Thinking of you, Jaydon Chavez-Silver

The teenager’s killer remains on the loose. A $4,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information on Chavez-Silver’s killer, according to a Facebook remembrance page for the teen. Anyone with information is urged to call 505-242-COPS.

We remember Jaydon Chavez-Silver
July 6 at 8:03am 
I wanted to share 2 stories that strangers have told me about Jaydon that made me smile.
A woman wrote a note to me that 3 weeks ago she lost her dog at Smiths and was very upset. Jaydon walked up to her (not knowing who she was) and said “ma’am are you okay, is there anything I can do”? She told him that she couldn’t find her dog. He said “don’t worry, I’ll go find her for you, stay right here”. He went and found her dog then went on with his day. She saw his picture on the news and felt compelled to come to the mortuary to tell the story. He never said a word to me about that day. Always so helpful, even with strangers.

Another woman messaged me to let me know that she had a special needs son at Manzano and that Jaydon was one of the few boys at school that made sure he did not get bullied and no one bothered him. Again, he never mentioned a word to me about that either. These stories make me so very proud of him and make me smile through the tears.


(Photo taken 6/5/2015.)

New spinal cord stimulation therapy, recently approved by FDA

In recent years researchers have made a case that sitting for prolonged periods is harmful to your health. Some have claimed it is as dangerous as smoking. But being on your feet all day might not be so healthy either. A team of international researchers conducted a small study of men and women who worked on their feet for most of each day…

An unrelated study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists might contain some good news for people who spend their day standing and then suffer from back and leg pain. The study shows that patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy enjoyed significant and long-term relief from both chronic back and leg pain.

“Chronic back and leg pain have long been considered difficult to treat and current pain relief options such as opioids have limited effectiveness and commonly known side effects,” said lead author Dr. Leonardo Kapural, of Wake Forest University. “Given the prevalence of chronic pain, high frequency SCS is an exciting advance for our patients.”

SCS is a fairly common therapy that administers electric pulses to the spinal cord through a small device implanted under the skin. The new treatment, called HF10 therapy, uses proprietary high frequency pulses of 10,000 Hz, compared to traditional SCS which uses frequencies of 40 to 60 Hz.

(7/28/2015) New Therapy Delivers Long-Term Relief for Chronic Back, Leg Pain, Study Find

According to a study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy experienced significantly greater, long-term relief for both chronic back and leg pain, when compared to a traditional low frequency form of SCS therapy…

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t a study require a placebo group to be considered scientific? To prove causation, not just correlation?  Do you think there’s a peer-review system over at the ASA’s “official medical journal”?  And who owns the rights to this “novel” therapy with “proprietary” technology?

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graham6214 to beverley82498 • 8 months ago
hi beverley im sorry to say my scs has been a disaster from start to finish and im waiting to have it removed if your hubbie goes ahead with it make sure that he get the paddle leads which are stitched in and not the leads that are injected as they have a tendency to break or twist hope this helps you with your quest even though it will not be a cure but rather than a aid to pain relief all the best graham

the_evil_edna to khi • 8 months ago
Hi hun I have had some issues & on strng pain relief, the stimlator does help but its not been anywhere near the relief I had during the trial. I’m doing better as I’m not bed bound but everyday is a struggle just to do daily thins, I have been told its a constant juggling act, drugs, reprogamming & minor ops, My consultant told me last week its a condition that i need to learn to live with its not a disease that they can fix.
I wish you the best of luck & hope you experience better long term results x

Does Eating Pot Make You Higher Than Smoking It?

Eating pot results in a more intense and longer lasting high, though it doesn’t necessarily make you any higher. “I don’t know if I’d say it’s more intoxicating,” Mark A. Ware, director of clinical research at Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, McGill University Health Centre, told The Daily Beast. “It’s just different.”

One of the main reasons for the difference? Edible marijuana passes through the liver before it enters the bloodstream — whereas smoked or vaporized marijuana goes straight to the lungs — and that process, dubbed the metabolic first-pass effect, can compound the psychoactive properties in the plant.

It also takes more time for the drug to weave its way through the liver, which means it takes longer to get high. People often ingest more of it while they sit around waiting to feel stoned…

It can also be challenging to know exactly how many psychoactive compounds are in one serving. Colorado has set 10 milligrams as the standard dose per serving, with 100 mg maximum per food item. But the potency of different strains can vary. And clinical pharmacologist Kari Franson, a professor at the University of Colorado, told Forbes that she is “still skeptical” about attempts to standardize the amount in products…

Why President Obama and Congress turned their backs on food safety

Two decades ago, the FDA oversaw 200,000 imports; last year there were 12 million, accounting for roughly 15 percent of the nation’s food supply…

But the part of the government responsible for keeping kids’ peanut butter safe was a chronically understaffed unit of the FDA called the Office of Regulatory Affairs.

In 2009, ORA had fewer than 700 food inspectors (calculated in full-time employees) to cover hundreds of thousands of food facilities. By comparison, at the Department of Agriculture, which oversees all meat processing, the ratio is flipped: There’s more than one inspector for every one of the 6,200 facilities, and they’re on site around the clock. That level of scrutiny is a vestige of Teddy Roosevelt’s reforms: Meat companies by law aren’t allowed to operate without an inspector on hand. The FDA has had no similar mandate, so its workforce never kept pace…

U.S. food companies might get inspected every four to five years, and the overwhelming majority of foreign producers never get inspected at all. The ORA now has about 1,100 food-safety inspectors — a seemingly large increase since 2009 but still a tiny force compared with the 377,000 domestic and foreign facilities it is nominally in charge of monitoring.

The FDA’s foods program also has significantly lagged in funding over the years. In the 1970s, close to half the agency’s budget was spent on food safety and nutrition. Today, it’s closer to one-fifth. Spending on drugs and medical device programs has boomed — a trend fueled largely by industry user fees. Drug and device companies have an economic incentive to keep FDA well-staffed to speed product approvals, but there is no such incentive for food-safety inspections…

It turned out that the ice cream was contaminated with listeria that was present in two of Blue Bell’s plants — one in Texas, where the company is based, and one in Oklahoma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now linked 10 illnesses, going back to 2010, to the company’s ice cream.

The company, FDA discovered in March, had known for two years that it had an issue with listeria in its Oklahoma plant, but it wasn’t required to report its findings to the agency because of a technicality about how close to the food the bacteria was found…

They’re the kind of improvements recommended by food-safety experts who know what the public doesn’t. That, for example, the United States imports 80 percent of its seafood and roughly half of its fruits and vegetables but inspects less than 2 percent of that and tests even less…

Last month, Brad Frey was in Washington, on a trip funded by Pew, to share his story about his mother’s death. He met with the offices of Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, who is on the Appropriations Committee. The senators were receptive to his call to fund the law, he said, but they also quickly noted that Republicans are in charge…

Anatomy of a food-borne illness outbreak

A Halloween treat: Before Halloween, Shirlee Frey, 81, bought caramel apples to share with her four grandchildren. Several days later, Frey grew faint, hit her head and was airlifted to Stanford Medical Center in California for surgery to relieve brain bleeding. Doctors initially were optimistic, but days later, her condition worsened. On Thanksgiving, Frey became unresponsive. On Dec. 2, doctors determined she had listeriosis, a foodborne infection that can be dangerous for pregnant women and adults with weak immune systems…

Self-testing failure: In September, Bidart had voluntarily tested one set of samples for listeria — out of millions of apples — and the tests were negative. Testing just one sample is “worse than doing nothing because if it’s negative, it gives a false sense of security,” said Mansour Samadpour, a testing expert.

To the marijuana industry:  Testing one bud from a large crop will not give an accurate THC/CBD count, nor will it show if parts of the batch have been contaminated with something like mold.