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Settlers’ Watch Carvings Update -May

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As regular readers are aware, the volunteers of Charleston Village, with the help of the City of Lorain have started to take down the carvings off the tree lawn at Settlers’ Watch.

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These carvings have to be refurbished and refinished before they can be replaced in and around Settlers’ Watch and Eric Barnes Heroes Walk.

The first carving- The Anchor- was taken down on a very cold day in February-
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140226/lorain-settlers-watch-park-to-be-spruced-up-for-spring-with-video
taken to a warehouse

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and we waited for spring and enough warmth to use the chemicals needed and also for the volunteers ( spearheaded by Frank Sipkovsky) to be able to work.

Before

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After

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There is more to this than one might think, stabilizing rods, filler and sanding galore needs to be done.

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If anyone would like to donate some time and talent helping to get these 4 carvings refurbished and finished- we could use the help. email cvsilor@yahoo.com if you can help or call 440-246-6046

We have to move The Heron – donated by Oster Homes, The Portside Lorain sign ( grant)- The Anchor in progress ( also a grant) and the Lorain Lighthouse – donated by Port of Lorain Foundation- Lakeland Healthcare Corp.

May 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

George Schneider – Devalued Lorain???

Schneider George 011813The Chronicle Telegram
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2012/08/26/dilapidated-house-disgusts-frustrates-neighbors/ by Lisa Roberson

Schneider, public records say, wants the city to give him more time to make repairs.
Schneider’s first step in making the request came in the form of an appeal to the Board of Building Standards within weeks of city officials tacking a condemnation notice on the front door.
In a response filed by Schneider’s attorney Brent English that aimed to address the 44 violations the city Building Department put forth as proof the building needed to be condemned, English said Schneider “would not to just sit by and let his house go.”
“We are determined to ensure this will not happen,” he wrote in the seven-page letter to city officials, which was dated June 27.

has Georgy featured yet again as
last week the City of Elyria came to an agreement with George and his attorney Brett English ( remember them????? https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/george-schneider-the-legal-arguments-give-it-some-english/

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/05/22/elyria-property-owner-reach-agreement/
Lisa Roberson

ELYRIA — The city Law Department has settled a long legal battle with businessman and property owner George Schneider
He’s the reason why Elyria decided it needed to create a Demolition Board of Appeals. He’s the landlord tagged with having received the most code violations from the city of Lorain’s Nuisance Inspection Task Force in its first year. County auditor records from 2013 peg him as the owner of 169 properties countywide.
With the settlement Schneider agrees to make needed repairs to eight Elyria homes and, in exchange, the city will halt its actions to legally force their demolition. Law Director Scott Serazin said the agreement gives the city four important things.
“Work will start immediately. He must use licensed tradespeople. We can get into any of the properties with a 48-hour notice, and we don’t have to send certified mail to multiple addresses to prove service,” Serazin said. “For Schneider, the money he would spend on legal fees and litigation can now be put into his properties.”
The agreement does not stop the city from going after other properties owned by Schneider if enforcement action is needed.

Actually, George has many more than the 169 under his own name as of last year ( and we do know figures have changed since then )

PROPERTY OWNERS AND NUMBER OF PROPERTIES OWNED

GEORGE SCHNEIDER = (Under his own name) = 164
Also
G AND S PROPERTIES = (INCLUDING Jay Metals 1965 E 28th) 3

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GNS PROPERTIES = 1
GEORGE (misspelled ) SCHNEIDER= 6
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REDS ALL AMERICAN RECYCLING = ( David Carter) = 52
DAVID CARTER= 12

Also affiliated with

FGSK PROPERTIES (inc Gustav AND Anna Krause) = 19
GUSTAV KRAUSE = 12
ANNA KRAUSE = 6
TOTAL PROPERTIES FOR THIS GROUPING = 275

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-nuisance-and-point-of-sale-ordinance-lorain/

In fact, George lost a duplex over the weekend this one

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George, again was featured in the Chronicle article just 5 days later by Evan Goodenow

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/05/27/back-back-fires-keep-crews-busy/

The second fire was called in at 11:50 p.m. at a vacant two-story wood-frame duplex at 1781-1783 E. 30th St., between Clinton and Pearl avenues. Firefighters still were at Douglas Court, so Livchak said Amherst, Elyria and Sheffield Township firefighters assisted.

Firefighters found heavy fire coming from the rear of 1783 E. 30th and extinguished the fire at 1:29 a.m. Livchak said the blaze was an arson and caused about $30,000 in structural damage. Livchak said an arson also occurred at 1783 E. 30th in September.
The property is owned by landlord George Schneider, according to the Lorain County Auditor’s website. Schneider had the most code violations cited by the Lorain’s Department of Building, Housing and Planning in 2012-13

Well don’t feel too badly for George – Georgy isn’t out of pocket by much as one of the enablers( in my humble opinion) to his property habit – Deutsche Bank only charged him $5,500 ( devaluing the property from the year previously when they were grantor by $44,500-George apparently got a deal because just two years prior to his purchase of $5,500 it sold for $70,000 so discounted 64,500 in two years- Not too shabby George !

It cost the City of Lorain Fire Department, in time, machinery, personnel and danger to life and limb, not to mention putting other properties at risk a great deal more than your purchase price a couple of times over -I am sure -to respond to the number of your “property” fires.

One has to ask after the first fire was anything done to secure that property after previous fires

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140526/lorain-fire-department-battles-back-to-back-house-fires-late-may-25

by Rick Payerchin

In August 2013 firefighters went to the same home for a kitchen fire in the 1783 side of the building, Livchak said.
A month later, the 1781 side was occupied and there was a suspicious fire in the 1783 side, he said. It appeared the home might have been vacant since then because of damage from the second fire.
The building had an estimated value of $30,000 and was considered a total loss, Livchak said. The fire department called for a demolition crew to knock down the remaining structure

Oh George! do you have insurance because if you do it seems you have made a profit – $5,500 purchase and loss $30,000 .

conveyance 1783

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

George and Deutsche Bank had more dealings on E 30th Street with George in 2007

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1624 E 30th – $8,990

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1628 E 30th – $7,500.
1632
1632 E 30th – $14,500

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At least Deutsche Bank wasn’t involved in this property devaluation on 1730 E 30th going from a high in 2004 of $85,000 to the sale price for George in 2010 of a mere $6,500

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So there we have the story continues and Lorain devalues……and smoke gets in your eyes……..
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/for-rent-one-city-who-dictates-the-health-of-your-neighborhood/

May 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm 12 comments

Freedom- The Pride- The Glory – Remember

Who  I  Am - Chris Ritchey

Who I Am – Chris Ritchey


The sky was robin egg blue this morning, the lake kissed with silver and gold. The air cooling to those of fevered brow. A day of glory, when all young men and woman who have given their everything are to be thanked for giving us the peace of this day with the freedom to enjoy. Their voices are stilled , their presence hidden from our world and yet they speak and are heard in the laughter of each child who is without fear of living in this city on the shore. Their presence can be felt when the voices of debate are raised in opposing ideas.

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This is their gift to us who remain- we must not forget , we must cherish the gift of life they have given to us and maybe just maybe if we are quiet and still in our reflection as their symbol of country is flown against the robin egg blue sky they will hear our gratitude and know their sacrifice was not in vain.
Eric Barnes Heroes Walk
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/eric-barnes-heroes-walk-the-update/

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Admiral King Tribute SitePurple Heart recipient Don Fugitt United States Army raises the flags with Ernest Ritchey US Air force

Bruce Horner

Army 1st Sgt. Bruce Horner – Son of Ed and Betty Horner
Died June 1, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 127th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Support Command, Fliegerhorst, Germany; died in Seddah of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire.
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Airman 1st Class Eric Barnes – Son of Tom and Shary Barnes
Died June 10, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; died as result of an improvised explosive device attack on an Air Force convoy about 100 miles south of Baghdad.

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Marine Lance Corporal David Hall son of Delmar and Lulu Hall
Died August 31, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 31 in Garmsir, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.
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Marine Lance Corporal Joseph “Ryan” Giese son of Larry Giese and Connie Wascovich
Died January 7, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 7 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
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Louis Torres

Sgt. Louis Torres son of Albert Torres and Armanda Ellis. who was fatally injured Aug. 6 in Afghanistan Sgt. Torres lost his battle with his wounds on August 22, 2012 .Torres was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

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May 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm 2 comments

Pride Day- Lorain? Settlers’ Watch CVSI

Update: Thanks to Charleston Village volunteer Juan Perez – the sign( made by one of the -now deceased- residents) that had to be removed from the 5th street triangle due to the road and utilities work- is back. Juan will be painting the newly installed sign and planting soon. Thank you ( a story will be following ) on the sign. We take pride in our villagers

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Pride Day apparently was this year’s Elyria Pride Day as per the Morning Journal headline

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140517/volunteers-bring-their-best-to-elyria-pride-day

Volunteers bring their best to Elyria Pride Day

Interesting that – considering ( if the MJ remembered their own history) the Morning Journal was the main instigator of Pride Day Lorain in 1994 started after South Lorain held their own clean up day . The MJ thought it was a great idea and ran with it , organized it and sponsored it.
IT then morphed to take in the county .
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/05/18/hundreds-spruce-sites-across-county-rain/

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However no matter how you cut it it is a good thing to carry on in fact Pride In Lorain started in the long ago with George Wickens
I would like to think his background had something to do with the fact he “noticed things and did something about them”- Pride Day back in the Day- attributable to George Wickens

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/veterans-memorial-park-the-englishman-commeth/

“If the suggestions of the board of trade are carried out, Lorain will have regular days set apart each fall and spring as holiday clean-up days. Health Officer Hug, at the meeting last night spoke of the necessity of such a move. “To those who have occasion to pass the alleys and back yards about the city it becomes at once apparent that the conditions are decidedly unsanitary, unsightly and very offensive to aesthetic natures.

AH the precursor of Lorain Pride Day!!!!

Pride Day Lorain brought with it another “English connection ( besides me) the damnable weather . As I met with the volunteers at Settlers’ Watch it “bloody rained and rained and rained”. Now if we stopped for the rain in the British Isles NOTHING would ever get done- even though this weekend they are experiencing tropical weather sans rains.

The hardy group of volunteers – who are now bearing the dubious title of honorary Englishman for braving natures watery onslaught:

The volunteers from Lorain Rotary, The Eric Barnes family and friends, City workers ( Utilities) ( volunteers off the city clock)) Charleston Village board members, volunteers and the City of Lorain who picked up the bags of trash and provided mulch, the county who supplied equipment.

Thanks to those people and the two mallard ducks that delighted in the puddles we “got it done” – well as far as we could- some planting needs to happen just too wet – The Admiral King Tribute Site will need the marigolds along the borders, The flags will be put out along Eric Barnes Heroes Walk and the Admiral King ship’s mast will fly the colors by Memorial Day . The pictures said it all.
Settlers Watch Lorain Pride Day 2014
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The rain did not deter Lorain Rotarians
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It was like water off a duck’s back!

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as those water warriors plowed on- cutting , weeding mulching, cleaning
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honoring Lorain and this her oldest neighborhood and the young men who died for her and home.
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Finally the sun did come out and here is the result of the efforts of those that “braved a little Scottish Mist” and Lorain once again has lilacs and roses

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/lilacs-of-lorain-and-now-roses-part-6/

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ED NOTE:Thanks so much to those that showed- and those that donated plants and cash. There is still plenty to do when the weather co-operates. This wet “Englishwoman) is proud to know you!!!! Oh and I apologize for the quality of the photos – I only managed to cut half the heads off and the rest were a blurry ( putting that down to the rain 😉

May 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm 4 comments

Lorain Dudes- Spring ( into action)

ridngresFinally Spring is here – we have been locked indoors for too long- Mummy and Nog got desperate to burn off our energy!

Finally time for beachin at Catawba
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We got to play because we cleaned up earlier in the year
Cleaning Grandad Jim’s Lighthouse

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AND YEA!!!! CEDAR POINT OPENED!!!

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Braedyn took mummy on the roller coaster ( or was it the other way around?
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But it is time to clean up , spruce up on Saturday for Lorain Pride Day at Settlers’ Watch, Admiral King Tribute Site and Eric Barnes Heroes Walk – Bring your tools – we will help!
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Settlers’ Watch meet at 8:30 Saturday May 17th – 2nd and Oberlin Avenue Lorain- Lots to do!!

and Braedyn wants to remind you we are still passing the hat!!!! https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/the-hat-consider-it-passed-to-you/

photo Lisa Miller

photo Lisa Miller

These projects all take money and manpower. If you can help with either a cash donation, in kind donation or blood sweat and humor please contact us
Donations made out to Charleston Village Society
C0/ 1127, West 4th Street
Lorain Ohio 44052
cvsilor@yahoo.com – 440-246-6046 ( further information

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May 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

A ghost of remembrance – Mother’s Day

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As long time readers are aware, a small koi- a Ghost Koi– was slipped into the pond on the last Mother’s Day my son and I shared –

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/the-ghost-in-the-pond/

Oh! Chris ! why would you buy another Koi? you know they never survive the winter”
“I needed to get this one and it’s Mother’s Day so you have to accept it “


And the next Mother’s Day was one of pain and cruelty unasked for “notes” from his bride had arrived – Angela Marie (Lombardi Ritchey) Murphy) Angela Murphy Do http://my.clevelandclinic.org/staff_directory/staff_display.aspx?DoctorID=16147

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/mothers-day-what-degree-a-mothers-love-and-who-decides/

There is always , like anything in this life, the chance his last Mother’s Day present would not thrive and survive the winters.
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https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/ghost-in-the-pond-a-koi-story/

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/ghost-in-the-pond-deux/

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/mothers-day-2012-gifts-and-ghosts-a-fishy-story/
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Last August disaster struck the pond – fish were dying

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/august-3rd-the-enviroment-changed-chris-ritchey/

days and nights of water changes medicine but the Ghost Koi continued.

Then came the winter of my nightmares. The extreme cold caused the waterfall, which is made from a concrete like substance, to crack causing the water to leak out of the pond. The temperature was cold enough to freeze the mighty Niagara so even with heaters and aerator the water froze.

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The day the concrete falls cracked open we lost nearly half the water in the pond. My husband had to first unfreeze the spickets and hoses in order to fill the pond to a level where the pumps would work. He then had to bypass the falls with piping in order to keep the water flowing, but the pipe would freeze. The pipe then had to insulated with a sleeve like design made out of a sleeping bag. Unfortunately, Shadow took great delight in pulling this off every chance she got.
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My husband spent hours trying to keep the pond open in order for the gasses to escape and keep the fish safe. There was many a day he was out there in the 10 below temperature almost willing the water to run and the ice not to form. There were days that found me lying flat on my stomach in the snow chipping away at the ice on the end of the piping so the pump would continue. All for a fish , a fish given on that last Mothers Day.

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Spring has come late this year. The pond is usually up and running and the fish awake by late March but it has only been in recent days life has returned to the pond . The water is still murky but a Ghost Koi, larger now than ever before, swims under the water fall once more and reminds me of a another Mother’s Day……..

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Friday, was Mother’s Day for me , my mum, Nikki and two little boys went to the “fish” restaurant of choice “Red Lobster”. The boys eagerly watched two lobsters fighting in the tank but ate macaroni and cheese.

Then on to Pandys and Lowes for plants. I am not sure there will be any rhyme or reason to the garden this year as Gavin and Braedyn loved the plant shopping and filling the carts to overflowing. Certainly not paying attention to directions of “sun – full sun – shade partial shade” . Little hands distributing love and flowers , excitement in innocent eyes as they picked up more and more . There should be some interesting plantings this year because each plant was given with love and so couldn’t be put back.

My tears falling once more, my heart in hurt as I remember when a little girl and her brother would look up with the same excitement in their eyes as they gave their Mother’s Day gifts and one Mother’s Day when a small silver fish was slipped into a pond – a ghost of remembrance and a love that grows…crop2chris

May 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm 2 comments

Humira -auto-immune medicatons check the box

selfportrait- Chris Ritchey

selfportrait- Chris Ritchey

ED Note
Every single day this blog receives searches looking for answers and information on Humira and other auto- immune medications. The information on this blog has been garnered not from the medical community, the drug sales force, the commercials but from the mothers of those who are the faces of the “black box warning” .

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/humira-the-black-box-and-you/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/black-box-warnings-take-heed-humira-etc/
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/the-faces-of-the-black-box-warning-humira/

– No one wants another mother to share their pain. Graciously in the midst of their own suffering they have answered emails sent through this blog and elsewhere to advise from their own personal experience- the following is one such response to those that search.

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You are right to look for information about Humira, and any other kind of powerful auto-immune medication–and there are several on the market today of similar biological make-up. In addition, there are other drugs that are frequently prescribed in combination with these auto-immune drugs (a protocol called recombinent drug therapy) which when taken together, can have additional serious (deadly) adverse side effects. All of these meds are/can be very, very dangerous, but every situation and individual is different.

If you are concerned, it will be entirely up to you and/or your family to do the appropriate research before you make a decision one way or another to take these kinds of medications.

Please, DO NOT waste your time contacting the sales reps for the drug company. They do not know, and WILL NOT tell you anything even if they do. They are not research scientists, doctors, or experts in anything except how to sell a product and make a commission.

Unfortunately, it is probable that your doctor will not know much more since they, too, purchase the meds from these same salespeople. Nor can you assume or expect a pharmacist to know any more about the dangers of these drugs than what is included in the package insert they dispense. The bottom line is no one can give you information unless it has first been provided by the drug companies and this is precisely why we are in such trouble.

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http://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/
I strongly suggest that you do as much research as possible about any auto-immune medication being prescribed for whatever your particular condition might be. Humira and other similar medications can be, and are used safely by thousands of people, but not everyone.

You may be fine with this medication, but it would probably still be a good idea to

1. find another one or two doctors for second or third opinions.

2. Ask as many questions as you can about length of treatment and expected outcome.

3.You should also go online to the FDA website for information about Humira (and other auto-immune drugs) and look for material specifically regarding adverse events. You need definitely to do this, if you do nothing else.

Any information about dangerous side effects for these drugs will be listed there. You will not be able to get this information in any format that is intelligible, providing you can even find it, on the label.
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It is interesting to note as well, that Canada’s equivalent of the FDA is often years ahead of the U.S. in terms of issuing safety warnings for a variety of drugs that are freely prescribed in this country without a second thought. I would suggest that anyone with concerns check Canada’s governmental health website.
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
Also, here are two excellent websites.

http://www.worstpills.org/aboutus.cfm
https://www.citizen.org/hrg

Do a thorough search of your condition and its drug treatment in the professional medical journals. I cannot stress this enough. This means you will need the help of a librarian, possibly at a University, school, or hospital who will have electronic access to a wide range of peer-reviewed serials and/or medical databases that you will not be able to find online on your own. This is important because a lot of what you can locate through a Google Search will not include the kind of information you will find in peer-reviewed medical journals—which are ONLY available at a medical (hospital) or university library. And it is this specific information you want.

Finally, don’t take any one doctor’s word on the safety profile for this (or any, drug). You need to gather as much information as possible on your own so you can present your concerns up front.
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The important thing is not to panic. Do your homework and don’t rush into anything before you feel as comfortable as possible with your decision. Our sorrow is a result of not being fully informed (warned) in advance of the dangers associated with these meds–because the information was not made available either to the general public or prescribing physicians until years after my boy died.

The bottom line really is ask questions about everything, do your research and if you feel uncomfortable with any kind of vague response…be cautious. Ultimately, you will have to make a decision, but an informed decision is absolutely necessary.

Consider all possibilities, including NOT taking a drug and what that might mean for you as well. Sometimes, horrible things happen regardless of how much you know and the most carefully considered decision. Sometimes, all that we can do, and have done, is not enough. Sometimes, there is no other choice–taking a particular medication is the lesser of two evils (disease vs. treatment). But, there is everything to be gained by being fully informed about ALL possibilities/options before you put yourself or a loved one at risk.

May 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm 2 comments

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