Symptoms of diabetes include extreme thirst, hazy vision, excessive hunger, weight fluctuation, fatigue and frequent urination. Diabetes is often controlled with insulin and prescription drugs, but diet and exercise play a large part in the ability to control the disease. There are also herbs that can help reduce the effects of diabetes.

Ensure a healthy diet by concentrating on foods such as vegetables, grains, fiber and legumes. These foods will help regulate sugar in the blood stream. Avoid junk food and foods that contain sugar such as cakes, cookies and other sweets. Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine should also be avoided to maintain a nourishing diet.
Exercise helps promote good health and combats against the negative effects of diabetes. It is important to exercise regularly and keep an appropriate weight. People who are inactive or overweight have a higher risk factor for diabetes and are prone to suffer from more side effects caused by the disease. It is especially important to exercise to build muscle. Starting a weight program will increase muscle mass which will increase sensitivity to insulin.

There are many herbal remedies recognized for their therapeutic properties of treating diabetes. They are commonly found in pharmacies and grocery stores and can be a great natural remedy. Prickly pear cactus has shown positive results in the treatment of this disease and was recently recognized by the International Diabetes Center as a viable natural remedy. Bitter Melon has been used for years in Asia, Africa and South America for treatment. Garlic will reduce sugar levels and is a healthy way to add flavor to food while benefiting from its curative traits. Other common herbs are ginseng, psyllium, fenugreek, bilberry, dandelion and burdock.

Vitamin supplements are frequently used to help treat diabetes with the most commonly recommended ones being vitamins B6, C and E. Also, zinc, selenium, alpha lipoic acid, chromium and vanadium are commonly used. Rather than take individual supplements, some patients opt for a multivitamin to add to their diet.

Diabetes is a disease that affects a large portion of the population. The risks associated with it are serious but can be controlled with lifestyle change. Ensuring a well balanced diet and good exercise routine will help in preventing side effects. Also, proper use of herbs, vitamins and natural remedies will help prevent the necessity for more traditional means of medication.

About The Author
Gray Rollins is a featured writer for MyDiabetesInfo. To learn more about Diabetes Treatment, visit http://www.mydiabetesinfo.com/diabetestreatment/ and http://www.mydiabetesinfo.com/naturalcurefordiabetes/

Monday, May 7, 2007

Gymnema Sylvestre Gum

Whether or not one has diabetes many people have a difficult time controlling their sugar cravings. Sugar, especially refined sugar can have a number of negative effects on the body. For those with diabetes sugar can be particularly damaging. A rare Indian herb known as Gymnema sylvestre gum may reduce sugar cravings in those with and without diabetes.
Known as gurmar in its native India, gymnema sylvestre is a tropical plant of the milkweed family. Its ancient Sanskrit name means "sugar destroyer." It is a totally natural substance that has been used for years
Gymnema leaves have been used for centuries in the traditional Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine. The term "destroyer of sugar" is traditionally used for Gymnema because chewing the leaves will abolish the taste of sweetness. After chewing gymnema sylvestre gum, sweet foods and drinks can’t be tasted because it temporarily blocks sweet receptors on the tongue. The effects of gymnema sylvestre last about thirty minutes. Participants in studies tended to consume fewer sweet-tasting foods and drinks after using gymnema sylvestre.

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