Archive for October, 2007

Industrial toxins found in high levels in children…CNN

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

CNN reports that a new science is emerging in the last 10 years called Biomonitoring. Essentially, we can now test for traces of chemicals in humans that we couldn’t before. In a recent study, high levels of industrial chemicals were found in children at toxic levels as young as 18 months old. This should give us a clue as to why an increase in Autism, ADHD, and other “mental health” disorders emerge at earlier ages. Here’s an excerpt from the article,

“We are the humans in a dangerous and unnatural experiment in the United States, and I think it’s unconscionable,” said Dr. Leo Trasande, assistant director of the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Trasande says that industrial toxins could be leading to more childhood disease and disorders.

“We are in an epidemic of environmentally mediated disease among American children today,” he said. “Rates of asthma, childhood cancers, birth defects and developmental disorders have exponentially increased, and it can’t be explained by changes in the human genome. So what has changed? All the chemicals we’re being exposed to.”

Patients think sleeping pills help them….do they?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

An article in the New York Times today points out that people who take sleeping pills tend to gain only 19 minutes more of sleep time versus a placebo. A side affect of using sleeping pills is memory loss. Some people just didn’t remember that they had difficulty trying to get to sleep. If you remember the problems we had with Ambien, people would sleep walk and do odd things while apparently sleeping peacefully. One woman in the article woke up with a broken wrist and didn’t remember how she did it. Some people reported taking sleeping pills before traveling on airplanes only to wake up in another city and forgetting what they were going there for. Many nurses have observed the “sleep hangover” effect in patients in the morning. They are less alert, sometimes falling asleep eating breakfast, etc. This phenomena prompted the FDA to put warnings on sleeping pills about driving and using heavy machinery.

Read the article and note that it speaks about the lost “awake” time these pills cause. It is a concern for us, as a society, to have people who take sleeping pills and then getting up early morning (or early evenings like us late shift nurses) only to climb into an automobile and drive to work “half asleep”. Would it concern you as a patient if your brain surgeon was going to operate on you first thing in the morning after taking Halcion, Lunesta, or Ambien? It does me because our society has turned into pharmaceutical junkies and the collective “awakeness” or “present time concsciousness” is lowered by the proliferation of anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic and now sleeping pills in our general populatioin. There are actually healthy supplements for falling and staying asleep. I would recommend my personal sleeplessness remedy. To calm my “nerves” I take 2-3 ProDHA omega oil capsules, 1-200 mg of Thiamine/B-1 tabs, and 0.5mg to 1mg of Melatonin. I take them 30 minutes before retiring to bed and I can’t keep my eyes open. This may not work for everyone, but there are plenty of heath food stores with sleep remedies and they don’t cost $3.50 a pill!!


The Safety of Medications for Children questioned by WHO

Monday, October 8th, 2007

On September 21, 2007 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report via The Lancet on what issues are apparent in children’s medications today. They point to the issues we speak of here, that is, off-label use, long-term effects, drug efficacy in pediatric “dosages” and the problem of over-medication, and identification of side-effects on younger children who can not verbalize a sensation or feeling or mental ability. Once more, I contend that there is no possible way an MD, Psychiatrist, or Pediatrician is giving a full INFORMED CONSENT to the parents because the MDs (and Nurse Practitioners) have no way of knowing what damages psychiatric drugs are doing to these children. To me, this falls under the definition of “experiment”: 

1.     a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc.: a chemical experiment; a teaching experiment; an experiment in living. 

2.     the conducting of such operations; experimentation: a product that is the result of long experiment

3.     to try or test, esp. in order to discover or prove something: to experiment with a new procedure 

This subject should not be glossed over by nurses. We are the advocates of our patients.

We must decide as a group how we are going to voice our concerns as it’s our Code of Ethics that is being  challenged and the children’s Human Rights being ignored.

“Safety of medicines in children as an afterthought is an unacceptable state of affairs. Children have a right to safe and effective medicines and nations’ health systems should be judged on how they treat their children.” (The Lancet)

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