Prescription Drugs & FDA

  1. Antidepressants linked to bone loss

    Would you like drugs with your drugs?

    It's absurd if you ever pause to think about it: Millions of Americans right now are taking drugs not because they're sick, and not to help manage a disease or condition.

    They're taking meds exclusively to deal with the side effects of other meds.

    How crazy is that?

    This isn't getting better. Over the years, it's gotten worse -- and if a new study is any indication, it's about to reach a ridiculous new level.

    Because in this case, researchers want you to take a whole new set of meds -- and face a whole new set of risks -- to deal with the side effects of a drug you never even needed in the first place.

    This study focused on SSRI antidepressants, which can turn once-solid bone into toothpicks.

    Folks who take the drugs for long periods often suffer weaker, thinner bone and a higher risk of breaks and fractures as a result.

    These injuries are bad enough in young folks. But in seniors? These fractures can be devastating, leading to permanent disability, especially if they don't heal right.

    Now, researchers claim you might stop the bone loss by taking the beta-blockers usually given to folks with high blood pressure.

    The study -- on mice, not people -- finds that the SSRI drug Prozac stops new bone from forming. But once the mice were put on beta-blockers, the bone loss stopped.

    As a result, the researchers think it might be a good idea to give folks at risk of bone loss -- especially seniors -- a beta-blocker when they take an SSRI drug.

    The irony here is that beta-blockers can lead to dizziness -- which can cause you to fall over and break the very bones you were trying to protect!

    One study even found that blood pressure drugs such as beta-blockers increase the risk of serious fall injuries by a stunning 40 percent -- making it downright irresponsible to recommend these meds for bone protection.

    There's a much simpler solution here -- one so obvious you'd have to be a researcher NOT to see it. Don't take the antidepressants in the first place!

    The mainstream wants you to believe these meds are the best... and in some cases ONLY... way to treat depression.

    But that's just nonsense.

    One study found that curcumin -- a natural brain-boosting compound found in the spice turmeric -- can ease and in some cases even cure depression.

    Ready for the most important part?

    That study found it to be as effective as Prozac... the very drug used in the new study!

    You can read all about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Triclosan ‘ban’ is a huge lie

    FDA-banned chemical isn't REALLY banned

    When is a ban not actually a ban? When it's put together by the FDA!

    The agency put on a good show earlier this month when it announced as loudly as it could that it was working to protect Americans by banning triclosan, a dangerous chemical commonly found in antibacterial soap.

    Never mind that FDA inaction is what lead to the widespread use of this chemical in the first place.

    Never mind that the FDA has ignored the issue for years -- long after the scientific consensus was that triclosan can weaken muscle, wreck havoc with hormones, and even kill off the good bacteria you need for protection.

    And never mind that the agency only took action when it was forced to by a lawsuit.

    No, the real issue here is that this ban isn't even a true ban!

    The agency's supposed "ban"... the one that made headlines around the country... is so carefully worded that it leaves plenty of wiggle room for the widespread use of this dangerous chemical.

    The "ban" is highly specific, and limited only to "consumer antiseptic wash products that are intended for use with water and are rinsed off after use, including hand washes and body washes."

    Basically, the rule only applies to soap sold for use in homes.

    The FDA even put in special exemptions. Anyone who handles food -- from the farmer growing it to the guy making your latte -- is 100 percent exempt, so triclosan will continue to be in widespread use in restaurants, factories, processing plants, farms and more.

    And it could end up in your food as a result.

    Even more shockingly, the "ban" actually allows for triclosan in TOOTHPASTE!

    Yes, the FDA admits this stuff is too dangerous to put on your hands, where it can penetrate the skin and enter your body. But somehow, they consider it safe for your mouth... despite the fact that the cells inside your cheek are very sensitive and can easily absorb chemicals.

    Colgate Total is the only major brand that uses triclosan. If you have this stuff in your home, ditch it ASAP... and read labels carefully in case other toothpaste makers start adding it to theirs.

    It's not the only dangerous ingredient in toothpaste, by the way. It may not even be the worst -- not when the vast majority contains brain-rotting fluoride.

    Throw in the whiteners and other junk in there, and you've got something that shouldn't be anywhere near your mouth, much less inside it.

    Brush with a natural fluoride-free toothpaste based on baking soda instead... and don't forget to floss. I know the recent headlines said flossing isn't necessary anymore, but that's not true -- and you can read more about it right here.

  3. Metformin and other drugs can cut B12 levels

    Metformin, proton pump inhibitors and other common drugs can leave you battling dangerous deficiencies in essential nutrients such as vitamin B12.
  4. Gout drug doesn’t cut risk of flare-ups

    The new gout drug lesinurad is being hailed as a success, but a new study finds it doesn’t actually cut pain or reduce the risk of painful flare-ups. So what’s the point?
  5. Ketamine ‘party drug’ give fast-track status for depression

    Ketamine is a ‘party drug’ abused on the club scene and even used by rapists – but now, it could be heading to pharmacies for depression patients.
  6. Addiction to opioids starts after common surgeries

    Opioids are being over-prescribed by doctors after common surgeries, setting the stage for addiction for millions of Americans.
  7. Anxiety treatment comes with serious risks

    Anxiety meds can cause problems even when they work, causing you to stop caring for friends and loved ones.
  8. ADHD drugs increase arrhythmia risk

    The ADHD drugs taken by millions of children can increase the risk of a dangerous arrhythmia.
  9. Knee replacement surgery can lead to opioid use

    Knee replacement surgery can lead to people taking opioids during recovery – and many are still taking these dangerous and addictive drugs months later.
  10. Opioids during breast surgery can cause more pain

    Opioids commonly given to help with pain during breast cancer surgery can actually lead to more pain after the procedure.
  11. Antidepressants used off-label almost half the time

    Antidepressants aren’t just used for depression. They’re also used off-label for conditions where they’re not even proven to work nearly half the time.
  12. Opioid drugs do little for low back pain

    Opioid drugs won’t help ease low back pain, and they come with so many side effects that people quit taking them.
  13. At least a third of seniors taking unnecessary meds

    Unnecessary meds are more common than you think, with some 30 percent of seniors getting drugs they don’t need.
  14. Anticholinergic drugs linked to dementia

    Anticholinergic drugs – widely used for a variety of conditions – can damage the brain, setting the stage for Alzheimer’s disease.
  15. Opioids now a last resort painkiller?

    Opioids have led to widespread drug abuse, so the mainstream is finally trying to crack down on the painkillers.
  16. Opioids may have led to Prince’s undoing

    Two million Americans who are battling chronic conditions also abuse opioids, and reports say rock star Prince may have succumbed to these powerful and dangerous painkillers.
  17. Actos diabetes drug linked to bladder cancer

    Actos, the once-common diabetes drug, can increase the risk of bladder cancer – especially with long-term use.
  18. Antipsychotics increase death risk in Parkinson’s patients

    Antipsychotics are often given to Parkinson’s patients, but a new study shows they can increase the risk of death.
  19. Arthritis painkillers pack serious heart risks

    Arthritis patients often turn to NSAID painkillers to ease their aching joints, but a new study shows how these drugs can be dangerous for folks with heart problems.
  20. Benzodiazepines linked to deadly overdose risk

    Benzodiazepines used for anxiety, sleep, and more are quietly turning into one of the nation’s deadliest classes of drugs.

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