1. A really BAD drug is about to get WORSE

    If I ever get the flu, the last thing in the world I’d do is take oseltamivir, aka Tamiflu.

    No matter how sick…

    No matter how weak…

    No matter how much my own doctor (yes, doctors have doctors too!) might urge me to try it…

    You couldn’t get me to TOUCH the stuff, because I’ve seen what’s going on behind the curtain with this one (and I’ll show you what’s there in a sec).

    As far as I’m concerned, it should be yanked off the market and any supply in the pipeline sealed in a vault and sunk in the deepest part of the ocean.

    But instead they’re looking to do the opposite.

    They might EXPAND it to more patients, for more conditions.

    Inside the ugly new oseltamivir push

    The new study claims oseltamivir hits the spot right where we need it most.

    It can “cure” sepsis, the frightening complication of infection in which the immune system spirals out of control, attacks your own body with overwhelming inflammation and could even KILL you in a matter of hours.

    In tests on mice with sepsis, the drug tripled the odds of survival. Just 20 percent of untreated mice made it… versus 60 percent who were given the drug.

    Sounds great. Y’know, if you’re a MOUSE.

    If you’re a human?

    I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one – because if this drug delivered on this promise, it would be the first time it delivered on ANYTHING!

    A few years back, the world-renowned Cochrane Collaboration… a scientific initiative that specializes in analyzing a TON of evidence for various drugs and conditions… turned its microscope on oseltamivir and a similar flu drug, zanamivir (Relenza).

    And what they found was absolutely outrageous!

    The analysis of more than 160,000 pages of regulatory documents… as well as 20 oseltamivir trials and 26 zanamivir trials involving more than 24,000 people… delivered four main findings, each one worse than the other:

    • These drugs DO NOT reduce the risk of hospitalization for flu
    • These drugs DO NOT reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia
    • These drugs DO NOT reduce flu transmission
    • These drugs DO increase the odds of sickening side effects

    What’s more, they found evidence that oseltamivir was not only ineffective, but that the company behind it KNEW that – yet PUSHED governments to stockpile it anyway.

    One of the Cochrane reviewers has since filed a whistleblower suit over the drug, claiming the company falsified the results and defrauded the U.S. government.

    Last year, a judge ordered the case to move forward and it’s still under way now.

    So, you’ll have to excuse me for being skeptical over ANY claim made about this drug.

    The most promising treatment I’ve seen for sepsis is a “cocktail” therapy involving intravenous vitamin C, thiamine and the steroid hydrocortisone.

    And for flu, my own secret is to take 10,000-20,000 IU of vitamins A and D, twice a day, until you feel better.

    I’ve seen it work in as little as 24 hours.

    It doesn’t work for everybody; nothing does… but it certainly has a better track record than oseltamivir!

  2. Tamiflu goes generic – and that’s dangerous

    ‘New’ flu drug is not for you

    I was in the store the other day and saw Halloween decorations already for sale.

    Can you believe that? It’s still August for crying out loud!

    Halloween isn’t the only thing coming early this year. There’s something even spookier approaching… and that’s the annual fear-fest known as “flu season.”

    The FDA is getting an early start with its own version of a Halloween sale: The agency just approved a new and cheaper version of oseltamivir, a.k.a. Tamiflu.

    And that ought to give you more chills than whatever awful horror flick is coming to the box office this fall – because this isn’t a drug that needs to be expanded to more patients.

    It’s a med that needs to be pulled off the market completely!

    This drug is so bad – and backed by so little science – that any doc still prescribing it ought to be ashamed of himself.

    As you’ve read right here in House Calls, the drug does almost nothing for most patients, reducing the duration of flu symptoms by less than a day on average.

    It doesn’t cut the risk of complications or hospitalization, either.

    I’d call it a “do nothing” drug except it doesn’t exactly do nothing.

    It can do plenty – just not anything you want! The side effects of this drug can leave you battling headache, nausea, and vomiting – and that can make the flu look like fun.

    Even worse, the drug has been linked to psychiatric disorders and even kidney problems.

    You don’t need Tamiflu, whether it’s the real deal or the cheap new generic. If you happen to get sick, there are three steps you can take – and any single one of them is better than Tamiflu.

    First, take between 2,000 mg and 3,000 mg daily of the supplement NAC for up to a week, which can reduce the duration and severity of flu (and if you’re not sick, 600 mg per day can cut your risk of getting flu in the first place).

    Second, intravenous vitamin C can turbocharge your immune system to help beat the flu.

    And third, a blend of elderberry and Echinacea has proven to be about as effective as Tamiflu but without the risks. Since it’s effective at fighting viruses in general, this dynamic duo can also help punch out the common cold.

    You can buy these two separately, but they are also available together in immune-boosting blends in both capsules and as a syrup. Search online or ask at your favorite vitamin shop.

    Buy some today so it’s readily available this fall and winter if anyone in your home should get sick.

  3. Tamiflu drug failure

    A new review of studies finds that Tamiflu and Relenza, two common flu drugs, do little to nothing for flu.
  4. Missing data on Tamiflu side effects

    The maker of Tamiflu has refused to release key data on the drug despite a growing call from major researchers and medical journals.
  5. The world's worst flu 'cure'

    Everyone, it seems, has a personal recipe for beating the flu: chicken soup, chrysanthemum tea, cayenne pepper, raw garlic...you name it, someone is taking it. I can't say whether they really will cure you -- but I can say this: Any of those folk remedies are better options than Tamiflu.
  6. A tale of two remedies

    Talk about your double standards--a new study finds that a popular herbal remedy does for the cold what a common prescription drug does for the flu.

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