Dangers:

FAKE MEDICINES PURCHASED BY
AMERICANS FOR SERIOUS
ILLNESSES
33% of medications purchased by
Americans from a fake Internet
pharmacy affiliate program are for
serious illness. It is estimated that 85%
of all serious illness medication
purchased online from fake online
pharmacies is purchased by
Americans.

Researchers at the University of San
Diego analyzed the web traffic data
logs of a major fake internet pharmacy
consortium, Eva Pharmacy, and
discovered that 33% of American
purchases are for serious illnesses,
including "anxiety, sinus infection, high
blood pressure, hair loss, cancer and
infertility," reports Brian Krebs in MITs
Technology Review.

In contrast, Canadian and Western-
European customers overwhelmingly
bought "lifestyle" medications, i.e.
erectile dysfunction and human growth
hormone pills, with only 8% of
medications purchases for health
conditions.

According to a recent study  by the
AARP, prescription drug prices in the
United States rose more than 8
percent in 2009; some drug prices
have increased between 40 and
92 percent in the past five years.



COCAINE LACED WITH VETERINARY
DRUG LEVAMISOLE EATS AWAY AT
FLESH
Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug
levamisole could be the culprit in a
flurry of flesh-eating disease in New
York and Los Angeles.
The drug, used to deworm cattle, pigs
and sheep, can rot the skin off noses,
ears and cheeks. And over 80 percent
of the country's coke supply contains it.

In a case study in the Journal of the
American Academy of Dermatology,
Dr. Noah Craft describes six cocaine
users recently plagued by the dark
purple patches of dying flesh. And
while they happened to hail from the
country's coastlines, the problem is
national.

The gruesome wounds surface days
after a hit because of an immune
reaction that attacks the blood vessels
supplying the skin. Without blood, the
skin starves and suffocates.

Eighty-two percent of seized cocaine
contains levamisole, according to an
April 2011 report by the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration. Why
dealers would stretch their stash with
levamisole instead of the more
traditional fillers, like baking soda, is
unclear, although studies in rats
suggest the drug acts on the same
brain receptors as cocaine. So it might
be added to enhance or extend the
cocaine's euphoric effects on the
cheap.

Once the drug is cleared from the
body, the wounds do heal, leaving
behind a shiny scar.

"It's a little bit like having HIV," said
Craft, adding that without medical
attention, the condition can be fatal.
"About 10 percent of those patients will
die from severe infections. They may
be walking around like a time bomb."





SYNTHETIC DRUGS: TEN TIMES
WORSE THAN COCAINE
18-year-old student David Rozga killed
himself last year after taking marijuana-
like substance K2, which is growing in
popularity.

A dozen students have been expelled
from the U.S. Naval Academy for taking
or possessing the same drug, which
can cause seizures, hallucinations and
extreme paranoia.
Synthetic drugs have surged in
popularity recently as they become
more widely available.

Figures released by the American
Association of Poison Control Centers
show at least 2,700 people have fallen
ill after taking the drugs since January
2011, compared to just 3,200 in the
whole of 2010.
They have received 1,300 calls about
synthetic marijuana this year alone -
compared with 2,874 calls for the
whole of 2010 - while calls for bath
salts have rocketed, with 1,400 since
January compared to just 301 last year.

Thousands of Americans are arriving
at the emergency room with frightening
symptoms after taking apparently
harmless - and increasingly popular -
synthetic drugs.
The drugs, legal in many states, are
marketed as 'soothing' bath salts or
incense and can be bought for as little
as $10 a time.

Laboratory-made drugs have been
around since the middle of the 20th
century, when LSD was first studied.
But bath salts and synthetic marijuana
have only been around for the last few
years.

Synthetic marijuana is produced by
spraying dried plant material with a
chemical compound.
Bath salts contain two powerful
stimulants,
methylenedioxypyrovalerone (or
MDPV) and mephedrone, which mimic
cocaine.
They are banned in Europe, and many
U.S. states are now following suit.


FDA SAYS STOP USING  DIETARY
SUPPLEMENTS  FOR SEXUAL
ENHANCEMENT
The brand Man Up Now claims to be
'herbal' and 'all natural',  which may
lead consumers to  mistakenly assume
the product is harmless and poses no
health risk.

The FDA says Man Up Now contains a
variation of an active drug ingredient
found in Viagra that can dangerously
lower blood pressure. Sulfoaildenafil, a
chemical similar to sildenafil, the active
ingredient in Viagra - may interact with
prescription drugs such as nitrates,
including nitroglycerin, and cause
dangerously low blood pressure,
depriving the brain of an adequate
blood supply.

Man Up Now is distributed by Synergy
Distribution LLC, is sold on Internet
sites.

OTHER  ONLINE PRODUCTS TO
AVOID
Since 2004, FDA has identified several
products sold online as so-called
"dietary supplements" for treating
erectile dysfunction and enhancing
sexual performance. These products
have contained potentially harmful,
undeclared ingredients. Included
among them are

Actra-Rx
Actra-Sx
Libidus
Nasutra
Neophase
Vigor-25
Yilishen
Zimaxx
4EVERON
Liviro3
Lycium Barbarum L.
Adam Free
Rhino V Max
V.Max
True Man
Energy Max
HS Joy of Love
NaturalUp
Blue Steel
Erextra
Super Shangai
Strong Testis
Shangai Ultra
Shangai Ultra X
Lady Shangai
Shangai Regular, also marketed as
Shangai Chaojimengnan
Hero
Naturalë Super Plus
Xiadafil VIP tablets (Lots 6K029 and
6K209-SEI only)


MEDICATIONS THAT MAY CAUSE
MEMORY LOSS
About 2 percent of patients who took  
tha statin  Lipitor have reported some,
even if transient, memory loss issues.
Other drugs that are proven to affect
the  memory:

Any drugs which make you sleepy, like
nerve pills or tranquilizers, some pills
for depression and other psychiatric
conditions, pain killers (opiates like
morphine or Vicodin, Darvocet or
Percocet) and muscle relaxants like
Flexeril and Robaxin are among them.

As are certain medications used to
help with upset stomach, like Tagamet.
Also medications to treat incontinence,
especially Imipramine and Oxybutynin
(Ditropam), are also implicated.

Also, medications for allergies, like
Benadryl, also found in Tylenol or Advil
PM. Medications used for irritable
bowel and stomach cramps, like
Bentyl, would be the next group.

Certain seizure-controlling medications
also belong here. Even stimulants can
"overdo" their job and cause problems
because of problems with attention.

Finally, very commonly used drugs like
prednisone, which is prescribed for
asthma and different forms of arthritis
and inflammation, has to be mentioned
as well.


NDM-1 THE NEW SUPERBUG FEAR
A new superbug that makes an
enzyme called NDM-1 which probably
travelled back to the UK in patients
who went over to India and Pakistan
for surgical treatments has entered UK
hospitals, experts say. This superbug
is resistant to virtually all antibiotics,
even the most powerful ones. So far,
only 50 cases have been reported in
Great Britain. However, there is a
significant risk of it spreading
worldwide.

You can read about this  in the
September 2010 edition of The Lancet
Infectious Diseases.

NDM-1 was mostly found in:
  • E. coli, and
  • K pneumoniae  
Only tigecycline and colistin (types of
antibiotics) had any effect on the NDM-
1 producing bacteria. There were
some cases in which isolates were
resistant to ALL antibiotics.

SEPSIS AND OTHER HOSPITAL
ACQUIRED INFECTIONS
The US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) estimated in
2002 that 99,000 American deaths a
year were linked to hospital-acquired
infections. In a study the researchers
focused on only the two most serious
conditions, sepsis and pneumonia, and
calculated deaths resulting directly
from infections patients acquired while
they were in hospital. Plus they
concentrated on infections that they
regarded as mostly preventable, such
as when they result from a lapse in
sterile technique during surgery.

They found that the cost of such
infections can be high. For instance,
developing sepsis after surgery
resulted in an average of 11 extra
days in hospital and an additional
infection treatment cost of 33,000
dollars per patient.

However, the most alarming finding
was that nearly 20 per cent of people
who developed sepsis following
surgery died as a result of the infection.


CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS PRESENT
HEART RISK
Although millions of people take
calcium supplements to boost bone
health and ward off osteoporosis, New
Zealand researchers say the
supplements have little effect on bone
strength and contribute to a small
increase in the risk for heart attack
among older people.

Rather than relying on calcium
supplements, the researchers suggest
that people get their required calcium,
if possible, from foods.


THE RISK OF STATINS
The side effects of statins can be far
worse than previously thought, a study
suggests.
They found some users are much
more likely to suffer liver dysfunction,
acute kidney failure, cataracts and
muscle damage known as myopathy.
The study was carried out by
researchers from Nottingham
University,(UK) who received no
external funding. The study was
published in the peer-reviewed British
Medical Journal.
This was a prospective cohort study
that investigated side effects of statins.
Clinical trials of drugs tend to assess
side effects of drugs over the short
term, typically about five years. This
type of study is appropriate for looking
at potential long-term side effects in a
large, unselected population.



THE RISK OF CORN SYRUP
High fructose corn syrup, which is
linked to obesity, may also be harmful
to the liver, according to Duke
University Medical Center research.


FDA: LIPODISSOLVE IS UNSAFE
Lipodissolve called unsafe by FDA
Lipodissolve, a procedure touted as
the nonsurgical answer to liposuction.
The Food and Drug Administration is
warning consumers that drugs used in
spas across the U.S. to "melt" the fat
are unsafe and the procedure is
unproven.
The spas are: Monarch Med Spa in
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Spa 35
in Boise, Idaho, Medical Cosmetic
Enhancements in Chevy Chase,
Maryland, Innovative Directions in
Health in Edina, Minnesota, All About
You Med Spa in Madison, Indiana, and
PURE Med Spa in Boca Raton, Florida.

There may be a link between everyday
painkiller medications and moderate to
profound hearing loss.


OTHER DANGERS
RISK FACTORS FOR STROKE
Risk factors for stroke include high salt
intake, fast food with high fat and high
trans fat, radiation used in medical
diagnostics and treatment, certain
dairy foods, smoking, certain bacterial
infections, anger, possibly cough
medicine, high intake of folic acid, anti-
psychotic drugs, antidepressants, and
painkillers.

Bacteria May Lurk on Your  
Showerhead;

X-ray machines could be helping to
spread infection in intensive care units;

Tanning bed users ignore cancer risk;

Tamiflu’s psychic side effects on
teenagers;

Aspirin’s risk:gastrointestinal bleeding,
and the potential risk for hemorrhagic
strokes, or bleeding in the brain;

FDA warning: not to use certain
glucose testing strips from Roche,
Abbott Laboratories and other
companies in combination with dialysis
and other biologic drugs. According to
FDA those formulations contain non-
glucose sugars, which can falsely
elevate blood sugar results and
increase the risk of insulin overdose;

Swine flu vaccines have been linked to
Guillain-Barr Syndrome - a paralysis of
the breathing muscles

Pro and Con
Bisphenol-A,  a chemical compound
used in the making of plastics to low-
sperm counts and other reproductive
issues among Chinese factory
workers, according to a study
published in  the journal Fertility and
Sterility.
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Don't Be Afraid of the Big, Bad Plastic
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