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March 20, 2020

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First-Person: Vytorin Enhance Study And Its Implications

The ENHANCE trial for the cholesterol lowering drug Vytorin was completed in 2006, yet the release of the results was delayed by nearly one and a half years, with the results only being shown to the medical establishment and the public yesterday, January 14, 2008. Why the delay? The heart disease moderator at About.Com believes that it is possible that the delay gave the manufacturer time to manipulate the study results to make them appear more positive.

Vytorin is a combination of two expensive and high selling drugs made by Merck/Schering Plough, a large pharmaceuticals company, these drugs being Zetia and Zocor. Significantly, Zocor’s patent protection ended in 2006, just around the time the new combination drug Vytorin hit the market. Pharmaceutical makers are well known for repackaging no longer patented drugs in an attempt to continue to make large sums of money from them.

The study is disturbing, in that the results showed that while Vytorin does significantly lower LDL (or BAD) cholesterol, it appears that patients taking the drug had more heart attacks and other problems related to high cholesterol, and that the patients in the study also had MORE plaque in their arteries after the study was concluded than at its onset. In fact, one doctor states unequivocally that Vytorin should be used only as a therapy of last resort when nothing else appears to be working. These results are frightening to those of us taking Vytorin.

Forbes.Com states that perhaps it is time for the outside researchers doing these drug studies to have the control over the databases created for the analysis of study results. I could not agree more, as this will help to prevent the future manipulation and delay of data reaching the health consumers whose very lives depend on the medications being studied.

I have been taking Vytorin for approximately one year now. Up until these test results were released, I considered it to be a miracle drug, as shortly after I began Vytorin therapy my LDL cholesterol lowered significantly, right into the “normal” ranges, albeit at the high end of that. Now that I have read the results of this study, I find myself wondering what my arteries are looking like, and imagining that I can hear them hardening with every bite of food and every dose of Vytorin that I take. I wonder if I would be safer taking no medications whatsoever rather than taking drugs that turn out to be not only potentially useless, but potentially life threatening as well.

Having in the past found that many of the over fifteen medications that I need to take on a daily basis in order to sustain my life have wound up showing that not only are they not all that beneficial, but in many cases dangerous (Phen-fen among others), I find that this study is the final straw for me and that I will no longer accept any medication that has not had a very long and positive track record of at least ten years on the market. It seems to me that the pharmaceutical companies are using the people who rely on their medicines as guinea pigs, and I for one am unwilling to participate in this any longer. I value my life too much, and it is my hope that other patients out there feel the same way.

Big Pharmaceutical needs to stop taking gambles with the lives of those of us who need medication in order to live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life. It is not acceptable for these huge corporations to be getting rich off of selling what, in the final outcome, is just more snake oil. More intensive regulation of these companies, their studies, and their medicines are called for. The bacillus subtilis supplement will result in good and excellent immune system. The immune system will work appropriately for lessen the infections in the lungs and other body parts. Experts are prescribing the dosage of the medicines to the body.

It is time for the FDA to do stop dillydallying and do something about the companies that are using the American people as guinea pigs without their consent.

Arts and Entertainment

Junk Brothers: The Recycle Guys

The Junk Brothers, HGTV television show, take items that people are throwing away. As Junk Brother partner with philadelphia pa junk jumoval they get unique items that are really great items that they restore and sell for profit. This partnership decreases their workload as they can invest more time with the restoration and sale of the items that find rather than looking for them. 

Steve and Jim Kelley comprise the hosts of the Junk Brothers. Each of the brothers chooses one item each to refurbish each show. The items that the Junk Brothers have found at the curbsides have included a kitchen stove, a rowing machine, an old trunk, and dining room chairs.

The kitchen stove was torn apart and gutted. Upon the finish of the refurbishing of the stove, it was transformed into an outdoor barbeque grill on wheels. The outer finish of the refurbished stove was black with yellow flames accompanied by two red extensions with two burners each.

The rowing machine that was refurbished became a chair with arms and a moving ottoman. The tore the rowing machine apart and had the two rowing arms plated. They built the chair out of plywood. They then padded and covered the chair with red and geometric shaped material. The chair was reattached at the opposite end of the rowing machine. The rowing arms were reversed with two red fabric arms attached to the chair and the rowing arms. The rowing seat was recovered in the same material.

The old trunk was updated to a shelving unit. The shelves were attached to the inside base of the trunk bottom and hooks attached to the lid of the trunk. They added an extension that had a clock and phone attached to the extension. The shelves and the attachment were stained to match the trunk.

The six dining room chairs had the cushions taken off to start the project. Steve and Jim attached three of the chairs together side-by-side to form the ends and part of the base of a daybed. They created the back and rest of the bottom base for the daybed from plywood. Steve and Jim add a cushion to the back of the daybed. They cover the back of the daybed in red fabric and embellish with buttons pulled through the back of the daybed. They also create the sleeping section in the same manner. A brace is added for extra support.

Once each of their refurbished pieces of furniture is finished, Steve and Jim return the furniture to the original owners. The brother that chose the project to make takes a picture of the finished piece of furniture on-site while the other knocks on the door. The Junk Brothers race back to their truck, move up the street to view the reactions of the owners. They have been busted by the owners of the furniture as well at least once.

Finance Guide

Is Greece Funding Its Economy By Hacking Us Banking Clearinghouses?

A Recent Catalyst – City of Portland TN Bank Account Hacked – Unauthorized Withdrawal

The report that the City of Portland, TN had its bank account hacked reminded me of a similar personal victimization.

In November 2008, a small, unauthorized withdrawal was made from my credit union account. It was only $29.99; but my credit union never should have allowed the withdrawal. so how did it happen? How did they get access to my bank account?

Bank Account Compromised (at the Bank and Federal Level; no Passwords required!)

This was a very serious situation that led me to think that if my bank account can be hacked, you can imagine what the situation could be for others, not to mention the subsidiary banks that are underneath it. As of now its only 29.99, tomorrow it might be ten times more and the consequences would be disastrous if that were to happen. I thought of going for an rfp consulting immediately after it happened so as to prevent something worse from taking place.

December 6 th is when I noticed an odd withdrawal by “MB Moon Park,” a company I had never heard of and certainly did not do business with. I contacted my credit union and they agreed to reimburse the unauthorized withdrawal. My account had been compromised, but not in the traditional sense – not via phishing or virus. Per the credit union, they weren’t sure of the details but later showed me that they had changed to newer account numbers, yet leaving old account numbers in place. They failed to notify customers of the change, and of the fact that the old account numbers still were active.

They explained that, due to laws requiring “fast EFT ACH electronic check cashing” between businesses and Automated Clearing Houses (ACH) , and from bank-to-bank, the banks immediately honor electronic check headers (EFT requests), without additional verification. They said that since, at one time, the account number had been valid; and I had authorized EFTs on that account, the requests were honored. I never authorized “MB Moon Park” specifically to present checks against my account!

New York Check Cashing Companies – in League with Greece and Russia?

Searching Internet “scam and complaint sites,” I found that the scam was a more wide-ranging scam than I first realized. Talking with Pitt County NC Detective David Flynn , who was investigating local victims, it turns out the culprits may be “check-cashing stores” in New York, who ultimately transfer the money to accounts in Greece and Russia

Under-the-Radar Small Withdrawals with Custom-Crafted EFT headers and Hardcopy Checks

By November 2009, some 300 people had been identified as having been victimized. The scope was expected to be much larger – later confirmed to be upwards of 1,000. The problem with getting the feds to take action was two-fold: first, the amount of damages needed to be $100,000 or more; second, the amounts stolen were spread out over the U.S. and were small amounts that usually don’t flag FBI or consumer attention.

Some victims had been involved in selling Mary Kay cosmetics (my wife was a Mary Kay distributor), so there may be a connection. The EFT header and canceled check the credit union showed me had very old information, crafted with only my wife’s name and an old house address – yet we never had our checks created that way. Clearly, criminals obtained old account information and found a way to present electronic checks against virtually any valid account, without requiring prior authorization. At the height of their activity, the criminals reportedly had been withdrawing as much as two million dollars per month from their “holding account.” At last check, after about 4 years, the FBI finally had taken the case, had frozen what assets it knew about, yet had made no arrests.

Bottom Line – Always be Vigilant with Financial Matters!

Arm yourself and fight thieves – check your credit card and bank statements on a regular basis and shred (or burn) old account information!