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Author: Erin Elizabeth

For the first time ever, lawsuit targets billionaire OxyContin family for causing opioid epidemic

Members of the Sackler family, who’ve made billions pushing their deadly OxyContin drug on the masses are arguably responsible for more deaths than any Mexican drug cartel. Instead of being hunted down at their plush mansions by DEA agents, they are rubbing elbows with members of Congress. Now, however, for the first time, the family is being targeted by a landmark lawsuit for the damages they knowingly caused with their products. On Tuesday, the state of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against the multi-billionaire Sackler family over the role their drug OxyContin has played in sparking one of the worst...

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ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth

The drug Viagra, commonly used for erectile dysfunction, is currently being tested on women giving birth as a way to reduce fetal distress. And just like with preemies, the results are encouraging.1 A preliminary trial has been underway for 18 months in Brisbane, Australia with the drug Sildenafil (which dilates blood vessels in the pelvis). “University of Queensland professor Sailesh Kumar, from the Mater Research Institute, said there were promising initial results from the Viagra trial involving 230 women. ‘There is close to a 50 per cent reduction in women requiring an emergency caesarean or a forceps delivery for fetal distress when...

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6-month-old golden retriever stepped in harms way to stop his owner from getting bitten by a rattlesnake during walk

You all know how much I love animals and this story highlights perfectly why: At the beginning of the month, 6-month-old golden retriever from Anthem, AZ stepped in harms way to stop his owner from getting bitten by a rattlesnake during a walk and was bitten instead. “The retriever, Todd, and his owner, Paula Godwin, were walking early Friday morning down 7th Street and Carefree Highway when Godwin almost stepped on a rattlesnake, according to Godwin’s Facebook post.”1 (See full post below) Sensing danger, Todd jumped to protect Godwin and was bitten in the face in the process. Godwin reports that Todd...

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The world lost an area of tropical forest the size of Bangladesh in 2017

OSLO, Norway — It has been a decade since the United Nations launched REDD+, an ambitious program to incentivize forest restoration and conservation in developing countries, as a part of a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RELATED STORY: Study: Feeding Cows Seaweed Could Reduce Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 99% The program has been heralded as an integral part of the solution to climate change as tropical forests and wetlands can deliver 23 percent of the total mitigation needed between now and 2030. As a result, billions of dollars have been poured into this scheme, and countless projects have...

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As effective as Ibuprofen, is it in your pantry?

Ginger water, apple cider vinegar, and bergamot oil are all known for their health benefits, so what could be better than combining them all into a tasty tea tonic that can be consumed hot or cold? A simple recipe to try is as follows: Ingredients: 1 cup filtered water 1 heaping tablespoon freshly grated ginger root 2 to 3 drops bergamot oil 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar Instructions: Add freshly grated ginger to boiling water (1 tablespoon per cup) and steep for five to 10 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor Strain the liquid to...

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