Tuesday, July 30, 2013
After a large backlash against several soft drink beverage companies for putting toxic substances in as sugar substitutes, particularly in Europe and now USA, the super soft drink maker Coke is seeing a decline in its 2nd quarter profits by roughly two percent. The earnings revealed however are still a hefty $2.7 Billion USD. Ironically that's one percent of the annual contribution of ACA/Obamacare(final estimates of ACA is 2.7 Trillion with funding at approximately 270 Billion USD annually). But, it's summer and ice cold soft drinks ought to be flying off the shelves or so we would assume unless you have a government backed lawsuit against you. The state of California has allowed a class action lawsuit against the Coca Cola Company to proceed against its Vitamin Water low calorie soft drink(sport drink).The lawsuit states that Vitamin Water is being misrepresented as a "healthy" drink that Coke says can reduce the risks of disease. Those bringing the case forward say that this is a blatant mislabeling and false advertisement promoting false claims. This occurs on the heel of a major campaign by the Coca-Cola Company boasting of new safer sugar additives along with low cal drinks as new products and smaller portion sizes. But, health and consumer advocates are catching on. Coca-Cola as well as its main rival PepsiCo.(Pepsi Cola) still put High Fructose Corn Syrup in their regular colas which is known to be the preeminent cause of childhood obesity. The cola giants also add a 2nd artificial sweetner in their regular colas called Sucralose which was first discovered and used in pesticides. But, wait, that's not all. Most diet cola beverages contain the artificial sweetner Aspartame which is very well documented to cause brain tumors and seizures due to its methyl alcohol component. You be the judge....Is Coke " The real thing"?
Thursday, March 28, 2013
It's happened again. Another Drug Alert a drug that is in a class already that has brought great scrutiny not only by the medical and consumer protection agencies , but by consumers and makers of these drugs. Lipitor is a classified as a statin. Statins were named in studies where a high correlation of muscle disease along with liver and neurological problems have been reported by its users. Now, comes along a new report by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that shows that Lipitor(Atorvastin) increases the chances of causing Type II diabetes(T2DM). The phenomenom is noted to be associated with those with risk factors for developing diabetes already such as high cholesterol, high glucose and overweight and obesity. Now, how ironic is that? This has already sent shock waves through the medical world where billions of dollars in pharmaceutical sells are booming in a sluggish economy. But, this is just the tip of the iceberg as litigation with personal injury and medical malpractice cases will burden the already cash strapped medical system News about pancreatic cancer being associated or being caused by drugs that treat type 2 diabetes has arisen. Particularly being named are Byetta, Januviam, Janumet and Victoza. Where are consumers and the sick to go when the very medicine that is supposed to cure them of a disease actually could cause the disease or or worse illness? The healthcare system is broken much further beyond just fiscal responsibility or better admisnistrative leadership. This hits at the crux of medicine, which is "do no harm", by those providers on the clinical frontline. This puts the physicians in the cross hairs of an already litiganous society. What set backs are we to have in the pharmaceutical world. Worse yet, why hasn't oversite on clinical trials been more restrictive and aren't raising the bar on quality assurance. It couldn't be that some in the FDA re partnering with Big Pharma in the fast tracking of potential billion dollar products and nice job positions once they go into the private sector? It is time to look at healthy alternatives to dangerous type 2 drugs such as the herbs Gynemma or Chromium Picolinate for starters. It is time the healthsystem educate the community especially children about diabetes as a consequence of obesity which is due to lack of exerixde, overeating carbohdrates and beverages with high sugars. Bring in the food , beverage and pharmaceutical industry and hold them to a higher standard of production. Because it is there products that are effecting health. Ironically they are creating obesity and diabetes which is more "industry" for one another. This needs to be scrutinized by an outside independent group as well as the Inspector General. Heathcare costs are spiraling out of control, yet the foods, beverage and pharmaceutical industry are contributing to it. Its time to rethink our model and go to the crux of the problem-greed in the system.