Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CVS, You Tried, You Failed.

I heard the breaking new this morning and started laughing.

CVS is going to stop selling tobacco products.

I guess I am missing the point.

 Are the CVS stores trying to minimize its sales of poison?

Are they not interested in selling something that is designed to destroy your health?

As soon as I got to my office, I started to do some research on the matter, and it again, makes me laugh.

CEO Larry Merlo noted that chronic conditions are made worse by smoking.
‘‘We've come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered,’’ he said

So, I assume that Larry seems to think that health care means pharmaceutical medications?

Lets start with the facts. The CDC has examined the death toll of tobacco use and has come up with a wild number of about 480,000 deaths a year are attributed to the use of tobacco. 

Of these 480,000 deaths, the breakdown of causes seem to be a bit disorganized as to how they link them to smoking of cigarettes. We all know that smoking cigarettes is linked to lung cancer. This makes sense. Cancer is related to stress on a function of the body, and smoking puts stress on the lungs causing the cells to mutate and become cancerous. 

We have all seen pictures of what lungs look like in a smoker instead of a non smoker.

We all know the risks of smoking and how harmful it is for the body. 

Anyone that smokes cigarettes is not sold something that is supposed to benefit their health. Smokers make a conscious decision to light up and harm their health.

The second leading killer due to cigarette smoking is heart disease?

I have done extensive research on the inflammatory condition called heart disease.

According to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, "Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. When combined with other risk factors—such as unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and overweight or obesity—smoking further raises the risk of heart disease."

So, to be clear, is smoking the risk factor, or does smoking raise the risk of. I am not sure, but I do know this, You will not develop heart disease unless you eat more sugar than you are supposed to. Arteriosclerosis is caused by inflammation in the arteries. Sugar is the cause of elevated LDL cholesterol, the cause of increased insulin in the blood, and increased fat tissue in the body. 

What is the major risk factor for heart disease?


Some underweight people do get heart disease. They could suffer from idiopathic elevated cholesterol. They can suffer from undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes.

The other factor is that ALL diabetic patients that go through the health care system, and take the "medications" for Type 2 Diabetes will develop and die from heart disease. That is a fact.

What causes people to be overweight?

HMMM, maybe CVS should rethink the long isle of candy, sugary treats, soda, potato chips, and alcohol.

The real cause of heart disease lays within our diet and lifestyle, maybe CVS should think about changing into a Whole Food Store? Instead of a great place to get discount candy after Halloween or any other holiday?

The real story here, is that smoking is bad. Everyone knows that. No one has ever tried to sell someone a cigarette with the explanation that it will help your health. 

So, CVS is stopping selling these products because it is known that they do not help your health, and a place that is associated with the the health care system does not want to promote a product that hijacks your health?

Again, CVS sees that assisting the medical system in passing or dealing their drugs to a consumer that have been prescribed by a "health" care professional is what they should be doing to promote "health."

What are the facts within the heath care system?

I have some alarming statistics that will help you understand my confusion as to why CVS thinks that stopping selling a product that everyone knows is bad for your health and continues to sell a product that is praised as the only way to better your health. The problem is, the medications your buy from CVS have minimal research, and typically, botched research to prove that it will help you at all.

These stats are not the most current, because the FDA and the Pharmaceutical industry realized how bad they are for business. This is what our health care system is all about, right? Business?

  • In an average year, 1.6 million people are hospitalized due to side effects of prescription drugs, and 160,000 will die. (1992)
  • In America, we consume about 15 tons of aspirin a day, or 19 billion tablets per year. Aspirin is considered harmless, right? 
    • A single aspirin will be responsible for 1500-2000 deaths/years
    • leading cause of kidney disease
    • Create ulcers, headaches, and Reye's Syndrome.
  • 61,000 Americans will suffer from prescription drug induced Parkinson's Disease a year.
  • Americans over the age of 60, over 1 million will have adverse reactions to medications.
    • 243,000 will be hospitalized
    • 163,000 will suffer from permanent memory loss
  • 32,000 elderly Americans will suffer from hip fractures due to drug induced falls.
    • 1500 will die.
  • 196,000 Americans will die from PROPERLY PRESCRIBED DRUGS.
  • Health Care costs have reached $15 Trillion dollars and no help is in sight.
  • Drug mishaps cost Americans about $182 million dollars a year, kill as many as 198,000, hospitalize 8.8 million and account for over 25% of all hospital admissions.
Do I even need to discuss VIOXX? It was a medication that was not researched with long term studies to decide its side effects and it resulted in 500,000 deaths. Half a million deaths occurred due to this medically prescribed medication. Health Care?

I guess I have a different definition of "health" care than that of CVS and the medical industry. 

I am congratulating CVS on this change. Not promoting a poison is a positive advance in our health status in America. I am just afraid they are trying to put out the raging forest fire with canteens, while their biggest money making industry are fueling it with gasoline.

Wait, did CVS forget that they sell alcohol? Doesn't it seem a little hypocritical to stop selling cigarettes but continue to sell a full shelf of alcohol products?

So, maybe this is all business?

Cigarette sales being stopped will cost CVS $2 billion dollars this year. They represent only 4% of total tobacco sales in the country. 

Will this make any real impact on decreasing the amount of smokers? I don't think so. The vast majority of patrons in any pharmacy are those of the elderly population, considering the average elderly person takes 15 different prescriptions a day. 

What are the amount of cigarettes being smoked by this population?

FIGURE 1. Percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who were current smokers,* by age group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005–2011
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As you can see. Only 7.5% of the elderly population smoke. More importantly, the total smokers in America are declining. 

Smoking as a whole is declining, yet health care costs continue to rise?

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Again, CVS, stop trying to put a forest fire out with a canteen. You have to keep the $50 billion dollars in advertising from big pharma from happening to make any impact on our health.

~Dr. Moz

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