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Identifying the Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

We've all heard that many prescription drugs can become addictive. In fact, many legal prescription drugs can be just as addictive (if not more so) as hardcore illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Some of the most addictive prescription drugs on the market today include:

Pethidine
Also known as Demerol, pethidine is in the opioid classification of drugs. Because of the rapid onset of pethidine it's more likely to be abused than other prescription opioids. Side effects include hypotension (low blood pressure), respiratory system problems, and dizziness. For those who are chronically addicted to pethidine, convulsive seizures are a big risk, as are chest pains, tremors, and fainting.

Oxycodone
Probably one of the most well known, and publicized addictive drugs, Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid. Generally prescribed for pain that is mild to intense, it is highly addictive. The side effects are quite severe, and can include tremors, an irregular heartbeat, vomiting, and itching and/or redness of the skin.

Local doctor studies the effect of common medicines and supplements on pancreatic cancer

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

One in three people will be affected by cancer.  Those odds are chilling – actually, they’re downright terrifying.  How can a disease that touches so many of us still be so difficult to treat? Shouldn’t a common disease have a common treatment?

Dr. Maher Nashed has seen cancer patients benefit from common medicines and supplements – many of them available over the counter.  He has been approved to study the effects of these medicines on Stage IV Pancreatic cancer patients.  The patient must no longer be receiving chemotherapy or other treatment to participate in the study.  This is a 6 week study and the medications will be provided by Dr. Nashed in either his Middletown, DE or Elkton, MD office.  In previous patients these medications resulted in a decrease in tumor markers and a significant decrease in pain and pain medication.  

Dr. Nashed is not an oncologist, he is an allergist – and has seen allergy medications (and other common supplements) have a positive effect on cancer.  He has been passionate about finding treatments for cancer since his sister passed away 36 years ago.  So why didn’t he go into oncology?  Because Dr. Nashed, a deeply religious Christian, believes God led him into his current specialty for a reason. Indeed, most oncologists would not even consider that cancer could be fought using simple OTC medicines and common prescriptions.

The Joys of CrossFit Nation - Melanie's Story

Melanie's Story

My Crossfit Journey began in April 2010 with my neighbor Diane saying that she loved the new gym she was going to.  So much so that she was getting up everyday at 5:30AM.  I thought to myself, ‘How does she get up that early?’  Diane then said, “You should come one day with us, we are going at 3:30 PM this Friday.”  In my head I was thinking, “maybe I should give this a shot.” I was feeling a bit anxious and I came up with an excuse to not go that Friday.  (At that time, I would not have called it an excuse, but I do now.)  As soon as I made the decision not to go that Friday, I could not help but to feel some draw to the gym.  So in the same conversation that I gave my excuse to Diane, I said “Hold me to going next Friday.”  And Diane did and thank God that she did.  That Friday, April 2, 2010 began my Crossfit Journey and a major lifestyle change.

I drove to the gym that Friday feeling a bit anxious but excited.  I really had no idea what to expect.  That day only Diane and Jamie were at the gym, so I think I had a really good initiation into the gym.  Aaron was there that day and they really tailored the workout to my abilities (which was nothing at the time).  I have some interesting memories of that first workout.  I remember I was using a PVC pipe to practice my weightlifting moves and I thought that was difficult, as I had no idea how to keep my form.  But through the whole workout, Aaron was patient and really good at explaining what I should be doing.  He was also very encouraging.  I also remember doing a lot of box jumps.  I was dying on a 6 inch box.  As I looked at Jamie and Diane, they were on the 24 inch box.  I thought how in the world are they jumping that high, repetitively.  Towards the end of the workout, I was actually stepping on that 6 inch box.  After the workout I was tired but I felt really good about making the first step toward a more healthy life.  The workout was modified enough that I felt my muscles were worked but not overwhelmed!  So as I drove away I thought I can do this!  So Diane and I made plans to go on Monday morning at 5:30 AM. 

So Monday morning came and that was going to be my first meeting and workout with  Leah.  Diane picked me up at 5:10AM that Monday morning.  I slept horribly that night as I kept thinking I was going to oversleep and not hear my alarm clock.  My kids had previously been my alarm clock.  I got up and got dressed and was ready to go.  We get to the gym and the “workout of the day” or in Crossfit lingo, WOD, was Black Jack.  For those of you unfamiliar with this workout, you start with 20 push-ups and 1 sit-up, go to 19 push-ups and 2 sit-ups, and then work your way down/up to 1 push-up and 20 sit-ups.  Without a moment of thought, the modification for me was to start at 11 push-ups and 10 sit-ups.  Let me just say, I was dying by the end of my “half” workout. At some point, Leah had to stand on my feet to give me more leverage.   Most of the workout I felt like I was going to vomit!  But in that same nauseous moment, I felt my body coming back alive.  I was having an epiphany.  This was something that I was going to do!  I was instantly addicted and I was going to make Crossfit apart of my life. 

Couch Potatoes of the Mid-Shore: I’m abdicating my presidency!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

I don’t understand folks who love to exercise – I just don’t get it. I’d rather curl up with a book, personally!  I have friends that run marathons (??????) and others who just (JUST)run a mile or two at a time. More and more friends are becoming addicted to CrossFIt in Easton – and from the looks of them – it really WORKS! 

These girl-friends must know something – because they seem happier and healthier in their daily life – and look fantastic in those “little black dresses”.  It might just be time for me to re-think my diet and fitness lifestyle.  (Nothing like a January cliché, no?)

Apparently the diet and fitness routine of my first 35 years (and pre-children) does NOT hold up to time and gravity.  Unfortunately it’s taken me over ten years to come to this conclusion.  I’m a fantastic procrastinator! 

Today I researched Weight Watchers and calculated how many points I’m allowed per day.  I then figured out the point value of the food I eat regularly - which turned out to be about 4-6 times the number of daily points I’m SUPPOSED to consume.

Oops.

Take THAT, Kidney Stones!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

I’m a natural healer kind of gal. I believe in alternative medicine, herbs and healing foods. So when I suddenly found myself bent double in agony, I did what any self-actualized, natural healer would do.

I went to the Emergency Room for some kick-ass pain killers. 

The hospital visit started out great, as visits go. First  - there was NO ONE in the ER!!!  The lady at reception got my name and address, gave me a better puke bucket, and sent me to the triage nurse.  The nurse listened to my tale of immediate and incredible pain and said “You’ve got kidney stones.” Then the angel of mercy took me immediately to a cubicle and started an IV so she could give me some pain relief! Ok, it took her three sticks and I’ve got some nice bruises – but she still gets a gold star from me!

Unfortunately, the pain relief was over-rated. It took the pain down a (small) notch, but my head was swimming nicely. Soon I had anti-nausea drugs, more pain relief and a couple of other things I don’t remember.  Still had a great deal of pain – but was happy to lay there contemplating my existence – in between teeth chattering chills.  

The doctor finally came in and announced I had a 6mm stone in the urethra, and more in my kidneys. Wonderful. He then announced that people usually couldn’t pass anything over 4-5mm. He said this to my shaking, chattering body. He gave me a handful of prescriptions and the name of a urologist to contact in the next day or so – AND SENT ME HOME!!

By the time we arrived home all the pain relief had worn out and I was in agony again.  I drank more water and took the prescribed medicines, praying for relief. 

Shore Health System April Classes and Screenings

April 2010 Events

Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings

Every Monday through Thursday, except holidays, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Diagnostic and Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton. FREE. Sponsored by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. No appointment needed.

Every Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Dorchester General Hospital, main lobby, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. FREE. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary. No appointment needed.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Day and evening appointments available at Shore Regional Breast Center, Memorial Hospital, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton. Open to uninsured or underinsured women, aged 20-39 and over 64, who meet income guidelines. Call 410-820-9400 to schedule an appointment.

Support Groups         

Cancer Support Groups  

Meetings held at Shore Regional Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.  New members pre-register by calling 1-888-806-0756. FREE.  Sponsored by The Wellness Community-Delmarva and Shore Regional Cancer Center.

Public Safety Workers Find Comfort with Their Chiropractor

(January 15, 2010; Chester) A study of public safety personnel placed under chiropractic care reveals and improvement in the overall health of these workers.

Changes in Physical State and Self-Perceptions in Domains of Health Related Quality of Life among Public Safety Personnel Undergoing Chiropractic Care – authored by Spartanburg, SC Drs. Wesley McAllister and W.R. Boone – was published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. The firefighters , emergency and public utility workers who took part in the study averaged 5.5 months of chiropractic care. The patients ranged in age from mid-20’s to the late-60’s. They were assessed on a weekly basis and adjusted when necessary.

The research demonstrated that chiropractic care coincided with a decrease in back pain and other physical ailments after a relatively short period of time. The research also revealed that the patients themselves gave their general health and well-being a higher rating following care.

“Even in the short term, chiropractic care benefited the health of the study group,” commented Dr. John Jennings, a Chester-based chiropractor. “The study depicts the workers’ significant physical improvements and enhanced self-perceptions of their overall wellness – combining one’s physical, mental and emotional status,” added Jennings.

Shore Health System February Events and Classes

February 2010 Event/Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings

Every Monday through Thursday, except holidays, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Diagnostic and Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton. FREE. Sponsored by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. No appointment needed.

Every Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Dorchester General Hospital, main lobby, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. FREE. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary. No appointment needed.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Day and evening appointments available at Shore Regional Breast Center, Memorial Hospital, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton. Open to uninsured or underinsured women, aged 20-39 and over 64, who meet income guidelines. Call 410-820-9400 to schedule an appointment.

Support Groups         

Cancer Support Groups  

Breast Center Visits Talbot YMCA

On Monday, October 19, Shore Regional Breast Center staff will visit the YMCA of Talbot County to provide information about breast health. Nurses and educators from the Breast Center will be available throughout the day beginning at 5:30 a.m. to offer free information about breast self-examination, mammograms and the latest developments in breast cancer prevention and treatment.

Shore Regional Breast Center is located at The Memorial Hospital at Easton. Services available include digital mammography, stereotactic and ultrasound guided core biopsies and fine needle aspirations as well as surgical services. The Breast Center’s genetic counseling program provides guidance for women who have been assessed to be at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. The Wellness for Women program offers monthly screening mammograms and clinical breast exams at Shore Regional Breast Center for minority women and those who are medically underserved, uninsured and underinsured.

The YMCA of Talbot County is located at 202 Peach Blossom Road in Easton. For more information about Shore Regional Breast Center, call 410 820-1000 or visit www.shorehealth.org/services/breastcenter.

 

Eight-Year Old’s Chronic Earaches Helped by Chiropractic Care

Local Doctor Points to Hopeful Case Study Result

         (August 15, 2009, Chester, Md.).   Chiropractic care is often thought of by the public only in terms of relief from back and neck pain, but doctors of chiropractic have long espoused the health benefits received by patients for a wide variety of ailments.

          “There are certainly no guarantees with any course of care,” said Dr. John Jennings, a Kent Island-based chiropractor who strives to keep current with the latest research and developments in health and wellness.   “And every case depends on the specific factors associated with that case.  But we see, from time to time, individual case studies that give rise to hope for many.”

          Dr. Jennings cited a recent case study by two colleagues involving an 8-year old female suffering from chronic earaches, headaches, and sinus pain.

          “Aside from the common cold, ear infections are probably the most frequently diagnosed ailment among children,” said Dr. Jennings.  “This particular patient had undergone multiple emergency room visits, two surgeries on her ear drums and one surgery on her sinuses, and several rounds of antibiotic treatment, all to no avail.”

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