Saturday, November 26, 2011

Looking for a Herbalife Distributor?

I am sure that you have at least heard of Herbalife at some point in your lifetime. They are a global nutrition and weight management company that sells their products exclusively through independent distributors around the world. Not only do they sell nutritional products, they also offer many people to become independent business owners.

The below video will explain how distributors can maximize their internet visibility through Google searches. Herbalife has been around a very long time and has designed a plan that distributors can follow in order to be successful in their businesses. I am not a Herbalife Distributor, but I am very familiar with the way that independent distribution businesses work; in order for others to be successful, you must have a solid foundation and a workable plan. This video demonstrates how to position yourself and your business in a higher ranking position in Google. So, if you are looking for a distributer or looking to purchase products, then be sure to check out the video.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cipro Poisoning Sucks!

So, I guess there are two things bothering me today:

1. Cipro poisoning SUCKS! I know that I should be grateful for the improvements that I have made, and I AM however, I am still so irritated that my body has been so compromised by Cipro. The fact that they continually dispense this drug without informing the patient of the potential side effects is criminal!

Of course, my small improvement of being able to slightly bend my toes caused me to test my limits and try to walk and dance like a normal person. That would be USING my toes and pushing off with my toes as opposed to walking and dancing on my heels. That unfortunately led to a bit of a toe injury on my right foot, yup, the BIG TOE! Ugh, wonder how long it will take that to heal?

2. I hate the inflammation underneath the skin that causes the skin itself to be so tender that you don't want to sit or lie on it. The back of my thighs are killing me today, thank God it seems to be an intermittent side effect. It is so strange because een the slightest touch makes them feel as tough they are on fire! It has been long 5 months now.

So that being said, I hope those of you that have never been effected by Cipro, Levaquinn, Avelox, or any other floroquinolone, take my advice and steer clear of this poison! For those of you in the same boat or worse off, my best wishes to you and I hope you are having one of those "good" days!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Staying organized everywhere

Guest post written by Penny Stone

It's a constant struggle for my household to stay organized. But with four kids, I guess that's no surprise. I have my faults when it comes to that too. So I decided that we would spend a weekend organizing the house and maybe if we all put work into it, we would like to keep it that way.

While I was online looking for some tips online about how to get kids organized and stay organized, I saw some info on Sears Countertop Replacement. It ends up that once we cleaned up the countertop in our kitchen, it looked pretty old. It's funny how doing one thing in your home reminds you that you need to address other areas in your home, too.

My one area of focus, though, was garage storage. That's where we really needed it. All of the kids toys are just thrown around in there and I'm always tripping over them to get to my car in the mornings. But that problem is hopefully resolved now. Or at least I'm hoping that it will stay resolved since I made the kids go through all of that trouble.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Beware of the Antibiotic Cipro!

I am writing this article based on my own personal experience. I am hoping to bring awareness of the side effects of the antibiotic Cipro or Ciprofloxin. I understand that Levoquin and Avelox have the same side effects.

I will preface this article with the knowledge that I have been dancing regularly, 4-5 times a week for 3 years and that dancing is not a new activity for me.

On April 16th, 2010 I started taking Cipro for a bladder infection. On April 17th, 2010 we taught a 4 1/2 hour dance workshop, something we do every other weekend. On April 18th, 2010 I could barely walk. Upon getting out of bed, my feet felt as though I were walking on razor blades and the joints, muscles and tendon in my legs were in excruciating pain. As the day progressed, the pain remained and I was puzzled as to how the workshop could possibly be responsible for my inability to walk. I continued taking Cipro.
On April 19th, 2010 I awoke with the same pain, plus additional hip pain. I just kept thinking that something was really odd and that this leg pain could not possibly be from dancing. That evening I started getting sharp, stabbing pains in my left leg. I began to wonder if I could possibly have a blood clot, so I went to the internet to look up the side effects of Cipro. While I was pleased to realize I didn't have a blood clot, I was appalled that my muscle, joint and tendon pain was a side effect of Cipro. I stopped taking the drug immediately and contacted my doctor and two pharmacists.

My doctor was shocked and claims he has never seen this side effect and offers no management, treatment or prognosis. The pharmacists are more aware but have a "it might get better, it might not " attitude. After hours of research I have found that Cipro has landed many in wheelchairs and walking with canes. It can hit your body while taking it or months later. For some it seems that the side effects reverse themselves as soon as the medication is out of their bodies, for others the suffering lingers for years. You can develop symptoms months after you stop taking the drug. If you have or have had unexplained muscle, joint and tendon pain, or ruptured tendons or been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis and have taken Cipro, be sure to alert your Dr. and never take it again.

I believe that the percentage of incidences that the drug companies report are way understated. It occurred to me, after this episode, that one year ago I suffered from a popped tendon in my right foot. It took 7 months for that injury to heal. I confirmed the dates and sure enough, I was on Cipro when the injury occurred. I never put 2 and 2 together to make the correlation of the injury as a side effect to the antibiotic. I know know differently and have reported my side effects to the drug manufacturer and the FDA.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pharmacy Services

Long term health care facilities offer a wide range of services from pharmaceutical, to rehabilitation to nursing care, personal hygiene in addition to the everyday needs of their clients. Running the everyday aspects of one of these facilities is a monumental task. By becoming affiliated with Rx Care Assurance you can help to lighten your load.

Rx Care Assurance offers pharmacy services that will help you to build a long term, lasting relationship between you and your pharmacy. They are experts at matching a facility’s need with pharmacy services that can meet them. They offer personal onsite visits prior to and following you becoming their client and offer an Rx Care Assurance Quality Hotline.

It is their goal to ensure that their pharmacies provide the benefits and security of local pharmacy services with the advantages of viable and national presence and that the care facilities benefit by having an additional resource that monitors satisfaction and communication with the pharmacy.

By being an Rx Care Assurance client, you are able to spend less time evaluating your pharmacy and more time serving your residents, thus enhancing your care. Sometimes it is just better to delegate your pharmacy services or other services too, for that matter, to an expert. Spreading yourself too thin is never a good idea.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Floroquinolones Destroyed My Mother's Life!

My Beautiful Mother!

While recently reviewing my mother’s medical history, due to the ulcers on her leg, I am 100% convinced that floroquinlones have destroyed the past eighteen years of her life. Eighteen years ago my mother suffered from a torn rotator cuff. I thought that it was odd that she had a torn rotator cuff since she did not ever “overuse” her shoulders. She did not golf; play tennis or regularly life heavy objects. She was fit and in great shape. I chalked it up to a fluke. Shortly after she had surgery on her right shoulder, her left rotator cuff tore requiring a second surgery.

No one found this odd except for me. When she returned twice more for additional tears in each of her rotator cuffs, I was appalled at the lack of interest as to “why” my mother suffered from four torn rotator cuffs, which required surgery. I had no idea “why” it happened; I just knew that it was not “normal” and that there must be a “reason.”

As my mother’s shoulders continued to heal, she began to suffer from an all over the body pain and achiness that would not subside and could not be controlled with medication. She saw doctor after doctor and they treated her with many drugs including mass doses of cortisone. She was monitored closely while on the cortisone (prednisone) and was eventually weaned from mass doses, to a therapeutic dose after suffering from the side effects from the mass amounts of cortisone that she had been given.

Since she was in such chronic and excruciating pain, the doctors continued to try medications and remedies, including intravenous Remicade (Humira). She was “loosely diagnosed with first, Fibromyalgia and them poly-myalgia-rheumatic. Yes, they were convinced that she had an auto-immune disease and Rheumatic Arthritis. She was often in so much pain that I would hear here crying and chanting, in private, praying for relief from the pain.

I remember her trying to describe the pain, in her feet, to me. She said that they felt as though they were on fire; like she was walking on broken glass; that even the air hurt her feet so badly that she could hardly breathe. It wasn’t until I suffered the same pain in my feet ,that I realized that what she was describing was floroquinolone poisoning.

I immediately asked her if she had taken Cipro; of course she had, many, many times; and Levaquinn and Avelox, for years and years. I expressed my theory and of course was met with doubt. She cannot even fathom that it is possible that her entire condition was not only caused by floroquinolones, but exasperated by the continual usage of them, combined with her cortisone treatment.

It was the ulcers on leg that led me to her medical records and the confirmation that she has been prescribed all of these antibiotics throughout this slow and painful destruction of her life. I am 100% convinced that this has been the cause of all of her pain and suffering. I literally took 6 bottles of Levaquinn out of her medicine cabinet the last time that I was there. I have called her doctor and told him of my suspicions. After almost causing her death, from a near heart attack while on Avelox, they have finally listed floroquinolones as an “allergy” on her chart.

I do not know how I will ever “prove” all of this, but what I do know, is that it is a crime that not once, has a medical professional ever even considered that her rapid and painful deterioration might have been caused by one of their “cures.” The over use of these drugs, is criminal.

I was very lucky that it only took me one ruptured tendon in my foot and 15 months of rehabilitation from crippling pain to realize that my conditions were due to Cipro, so fortunately I will not suffer her fate. I am so infuriated that it has stolen my mother's life and I shall continue with my crusade to warn others. 

Gifts for Mom!

With the holiday’s right around the corner, I am once again faced with the dilemma of how to show my mother just how much I love and appreciate her. Since her birthday is on Christmas Eve, I am always hit with a double whammy. What I do know, is that my mother really has everything that she “needs” so my goal is to find a gift that she will enjoy. While searching for gifts for mom, I ran across a website with many beautiful, yummy treats that just might fit the bill.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The World Wide Web!

Looking for a job today is certainly very different than it was when I was growing up. When I was young, the first place you looked for a job was either in the window of the place of employment or the newspaper.

Now to find a Technical Writer Jobs you can just simply fire up your iphone or computer and search the world wide web. Twenty years ago, if you had told me that this would have been a possibility, I would have told you that you were nuts!

Helpful Suggestions Post Cipro Poisoning

Yesterday I saw Dr Leland Carrol, he is a chiropractic Kinesiologist He has studied extensively to learn alternative healing techniques to help patients with their individual needs. My only and I say that in jest, problems are muscle, joint and tendon pain in my legs.

I will share the regimen that he has suggested to me. I am NOT a doctor, these are just what I am trying. A lot of what I will be eating and taking are to remove as much as the toxin as I can. He suggested that I eat 1 cup of mixed brussel sprouts and broccoli and 1 whole red beet everyday. These should be steamed and the red beet should be steamed whole. It is the "red" in the beet that is supposed to thin the bile from the liver that can become thicker after Cipro poisoning.

In addition to those veggies I am "drinking" Green Vibrance. It has 25 billion probiotics per dose. It is also used for detoxification.

I am taking 3-4 Magnesium Malate (1250mg) per day, 2000mg of Vitamin C per day, 1 tablet 4 times a day on an empty stomach (be sure to eventually wean yourself down to a normal dose if you take this much Vitamin C). Bromelain, 2 capsules, 4 times a day between meals. Fibrozym, 3 tablets in the morning. Vitamin D and Calcium. These are all in addition to my "regular" everyday vitamins!

By the time I am through sucking down all of these pills and eating those veggies, I think I might just explode!

He also suggested epsom salt baths and light massage. Movement , especially in a pool, and to not push to the point of damage. He also pressed on tendon connections and did something like spreading the muscle tissue. None of this was painful.

Today is day 12, since the side effects began. Last night was the first night that I did not wake up in the middle of the night an hour or two BEFORE I could take Ibuprofen. I actually woke up one hour AFTER I was supposed to take it. I am taking 600mg every 6 hours. My "other" Dr. recommended that as it IS an anti-inflammatory. It helps me tremendously. I seem to be moving a bit faster, at the moment! Hoping for a good day.

Cipro Destroys Collagen

One might wonder what this has to do with Cipro poisoning, so this is my belief; I am not a doctor and I do not have scientific proof, however, I do believe that the Cipro not only damaged the collagen in my feet, but also my face!

Do you suppose our parents felt the same way about aging that we do, or do you suppose that since there were not so many options available, that they just accepted the inevitable graciously? I think that the next time that I visit my mother, I shall ask her. The only “beauty” ritual that I ever witnessed my mother doing was putting Ponds Cold Cream on her face.

Today, with all of the advertisements to shed decades from your face, it isn’t a wonder that when we look into the mirror, that we long for a more youthful appearance. It also seems that I am seeing fewer and fewer advertisements for full, surgical face lifts and more and more ads for things such as laser treatments, botox and restilylane.  

Another treatment that used to only be available in the plastic surgeons office is LED light treatment. The light treatment is supposed to firm and tone your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, minimize your pores, correct color pigmentation, fade scars, erase sun damage and clear acne. All of those are good things, if you ask me. I understand that these treatments can be very costly in a doctor’s office, but with the Baby Quasar, you can administer these treatments to yourself, right at home. Sometimes, I think, that if I were to win the lottery, I would purchase one of these little gadgets just to see whether it really worked or not. Fortunately, it does come with a money back guaranteed clause. So, if you give it a try and look ten years younger, please let me know!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mountain Hardwear

It is fall and that means that winter is right around the corner. Despite the fact that I live in southern California, winter happens to be one of my very favorite seasons. The reason why, is that I can drive two hours, up the mountain, to Big Bear Lake. In Big Bear, you need mountain hardwear because it can be snowy and cold. I love spending as much time as I can in Big Bear during the fall and winter because I love the four seasons and I surely do not get to experience them down here in the hot valley!

Post Traumatic Stress Sucks!

Most of us go through life at a pretty consistent clip. We go to school as children, become young adults and continue our education, begin our careers and families and hopefully continue to live our lives happily with as little stress and catastrophes as possible. Sometimes though, life has a way of throwing us curve balls. Sometimes they are welcomed curve balls and sometimes they are life altering. Some events affect us in a good way and others in a devastating, earth shattering way.

Often, traumatic events can leave its’ victim needing post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.  Without treatment, post-traumatic stress can destroy a person, their family and their friends. There are many treatment centers available for those in need of treatment and many different therapies utilized to help return a person back to into a functioning, living and hopefully happy remembrance of who they were prior to the traumatic event that they were a part of.

Living with post trauma stress disorder is a gut wrenching experience for the person that suffers from the disorder as well as the people around them. Brookhaven Retreat is a comprehensive recovery treatment for women.