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Health — Does the FDA think that the FDA is broken?

For those of you that know me or know the work that I do, you know that I am no fan of the FDA. Hot on the heels of the information that another FDA approved drug does NOT work for what it is prescribed AND possibly could increase the risk of cancer, one of my colleagues has found a document on the FDA website talking about the agency’s shortcomings.

Larry Frieders of The Compounder Custom Compounding Lab of Auroa, IL posted this to his site. Within the page he has a link to a document produced by the FDA’s Subcommitte on Science and Technology. In the document, the subcomitte points our glaring defiences within the FDA, with issues ranging from the FDA not receiving enough funding to operate to finding that the FDA’s “scientific base had eroded and its scientific organizational structre is weak.”

I have had only a chance to glance over the executive summary of the report, but it appears to be a pretty damning piece from within the FDA. Take a look at it and tell me what you think….

Till next time!

July 23, 2008 at 2:23 am Leave a comment

Health — My weight loss success

As most of friends and employees know, I embarked on a lifestyle change around the beginning of February. Over the past 10 years or so, I had moved to the 300 lb range in weight. After the birth of first child, the wieght became more of a concern to me (and my wife) and we tried several different things to try to lose weight. Nothing really worked for me — I would lose 5-10 pounds, only to gain it back in two to three months.

I had always been against weight watchers, nutrisystem, etc — any “program” that required going to meeting or buying food. I knew many people who had failed on the “meeting” type programs and I alwyas thought buying food meant having to eat cardboard. Then we found out that you could buy some NutriSystem food ala carte. So, we both bought a day’s worth of food to try it out. To our surprise, the food was pretty decent. Not gourmet by any means, but pretty solid food. My wife and I both signed on at the end of January and started in February. Everything that you see on the ads is true — it does cost around $10 a day (sometimes up to $13-14 per day) and you will need to still buy milk, fruit, lettuce, etc. But the two things I like about the system is: 1) It teaches you portion control and 2) It gets you into the habit of eating the smaller portion 5-6 times per day.

Long story short, in less than 6 months, I am down to 250 pounds. Officially, I have lost 45 pounds (I was 295 the day before we started), but I know I was above the 300 mark at various times before that. I have deviated from the diet here and there (we still go out to eat about once a week and when I am away shooting, I try (usually unsuccessfully) to stay on the diet), but I am still having success.

If you are looking to try to lose weight, I fully recommend this program. Like I said, you can order a day’s worth of food to try it out and see if you like it. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Till next time…..

John

July 22, 2008 at 4:31 am Leave a comment


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