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Alcohol a Bigger Threat to Society Than Heroin

Alcohol is perfectly legal in this country, and well it should be. When used responsibly, it should be okay to enjoy a few drinks if that’s you’re thing.

But, when you take the public’s view of alcohol and compare it to how they perceive illicit drugs, there seems to be something askew.

I’m not here to advocate drug use, but maybe to just put a little proper perspective on the dangers of alcohol compared to illegal drugs. It’s socially acceptable to enjoy a few drinks, and even when it gets out of hand, it’s often not taken seriously. We see all kinds of light-hearted, funny commercials about how guys have irrational urges to corral a six pack of Bud Light, the latest being a guy who is scared out of his mind of bungee jumping, but at the first sight of alcohol below, he takes the plunge. Funny, but Budweiser does seem to enjoy making guys look like hopeless alcoholics.

If we saw a similar commercial for marijuana, the public reaction would be, by and large, quite different. But should it be?
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Woman Sues Relacore Because She Gained Weight

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of allowing a woman to move forward with a class-action lawsuit against the makers of Relacore. Melissa Lee claims that she actually got fatter while taking the weight-loss supplement.

In court filings, Lee claims that she took Relacore for about four months and gained weight during that time. She contends that the makers of Relacore, Lee Carter-Reed Company, made false claims about the product in advertisements.

Before the Supreme Court’s ruling, a trial court and a state appeals court both denied Lee’s attempts to gain class-action status.
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Avandia Heavily Restricted by FDA

Diabetes DrugIn July, it looked like the Food and Drug Administration was going to be Avandia’s saving grace, when a 33-person panel voted to allow the diabetes medication to stay on the market. Many felt the decision would stave off litigation against its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline. But today, the agency announced a heavy restriction Avandia, although they will not be pulling the drug off the U.S. market. The European Medicines Agency, FDA’s counterpart in the EU, has decided to ban the drug.

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Miss USA Tara Conner’s Diet

Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner

Former Miss USA, Tara Conner has spoken publicly about her drug addiction, which at its peak, meant popping upwards of 30 pills a day following her pageant crown.

Conner was awarded the title in 2006, but almost immediately reports began surfacing of her alleged drug and alcohol use. After testing positive for cocaine, Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss USA organization, gave the beautiful but troubled young woman a second chance as long as she cleaned up her act in rehab. Without hesitation, Conner entered into a treatment facility and got sober.

While many people who use drugs to lose weight become underweight and malnourished because of the stimulatory and appetite-suppressing effects of the drugs, Conner has never commented on whether drugs had anything to do with her thin physique or whether diet supplements were part of her drug repertoire. But she does admit that after years of using drugs to find her identity, she was numb to food.
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Fast Food Restaurants Should Offer Free Cholesterol Medication

Researchers at Imperial College London are suggesting that fast food restaurants could counter the health risks of eating their foods by offering customers free statins, a prescribed drug used to lower cholesterol, with their meals. I know, when I first read that, I thought it was a satire worthy of the pages of The Onion.

But no, the researchers are serious.

Statins are valuable due to their ability to reduce the amount of unhealthy LDL cholesterol in the blood and a person’s risk of having a heart attack.

In their research published in the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr. Darrel Francis and his colleagues calculate that the reduction in cardiovascular risk is enough to counter the increase in heart attack risk from eating fatty fast food.
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