Are your sleeping pills giving you Alzheimer's?
A little rest, and a little relaxation. That's the promise of benzodiazepines, a class of medication used primarily for anxiety and sleep disorders.
Who can resist that? Not many of us, which is why more than 110 million prescriptions for these drugs are filled each year in the United States alone.
But the promise is a false one, because even when these drugs seem to work -- even when you get that rest, or your anxieties seem to melt away -- you're paying a terrible price.
These drugs can get inside your head and slowly damage your brain (if they don't give you a heart attack first). And if you take them for just three months or more, your risk of Alzheimer's disease jumps by 51 percent, according to the study of nearly 9,000 seniors.
That's not the end of the risk. In fact, that's just the beginning -- because the longer you take these drugs, the more damage they can do. Take a benzodiazepine for six months or more, and your risk of Alzheimer's skyrockets by a stunning 80 percent, according to the study in BMJ.
What's especially frightening is that you don't have to be on the drugs right now to face those increased risks, and you don't even have to take them in your senior years to suffer.
No, the study finds that long-term use -- three months or more -- at any point in your past will increase that risk of Alzheimer's.
Naturally, mainstream experts are lining up to dismiss the study. Some claim sleep problems and anxiety are warning signs of dementia, and the prescriptions mean these people are already in the early stages, but haven't been diagnosed yet.
But that ignores the other studies, which show the potential for benzodiazepines to "rot" your gray matter and essentially turn your mind into mush, causing memory loss and other cognitive problems.
Where there's smoke, there's fire -- and benzodiazepines have put out enough smoke to be seen from space.
Despite all the well-known risks, many people take the drugs anyway. They believe they need them, and some even get hooked on them and abuse them.
But whether you're suffering from sleep problems or anxiety issues, the truth is you don't need these drugs.
All you need is a new approach.
I'm going to have the full story on benzodiazepines and their link to Alzheimer's disease as well as the natural alternatives that can make sure you never have to face these risks yourself in the November edition of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations.
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