Big Pharma's endless vicious cycle added another loop recently when the Food & Drug Administration approved a med to treat the side effects of another med.

The crazy thing is, most people didn't need that first drug to begin with. But don't expect to hear about that from the FDA.

Glucocorticoid medications are steroids commonly used by folks who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

But like most of these meds, using them comes at a price, and a pretty high one at that. Glucocorticoid medications are one of the leading causes of secondary osteoporosis. In fact, an estimated 50 percent of the patients on glucocorticoids will eventually end up with an osteoporosis-related bone fracture.

Enter Big Pharma, which is always ready to offer up a pricey solution to the problems it has created.

Their latest move expands the use of another steroid to treat this form of osteoporosis.

But you can avoid the need for any of these drugs and their side effects. What most people don't know – what most doctors don't even know – is that rheumatoid arthritis is most often caused by a food allergy.

I wrote all about it in the June issue of Health Revelations, and if you subscribe now you'll get to read that article in our online archives, along with my simple three-step plan for reversing joint damage.

You won't hear about this anywhere else because there's no drug to sell here and no big money on the line – only a real cure for your condition, no strings attached.

The alternative is drugs, such as those glucocorticoid medications. If your doctor starts you on those, or if you're already on them, chances are now he'll encourage you to take this new drug to deal with the side effects.

But this drug comes with plenty of risks of its own.

Some of the folks who have used it developed bone cancer. Although there's not enough data out there to say for sure if the drug caused the cancer, it does have enough established side effects to make anyone think twice: decreased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, nausea, leg pain, cramps, joint aches and more.

And then, you can ride that endless crazy train of meds, side effects, meds to deal with the side effects and more meds to deal with the side effects of the meds you take for the side effects of the first med.

I can't think of anything more unnecessary than that.