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It’s The Brain-Altering Drugs Stupid: Addictive Opioids, SSRIs, Anti-Psychotics, Benzodiazepines And Suicidality

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been fooled.” — Carl Sagan, “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection” (February 1, 1987)

Drug Czar Jim McClelland launching the RxADI Indiana initiative in Indianapolis – July 2018

This morning, just as I was about to start writing my weekly Duty to Warn column, I glanced through my local paper, the Duluth News-Tribune, and was confronted by a full-page ad on page A3, essentially identical to the one pictured above, except that the News-Tribuneversion didn’t have any Indiana groups on the poster.

Opioids, SSRIs, Anti-Psychotics, Benzodiazepines

The ad was titled “Rallying to Address Opioid Addiction”. The ad likely cost well over a thousand dollars and was paid for by an entity that I had never heard of before called “Rx ALI Minnesota”. Rx ALI is the abbreviation for Rx [i.e., prescription drug] Abuse Leadership Initiative). The group is apparently a fresh new “alliance” of “concerned” corporate entities that were suddenly interested in the opioid crisis that has been affecting all portions of America for decades.

Or maybe the interest of some of this now-seemingly ubiquitous major alliance that is sponsoring the ad all over America has some ulterior motives, such as trying to obscure the guilt that those behind the initiative should be acknowledging. Perhaps there are hidden entities that have been guilty of actually causing the addiction and suicidality crises in the first place are now trying to unjustly be a part of the many altruistic efforts that are going on already.

Pretending to be a part of the solution is easier than admitting that they were a major cause for the crisis in the first place. Big Businesses are notorious for trying to finagle their way into positions of “leadership” when decisions might be made that could affect their share price, shareholder confidence, prestige or corporate survival.

Five days before the full-page RxADI ad appeared in the News-Tribune, there was an opinion piece published that was written by the CEO of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America), one of the ad sponsors seen at the top of the photo image above. The editorial was about dealing with the national opioid crisis. CADCA’s HQ is located in the Washington, DC area, so it was fair to ask what motivated the CEO to specifically write an opinion piece for Duluth readers? In that piece, which was supposedly written specifically for the News-TribuneCADCA’s CEO named many of the co-sponsors of the ad that was published 5 days later. I knew right away that the proximity of the two items was no coincidence.

So I had to dig further.

Among the 16 named corporate entities that were listed in the ad (only 13 appeared in the Indianapolis poster, I was first noticed the symbol for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) which had been placed in the lower left corner of both the Indiana poster and the Duluth ad. PhRMA is the notorious billion-dollar trade association that represents hundreds of excessively wealthy, politically powerful – and therefore also sociopathic – corporations that are known to have enriched themselves by manufacturing and marketing opioid drugs and a variety of addictive products, in particular, psychiatric drugs.

There is no question that the Big Pharma corporations represented by PhRMA have been, over the past century, major causes of prescription drug addictions, prescription drug over-doses (accidental, intentional, lethal and non-lethal), prescription drug-induced mental ill health, prescription drug-induced physical and mental disabilities, prescription drug-induced shortened lifespans, prescription drug-induced dementia, prescription drug-induced poverty/homelessness (because of prescription drug unaffordability) and prescription drug-induced suicidality. These entities are guilty, guilty, guilty of the many crises that are plaguing the world.

And now they want a seat at the preventive, therapeutic table. Anybody smell a rat?

Immediately below is a partial list of some of the entities that were pictured on the News-Tribune ad that have serious conflicts of interest. They are all hoping that nobody will find out about the existence of the deep-pocketed pharmaceutical corporations that are trying to finagle their way into the efforts of well-meaning groups that are seriously – without any ulterior motives – trying to address the crisis – beyond simply providing plastic bags designed to make easily disposable the unused prescription drugs easier, which is about all that some of these entities are proposing, while patting themselves on the back.

1 – PhARMA, which represents American pharmaceutical manufacturing corporations, is also in partnership with a number of the other groups in both the RxADI Minnesota ad and the RxADI Indiana Everybody with a modicum of bamboozle-resistance should naturally be suspicious of the motives behind every corporation’s (not just Big Pharma’s) marketing schemes. This story should reinforce those suspicions. Every “good deed” that comes from a Big Business corporation needs to be regarded with skepticism.

I checked the websites of the seven most influential groups of the 16 on the Duluth ad for details on their hidden corporate sponsors, the corporate boards of directors, the CEOs and the staffs, and I discovered many conflicts of interest that were listed in the websites, but only after considerable digging.

Following is a partial list of the six groups that had the most to hide. I leave it up to the reader to figure out what is going on, and then warn the altruistic groups to beware of these groups; when they come offering their “help”.

2 – The Addiction Policy Forum (APF, with a $17,000,000 annual budget) takes money from the Dublin-based Alkermes Pharmaceutical corporation which manufactures opioid drugs, opioid antagonists and brain-damaging anti-psychotic drugs, including the notoriously neurotoxic, so-called anti-psychotic drug respiridoneAPF also takes money from a British drug company called Indivior, which makes a new type of long-lasting antipsychotic drug (actually respiridone) that only requires monthly injections. The CEO of Indivior is on one of the APF’s

3 – CADCA (the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America) also takes money from AlkermesPurdue Pharma (the notorious marketer of OxyContin!); Johnson & Johnson(which, among hundreds of other medicinal products, used to aggressively market the highly addictive, so-called childhood “ADHD” drug Concerta (identical to Ritalin), the anti-psychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega and is now marketing the monoclonal antibody drugRemicade, which costs upward of $19,000 a month (which equates to $228,000 per year).

CADCA also takes money from Mallinckrodt PLC which markets the highly addictive opioid drugs HydrocodoneOxycodoneMethylphenidate (generic Ritalin) and Dextroamphetamine sulfate. Other drug companies that subsidize CADCA include ENDO, Verde Technologies and Ortho-McNeil (the latter of which markets tramadol, a synthetic opioid).

4 – JUSTUS Health takes money from Janssen, which markets Fentanyl (!), Percodan [an older synthetic opioid] and two anti-psychotics, Haldol and Justus takes money fromJohnson & Johnson (see above) as well as Pfizer, which is the biggest pharmaceutical company in America, and which markets the addictive SSRI so-called antidepressant Zoloft, the dependency-inducing and brain-damaging antipsychotic Geodon and the highly addictive benzodiazepine/tranquilizer Xanax.

5 – The MRHA (Minnesota Rural Health Association) has as its current president, Sue Abderholden, who is Minnesota’s long-term director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) the notorious national organization that is heavily funded by PhRMA and every Big Pharma corporation in America that makes and markets psychiatric drugs, many of which are highly addictive and brain-altering. NAMI’s Big Pharma corporate sponsors over the years have included Alkermes, TEVA, AstraZeneca ($300,000.00 in 2009 alone) Schering Plough, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma America, Inc, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth, Lundbeck Inc, Otsuka America, Pfizer, Forest Laboratories, Eli Lilly. FOX Broadcasting, Magellan Health Services, Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharma. and Sanofi-Aventis.

6 – NCL (National Consumers League) which recently promoted a pharmacy organization’s campaign called “Remember to Take Your Medication Month”.

7 – Lakeville Public Safety Foundation (which innocently accepted a $10,000 grant from PhARMA and the Addiction Policy Forum (to promote safe used-prescription drug disposal in the Lakeville, MN area)

I didn’t take the time to check for any conflicts of interest in the smallest sponsoring organizations that were listed in the ad. I believe that veteran’s groups, sheriff’s departments, realtors and the Grange have no ulterior motives like the others and are just altruistically interested in being part of the solution of a largely Big Pharma-induced prescription drug crisis.

It needs to be noted that the current chairman of the PhRMA board of directors is the CEO of Biogen. The chairman-elect is the CEO of Johnson & Johnson and the board treasurer is the CEO of Novartis (marketers of Ritalin, Clozaril and the Ritalin-me-too drug, Focalin (dexmethylphenidate).

The following information about Big Pharma was mostly obtained from the internet, including Wikipedia:

“Antipsychotic drugs are the top-selling class of pharmaceuticals in America, generating annual revenue of about $14.6 billion. Every major company selling the drugs – Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – has either settled recent government case (under the False Claims Act) for hundreds of millions of dollars (or is currently under investigation for possible health care fraud). Following charges of illegal marketing, two of the settlements set records for the largest criminal fines ever imposed on corporations. One involved Eli Lilly’s antipsychotic Zyprexa and the other involved Pfizer’s Bextra (a Cox-2 inhibitor whose mechanism of action is similar to Merck’s notorious anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx and Pfizer’s Celebrex). In the Bextra case, the government also charged Pfizer with illegally marketing its antipsychotic, GeodonPfizersettled that part of the claim for $301 million, without admitting any wrongdoing.

“On 2 July 2012, GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to criminal charges and agreed to a $3 billion settlement of the largest health-care fraud case in the U.S. and the largest payment by a drug company. The settlement is related to the company’s illegal promotion of prescription drugs, its failure to report safety data, bribing doctors, and promoting medicines for uses for which they were not licensed. The drugs involved were Paxil, Wellbutrin, Advair, Lamictal and Zofran for off-label, non-covered uses. Those and the drugs Imitrex, Lotronex, Flovent, and Valtrex were involved in kickback schemes.”

To conclude this week’s column, I attach one of my old Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletters (which I published before my retirement and mainly emailed to my patients). PPEN # 18 concerned prescription drug-induced suicidality.

The article was written by Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare and the original research which she writes about was done by Dr Ari Khan and colleagues. The original papers were first published in 2001, but the important data was ignored by the FDA, the CDC, the NIH, the NIMH, the AMA, the APA, the AAFP, every busy psychiatrist and physician and every Big Pharma corporation that should have been paying attention (if the well-being of patients was really important, that is).

Obviously the corporate elites that decide what research gets proper attention had no interest in the truths mentioned below. The share prices of the manufacturers and marketers of the brain-altering prescription drugs investigated would have been badly impacted if Khan’s research had been given proper publicity. These guilty corporate elites are perpetually trying to escape the punishment that they so richly deserve for their part in America’s addiction and suicide epidemics. Tragically, they have had – and still have – the propaganda power to bamboozle anybody and everybody, especially the mainstream media, major party politicians, the media-addicted public and even physicians and nurses.

Read the following important information strongly linking Big Pharma’s psych drugs to suicide from back in 2002 and weep. Opioids were not examined back then because there was no Fentanyl, oo OsyContin and no Purdue Pharma.


Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter # 18

Astonishing 6,500+% Increase in Rates of Completed Suicides from BOTH SSRIs and Atypical Antipsychotics!!

By Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness – 9-8-2002

http://www2.eclinicalpsychiatrynews.com/scripts/om.dll/serve

First we had the thalidomide tragedy, then the fen-phen fiasco, then LSD and PCP as prescription drugs, yet none of them begins to compare with the scandal below. Never in the history of the FDA do I recall something as tragic or terrible or as shocking or as criminal as is the following revelation! “Mass murder by prescription” is the only expression that fits.  

Blockbuster Study – 68 Times Greater Suicide Risk with Serotonergic Meds!

New research presented at a recent NIH  (National Institute of Health) sponsored meeting demonstrates a 68 times greater risk of suicide with the new serotonergic antidepressants (SSRIs) and (the so-called “atypical”) antipsychotics than if a patient never took anything.

These shocking figures of increased suicide risk show that a patient’s chances of suicide jump from 11 out of 100,000 to as much as 718 out of 100,000 if one is taking one of these new SSRI antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa) – medications touted to alleviate depressive symptoms and rid one of suicidal tendencies. And the risk is even higher for the new antipsychotics (Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel) – 752 out of 100,000!

Our gratitude for alerting us to this new research goes to Vera Hassner Sharav with the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP). (www.researchprotection.org)

Dr. Arif Khan presented his research at a recent meeting sponsored by the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health). This was a meeting of the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit. The essence of the research was an analysis of the data on the suicide rates for patients who participated in the clinical trials for these new drugs – over 71,604 people were involved. These were the clinical trials where the drugs were tested on the public to see if they were “safe and effective.” This clinical data is then presented to the FDA for approval for marketing of the new compounds.

In his presentation Dr. Khan made note of what we learned long ago when this information was revealed through court documents in SSRI wrongful death cases – that is, that “actively suicidal” patients are excluded from the clinical trials on the SSRI antidepressants. What he found shocking about this is that despite the fact that actively suicidal patients were excluded from these clinical trials, the suicide rate among those taking these medications ABSOLUTELY SKYROCKETED from 11 out of 100,000 to 718 out of 100,000!! (718/11 = 6500% increase in relative risk.)

What is really frightening at this point is the realization that millions of patients are going into withdrawal from these drugs. The rapid or abrupt withdrawal from these antidepressants can produce suicide, mania, seizures, psychotic breaks, etc. at an even greater rate than while on the drugs. Extreme caution MUST be taken.

Here are the suicide rates (for the 5 classes of prescription psychiatric drugs that were analyzed by Khan). Keep in mind as you read through these that the rate of 11 out of 100,000 persons per year is the suicide rate for the population at large.

1) 752 suicides per 100,000 for those treated with atypical antipsychotics–risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa), and quetiapine (Seroquel); (752/11 = 6800% relative risk increase).

2) 718 per 100, 000 for those treated with the SSRIs – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa); (718/11 = 6500% relative risk increase) (See the American Journal of Psychiatry article for the analysis of suicidality and antidepressant drugs at: Khan A, Khan S, Kolts R, Brown WA. “Suicide rates in clinical trials of SSRIs, other antidepressants, and placebo: analysis of FDA reports,” Am J Psychiatry 2003;160: 790-2.)

3) 425 per 100,000 for those treated for “social anxiety disorder” with nefazodone (Serzone), mirtazapine (Remeron), and bupropion (Wellbutrin/Zyban); (425/11 = 3800% relative risk increase).

4) 136 per 100,000 for those treated for panic disorder–with benzodiazepine alprazolam (Xanax); (136/11 = 1200% relative risk increase).

5) 105 per 100, 000 persons for those treated for obsessive-compulsive disorder with anticonvulsant valproate (Depakote). (105/11 = 950% relative risk increase).

These figures clearly speak for themselves. A massive number of wrongful death suits will obviously follow, but at least loved ones will know why they have lost those who meant so much to them via such tragic circumstances.

Keep in mind as you read through this data that the new “atypical” anti-psychotics listed here are basically a combination of the older anti-psychotics and the SSRIs. They too have a strong effect upon serotonin levels, (actually blocking serotonin receptor sites as well as dopamine receptor sites – Ed note).

Also the most likely reason researchers saw an even higher rate of suicide in placebo cases with the anti-psychotics is that these patients were likely being abruptly discontinued from their older anti-psychotics for the clinical trials. This abrupt withdrawal can cause suicidal depression.

Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director, International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org and author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare (800-280-0730)

No Credible Evidence for Anti-Suicidal Effect from Psychotropic Drugs

Carl Sherman, Contributing Writer to Clinical Psychiatry News Online

BOCA RATON, FLA. – Psychotropic therapy did not appear to have a marked impact on suicide risk, examination of a large database indicated-in fact, no class of medication had much more or less effect than placebo, Dr. Arif Khan said at a meeting of the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Overall, attempted and completed suicides among patients with diverse psychiatric conditions are substantially more frequent than had been expected, the analysis suggested.

“Given that suicide is such a complex behavior … we have to ask if medication is the only way to [approach] it,” said Dr. Khan of Northwest Clinical Research Center, Bellevue, Wash.

The conventional response to suicidality in psychiatry is pharmacotherapy. The assumption that this will be beneficial “is never challenged much,” Dr. Khan said, and raises ethical questions about clinical trials, such as whether patients assigned to placebo may be exposed to increased mortality risk. Some observers, on the other hand, have suggested that psychotropics may themselves increase the risk of suicide.

In fact, the only biologic treatments for which there are many data on this score are ECT and lithium, which have been shown to reduce suicidality. More limited data support a similar effect for clozapine.

Dr. Khan reported an analysis of clinical trial data for drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration between 1985 and 2000. This included suicide and attempted suicide rates for more than 71,604 patients treated with the atypical antipsychotics risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa), and quetiapine (Seroquel); all the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa; nefazodone (Serzone), mirtazapine (Remeron), and bupropion (Wellbutrin/Zyban); the benzodiazepine alprazolam (Xanax; and the anticonvulsant valproate (Depakote).

One striking finding was the elevated rate of completed suicides for patients during these trials. Compared with the rate of 11/100,000 persons per year for the population at large, the rates of completed suicide were 752/100,000 persons per year for those in anti-psychotic trials; 718 in antidepressant trials; 425 in trials of medication for social anxiety disorder; 136 for panic disorder; and 105 for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

This was particularly surprising in light of the attempt, in most clinical trials, to exclude patients who are actively suicidal, Dr. Khan said.

Figures on attempted suicide found similarly increased risk. The figures implied that 5% of patients who enroll in anti-psychotic trials will attempt suicide in the following year; 3.7% of those in antidepressant trials will make an attempt; and 1.2% of those in trials of medication for anxiety disorders will attempt suicide.

Suicide rates were higher, in the trials taken as a whole, for patients who were assigned to placebo than to the investigational drug (1,750/100,000 persons per year vs. 710/100,000 persons per year). But because participants were exposed to placebo for far less time than to the drugs (a mean of 33 days vs. 148 days), this could not be assumed to indicate an anti-suicidal effect of medication, he said. (The most likely reason researchers saw an even higher rate of suicide in placebo with the anti-psychotics is that these patients were likely being abruptly discontinued from their older anti-psychotics for the clinical trials. This abrupt withdrawal can cause suicidal depression. – Ann Blake Tracy)

In the case of trials for depression and anxiety disorders, suicide rates were in fact higher among those who received the investigational drug than placebo, Dr. Khan said.

The high rates of suicide among patients studied might suggest an “iceberg effect” in the general population. The numbers that come to light under the close scrutiny of the clinical trial situation indicate the extent to which attempted and completed suicides are concealed or mislabeled in the community, Dr. Khan speculated.


Dr Gary G. Kohls is a retired family physician from Duluth, MN, USA. Since his retirement from his holistic mental health practice he has been writing his weekly Duty to Warn column for the Duluth Reader, northeast Minnesota’s alternative newsweekly magazine. His columns, which are re-published around the world, deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, malnutrition, Big Pharma’s over-drugging and Big Vaccine’s over-vaccination agendas, as well as other movements that threaten human health, the environment, democracy, civility and the sustainability of all life on earth.  Many of his columns have been archived at a number of websites, including http://duluthreader.com/search?search_term=Duty+to+Warn&p=2; http://www.globalresearch.ca/author/gary-g-kohlshttp://freepress.org/geographic-scope/national; and https://www.transcend.org/tms/search/?q=gary+kohls+articles

Originally posted at: http://freepress.org/geographic-scope/national

Author: Gary G. Kohls, MD

Guess I’ll Sit Around and Medicate – America’s Opioid Crisis

opioidI look at the big picture of the drug culture in the United States and how widely accepted it is to medicate yourself yet when that doctor prescribed medication leads to addiction or illegal drugs enter into the picture it becomes taboo. 

What’s the difference, really? One is government sanctioned while the other remains illegal and therefore underground. Chemical substances that alter the body and the mind (alcohol included) have the same effects – regulated or not.

Listening to the lyrics of the hit song Rx – Medicate by Theory of a Deadman I find myself reflecting on my life and all of the people I have cared about over the years.

Tyler Connolly’s lyrics reflect the state of the opioid crisis here in America as well as it’s overall drug culture. It’s a realistic and sad commentary on just how bad things have become. Nearly anyone you talk to these days has been touched by this in some way – personally, by a friend or a family member.

Drug overdoses killed roughly 64,000 people in the United States last year alone, according to the first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths to cover all of 2016. That is up 540% over the last 3 years. Alcohol-Related Deaths: An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually. These numbers are growing and are staggering, killing more people than HIV, Guns, and Car Crashes combined.

As a country? We are literally killing ourselves.

I look back and so many of my friends that I used to go out and have a good time with have fallen prey to addictive behavior that has set their health and lives back at one time or another, hurting relationships, friendships and the people they care about but mostly harming themselves. It makes me feel very sad and at the same time alarmed at what is going on around me.

How did this country get here? While there is no way I can pinpoint a single blanket reason, I do know for sure that the rate at which anti-depressants, mood stabilizers, and painkillers are dispensed like tic-tacs for-profit and kickbacks plays a big part. The list of side effects that are accepted include raised suicide risk and death, how are these medications legalized, to begin with, and who decided that risk of death is worth it?

The other portion of the equation is personal responsibility for your own happiness and mental wellbeing. The message has been pushed loud and clear in media.

“If you aren’t happy, take a pill.”

When the real answer is never found in a pill, it’s found within. Working on your life and on yourself – without chemical interference. Medications in some cases can serve as a temporary band-aid, but they aren’t a cure and worse, they can become a trap.

This isn’t an easy problem. It has become interwoven into our culture. From the outside dealing with someone who is addicted leaves you feeling helpless because no matter what you do or say – you cannot really help. I cannot even imagine being on the other side of the coin.

I don’t have any answers here. Just happened to be listening to Spotify and that song really struck a cord. To anyone dealing with drug or alcohol dependency on any level – I sincerely wish you the very best. 

Author: Sarah Barendse

Originally Published: https://sarahbarendse.com/2017/11/06/guess-ill-sit-around-and-medicate-americas-opioid-crisis/

How Big Pharma gets away with selling crystal meth to children: By renaming it ‘Adderall’

adderallIn a recent appearance on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, drug abuse and addiction expert Carl Hart of Columbia University made a shocking claim: There isn’t much difference between the demonized street drug methamphetamine (also known as meth or crystal meth) and the prescription drug Adderall.

It’s not the first time Hart has raised this idea. In a 2014 report, Hart and co-authors Joanne Csete and Don Habibi, also from Columbia, examined in depth the effects of meth on the brain, concluding that there is no discernible difference in the effects of any amphetamine, whether prescription or illicit.

FDA says meth OK for ADHD, weight loss

First, some definitions: Amphetamines are a class of chemicals that are used both medically and recreationally. The street drug known as “meth” may refer to either methamphetamine or dextroamphetamine. “Crystal meth” is a more specific form, methamphetamine hydrochloride.

The authors of the report note that both popular and scientific literature regularly make meth out to be much stronger and more addictive than other amphetamines.

“Such statements, however, are inconsistent with the empirical evidence,” they wrote. ” In carefully controlled laboratory studies of human research participants, [dextroamphetamine] and methamphetamine produce nearly identical physiological and behavioral effects…. They both increase blood pressure, pulse, euphoria, and desire to take the drug in a dose-dependent manner. Essentially, they are the same drug.”

That means amphetamine drugs such as Adderall — prescribed to treat narcolepsy and “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD) in children as young as two — are in fact no different in action from meth. In fact, the active ingredients of Adderall are actually 75 percent dextroamphetamine salts; the other 25 percent are other amphetamines. That’s why the drug is also used to enhance mental and athletic performance, and recreationally to produce a euphoric “high.”

There’s another FDA-approved drug that’s even closer to crystal meth: the active ingredient of Desoxyn is methamphetamine hydrochloride — which is, literally, crystal meth. Desoxyn is approved for treatment of ADHD (even in the absence of any nervous system dysfunction) and as a weight-loss drug.

The absurdities of Drug War politics

That means that Adderall, Desoxyn and other prescription amphetamines likely carry the same risks as meth. According to Hart and colleagues, one of the main risks of long-term amphetamine use is toxicity to the brain cells that produce dopamine and other monoamine neurotransmitters. This appears to occur because large doses of amphetamine abnormally boost dopamine levels in the brain, leading to the production of cell- and DNA-destroying free radicals.

“This, in turn, could lead to persistent deficits in the functioning of dopamine-containing cells,” the researchers wrote.

They note that recreational drug users may be somewhat insulated from this effect, because they tend to start with small doses and increase their usage over time. The worst effects in animal studies were seen in drug-naive animals given a large dose repeatedly.

The authors do not mention if this could happen to children abruptly given high doses of ADHD drugs.

Other known risks of long-term amphetamine use include stroke and “paranoia mimicking full-blown psychosis.”

Hart and colleagues note that the artificial division between meth and drugs such as Adderall is typical of the politics-driven “War on Drugs.” In 1986, for example, Congress passed a law making the penalties for crack possession 50 times more severe than the penalties for cocaine. But these are chemically the same drug and produce identical effects. The only major difference is that crack is typically smoked rather than snorted, leading to higher blood concentrations of the active ingredient.

“To punish crack users more harshly than powder users is analogous to punishing those who are caught smoking marijuana more harshly than those caught eating marijuana-laced brownies,” the researchers wrote.

Sources for this article include:

OpenSocietyFoundations.org[PDF]

Drugs.com

RxList.com

Drugs.com

Original Post: http://www.naturalnews.com/052954_Big_Pharma_amphetamine_drugs_Adderall.html

What’s killing Americans? Top 10 prescribed medications of 2016 give us a troublesome answer

pills‘Let food be thy medicine’ is a saying attributed to Hippocrates, who is known as the Father of Modern Medicine. We would be well off to heed his advice, but by and large, we do not, for it is the Standard American Diet that is making us sick. A look at the most often prescribed medications reveals the most common health conditions we are being treated for. And these conditions reveal a problem with our diet, because our poor health is closely correlated with our poor food choices.

Our food supply has been adulterated by heavy processing, it’s laden with chemical additives and pesticides, and it lacks the all-important mineral content, due to poor quality soil, after years of high-intensity agricultural practices. Is it any wonder that we are one of the sickest nations in the developed world?

You are what you eat

This truism is all too true, for if we eat healthy foods, we will be healthy. But if we eat unhealthy foods, we will be unhealthy. Here is a list of the top ten prescriptions in America in 2016 (from LowestMed.com), along with the associated health condition, the dietary culprit, and a healthier dietary approach.

1. Atorvastatin Calcium is prescribed for high cholesterol. The most recent research bucks conventional wisdom and attributes high cholesterol to refined carbohydrates, not fats. Substituting high quality fats and oils for the empty carbs is the solution.

2. Levothyroxine is used to treat hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. Fluoride in our food and water is absorbed by the body in place of iodine. Iodine is woefully deficient in most people and is essential for healthy hormone production by the thyroid gland. Try to avoid ubiquitous fluoride and supplement iodine.

3. Lisinopril is used for high blood pressure, which is associated with heart attacks. Too much salt is blamed for high blood pressure, but low magnesium is most often overlooked.

4. Omeprazole treats reflux symptoms, which medical orthodoxy says is caused by too much stomach acid, whereas it is likely caused by too little production of hydrochloric acid. Make sure you get enough sodium chloride, or table salt in your diet.

5. Metformin is used to lower blood sugar for diabetes patients. Many physicians now blame a diet rich in refined carbohydrates for the onset of type 2 diabetes, and believe that it can be controlled solely through diet.

6. Amlodipine is used to treat hypertension.

7. Simvastatin treats high cholesterol.

8. Hydrocodone/Acetamenophen treats pain; not necessarily related to diet.

9. Metoprolol ER is prescribed for hypertension.

10. Losartan is prescribed for hypertension.

The low fat fallacy

Obesity is linked as a causative factor to diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, all major contributors to mortality. Regarding our dietary habits, the standard advice in favor of a low fat diet is probably what is killing us. Dr. Atkins puts it this way:

“In recent years, research has indicated that we may have been doing it all wrong. To verify that, just ask yourself: If low-fat diets work, why are we so fat? Sure, you could blame some of it on people with weak willpower, or metabolic problems, or whatever. But when nearly two-thirds of the nation is overweight, those excuses just don’t hold water.

“There is now an enormous body of research that proves that the conventional wisdom about the role fats play in the human diet is, quite simply, wrong, and in fact, it’s a high-carb, high-fat diet that results in weight problems and all the diseases that go along with being overweight. Culprits include the USDA Food Triangle, which guides school lunch programs across the country–it’s top-heavy on refined grains, including pasta and other starches while limiting foods containing fats. And many foods that are thought of as healthy–such as bran muffins, fruit juices and most brands of diet shakes and nutrition bars–are loaded with empty calories and high carbohydrate counts.”

Where do we go from here?

Many natural and non-toxic alternatives are available in the form of foods, supplements, and herbs for the above listed maladies. All prescription medications are toxic to an extent, some with serious health consequences. Most medical doctors have very little nutritional training, if any. Many doctors will straight up tell you that nutrition does not affect disease conditions. Are the insane running the asylum?

Sources:
WakingTimes.com

Atkins.com

LowestMed.com

originally posted: http://naturalnews.com/2017-01-11-whats-killing-americans-top-10-prescribed-medications-of-2016-give-us-a-troublesome-answer.html

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OUTRAGE: Big Pharma ordered to pay $70M after concealing adverse effects of cancer drugs and misleading doctors

Court-Law-Gavel-RulingIn a case that clearly illustrates the extent of corruption, callousness and greed on the part of Big Pharma’s cancer industry, two drug companies have been ordered to pay nearly $70 million to settle a federal lawsuit over charges that the companies lied about the effectiveness of a cancer drug.

The two companies, Genentech and OSI Pharmaceuticals, agreed to pay $67 million to avoid further litigation over its deceptive marketing of Tarceva, a drug used to treat non-small-cell lung cancer.

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The lawsuit claimed that from 2006 to 2011 Genentech and its marketing partner OSI Pharmaceuticals promoted Tarceva to treat all patients with non-small-cell lung cancer even though studies had shown that it worked for just those who had never smoked or had a certain gene mutation known as EGFR. Epidermal growth factor receptor is a type of protein found on the surface of cells in the body.”

A former Genentech employee, Brian Shields, filed the whistleblower suit in 2011 after his employers refused to acknowledge his concerns regarding the marketing of the ineffective drug. Shields said that he faced retaliation from his superiors after voicing his concerns and was told that he was not a “team player.”

Lies and bribes

Details of the lawsuit reveal the unscrupulous and illegal marketing techniques employed by the drug maker, which almost certainly led to the early deaths of patients who received treatment involving the useless drug.

“The lawsuit said the companies gave their sales representatives promotional materials that discouraged doctors from testing patients for EGFR.

“The companies also promoted Tarceva, the lawsuit said, by giving doctors illegal kickbacks disguised as fees for making speeches or serving on Genentech’s advisory boards.

“Sales representatives across the country were ‘instructed to spend lavishly’ on physicians, the case said, and given ‘an unlimited budget to wine and dine.’

“Genentech also organized lunches or dinners for lung cancer patients where ‘patient ambassadors’ were paid fees to speak about how Tarceva could be used in ways never approved by regulators, the lawsuit said.”

“This is about lives”

Under the terms of the False Claims Act, the federal government will receive $62.6 million of the settlement, State Medicaid programs will get $4.4 million and Shields and his lawyers will share the remaining $10 million.

“This is about lives,” said whistleblower Shields, a former Army helicopter pilot. “”Hopefully this will have a lasting effect and improve cancer care.”

From a Justice Department statement:

“Pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to provide accurate information to patients and health care providers about their prescription drugs. The Department of Justice will hold these companies accountable that mislead the public about the efficacy of the products.”

Unfortunately, drug manufacturers have a history of ignoring their “responsibility” to patients and the healthcare industry – there have been numerous cases of fraudulent marketing, falsified study results and bribery on the part of drug makers.

Profits vs. people

Big Pharma has shown that it will stop at nothing in the pursuit of profits. It’s clear that the “cancer industry” has no interest in curing anyone – human lives and ethics are far less important than dollars to these greedy and soulless criminals.

The profits raked in by Big Pharma are absolutely staggering. It’s important to understand what kind of money we’re actually talking about.

From GlobalResearch.ca:

“Big Pharma’s top eleven corporations generated net profits in just one decade from 2003 to 2012 of nearly three quarters of a trillion dollars – that’s just net profit alone. The net profit for 2012 amongst those top eleven amounted to $85 billion in just that one year.”

If it weren’t for the courage of whistleblowers like Brian Shields, Big Pharma would simply continue its corrupt practices virtually unchecked – after all, the FDA and other regulatory agencies have been bought out by the drug industry and do little to protect the public from the fraudulent marketing of useless and dangerous medications.

If enough people come forward and speak out, as Shields did, we might begin to see changes in the way Big Pharma conducts business – but don’t hold your breath…

Sources:
http://www.latimes.com
http://edition.cnn.com
http://www.silive.com
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-evils-of-big-pharma-exposed/5425382

Author: Daniel Barker
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/054364_big_pharma_corruption_cancer_drugs.html#ixzz4Be6M0WHW

CDC: Prescription painkiller drugs kill 40 Americans every single day

Close-White-PillsPrescription painkiller drugs like OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone) are now directly responsible for killing 40 Americans every single day. This disturbing fact comes from new data compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse.

The numbers from the CDC report show that more people are now killed by opioid prescription drugs than they are by overdoses from both heroin and cocaine combined. These numbers match ones released as part of 2009 study conducted by physicians at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto, Can., which essentially found the same thing (http://www.naturalnews.com/027794_narcotics_addiction.html).

Since 1999, the number of individuals who take prescription painkillers to get high rather than to legitimately treat pain has tripled. One in 20 US adults also now admits to have abused prescription narcotics, of which the most popularly abused are Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone, according to the CDC.

And how are individuals gaining access to such high amounts of these deadly drugs? It appears that irresponsible doctors, not street dealers, are largely to blame. CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, even stated at a recent news teleconference that “the problem is more from doctors than from drug pushers on street corners.”

In California, the situation is particularly disturbing as more than 62 percent of painkiller prescriptions were found to have been prescribed by just three percent of doctors. This means that a handful of doctors are freely dispensing these highly-addictive and deadly drugs to patients that most likely are not legitimate candidates for them.

Worse, the federal government is doing little, if anything, to put a stop to the madness and protect the public. Sure, it continues to “investigate” the tide of illness and death caused by this escalating prescription drug nightmare. But it is failing to take practical steps to prosecute doctors for malpractice, or hold drug companies responsible for making the dangerous drugs in the first place.

In other words, while the federal government is busy wasting millions of taxpayer dollars raiding whole food buying clubs, herb/supplement companies, and raw milk dairies that provide customers with health-promoting foods (http://www.naturalnews.com/raids.html), the pharmaceutical industry is literally getting away with government-sanctioned murder as it continues to freely peddle its deadly drugs to the world.

Author: Ethan A. Huff
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/053965_painkiller_drugs_prescription_opioids_patient_deaths.html#ixzz48G5myekg

Pharma marketed antidepressants to children after hiding the risk of suicide and aggression revealed by clinical trials

Boy-Bored-Sad-Depressed-Johnny-10A BMJ press release reported, “Children and adolescents have a doubled risk of aggression and suicide when taking one of the five most commonly prescribed antidepressants,” according to a study published in The BMJ on January 28, 2016.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, the release notes.

Researchers from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis of 68 clinical study reports of 70 trials involving 18,526 patients to examine use of antidepressants and associated serious harms, including “deaths, suicidal thoughts and attempts as well as aggression and akathisia, a form of restlessness that may increase suicide and violence.”

But “because of the poor design of clinical trials that assess these antidepressants, and the misreporting of findings in published articles,” the experts report, “the true risk for all associated serious harms—such as deaths, aggression, akathisia and suicidal thoughts and attempts—remains unknown for children, adolescents and adults.”

The researchers examined “trials that contained patient narratives or individual patient listings of associated harms,” the authors explained, that “are often not included in published trial reports.” They also “analysed clinical study reports, prepared by pharmaceutical companies for market authorisation, and summary trial reports, both of which usually include more information.”

Clinical study reports for duloxetine (Cymbalta), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft) and venlafaxine (Effexor) were from regulatory agencies in the UK and Europe. Reports for duloxetine and fluoxetine were also taken from Eli Lilly’s website.

“However, clinical study reports could not be obtained for all trials and all antidepressants, and individual listings of adverse outcomes for all patients were available for only 32 trials,” the release noted.

“The true risk for serious harms is still unknown [because] the low incidence of these rare events, and the poor design and reporting of the trials, makes it difficult to get accurate effect estimates,” the study’s authors explained.

The researcher’s found limitations in trial designs and reporting that may have lead to “serious under-estimation of the harms,” the authors wrote.

They compared the results from the study reports with individual patient listings or narratives of adverse effects. “This revealed misclassification of deaths and suicidal events in people taking antidepressants. For example, four deaths were misreported by a pharmaceutical company, in all cases favouring the antidepressant, and more than half of the suicide attempts and suicidal ideation, for example, were coded as ’emotional lability’ [sic] or ‘worsening of depression,'” the press release reported.

“In the summary trial reports on Eli Lilly’s website, almost all deaths were noted, but all suicidal ideation events were missing, and the information on the remaining outcomes was incomplete,” the authors wrote in the BJM study.

“Because of the shortcomings identified and having only partial access to appendices with no access to case report forms, the harm could not be estimated accurately,” they concluded.

“Many cases of aggressive behaviour have been reported,” they wrote, “but, unlike with suicidality, little systematic research has been undertaken.” Perpetrators of school shootings and similar events have often been reported to be users of antidepressants and the courts have in many cases found them not guilty as a result of drug induced insanity, they point out in the study.

“We believe our study shows that, despite using clinical study reports, the true risk for serious harms is still uncertain,” they wrote. “The low incidence of these rare events and the poor design and reporting of the trials makes it difficult to get accurate effect estimates.”

Therefore, the authors “suggest minimal use of antidepressants in children, adolescents, and young adults, as the serious harms seem to be greater, and as their effect seems to be below what is clinically relevant,” they advised in the study.

Sources:

BMJ.com[PDF]

BMJ.com

Science.NaturalNews.com

Author: Evelyn Pringle
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/053152_antidepressant_drugs_suicide_Big_Pharma.html#ixzz41epGVMJZ

Prescription drugs can be dangerous to your health

Have you ever really stopped to listen to what the drug commercials say? The manufacturers are sincerely hoping you haven’t.

They fill your TV screen with beautiful pictures of happy couples dancing, walking on beaches, making family dinners, and being healthy and active. They seem to have the life that (hopefully) you want. The words they are speaking though often are incongruent with the visual images.

Lets take a look at just a couple of these ads:

Chantix – Chantix is prescribed to help people stop smoking

While it may help you stop smoking – is this list better? Smoking seems far less dangerous!
Chantix may cause: Changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions – even after stopping Chantix. Swelling of face, mouth, throat or a rash, nausea, trouble sleeping, vivid, unusual, violent dreams. I have seen this one misfire first hand and let me tell you, the personality change I saw was terrifying.

Lunesta – Lunesta is a prescription sleep aid

Lunesta may cause: Instances of walking, eating, driving while asleep without remembrance have been reported. Changes in behavior may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, and confusion, worsening of depression including risk of suicide. Tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may lead to death. Unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and drowsiness may occur.
The commercial then ends by saying, “There is a land of restful sleep, we can help you go there” and shows a happy woman sitting up in bed, well rested. Yes you may awaken well rested…or of course you may have had a violent dream and choked on your swollen tongue in the middle of the night. Are you really willing to gamble?

Xarelto Rivaroxaban – A Warfarin alternative

Bob, our subject, is shown driving happily down a country road thrilled that he no longer has to deal with blood monitoring and loving Xarelto. All is well in his world. But pay attention to how the words begin to change at the one minute mark or so, even though the story goes on visually. “Xarelto can cause bleeding which may be serious and can rarely lead to death.” Along with that Xarelto has also been shown to cause:
Back pain
bleeding gums
bloody stools
bowel or bladder dysfunction
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
coughing up blood
difficulty with breathing or swallowing
dizziness
headache
increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
leg weakness
nosebleeds
numbness
paralysis
prolonged bleeding from cuts
red or black, tarry stools
red or dark brown urine
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Less common
Fainting
pain in the arms or legs
wound secretion
Rare
Burning while urinating
difficult or painful urination
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain or swelling
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blurred vision
chills
clay-colored stools
cough or hoarseness
dark urine
diarrhea
fast or irregular heartbeat
fever with or without chills
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
hives
itching
joint or muscle pain
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
nausea or vomiting
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
severe headache
skin rash
sore throat
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
tightness in the chest
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
and
yellow eyes or skin
wow, that was a mouth full!

While the medication you take may help with the original issue it has been prescribed for the list of side effects really should give you pause. They are often far worse than the original condition and in some cases can be life threatening.

Medications do not generally heal or fix health issues. They mask and cover the symptoms often leading to new symptoms, which in turn may require another new medication to mask and cover – which is how so many people tumble down the allopathic path ending up on a dozen medications, which may or may not react with one another.

Just because no known interactions have been noted doesn’t mean it isn’t possible… Every person is biologically a little bit different. The pharmaceutical industry has to intention of curing or healing anyone…. Their intention is to get you to keep buying their product. They are a business.

Next time one of these commercials comes on, I suggest closing your eyes. Listen and block out the imagery. See how different it comes across.

Before starting any prescription medication do your research and make the decision and educated one.

Source: http://www.hcbl.com/blog/prescription-drugs-can-be-dangerous-to-your-health/
Author: Sarah J. Barendse

6 Dangerous Prescription Drugs You Should Think Twice Before Taking

6-dangerous-prescription-drugs-you-should-think-twice-before-taking1-600x300You may trust your doctor, but it does not necessarily mean that every medication he prescribes is safe for you. The latest studies have shown that many of the popular prescription drugs have potentially serious side-effects, ranging from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease – and in some cases even worse.

The world is not aware of this important information, and still believes in the myth that the benefits of FDA-approved drugs far outweigh any possible risks. To make things clear for you, in this article we have covered six classes of prescription drugs that are not quite health-friendly.

1. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
Millions of people in the US, and many more throughout the world take PPIs to alleviate the symptoms of gastroesophaegal reflux disease (GERD), a health condition characterized by food and acid in the stomach that leak back to the esophagus and cause damage. But, PPIs like Nexium (exomeprazole) and Prevacid (lansoprazole) block the nutrient absorption and inhibit the production of necessary stomach acid. This leads to many other health problems. (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com)

FDA has issued a dozen warnings about the side-effects of PPIs, including an increased risk of bacterial diarrhea, magnesium deficiency, and bone fractures (http://www.fda.gov). Regular and long-term consumption of PPIS is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia and unhealthy weight gain. (http://www.naturalnews.com/036336_PPIs_acid_reflux_side_effects.html)

2. Statins
Statins have been the top-selling class of drugs for the several past years. These drugs are hailed by the medicine as a “miraculous” cure for high cholesterol and heart diseases. However, statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) and Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) actually increase the risk of diabetes, liver disease, brain damage, muscle atrophy, and even premature death. (http://www.drfranklipman.com)

Statins have many side-effects, and some of them are so severe that the FDA recently issued official warnings associated with their use.

(http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm293330.htm) In addition to this, many studies have confirmed that the consumption of statins for primary prevention does not bring that much good as expected, meaning that this drug class is medically useless for the millions of healthy people who are supposed to take the medications. (http://www.minnpost.com)

3. Antibiotics
These are the leading cause of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” They do not provide much benefit, and their use can cause long-term health problems. Antibiotics are often prescribed for conditions that do not even respond to their properties, and the long-term abuse by the system has actually made infections more severe and untreatable.

Shane Ellison, M.S., from The People’s Chemist, says that Levaquin (levofloxacin), Vancocin (vancomycin hydrochloride), and Bactrim (trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole) are the three most dangerous antibiotics currently prescribed.

She also listed quinolones, considered as the most commonly prescribed type of antibiotics, and she noted that antibiotics like Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin HCL), and Floxin (ofloxacin) may cause severe and permanent disability. (http://thepeopleschemist.com)

4. Antipsychotics
You may not consider these as dangerous, but antipsychotics are one of the deadliest drug classes. They are commonly prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe major depression, and also for many “off-label” conditions, including mild mood disorder and everyday anxiety.

But researchers have shown that popular antipsychotics like Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate), Abilify (aripiprazole), Risperdal (risperidone), and Zyprexa (olanzapine) increase blood sugar levels, elevate lipid and cholesterol levels, and promote weight gain.

You should be more concerned about the long-term neurological and brain damage caused by the regular consumption of antipsychotics. Here we would add the high risk of metabolic syndrome, including health condditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127190016.htm). The problems goes that far, that the British Medical Journal (BMJ) declared antipsychotics to be more deadly than terrorism. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

5. Opioid Pain Relievers
Today, drugs are officially declared to be the leading cause of death in the US. Opioid-based painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone HCI), Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen), codeine, and morphine are on the top of the list.

The Brandeis University in Massachusetts conducted a study that showed how prescription painkillers today are responsible for causing more fatal overdosing than heroin and cocaine together. The US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that there is an epidemic, regarding the terrifying number of prescription painkiller deaths. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

6. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
People have used antidepressants like Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), and Lexapro (escitalopram) for so long, but these receive less attention than they actually deserve. Suicidal tendencies, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal bleeding, and heart disease are just some of the many side-effects of SSRIs.

Even worse, in some cases SSRIs worsen the symptoms of depression, and certain individuals become violent. Watch the Health Ranger’s music video S.S.R.Lies, as it is a creative glimpse at the dangers of SSRIs: http://www.naturalnews.com

Originally published on: www.naturalnews.com
Source: www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com
Image Via: Healthy Holistic Living
Article source: http://www.wesupportorganic.com/2014/11/6-dangerous-prescription-drugs-you-should-think-twice-before-taking.html

 

The Dangers of Warfarin (Coumadin) – Natural Alternatives for Stroke Prevention

The-Dangers-of-Warfarin-Coumadin-–-Natural-Alternatives-for-Stroke-PreventionIs There a Natural Alternative to Coumadin?

For some reason, conventional medicine would have you believe that Warfarin (Coumadin) is the better and safer choice over Vitamin E therapy for the prevention of strokes. Unfortunately, there simply aren’t many medical doctors who even bother to read the research supporting the efficacy of Vitamin E over the widely prescribed pharmaceutical Coumadin. Instead, they continue to stay true to their pharmaceutical-company allegiances, despite the hundreds of thousands of deaths that occur yearly because of it.

Oddly, even if a doctor is “skeptical” about Vitamin E therapy, there a no known adverse effects in short-term treatment, and they could simply monitor the patient’s blood via Pro time (Hematology) tests.

Vitamin E Therapy

When used in higher dosages (4000 IU or less), natural Vitamin E potentiates the effects of Coumadin (Warfarin), making Vitamin E a safe substitute in place of the drug.

I have personally found this to be true. One of my patients was using such a dosage. His medical doctor wanted to put him on Coumadin, and was shocked when the hematology tests appeared as though he was already taking drug! When his medical doctor found out that Vitamin E had produced the exact same results he wanted to achieve with the Coumadin, he was also reported shocked. After all, how could an inexpensive little vitamin do the job of a pharmaceutical drug?

This story isn’t simply a fluke. There are many stories just like this one.

Despite this, recent warnings that “Vitamin E may cause death” has been reiterated multiple times all over the internet and cable news channels — all based from this one study. Although the study notes that “experimental models and observational studies suggest that vitamin E supplementation may prevent cardiovascular disease” and recognizes that vitamin E supplementation showed no “statistically significant increases in mortality”, the study still concludes that Vitamin “may increase all-cause mortality and should be avoided”.

What they don’t tell you is that the study tracked the use of synthetic Vitamin E and not natural Vitamin E.

It can’t be stressed enough – it is important that the Vitamin E used in this kind of therapy must be natural Vitamin E and not synthetic! The difference is more than significant.

“Both natural source vitamin E and synthetic vitamin E are absorbed well into the body, however after absorption, a protein in the liver recognizes only the natural forms, such as d-alpha-tocopherol. As a result, the unrecognized forms of synthetic Vitamin E are preferentially excreted.

“The body’s ability to recognize only the natural form of Vitamin E gives natural source d-alpha-tocopherol a bioavailability of approximately twice that of the synthetic form. To compensate for the lower retention of synthetic Vitamin E, a person would have to ingest twice the amount of synthetic Vitamin E (by weight) to match the bioequivalence of the natural form.” ~ Source

The the question to ask is — why are all the studies that disprove this one study ignored? Are we really to believe that we should be scared of Vitamin E and that Coumadin safe?

Coumadin’s Safety Record

Let’s look at the “safety” record of Coumadin. In a study published in the medical journal ‘Neurology’, entitled “Warfarin Use Leads to Larger Intracerebral Hematomas”, University of Cincinnati researchers headed by Matthew Flaherty (a UC neurologist) concluded that bleeding in the brain, or bleeding strokes, increased five-fold among people who took warfarin/Coumadin over a period of 12 months (2005), and increased eighteen-fold for those over the age of 80.

More recently, Coumadin has been assigned a Black Box Drug Warning by the FDA. What does that mean exactly? A Black box warning means that medical studies strongly indicate that a drug carries a significant risk of serious and/or life-threatening adverse effects. The FDA had Bristol-Myers Squibb strengthen its USA label for Warfarin (Coumadin) to include a, “black-box warning about the risk for major or fatal bleeding.”

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices and the Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, conducted a longitudinal Adverse Events Reporting System Review of the U.S. FDA’s most dangerous drugs in 2007. The study concluded that Coumadin is one of the most dangerous drugs on the market today with the most serious outcomes. More than 100,000 deaths or disabilities resulted. Please go to Coumadin at in the Askapatient database  to read the actual horror stories of people who have taken Coumadin. I guarantee you will be shocked!

Yet, oddly enough, it’s Vitamin E that continues to get all the bad publicity? And I say “oddly” because there hasn’t been single documented death due to high dose Vitamin E therapy.

So, what is behind the warnings of mortality when the science indicates it’s not vitamin E causing deaths, but Coumadin?

For more information, I encourage you to you read Vitamin E: The True Cost of Cynicism.

Please note: It is important to note that for people taking ‘blood-thinning’ drugs, such as Coumadin, it is important to talk to a knowledgeable doctor before switching to Vitamin E therapy.

Further resources:

  • Warfarin use leads to larger intracerebral hematomas – http://www.neurology.org/content/71/14/1084
  • Are Warfarin Side Effects Dangerous? – http://home.comcast.net/~pobrien48/are_warfarin_side_effects_danger.htm
  • Blood-thinning drug warfarin may raise risk of death from brain haemorrhage – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3102806/Blood-thinning-drug-warfarin-may-raise-risk-of-death-from-brain-haemorrhage.html
  • Coumadin is Poisoning the Elderly – http://www.newswithviews.com/Richards/byron183.htm
  • Coumadin: Clinical Pharmacology – http://www.rxlist.com/coumadin-drug/clinical-pharmacology.htm
  • New Alternatives to Coumadin (warfarin) to Reduce the Risk of Stroke in the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation – http://www.cormedicalgroup.com/from-the-doctors-desk-new-alternatives-to-coumadin-for-atrial-fibrillation-2013
  • Natural vs. Synthetic: Here is the Difference – http://www.adm.com/en-US/products/Documents/ADM-Natural-vs-Synthetic-Vitamin-E.pdf
  • Synthetic as compared with natural-source vitamin E is preferentially excreted as alpha-CEHC in human urine: studies using deuterated alpha-tocopheryl acetates. FEBS Lett. 1998;437:145-148.

    Source: http://wakeup-world.com/2014/11/11/the-dangers-of-warfarin-coumadin-natural-alternatives-for-stroke-prevention/?utm_campaign=Wake+Up+World+e-Newsletter&utm_content=Latest+Headlines+inc.+Eugenics+%E2%80%93+Selective+Breeding+of+the+Human+Herd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=getresponse
    Author: Dr. Michelle Kmiec