1. Common meds can cause brain damage in seniors

    Antipsychotic drugs wreck the brain

    "He was fine until he got to the nursing home."

    How many times have you heard something like that? Maybe you even know someone who fits the description -- a mostly healthy senior who suffers from an injury or illness that requires a little extra care, possibly brain damage.

    If they have no one living with them at home, or no one capable of giving them the help they need, they have no choice but to go into a care facility.

    But what they get is often the very opposite of "care."

    They get medicated -- often over-medicated with drugs they never even needed in the first place, including antidepressants, sedatives, hypnotics and powerful antipsychotic drugs.

    All of these meds come with big risks, up to and including death. And now, new research finds that the last set of meds I just mentioned -- antipsychotic drugs -- can slice through your brain like a hot knife through butter, causing brain damage.

    Simply put, people who take them lose brain tissue.

    The higher the dose, the more brain tissue you lose -- and the more brain tissue you lose, the higher your risk of brain damage, cognitive decline, dementia and even Alzheimer's disease.

    The new study focused on some 200 schizophrenics, one of the few conditions the drugs are actually approved for. But don't rest easy if you're not suffering from this condition yourself. There are an estimated 2.4 million schizophrenics in this country, but more than 6 million Americans on antipsychotic drugs.

    In other words, these drugs are most commonly used off-label, and they're used for practically everything -- including depression, anxiety and other mood conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia, brain damage, behavioral problems and more.

    And the place you'll find them used most often is in nursing homes and care facilities, where they're often given to any senior deemed a little hard to handle -- including seniors who struggle to adjust to a life without independence.

    They're not all mentally ill. Many are disoriented... and maybe a little upset and frustrated. But instead of working with the patient, they drug them -- and brain shrink isn't the only reason patients in care facilities often fall into rapid decline.

    No, antipsychotics can actually worsen some behavior problems, which in turn leads to higher doses in an attempt to "control" the behavior -- the behavior that's actually being caused by the drug.

    How's that for a vicious cycle?

    The drugs have also been linked to other types of brain damage, neurological problems, obesity, diabetes, tremors and more.

    They can even increase the risk of death by 70 percent.

    That's why it's important to take action now, before you enter a care facility.

    Have a meeting with your family members and other loved ones, and warn them of how these meds are often used and abused. Feel free to share this report with them.

    Most importantly, make sure they know that you don't want to be given these drugs if the time comes when you need to enter a facility, even temporarily. Have your loved ones promise to keep watch over you, and you do the same for them.

    As uncomfortable as it may be, the time to have that conversation is now -- because if you wait until you get into a care facility, it could be too late.

  2. Antipsychotics boost death risk quick

    I've spilled a lot of digital ink warning you of the dangers of antipsychotics--and now, here comes a little more.

    A new study finds these meds, already linked to a spectacularly high death risk, can actually do their damage within months.

    Researchers examined 25 studies on antipsychotics, and found an average of 4 out of 10 patients were overweight before they were given the meds.

    That's in line with the rest of us.

    But six months later, and nearly half of the people who started out slim and trim were thin no more: The researchers say the number of overweight patients shot up to between 6 and 7 out of 10.

    That sudden, rapid weight gain could be one of the reasons behind the high rate of a heart problems linked to these meds.

    And as I've warned you before, you don't have to be suffering from a severe mental problem to be given a powerful and dangerous antipsychotic drug.

    They're often given to "control" dementia patients, despite the fact that they don't treat the condition and have been linked to an early death long before this study. In some places, they'll give these meds to just about any senior with a complaint--whether they have dementia or not. (Read more about that here.)

    It's practically abuse--and that's nothing compared to this: A growing number of doctors now give these drugs to children as young as five years old. (Click here to read more.)

    Of course that's waaaaaay off-label--but try telling that to these docs.

    These meds are also routinely given out for anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder--all conditions that have better, safer answers.

    In fact, just about every condition treated with these meds has a safe, natural answer--so there's no two ways about it: If your doc prescribes antipsychotics for you, find another doc.

    If he tries to put a parent on these meds, find another doc.

    If he tries to put your child or grandchild on these meds, definitely find another doc.

    And find one quick--because as the new study shows, the damage could be done before you know it.

  3. The overuse of antipsychotics

    A shocking number of patients are being given atypical antipsychotics off-label for conditions where there's little to no evidence they actually work.
  4. New warning over dementia overmedication

    Studies have shown over and over that a little TLC goes a long way for dementia patients. Of course, that takes time and patience--two things health care professionals seem to be lacking these days.
  5. Off-label meds linked to new risk

    Just look at the latest research out of Britain, which links atypical antipsychotic drugs to a dramatic rise in potentially deadly blood clots.
  6. The answer is not in a pill

    It's been clear for some time now that there's been an explosion in the use of prescription drugs to control mental illness.

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