Harmful Drugs for Asthma

This is an update for my post on asthma and natural solutions. I was reading in the paper an AP article about the FDA investigating suicide risks of some drugs. Terribly scary thought by the way! What caught my eye was the mention of drugs for asthma on that list. Now I have mentioned that I think there are other ways to treat asthma that can help you control it, but this added strength to that argument. The article talks about 2 cases of suicide by really normal people for no apparent reason. One of them was a 15 old that was using Singulair for his allergies. His doctor assured the mother that once-a-day Singulair was better than his previous drug, so they didn’t make a connection between the drug and him becoming moody and anxious after taking it. 2 weeks later he had hanged himself in a closet.

The article says that:

“Until now, the Food and Drug Administration’s attention to the suicide risks of medications has focused on psychiatric drugs, such as antidepressants prescribed to youngsters. But this year, officials unexpectedly broadened their concerns to include a medication for asthma, drugs for controlling seizures and even one for quitting smoking.”

“….experts say the safety alarms point to a gap in the FDA’s knowledge of how drugs affect the brain.”

The article went on to say that 2 months after the incident with the 15 year old;

“Singulair updated its prescribing literature to report that some patients had experienced sucidal thinking and behavior.”

Aren’t we expecting too much from drugs? They are not always the cure-all for every ill we experience. Couldn’t it just be we need to rethink our lifestyle choices and become better consumers when we have to use drugs? I know there are benefits of certain drugs but are we testing them enough? Are we doing enough research on drugs that doctors recommend for us before we start taking them?

I don’t have the answers to all those questions, but when there is the least amount of uncertainty to the benefits of a drug, maybe we ought to go a little more slowly and if we aren’t in a life threatening situation then maybe there is a natural solution to our problems that we ought to pursue instead.


Vertigo Exercises

This is the second part to my “Learning to Deal with Vertigo” blog. I hope I can effectively describe the exercises I was given by the clinic on balance without having any visuals. It might be a bit of a stretch but I will try. They are rather simple and can be done on a couch or a bed. Start by sitting on the edge near the middle of the couch. Sit up straight with both feet firmly on the ground. Now turn your head and look directly over your left shoulder. Quickly fall onto your right shoulder on the couch. (Do not try to control the fall but rather drop hard and fast without support of your arms). Looking up at the ceiling you should experience vertigo and the feel of the room moving. Try to stay focused on one spot until the moving or vertigo stops or mostly stops, you might also experience some nausea so wait until that seems to subside. Then, quickly sit up keeping your head turned over your left shoulder. When you are fully upright, slowly turn your head to the center or forward position. Now repeat for the other side. Turn your head and look over your right shoulder and quickly fall onto your left shoulder. Stay in this position until the vertigo passes then come to an upright position. Repeat these exercises 10 times on each side. Do these exercises everyday until you notice the vertigo on each fall diminishing. Even though I no longer experience vertigo I still go to bed and get up each morning doing these exercises. I simply do them to lower and raise myself from a lying position.

Vertigo is such a debilitating condition and illness that  I hope  these exercises give you hope to be able to control yours in the future.