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Does it Really Matter What the FDA Says at This Point?

My brother sent me an interesting article about a drug called Qnexa that is about to come on the market.   The company that makes it, Vivus Inc, claims that Qnexa, which combines the appetite suppressant phentermine and anti-seizure drug topiramate, helped patients lose at least 10 percent of their weight after a year of treatment.

You can read the rest of the article here: U.S. Advisers Back Experimental Obesity Pill

So here is what I have to say about this…..

If you read the article, it is basically discussing the fact that this drug has already been rejected by the FDA two years ago, but a panel of outside experts called the “US health advisors” (whoever these people are and represent) recommend approving the drug despite the many potential side effects such as heart attacks and birth defects, because there are just too many obese people and something needs to be done about it.

So, if the FDA does what it is usually does and follows the recommendations of this panel – the “US Health Advisors” (whoever these people are and represent)…this drug will be available sometime in April.

Who cares what the FDA approves and what they don’t approve anymore?  They have approved drugs that have killed many people and will continue to approve many, many more dangerous drugs…..why not approve a drug like this one?

What difference does it make?

Slap a label on the bottle listing all the possible side effects (like death) and leave it up to those who decide that it is worth the risk.

At some point, we, Americans, have to take responsibility for ourselves and our own lives and forget about what the FDA “approves” of and what they don’t “approve” of.

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Easy Money, Chapter 1

Everyday, I am going to post a chapter from a publication that the Breslov community in Brooklyn puts out which is based on the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.  I will add my two cents on the bottom of the post and those of you who have a few more cents to add….please feel free.

Even though Rabbi Nachman was a Hasid, his teachings are applicable and potentially valuable to all of humanity

Visit my post “The Unique Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov” for a little introduction to who Rabbi Nachman is and why he is special.

Easy Money, Chapter 1

“The ability to earn a good living, comfortably is determined by a person’s awareness of G-d.  Those who fail to recognize G-d’s decisive role in their destiny, including the realm of finances, senselessly overwork themselves, always in strenuous pursuit of another buck.

But when you feel a pervasive sense of G-d’s presence in your life, then you casually assume a relaxed attitude towards earning your livelihood.  You will attend leisurely to your business, confident in G-d’s generosity to provide, as He does universally for every creature lart or small.

When you’ve identified in your mind that it is solely G-d who determines a person’s financial status, irrespective of human device, then you’ll realize how needless it is to overly strain yourself to eke out a living, for aren’t there an infinite variety of ways that G-d can furnish Man with support?

G-d will shoulder your financial burden and you will never be lacking at His philanthropic hand, if you would just accept the reality of your utter reliance on Him for everything.”

My commentary:

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Trust vs. Faith

I wanted to talk about this because I feel that sometimes we get confused about the difference between these two words.

You cannot have faith in something unless you trust it first.

We can learn a lot from the story about the Manna, an edible substance that God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert according to the Bible. (Book of Exodus)

The Israelites were instructed by Moses not to save their daily portions of Manna (except for the double portion that fell before the Sabbath) because it would rot and become inedible.

Believe it or not, despite the fact that the Israelites must have witnessed incredible miracles throughout their exile from Egypt, some of them still did not listen to Moses’ instruction and tried to save the Manna for the next day.

These Israelites clearly did not trust that the Manna was going to fall and, therefore, suffered from fear – which is lack of faith.

They feared that they would not have food the next day and they possible did what most of us nowadays do…tossed and turned all night worrying about not doing the right thing, but at the same time not trusting that there will be enough tomorrow.

If we trust in somebody (or something), we can relinquish the fear of not being able to trust and we can submit to faith.

Faith allows us to move along life without carrying the burden of fear and discontent.

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We must, as parents, realize that our role is not to be our children’s friend. It is to teach them about life. We don’t need our children to like us…they only have to respect us.
So let’s give them a reason to respect us……

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Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:

Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller

Just Stuff that interests me

When I lost my daughter to a car accident in 2005, my nephew brought her personal effects to me including her cell phone.  He really didn’t want to give me that phone.  He was afraid that I would be upset.  You see she had me in her contact list not as Mom, but as Asspain.

I wasn’t upset in the least.  I was glad she thought that I was a pain in the ass, it’s a title I earned by being her mother, not her friend.  As her mother I had a responsibility to raise her and teach her right from wrong.  It was my responsibility to make sure that she developed the skills she needed in life and as a parent you can’t do that without teaching hard lessons to your children.  If you teen doesn’t think you are a pain in the ass you aren’t doing it right.

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Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Parenting, Why is Life Unfair?


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Where are Your Thoughts?

I get a lot a great comments from a few followers, but I am looking for some challenging questions that give me the opportunity to search my mind and my soul for answers…..and offer some of my followers the same opportunity.

I don’t have all the questions, so how can I have all the answers..

Ask questions.  Don’t ask me questions……just ask questions!!!!

There is no such thing as a silly question – if you really want to know an answer to it.

It is not silly to ask why the sky is blue, if that question forces you to explore your environment to come up with an answer……which is exactly what scientists do.

It is not silly to ask why some of us are this way and others are that way.  That is why we have sociologists, psychologists, economists, theologians, and scientists……They all ask questions!!!!

Click this link to send me your questions:          I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller
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Is This OK?

I found this video today and I don’t know what to think….

What is going on in our country?  Both sides have substantial claim as to why this should or shouldn’t have happened.  We have no idea based on this video what the girl was doing to cause the cop to taser her…and we don’t know what kind of cop this was.  Yeah, tasering a young girl is generally unacceptable, but, let’s be real now….14 year old girls are not like they used to be.  What if this little girl was an actual threat?  We all know that nowadays anything is possible…..

What kind of world are we leaving our children?  What is the answer to these problems?  How do we combat the excessive sex and violence everywhere and the complete disregard for others that is taking over like a disease?

What is the solution?

Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller
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Avoiding Controversy At All Costs

I have a funny story that I have to share with anyone who is reading this.  Since I have started blogging, part of my journey is visiting other blogs to share my opinions and possibly have a battle of wits – just for the fun of it.  That is my definition of “peaceful controversy”…Hence, the name of my blog.

I ran into this particular blog and the blogger seemed to be have some cute stories about her family and whatnot – until I ran into a post revealing the blogger’s opinion about Occupy Wallstreet. The gist of the post was that the blogger felt that based on the media’s representation, Occupy Wallstreet was a bunch of people – the 99% of the population – just complaining about how they wanted what they didn’t have and it wasn’t fair that rest of the 1% of the population had more than them.  This blogger then went on to claim that she must be a part of the 1% since she doesn’t butt into other people’s business and worry about what others have.  This blogger also stated that she and her husband worked very hard for they had and that if someone wants something in life, hard work will get you it.  The message was don’t be jealous of others that have because they worked hard for it.

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