Local Drug Search Adds Prescription Drug Coupons Offering Consumers Even More Savings

Local Drug Search launched, and for the first time Americans could search for the lowest prices on prescription drugs at over 20,000 pharmacies across the US. With just a few clicks, the easy-to-use website compares prices for the prescriptions users input at their local pharmacies. Starting today, Local Drug Search is making it even easier for consumers to save money by integrating hundreds of manufacturers’ prescription drug coupons and savings plans into the search results. “Local Drug Search is committed to helping the consumer easily find the best deals for their prescriptions,” comments Mike Todasco, founder of Local Drug Search. “We started by setting up the first website of its kind to aggregate prescription drug prices from the major US pharmacies. Searching on the site could save the average family hundreds of dollars a year in a few moments of their time. In addition, many Americans don’t realize that most drug manufacturers offer coupons to help offset the cost of a prescription. Whether you have no insurance, or are lucky enough to have a health plan with no co-pay for prescriptions, now everyone can save even more money by searching for prescription drug coupons on Local Drug Search. Many of today’s most popular brand name medications offer significant savings which are now displayed on LocalDrugSearch.com. If you are searching for Cialis, you will find that Eli Lilly, the maker of Cialis, offers a free 30 day trial or three free 36 hour tablets. If you are taking Lipitor, searching the LocalDrugSearch.com site will show a promotion from Pfizer for a $4 co-pay, up to $600 a year. Users of Nexium are directed to the AstraZeneca site which offers a Purple Plus Savings Card to save up to $50 per refill and a personal calculator to estimate the cost of the prescription under their health plan. “Local Drug Search is all about making it easier to make informed decisions and save money on your prescriptions,” says Todasco. “Instead of searching multiple websites and calling your local pharmacies to get a price quote for your medications, Local Drug Search does the work for you by finding the best prices in your area,” he adds. Enter your zip code and medication, and with an easy click you will see a map of your local pharmacies and a retail price list for your selected prescription. The site also tells you if your FDA approved generic medications are available for brand name drugs which can potentially save you even more money. More than one-half of Americans are taking prescription drugs. IMS Health reports that Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs in 2010. The American healthcare debate and uncertain economic times have brought increased focus on what individuals can do to control their healthcare costs. While many Americans are covered by private health insurance plans, Medicare, or Medicaid, not all prescriptions are covered by all plans. And prescription costs vary widely by location and pharmacy. Local Drug Search serves as a tool to empower consumers to save money by allowing them to easily compare prices at the local pharmacies they trust. Local Drug Search is the first website of its kind that empowers consumers to compare prices of prescription drugs at the neighborhood pharmacies they trust. LocalDrugSearch.com was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun as Consumer Website of the Week.

Drug Detox Q & A: Can Opioid Pain Therapy Create Drug Addicts?

Risk of drug addiction is higher with opioid painkillers than with other drugs. We frequently hear or read about people who have become addicted to painkillers after being prescribed them by their doctor for chronic pain. The problem is that once the pain is gone or manageable, the person can find themselves trapped by the drug and has to keep taking it. Next thing you know, they’re “doctor shopping”, stealing drugs from medicine cabinets, buying them off the Internet, or from drug dealers. Really, their only hope at that point is a drug detox program that will help them get off the drug. These stories are always sad and somewhat frightening. For me, they also raise a number of questions: How many people actually suffer from the severe chronic pain that requires these prescriptions? And how do they become addicted? Some of the answers I found were shocking. A study conducted by Stanford University Medical Center found that one in five adult Americans suffer from chronic pain – pain lasting for several months or longer. And, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, common and chronic pain costs American workers more than $61 billion a year in lost productivity. These facts alone provide significant incentive to ask for, and write prescriptions for painkillers. People don’t want to be in pain, and they do want to go to work. So, they are likely to be on these drugs for an extended period of time. But will they become drug addicts? That depends on a number of factors. First, the type of drug they’re taking; If they’re taking opium-based painkillers like OxyContin, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Percocet, oxycodone, or morphine, it is almost certain the person will become physically dependant and, if taken for a long period of time, they’ll probably require drug detox to safely get off the drug with a minimum of debilitating withdrawal symptoms. However, even though the risk of drug addiction with opioid painkillers is higher than with other drugs, addiction goes beyond mere physical dependency. It is more a mindset – it’s a solution that enables a person to cope with the stresses of living life. And it takes more than drug detox to handle it. Drug detox helps the person handle their physical dependency, but they’ll need drug rehab to conquer the addiction. Whether or not someone is addicted to a drug is a complex question. But the bottom line is this: given the right set of conditions, there is a great risk of addiction. The best way to find out if someone is addicted is to get them treatment in a medically-supervised drug detox program that helps them withdraw safely from the drug and then provides counseling to determine if further treatment is needed.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) no longer is an enigma in our society. Unfortunately, more and more people have it in some form or another as many in the health care industry are accepting it as a concrete diagnosis. What is it? MCS is defined as a multi-system disorder usually brought on by toxic exposure to a chemical or chemicals. The exposure can be acute, i.e. a large amount of a toxin over a short period (hours to days) or it can be long-term, a low-level exposure over a period of weeks, months or years.

An example of an acute exposure is a chemical spill and an example of a long-term exposure is a person living in a house that has been tented to kill termites and gets progressively sick.

MCS over the long haul depletes an individual’s nutritional stores and causes problems in many different systems and organs in the body. Hence the term multi-system disorder. The person becomes sensitized to the particular chemical. With repeated exposure, the sensitivity increases.

Also, there is what is called a spreading effect where the individual is bothered by many more different chemicals. As this happens, more body systems become involved. MCS almost always effects the Central Nervous System.

According to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) the diagnosis, treatment, and etiologic assessment of MCS had remained a troublesome medical and social concern for individuals, physicians, government and organizations. Also, according to the ACOEM, the condition was first described in 1952 and has since amassed over 20 different names, including “environmental illness”, “total allergy syndrome”, “20th Century disease” and “Chemical Aids”. My personal favorite is 20th Century disease.

In my mind, this name is totally appropriate since our society’s quest to preserve everything from food to building materials has created this mess.

ACEOM recognizes that there is a lack of scientific research about MCS. However, they support tentative conclusions about MCS. These conclusions are: 1) that there is no immunologic basis for MCS. 2) that there is an overlap between MCS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and other historic non-specific condition.

An article by Japanese physicians from the University of Tokyo School of Medicine is pretty much in agreement with the statement of the ACOEM. Baisky AJ,Borus from the Division of Psychiatry at Birgham and Womens Hospital in Boston Massachusetts in an article titled Functional Somatic Syndrome which is another way of saying MCS states that even though physical causes may ultimately be found in patients with MCS, the suffering of these patients is exacerbated by a self perpetuating, self-validating cycle in which common endemic, somatic symptoms are incorrectly attributed to serious abnormality reinforcing the persons belief that he/she has a serious illness. In other words, although there may be just medical cause for this condition, much of the symptoms are psychological. I am in total disagreement with this statement as I believe and will try to prove to all that MCS is a toxic reaction to chemicals that creates abnormal physiological function in the body.

In 1999, consensus criteria for the definition of MCS were formulated because even though there continues to be a lack of objective physical evidence that support the diagnosis of MCS, government studies in the U.S., U.K. and Canada revealed 2-4 times as many cases of chemical sensitivity among Gulf War Veterans than soldiers who weren’t deployed to the region.

Also, state health department surveys of civilians in New Mexico and California showed that 2-6% respectively, have been diagnosed with MCS and that 16% of civilians reported and “unusual sensitivity to common everyday chemicals. Those criteria are as follows: 1) chronic condition. 2) symptoms that occur reproducibly. 3) symptoms that respond to low levels of exposure. 4) symptoms to multiple unrelated chemicals. 5) symptoms that disappear or are reduced when the chemical is removed. 6) symptoms that occur in multiple organs.

In my opinion, the best thing that is happening with regards to MCS is awareness. Today, there are more governmental agencies and health care providers who acknowledge MCS.

BBC News Online did an article March 15th,00, called Household Chemicals Health Warning by Alex Kirby. In the article, it talks about Drs. Keith Eaton and Honor Anthony who are the authors of the report Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Recognition and Management that was published in the British Society for Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine. ” Drs. Eaton and Anthony urge the British government to tighten the regulation of chemical use, including stricter controls on the authorization of new chemicals and the removal of persistent chemicals from food.” Interestingly, only 14% of the most heavily used chemicals used in Europe have a full set of basic safety data publicly available. I find that incredible.

One of the television news magazine’s here in the US did an hour show on Sick Building Syndrome. It featured the total disruption of families because of fungus growing rampant in their house. The other story that they did was the family disrupted and forced to move out of their house because they had their house sprayed for termites. These are real phenomenon, no one would ever imagine this. Because of all the chemicals in the products that are put in our buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency calls indoor air quality one of the top five environmental health risks of our time.

Benzene and formaldehyde both, both carcinogens are only protected by OSHA which is the Occupational Health & Safety Administration in a white collar setting. Elissa Feldman, EPA’s associate director of Indoor Environments Div. states “There is no federally guaranteed protection from exposure to unhealthy air indoors.” Feldman also calls the air going through the buildings “chemical soup. Of course, there are many other ways and many other chemicals that can cause Sick Building Syndrome. I’m limiting it simply because of space.

Let us talk for a minute about formaldehyde. Another name for it is embalming fluid. It’s a preservative. I tell you, it is everywhere, from foods to drinks to walls, just everywhere. Remember, I said in the previous paragraph that it is carcinogenic. That means cancer causing. Amazingly, there are only two beers that I have found that does not have formaldehyde in it.

What about pesticides that are known cancer causing agents? Sure, the US government bans them from being used on produce in the US, but we still import produce from other countries that use those harmful pesticides. I ask why?

People who are affected by MCS usually have experienced toxic amounts of substances through repeated exposure to synthetic chemicals. Remember, I stated that you can have either a repeated exposure to small amounts or a one time exposure to a large amount. Notice I said synthetic chemicals. Man- made products are causing this to happen to us. We are doing this to ourselves. It’s the odor of the chemical for the most part that causes the damage. This includes many of the common household products that are in our cabinets now.

From what I can gather, MCS affects about 16% of the population. Now that is a huge percentage of the population. Why though only those 16%. No one can say for certain. Obviously, the 16% have some sort of vulnerability, maybe some genetic predisposition. That is the conclusion that I come to.

When MCS occurs through the odor of the chemical, it effects the oldfactory (nasal) system. Now remember from above that MCS is a multi-system condition. This being because it affects the Central Nervous System, the brain if you will. The odor then goes from the nose to the different parts of the brain. That is how it reaches the multiple systems. Not a good thing! Again, we are doing this to ourselves. When MCS occurs through the ingestion of the chemical for an example in our food, it is treated like any other chemical that enters our body and causes a reaction.

What about food? Much of our food is chemically treated so that it is more profitable to the companies. Ingesting these foods and chemicals can cause a myriad of health concerns. Most of these pesticides are neurotoxic which means that they adversely effect the Central Nervous System of the insects that are targeted to kill. An individual who is vulnerable will have an adverse reaction. Also, just as a side bar, simply because a fruit or vegetable is classified as organic doesn’t mean it doesn’t have pesticides. Some organic growers spray the soil not the plant itself and call it organic. You have to be an investigator.

There is much discussion about Phorphyrin Metabolism problems as they relate to MCS. From the Porphyria Educational Services Bulletin, Vol. 1 No. 39, Sept 22, 1999. To paraphrase, it states” that chemicals do indeed play a large part in triggering acute attacks of porphyria in today’s modern environmentally unsafe world. However, porphyria as a disease on it’s own was around long before chemicals played a roll in the increase of the disease. The well known MCS writer, Cynthia Wilson who spent her life in research and writing on our toxic world, found by her research that there are 3,700 toxins that are directly linked to porphyria. As you can see, the chemical toxicity causes the porpyria, the porpyria doesn’t cause the chemical toxicity.

Researchers at the University of Washington and The University of California at Los Angeles in August of 1998 as reported in the Journal Nature, began mapping out how differently people react to the same pesticides and chemicals. They found through their research that one person can be 100 times as sensitive to a particular chemical than another person. “A little bit of difference in metabolism can make a lot of difference in response,” says Clem Furlone, a professor in the UW’s Department of Environmental Health. They concluded that the difference in people stem from an enzyme in the body. This enzyme apparently is a contributing factor for vascular disease and also regulates resistance to some pesticides. “Someone with low levels of this enzyme would be very susceptible to those pesticides,” says Furlong.

This is an explanation of why individuals are sensitive only to some pesticides. Logical deduction would lead on to believe that MCS sufferers have deficiencies in different kinds of enzymes that make them susceptible to a particular one or group of chemicals.

In 1998, a research group lead by Diane M Shih found that mice lacking an enzyme called serum paraoxonase are susceptible to organophosphate toxicity. I believe we are getting there people. Only closed minds will prevent us from understanding more and more about this disease as time goes on

My husband who was a chiropractic, homeopathic and acupuncture physician prior to his disability keeps pointing out to me while writing this article is that in his opinion, the MCS patient is hypersensitized. What does he mean by that? In this case, hypersensitized means that you can and or will react to almost anything. Does that mean that your toxicity is to everything? No! My husband says that because of the toxicity to the one or 2 chemicals, your system is now sensitive to any and every chemical. In my husband’s opinion, the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity comes from being hypersensitive to multiple chemicals because of the toxic overload by one or two chemicals to your system. My husband goes on to describe two types of unfavorable reactions in the body. A histamine reaction which we all know as allergies that are treated for the most part by antihistamines, and a kinin reaction. Histamine reactions are caused by pollens, dust, mites, etc. Kinin reactions are cause by chemicals and such. It is the kinin release that caused the hypersensitivity. Because of this, my husband believes that finding the chemical that cause the initial kinin release is imperative.

Evaluation

OK so you suspect or are certain that you have MCS. What next? Do you simply go to any physician that is available? The answer to that is a resounding NO! First off, you need to make sure that the physician you choose believes that MCS is a physical, not psychological condition. The physician needs to believe that synthetic chemicals toxically overload your body. Don’t even let him/her make the implication that your condition is psychological.

So what do you do if you have or think you have MCS? The first thing that you need to do is to seek medical help. What kind of physician do you go to? I think that the best answer to that is one who understands what MCS is. That could be a MD, DO, DC, Acupuncturist or a Homeopath. To find the right person nearest you, you need to do some investigating. Check with MCS organizations to try and find the nearest one to you. Personally, my preferences are the homeopathic practitioner and the Acupuncturist, because in my opinion you need natural approach.

There are acupuncture points that will drive toxins out of the body. The homeopath is equipped with remedies that will counteract most chemicals. My husband a retired Chiropractor, Homeopath/Acupuncturist treated many people with MCS and according to him with good results. He states that he used a combination of acupuncture, homeopathic remedies and nutrition to help combat this condition. The one thing that he stressed to his patients was that it was mandatory that they get out of the environment that is causing them to be sick. Without that, nothing will work.

Without taking an active role in helping yourself, you will become a prisoner to the chemical environment. Some of you are too damaged already for many things to help. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Keep on trying.

In order for you to have a chance of getting better with a certain physician, in my opinion he/she needs to make a declaration to you that they recognizes the intensity and the reality of your symptoms and that they are indeed related to a chemical toxicity. Without that declaration, in my opinion you will not have any confidence that he/she can help you and consequently, you will not receive any help.

Remember you doctor can not give you all of the answers on the first visit. It should take time to gather all of the information needed to properly advise you. When your doctor is taking your initial history, you should make sure that you review each symptom that you have. You need to tell him/her when the symptom started and probably more importantly how did it start? Was it after a specific exposure to a specific chemical? How long was the exposure? What have you done to try to heal yourself?

The doctor’s examine should focus on the body parts in question with specific blood work for the specific organ system. Just as important as doing the proper tests for the specific organ in question, don’t allow the doctor to order tests that are not necessary and therefore will cost you more money. The following tests are not recommended for routine evaluation of MCS because either they can precipitate a violent reaction or because they are worthless for the diagnosis. Notice I say routine. There could be a specific reason for anyone of these tests. Let your doctor explain to you why you need the test. 1) Environmental challenge test. 2) Quantitative encephalography. 3) Brain electrical activity mapping. 4) Neuropsychogenic testing. 5) Brainstem evolked potentials. 6) Position emission tomography. 7) Immunologic testing and determination of blood levels of trace volatile organic compounds or pesticides. These tests sound important but don’t help in the diagnosis of MCS.

Your physician’s primary objective is to help you uncover which chemical/chemicals are causing your condition. You need to work as a team with your physician to uncover this mystery. Note nothing is trivial in this investigation.

Treatment

While a number of different types of treatments may help improve you overall health, only complete and strict avoidance for the specific chemical/chemicals will stop the progression and if not to much damage has occurred, improve the health of a MCS patient. The most essential part in treating a patient with MCS is identifying and then avoiding the chemical/chemicals that triggered your body’s reaction. Even with strict avoidance of the trigger chemical/chemicals, improved health may take up to a year.

The web site http://www.ourlittleplace.com has a wonderful page named guidelines for Non-toxic Living. I’m going to highlight them for you but feel free to go to the site and read them thoroughly. 1) Avoid all scented products. 2) Avoid all fabric softeners, dryer sheets, Clorox scented detergents, etc. 3) Avoid all pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and fertilizers. 4) Use only non-toxic cleaning products and person care products. 5) Drink and bathe in filtered water. 6) Eat organic food. 7 Wear only natural-fiber clothing, 100% cotton, linen, wool or silk. 8) Use only 100% cotton, wool or pure silk bed linens and blankets. 9) As much as possible avoid plastics. 10) Open your windows as often as possible. 11) Certain houseplants are beneficial to remove toxins from the air. The best are philodendrons, spider plants, aloe Vera etc. Go to the site to get the rest.

The second thing that the MCS patient needs to do to improve their health is to maintain optimal nutrition. What is optimal nutrition? You need to make sure that you are eating enough calories. My research has lead me to the opinion that your food intake should be 40% protein, 30% fats, and 30% carbohydrates, very similar to the Zone diet. In the next couple of paragraphs, I’m going to outline some natural therapies. Prior to outlining them, I did research into their efficacy and spoke to a number of physicians including my husband. I am not giving out medical advice; I am simply trying to expand your knowledge. I suggest that you do your own research, speak to your own physician and come to a conclusion if you want to try any of these natural therapies.

Nutritional supplementation in my opinion is very important. A general multivitamin is fine to take as a baseline. Make sure that your multivitamin is entirely natural. Do not take any synthetic vitamin! Synthetic vitamins are man make chemicals. That is what got you feeling sick right! Along with your multivitamin, according to my husband, you should take a B complex 75 mg., and approximately 2 grams of Vitamin C. Also, very important are proteolytic enzymes. These should be taken immediately upon awakening in the morning and then wait an hour before you have something to eat. With all supplementation, you need to follow the directions on the bottle. Most importantly, you need to investigate and find these vitamins in an all-natural source. Again, do not use synthetic vitamins or one with fillers.

Acupuncture therapy can be very beneficial to the MCS patient. There are specific acupuncture points that release toxins from the body. There are also points that can strengthen specific organs. I would be very cautious taking Oriental Herbs though. If you are being treated by an acupuncturist who wants you to take pre- packaged Oriental Herbs, make sure that there are no synthetic chemicals or fillers in the herbs. Also, make sure that any bulk herbs that you take have not been sprayed with anything. This can be dangerous to you. Ask a lot of questions and be a good investigator. A good acupuncturist is worth their weight in gold to a MCS patient in my opinion.

Homeopathy in my opinion can be extremely helpful to the MCS patient. A good Homeopathic Physician is priceless. The Homeopath needs to take an exhaustive history to match your symptoms to the proper remedy. There are many different kinds of remedies that can be prescribed. My husband tells me that each case is different to the homeopath. However, he used three remedies a lot with MCS patients. They were Nitric Acid, DDT, and Formaldehyde.

When it is all said and done, I believe that combining all three of the natural remedies along with strict avoidance of the offending chemical/chemicals will give you the best chance of regaining some of your life.

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Art Of Stealing Souls

The Bleeding Edge Premiere Column: The Art of Stealing Souls

The religious belief that a photograph can steal a soul, imprisoning it within its amalgam of polyester, celluloid, salts and gelatin (or perhaps a CCD if you are into digital photography) is still shared by many cultures across the globe. From Native Americans to the Aborigines of Australia, there are those who refuse to be photographed.

This belief evolved in different ways for many cultures, occasionally revolving around the beliefs in the power of mirrors. In folklore, mirrors have the power to steal souls. The superstition of breaking a mirror and causing bad luck stems from the belief that a mirror contains the soul and breaking it causes damage to the soul. In ancient times, the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and many other cultures used reflective surfaces, such as mirrors to practice scrying – the ability to predict the future.

Mirrors were considered a major part of the Mayan religion and culture. Mirrors opened portals into the Otherworld, allowing ancestors and gods to pass through between the two planes. They believed when praying to a saint, the soul leaves the body. To help the soul find its way back into the body, mirrors are placed in front of saint statues to reflect back the soul.

In Chiapas, Mexico, there are towns which still adhere to the old Mayan ways. In San Juan Chamula it is illegal to take photographs in church. If you are caught using a camera in church – jail time is a distinct possibility. Older generation film cameras and todays SLR and digital SLR cameras still use mirrors. The Mayan beliefs led to photography being banned inside of churches.

Most of the people today allow their photograph to be taken, however infants are protected. It is still believed the souls of infants are fragile and are susceptible to leaving the body. Photographing an infant could harm the soul, preventing its return to the body. The soul is believed to be composed of thirteen parts, photography damages or even removes some of these components. A shaman was necessary to restore a person’s soul.

Some Native Americans still refuse to be photographed. One of the most famous Native Americans in history, Crazy Horse was never photographed while alive. He never allowed his photograph to be taken, even while on his deathbed. Some Navajo Native Americans practice a religious ceremony, known as a “sing” to recover a soul. Others embrace photography.

In her book, “Taken Pictures: On Interpreting Native American Photographs of the Southern Northwest Coast.” Carolyn J. Marr describes the change in Native Americans’ attitudes towards photography from the late 19th to the early 20th century. The negative attitude toward photography evolved to a positive one, in which photographs were integrated into religious ceremonies.

Practitioners of Voodoo believe in “sympathetic magic”. Sympathetic magic principles state a powerful link exists between entities that are similar in appearance or come into contact with each other. Items such as photographs, nail clippings, hair and other objects may be used to create an “image” of another person. This “image” may be used to cast a curse or spell. For this reason, there are some practitioners of Voodoo who are cautious of photographs, as they are powerful items capable of harm.

James W. Bailey is an experimental artist, photographer and imagist writer from Mississippi. His exhibition “Stealing Dead Souls” appeared at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland in January and February of 2005. He was kind enough to share the images shown here and explain his religious belief in why photographs have the power to damage the soul.

“I hold a religious belief, probably inherited from my paternal Mississippi grandmother, who was 1/4 Choctaw Indian, and who was extremely distrustful of photography, that photography, more than any other art form, has the ability to capture a living element of life, a flashpoint of the soul if you will.”

“Of course, most recognize that the process of photographing a moment in time captures something in a fixated way that would normally be lost to history. I also believe that photographic images capture an aspect of that lived moment, a reflection of reality if you will, and that the photograph literally captures an element of the life force that presented itself in that moment that was captured.”

“When this living element is captured, it has the capability of re-generating itself in much the same way that certain life forms can lose a limb and regenerate it.”

“Photographs, in my opinion, literally steal a portion of life and can regenerate an aspect of that stolen fragment of life through the presented photograph itself.”

“The process of stealing an element of life through a photograph does cause, in my spiritual opinion, a degree of damage in the life force photographed. The life force may not know it, in the case of surreptitious street photographs made of people who are unaware they are being photographed, or the life force may fully consent to it in an emotionally suicidal way, such as may be the case with an under-age homeless drug-addicted girl who might “consent” to being illegally photographed as part of a child pornography publication in order to earn some money to feed her habit.”

“Let me be clear in what I saying: I spiritually believe that the photograph of the homeless person and the abused child taken with or without their consent captures a particle of their living essence. The photographs taken of them steal an element of their souls. The theft of the pieces of their souls harm them to a degree.”

“When such photographic images are taken, the only thing the photographer can do to make the universe right with what he or she has done is to place the photograph, which I believe to be a living organism, into a context of positive growth.”

“The great photographers, whether they know it or not, are photographers who have taken stolen elements of life and have placed those living substances into a context where the photographically captured life force has been encouraged toward positive growth.”

Ultimately whether one believes in the ability of photography to capture souls or not, respecting the beliefs and culture of the photographic subject should be paramount to any photographer.

Great Women Of Homeopathy

As a homeopathic consultant for many years, I find the inspiration of homeopaths before me to be of encouragement and worthy of emulation. Two great women stand as a beacon of light in our world of interest-group medicine that is so prevalent in today’s world.

Dr. Dorothy Shepherd, my posthumous mentor, was an English medical doctor practicing in hospital clinics and emergency rooms after WW1. She used conventional methods learned in medical school, hospitals and clinics. Then, as luck would have it, she learned of homeopathy via veterinarians and homeopathic physicians abounding in England at the time. After putting her full attention to the study of this vast body of medical literature, she slowly began incorporating it into her daily practice in the emergency room and clinic where she worked.

As WW11 rolled around and trauma became a customary fair, she wholly depended on her new medicine entirely. Since Dr. Shepherd advanced to using homeopathy full time, she never reverted to the “ways of old” again. Having a full staff at her call, she taught and instructed them in the homeopathic protocols for all emergencies including pre and post operative procedures. Her conventional antiseptics were replaced with Calendula, her protocol for broken bones was to administer Arnica, then set the bone. Conventional analgesics that carried side effects were replaced by Hypericum, Arnica and Ledum. Fever cases were given Belladonna, psychological trauma was treated with Aconite and Gelsemium. And her case load wasn’t light. London and surrounding areas where she practiced were under frequent bombings, so her experience was like working in a MASH unit, only with ill prepared civilians.

Her work was one of diligence and commitment to her patients and dedication to the calling of homeopathy. And indeed it was a calling of stature. Her writings are documented evidence as a beacon against the tide of conventional modern medicine. In her books, she illuminates her day to day experiences of her transformational thought carrying her away from drug laden medicine to homeopathy. Here is a woman, thoroughly trained in the ways of her professors and colleagues, who finds her tools frustrating and causing more harm than good. Before her transformation towards a more rational medicine, she found her clinic a source of frustration and ill equipped for the sheer numbers of civilians who flooded her doors. And so she found a solution in homeopathy.

Yet, Dr. Shepherd is not the only symbol of hope who hailed and readily used homeopathy. Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, was a crusader for the medical care of the poor in India. She used homeopathy along side conventional medicine, but she had a particular interest in homeopathy because of its effectiveness and low cost. Therefore, she taught her ministry of sister-nurses to treat the poor with this medicine of historical notoriety . She and her sisterhood are reputed to have set up tables in the market on the streets of Calcutta with their homeopathy kits and repertories ready for the onslaught of the needy. They treated scabies with Sulphur, skin infections with Arsenicum iodatum, the grieving with Ignatia (named after St. Ignatius) and the wounded with Calendula. She opened her first homeopathic medical dispensary in Calcutta in 1950 and her following, the Missionaries of Charity, continue her work throughout the world today.

It is no wonder that these woman were stalwarts in their perspective worlds. They had inner strength, probing minds and hearts that were attuned to the good of humanity. I hail their works among those with the courage to stand against the forces of cartel medicine. They are to be imitated as they are the carriers of the good name of homeopathy and the well being of humanity.

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The sexual life is important part all human being. It includes men and women both however people having trouble with sexual practice faces a difficult time with their partners and life tends to move with discomfort. There are thousands of men who have been struggling with impotence and they are unable to satisfy themselves and their partners. However, to continue with a healthy sexual life men needs to treat this male sexual paralyzing disease. There are many products available for treatment but one need to be very careful about choosing the product and there are many generic drugs available at cheapest price that treats the disease quickly and as same as their generic version.

The basic ingredient content in this drug is Sildenafil Citrate and it is the best chemical component that handles the awful pressure of impotence. The meaning of impotence means failure of male reproductive organ to attain erection and that can happen before and in the middle of sexual practice. However the arteries present in the penile region carries blood to the needed region and during the reign of impotence, the arteries located at that area shrink and stop the blood from flowing into that region hence causing erection failure.

However the intake of Penegra helps the arteries to bloat and let the blood to flow independently at the penile region. In this way the intake Penegra makes the penis erection possible and gives men the opportunity indulge into sexual practice. Penegra is a powerful drug that can hold the erection for 4-6 hours and within that period erectile dysfunction patients can enjoy love making with their partners. There are thousands of men who had tried this drug and they are satisfied with the results. Penegra comes in the form of tablet and needs to consume orally with water.

The drug starts to show its effects within half an hour but it is important to know that ED patients needs to be sexually stimulated after the consumption of the drug. However for men who are unable to express their feeling and cannot visit the drugstores can order this drug from online pharmacy and receive the package at their doorsteps. Men using drugs for other treatment should consult the doctor once before the intake of the drug. However Penegra is a safe drug and men can go for it as it has been approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Are Workplace Drug Testing Programs Making a Difference?

Are Workplace Drug Testing Programs Making a Difference?

In today’s workplace, one of the biggest issues involves drug testing of employees. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2014 more than 9.1 million drug tests were administered to employees across the United States. Of those tests, more than 350,000 resulted in a positive test for such drugs as marijuana, amphetamines, and various prescription painkillers. However, while pre-employment as well as random drug screenings are a way of life in today’s workplace, there has been much debate as to their effectiveness.

Does Workplace Drug Testing Really Work?

While an estimated 40 percent of workers are subjected to drug tests at the time of hiring and 65 percent of all employers use drug testing for pre-employment as well as random in-house testing, there are still questions as to its effectiveness in helping find those people who may need help with drug addiction. For example, not all drug testing programs are sophisticated enough to detect certain drugs, particularly newer drugs that have just started to present addiction problems. In addition, most random drug testing programs are considered to be so ineffective, they negate any chance of truly finding those employees who may be struggling with addiction issues. Finally, many employers have been found to give far too much advance notice to employees about upcoming drug testing, allowing those who have a problem time to plan ways to beat the system.

Addressing the Problem Before it Gets Out of Control

Though workplace drug testing is seen by many as ineffective, the fact is it does manage to find some employees who have serious substance abuse issues. For those who do test positive for drugs, many employers offer a number of options for help including:

–Employee Assistance Programs
–Paid inpatient treatment programs
–In-house counseling
–Additional insurance options to pay for treatment

Employees who are found to have problems with drug abuse often take advantage of offers to attend inpatient treatment programs. Proven to be far more effective over the long-term than outpatient programs, inpatient treatment programs often work with employers to make sure an employee is able to spend time in treatment without worry of losing their job or losing income while in treatment. Most employers will consider employees to be on company time during their treatment programs, letting them continue to draw an income while battling their addiction.

Benefits of Allowing Employees to Get Treatment and Keep Their Jobs

As treatment for substance abuse becomes more accepted in the workplace of today, employees dealing with addiction will be more comfortable admitting to an employer when a problem exists. If you or someone you know is dealing with substance abuse addiction in the workplace, seeking inpatient treatment can not only help get rid of the addiction, but also save a career at the same time. Workplace drug testing programs are a good way to help someone get treatment before their addiction gets out of control.

Facial Sweating – How to Permanently Cure For Facial Sweating Drug-Free

Do you want to completely stop facial sweating? With these guidelines, you can stop sweat on face without ever taking any prescribed medicine.

Eat fresh tomatoes and stop facial sweating
Eating fresh tomatoes are an excellent natural remedy to combat facial embarrassing sweat. If you want to stop facial sweating every day to eat fresh tomatoes or drink tomato juice. Add to your daily diet, and within a few weeks, fresh tomatoes, you should be sweating less than before. However, if you do not like tomatoes, try buttermilk. Buttermilk has the same effect as a tomato, so if you do not like tomatoes, use buttermilk instead.A stop sweating guide will teach you how to use your all-natural medicine to heal properly list your face sweats forever.

Avoid caffeine Prevent Facial sweating more
Caffeine is directly related to anxiety and anxiety is something that everyone who suffers from excessive sweating should be avoided. It has been shown that the more anxious you feel, the more you’ll be sweating. So, stay more sweat on your face, you should stay away from drinks such as coffee, energy drinks or even some caffeinated soft drinks.

The apple cider vinegar to stop facial sweating
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural solution irritates my face sweat. This year-old instrument is not only a great stop his sweating face, but also your overall health. For best results, take with warm apple cider vinegar a teaspoon a day. Maintain the same for about a week dose and you should notice a decrease, your sweat face.So if you desperately want to stop his sweating face, I highly recommend that you get the stop sweating guide. Do not be embarrassed by the sweat of your face anymore.

If you want to put an end to your sweating face, the guidelines above is perfect to stop his sweating face. However, if you want to permanently stop and cure facial sweating is good, I highly recommend that you get the stop sweating guide. Stop sweating guide will teach you how to use your all-natural medicine to heal properly list your face sweats forever. It will show you step by step what to do, fast and easy to cure and prevent sweat from his face ever come back.

So, if you desperately want to stop his sweating face, I highly recommend that you get the stop sweating guide. Do not be embarrassed by the sweat of your face anymore. Get a complete list of natural remedies and permanently cure your sweating face today