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February 23, 2011

I still do not trust any politician to do what he says..


so Quebec promises more English instruction?

Education and jobs are among the top priorities for Quebec’s Liberal government in the second half of its term, said Premier Jean Charest in his speech that launched a new legislative session on Wednesday. Charest laid out five priorities: education, employment, sustainable development, resource development and health care.The big promise is equal time for English and French instruction — Grade 6 students across Quebec will spend half of their school year in intensive English training, Charest said.“Our language is our identity, it’s our strength,” he said. “Our language is an instrument of freedom,” he added, earning a sustained ovation from his caucus. 
I still do not trust any politician to do what he says.. actions speak louder than words…  in Quebec the English right has been undeniably downgraded especially in Hospitals where too many Quebec French nurses too often do mock senior English speaking patients for not speaking French.
Furthermore the Quebec government in Montreal Hospitals is training new nurses, many new immigrants to Canada who cannot speak French, never mind even English  and these nurses do too often now only pretend they understand and comprehend French firstly as I have also witnessed many times and I have detailed before too. Never mind them learning to speak English..
Many Montrealers  firstly cannot even find an english speaking family doctor..

Any wise person will check the prescribed medication on the net. I do!

Any wise person will check the prescribed medication on the net. I do!

VANCOUVER — Look up Lipitor online in the United States and the first Google result outside of the ads will take you to the government-run National Library of Medicine’s information on the drug.


Google Lipitor in Canada and you’ll find yourself at, a website run by the drug’s maker, Pfizer.


The same thing happens to Canadians who search for any generic or brand-name prescription drug on the Internet — they get either industry-sponsored sites or an Internet-user-generated Wikipedia entry.


By comparison, thanks to a partnership drawn up last year between Google and the National Institutes of Health, Americans find solid information on the NIH websites that top their search results.


The wide discrepancy in U.S. and Canadian search results could lead to serious health problems for Canadians, say University of B.C. researchers who authored a study on the issue published this week by the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

 “If people aren’t getting good information about drugs with serious side-effects, I think there could be a potential problem,” said Michael Law, lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at UBC.


Law said the U.S. has recognized the importance of providing consumers with independent information through the Google-NIH partnership that provides searchers with National Library of Medicine information.


“In the United States quite clearly they have seen this as an important thing,” he said, adding he’d like Canada to take similar steps.


“I think it would be good practice for people who regulate drug information in Canada to get unbiased information in front of patients,” he said. “There is no doubt people are looking up drugs online.


“I think that might be a good idea to try and make sure when Canadians look online they get objective and evidence-based information.”

Law said previous research has found significant problems with manufacturer-sponsored sites and the user-generated Wikipedia, meaning that the top search results Canadians get could include less-than-reliable information.

“In a study a few years ago that looked at the content of industry-sponsored sites, a third of the time the sites didn’t list a major adverse event.”

A spokesman for Health Canada said he would follow up Thursday on questions raised by the Vancouver Sun regarding the study.

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I rightfully do not trust anyone to do what is right… not even the nurses, doctors, pharmaceutical firms.



August 20, 2008


Filed under: News and politics — thenonconformer @ 8:00 pm
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Juices may wash out drug effects London Free Press –   Consuming apple, orange or grapefruit juice can wipe out the benefits of some critical drugs, including cancer- fighting and heart medications, London scientists have discovered.  The groundbreaking research, presented at an international conference in Philadelphia yesterday, also found the common juices may block the transplant drug cyclosporine, possibly leading to organ rejection in patients.  “This is the tip of the iceberg,” said David Bailey, a professor of clinical pharmacology at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and the lead researcher.  Bailey said further research will find other classes of drugs that are neutralized by the consumption of juices.  Unless it’s known to be a problem, people should take medications only with water, preferably on an empty stomach, Bailey recommends.   Working with fellow Lawson Health Research Institute scientists Richard Kim and George Dresser, Bailey found the juices markedly depressed the absorption of certain drugs into the blood stream.  “The consequence of this is that the effect of the drug may be markedly reduced in its effectiveness and this can be a particular problem with some medications that are essential for the treatment of serious medical conditions,” Bailey said at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society.  The research did not look at juices beyond grapefruit, apple and orange, but it’s likely others will be found to have a similar effect, Bailey said.  He said he expects consuming the raw fruit itself will have the same effect as drinking the fruit juice.  For people who like to drink juices, the good news from the research is the depressing effect is relatively short-lived, allowing one to drink juice if they wait four hours before taking their medication with water.  “If you want to consume orange juice or apple juice or grapefruit juice, that’s fine. You just have to allow sufficient space between when you take your drug and when you drink the juice,” Bailey said.  The London research involved testing groups of 12 to 15 healthy volunteers with the antihistamine drug fexofenadine, used to fight allergies.  The volunteers were given the drug with either a glass of grapefruit juice or a glass of water.  When fexofenadine was given with the juice, only half the drug was absorbed.  Losing half the drugs taken into the body can be critical with some drugs, Bailey said.  In grapefruit juice, the researchers pinpointed the active ingredient naringin as the culprit in blocking the uptake of drugs.  In oranges, the chemical has been identified as hesperidin. The chemical in apples still hasn’t been identified.  While this research shows juices can reduce drug absorption, 20 years ago Bailey discovered grapefruit juice could boost a high blood pressure drug to dangerous levels, even if the juice was consumed a day earlier.  Yesterday, he said his finding that food could adversely interact with drugs was initially met with skepticism from many.  Other scientists have since identified 50 other medications that have a similar risk if consumed with grapefruit juice.  Some prescription drugs now carry warning labels against taking grapefruit juice.

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