Prescription Drugs & FDA

  1. Stroke risk linked to common medications

    Could your DOCTOR cause a stroke?

    It's the SECRET stroke risk factor -- hiding in plain sight!

    We all know the risk factors for a stroke. At least, we THINK we know them. There's high blood pressure, poor diet, obesity, and old age.

    But the new study exposes what may be the biggest risk factor of all, potentially more dangerous than all of those factors put together.

    And it's something you could get from your own doctor!

    That's right. A medication you THINK you need to improve your health -- something you might even take daily -- could actually destroy your life and possibly end it.

    New research finds that an entire class of medication -- so common that you've almost certainly used one of them yourself -- can not only boost your odds of a stroke, but also your risk of dying from one.

    They're called anticholinergic drugs, but don't think you're in the clear if that name isn't familiar.

    It's not a word you'll see too often on drug packages (not without a magnifying glass, anyway).

    These drugs are given across the board for nearly every condition imaginable: colds, allergies, sleep, pain, mood problems, and more.

    They include both prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs.

    You almost certainly know some of the names: Benadryl, Seroquel, Valium, Imodium, Xanax, codeine, beta-blockers, and more all have some degree of anticholinergic activity.

    The new study finds that taking these types of drugs can increase your risk of stroke by 59 percent.

    That's already frightening, especially when you consider how common these drugs are.

    But they can also do something else that's much worse.

    They can not only increase the risk of having a stroke... but they can nearly DOUBLE your odds of DYING from one, boosting that risk by 86 percent, according to the study in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

    The biggest risk is in people with a "high intake" of these drugs, which is generally folks who take two or three anticholinergic drugs or more. Given how common the drugs are, that no doubt includes hundreds of thousands -- maybe even millions -- of people.

    And that's hardly the only risk.

    Other studies have linked a high intake of anticholinergic drugs to everything from dementia to death.

    It's a risk you don't have to face. Nearly every single condition treated with these drugs has a better, safer solution.

    If you have any of these common complaints treated with anticholinergic drugs -- whether it's allergies, bowel problems, high blood pressure, pain, or mood disorders -- seek the wisdom of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Antidepressants pushed on older Americans

    WATCH OUT: Ugly new push to drug millions of older Americans

    Antidepressants are treated like magic beans that can cure just about anything.

    They're given for pain... sleep... hives... migraines... sexual dysfunction... and more.

    Some docs even prescribe the drugs for pee problems!

    But they're not magic beans.

    There's little to no evidence these drugs work for ANY of those conditions. Heck, they don't even work very well for depression.

    We should be moving to get more people OFF these badly overused meds.

    Instead, a new study claims that they should be given to MILLIONS of new patients!

    The study finds that two-thirds of the 16 million Americans diagnosed with major depression every year don't get treated.

    Many of the folks who reject the meds are older, and patients over the age of 60 are half as likely to get treated as those middle-aged and younger.

    I'd say that makes the older patients smart, but the mainstream says that it's time to find these people and get them "treated" -- which, of course, means meds.

    Overall, among patients who are "treated," 4 in 5 get meds over psychotherapy. That's about 80 percent.

    In older folks, "treatment" means "drugs" a whopping 90 percent of the time.

    Now, obviously, anyone suffering from depression should seek help and get treated. There's no disputing that.

    But those drugs can be worse than the depression itself!

    Antidepressants can cause everything from personality changes to weight gain. Some have even been linked to heart risk.

    All of these side effects are bad at any age, but they can be even worse for older adults, especially those who may already be dealing with some other health struggles.

    There's a better way.

    When depression has no obvious cause, such as the loss of a spouse or loved one, the answer isn't in a drug.

    It's likely already in your body.

    Many inexplicable mood changes in older people are caused by plunging hormone levels, often (but not always) testosterone in men and estrogen in women. Testing and treatment in the care of a holistic doctor can restore balance and have you feeling like yourself in no time.

    When you need a little help getting over one of life's challenges, the answer still isn't in drugs.

    The support of family and loved ones -- as well as natural herbal and homeopathic remedies -- can work better than meds and without the risk.

    Some people also turn to the counseling mentioned in the new study. It can be effective, but don't forget the greatest counselor of all isn't a shrink.

    God is always ready to lend an ear, provide comfort, and give you the strength you need to overcome anything... and his "clinic" is open 24 hours a day.

  3. Painkiller overdoses common even with OTC drugs

    Did you overdose today... without even knowing it? It's the OTHER painkiller crisis -- the one that's not getting anything close to the attention given to the opioid epidemic. But this one is bigger, more common, and in many ways far worse. Because this one is much more likely to affect YOU. Even if you've never touched an opioid... even...
  4. Cravings? Diet drugs are a bad idea

    Diet drug combo is a double dose of bad news Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! I've just found the worst study of the year in a bonkers new report that's already being used to push American dieters onto TWO bad drugs. And it's all for a benefit that may not even exist! In what has to be the...
  5. Appendicitis doesn’t have to mean surgery

    The common surgery you DON'T need You don't hear me talking up antibiotics too much. We need to use the drugs LESS, not MORE. But there are times when taking these meds could change your life or even save it, including a common and potentially deadly condition that's one of the leading causes of ER visits. Yet a new study...
  6. BUSTED: Antibiotics with highest infection risk

    Hospital stay? Avoid these drugs to stay infection-free It's the ultimate hospital nightmare. Instead of getting better, you get worse -- and not just because you have some tough-to-treat illness that has doctors stumped. Too often, the doctors that are supposed to help you heal can actually make things worse! Every day, 1 in 25 hospital patients develop a whole...
  7. MRIs can use a dangerous chemical

    New warning for patients getting MRIs Looks like someone at the FDA has been reading House Calls! Over the summer, I fired off a warning about a hidden risk linked to MRIs... one that hasn't gotten nearly enough attention from the mainstream. One in three patients getting an MRI gets something ELSE in the deal. They get injected with a...
  8. Homeopathy could be banned by the FDA

    The safest medicine in the world under attack by the FDA This time of year, the only thing failing faster than New Year resolutions are immune systems. Winter can take a toll on the body -- and, eventually, your poor immune system can't handle the viral onslaught of cold, flu, and whatever else is attacking you. Next thing you know...
  9. Tylenol ‘emotional’ pain relief carries big risks

    Don't fall for this 'happy pill' sales pitch Tylenol is already one of the most overused meds on the planet. It's so ridiculously out of control right now that accidental overdose of this drug is the nation's No. 1 cause of acute liver failure. We need LESS of this stuff -- but we're about to get the opposite, as the...
  10. PPIs linked to kidney damage

    The only thing worse than reflux... Christmas is a time of good feeling... a time when we wish for peace on Earth as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. But all that celebrating can lead to another kind of feeling, especially if you haven't been careful about your diet. Too many rich meals and desserts can lead to the...
  11. Painkillers given too often in the ER

    Beat emergency pain with NO drugs at all! Sometimes, I can't believe the sorry state of mainstream medicine. Mainstream docs are all stunned right now over a new report that could -- finally! -- chase dangerous opioid painkillers out of emergency rooms for good. That would be a major advance, as the ER is too often where people get started...
  12. PPIs linked to stomach cancer

    Heartburn meds linked to deadly form of cancer There's no such thing as a "good" cancer... but some forms of this disease are a whole lot worse than others. And on the long list of cancers you want nothing to do with, stomach cancer has to be near the top. It's not just that it's one of the deadliest types...
  13. Fibromyalgia drugs don’t work

    Fibromyalgia? Mainstream docs think it's YOUR fault! The mainstream is playing its favorite game. It's the BLAME GAME -- and you're not going to believe who it's blaming for the constant, endless, agonizing, all-over pain of fibromyalgia. It's not their fellow doctors for failing to treat or even recognize the condition. It's not the drug industry for refusing to come...
  14. Flu shot can’t cut risk of complications

    Another flu shot myth... BUSTED! They're getting pretty desperate now! Mainstream medical agencies will say and do just about anything to keep selling flu shots, but it's not working. Millions of Americans are rejecting the jab... and this year's vaccine is looking like no exception. So, now, mainstream hacks are making the ludicrous claim that the shot won't just protect...
  15. Statins in new link to diabetes

    The secret side effect of cholesterol meds First, they tried to ignore it. When that didn't work, they tried to deny it. Members of the mainstream have pulled every dirty trick in the book when it comes to how cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can actually cause diabetes. But the jig is up now. There's a new study out that they can't...
  16. Why seniors are right to reject aspirin therapy

    This drug is like a kick in the head I don't know anyone who'd volunteer to get punched in the stomach or kicked in the head. I'm sure you don't either. Yet mainstream experts are absolutely STUNNED by new numbers that show no one's lining up for the medical equivalent of a sock to the belly or a boot to...
  17. Osteoporosis drugs rejected by women

    What Big Pharma doesn't want you to know about bone health Ladies, the drug industry is absolutely steamed at you right now. And all I can say is... keep up the good work! Big Pharma bigshots are positively livid over a stunning new report that finds American women have overwhelmingly rejected the bone drugs the industry has pumped so much...
  18. Gout drug isn’t as good as you think

    Beat gout WITHOUT drugs Is there a better time of year for eating than autumn? Harvest season is also feasting season -- and if you're not careful, it's a little too easy to pack on the pounds like a bear getting ready for winter. But a bigger waistline isn't the only risk of rich and indulgent seasonal foods. Many of...
  19. Integrative medicine goes mainstream

    The quiet medical revolution that could change your life You know I don't like to toot my own horn, but I've got some news today that I can't help but share. I've just been given an incredible honor for my work here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Joshua Axe -- the radio host, doctor of natural medicine...
  20. Antidepressants increase death risk by 33 percent

    Deadly new risk linked to antidepressants Depression can make it feel like you're going to die... and, sadly, in some cases it can make you feel as if you WANT to die. But while the depression itself won't actually kill you, your treatment sure could. New research exposes a hidden risk of the antidepressant drugs now taken by more than...

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