“I don’t usually eat enough fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, so I take a multivitamin in order to get those vitamins and minerals that I’m missing out on,” said Matthew Gillies, a junior aerospace engineering student. “It’s a quick way to get those necessary vitamins in your diet that I would be getting if I were to eat more fruits and vegetables. A doctor recommended it more when I was younger, and so I’ve kept up with it. I’ve been taking one since I was about 6 years old.” … [Read more...] about Supplements: Are they worth your buck?
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Seeking new patients in Spain, Mundipharma chose ambassadors guaranteed to attract attention: Naked celebrities. A string of topless actors, musicians and models looked into the camera and told fellow Spaniards to stop dismissing aches and pains as a normal part of life. “Don’t resign yourself,” Maria Reyes, a model and former Miss Spain, said in the 2014 television spot. So, don’t expect a guilty conscience to tame Purdue’s addiction to profit. Nor, for that matter, can you trust federal regulators to push back against the pharmaceutical industry’s worst instincts: After lamenting the opioid epidemic on the campaign trail, President Trump appointed an FDA chief who has accepted tens of thousands of dollars from opioid makers — and who condemned the DEA’s crackdown on companies that supply “pill mills” in 2012 as a “war on pharmacies and pain patients.” … [Read more...] about Ohio Sues 5 Drug Companies for Fueling the Opioid Epidemic
Instead, the Republican Party — which owes its grip on federal power to the white, rural counties most ravaged by the opioid crisis — spent most of this year trying to reduce access to addiction treatment, by passing trillion-dollar funding cuts to Medicaid and Obamacare. The former program pays for 44 percent of all addiction treatment in Kentucky; 45 percent in West Virginia; and roughly 50 percent in Ohio. Every Republican senator from those states voted to slash $700 billion from the program anyway — except for Kentucky’s Rand Paul, who opposed that legislation because its Medicaid cuts weren’t nearly steep enough. … [Read more...] about Drug Overdoses Killed 63,600 Americans Last Year