What Antibiotic Has Had Over 2000 Lawsuits Pending And Will Literally Force You To Crawl — If It’s Not Too Late? Hint: It Was The Best Selling Antibiotic in 2010.

It seems like the U.S. human population is one big guinea pig for pharmaceutical companies to test their drugs on without fully understanding a drug’s implications.  It further seems that more risks are taken with the idea that any harmful effects on human are better dealt with lawsuits after the fact. Maybe that is an unfair perception. Perhaps. In all fairness, there is a constant debate about the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process and whether or not the FDA’s approval process actually permits drugs that prove to provide greater benefit than risk to society.

However, there is one antibiotic that fell through the cracks of the FDA’s safety net (aka its approval process) and that antibiotic is causing serious irreparable harm to people.  It is a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. The best known are Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin) nearly every generic ending in “quin”, “oxacin,””ox,”. According to The New York Times, in 2010, Levaquin was the best-selling antibiotic in the United States.  According to the FDA, which last year issued a warning for this class of drugs, fluoroquinolones are commonly prescribed for patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections.

Fluoroquinolone based drugs, according to one estimate, has been prescribed to millions of Americans.

While there is great concern now in modern medicine about the extreme overuse of antibiotics, as the New York Times reports, Mahyar Etminan, a pharmacological epidemiologist at the University of British Columbia, said the drugs were overused “by lazy doctors who are trying to kill a fly with an automatic weapon.”

Here are the dangers, some appearing to be irreversible, that have been documented by the use of fluoroquinolones:

*retnial detachment   *acute kidney failure  *central nervous system damage

*psychotic hallucinations  *disfiguring rashes  *decreased immune system

*Tendinitis and Tendon Rupture

The author of the “Mountains and Mustard Seeds” blog writes a heart wrenching account of her journey with this drug and her extensive research.

Her advice:

“I am writing this in hopes that you will educate yourself and your families. Don’t take that antibiotic in ignorance one more time. Don’t take your chances. Don’t be afraid to demand an alternative.”

And avoid lazy doctors.

Ellwood's New Omega Oatmeal

If you’ve been looking for a little more substance in your breakfast, look no further. Come by Ellwood’s before 11:00am to fill up on our delicious breakfast bar. When you’re there, make sure to try our new Omega Oatmeal, a house-made concoction of organic steel cut oats, groats, organic soy milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and buckwheat seeds. It’s packed full of nutrient rich superfoods that will last as along as you do!

Vote For The Bar!

We know the importance of healthy food on the go. Being able to grab something that’s nutritionally dense, filling, and still tastes good when you’re in a rush is a convenience we can easily forget about. We’re always in search of the perfect food bar, something that can fill the void of specific diets and like we said, tastes good. Thus, we’ve decided to create our own foo bar. A bar that’s filled with organic ingredients, packed with nutrition, and tastes great! The only catch is that we’re not sure what to call it, and that’s where we need your help!

Here’s all you have to do:

1. If you’re in the store, visit the customer service desk and fill out a voter ballot. If you’d like to vote from the comfort of your computer, email your choice from the above choices to info@ellwoodthompsons.com with the subject line “Vote For The Bar“. Please make sure to include your name and zip code in the body, along with your vote.

2. After the voting period is over, we’ll be selecting 5 random people that will receive a $5.00 gift card to the store just for voting!

Say Hello To Matcha!

Say hello to our new little green friend, Matcha! Matcha, in Layman’s terms, is green tea, but with roughly 10 times the beneficial factors, and that’s saying a lot! The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of traditional green tea due to the fact that you’re ingesting the whole tea leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is equivalent to 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidants, and is packed with 20x more antioxidants than blueberries. Matcha also boosts metabolism and burns calories through the use of amino acids while detoxifying and naturally enhancing mood.

Matcha dates back to the Tang Dynasty in China (618-907) when tea leaves were steamed and formed into bricks for storage and travel. Matcha tea was prepared by roasting and pulverizing the tea, and decocting the resulting tea powder in hot water, adding salt. In the Song Dynasty (960–1279), the method of making powdered tea from steam-prepared dried tea leaves, and preparing the beverage by whipping the tea powder and hot water together in a bowl became popular. Preparation and consumption of powdered tea was formed into a ritual by Zen (Chan) Buddhists. The earliest Chan monastic code in existence, entitled Chanyuan qinggui (禪苑清規, Rules of Purity for the Chan Monastery, 1103), describes in detail the etiquette for tea ceremonies.
Today, we’ve included this superfood into three drinks available at our juice bar.

Hot Matcha 12oz $3.49 16oz $3.99 – matcha, agave, steamed milk

Cold Matcha 12oz $3.49 16oz $3.99 – matcha, agave, milk over ice

Matcha Smoothie 12oz $3.49 16oz $3.99 – matcha, yogurt, agave, banana, blended with ice

Today: Free Blood Pressure Screening

Welcome to the start of the first annual Carytown Health and Wellness Week – “Local Support for Living Well.” This week will be a celebration of health and awareness in Richmond! In partnership with the American Heart Association Go Red for Women and South University, Ellwood Thompson’s will be offering FREE blood pressure checks this entire week.

May is stroke awareness month and as such, Virginia Department of Health is aiming to get 1 million blood pressure checks completed – those acquired at ET’s will count toward that goal.  I encourage each of you to get yours checked and encourage your employees to do the same!

Ellwood Thompson’s Blood Pressure Screening Dates & Times

Monday May 7 from 11-2

Tuesday May 8 from 5-7

Wednesday May 9 from 4:30-6:30

Thursday May 10 from 11-2

Friday May 11 from 3-5 or 4-6

Saturday May 12 from 12-3

Monday's Hot Bar 03/19/12

SOUPS: beer and cheese soup, creamy tomato bisque, charred tomato soup, miso soup, shiitake and lemongrass soup

RAW FOODS: raw kale salad, raw cole slaw, raw broccoli & sunflower seed salad

VEGAN FOODS: vegetable curried rice, green wheat freekeh hash, vegan bolognese, black beans, basmati rice, ater kik alicha, tikel gomen, bedelijan, gomen, misir wat, steamed broccoli

VEGETARIAN: homestyle mashed potatoes, parsley’d potatoes

MEAT: 5 spice roasted local chicken, trout with lemon-asparagus cream sauce, corriander chicken wtih shittake mushrooms and ginger broth, pork and mushroom duxelle, green curried chicken, coconut curried chicken

*Hotbar is subject to change throughout the day without notice.

Herb of the Month: Dandelion

By Megan Jones.

“If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.”Ila Hatter, wildcrafter

Ah, Spring.  Birds begin to sing in anticipation of fruitful months, the daylight hours slowly lengthen and the green world awakens from its cold slumber.   For us, seeing the opening buds on a tree or the daffodils sprouting up from brown grass is a most welcome sign of warmer days to come.  However, there is one cheery plant some wish would not come at all.

Dandelion.  Just the mention of the word sends some homeowners into a frantic race to cut its life short before it spreads any further.  This tenacious plant is sometimes considered a sore sight for the manicured lawn and has somehow become the ultimate symbol of neglect.   Millions of dollars each year are spent on the eradication of this weed in hopes that it will go away forever.  Yet, as we all know, it almost always comes back.

So what is the best way to rid your yard of these pests?  The answer is simple: eat them.  But before you do that, get to know the dandelion first.

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Tulsi Tea

Throughout India, Tulsi (Holy Basil) is revered as a sacred plant infused with healing powers and is lovingly called the “Queen of Herbs.” Traditionally grown in an earthen pot in every home, Tulsi makes a delicious and energizing herbal tea.

Tulsi is known for it’s rich antioxidant and adaptogentic properties that are known to promote wellness by building the body’s immune system, reducing stress and promoting mental clarity. Repeatedly noted for 5,000 years throughout sacred Indian scriptures, Tulsi’s remarkable life-enhancing qualities also come with a list of other beneficial factors that can be found here.

Raw-Vegan Workshop with The Wellness Woman

We’re proud to bring in Aimee DuFresne – also known as the Wellness Woman! She will be in the store on Monday, Nov. 8th from 6-7pm for a FREE class on Vegan/Raw “cooking”. Learn how to prepare three new vegan/raw dishes that will start you on your path to transform health and wellness. The class has limited seating so sign up early by clicking here. For more information on Aimee, visit her website here.