Citizens Report https://www.citizensreport.org a digital channel commited to health & medical rights. Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:38:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://www.citizensreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-cr-icon-1-32x32.png Citizens Report https://www.citizensreport.org 32 32 Suicide risk study shows rises with quick repeat deployments https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/04/23/suicide-risk-study-shows-rises-with-quick-repeat-deployments/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:32:11 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12263 The Risk of Suicide in U.S. Soldiers With the rise of suicide in the U.S., it is something that must be brought to attention quickly. Specifically, the rise of suicide has increased from U.S. soldiers that are deployed with six months or less between rotations. It is hard enough for a family to have little […]

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The Risk of Suicide in U.S. Soldiers

With the rise of suicide in the U.S., it is something that must be brought to attention quickly.

Specifically, the rise of suicide has increased from U.S. soldiers that are deployed with six months or less between rotations.

It is hard enough for a family to have little to no time to spend with their loved one who served as a veteran to the U.S. Army.

It is hard to imagine the pain and hardship of the lack of preparation and the amount of time we give veterans to spend at home or to recoup from their deployments.

Regarding the hardship, something that must be discussed is how long we should give our soldiers before we deploy them again?

It is a matter of life and death for the soldiers that serve our country to consider the pressures that are being put on them in such a short amount of time.

Families that have to cope with the early deployment of their loved ones also have to cope with the possibility that their loved on deployment might suffer from the stress and anxieties that come from not having time to bond or prepare psychologically.

It is human nature to bond and have relations with peers and families.

Being prepared for what may come in future deployments seems to be key amongst the psychology of soldiers.

They need time to adjust to the amount of time that they may be gone on deployment. They also need time to recoup the loss of time they have spent with their family.

The clause is a matter of preparing our loved ones for future back to back deployments by talking about their concerns and struggles.

To support the troops of the U.S., there needs to be a reconsideration of how much stress we are putting on the individuals that serve our country. If it is a matter of life and death, we must reconsider those individuals life when it comes to the risk of suicide. One life makes an immense difference in support of the troops.

To prevent the of suicide risk within the deployment of our soldiers something that must be considered is giving veterans time to recoup at home while also time to spend with their pack within the U.S. army before they are stationed or deployed in another country.

Suicide risk is a serious ordeal, and we can give soldiers time and preparation order for them to regain their strength to be able to deploy again without the risk of suicide.

It is a huge risk to keep sending U.S. soldiers back to deployment with the risk of suicide in the U.S.

Giving our soldiers time and preparation before deployment will make a significant difference for their health and suicide risk.

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Is marathon running bad for you? https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/04/23/is-marathon-running-bad-for-you/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:24:01 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12260 Is marathon running bad for you? Marathons are races of at least 26 miles or 42.195 kilometers. The are conducted to raise money for charities and organizations as well as just for sport. They can be a fantastic way to keep your body in shape and healthy. There are also marathons for people in wheelchairs […]

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Is marathon running bad for you?

Marathons are races of at least 26 miles or 42.195 kilometers. The are conducted to raise money for charities and organizations as well as just for sport. They can be a fantastic way to keep your body in shape and healthy. There are also marathons for people in wheelchairs and with other handicaps. Some runners become addicted the “runners high” they experience, and experts say it is a great stress reliever. Running and training for a marathon improves physical strength, cardiovascular health, and mental stability, but can running marathons be bad for you? Heart, a British medical journal reported that excessive exercise and cardio work-outs could nullify the benefits obtained by moderate exercise.

Hydration

One of the trickiest and most deadly risks of marathon running is staying hydrated. Runners often feel fine, when suddenly they will pass out while running or keel over in pain. There seem to be no warning signs or tell-tale physical trigger. New runners often make the mistake of hydrating before the run with diet soda or some drink containing aspartame or artificial sweetener. Some sports drinks can help if they contain electrolytes but plain water or specifically manufactured runners drink is the best option. If you get over-heated, you’re dehydrated, and it won’t be long before you are out of the race.

Heart Health

Running long distances puts incredible stress on the heart. High-intensity exercising, lasting more than 2 hours, can seriously damage the heart. Several years of this type of exercise on a regular basis the tissues of the heart can thicken and even form scar tissue. Another issue with the heart evolves by hydrating with diet soda or drinks with aspartame or artificial sweetener. High intake of these products can cause pulmonary hypertension.

Improper Training

Runners who do not properly rain before the marathon are at a higher risk of injury and irreparable damage. No one without proper training can just wake up one day and run a 26-mile marathon. It can take years of training the body to endure the heavy challenge of a constant run. Conditioning the body by deep stretches, resistance, and endurance training, and progressively longer runs. People who are obese, unfit, have poor endurance or a physical handicap may have to train harder and longer.

According to medical experts, marathon runners do not experience the joint, tendon, and muscle issues that were previously thought. As long as proper training is conducted. Training teaches the body to adapt to the activities and allows the joints and muscles to become more adept at the task. People of all ages use marathon running as a way to stay young and healthy as well as contribute to a good cause. Medical experts agree that helping others through a charitable endeavor can greatly reduce depression, anxiety, and stress.

While all these dangers of marathon running can cause serious damage, running one or two marathons a year while perfectly trained can be a health benefit. It can bring communities together and even help you meet new people.

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High school parents should be concerned about ‘Juuling.’ https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/04/22/high-school-parents-should-be-concerned-about-juuling/ Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:22:53 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12257 What Is Juuling? Why Is It Dangerous? Juul is a premium brand of e-cigarette that is often called the iPhone of vaporizers. Unfortunately, the product has become popular among high schoolers, and this is a dangerous trend. The product can be quite addictive. However, many teens have the misconception that premium brands of vaporizers are […]

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What Is Juuling? Why Is It Dangerous?

Juul is a premium brand of e-cigarette that is often called the iPhone of vaporizers. Unfortunately, the product has become popular among high schoolers, and this is a dangerous trend. The product can be quite addictive. However, many teens have the misconception that premium brands of vaporizers are safe to use. These are some of the most serious vaping dangerers associated with this product:

1. Additives In The Products Could Be Harmful

Many people have a misconception that the products do not contain additives, but this couldn’t be any further from the truth. In fact, there are numerous artificial additives in the product. Some of the additives may have dangers that have not been discovered yet, such as carcinogenic properties.

2. E-Liquids Often Contain High Doses Of Nicotine

The only difference in the nicotine dosage of cigarettes and electronic cigarettes is that electronic cigarettes give a measured dose of nicotine. However, the nicotine dosage in electronic cigarettes can be as high as conventional cigarettes. This means that they have the same addictive potential as cigarettes. If someone becomes addicted to nicotine, they often suffer from withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to stop consuming it. These are some of the most common nicotine withdrawal symptoms:

Irritability
Headaches
Dizziness
Anxiety
Difficulty concentrating

Each pack of e-liquid contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. This is the equivalent to 200 puffs of a cigarette.

3. Some Teenagers Are Unaware That They Contain Nicotine

An astonishing 37 percent of teenagers are unaware that these products contain nicotine. Some even identify using Juul e-cigarettes as different than vaping. In fact, around 25% of teenagers do not consider using them to be vaping. They even have their own name for using them. They refer to it as Juuling instead of vaping.

4. The Products Have An Appealing Scent

Many teenagers avoid starting a nicotine habit due to an aversion to the smell of cigarettes. However, this is not a concern of teenagers who are considering using these electronic cigarettes. This is because these products have sweet flavors like mango and creme brulee. As a result, teens may be more likely to use them and become addicted to nicotine as a result.

5. Juul Can Be Easily Concealed

The products are extremely small, and they can easily fit in pockets. In fact, they have an appearance that is similar to a thumb drive. Not only does this make teenagers more likely to try them, but it makes it more difficult for adults to know if they are using them.

6. Nicotine May Impede Brain Development

High schoolers have brains that have underdeveloped regions that are responsible for impulse control and risk assessment. If these areas of the brain never fully develop, an individual may continue to make poor decisions as an adult. It also may increase teenagers’ risk of developing a mental illness in adulthood.

7. They Are Bad For The Entire Respiratory System

Electronic cigarettes can cause progressive damage to the tissue in the lungs. Also, they can irritate other regions of the respiratory system, such as the nose. While they might not appear to be as “harsh” as tobacco smoke, the progressive damage to the respiratory system that can occur from using them can be similar.

8. The Risks Have Not Been Thoroughly Studied By The FDA

E-cigarettes are not FDA regulated. Not only does this mean that the risks have not been fully studied, but it also means that the FDA does not consider using them is a safe way to attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. Furthermore, the lack of regulation means that there are no ways to know for sure what is in a vape juice. Therefore, there could be vaping dangers that haven’t even been discovered.

9. It’s Bad For The Cardiovascular System

It is thought that nicotine is damaging to both the heart and blood vessels. This effect is likely to be a particularly serious concern for teenagers who already suffer from heart problems. Nicotine intake has been shown to increase an individual’s risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

10. High Schoolers Who Use Electronic Cigarettes Could Become More Likely To Make Other Poor Decisions

Teenagers who begin using electronic cigarettes might become more inclined to try other substances, such as alcohol or even illegal drugs. This could result in addiction and could even be life-threatening.

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Is Diet Soda Killing Us? https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/04/21/is-diet-soda-killing-us/ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:24:27 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12251 Is Diet Soda Killing You? Millions of people drink diet soda daily. It has quickly become one of the most popular beverages in the entire world. One could say it is addictive! Research is being done on these sodas that may surprise many people. One of the ingredients in these drinks, aspartame, is an artificial […]

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Is Diet Soda Killing You?

Millions of people drink diet soda daily. It has quickly become one of the most popular beverages in the entire world. One could say it is addictive! Research is being done on these sodas that may surprise many people. One of the ingredients in these drinks, aspartame, is an artificial sweetener that has been used for decades in sodas and beverages for those who are looking to cut out sugar. The problem is that this sweetener may be worse for drinkers than sugar itself.

Aspartame is an additive in most diet sodas. It is a sweetening agent that has been used in food and beverages. Recent research suggests that this sweetener may be causing terrible health problems that will eventually cause death in those avid diet beverage consumers.

Products with Aspartame

There are many products that contain this artificial sweetener. Many diet drinks, sugar free breath mints and gums, flavored waters, sugar free cereals, sugar free condiments, and more all contain this sweetener. Millions of people are ingesting it everyday without being aware of the side effects.

Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda

There are many side effects of drinking too much diet soda and one of the major ones is the high risk of various types of cancers. Research is now showing a huge increase in cancer for people who have had too much artificial sweetener. The increase is over 300%! Cancers such as liver cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, and breast cancer have been connected with this sweetener, yet people continue to drink these beverages.

This sweetener is also associated with making cases of diabetes even worse. Many diabetics drink this sugar free drinks because of their sugar levels, but the fact that these drinks is making them worse is a huge concern. Studies have been done for over 15 years stating that the cases of diabetes in these soda consumers have gotten worse because they drink them everyday. Those who did not drink them everyday showed little or no change. For these beverages to be something that doctors started to recommend, this is a scary thought for those with diabetes.

Another side effect of these sugar free drinks is that they can cause horrible mood swings and even trigger anger and violence in people. Sounds crazy right? But the research has shown that drinking these beverages has lead to mental problems and even depression. Many doctors blame the withdrawal symptoms of the sweetener.

By looking at this research, it is safe to say that drinking these sodas can cause health problems. These sodas could be slowly killing the world one drink at a time.

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Marijuana-derived drug for epilepsy gets FDA ‘thumbs up’ https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/04/21/marijuana-derived-drug-for-epilepsy-gets-fda-thumbs-up/ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:51:47 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12246 First Cannabis-based Medicine Gets FDA Approval Thursday, the UK company, GW Pharmaceuticals made history by becoming the first company to get FDA approval for their prescription cannabidiol medicine. While the FDA is opposed to smoking marijuana to treat an array of chronic conditions, this move opens doors to derivatives of cannabis for additional treatments. Desperately […]

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First Cannabis-based Medicine Gets FDA Approval

Thursday, the UK company, GW Pharmaceuticals made history by becoming the first company to get FDA approval for their prescription cannabidiol medicine. While the FDA is opposed to smoking marijuana to treat an array of chronic conditions, this move opens doors to derivatives of cannabis for additional treatments.

Desperately Seeking Cures

In the last decade, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved almost 90 drugs for Neurology. None among them were cures, and for many, none of those promising remedies were meaningfully effective, but researchers say this new CBD-based liquid, Epidiolex, is significantly effective in treating seizures.

Epilepsy, a neurological disease, is a disease of the nervous system, due to an abnormal response of the cerebral cortex to stimuli of various kinds. It is more frequent in children and adolescents until puberty, and may be caused by injuries of the brain, or by an alteration of the function of nerve cells. It’s characterized by sudden seizures, and while it can affect the entire body, these manifestations are usually a loss of consciousness and by sensory, psychic or motor alterations, are mostly localized to an arm, half-face or half-body. Nearly four percent of the U.S. population suffer from epilepsy.

But There Are Hurdles

Although there are always indications of beneficial effects of marijuana, doctors are reluctant to prescribe it and insurers are unwilling to cover the costs. This is unlikely to change until clinical evidence of cannabis efficacy and safety is in place. Prohibition laws have made it difficult to conduct large-scale marijuana clinical trials in the past, but it’s becoming easier to research cannabis now that pro-pot laws are passed.

In order to move forward, and have more cannabidiol-based medicines approved, study data is needed to prove their efficacy and safety. “It’s vital for physicians to be sure these medicines are carefully formulated, and quality and quantity remain the same, month after month,” says Dr. Orrin Devinsky, of NYU Langone Epilepsy Center.

GW Pharmaceuticals has already been approved in several European markets for the THC-based drug Sativex, which treats muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis patients. This was their first flagship product which uses a 50-50 mix of CBD and THC, and approved by the UK and 20 other countries. In placebo-controlled clinical trials, Epidiolex reduced seizures by approximately 40 percent in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a rare childhood epilepsy. Patients with Dravet syndrome, another rare form of epilepsy, have also successfully reduced seizures. This is impressive because both diseases are highly resistant to existing anti-epileptic drugs.

What’s Next?

In 2015, GW Pharmaceuticals began studies designed to evaluate the effect of Sativex on thousands of cancer pain patients. The worldwide acceptance of CBD and THC based medicines will help pave the way for clinical trials on a wide array of medical issues, and doctors have their eyes set on autism and chronic inflammatory diseases next.

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Blood Filters: Are you at risk? https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/03/18/dsk_blood-filters-are-you-at-risk/ Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:19:48 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12273 Sponsored content.  Disclosures at bottom. It was 1968. Every boy in America was playing with one of the newly released Hot Wheels toy cars, the Vietnam War was in full swing and movie lovers couldn’t stop talking about the latest Hollywood hit: “Planet of the Apes”. Meanwhile in the University of Miami, a cardiovascular surgeon […]

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Sponsored content.  Disclosures at bottom.

It was 1968. Every boy in America was playing with one of the newly released Hot Wheels toy cars, the Vietnam War was in full swing and movie lovers couldn’t stop talking about the latest Hollywood hit: “Planet of the Apes”.

Meanwhile in the University of Miami, a cardiovascular surgeon called Kazi Mobin-Uddin had just developed the newest medical marvel: The blood clot filter (Inferior Vena Cava Filter).

The device was a first of its kind and immediately received high praise by interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons and cardiologists alike.

What is an IVC Filter?

An IVC filter a small retrievable device designed to break up and filter any clots traveling up the body.  It looks like a tiny metal spider and it is implanted directly in the Inferior Vena Cava (one of the largest veins in the body carrying deoxygenated blood from the lower part of the body, back to the heart).

Doctor Mobin-Uddin called it “The umbrella filter” and personally installed 100 of these filters in patients at risk  of life-threatening pulmonary embolism – with what back then was an acceptable mortality rate of 19%.

In 2003, the FDA approved a new retrievable version of the filter and doctors all across the country have installed thousands of these devices at a rapidly growing rate.

In 1979 alone, 2000 filters were installed.

That number grew to 167,000 in 2007.

And the demand exploded to an estimated 259,000 filters deployed in 2012.

Unfortunately, the  effectiveness of the IVC filters and their safety profile is not well established. In fact, they should only be used in select high-risk scenarios.

However, that’s not what’s happening… and the number of reports and horror stories related to IVC filters has also grown at an alarming rate. So much in fact, that by 2010, the FDA started to issue warnings about them.

The problem with IVC filters

Unfortunately, IVC filters have shown a pattern of failures that may cause implanted patients serious health risks and all sorts of life-threatening complications, like:

  • Filter migration
  • Filter fracture
  • Embolization (movement of the entire filter or a part of it to the heart or lungs)
  • Perforation of tissue, vessels and organs (including the IVC, heart and lungs)
  • Cardiac/Pericardial tamponade (pressure caused by collected blood around the heart)
  • Hemorrhage
  • Sudden death

Even more alarming is the fact that in many IVC filter patients, the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are actually increased AFTER the implant of an IVC filter.

The safety concerns over these devices continue to increase, and the FDA recently issued a series of warnings about IVC filters.

An analysis conducted in 2014 by the FDA states that, “the risk/benefit profile begins to favor removal of the IVC filter between 29 and 54 days after implantation”.

And recent studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Archives of Internal Medicine, show that most of the problems with IVC filters could be prevented if the filter is removed on time – once the risk of blood clots has passed.

Not only that, but it seems filters are sometimes implanted in inpatients that don’t really need them and simple blood-thinning medication would solve the problem.

Unfortunately, the greed of manufacturers and the indifference of the medical establishment are putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk.

In short, unsuspecting patients are being put at unnecessary risks.  It. Has. To. Stop.

What can YOU do about it?

If you (or a loved one) has had any complications due to an IVC filter, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

The team at Consumer Alert Services has set up a short online survey to evaluate cases throughout the United States. They provide no-cost, no-obligation review to individuals who have IVC filter implants.

Click the button below and take the 2 minute compensation survey now.


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Blood Filters: Are you at risk? https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/03/15/mob_blood-filters-are-you-at-risk/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:11:36 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12295 Sponsored content.  Disclosures at bottom. It was 1968. Every boy in America was playing with one of the newly released Hot Wheels toy cars, the Vietnam War was in full swing and movie lovers couldn’t stop talking about the latest Hollywood hit: “Planet of the Apes”. Meanwhile in the University of Miami, a cardiovascular surgeon […]

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Sponsored content.  Disclosures at bottom.

It was 1968. Every boy in America was playing with one of the newly released Hot Wheels toy cars, the Vietnam War was in full swing and movie lovers couldn’t stop talking about the latest Hollywood hit: “Planet of the Apes”.

Meanwhile in the University of Miami, a cardiovascular surgeon called Kazi Mobin-Uddin had just developed the newest medical marvel: The blood clot filter (Inferior Vena Cava Filter).

The device was a first of its kind and immediately received high praise by interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons and cardiologists alike.

What is an IVC Filter?

An IVC filter a small retrievable device designed to break up and filter any clots traveling up the body.  It looks like a tiny metal spider and it is implanted directly in the Inferior Vena Cava (one of the largest veins in the body carrying deoxygenated blood from the lower part of the body, back to the heart).

Doctor Mobin-Uddin called it “The umbrella filter” and personally installed 100 of these filters in patients at risk  of life-threatening pulmonary embolism – with what back then was an acceptable mortality rate of 19%.

In 2003, the FDA approved a new retrievable version of the filter and doctors all across the country have installed thousands of these devices at a rapidly growing rate.

In 1979 alone, 2000 filters were installed.

That number grew to 167,000 in 2007.

And the demand exploded to an estimated 259,000 filters deployed in 2012.

Unfortunately, the  effectiveness of the IVC filters and their safety profile is not well established. In fact, they should only be used in select high-risk scenarios.

However, that’s not what’s happening… and the number of reports and horror stories related to IVC filters has also grown at an alarming rate. So much in fact, that by 2010, the FDA started to issue warnings about them.

The problem with IVC filters

Unfortunately, IVC filters have shown a pattern of failures that may cause implanted patients serious health risks and all sorts of life-threatening complications, like:

  • Filter migration
  • Filter fracture
  • Embolization (movement of the entire filter or a part of it to the heart or lungs)
  • Perforation of tissue, vessels and organs (including the IVC, heart and lungs)
  • Cardiac/Pericardial tamponade (pressure caused by collected blood around the heart)
  • Hemorrhage
  • Sudden death

Even more alarming is the fact that in many IVC filter patients, the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are actually increased AFTER the implant of an IVC filter.

The safety concerns over these devices continue to increase, and the FDA recently issued a series of warnings about IVC filters.

An analysis conducted in 2014 by the FDA states that, “the risk/benefit profile begins to favor removal of the IVC filter between 29 and 54 days after implantation”.

And recent studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Archives of Internal Medicine, show that most of the problems with IVC filters could be prevented if the filter is removed on time – once the risk of blood clots has passed.

Not only that, but it seems filters are sometimes implanted in inpatients that don’t really need them and simple blood-thinning medication would solve the problem.

Unfortunately, the greed of manufacturers and the indifference of the medical establishment are putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk.

In short, unsuspecting patients are being put at unnecessary risks.  It. Has. To. Stop.

What can YOU do about it?

If you (or a loved one) has had any complications due to an IVC filter, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

The  team at Consumer Alert Services has set up a short online survey to evaluate cases throughout the United States. They provide no-cost, no-obligation review to individuals who have IVC filter implants.

Click the button and take the 2 minute compensation survey now.


*Citizens Report strives to show you content and advertisements that you find interesting. With some of our advertisers, we receive compensation when you click on a link or advertisement, or send information. We do this so that we can continue providing this publication without having to charge you for access.

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4 Natural Alternatives To Energy Drinks That Will Make You Feel Healthier https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/02/19/energy-drinks-natural-alternatives/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:52:41 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12206 Energy drinks may come with hidden dangers. Consuming nature-based energizers can reduce the risks linked to energy drinks, including high blood pressure, heart problems and other health concerns. Choosing healthier alternatives, like metabolism-boosting water with lemon or an antioxidant-packed smoothie, can help prevent health issues in the future. Lemon Water Water is the purest form […]

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Energy drinks may come with hidden dangers. Consuming nature-based energizers can reduce the risks linked to energy drinks, including high blood pressure, heart problems and other health concerns.

Choosing healthier alternatives, like metabolism-boosting water with lemon or an antioxidant-packed smoothie, can help prevent health issues in the future.

Lemon Water

Water is the purest form of hydration, and starting the day with a glass of lemon water can provide multiple benefits. Adding a squirt of lemon juice is a flavor-packed way to boost the body’s metabolic processes, facilitate cell growth and stimulate energy production.

Even the smell of lemon provides an energy boost, according to research published in the Journal of UOEH.Lemon-infused water is also packed with electrolytes to help to treat a headache, fatigue and other symptoms of low energy. Research shows water with lemon can provide nutrients to improve blood pressure, reduce the risk of kidney stones, provide vitamin C and more.

Green Tea

Green tea contains less caffeine than energy drinks, and it comes with added nutrients. The powerful health elixir contains the amino acid L-theanine, which combines with caffeine in a way that limits the unpleasant, jittery reaction from coffee, according to research in the Journal of Nutrition Reviews.

As an alternative to coffee, the energy from green tea may also improve mental clarity. Green tea also reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Additional benefits of green tea consumption include weight loss and stress relief.

Smoothies

Smoothiesespecially green smoothies—can be a source of essential energy-producing vitamins. B complex vitamins, such asB1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12, are key to metabolic functioning, which allows the body to make and use energy properly. Without B vitamins, the body can’t get up and get moving. 

Adding vitamin B powders or spirulina to smoothies, in addition to green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli. The whole foods in these frozen concoctions can be transferred into energy, along with vitamins. Check out vitamin-packed smoothie recipes for fresh, nutritious ideas. 

Protein Shakes

Maintaining an adequate protein intake is essential to feeling energized, especially for vegans and vegetarians.  If the body doesn’t receive enough protein, fatigue starts to become a way of life. 

Good sources of natural protein aren’t just protein powders, but powders that can be mixed with almonds, peanut butter, chia or flax. Protein provides the body with essential amino acids that are necessary for the cells to function. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a free tool to calculate the proper amount of protein for your body weight. 

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NBC Nightly News Publishes Expose On IVC Filters https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/02/18/nbc-news-ivc-filters/ https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/02/18/nbc-news-ivc-filters/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:40:24 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=10674 NBC Nightly News investigated controversial medical devices, known as IVC filters, used to prevent blood clots. The news organization separated their findings into broadcasted segments to show how unsafe filters impact consumers and illustrate that manufacturers knew about design flaws. 27 Fatalities And Other Complications Part one of the investigative series revealed that 27 individuals […]

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NBC Nightly News investigated controversial medical devices, known as IVC filters, used to prevent blood clots. The news organization separated their findings into broadcasted segments to show how unsafe filters impact consumers and illustrate that manufacturers knew about design flaws.

27 Fatalities And Other Complications

Part one of the investigative series revealed that 27 individuals died from IVC filter problems in the last decade. In addition, there were 300 reports of other complications. The device in question, C.R. Bard’s Recovery filter, is implanted in the inferior vena cava vein to stop blood clots.

One of the thousands of people implanted with IVC filters, a 45-year-old woman named Dodi Froehlich, nearly died when a part of the IVC filter broke off and moved to her heart. She had the device implanted after a car accident that made her more susceptible to clotting, NBC reports.

Another woman, 55-year-old Gloria Adams, died after a powerful blood clot propelled the entire spider-like IVC device to her heart. The filter was meant to protect her after a brain aneurysm.

One of the main components of the investigation is an attempt to find out if C.R. Bard knew about the device failures and health risks.

Hiding Study Results To Sell Products

Patients began to speak out about complications. Instead of issuing a recall, C.R. Bard hired a public relations firm for damage control. Simultaneously, the device manufacturer privately researched IVC filter complications.

The study showed that the IVC filter Recovery model was associated with a greater risk of fracture, migration and early death. C.R. Bard kept the results hidden and continued to sell thousands of rebranded filters, NBC reports.

Despite initial difficulties with FDA clearance and insufficient clinical trials, the company claims that the product meet federal safety standards. Representatives from C.R. Bard issued a statement that IVC filters offer “significant benefits to patients.”

Kay Fuller, a regulatory affairs specialist hired by Bard to help get FDA approval the second time around, noticed safety issues and reported them to the FDA. NBC investigators discovered that Fuller’s signature on the FDA application appears to be forged, which she confirmed in an interview with the news organization.

NBC reports that more than 20,000 people are implanted with IVC filters. Individuals who experienced complications may be entitled to a lawsuit.

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Good Sugar, Bad Sugar: Why You Should Eat More Fruit https://www.citizensreport.org/2018/02/16/health-impacts-sugar/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:25:58 +0000 http://www.citizensreport.org/?p=12149 Sugar is a sweet, soluble chemical found in candies, cookies and fruits. Though all sugars are composed of the same chemicals, there’s a big difference in how the source of sugar may impact your body. A cookie—no matter how delicious—doesn’t have the same kind of nutrients as a piece of fruit. As a simple carbohydrate, sugar is converted […]

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Sugar is a sweet, soluble chemical found in candies, cookies and fruits. Though all sugars are composed of the same chemicals, there’s a big difference in how the source of sugar may impact your body. A cookie—no matter how delicious—doesn’t have the same kind of nutrients as a piece of fruit.

As a simple carbohydrate, sugar is converted into energy by the metabolism. Even though there may be the same amount of sugar in each product, natural and processed sugar sources come with unique health effects. 

Healthy Sugar, Unhealthy Sugar

Processed Food, Added Sugar: Avoid Your Candy

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, you might be getting your sugar from the wrong sources. Processed foods contain added sugars, which can be found in cookies, candies, juice, soda and even tomato sauce. It’s important to minimize your consumption of processed foods and added sugars, because they can come with negative health effects.

  • Added sugars are found in processed foods. Added sugars are used in approximately 75 percent of packaged U.S. food products. These processed products add unnecessary calories and offer little benefit to the consumer. 
  • Addiction to unhealthy, sugar-laden products has been illustrated in numerous studies. Researchers have compared sugar to drug addiction, illustrating that sugar cravings can be more powerful than cocaine. 
  • Nutrient density is often lacking in processed foods. That’s because synthetic sugars are industrialized and stripped of minerals to produce the potent sweetness.
  • Chronic disease has been linked to sugar consumption. Over time, research shows the consumption of sugar can contribute to the development of issues like cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and kidney disease. 

Organic Food, Natural Sugar: Eat Your Fruit

Natural sugars are found in organic foods, like bananas, apples, kiwis and more. These and other fruits should have a regular place on your plate, as the recommended amount of daily fruit intake is at least 1½ cups for adults. However, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showed 76 percent of Americans aren’t consuming the recommended amount of fruit. 

  • Natural sugars, found in fruits, are low in calories. In addition to being a guilt-free snack, natural, sweet fruits offer a tasty boost along with numerous health benefits.
  • Nutrient contents are high in organic foods because fruit that contain natural sugars also contain other vitamins and minerals. For example, blueberries alone can provide phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K.
  • Disease reduction has been linked to daily consumption of fruit. The World Health Organization asserts that fruit can help to reduce the risk of chronic disease, like cancers, heart disease and stroke, whereas foods with added sugars may cause adverse health conditions.
  • Weight control is another benefit of fruit, according to studies. Research shows that fruit’s antioxidants can help to maintain metabolic functioning. One study illustrated that daily consumption of fruit can lead to losing a half-pound over four years.

Next time you reach for a piece of candy, a sugary dessert or another processed item, you may want to pick up a piece of fruit instead. According to researchers, your body will thank you later.

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