Winner of Cleveland State University's Short
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(This article has been
published in The Farmington Post, The Prairie Grove Enterprise, and the Lincoln Leader newspapers. ALSO in the Sept/Oct
issue of Senior Savvy Magazine AND in Finally! Magazine for adults age 45 and older. It also won third place in
the Feature Article cagegory of the Oklahoma Writer's Federation writer's conference - May 2007)
Drugs: Name Brand vs. Generic
Is there a difference?
By Lea Milford
When most Americans think of
the term “generic” they think of store-brands, lesser quality, and an imitation of an original. Much of the time,
the generic brand is equal in every way to the innovator or brand name product. So, how are you to know which to buy? Will
the generic live up to the standards of the original? In the case of prescription drugs, much research has been done on generic
alternatives. You might be surprised by the findings.
In 1984, the Waxman-Hatch Act was passed. This act allowed
generic drugs to be lawfully produced in our country. There were many generic companies submitting applications to the FDA
within a short span of time. The market was ripe for the introduction of lesser-priced generic drugs.
the FDA’s methods of approving the flood of applications were inferior. Yet, there was considerable pressure on the
FDA from generic drug firms for acceptance. Therefore, many drugs were not properly reviewed.
In 1988, just four
years after generics were introduced, scandal covered the drug market. The FDA discovered that at least ten generic drug companies
had misrepresented data to the FDA to gain production approval. These pharmaceuticals could make drug companies millions of
dollars in profit. In their early years, generic offerings were not up to par with the known and trusted brand names. Americans
have not trusted generic brands since.
After this calamity, the FDA changed its protocol and procedures. They analyzed
almost 3000 samples of generic drugs - taken directly from store shelves. Since the changes, the FDA has regularly inspected
the facilities of generic drug companies to ensure the data collected is genuine.
The following is my first place win for the Ozark Creative Writer's contest - Laugh
Your Way Through Life. October 2006.
Only partial story is printed **
Welcome to my World
a time between childbearing years and post-childbearing years. Ranges from one to ten years. Symptoms are these: hot flashes
and night sweats, insomnia and fatigue, heart palpitations, mood swings, migraine headaches, water retention, thinning hair,
drying skin, weight gain, fuzzy thinking and memory problems.
I was officially
in perimenopause when I asked someone at the make-up counter for "lash lengthener" because I could not remember
the word mascara. I remembered the wordy alternative, but could not retrieve the actual noun. That was the beginning of a
period of stuttering, stumbling, and substituting when I spoke. Verbs? No problem. It was those #@!* words like art, elbow,
I am a writer for a popular fashion magazine, so words are my life.
I have resorted to keeping a pocket thesaurus/dictionary in my purse. It helps on days when I go to the veterinarian with
my dog for his injection of the inactive disease that causes foaming of the mouth or when I want to watch a movie burned to
a disc from Blockbuster.
Memory is not the only part of my body that suffers. Below,
my average day:
I fought hot flashes and fatigue at my desk for most of the morning,
only to remember a company-wide meeting when I noted co-workers filing past me, reports under arms. I arose, my own copy of
a pre-printed business report in hand, and walked between two well-dressed men toward the conference room. As we talked, they
veered toward the door to the stairwell. I did not. After a morning spent battling waves of sweats and conserving energy so
I could lift my telephone receiver, I didn’t need to sprint up a flight of steps. However, I could use the exercise.
Increased body fat had turned me into one of those flabby, gray, circus animals that eats peanuts.
[This article was published by the Washington County Newspapers on March 29, 2006]
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By Lea Milford
In Northwest Arkansas, the shade given from oak, elm, sycamore, and
many other trees offers a cool spot to rest from sunny, warm days. If you are lucky enough to live in a wooded area, you know
that gardening in the shade can be a challenge. Zinnias, hybrid roses, and Black-eyed Susan’s will not thrive in shady
locations. However, many other beautiful plants love growing
in dappled shade.
article about Devil's Den State Park in West Fork, Arkansas appeared (with my own photos) in the April/May 2008 issue
of Ozarks Magazine. If you are in my region of the country, take a look.
[This article was also published by the Washington County Newspapers in March 29, 2006
in their "Hello Spring" insert]
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Making Herbal Vinegars & Oils
By Lea Milford
With spring officially here, we gardeners can turn our sights to planting and finding recipes
that use those garden offerings. I have been an avid herb-grower for twenty years and enjoy trying new recipes each year that
include these useful plants. I usually make herbal vinegars with fresh herbs that I have container-grown on a sunny deck just
outside my kitchen. My family uses these vinegars on beans, casseroles, vegetables, and grilled meats. They add tang to our
foods, without adding calories or fat. I just take a bottle of white wine vinegar and add different mixtures of fresh herbs,
dried spices, and occasionally a citrus rind. After the vinegar’s flavors infuse for a couple of weeks on my kitchen
counter, the vinegar is ready to use.
This state park is full of water features,
wildlife, organized activities, and challenging walking trails. Even beavers enjoy its shores. That was evidenced
by a felled tree with obvious beaver activity. The photo of this tree won in a photography contest at a recent writer's conference.
So, take a look at this issue!
State University - 2006 Short Fiction award
Ozark Creative Writers - First place in Humorous
KFSM Channel 5 TV - winner - mugshot contest
Writer's League - Cliff Edom contest
Oklahoma Writers Federation - two wins in 2007
Arkansas Writer's Conference - Young Adult Fiction
Arkansas Newspapers - 3 articles
Mary Engelbreit Magazine (Nat'l) - October 2006
The Open Directory Project (online) - editor (an ongoing project)
Magazine - November 2006 - feature article
Senior Savvy Magazine - October 2006
Echoes of the Ozarks II - anthology of shorts and poetry - Available on Amazon.com
of the Ozarks III - anthology of shorts and poetry - Also available on Amazon.com
Editions (Dept 56 Gifts - Nat'l) - Dec/Jan of 2006/07
Finally! A Magazine for Me!
(online) - November 2006
Ozarks Mountaineer Magazine - Sept/Oct 2007
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture - October 2007