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Monday, December 17, 2007

Monz Nose Best!

It's cold season, and in the spirit of monzmunificience, the crack MYL investigative team have some advice for our dear readers with stuffy noses: don't buy the reformulated decongestants! As longtime readers know, our amazing researchers have learned a health secret "THEY" don't want you to know, a secret more powerful than anything Kevin Trudeau will tell you: the most important science news gets buried in the Friday afternoon news cycle and tends appear in the lightly-read Saturday papers!

So, our advice to cold sufferers? Get the real thing: sudafed, or a generic, that in most states is now stored behind the pharmacy counter (you don't need a perscription but do need to show ID). Why not just take the stuff that's on the shelf? Because unless you trust Dubya's FDA, it doesn't work! Here's the money quote from the same research institution that brought us Gatorade:
Leslie Hendeles and Randy Hatton, both pharmacy professors from the University of Florida in Gainesville, believe that phenylephrine is a poor substitute for pseudoephedrine. They petitioned the FDA to hold a meeting about the effectiveness of phenylephrine. "We're seriously concerned that a 10 milligram does of this drug is ineffective," said Paul Doering, pharmacy professor at the University of Florida and a co-director with Hatton at the Drug Information and Pharmacy Resource Center, in an interview prior to the vote. Doering, who is not a petitioner, said the issue is much bigger than a matter of dosage. He said an analysis conducted by his University of Florida colleagues indicated the evidence about phenylephrine effectiveness "is meager indeed."

Monz also suggests that you all fortify yourself for the winter season with a lunch like vegatable chop suey and a little vegatable fried rice from a close to home establishment like New China, paired with a piece of fruit like a funky nuveau apple.
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