Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Drug Risks the FDA’s System Missed

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  • Article by Ira Marxe

    Beware of FDA Approved Prescription Drugs

    Recently, a close acquaintance of ours had kidney failure and had to be rushed to the hospital.

    Three years ago I tried to introduce him to our all natural vitamin/mineral based arterial plaque cleansing formula, a proven way of cleansing the plaque out of your arteries with no side effects, but with no success.

    This was after he had bi-pass surgery for clogged arteries.

    He did, however, take our information with the list of ingredients to his cardiologist. His cardiologist said our product wouldn’t work, (typical), and that he was better off taking a statin drug.

    Statins, his cardiologist said, would be more effective and our acquaintance, being a good patient, listened. His belief was, who would know better then an M.D. Cardiologist?

    A side note: Did you know that the leading cause of death among cardiologists is heart disease? (Courtesy of the American Heart Association).



    Anyway...Three years later the statin drugs did prove to be more effective.

    They effectively shut down his kidneys. Kidney failure is one of the side effects of statins.

    Hopefully, this story will have a happy ending, as he seems to be recovering although my sense is that he will never be the same.

    I tell you this story as an introduction to a recent Consumer Report’s investigation of prescription drugs and their findings. I quote, “Common drugs, hidden dangers. Tens of millions of people at risk”.

    They have discovered 12 relatively common prescription drugs with risks they site that include increased likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer or suicide. These risks were either undetected or underestimated when the FDA approved these drugs for use.

    Some of these drugs should have black box warning labels. They do not. Some are advertised making false claims leaving out potential risks. With its present day power, there is little the FDA can do about it.

    You know we have always advised that you seek a nutritional solution to your problems before resorting to traditional drugs. There are many nutritional solutions out there if only people will look for alternatives instead of blindly accepting their doctor’s drugs as the only solution.

    You need to seriously question the advisability of a drug solution and consider all of the side affects of the drug being prescribed. Don’t only rely solely on your M.D. who may be drug-biased, or really doesn’t know.

    Ask your pharmacist. Research the Internet. Be thorough so that you can make an educated decision.

    Let me remind you of what we have been saying for a long time, your body is the great healer….if given the right nutrients.

    Drugs should be used only as a last resort, and some should never be used. Don’t let drug company ads push you into becoming a prescription drug addict. Drug companies are only interested in the profits they can make by keeping you on their drugs for as long as possible. It is not in their best interest to cure you.

    Here are the 12 prescription drugs that Consumer’s Reports found will put you at great risk if you take them. If you are taking any of these drugs, talk to your doctor about an alternative or go find another doctor.

    Drug Risks the FDA’s System Missed:

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    Celecoxib (Celebrex) – Pain and Inflammation: Increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

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    Rosuvastatin (Crestor, strongest of the statin drug group such as Lipitor, Zocor, etc.) – Elevated cholesterol levels: Muscle breakdown and kidney failure, especially in Asian Americans.

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    Estrogen (Premarin, Prempro, and others) – Menopausal symptoms and post menopausal osteoporosis: Increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots.

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    Isotretinoin (Accutane) – Severe nodular acne: Birth defects, depression, psychosis, and suicidal tendencies.

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    Malathion (Ovide) – Head lice: Flammability of hair and neurotoxicity.

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    Medroxyprogesterone injections (Depo-Proveeral) – Contraception: Irreversible bone loss.

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    Mefloquine (Lariam) – Malaria prevention for travelers: Disorientation, severe anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and depression.

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    Salmeterol (Serevent) – Asthma: Increased asthma-related deaths; risk may be higher in African-Americans.

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    Sibutramine (Meridia) – Weight loss: Increased blood pressure and heart rate; heart-rhythm abnormalities, heart attack, cardiac arrest, memory problems.

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    SSRIs such as sertraline (Zoloft) venlafaxine (Effixor) – Anxiety and depression: Increased suicidal tendencies initially or after dosage changes, particularly in children and teens but possibly in adults as well. All antidepressants may have similar risks, but current evidence appears stronger for SSRIs.

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    Tegaserod (Zelnorm) – Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation: Potentially dangerous diarrhea and other intestinal problems.

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    Topical immunosupprressants primecrolimus (Elidel), tacrolimus (Protopic) – Eczma: Increased cancer risk.

    Last week I asked you to support the Organic Consumer’s Association who is fighting to bring us healthy food and alternative answers to drugs. This week I have given you more solid reasons for you to do that.

    We cannot stand by and simply let things happen. It is up to us to help the OCA make things happen. Give a little or give a lot, but give something.

    www.organicconsumers.org/donation.htm

    To your good health and longevity,

    Ira Marxe
    CEO, Good Health Supplement

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