Thursday, January 12, 2006

Home health remedy~salt lamps~water~prescription drugs

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These are home health remedies that have been emailed to me or that I found on the Internet.  I have not tried them all and do NOT guarantee the effectiveness of them.  If you try one and it works, or if you have one that works for you, please email me.  Thanks.  

Dandruff
  • Pour distilled white vinegar onto the hair, as close to the scalp as you can manage; massage into the scalp; and allow to dry for several minutes before washing as usual. Repeat daily until the dandruff disappears, usually within a few days.

I used this on my youngest son who has a real bad dandruff problem.  It helped a great deal with his dandruff, I was really surprised.  Of course, at 13 years old, he was getting real annoyed with me and the smell of the vinegar and didn't leave it on as long as I wanted him to.  However, if you have a dandruff problem, and can stand the smell, I really recommend this one!

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Has anyone ever heard of Natural Salt Lamps?  Yesterday in one of my OM e-mails I saw the link to this site, Natural Salt Lamps.  I went there and these things look pretty cool.  I don't know if they really do everything they say that they do, but heck they are neat looking anyway, lol.  They also have a bunch of other neat looking things.  They are a bit pricey for my budget, but if I could afford to...I would order and try several things that they offer.     

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Is it possible to drink too much water?  LOL  I ask because I have heard the thing about drinking eight 8oz glasses of water a day, 64 ounces.  But yesterday when I totalled up my water intake...it came to 84 ounces.  Yes, I was pee-ing all day and night long, lol.     So does anyone know if drinking that much water could cause me to retain water?  I kind of figured it would just help me flush any excess water out of my body.  But someone asked me if I would start holding water from drinking too much, and now I am curious.     

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Okay, being the cynic that I am I had to check this email information out.  I went to the Detroit channel 7 web site and found the link to this story.  Apparently the following information is very correct.  If you want to check out the original news story you can click this link  WXYZ: Investigations>  I have to admit, I didn't believe it until I went and read it online.  I can't wait until the Costco opens here in Toledo. I hope you all find this as interesting (as well as infuriating) as I did.  I went to the Costco site, both of my blood pressure meds were listed for at least half of what the pharmacies sell them for.    The following in quotations is the e-mail I received in part.  I reduced the font size of all the meds because it is a bit of a list.   

"Let's hear it for Costco!! (This is just mind-boggling!)  Make sure
you read all the way past the list of the drugs
The woman that signed below is a Budget Analyst out of federal
Washington, DC offices.

Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active
ingredient in prescription medications? Some people think it must cost a
lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet. We did a search of
offshore chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found
in drugs approved by the FDA. As we have revealed in past issues of
Life Extension, a significant percentage of drugs sold in the United
States contain active ingredients made in other countries. In our
independent investigation of how much profit drug companies really make,
we obtained the actual price of active ingredients used in some
of the most popular drugs sold in America.

The data below speaks for itself.

Celebrex: 100 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $130.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.60
Percent markup: 21,712%



Claritin: 10 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $215.17
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.71
Percent markup: 30,306%


Keflex: 250 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $157.39
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.88
Percent markup: 8,372%



Lipitor: 20 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $272.37
Cost of general active ingredients: $5.80
Percent markup: 4,696%


Norvasc: 10 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $188.29
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.14
Percent markup: 134,493%


Paxil: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $220.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $7.60
Percent markup: 2,898%


Prevacid: 30 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $44.77
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.01
Percent markup: 34,136%



Prilosec: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $360.97
Cost of general active ingredients $0.52
Percent markup: 69,417%


Prozac: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) : $247.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.11
Percent markup: 224,973%


Tenormin: 50 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $104.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.13
Percent markup: 80,362%



Vasotec: 10 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $102.37
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.20
Percent markup: 51,185%


Xanax: 1 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) : $136.79
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.024
Percent markup: 569,958%


Zestril: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) $89.89
Cost of general active ingredients $3.20
Percent markup: 2,809


Zithromax: 600 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $1,482.19
Cost of general active ingredients: $18.78
Percent markup: 7,892%


Zocor: 40 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $350.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $8.63
Percent markup: 4,059%


Zoloft: 50 mg
Consumer price: $206.87
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.75
Percent markup: 11,821%





Since the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous, I thought
everyone should know about this. Please read the following and pass it on.
It pays to shop around. This helps to solve the mystery as to why they
can afford to put a Walgreen's on every corner. On Monday night,
Steve Wilson, an investigative reporter for Channel 7 News in Detroit,
did a story on generic drug price gouging by pharmacies. He found
in his investigation, that some of these generic drugs were marked up as
much as 3,000% or more. Yes, that's not a typo.....three thousand
percent! So often, we blame the drug companies for the high cost of
drugs, and usually rightfully so. But in this case, the fault clearly
lies with the pharmacies themselves. For example, if you had to buy a
prescription drug, and bought the name brand, you might pay $100 for 100 pills.
The pharmacist might tell you that if you get the generic equivalent,
they would only cost $80, making you think you are "saving" $20. What
the pharmacist is not telling you is that those 100 generic pills may
have only cost him $10!

At the end of the report, one of the anchors asked Mr. Wilson whether or
not there were any pharmacies that did not adhere to this practice,
and he said that Costco consistently charged little over their cost for
the generic drugs.


I went to the Costco site, where you can look up any drug, and get its
online price. It says that the in-store prices are consistent with the
online prices. I was appalled. Just to give you one example from my own
experience, I had to use the drug, Compazine, which helps prevent nausea
in chemo patients.


I used the generic equivalent, which cost $54.99 for
60 pills at CVS. I checked the price at Costco, and I could
have bought 100 pills for $19.89. For 145 of my pain pills, I paid
$72.57. I could have got 150 at Costco for $28.08.

I would like to mention, that although Costco is a "membership" type
store, you do NOT have to be a member to buy prescriptions there,
as it is a federally regulated substance. You just tell them at the door
that you wish to use the pharmacy, and they will let you in. (this is
true)

I went there this past Thursday and asked them.  I am asking each of you
to please help me by copying this letter, and passing it into your
own e-mail, and send it to everyone you know with an e-mail address."     

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I hope someone found at least one thing useful or interesting today.  Have a great day!  

~*Jill Marie*~

1 comment:

csandhollow said...

Yes you will start retaining water. You cells go into a fluid overload. This can be particullary dangerous for someone that has a problem with high blood pressure(even if it is under control with medicines) Remember the foods you eat have water in them even if you eat them raw. That does include meat. And guess what it is hard to lose that water that gets into the cells!