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Are you a Pill Popper?

July 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Watch this interesting video by the BBC about prescription drugs.
Some drugs have benefits – usually short term. There is no such thing as a “side effect”. They all have effects on your body and no one knows if it will be safe to you.

Some of you may remember the pain killer drug VIOXX which was finally removed from the market after causing over 100,000 heart attacks and more than 30,000 deaths.

Most seniors are taking several drugs for various chronic disease symptoms. Are you one of them? Are you a “guinea pig” for the pharmaceutical companies?

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Database for Prescription Drug Side Effects

December 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Drug side effects are now a leading cause of death, disability, and illness. Experts estimate that only 1–10% of “serious” adverse events (those causing hospitalization, disability, or death) are ever reported. Not to mention the millions of “medically mild” adverse drug events that occur each year — ones that compromise a person’s concentration, functioning, judgment, and ability to care.

RxISK is the first free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs and easily report a drug side effect — identifying problems and possible solutions earlier than is currently happening.

Check it out here: www.rxisk.org

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Veterans Prescribed Risky Painkillers

August 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Many veterans are being prescribed risky painkillers that can have profoundly negative effects, especially for those with pre-existing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other physical ailments.

According to a recently released government study, vets who have been diagnosed with PTSD are being prescribed morphine and similar powerful painkillers two times more often than vets with only physical pain, when they are already at risk for alcohol and drug abuse.

Even more shocking, the study found, is that Iraq and Afghanistan vets who developed PTSD and already had pre-existing substance abuse issues were four times more likely to be prescribed addictive painkillers than those without mental health problems.

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Prescription Drugs are the New Gateway Drugs

July 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Prescription drugs such as pain killers like OxyContin — are now leading the pack as the most common “gateway” to illegal drug use.

For the longest time marijuana, smoking and alcohol were the first drugs of choice by those who later may move into more hard-core drugs and that is where the term “gateway drug” came from.

Prescripton drug abuse is skyrocketing at all age levels.

An “average” 65-year-old (or older) adult living in the United States will fill more than 31 prescriptions per year.

Those aged 19 to 64 take more than 11 prescription drugs per year, while even children take an average of 4, according to statistics from the Kaiser Health Foundation.

See this chart:

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=268&cat=5

It is also important to realize that this does not take into account over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, which would easily push these numbers significantly higher.

There are many reports of doctors getting paid to promote drugs.

Recently, it was revealed that TV and radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky (aka “Dr. Drew,” of sex-advice-giving fame) allegedly accepted $275,000 to carry out the illegal promotion of GSK’s antidepressant Wellbutrin. Dr. Pinsky is said to have highlighted the drug’s libido-enhancing side effects numerous times.

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Side Effects of Psychiatric Drugs

December 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

This report from CCHR is an overview of the side effects of common psychiatric drugs and includes information on drug regulatory agency warnings, studies and other reports that may not appear in the packaging information for the drugs. For further information consult the Physicians’ Desk Reference which can be found at pdrhealth.com.

It could be dangerous to immediately cease taking psychiatric drugs because of potential significant withdrawal side effects. No one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the advice and assistance of a competent, medical doctor. CCHR does not offer medical advice or referrals. The information in this publication is offered as a public service. Some of the brand names of drugs included relate to countries outside of the United States.

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Anti-Depressant Use and Relapse

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Paul Andrews, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, is the lead author of a new study about anti-depressants in the journal Frontiers of Psychology.

He concludes that patients who have used anti-depressant medications can be nearly twice as susceptible to future episodes of major depression. Andrews and his colleagues studied dozens of previously published studies to compare outcomes for patients who used anti-depressants compared to those who used placebos.

Andrews says anti-depressants interfere with the brain’s natural self-regulation of serotonin and other neurotransmitters, and that the brain can overcorrect once medication is suspended, triggering new depression.

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Failure of Antidepressant Drugs

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Have you been easily prescribed for antidepressant drugs? Have you noticed that they didn’t work for you?

Here is a research report for you – The Emperor’s New Drugs: An Analysis of Antidepressant Medication Data Submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Prevention & Treatment by the American Psychological Association, reveals amazing evidence that antidepressants don’t really work.

The study analyzed the six most widely prescribed antidepressants (SSRI) approved between 1987 and 1999: fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), nefazodone (Serzone), and citalopram (Celexa).

The study concluded that the difference between the drug and a placebo is relatively small and its clinical significance is dubious. Therefore “there may be little justification for the clinical use of these medications”.

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Suicide Rates For Children Have Doubled

January 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Suicide rates have now DOUBLED for children of 5-14 years old in the past generation and has been the third leading cause of death for well over a generation.

Last year 15 million prescriptions were written for (SSRI) antidepressants for children and teenagers.

Do you think there is a correlation?

Recently the (FDA) acknowledged an increased suicide risk associated with children taking (SSRI) antidepressants.

More children and youth (ages 5-24 years) have committed suicide in the past ten years than the total number of American combat lives lost in the ten year Vietnam War (est. 55,000 v 47,355), yet little or no public attention has been given to this reality and what it represents.

The mental health of our children is worse off today than it was 50 years ago. But for years the National Institute of Health (NIH) has been following a biomedical model that seeks a drug to solve every problem. It’s clearly been a massive failure.

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Drug Companies Pay Doctors To Promote Drugs

December 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Are doctors just “legal” drug pushers? You sure might think so. According to a new database created by ProPublica, seven drug companies paid $282 million to more than 17,000 doctors during 2009-2010.

The drug companies included in the database are:

1- AstraZeneca
2- Cephalon
3- GlaxoSmithKline
4- Johnson&Johnson
5- Merck
6- Pfizer
7- Eli Lilly

This is just a small portion of the whole drug industry.

Pharmaceutical sales are now over $300 Billion a year!

In California, about 3,000 doctors received an estimated $28.6 million in payments from pharmaceutical companies for speeches promoting brand-label drugs to fellow doctors, the report said.

The ProPublica investigation found that more than a dozen of Stanford University doctors were paid speakers in apparent violation of the school policy.

Violators include Alan Yeung, Stanford’s chief of cardiovascular medicine, who was paid $53,000 from Eli Lilly & Co.

Child psychiatrist Hans Steiner was paid $109,000 by Eli Lilly to deliver talks about Strattera, a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

More info: http://projects.propublica.org/docdollars

Did you know that only the USA and New Zealand allows drug ads on TV. I hope everyone wakes up and realizes that they are being conned into believing that they need a drug for just about every ailment there is.

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TV Drugs Ads Adding to Prescription Drug Addiction

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Dr. Oz was recently featured on the Oprah Show and the topic was about prescription drug addiction. Dr. Oz is quoted as saying that, “what started out as a legitimate prescription for pills from a doctor now has 6 million Americans addicted“.

If we know that Americans are hooked on prescription drugs, then why are we bombarded daily with ‘drug ads’ repeatedly throughout daytime programming? We’ve never had so many ads before and why do you think that is?

The answer is ‘money’ and it is what the pharmaceutical companies are spending to have direct-to-consumer advertising. This type of advertising has more than tripled between 1997 and 2005 and the amount spent has grown from $1.3 billion to $4.2 billion. The advertising has increased ever since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed the restrictions on governing drug ads. Unbelievable – isn’t it ?!

I’m willing to bet that most Americans don’t know that ONLY the United States and New Zealand allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise medications directly to consumers on television and this is according to the FDA.

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