The Dangers of Prescription Pharmaceutical Drugs
Pharmaceutical drugs do not treat the underlying problems of disease and ill health, but instead, treat the symptoms of the disorder. Unfortunately, this often masks the disorder while the underlying problems become more complicated or intensify. And, when you stop the drug – all the symptoms come back, and sometimes much more intensely than before.
- Doctors are heavily influenced by drug companies through marketing and sales. Furthermore, research relied on is often performed by drug companies themselves. Remember, pharmaceuticals are the largest business sector besides oil where 4 billion US dollars is spent on marketing towards potential patients, and 16 billion for marketing to doctors! Diclofenac is one such drug, heavily promoted on television in New Zealand yet linked to an 86% increased risk of stroke.
- Drugs are advertised on TV. Researchers found that “patients” were five times as likely to walk out of doctors’ offices with a prescription when they mentioned seeing an ad for the heavily promoted drug.
- Dependency and addiction. Prescription drugs can form dependency where your body no longer functions properly on its own because it is being externally stimulated by the drugs. Therefore, discontinuing use of the drug is difficult for the body to continue the proper process on its own. Leaving you only able to continue on the drug. This is what drug companies want, for patients to be long term customers. More drugs = more profits.
- Drugs actually CAUSE illness. Prescription drugs can form tolerances to other drugs or the drug itself which leaves your body vulnerable to a decreased response to other treatments or treatments in the future, especially for viral and bacterial infections.
- Drugs deplete your system. Regular use of prescription or OTC (over the counter) drugs can deplete other systems that they are not directly used to treat. For instance, researchers found that regular use of the over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen (paracetamol) was linked to higher rates of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as reduced lung function. Just because it is available OTC does not mean it is safe!
- There are known side effects to each and every drug – ranging from mild to serious depending on the individual. Some of which are even more unpleasant than the symptoms the drug is supposedly relieving.
- There are serious interactions both known and unknown between various drugs. With the growing number of prescriptions people are taking there is an equal increase in the risk of detrimental interactions and counter-indications that are difficult to decipher or predict.
- Many drugs are often found to later be harmful to one’s health. For example, the infamous case of arthritic patients who were taking Vioxx that was later pulled from the market due to its negative effects. Over 60,000 people were killed by choosing Vioxx for their arthritic pain relief and over 100,000 more were seriously injured. Generally, 51% of FDA-approved drugs have serious adverse effects not detected prior to approval. Each year prescription drugs injure 1.5 million people so severely they require hospitalisation. In addition, prescription drugs cause 100,000 deaths annually in USA alone.
- Drugs kill thousands annually around the world. One day the ridiculous notion that the physician can “heal” the body with a toxic drug will one day be exposed – just like the tobacco industry – and we will once again resort back to a more natural way of allowing the body to heal itself. But whilst there is an industry spawned around illness (the sickness industry) profiting so handsomely from other people’s misfortune under the veil of “science” it may be some time yet.
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Grapefruit juice can be dangerous for people on certain medications, nurse researchers remind doctors, nurses, and everyone who takes medicine and enjoys grapefruit juice, in a paper in the American Journal of Nursing, a journal of the American Nurses Association. THis is an important article to read if you enjoy grapefruit and take different kinds of pharmaceutical medications. Please read it if you do.
An Irish man has spent more than 1million Euros taking on a pharmaceutical firm after his son committed suicide. Liam Grant is waging a battle with drugs giant Roche, claiming they are responsible for the death of his son, also called Liam. In 1996, the 19-year-old started taking Roaccutane, a drug for acne, reports the Independent. He became withdrawn and reclusive and four months later, he hanged himself from a tree outside Dublin. Since his son’s death, Grant, 61, has shelled out over 1 million fighting the drug’s Swiss manufacturer Roche. He is also pursuing regulators. A scientist hired by him to investigate Roaccutane found – despite studies suggesting a link with depression and suicide – few countries carry warnings on the drug. Naturally, Roche denies it is to blame for deaths or severe mental health problems.
I call this the pharmaceutical hall of shame and have often wondered what it would be like if a herbal medicine or vitamin was implicated in a high-school shooting. I probably would be out of business and jailed as a naturopath.
How legal drugs affect your mental state is a very important issue that is not getting the attention it deserves. In recent years, prescription rates for antidepressants and related drugs have skyrocketed in both Australia, New Zealand and especially America, where over 300 million prescriptions of these legal drugs are pushed onto people.
A research study described on CNN on February 17, 2004, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, states that women who took common antibiotics were twice as likely to develop breast cancer as women who took no antibiotics.
In recent years, topical corticosteroids have become a standard treatment for many skin diseases. Their use is so widespread that many general practitioners will prescribe a steroid rather than make a complete diagnosis. With most self limiting skin conditions, the symptoms disappear from the steroid, the condition resolves on its own, and the patient is happy with the treatment. Problems can arise if the steroids mask the irritation while the condition worsens. In such a case, many doctors will simply prescribe something stronger. Psoriasis, being a chronic condition, usually requires maintenance treatment to keep it under control.
New Zealand amazes me, we are supposed to be “clean and green” but in fact have developed a strong liking for pharmaceutical drugs to the point where we are placing one in ten Kiwis on an antidepressant. We advertise them on TV and we market them aggressively on the internet. We blew millions of dollars on “swine flu” and “bird flu” vaccine drugs, but one of the biggest swindles is happening daily in your doctor’s surgery – the needless prescribing of antidepressants on a daily basis.
This is a real case, the authentic case notes are available for serious perusal in my clinic. Henry was brought to me in a very poor state, and after several rounds of antibiotics it was deemed that he had “no significant disease” yet was not recovering from his illness. This is the real carnage of pharmaceutical based medicine, the over-prescribing of drugs which were slowly eroding this little boy’s health. Henry is in fine condition today, and my advice to the mother at the time was to avoid antibiotics for several years until we restored Henry’s digestive system.
“Of those people, 127 died during admission or shortly afterwards, although not necessarily as a result of the event,” the commission said in a statement. “Half of these deaths occurred through suicide.”
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs significantly increase a person’s risk of cataracts, muscle weakness, liver dysfunction and kidney failure, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. The study also confirmed that the drugs lower the risk of heart disease and esophageal cancer, but claims of other health benefits were unsupported.
British prawns and shrimps are getting high on anti-depressants thanks to rising levels of drug waste in the coastal waters around the UK, experts say. Pharmaceutical drugs like Prozac are ending up in the sea around British towns through waste water, affecting the behavior of local marine life, The Sun reports.
According to a 100-page report commissioned by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), despite extensive purification treatments used by water companies, traces of bleomycin, a cancer chemotherapy drug, and diazepam, a sedative, have been found in the drinking water.Though experts say the drug levels are too low to pose a direct health risk, concerns have been raised about exposing pregnant women to the drugs, which could harm an unborn child.
Diclofenac increases stroke risk by 86% Is pain relief worth dying for? My mother died of a stroke last year. She was taking diclofenac on the advice from her doctor. Little did she know nor did I at the time, that her risk for having a stroke was GREATLY elevated. In fact, an 86% increased risk. Can you for one second imagine if a natural anti-inflammatory herb like Devil’s claw was linked with even a half a percent increased risk of ANY adverse effect on human health? There would be a complete and immediate withdrawl of Devil’s claw.
Homeopathy has had a good “kick in the pants” by the world’s leading medical societies, but what about Prozac, the bestselling anti-depressant taken by 40 million people worldwide, which does not work and nor do similar drugs in the same class, according to a major review released in 2008.