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I headed down to this local coffee place a little bit ago because I was craving their iced coffee with cream and sugar free vanilla. I pulled into the line behind one other vehicle and someone came out to take my order so it would be ready when it was my turn.

Just as I got up there, I realized I hadn't brought my wallet. I explained what had happened and asked if they would put it in the icebox for me - that I would be right back with my money. Ya know what she said? No problem, it's on us today and handed me my drink. What company does that? They have earned a customer for life. BEST SERVICE EVER!
 

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Am totally bummed out. Hubby brought a cold home and generously shared it with me. I spent most of the day yesterday in bed or just sitting (watching TV is SOOO boring). Today promises to be about the same.

Really, I had other things planned for this weekend.
 

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I finally have all 4 grand kids in school! Oldest is a senior in HS, next (and only boy) is a freshman in HS, next one is in Pre-K, and the youngest starts preschool next week.
 

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I have been hearing a lot about all the health benefits of drinking bone broth. Since I am far too lazy to take the time to make it myself, I bought Pacific Organic Bone Broth. (Turkey with Rosemary, Sage & Thyme) Let me tell you, it is probably the MOST DISGUSTING thing I have ever tried. YUCK!
 

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I don't think much of the commercial bone broths. I'm not convinced there's enough "bone" in that kind of broth to be of any benefit whatsoever.

But.... the broth I make myself from the carcass of a store-bought roasted chicken is delicious. I leave some meat on the bones, add onion, celery, garlic, and various herbs to it. Simmer it on the stove all day for a couple days (this could be done in a crockpot as well). Not really very much work.
 

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The whole "bone broth" thing puzzles me a little. At home whenever I've made soup, there have been bones in the broth. The broth is gelatinous when it's cold but oh so good when it's hot. Is "bone broth" one of those redundant things, like "hot water heater". :smile2:

That said, perhaps there's some flavor in Pacific's broth that Cricket doesn't like. Maybe Imagine's brand is better? Since I don't find it all difficult to make my own, it's an academic point to me. Just bemused by the craze over a preparation method that's really rather old and time-tested.
 

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A thought for today!

While watching one of the ‘Never Ending’ advertisements on drugs for people with Type II diabetes, I had the thought that anytime an advertisement spends a large portion of time warning listeners of all the possible side effects of that drug, then you have to question if that drug is really something I should ever consider?
 

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I've always wondered why they go through the list anyway. My understanding is that not that many people need to experience the side effect for it to be listed, so the lists get long. But 98% of the world for whom that particular drug is of no value get to sit through the hurried recitation.

Shouldn't the benefits and side effects be something your health provider discusses with you as part of using that drug in treatment?
 

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itissteve.....I can only speak from my experience.

I was put on Januvia 8 or 9 years ago by my doctor, he said it would help me control my blood sugar. I trusted that and my doctor gave me no warning about the drug. I just started taking it as prescribed. Over a period of time maybe 2-3 months I started getting congestion in my lungs and every time this problem started it came on quick. Over a period of a few days turned into a full case of bronchitis's. I have never been prone to this, but when I had the first one, I did not think much about it. I eventually went to my doctor and he gave me antibiotics which in turn cleared up the infection. Then within a few weeks it came on again, with the same result. I still thought it must just be my diabetes and the fact I was getting older. Then within a few weeks, bang...same thing! This went of through 5 or six infections, when I started asking questions and doing research on Januvia....and their it was....can cause upper respiratory infections!

I got off the Januvia and have not had an upper respiratory infection since. On top of that, Januvia had no visible improvement on my blood sugar readings....it only made me sick!

I changed doctors, but regardless, I avoid taking any new meds, if told I must, you can bet I will do my own research before agreeing to take them.....I trust no one but myself when it comes to my health.....
 

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Shouldn't the benefits and side effects be something your health provider discusses with you as part of using that drug in treatment?
You would think so, wouldn't you? In my personal experience, not so much.
 

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I've always wondered why they go through the list anyway. My understanding is that not that many people need to experience the side effect for it to be listed, so the lists get long. But 98% of the world for whom that particular drug is of no value get to sit through the hurried recitation.

Shouldn't the benefits and side effects be something your health provider discusses with you as part of using that drug in treatment?
I think legally they are now required to disclose all known side effects.

You suggest that 98% of people using the drugs do not experience side effects....do you have any data or articles to support that number?

Of course doctors and medical providers should discuss potential side effects, my experience is that they do not!
 

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You suggest that 98% of people using the drugs do not experience side effects....do you have any data or articles to support that number?
Please read it again. That's not what I said. I said:
But 98% of the world for whom that particular drug is of no value get to sit through the hurried recitation.
The world -- the millions of Americans who don't have diabetes who have zero interest in Januvia's side effects because there's no reason for them to consider taking Januvia. The vast portion of the citizenry without rheumatoid arthritis who could care less about whether Enbrel can causes headaches because they're not arthritic and, therefore, not candidates for the drug in the first place.

"The world" -- the universe of TV viewers who do not have the conditions particular drugs treat. I do not have documentation to support 98% but I have to think the number is high because even Januvia users who do not have rheumatoid arthritis don't care about Enbrel's side effects -- and vice versa. So why the litany of side effects addressing a tiny portion of the viewing public? Especially when that conversation should more properly be had in the practitioner's office.

Of course doctors and medical providers should discuss potential side effects, my experience is that they do not!
IMHO listing them hurriedly in a 60-second ad is no fix for that. I'd rather they replaced "the list" with stronger advice to discuss Rx choices with your HCP and to evaluate possible side effects before and while taking the meds. (That language is there but takes a distinct second place to the sales push.) Even better, I'd like to see those ads taken off the air. Why are Joe and Jane Public being presold on a drug that may or may not be at all appropriate for them? Deciding on that is part of a conversation with their HCP. Or should be. Advertising a new wonder drug isn't going to fix that.
 

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Have you ever thrown one? Just askin'...
Too small and light. Nothing satisfying at all about throwing it.:biggrin:

The only time I cuss at it is as part of the entire meter kit and it usually means I'm on Poke #3 or 4 to get enough blood for a good read.
 

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So, am I the only one that occasionally cusses at their blood glucose monitor?

Have you ever thrown one? Just askin'...
I cuss at mine at least once daily, usually in the early AM. Wouldn't be prudent, wouldn't be wise, to do it any less. Haven't thrown one in a blue moon, though.
 
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