‘Natural’ Insect Repellents Lose Effect Quickly: Study

May 25th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

Natural insect repellants don’t provide protection against mosquitoes or ticks anywhere near as long as those with synthetic chemicals, a Consumer Reports study finds.

The results mesh with advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NBC News…
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Why Reading Is the Foundation of Good Health Latest from #DrOz

May 25th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

Reading is a skill most of us take for granted. When you see the front page of a newspaper or pull up your favorite health site, you probably don’t even…

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Why Reading Is the Foundation of Good Health
Reading is a skill most of us take for granted. When you see the front page of a newspaper or pull up your favorite health site , you probably don’t even think about the fact that you’re reading the words on the page. You just do it. But that ability doesn’t come naturally. Reading is a skill built during childhood that allows us to communicate and learn about the world around us. The troubles that come from illiteracy extend far beyond not being able to read the latest bestsellers. Today, we’re kicking off our Books Across America book drive, so it seems appropriate to discuss how difficult reading can impact your happiness, health, and well-being.

Most of Our Health Information Is Written Down

I’ve found it amazing to watch how rapidly information has moved from written to video form as digital technology has made it cheaper and easier to make films and put them online. You can find great videos online to help you figure out how to live your healthiest life. In fact, I pride myself on how accessible we make health information on The Dr. Oz Show. But so many important sources of health information are written down. If you can’t read well, you start out with a major disadvantage when it comes to making healthy choices because you don’t have access to the same information as everyone else. This is a problem that applies to all age groups and all demographics.

Good Reading Starts Early

As I mentioned reading is a skill that we all have to learn. Unfortunately, some kids aren’t being given the opportunities they need to learn and practice that skill, which is why I’m so excited about Books Across America. During this national book drive, you can donate new and gently used books for children ages five and up at participating UPS stores. Here’s how to donate.

So what else can you do to address health literacy? The first and most important step is to emphasizing the importance of reading to kids when they’re young, which can go a long way to making them successful and healthy adults. Reading with your kids or with a person who has trouble reading to help them as they work through tough words can also make a big difference. It doesn’t matter what you read, it just matters that you do.

MORE: Why Reading Is Key to Learning

It’s Not Just About Being Able to Read

While reading is important for accessing information, it’s also essential in learning how to interpret your own body and the health problems you face. This combination of knowledge and understanding of health is what we call “health literacy” in medicine and it’s essential to good health. This about the last time you visited the doctor. Did you understand everything that was said during the visit? Did you know what you were supposed to do when you got home? Did you understand what was written on any forms you got? Did you know when to take your medications?

If the answer to any of those questions was no, you probably had a problem following the directions you needed to stay healthy. Now imagine how much worse this would be if you couldn’t read. This is just one reason why people who have trouble reading and interpreting medical information are more likely to be hospitalized, to skip important prevention measures like mammograms or flu shots, and to have worse health overall.

Reading Problems May Resurface With Old Age

Problems with reading can happen in two ways: either a person struggled with reading from the start because they didn’t learn how, or they lost the ability to read later in life. How can the ability to read get worse? In rare cases, a stroke can actually damage the areas of the brain that allow people to read. More commonly, though, it’s an issue with eyesight. Many people have more and more trouble reading as they get older because their eyes change and may become damaged by diseases like diabetes or cataracts. That can translate into trouble reading labels on medication bottles or instructions from the doctor’s office and can lead to disastrous consequences. If you’ve been having trouble reading fine print or understanding instructions about your health or medications, talk to your doctor. They can help you find solutions that may improve your eyesight and can also give you tools to make reading easier.

Don’t Be Ashamed of Illiteracy

Think you don’t know anyone who struggles with reading? Think again. Many people are ashamed of the trouble they have with reading and have figured out ways to hide their illiteracy from others. The best thing you can do is withhold judgment and do your best to help. That can mean donating books to kids in need, helping your own kids improve their reading skills, or working with adults who have trouble with reading so that they don’t miss out on key information that could keep them healthy. Together, we can work to make sure that our society’s written knowledge is available to everyone who needs it.

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Today’s Headlines: The Type of Bug Spray You Should Be Using, the Four Habits That Can Lower Your Risk For Cancer, and an Update on the Zika Virus Latest from #DrOz

May 24th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

Don’t waste your money on natural bug spray. According to tests from Consumer Reports, natural repellents don’t last as long as their synthetic counterparts. “The consumer testing group released its…

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Don’t waste your money on natural bug spray. According to tests from Consumer Reports, natural repellents don’t last as long as their synthetic counterparts. “The consumer testing group released its latest update on which repellents work best…those with naturally derived oils may smell nice, but they don’t keep the mosquitoes off for long…Both the CDC and Consumer Reports say that while ‘natural’ sounds better and safer to consumer, it isn’t necessarily so. That’s especially true when it comes to mosquito repellents.” Repellents with the chemical DEET lasted for an average of seven hours when tested, whereas natural repellents lasted less than an hour. With mosquito season coming up, make sure you’re protecting yourself and your family with the right bug spray. (NBC )

A new study found that four healthy habits may prevent or reduce your risk for cancer. The habits that Americans should develop are quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising weekly, and eliminating or scaling back on drinking. “The effect of a healthful lifestyle varied according to gender and cancer type. For instance, women who followed the strictures on smoking, drinking, weight and exercise could reduce their lung cancer risk by 85% and their colorectal cancer risk by 60%. For men, the corresponding figures were 90% and 50%. The study’s findings present a significant challenge to research published last year that said as many as 80% of cancers might be attributable to factors beyond the control of individuals — the “bad luck” hypothesis. Instead, the new research offers evidence that bad behavior trumps bad luck as a cause of cancer.” This study makes it evident that healthy habits may be the best way to fight and prevent cancer. (LA Times )

The Zika virus is forecast to spread in the U.S. this summer. With mosquito season looming, there will be more Zika cases popping up throughout the country. “Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the federal government needs to ensure any local outbreaks of the disease don’t spread widely. ‘We already have Zika in the United States. But it is travel-related,’ Fauci said…There are more than 500 travel-related cases of the Zika virus in the U.S., according to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. None of them were locally transmitted by mosquitoes.” This summer, make sure you take proper precautions and apply bug spray. (Time )

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Estriol, Thyroid, and Other Natural Medicines Face a New Threat

May 24th, 2016 by Thisisnatural.com No comments »

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If the pharmacy has been put out of business, it can’t prepare your medication, right? Action Alert! Last week we told you about the recent guidance from the FDA that ignores directives from Congress and continues to ban office use by doctors of prepared medications such as injectable vitamin B12—while carving out a potentially lucrative [...]
Estriol, Thyroid, and Other Natural Medicines Face a New Threat
If the pharmacy has been put out of business, it can’t prepare your medication, right? Action Alert!

Last week we told you about the recent guidance from the FDA that ignores directives from Congress and continues to ban office use by doctors of prepared medications such as injectable vitamin B12—while carving out a potentially lucrative exemption for hospital pharmacies.

Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there. The FDA has released another guidance on yet another seemingly technical matter that would put traditional compounding pharmacies in even greater jeopardy.

The Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 (DQSA) separated pharmacies that make customized medicines at a doctor’s direction for individual patients into two categories:

“traditional” compounding pharmacies (regulated under section 503A of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act), and

“outsourcing” compounding pharmacies (regulated under section 503B of the same law).

Among the main differences between these two pharmacies are that outsourcing pharmacies can engage in office use compounding (making medicines for doctors to keep on-hand in their offices), can ship medicines interstate without restriction (traditional pharmacies can only ship 5% of total orders out-of-state, unless the state enters into a memorandum of understanding), and can only compound substances from a preapproved list from the FDA. It is already clear that the FDA intends this medications list to be very short indeed. Because outsourcing facilities can compound for office use and ship interstate, they are well-placed to capture a large portion of the market—even if they can only compound from a shorter list of ingredients.

In a nutshell, the new guidance says that a pharmacy cannot register as both a traditional and an outsourcing facility. The stated rationale is that outsourcing facilities must follow stringent current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs) while traditional pharmacies do not—and if one facility has both a 503A and a 503B operation, it will be “difficult to ensure that all of the products were made under the correct standards.”

It will be evident that this purported justification is a complete sham. Where would the difficulty be in having one division of a facility compound drugs under one set of rules, and having another division of the same facility compound medicines under a different set of rules? Such an arbitrary ruling further strengthens our contention that this is part of a larger campaign by the FDA to eliminate traditional pharmacies altogether, since they compete with the pharmaceutical industry, which pays the FDA’s bills.

The FDA’s real goal with this guidance, and many other restrictions on the industry, is to get all traditional facilities to register as outsourcing facilities, since what can be compounded at outsourcing facilities is completely at the FDA’s whim and can be very narrowly defined. This will likely eliminate many traditional compounding pharmacies altogether, and leave only the largest companies open for business—and those can be expected to be owned by Big Pharma.

Thus far, the FDA has been accomplishing its goal of eliminating compounding by making it impossible for traditional pharmacies to stay in business by restricting what medicines they can make and how much they can ship out of state, and by eliminating office use.

Before this new ruling, one possible way to continue to make the medicines that integrative doctors and countless patients rely upon was to register as both a 503B and a 503A pharmacy. But with this guidance, the FDA has now eliminated that possibility—another nail in the coffin for traditional pharmacies.

The FDA clearly does not feel responsible to the public. If it did, it might take heed of Congress’s repeated warnings that the agency is going too far in its implementation of DQSA, a bill Congress intended as a tool to regulate—not abolish!—compounding pharmacies.

Action Alert!  Write to the FDA and urge them to amend this guidance and preserve consumer access to natural medicines by allowing 503A facilities to register also as 503B facilities. Please send your message immediately.

 

Additional Action Alert!   If you haven’t already, write to your representative in the House and urge him or her to support the FY 2017 appropriations language that would withhold funding from the FDA until the agency states how it will allow “office use” of compounded medicines to continue, and how the overall compounding of supplements and medications will move forward and at reasonable prices. Please send your message immediately.

 

Other articles in this week’s Pulse of Natural Health :

FDA Reverses Its Folate Ban

FDA Backs Down on Censoring Food Label

Anti-Supplement Amendment Coming
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