Monthly Archives: December 2012

Go easy on the RU486 celebrations

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On August 30, Marie Stopes International became the registered importer of the abortion drug RU486. Writer and broadcaster Clementine Ford listed this event as one of 20 greatest moments for women this year. But should we reserve our celebration? Continue reading



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The reason for high blood pressure is still being sorted    


In 2008  I wrote an article about hypertension. It started with a description of our dependence on prescription pills with the average spending on pharmaceuticals more than doubling in the decade from 1995 to 2004.

Prescriptions for cardiovascular drugs particularly consumed by the older generations skyrocketed from 23.6 million in 1992 to 61.5 million in 2007, representing an increase of 160 percent. Sedative use had escalated 155 percent with antidepressant drugs usage leaping 226 percent from 1992 to 2007. Cardiovascular medications include drugs for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart arrhythmias, and diabetes.

What really concerns me is that many of these conditions can be treated without taking pharmaceutical drugs for the rest of your life. Continue reading


Filed under Media and health, pharmaceuticals, politics