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WAISMANN METHOD

Beverly Hills, Calif. (PRWEB) January 02, 2013

An “abuse-proof” formulation of OxyContin may have helped reduce the number of patients abusing the drug, but Dr. Michael Lowenstein, medical director for WAISMANN METHOD® opiate detoxification and treatment, is voicing alarm at recent data showing it may have consequentially resulted in a sharp increase in heroin and other opioid drug use.

“After the new abuse-resistant OxyContin was released, I expressed concerns that it could encourage patients to migrate to other, sometimes more dangerous opioid drugs,” said Dr. Lowenstein. “Two years later this fear has become a reality, as the New England Journal of Medicine reported a huge increase in high-potency prescription opioids while heroin use nearly doubled. Patient education is more important now than ever before, so we can work to actually help alleviate people of their addictions to opioids rather than replace one narcotic for another.”

The NEJM study scrutinized data from 2,566 patients with opioid dependence, and found that abuse of OxyContin as the primary drug decreased from 35.6 percent to 12.8 percent from July 1, 2009 to March 31, 2012. During the same time period, respondent figures showed a rise in use of opioids, like hydrocodone and oxycodone, and powerful opioids, like fentanyl and hydromorphone, which rose from 20.1 percent to 32.3 percent. Data collected from WAISMANN METHOD® patients between January and December 2011 also showed similar trends. During this time, there was an 80 percent decrease in the number of patients treated for OxyContin dependency compared to those in 2010. At the same time, oxycodone patients treated at the facility went up by 35 percent.

According to the NEJM study, heroin was the most common opioid being used among the 66 percent who indicated they had switched after the abuse-resistant OxyContin was released. Qualitative responses from the study indicated many patients who switched to heroin did so because it was easier to obtain and more economical than prescription drugs. One participant said, “Most people that I know don’t use OxyContin to get high anymore. They have moved on to heroin [because] it is easier to use, much cheaper and easily available.”

“We want patients struggling with opioid addiction to know that there are true solutions, and that they don’t have to continue to put their lives in danger by using prescription painkillers or switching to illicit street drugs like heroin,” continued Dr. Lowenstein. “Abuse-resistant drugs are not the answer, and we in the medical community have a responsibility to do more for our patients so they can eventually live drug-free lives.”

For more information about WAISMANN METHOD® treatment and detoxification please visit opiates.com. For interviews contact Nicolette Surh at 877-975-3423 or send an email to Nicolette(at)rkpr(dot)net.

About WAISMANN METHOD® Treatment

WAISMANN METHOD® opiate treatment and detox is a safe and proven protocol for opiate dependency that utilizes the most advanced medical and psychological techniques available. Together Michael H. Lowenstein M.D., Clifford Bernstein M.D. and Clare Waismann, Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) created a treatment protocol based on a foundation of safety, success and respect. Our detoxification and aftercare programs are customized to each patient’s individual needs and dependency history, combining the most advanced medical treatment with personalized assessment and aftercare. From rapid opiate detoxification under sedation, to medically assisted detoxification and managed care at Domus Retreat, our doctors, therapists and staff work with patients to create personalized treatment and aftercare plans that ensure a healthy and effective transition to life without opiates. WAISMANN METHOD® patients achieve an extraordinarily high success rate because the treatment doesn’t take a cookie cutter approach to addressing opiate dependency. We always put treatment and care over blame and punishment. For more information, please visit opiates.com.

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Lawyer Warns of Medical Evidence Showing Increased Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death due to Antipsychotic Medication Use


Harlingen, Tx (PRWEB) June 09, 2013

Today, Harlingen Attorney Ricardo A. Barrera posted an article on his popular website blog about the alleged connection between sudden cardiac death (SCD) and prescribed antipsychotic medication such as Zyprexa, Haldol, Risperdal and others.

“These drugs apparently raise the risk of sudden cardiac arrest by three times,” comments Mr. Barrera. “This is unacceptable.”

Citing Dr. Audrey Uy-Evanado who reported at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver (Clinical Psychiatric News, May 24th, 2013), Barrera wrote that these medications have a three-time increased risk factor for SCD over those who are not on such medications. Dr. Uy-Evanado, with of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, based her remarks on the ongoing Oregon Sudden Unexplained Death Study. Clinical Psychiatric News reported “In a multivariate logistic regression analysis adjusted for age, gender, and comorbidities, having schizophrenia was not associated with an increased risk of SCD. However, patients on a first-generation antipsychotic agent had a 3.76-fold increased risk of SCD (P = .0002), and those on a second-generation antipsychotic drug had a 3.3-fold increased risk.”

Barrera suggests that families who have lost members to SCD who were also on antipsychotics, to consider contacting an attorney to discuss the merits of a legal case.

ABOUT RICARDO BARRERA

Ricardo A. Barrera is a South Texas attorney that currently practices law in the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Barrera graduated with honors from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he was also elected student body president. Mr. Barrera went on to graduate from Texas Tech University School of Law where he won a national championship on moot court. Mr. Barrera has been commended by both the Texas House of Representatives and his U.S. Congressman for working above and beyond to help others in defending their rights.







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Doctors on Liens Adds Multispecialty Medical Group in Riverside Bringing Top Orthopedists, Pain Management Physicians, and More to the Network.


Riverside, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2015

Doctors on Liens has filled a major need for injury victims in Riverside and the Inland Empire at large. People involved in major accidents often suffer from a wide range of complex injuries, and need a diverse team of physicians and therapists to aid in their recovery. That’s why the addition of RMS Medical Group is critical to achieve the network’s goal of helping injury victims throughout Southern California. RMS Medical Group brings a team specializing in workers’ compensation and personal injury care including:


    Medical Doctors
    Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons
    Pain Management
    Internal Medicine
    Occupational Medicine
    Chiropractors
    Registered Physical Therapists

Says Doctors on Liens President, Samantha Parker, “The Inland Empire has been a difficult place for personal injury and workers’ comp patients to find top tier doctors working on a lien basis. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with RMS Medical Group. All the people here in Riverside in need of a great doctor who work on a lien basis are now going to get the help they desperately need.”

Doctors on Liens is an innovator in the medical lien specialty referral industry and has forged close relationships with both legal firms and medical practices over the past 20 years. Doctors on Liens features medical specialties including board certified orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, general practitioners, psychologists, and chiropractors. Each medical office is independently owned and operated and all appointments can be conveniently scheduled directly with the facility.

Doctors on Liens lists medical professionals who offer medical services on a lien basis in Southern California, Central California, and Nevada.







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New MedixSafe Alert – Ambulances Must Have A Medical Safe, Narcotics Cabinet, or Drug Locker


Memphis, TN (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

In many states and counties across the country, narcotics safes are required for proper storage of necessary life saving drugs. This requirement is for the safety of the patients and staff. Unfortunately there is still a high number of ambulances without proper security procedures.

In extreme cases it is an EMT who steals the narcotics and even replaces the vital pain killers with saline. Later, the patient needing urgent relief receives none. As seen in the case in Baraboo, Wisconsin last November. According to court documents, officials at the ambulance service contacted police after noticing four vials of the painkiller Dilaudid went missing from a supply closet. When interviewed by the detective, documents state, he took drugs from the cabinet about 10 times, and that he typically would replace what he took with saline or Benadryl.

Last week, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, a bag of medical supplies were stolen from a Robeson County ambulance. Responders were inside a home tending to a patient when the theft took place. The bag has been recovered and two people have been charged for the theft,

MedixSafe offers solutions that can prevent narcotics theft in Ambulances by offering high tech narcotics cabinets. The MedixSafe product is available in 5 different sizes and many different configurations including; Biometrics, PIN, Proximity Card, Wi-Fi, Wall Mount, and Separate Compartments.

The MedixSafe M1 is the ambulance trade’s first, simplest dual access security solution. Incorporating both proximity card readers and PIN pads, M1 technologies allow for individual accountability and automated recordkeeping – assuring compliance with new, stricter regulations.

The MedixSafe Biometric M2 is the ambulance trade’s most technologically-advanced Triple Access Security Solution. The revolutionary M2 is equipped with a stand-alone networkable TCP/IP based controller and is designed to require combinations of fingerprint, PIN and Proximity Card for access.

Keys or PIN numbers alone are no longer enough to ensure security and accountability for emergency narcotics access. Across the country, controlled substance inventory loss is having a critical impact on patient care, staff integrity, liability, and the bottom line. This has led to new regulatory demands for an access audit trail – MedixSafe not only enforces authorized access, it tracks access for unprecedented accountability. MedixSafe offers unique, field-tested security technologies to meet those demands.

For more information about MedixSafe visit http://www.medixsafe.com or call 855-MEDIXSAFE.

Sources:

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Recent Reports State That 19 Million Americans Abuse Prescription Drugs; FDA and Novus Medical Detox Agree That Education is Needed


New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 46 Americans die every day from prescription drug overdose, which adds up to about 17,000 deaths annually. The reports also state that poisonings by drug overdose have tripled over the past 30 years. (1) Novus Medical Detox, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage drug abuse patients, states that the reason behind the high number of fatalities lies in inadequate drug education.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carries this same belief, and has responded by implementing a new drug education program. The program seeks to educate doctors who prescribe these highly-addictive painkillers, as well as the patients who are taking them. The program’s mission is “to teach doctors about proper opiate prescribing for pain patients to minimize the risks of diversion and addiction.” (4)

The United Nation’s World Drug Report 2014 stated that in 2012, 6.1% (19 million) of Americans abused prescription opioids, including morphine, codeine, OxyContin and Vicodin. This figure categorizes the United States as a country that abuses prescription drugs more than any other country in the world. (2) In an effort to lower the number of people harmed by these drugs, Novus warns Americans to exercise caution when receiving a new prescription from a physician, and to ask questions related to its side effects.

“Intentionally or not, Americans may be underestimating the highly addictive nature of drugs such as opioids,” stated Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon. “It may start as nothing more than filling a prescription for legitimate pain, but overdose may result when a patient seeks to elicit a stronger high from these drugs.”

Novus recommends that the following steps be taken when being prescribed a new medication (3):

●    Be sure that the prescription comes from a trusted physician;

●    Only use the medication as prescribed;

●    Ask the physician about the medicine and its effects;

●    Conduct your own research about the drug’s effects; and

●    Be prepared—ask your doctor what to do if one becomes addicted.

All of these tips are important to heed before a patient starts to take a medication, because addiction may begin with the patient being unaware of a medication’s initial effects. This patient may begin to take pills more liberally than prescribed, and the dangers of addiction do not lie far behind.

Runyon maintains that comprehensive drug education, starting in grade school and continuing throughout adult life to physician visits, can help to significantly reduce the number of Americans addicted to such drugs.

While new preventative measures are being taken, Novus recommends looking out for the following symptoms or behaviors (but not limited to), if someone suspects that a loved one is abusing pain reliever prescription drugs (5):

●    Nausea, drowsiness;

●    Mood swings and anxiety;

●    Slowed reactions, movement and breathing;

●    Jittery or secretive; and/or

●    Neglect of work/school responsibilities.

Runyon advises those who are dependent upon any abusive substance(s) to seek out safe, medically-supervised detox programs, and to use those with integrated medicine that allows the detox process to be as comfortable as possible.

For more information on Novus Medical Detox’s addiction and detox programs, visit http://www.NovusDetox.com.

About Novus Medical Detox Center:

Novus Medical Detox Center offers safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programs in a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an inpatient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medication, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment—putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, cable television, and high-speed Internet access. For more information, visit http://www.novusdetox.com.

1.Hutchins, Sarah. “Drug Overdose: Prescription Painkillers Poison 46 Americans Every Day.” Liberty Voice, 20 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. guardianlv.com/2014/07/drug-overdose-prescription-painkillers-poison-46-americans-every-day/.

2.Blake, Matthew. “Extent of US Dependency on Prescription Drugs Revealed: UN Report Shows 6% of American Adults Hooked on Pills.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 07 July 2014. Web. 21 July 2014. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2683318/Extent-US-dependency-prescription-drugs-revealed-UN-report-shows-6-American-adults-hooked-pills.html.

3.Winkel, Bethany. “Avoiding Prescription Drug Abuse—Treatment Solutions.” Treatment Solutions. N.p., 11 Feb. 2010. Web. 23 July 2014. treatmentsolutions.com/avoiding-prescription-drug-abuse/.

4.Sack, David. “FDA Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Hits—and Misses—the Mark—Addiction Recovery.” Addiction Recovery with David Sack, M.D. Psych Central.com, 7 July 2014. Web. 22 July 2014. blogs.psychcentral.com/addiction-recovery/2014/07/fda-prescription-drug-abuse-plan-hits-and-misses-the-mark/.

5.“Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.” Narconon International, n.d. Web. 22 July 2014. narconon.org/drug-abuse/signs-symptoms-pain-relievers.html.







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Can Sleeping Pills Cause Chronic Fatigue?; polyDNA Reviews the Medical Literature


Rochester, NY (PRWEB) June 16, 2014

polyDNA’s most recent survey, taken in June 2014, showed that 45% of respondents wanted to know if their prescription sleeping pills or other tranquilizers could cause chronic fatigue. The answer is yes. Studies show that a common side effect of these drugs is a feeling of physical and mental fatigue. (See the AARP, from June 12, 2012) (1) Drugs used to treat anxiety disorders, agitation muscle spasms, and insomnia are called benzodiazepines, or more commonly, tranquilizers or sleeping pills. “Benzodiazepines can cause sedation and fatigue by dampening activity in key parts of the central nervous system (CNS). People who take a benzodiazepine for more than two or three weeks may develop a tolerance to the drug, and over time may need to take increasing doses to achieve the same effect, only worsening their fatigue. Long-term effects also may include muscle weakness. It’s important to remember that it takes older people up to three times longer than younger people to flush these drugs out of their bodies. The ensuing buildup of the drug in the body puts older people at a much higher risk for experiencing fatigue and for developing physical or psychological dependence. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can also cause fatigue.” (1) These drugs can also weaken the immune system. “Sedation agents have clearly been shown to alter cellular function and other mediators of the immune system.” (See The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, from January 2014) (2) This weakening of the immune system can allow latent viral infections, with viruses such as EBV, CMV, HCV, etc. to increase in number and cause a feeling of physical and mental weakness and fatigue.

polyDNA recommends that people take Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin against latent viruses that can cause fatigue. The formula of these natural antiviral products was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin formula is effective against EBV and other viruses. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs. Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with the (EBV and other viruses)…reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (3) The study authors also wrote that, “We observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (3) In addition, this natural antiviral was recently proven to reduce mental and physical fatigue in a post-marketing clinical study that followed FDA guidelines.

Both products can be ordered online on the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin websites.

Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

Which sleeping pills can cause fatigue?

There are many. They include alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan) and temazepam (Restoril). (1) Individuals can check if their sleeping pills cause fatigue by inserting the name of the drug in the search bar located here: http://www.drugs.com.

What evidence shows that sleeping pills and other tranquilizers weaken the immune system?

The drug classes mentioned above, “Analgesic and sedation agents have clearly been shown to alter cellular function and other mediators of the immune system.” (1) Moreover, another study showed that “the immune system and blood vessels can be adversely affected to a greater extent by short-term chronic administration of alprazolam (Xanax). (See Interdisciplinary Toxicology, from September 2011) (4)

How is a weak immune system linked to fatigue?

According to Dr. Hanan Polansky’s theory of Microcompetition, the decrease in the immune system will increase the number of latent viruses in these patients. One typical virus that infects most people is the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). Research shows that in high concentrations, these viruses cause fatigue. Therefore, polyDNA suggests reducing the numbers of latent viruses in the body to reduce physical and mental fatigue. Individuals can read more about Dr. Polansky’s theory here: http://www.cbcd.net.

Suppressing the immune system can also lead to a reactivation of latent viruses in the body. This further weakening of the immune system can allow an infection with a latent virus, such as with EBV, to create conditions favorable to viral reactivation and even more intense feelings of fatigue. In fact, the virus itself is responsible for feelings of “extreme fatigue.” (See the CDC, last updated January 7, 2014) (5)

polyDNA recommends that individuals who take prescription sleeping pills or other tranquilizers also take Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirin against latent viruses, such as EBV.

To view the entire paper on Gene-Eden-VIR and the Novirin formula and fatigue, visit: http://cbcd.net/Gene-Eden-VIR-Decreases-Fatigue-Clinical-Study.php.

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References:

(1) 9 Types of Medications That Can Lead to Chronic Fatigue. Published on June 12, 2012.

http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-06-2012/medications-that-cause-chronic-fatigue.3.html

(2) Immunosuppressive aspects of analgesics and sedatives used in mechanically ventilated patients: an underappreciated risk factor for the development of ventilator-associated pneumonia in critically ill patients. Published in January 2014.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24259637

(3) Gene-Eden-VIR is Antiviral: Results of a Post marketing clinical study. Published in September 2013.

http://cbcd.net/Gene-Eden-VIR-Clinical-Study.php

(4) Differential effects of alprazolam and clonazepam on the immune system and blood vessels of non-stressed and stressed adult male albino rats. Published in September 2011.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3203915/

(5) CDC – Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis.

http://www.cdc.gov/epstein-barr/

polyDNA is a biotechnology company that develops dietary supplements using the unique scientific method developed by Dr. Hanan Polansky, which is based on Computer Intuition.

In addition to his unique scientific method, Dr. Polansky published the highly acclaimed scientific discovery, called Microcompetition with Foreign DNA. The discovery explains how foreign DNA fragments, and specifically, DNA of latent viruses, cause most major diseases.

polyDNA developed Gene-Eden-VIR, an antiviral natural remedy that helps the immune system kill latent viruses.