Recently, he recommended all of his patients to stop taking Fosamax because of the small risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw. I learned from my ninth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Lucas, to avoid “sweeping generalizations.” Any time a patient elects to take a prescribed medication he or she should discuss its risks and benefits.
All medications have side effects. If you are at high risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures, it makes sense to take medications which lower the risks. Hip fractures cost this country billions of dollars each year. In some age groups, hip fractures carry a death rate of 50%.
Back to Dr. Gott's July 1 column, Evista does carry risks of blood clots; however, it is an effective medication which I prescribe. More information is easily found on www.evista.com.
This and all medications should only be taken after you, dear patient, have discussed the risks and benefits with your prescribing physician.
Dr. Michael E. Martin
Writing in support of safe skateboarding and a place to do it
I was so encouraged by the “Wild in the Streets” events. There was an effort to support the youth in the area in an activity they enjoy. I know many in the community are concerned about skateboarders on parking lots and around buildings on the stairs and railings.
I have had a few short conversations with some of the skateboarders, mostly telling them that they can't skateboard in the parking lot where my office is located. I empathize that they have no place to ride. I have tried to explain that the property owners are concerned the skateboarders will be hurt while attempting stunts and somehow the property owner will be held liable. At their age, I also didn't really care about liability or getting hurt, but it remains an issue.
I am encouraged by the mayor's comments on trying to make a space for skateboarding. I am in support. If you ask anyone in the community they will confirm that there seems to be little support for the streets' event and many kids jumping ramps and the like and not one picture shows a child wearing a helmet or other protective gear. That is a big concern for me. Too many children suffer needless head trauma that dramatically alters their life forever.
The thing is, when I have come across professional skateboarding events on ESPN, all of the skateboarders wear, at least, a helmet if not an array of padding around elbows and knees. I can't promise or be sure, but I bet if property owners saw the youth attempting to be safe by wearing protective gear, they may feel a little better about letting them skateboard. These young skateboarders are part of our community and we need to encourage and support their efforts to succeed at an activity they enjoy. I am in favor of the skateboard park as long as the requirement for everyone is they use appropriate safety equipment.
Why is speed limit change necessary on Scioto Trail?
I'm questioning the reason for changing the speed limit on U.S. 23, Scioto Trial, from 45 to 35 mph. If it were an issue of safety I would no be in disagreement.
However, when only a mile away heading north, the road turns into one lane with a concrete barrier and the speed limit is raised to 45 mph, safety is obviously not the concern. So, what's the deal?