Yes, I am wise, but it’s wisdom born of pain

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again
Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

NSAIDS and heartburn drugs

Other consequences of NSAID use appeared more gradually. Evidence has accumulated that such medications increase the risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure and atrial fibrillation (Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy, Oct., 2014)…

This pattern has been repeated in the case of the popular acid-suppressing drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Drugs like omeprazole (Prilosec) or lansoprazole (Prevacid) were initially available by prescription only for serious gastrointestinal problems such as healing ulcers, treating erosive esophagitis and easing a rare condition called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Before long, though, doctors were using them to treat heartburn symptoms. PPIs have become among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. In the U.S. it is estimated that over 20 million people receive prescriptions for powerful acid-suppressing drugs every year.

Now, however, the dark sides of PPIs are coming to light…

The Four Stooges

Looks like my neighborhood squirrels have been busy. ¬†Four new babies, let loose in the world. Considering how they acted, it looked like it was the first time they were allowed outside to play. They didn’t stray very far from their home in the bush, but they had quite a bit of fun.

(Photos taken 6/20/2015.)