Archive for April, 2011

The FDA has admitted that Opioids such as Oxycondone, Morphine, Methadone and Fentanyl are a major public health crisis for  addiction, misuse, abuse, overdose and death. Very widely used for Fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer, dental and all kinds of pain. Largely sold as a street drug and very addicting.

From their own website

Opioids are at the center of a major public health crisis of:

– addiction

– misuse

– abuse

– overdose

– death

FDA is taking action to protect patients from serious harm due to these drugs.  This action represents a careful balance between continued access to these necessary medications and stronger measures to reduce their risks.

List of Opioid Products

List of Long-Acting and Extended-Release

Opioid Products Required to have an

Opioid REMS

Brand Name Products

Trade Name Generic Name Sponsor
1 Duragesic Fentanyl Transdermal System Ortho McNeill Janssen
2 *Palladone Hydromorphone hydrochloride extended-release capsules Purdue Pharma
3 Dolophine Methadone hydrochloride tablets Roxanne
4 Avinza Morphine sulfate extended-release capsules King Pharms
5 Kadian  Capsules Morphine sulfate extended-release capsules Actavis
6 MS Contin Morphine sulfate controlled-release tablets Purdue Pharma
7 Oramorph Morphine sulfate sustained-release tablets Xanodyne Pharms
8 *Embeda Morphine sulfate and naltrexone extended-release capsules King Pharms
9 OxyContin Oxycodone hydrochloride controlled-release tablets Purdue Pharma
10 Opana ER Oxymorphone hydrochloride extended-release tablets Endo Pharma
11 Exalgo Hydromorphone hydrochloride extended-release tablets Mallinckrodt
12 Butrans Buprenorphine Transdermal System Purdue Pharma

*No longer being marketed, but is still approved.

Generic Products

Drug Name Generic Name Sponsor
1 Fentanyl Fentanyl extended-release transdermal system Actavis
2 Fentanyl Fentanyl extended-release transdermal system Lavipharm Labs
3 Fentanyl Fentanyl extended-release transdermal system Mallinckrodt
4 Fentanyl Fentanyl extended-release transdermal system Mylan Technologies
5 Fentanyl Fentanyl extended-release transdermal system Noven
6 Fentanyl Fentanyl extended-release transdermal system Teva Pharms
7 Fentanyl Fentanyl extended-release transdermal system Watson
8 Methadone Methadone tablets Mallinckrodt
9 Methadone Methadone HCL tablets Mallinckrodt
10 Methadone Methadone HCL tablets Sandoz
11 Morphine Morphine sulfate extended-release tablets Endo
12 Morphine Morphine sulfate extended-release tablets KV Pharmaceuticals
13 Morphine Morphine sulfate extended-release tablets Mallinckrodt
14 Morphine Morphine sulfate extended-release tablets Watson Labs
15 Oxycodone **Oxycodone extended-release tablets Mallinckrodt
16 Oxycodone ** Oxycodone Extended-Release Tablets Impax Labs
17 Oxycodone ** Oxycodone Extended-Release Tablets Teva

** Discontinued products

Related Articles:

On April 7, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public about the use of over-the-counter (OTC) products containing benzocaine, an ingredient used to reduce pain in the mouth and gums. Benzocaine use may cause a rare, but serious condition where the amount of oxygen that can be carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced.



American College of Rheumatology & National Fibromyalgia Association have a list of treatments used for Fibromyalgia today. How they can treat something they know so little about with such serious drugs is my question. I think we work harder on finding drugs to maintain our illness that working on finding the reason the body is in pain. Most drugs have proven ineffective so far and they are finding that .

First to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

– pregabalin – Lyrica  see article


– duloxetine Cymbalta see article

Third was

– milnacipran Savella

Other FM medications are currently in development, and may soon receive FDA approval to treat fibromyalgia.


– non-narcotic pain relievers (e.g. tramadol)

– low doses of antidepressants

– tricyclic antidepressants

– serotonin reuptake inhibitors

– benzodiazepines

– Lidocaine injections into the patient’s tender points also work well on localized areas of pain

– a regular program of gentle exercise and stretching, which helps maintain muscle tone and reduces pain and stiffness

– going to bed and getting up at the same time every day

– making sure that the sleeping environment is conducive to sleep (i.e. quiet, free from distractions, a comfortable room temperature, a supportive bed)

– avoiding caffeine, sugar, and alcohol before bed

– doing some type of light exercise during the day

– avoiding eating immediately before bedtime

– practicing relaxation exercises as you fall to sleep. When necessary, there are new sleep medications that can be prescribed, some of which can be especially helpful if the patient’s sleep is disturbed by restless legs or periodic limb movement disorder

– develop a program that provides emotional support and increases communication with family and friends

– many communities throughout the United States and abroad have organized fibromyalgia support groups. These groups often provide important information and have guest speakers who discuss subjects of particular interest to the FMComplementary therapies can be very beneficial. These include:

– physical therapy

– therapeutic massage

– myofascial release therapy

– water therapy

– light aerobics

– acupressure

– application of heat or cold

– yoga

– relaxation exercises

– breathing techniques

– aromatherapy

– cognitive therapy

– biofeedback

– herbs

– nutritional supplements

– osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation.


Is there a Connection?

I came across this website and could feel the pain in this girl as she was suffering from Fibromyalgia, being treated with Lupron and awaiting surgery. She has ovarian cysts, uterus tilted, golf ball fibroids and lots of endometriosis gluing her organs to her abdominal wall. Her left ovary is in bad shape and she has a lot of groin pain.

What a shame that they just cut out the parts because they hurt. If I only knew then what I know now I would never have let them do surgery on me but I was only 18 and didn’t know better. I certainly wouldn’t let the have let them treat me with the Lupron either. I would have saved my ovary and made the changes I had to. The Lupron didn’t even take away the cyst it only shut my body down and as far as the endometriosis it did not help either. When I got my tubes tied, I ended up having my bowels surgically “unglued” from my spine from scar tissue from the surgery of the cyst. Now I am starting to wonder if that is why I have so much pain in my spine, what did they do?

There are many, many woman on the website hystersisters with Fibromyalgia. Reading the comments, surgery shows to cause a lot of problems for women with Fibromyalgia or was it the surgery that caused the Fibromyalgia?
So what can we do? What alternative is there?

I want to share an experience I had. I went into a study for a couple of Osteopaths for old surgery. They did their thing, didn’t seem like they were doing much but I received a lot of pain relief. I also passed a pile of scar tissue and it freed up a lot of pain in my lower abdomen. I really suggest body work with someone experienced in scar tissue like an osteopath, acupuncture or therapeutic massage. It is recommended by the American College of Rheumatology. One of the girls said acupuncture worked on her surgical scar that caused nerve pain.


Here are her own words:

Questions….I have fibromyalgia, will have surgery 8 weeks away in June LAVH/BSO. Lupron shot in February ( 3 month kind) PAIN still is horrible. Ovarian cysts, uterus tilted, golfball fibroid. and lots of endometriosis that is “glueing” my organs to the abdominal wall. Left ovary is in bad shape and therefore alot of groin pain. Do I have to just tough it out until surgery or is there a pain relief medicine ar alternative you ladies have tried and is effective?
thanks in advance. This long wait was my choice not dr. due to work schedule. I am holding out fora great long summer recovery!

Sometimes even healthy foods can be dangerous. The French Tribune did an article on bacteria in bean sprouts. CBC’s investigative team found high levels of bacteria in packaged sprouts like mung beans and alfalfa sprouts common in grocery stores, served in salad bars and Asian dishes Canada wide.

Dirty Produce by CBC


– 44 packages tested across the country by Kevin Allen, a microbiology professor at the University of British Columbia

93% testing positive for high levels of enterococci bacteria, an indicator of fecal contamination.

5 voluntary recalls of sprouts in the past two years because of salmonella contamination across North America, causing hundreds of people to fall sick with cramps and stomach pains.

Washing them before consumption does not help much.

– Of the 106 samples of bagged vegetables Allen tested, 79% of the herbs and 50% of the spinach had similar bacterial contamination

– According to Health Canada, outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have been caused by seeds becoming contaminated by animal manure in the field or during storage.

. Cooking thoroughly is the best way of killing the bacteria.


Being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia can be a long battle. You have these symptoms, pain all over and test don’t show anything. Treatment can be difficult and confusing for the patient. There is a lot of confusing attitudes about Fibromyalgia and a lot of conflicting material on the internet for the causes, symptoms and treatments.

Causes and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia from the National Fibromyalgia Association


– the underlying cause or causes still remain a mystery

– most researchers agree that FM is a disorder of central processing with neuroendocrine/neurotransmitter dysregulation

– the FM patient experiences pain amplification due to abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system.

– An increasing number of scientific studies now show multiple physiological abnormalities in the FM patient, including:

increased levels of substance P in the spinal cord

low levels of blood flow to the thalamus region of the brain

HPA axis hypofunction

low levels of serotonin and tryptophan

abnormalities in cytokine function

– genetic factors may predispose individuals to a genetic susceptibility to FM

– for some, the onset of FM is slow; however, in a large percentage of patients the onset is triggered by an illness or injury that causes trauma to the body. These events may act to incite an undetected physiological problem already present.

– ongoing research will test the hypothesis that FM is caused by an interpretative defect in the central nervous system that brings about abnormal pain perception. Medical researchers have just begun to untangle the truths about this life-altering disease.


– chronic widespread body pain

– moderate to extreme fatigue

– sleep disturbances

– sensitivity to touch, light, and sound

– cognitive difficulties

– many individuals also experience a number of other symptoms and overlapping conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, lupus and arthritis.


pain of fibromyalgia is profound, chronic and widespread

it can migrate to all parts of the body and vary in intensity

– FM pain has been described as stabbing and shooting pain and deep muscular aching, throbbing, and twitching

neurological complaints such as numbness, tingling, and burning are often present and add to the discomfort of the patient

severity of the pain and stiffness is often worse in the morning

aggravating factors that affect pain include cold/humid weather, non-restorative sleep, physical and mental fatigue, excessive physical activity, physical inactivity, anxiety and stress.


In today’s world many people complain of fatigue; however, the fatigue of FM is much more than being tired after a particularly busy day or after a sleepless night. The fatigue of FM is an all-encompassing exhaustion that can interfere with occupational, personal, social or educational activities. Symptoms include profound exhaustion and poor stamina

Sleep problems

Many fibromyalgia patients have an associated sleep disorder that prevents them from getting deep, restful, restorative sleep. Medical researchers have documented specific and distinctive abnormalities in the Stage 4 deep sleep of FM patients. During sleep, individuals with FM are constantly interrupted by bursts of awake-like brain activity, limiting the amount of time they spend in deep sleep.

Other symptoms/overlapping conditions

Additional symptoms may include:

-irritable bowel and bladder

– headaches and migraines

– restless legs syndrome (periodic limb movement disorder)

– impaired memory and concentration

– skin sensitivities and rashes, dry eyes and mouth

– anxiety, depression

– ringing in the ears

– dizziness

– vision problems

– Raynaud’s Syndrome

– neurological symptoms, and impaired coordination

Causes and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia from the American College of Rheumatology


– may be different in different people

– however, it is very likely that there are certain types of genes that can predispose people to developing fibromyalgia and other co-occurring conditions

genes alone do not, however, cause fibromyalgia

usually some triggering factor, such as spine disorders, arthritis, trauma, and other types of physical stressors

emotional stressors also may play a triggering role.

– result is changes in the way the body communicates with the spinal cord and brain associated with altered levels of chemicals and proteins in the central nervous system

for the person with fibromyalgia, it is as though the “volume control” is turned up too high in the brain’s pain processing areas.


– defined by chronic widespread muscular pain


sleep disturbances


cognitive and memory problems

depression and anxiety

more localized pain conditions often occur in patients with fibromyalgia, including:

migraine or tension headaches

temporomandibular disorder

irritable bowel syndrome

gastroesophageal reflux disorder

irritable bladder

pelvic pain syndrome

The symptoms of fibromyalgia and associated conditions can vary in intensity and wax and wane over time.

Stress often worsens these symptoms.

Here is a website for the world wide Rheumatalogists Directory if you need to get help to get a proper diagnoses.

The problem with treating the symptoms of Fibromyalgia is that is it not addressing the root cause of the problem. How do you know we aren’t making things worse by the medication or pain killers if we don’t know the cause? What if the drugs they are using are depleting a chemical or damaging neurotransmitters?

Putting all these chemicals in your body has to be doing something. The proof is starting to show that some drugs are causing organ damage, cancer, side effects, death and illnesses. It is probably a matter of time before they find out Fibromyalgia is caused from some immunization, birth control, prescription, food additive or who knows what.

The treatments that are available haven’t been successful for me or from the sounds of hundreds of other women, they are still in the same pain. They try one drug and move on to the next in a desperate attempt to get rid of the pain.

I prefer they work on getting to the root of the problem, not make another drug to mask it. Only to find years later that the drug causes liver or kidney damage. How many of these drugs have proven to cure anything? If heart pills cured heart disease they wouldn’t need to still be taking the drugs. They aren’t getting to the cause of heart disease, only taking care of the symptoms.

I think the best approach we could take would be to start eliminating some of these toxic chemicals that we have been exposed to through medication, pesticides, foods, GMO foods and everyday health care products. The best place to start is demanding they quite allowing these toxins into our food and health care product chain!

No matter what chronic illness you have or even if you are healthy, they will eventually affect you in some way. Why else do we have so many diseases and sick people these days? What about the premature aging, obesity, mental illness, suicides, crime and violence?

We are not a healthy world so lets not pretend it is. We can change though, lets all start today!

I did some research in the Canadian Institute for Health Information. I am trying to avoid being one of these statistics. Keep in mind how much Alzheimer is in seniors, could there be a connection?

Drug Use Among Seniors on Public Drug Programs in Canada, 2002 to 2008 used
data from our National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System Database to
examine the claims of more than one million seniors across six provinces. It found
that nearly two-thirds of seniors were using five or more drug classes in a year, while
one in five were using 10 or more types of prescription drugs.

Could this be why seniors get Alzheimer disease?


Fibromyalgia muscle pain and fatigue can be overwhelming to the sufferer. No one understands how it can wear on a person especially when you look fine. Lets have a good look at what they say about Fibromyalgia muscle pain.

I don’t know about you but as a sufferer myself, I am confused to say the very least. I am told and also read conflicting information about whether there is inflammation or not with Fibromyalgia.

One doctor say yes, one says no

One specialist says yes, one says no

One Rheumatologist says yes, one says no

One medical journal say yes, one says no

One study says yes, one says no

Wonder why the patient gets confused?

My thought on this is that the studies or tests have been done by some Fibromyalgia patients who have inflammation or arthritic conditions as well as Fibromyalgia and other studies have been on people who do not have inflammation. Or could some of these sufferers really have aspartame or msg poisoning? Read article below about Fibromyalgia and aspartame.

I know I had a lot of pain that the rest of the women did not have at the Fibromyalgia support group I went to years ago. I had widespread pain, they only had pain within the 18 tender spots they use to diagnose Fibromyalgia. The inflammation in my body definitely goes with dietary choices as well as weather.

I just watched Blue Gold – World Water Wars. I have really been in the dark about what is really going on in the world and the seriousness of the situation. We need to start paying attention to what is going on in the world before we don’t have any water left or it will be priced higher than gold!

I found it embarrassing seeing how we waste it while other countries can barely afford it. Some paying per drop.

I didn’t know that Coca Cola was guardian and gate keeper of Africa’s water, did you? It is a necessity for them to buy bottled water so they have priced it higher than Coke itself. Another Big Pharma giant if you ask me. Lots more to be ashamed about in this movie especially when there is a solution for everyone. The movie is a must see, I will add the link to the website.


These guys have done their homework on the world’s water problems and their message needs to be spread. Please help support your future grand children’s water!

Blue living ideas

Floating waterwheel could revolutionary micro hydroelectric power generator

What a hoot! That planet fitness commercial makes me laugh every time I see it. The big, dumb looking body builder in his short, shorts with his 3 liter jug of juice saying over and over………

I lift things up and put them down.

I lift things up and put them down.

I lift things up and put them down.

I lift things up and put them down.

As they escort him out the back door……

Hmmm, too much steroids or too much genetically modified soy protein isolate? LOL

You know, it doesn’t matter what it is that makes you laugh, make sure you do it everyday. It releases endorphins, those feel good hormones and we need a burst of them everyday!

Seriously though, most body builders take some form of that protein with soy protein isolate. The problem is that most of it is genetically modified or GMO  which has been shown to cause erectile dysfunction, hormonal disturbance, infertility and loss of libido in women as well as many other symptoms. Kind of ironic isn’t it? Trying to build a hard, sexy body meanwhile it is robbing you of your sexual well being.

Why do they allow these products on the market if they are harming us? Soy is good if it is organic, just make sure you are buying from a source you can trust. GMO foods not only jeopardize human health but also our environment, organic farming and animals.

I try to find the best products and the best prices for you.

If you are looking for pure, natural and organic body building proteins you can trust, click on the link below and put proteins in the search. This is the best price so far that I have found so far, but will continue to search.

For serious body builders, the Capra Double Bonded Protein sound like a good product, is gluten free, GMO free. I would think the Sun Warriors protein would be a good product too. I haven’t tried the body building products because I just exercise to firm not build, I am chick not a dude. : ) I can buy my chia seeds and have them delivered cheaper than I can buy them here though. We Canadians do have to pay a duty fee on the order which puts the price up for us.


Here are some articles I wrote on the effects of genetically modified foods. It is worth checking them out:


Election time makes me shake my head, big promises that never see the light of day or they only add to the over burden debt. Gallivanting around the country to try to persuade votes. What a big waist of money if you ask me.

They need 15 billion for power grid, health care is in major debt and is only increasing, plus, plus, plus. What all the promises mean in the end, your taxes are going up to pay for it all! Canada is actually in debt in the trillions.

The study, Canadian Government Debt 2008, shows that federal, provincial, and local governments have accumulated $791.2 billion in direct debt and more than $2.4 trillion in total government liabilities. Total liabilities include direct debt and programs that the government has committed to provide such as Old Age Security and Medicare (Canada’s public health care system).

Our inheritance: environmental

degradation and crippling debt

Opinions Writer

As it stands, the government of Canada’s total debt is over $522 billion, or over $16,000 per person. Unfortunately, this does not even include individual debts accrued by each province.

A less conspicuous burden is health care. Previous generations established the principles which ensure universal coverage and comparable service across Canada. But during the last several decades, health care costs have spiraled to unsustainable levels. In the midst of growing obesity rates and diabetes, not to mention statistics suggesting that we will not even live to be as old as our parents, Canada and its provinces are barely able to scrape together enough cash to fund our current, inadequate system.

We will need new programs and funding initiatives aimed at preventive medicine, promoting fitness and healthy eating, as well as subsidies for emerging pharmaceutical treatments.Unfortunately, there is no extra cash on hand for many of these necessary ventures. Instead, baby-boomers seem content with maintaining a system which their own failing health could eventually sink — unless considerable action is taken.

Friday’s Word of the Day is “health.”

Platform battles

The Liberalsy will maintain the six per cent annual increase in health transfers to the provinces beyond the current end date of 2014.

Leader Michael Ignatieff also said he’s eager to renegotiate a renewal of the health accord with the provinces.
That detail wasn’t in the Liberal platform, which was released earlier in the campaign.
The Conservatives, who released their full platform on Friday, said they would maintain the six per cent annual increase until 2014.

A Conservative spokesman said later Friday that the party would maintain the annual increase beyond 2014, matching the Liberals’ promise.

Grits commit to 6% annual increases for health care

By Bryn Weese, Parliamentary Bureau

OTTAWA — Canada’s power grid needs an annual investment of $15 billion over the next 20 years to meet growing demand and to refurbish or replace aging infrastructure, according to a study released Thursday.

Liberals promise to extend health funding

beyond 2014, add billions of dollars

By: The Canadian Press

Ignatieff challenges Harper on pledge over

health-care transfers

MS Treatment: Should the federal government fund

exploratory treatments?

TORONTO — Expanding powers for nurses inside Ontario hospitals will save taxpayers money and get patients home sooner, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Friday.

C$ gains ground on U.S. weakness

Podcast: Scandal, scandal, scandal

Today on the podcast, reporters Tamsin McMahon and Kathryn Blaze Carlson chat with editorial board member Matt Gurney on the scandals swirling around the election.

Tories come under attack over AG’s

‘shocking’ G8 spending report–ignatieff-attacks-tories-for-shocking-


Canada’s first 2011 rate hike now seen in


Canadian Dollar Fluctuates at Almost

40-Month High Before BOC

Auditor general slams G8 projects: report

Tories come under attack over AG’s

‘shocking’ G8 spending report–tories-come-under-attack-over-auditor-general-s-shocking-g8-spending-report

Canadian Dollar Holds To Tight Range

With Firmer US Dollar

The butterfly effect!