2009-10-23 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Recently when my medication did not show up in the mail on time I was forced to order my Fosamax over the counter. The price was $106. I was shocked and it was way over my budget. I called my cousin Gladys Crowley who is a constant listener to my woes. "I get the generic", she said and can't tell the difference. What did I have to lose? All of $106 dollars to the pharmacy. I had my doctor call my pharmacy of the change and lo and behold the same medication under generic name was only $10.

What a difference! I don't know but I have not experienced any physical change and I do believe I am receiving the same benefits as the brand name. Maybe it is not for you, but give it a thought if the price of your medication is too much for you to bear, which can make you sick in itself, and ask your doctor to switch to generic. Try it.

Hey, we have to bring down these soaring prices of meds. We just can't afford to try to stay alive. Love to get your email feedback at dorothydunne@ yahoo.com.

I am still running around the city to tell you about the events. Covered diabetes event at the Javits Center where they held seminars on diets, lifestyle and preventative methods of living. Of course always stick to fresh veggies and low sugar and sodium foods. However, they offered flavorful ices, safe to eat, and even French fries made in a special electric pot using less oil. They displayed health gadgets to measure insulin and made us aware of other medical discoveries as well as tips to lead a healthy life in spite of diabetes. You should go to the next Expo. If you don't have diabetes now, you may learn the right steps to prevent it.

I was much impressed with the President Hotel at 8th Avenue and Broadway which reopened after it's fabulous renovation. The Japanese restaurant next door catered the opening party with their delicious cultural food. I was very impressed. I walked into the lobby, all white with floor to ceiling lamps, white gold decorated lamp shades that make a small room look massive, surrounded by white sofas and chairs and oblong tables, it was stunning!

All rooms have an inviting "jump into bed" look. My accolades to the talented designer/decorator. They did a superb job.

At the NY Hilton the next night, the Tourism Board of Thailand had a great party for travel agents and press to meet with suppliers and listen to a presentation and view a video of beautiful Thailand. They had buffet tables of oysters, clams and cultural foods, all delicious. We all enjoyed their colorful costumed performers as well as gifts of handmade parasols and goody bags as we took leave. Who wouldn't want to go to Thailand? I have never been there, but I sure would like to go. Maybe you would, too.

I leave you with these thoughts: Don't break the bank of brand name meds and travel with adventure in mind and to suit your sport needs. And ……………………AWAY WE GO!!!

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