Month: September 1999

UNLOCKING AUTISM – Vaccines/Autism CNN Story to Air

By: Shelley ReynoldsOn Sunday, October 3, 1999, at 9pm est, 8pm cst/pac time, CNN will air astory called “A Question of Harm?” on it’s news magazine, Time/NewsStand.The story has been promoted in this week’s issue of Time Magazine as well.Double check your local listings.The story will feature the Reynolds Family, founders of Unlocking Autism andOpen Your Eyes Autism Awareness project. Aidan and Shelley Reynolds believethat their son, Liam, had an adverse reaction to the MMR vaccination thatresulted in his autism. The piece will document the effect that this hashad on Liam and the family as a whole, as well as highlight the projects theyhave been working on throughout the year in an effort to increase awarenessand make things safer for future families.Unlocking Autism is striving to collect 58,000 pictures of autisticindividuals across the United States and from US Citizens living abroad.The pictures will be arranged in a massive display that will debut at anawareness rally next year in Washington, DC. For more information, regardingthe Open Your Eyes project, contact their website at
Dawn RichardsonPROVE(Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education)NVIC State Communications DirectorP.O. Box 1071Cedar Park, TX 78630-1071(512) 918-8760 @ 20:32 | Article ID: 938568761

Health care’s deadly secret: Accidents routinely happen

By Andrea Gerlin
The Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital is a typical teaching hospital. It is known for cutting-edge research programs, for training medical students and newly graduated doctors, and for providing advanced medical care.
It is also representative of modern American hospitals in another respect: In the last decade alone, records show, hundreds of MCP Hospital patients have been seriously injured, and at least 66 have died after medical mistakes.
The hospital’s internal records cite 598 incidents reported by medical professionals to the hospital administration in the last decade. In some of those cases, patients or survivors were never told that the injuries were caused by medical errors. None of the doctors involved in the incidents was subjected to disciplinary action.
For patients of all ages, serious injury and death caused by medical errors are well-known facts of life in the medical community. But they are rarely reported to the general public.
MCP Hospital’s records came to light only because of bankruptcy proceedings last year, when its new owner publicly filed a detailed account of the 598 incidents reported at the facility from January 1989 through June 1998.
Those numbers mirror what is happening across the country. Lucian Leape, a Harvard University professor who conducted the most comprehensive study of medical errors in the United States, has estimated that one million patients nationwide are injured by errors during hospital treatment each year and that 120,000 die as a result.
That number of deaths is the equivalent of what would occur if a jumbo jet crashed every day; it is three times the 43,000 people killed each year in U.S. automobile accidents.
“It’s by far the number one problem” in health care, said Leape, an adjunct professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Source: Philadelphia Online
Click here for entire article @ 19:37 | Article ID: 938479048

Welcome to Kid’s Day America!

That was what the banners said all across the country on Saturday, September 26th, 1999. Chiropractors, staff, and volunteers worldwide put on events in their communities to help promote a vertebral subluxation free world.

SICA Helpers A child gets checked for subluxation SICA Warriors- Michael and Angie A painted face Some chiropractors love to clown around

In Los Angeles, chapters from the Student International Chiropractors Association (SICA) from both Los Angeles Chiropractic College (LACC) and Cleveland Chiropractic College (CCCLA) teamed up to do their part in serving the community.

Hundreds gathered in the parking lot at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, where spinal screenings and other events were held. Besides the checking of spines for subluxations, there were other events that featured police and fire safety as well as face painting, food & fun. There were also plenty of chiropractic tattoos on hand for the kids.

Thank you to all who participated and a special thanks to Drs. Theresa & Stuart Warner for creating such a wonderful program. Make Kid’s Day America a part of your practice! @ 18:04 | Article ID: 938387082

Antibiotic overuse still a problem, experts say

SAN FRANCISCO — Experts have been pounding the same message over and over again for years – overuse of antibiotics has helped fuel the rise of drug-resistant “superbugs.”
Yet the abuse of antibiotics remains a cause for concern and could even be on the rise, scientists and doctors told a drugs meeting here.
“The prevalence of antibiotic-resistant organisms continues to be a major problem and an increasing problem,” Dr. Thomas Hooten, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, told reporters. “It is hard to break old habits.”
People still have not understood the message that antibiotics are useless against viruses, which cause the majority of colds, flu and related illnesses, Hooten and other experts told a seminar at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco.
The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one-third of the 150 million antibiotic prescriptions written for outpatients every year are unnecessary.
Such misuse of drugs is a major factor in the 50 percent jump in antibiotic-resistant infections over the past 23 years, the CDC says – including the rise of bacteria resistant to all known drugs.
Source: Fox News
Click here for entire article @ 17:39 | Article ID: 938385580

Last Resort Drug Against Worst Bugs

Strongest Antibiotic Approved
From Associated Press
Today, the FDA approved Synercid to treat vancomycin-resistant enterococcal infections, a life-threatening infection that typically strikes hospital patients.
One recent study estimated as many as 52 percent of enterococcal infections are now vancomycin-resistant, making them difficult if not impossible to treat.
The FDA also approved Synercid to treat certain complicated skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly known as staph infections.
But it is not a miracle drug. Synercid doesn’t work as well as existing antibiotics for some infections, scientists have stressed and because bacteria evolve rapidly, Synercid resistance eventually will appear, too. @ 16:06 | Article ID: 937948004

Race is on to make drugs to fight super bugs

For the last 10 years, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere have, according to news stories, been sounding alarms about the growth of antibiotic resistance, a problem that is particularly prevalent in hospitals, where microbes spread quickly and attack the elderly, people with weak immune systems and other vulnerable patients. Drug and biotech companies are, according to these news stories, betting billions on developing new drugs to fight “super bugs.” This is a gamble driven by the rapid rise of bacteria resistant to the more than 150 antibiotics on the market, pharmaceutical industry executives and analysts say.

“The handwriting is on the wall that the situation with drug-resistant germs is getting worse, not better,” said Hambrecht & Quist analyst Richard van den Broek.

FDA APPROVES NEW ANTIBIOTIC; RACE IS ON TO MAKE DRUGS TO FIGHT SUPER BUGS: Click here for complete text of article @ 11:38 | Article ID: 937931916

Drug maker sought sales increase despite evidence

DALLAS (AP) — Despite growing evidence that a link existed between the diet drugs fen-phen and fatal lung disease and heart damage, a maker of one of the drugs lobbied the government to relax limits on its use, The Dallas Morning News reported Monday.
Internal company memos in 1996 indicated that American Home Products knew of illnesses and deaths from the rare lung disease among users of Pondimin, which was part of the fen-phen diet-drug combination, the report said.
In 1997 the company received researchers’ reports of leaky heart valves among fen-phen users, according to the newspaper.
At the same time, the newspaper reported, the Madison, N.J.-based company and its pharmaceutical division, Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, lobbied members of Congress and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to ease restrictions on use of Pondimin and Redux.
Click here for entire article @ 23:09 | Article ID: 937886987

Internet will change doctor-patient relationships

NEW YORK, (Reuters Health) — Just as it revolutionized other industries, the Internet is set to change the face of healthcare as we know it. And perhaps nowhere will the effects be more pronounced than on doctor-patient relationships, a Canadian researcher predicts.
In the September 18th issue of the British Medical Journal, Alejandro R. Jadad of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, outlines 10 key challenges that must be addressed to optimize the doctor-patient relationships of the future.
“Although it is impossible to predict its evolution, recent developments indicate that the Internet will have a profound effect on the way that patients and clinicians interact,” he writes. “It will also foster a new level of knowledge among patients, enable them to have input into making decisions about their healthcare, and allow them to participate in active partners hips with many groups of decision makers.”
Click here for entire article @ 23:04 | Article ID: 937886688

Chiropractic Mission to PANAMA – October 6th – 10th!

By Luis Ocon, D.C.
We have been contacted by the Chamber of Commerce and the Convention Center in Panama advising us of their upcoming Expomedica. Expomedica, is an international event for health care for all Latin American countries, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. It is an event which showcases the latest tech and information on healthcare.

Chiropractic Missions to PanamaWell, we have been invited to be the main attraction to the event. They are not only providing us with the booths needed to showcase Chiropractic information to the general public and healthcare professions but are requesting that we put on a mission concurrently, once again, turning on the power to thousands of not only panamanians but an international group of representatives in various health fields.

Awesome. Yes, but once again we need your help. We need chiropractors to join us and help with the adjusting in addition to the presentations that will be done. A very limited amount of spaces are available. Please contact us by email immediately if you are able to attend.

Love & Light,
Lina & Luis Ocon @ 19:52 | Article ID: 937875120