A new form of migraine therapy has been approved by the FDA. This migraine intervention comes in the form of a patch, either wrapped around the upper arm or thigh. This patch, which includes a small computer chip, sends out electrical signals into the skin over a four-hour period, distributing a drug called sumatriptan. The patch, marketed with the name, Zecurity is deemed, “effective in treating migraine headache pain as well as migraine-related nausea.” Although Zecurity sounds nice, like providing “security”, it comes with its own package of negative effects including skin irritation and pressure at the site of the patch, damage to people with a history of cardiovascular diseases, and potentially inducing life-threatening serotonin syndrome.
To make matters worse, a phase three pivotal study showed that only about half, or 53 percent, of the subjects achieved relief from headache pain. (Achieving the benefits is like flipping coin)
How the science works
After applied to the upper arm or thigh, the migraine therapy patch is then activated with a push button, which initiates trans-dermal delivery of the drug sumatriptan. The computer chip regulates the drug’s dispersion into the body, monitoring skin resistance and delivering a total dose of 6.5 mg through a four hour dosing period.
How to get eight million people on migraine therapy drugs
Of the 16 million U.S. adults who are diagnosed and treated with migraines, 8 million, or half, reportedly don’t take oral medication. By transforming an oral medication into a well regulated, easy-to-use patch, more of the drug can be consumed. Subjects also won’t be able to skip a dose this way, allowing for direct, easy, continual, automated, lifetime drugging. Lifetime drugging is the end game here. By ignoring the body’s migraine signals, a person can “patch” the body’s response and muffle its communication. The real questions are, “What is causing the migraine?” “Why do so many Americans experience tension, sensitivity, and inflammation?”
The patch doesn’t address migraine triggers that are harming the body
The patch addresses none of the root causes but operates more like a personal arm-held doctor that oversees and administers medication. The patch is a built-on monitor of sorts, a new tool for drug companies to guarantee drug consumption. The patch allows people to just push a button, without even making an everyday conscious decision. It allows people to forget, betray and turn a cold ear toward their own bodily signals. People won’t necessarily have to avoid migraine triggers; thus, they will continually subject themselves to the root causes that are damaging their health. Their migraine may be telling them to avoid certain triggers that are harming their body, but that can all be silenced now with a push of a button. This could lead to an out of touch society, over-medicated with easy push-button, computer chip regulated, drug dependency patches.
Basic strategies to relieve migraines
Detoxifying the body of heavy metal pollutants allows the body to better absorb nutrients and reduce inflammation. Cutting out processed foods and sugars helps as well. Eating an alkaline based diet, full of fresh fruits and vegetables is a major component to general wellness.
In an absorbent body, certain natural plant extracts can have a positive effect on migraine relief. These plants address the inflammation and sensitivities holistically without risk of negative effects and drug dependence.
Herbal extract like butterbur and white willow provide relief in an absorbent body. White willow is a timeless anti-inflammatory remedy that contains salicin – the old form of aspirin.
Learn more: http://voices.yahoo.com/health-benefits-white-willow-bark-128384.html
Butterbur allows normal blood flow to the brain, lowering the inflammatory effect of chemicals like leukotrienes and prostaglandin E2.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/028866_butterbur_migraines.html
Dealing with the root causes of heavy metal toxicity, environmental triggers, inflammations, and an acidic lifestyle, are more effective long term strategies that work. Hope can be found in new lifestyle disciplines and simple natural solutions. Long term hope is not always found in a drug company’s computer-chip-regulated drug regime.
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Google Now Has Access To Millions of Patients’ Medical Records
A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated.
According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.
The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.
Results of pathology and radiology tests are also shared, as is information from critical care and accident and emergency departments. In addition, DeepMind’s access to the centralised records of all NHS hospital treatments in the U.K. means the tech company can access historical data from the last five years, all while receiving a continuous stream of new data.
At the same time, DeepMind is developing a platform called Patient Rescue, which uses hospital data streams to build tools to carry out analysis and support diagnostic decisions. The New Scientist explained how it works:
Comparing a new patient’s information with millions of other cases, Patient Rescue might be able to predict that they are in the early stages of a disease that has not yet become symptomatic, for example. Doctors could then run tests to see if the prediction is correct.
While the Royal Free has not yet responded to the question of what — if any — opt-out mechanisms are available to patients, the New Scientist suggests this is unlikely to be a straightforward process. Despite the agreement stating Google cannot use the data in any other part of the company’s business, many will be seriously wary of the access the online tech giant now has to the confidential data of millions of people.
As the New Scientist wrote:
Data mining is the name of the game in the burgeoning field of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and there’s no company in the world better at that than Google.
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