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I Have No Thumb but I Must Dial

Picture this: You're adventuring in a remote area of a national park, enjoying the scenery and fresh air, when an unsettling rattling sounds from directly behind you. You freeze for a moment. And then whip around just in time to see the fierce rattlesnake leap up at you. You jump back, but you're too late. The fangs sink into that small, exposed patch of skin between your sock and pants. You kick at it, and it slithers away, but the venom is working its way inside you. You start to feel dizzy as you pull out your phone and dial for help. Your consciousness fades in and out as you lay on the grass. You hear voices and people lift you. A deafening sound. You open your eyes long enough to see the wilderness fly by underneath you. You feel the jostling as you are moved from the helicopter onto a gurney. You finally regain full consciousness and realize you are in a hospital bed.

Insurance Companies Enter the War on Drugs

The opioid crisis has been grabbing headlines for years as overdoses skyrocket and the victims become move diverse (suburban teens, professionals, otherwise law-abiding citizens). Blame constantly shifts from lawmakers to doctors to pharmacists to manufacturers and to users. The starting point is usually aimed at Purdue Pharmaceuticals who pushed to have pain be the "fifth vital sign" for doctors to better understand a patient's state. And when pain was present, Purdue had the perfect remedy - the new "non-addictive" painkiller, Oxycontin, a time-release version of the opioid oxycodone. Their reasoning behind the non addictiveness was because the drug was released slowly over a period of time, which would deter recreational users while managing the pain of legitimate patients.

Children's Advil Recall

Do you have a children's Advil bottle in your medicine cabinet? Great! Ibuprofen is an excellent pain reliever. Is it four ounces? Ok, pretty standard. Is it...bubble gum flavored? Uh oh. Normally this would be a typical product...perfectly safe at therapeutic doses, but the recent 4 oz bubble gum children's Advil lists the dosages out of whack.

Happy Constitution Day!

Today we celebrate the signing of the United States constitution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1787. Delight in your rights for life, liberty, owning property, and pursuing safety and happiness. Formerly "Citizenship Day," Senator Robert Byrd changed the holiday to "Constitution Day," which mandates all publicly funded schools and federal organizations provide education on the history of the American Constitution.

Is the Wine Really Fine?

If you buy organic foods and beverages, you should be technically safe from glyphosate exposure because the chemical is not allowed in organic farming. But it has recently been discovered in wine...even organic wine. The organic wine tested at a lower glyphosate rate, but the chemical was still present.

I Don't Drive 55 (but maybe we should)

If you're in Texas, especially Houston, chances are you use an automobile to get around. And living in Houston, you are likely aware of the "kill or be killed" attitude on the highway. This is how I described it after my first time visiting Houston as a driver. It blew my mind how reckless and disrespectful people acted in their cars. I had to keep up, which meant going at least 80 mph. If I slowed down a bit, I was likely to get run off the road. Need to merge? Too bad. Turning signals? Forget about it. To be fair, it was one of my first times driving in a big city, but one I will always remember.

Mislabeled Medication

Have you ever taken your usual prescription allergy medication and found your heart rate and blood pressure skyrocketing? What about your daily cholesterol pill causing extreme dizziness and lack of coordination? Or how about when your magic pill does not produce its usual effect? We're not talking about placebos here. Prescription medications can get mixed up or mislabeled, and the results can prove disastrous.

Weedkiller for Breakfast?

When I was a kid, my mother worried about the high sugar content in breakfast cereals. Now, a more nefarious chemical is present: Glyphosate. An active ingredient in Monsanto's weed killer Roundup, glyphosate has been linked to cancer.

NAS: The Opioid Epidemic's Tiniest Victims

You've certainly heard of the opioid epidemic. Addiction. Death. Desperation. For the past two decades, drug manufacturers encouraged doctors to prescribe their painkillers while downplaying many of the negative side effects, mainly addiction. After an injury or routine surgery, opioids provide an excellent relief from pain so the patient can recover comfortably. No one chooses to be an addict, especially those who stayed away from drugs and innocently believed a pill from a pharmacy could cause no harm. Once they discovered opioids could relieve psychological maladies such as anxiety and depression, they continued to use the drug after their physical condition subsided. When they try to stop, they experience intense physical and psychological symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, cold sweats, body aches, and cravings. While plenty of adults battle addiction, a new victim has come into the limelight. The most innocent of all. Babies.

Essure is Not the Assurance It Claims to Be

To many women, the Essure birth control device seemed like a dream come true. For those seeking permanent birth control, it's an easier and cheaper version of a tubal ligation than the traditional way of getting your tubes tied. A quick, minimally invasive procedure and a fast recovery made the device seem like a wonderful alternative to other birth control strategies. Women soon found out that this dream could easily turn into a nightmare.

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