drugs

  1. New drugs can carry deadly risks

    The REAL risks of new drugs

    They're supposed to be the latest and greatest treatments -- big breakthroughs to help desperate patients facing dangerous and even deadly health conditions.

    But don't swallow that pill just yet!

    A new study reveals the DARK SIDE to the fast and furious rush to bring new meds to market as quickly as possible, showing how many of them have hidden dangers.

    And they're NOT listed on the label!

    The new study of 222 new drugs approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2010 finds 32 percent were forced to add major warnings AFTER they were already on the market.

    These were risks that didn't turn up in the clinical studies used to approve them.

    Instead, we only found out about them after patients started taking them out in the REAL WORLD.

    In at least three cases, the risks were so bad the drugs had to be pulled off the market.

    Bextra, anyone?

    At least that one's gone for good. But dozens of others are STILL out there, with at least 61 serious warnings added to 43 of those meds... and I'm not talking about the fine-print disclaimers you need to break out the magnifying glass to read.

    These are the "BLACK BOX" warnings reserved for the most dangerous risks.

    This new study shows the utter insanity of the rapid-fire approvals process, which has led to drugs being rushed to pharmacies long before the true dangers are known.

    In essence, American patients are being turned into unwitting guinea pigs in MASSIVE drug experiments!

    This study also shows precisely why I take the exact opposite approach of most mainstream physicians: Because I refuse to let Big Pharma experiment on my patients.

    I do my own homework. I read the studies for myself, and I never trust the slick-talking drug company sales reps, who'll never tell you the full story.

    They're out to score sales, and your safety just isn't their priority.

    But the problem with many new drugs isn't just the unknown risks. It's that even when they "work" as advertised, many of them AREN'T better than the older drugs they're supposed to replace.

    They're not safer... and they're not more effective.

    If your doc is a little too eager to switch you from a reliable old treatment to something flashy and new, slow him down... ask questions... and don't touch the stuff unless you're absolutely certain about his answers.

    Better yet, speak to holistic medical doctor who can give you ALL your options, including drug-free alternatives that are often far safer and just as effective as many common mainstream drugs.

  2. Anticholinergic drugs linked to dementia in seniors

    Common drugs in new dementia link

    It's a mistake millions of people make each day: They assume a drug, like anticholinergic drugs  is safe simply because it's common or available over the counter.

    The reality, of course, is that nothing could be further from the truth.

    Common meds pack more risks than most people realize -- and new research confirms some of the most common drugs of all can speed you down the path toward cognitive decline and dementia.

    And in some cases, you can literally feel the brain-robbing effects in as little as two months.

    They are called anticholinergics drugs, and odds are you've taken them from time to time yourself. They're used for allergies, sleep disorders, stomach problems, nausea, motion sickness, depression, anxiety, bladder control, seizures, muscle spasms, and more.

    Some of them are household names -- like Tylenol PM, Zantac, Dramamine, and Benadryl, just to name a few. Others are less common -- but that doesn't mean that they pose any less potential dangers.

    In the new study of anticholinergic drugs  , researchers found that taking a single drug with strong anticholinergic effects for just 60 days could double your risk of cognitive decline. Weaker drugs have a weaker risk, but not by much: Taking two or more weaker anticholinergic drugs may boost the odds of cognitive decline by 50 percent over 90 days, according to the study of 3,690 seniors.

    The problem here is that many people who take anticholinergic drugs don't realize it. Plenty of them have never even heard the word or know what it means, much less understand the risks -- risks that along with cognitive decline include dementia and even death.

    Now that you know the risks, it's time to go through your own medicine chest and see if there are any of these drugs in your life right now. I don't have the space here to list every possible anticholinergic drug, but you can find several good resources online.

    One fairly thorough list can be found here. Since this list doesn't use brand names, make sure you're familiar with the generic names of your medications before you look them up (it should be right on the label). And if you find you're taking any prescription drugs with anticholinergic effects, contact your doctor and ask about your other options.

    If he won't help, find someone who will. I recommend an experienced holistic physician.

    And for more on the risks of taking anticholinergics, Health Revelations subscribers should be on the lookout for their July issue. If you're not already a subscriber, it's not too late. If you sign up now you will get access to my entire archive of back issues. Click here to learn more.

  3. Steroids for back pain fall short

    It's one of the most common conditions in the country -- but no matter how many times your doctor has seen it, he still doesn't know the first thing about treating it. I'm talking about back pain.
  4. Take two chickens and call me in the morning

    It's the Buy-One-Get-One-Free special stores don't advertise: Buy some chicken, get some meds for free. And just to make it more convenient for everyone, the drugs aren't in their own package -- they're already inside the chicken.
  5. The wrong way to 'cure' diabetes

    Despite what you've heard, type-2 diabetes doesn't have to be a lifelong sentence. You don't have to live with the disease or even "manage" it. It can be cured -- and I mean really, truly cured: No more drugs, and no more insulin.
  6. How seniors get hooked on painkillers

    One minute, you're a healthy and active senior who wouldn't dream of popping an Advil, much less a powerful prescription painkiller. The next, you're a certified addict who can't get through the day without an opioid drug.
  7. Dying to get some sleep

    Some people are lucky enough to fall asleep the moment their head hits the pillow. I've never been one of them, but I've never had to rely on sleep meds to get my rest, either, and that's a good thing: The latest warning finds that these drugs come with one whopper of a death risk.
  8. The secret ingredient in pork

    I'm getting hungry just thinking about all the great ways to eat pork. But there's one form of pig that makes me lose my appetite every time -- and it's exactly what people eat the most of: pork from factory farms.
  9. Soaking up the benefits of water

    It almost sounds like the benefits of some promising new blockbuster drug: Just a little bit can help lift mood, concentration and energy levels -- with virtually no side effects. Well, there is one side effect: You might need to pee a little more.
  10. Who's paying your doctor?

    Everyone likes free stuff, and your doctor is no exception. But when those gifts come from a big drug company, they come with strings attached: prescribe our drugs... prescribe them more often... and prescribe them for more people.
  11. Antidepressants fail another trial

    There's no two ways about it: When it comes to beating depression, that last thing you want is your doctor's first choice. Tell him you're down in the dumps, and he'll reach for his prescription pad -- but the dirty secret about the depression meds used by some 30 million Americans every year is that they just don't work.
  12. Simple ways to end migraine pain

    I've said it before, and the latest research proves it again: You don't need powerful, dangerous and addictive meds to beat the relentless pain of migraine headaches.
  13. ADHD meds reach new highs

    Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder isn't a diagnosis designed to help identify and treat children -- it's a condition tailor-made to sell meds.
  14. The hidden risks of fatherhood

    You make a lot of sacrifices when you become a parent -- but this is one I'm sure most men never see coming... It's the loss of their manhood. I'm talking about real research that reveals a sharp dip in testosterone levels from the moment they hear the words, "It's a boy!"
  15. Deadly faith

    A new survey finds that 40 percent of Americans believe the FDA only gives the OK to "extremely effective" meds -- and 25 percent believe FDA-approved drugs don't have serious side effects.
  16. Deadly warning over common meds

    Pharmaceutical drugs are supposed to help you... not hurt you. Yet every time I turn around, there's ANOTHER report about ANOTHER way these meds can kill you. Here's the latest.
  17. Men living with prostate regret

    The real "disease" facing many prostate patients isn't cancer -- it's regret.
  18. The dark truth behind milk

    It might seem like there's nothing more natural than a kid with a glass of milk -- but what's in that glass could be anything but natural.

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