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  1. Big Pharma IGNORING shortages of cheap, life-saving meds? [Feds say YES!]

    When the history of the year 2020 is written, it’s NOT going to be the story of a 50-state nation rising as one to defeat a deadly pandemic.

    It’s going to be a story of millions of ordinary lives… disrupted in ways no one EVER expected!

    And you don’t have to be in a virus “hot spot” to feel the squeeze…

    Because if you rely on any of DOZENS of mainstream meds, you might be battling something right now you NEVER expected.

    But we can OVERCOME these daily disruptions -- using ingenuity, creativity, and common sense.

    Replacing your meds? Try these instead

    The feds  say there have been at least 28 drugs added to their list of shortages  this year…

    And 17  of those drug shortages have been linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Unfortunately, Big Pharma doesn’t like to pull back the curtain on this stuff and let us see what’s going on in the far-flung places where our meds come from – like India and China, for starters.

    So, we don’t know EXACTLY what’s going on over there…

    But if you’ve been paying attention, you can bet Big Pharma’s biggest players aren’t exactly EAGER to see these problems resolved.

    Because an exposé that ran in The Washington Post just over a year ago reveals part of what’s going on right now, right there in the headline: “Low prices of some lifesaving drugs make them impossible to get.”

    See, ALL of these shortages are for generic medications  – a.k.a. “off-patent” drugs.

    And when an inexpensive GENERIC med is in short supply, the report says, it could be because those drugs are associated with “slim profits.”

    The article doesn’t mince words when it puts it another way…

    “Prices can be too low to spur companies to produce urgently needed medications.”

    Even the FDA has identified ECONOMIC FORCES as the root cause of drug shortages.

    At the core of those “forces”? LIMITED PROFITABILITY… and LACK OF REWARD.

    And an FDA spokesperson has publicly admitted that -- in the face of low prices and declining insurance reimbursements -- generics have historically held little interest for drugmakers.

    Fortunately, there are ways to get along WITHOUT some meds.

    Here are 4 of the biggest drugs on the FDA’s current shortage list… and some non-drug alternatives to consider…

    1. THE SHORTAGE: Sertraline, part of the worthless and dangerous class of antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs, which has no reason to exist given all the other options.

    THE SWAP: Curcumin a compound found in the spice turmeric. A few years back, researchers put it up against another SSRI, fluoxetine  (a.k.a. Prozac), and matched the Rx med every step of the way.

    1. THE SHORTAGE: Pindolol, a beta-blocker often used to cut blood pressure.

    THE SWAP: Minerals  can often do the trick. Start with 500-1,000 mg of magnesium, a natural beta-blocker AND calcium channel blocker… boost your potassium… and you should be well on your way.

    1. THE SHORTAGE: Sulfasalazine, an anti-inflammatory often given for autoimmune conditions such as ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. The mainstream would probably LOVE to get you on one of their pricey immunosuppressant drugs instead – but they may not be worth the risks.

    THE SWAP: Low-dose naltrexone, a drug that’s delivering near-miraculous results for these and other conditions  -- and at doses so low, there are virtually no side effects.

    1. THE SHORTAGE: Famotidine (a.k.a. Pepcid), an H2 antagonist for heartburn and reflux.

    THE SWAP: Deglycyrrhizinated licorice root, a.k.a. DGL, could give you results just as good – or better. For more serious ongoing problems with reflux, try acidophilus supplements and digestive enzymes.

    Don’t quit meds on your own, of course, for ANY of these conditions... or the others supposedly “treated” by the drugs that are DISAPPEARING from pharmacists’ shelves.

    Talk to your doc first. With so many meds in short supply, here’s a perfect chance to get him on board with you trying some alternatives.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. Vitamin trick gets SURPRISING stamp of approval from mainstream expert

    Time to SHUT DOWN the haters… CHASE AWAY the “gloom and doom” narrative… and get a dose of something positive for a change.

    Scientists now believe they’ve identified a common factor among some of those who have survived the worst of the COVID-19 infections.

    It’s NOT just a matter of agepreexisting conditions… or even sheer, dumb luck.

    There’s something else – perhaps an OVERLOOKED piece of the coronavirus puzzle.

    Now, one Ivy League expert has emerged from the “dark side” of the mainstream…

    And has come over to the “bright side” with one SIMPLE recommendation!

    [SHOCKER] The mainstream turns to vitamin D

    I’m not surprised too often, especially when it comes to the medical mainstream.

    So, believe me when I say this…

    I was STUNNED to see them rally around this one.

    A growing number of studies… gaining acceptance by the mainstream… point to a humble vitamin as a factor that could help some coronavirus patients.

    I’m talking about good ol’ vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin.”

    And with summer just starting, this emerging evidence couldn’t come at a better time.

    It’s not the recommendation itself that SHOCKED me…

    After all, vitamin D plays an essential role in the immune system, especially against viral infections.

    One study… done before this coronavirus pandemic materialized… found that people who took D supplements had a 12% lower risk of getting respiratory infections.

    And in people who took the supplements to correct a severe D deficiency, the risk of respiratory infection DROPPED by 70%.

    One study of coronavirus patients at three hospitals in South Asia finds that people with LOWER levels of D have the MOST severe infections.

    Patients who entered the hospital with a D deficiency had 8X the risk of the MOST severe form of the COVID-19 infection!

    Another study out of Europe finds that countries where people are known to have lower D levels overall have MORE coronavirus cases… and MORE deaths.

    A small study here in the U.S. found similar results among ICU patients.

    Now, you know what they say…

    Correlation doesn’t necessarily equal CAUSATION.

    And not ALL experts agree at this point. Some studies have seemed to contradict these findings.

    But for people with lower D levels… either because they’re not outside as much or don’t get it from diet… Dr. JoAnn Manson of Harvard Medical School published a commentary in Medscape that claims, “It’s quite reasonable to consider a vitamin D supplement.”

    Here comes the shocker…

    This ultra-mainstream expert is urging people to get HIGHER levels than what’s listed in mainstream guidelines! She’s calling up to 2,000 IU per day a “reasonable” target for right now.


    Look, clearly this is EARLY and OBSERVATIONAL research. We don’t know what role… if ANY… vitamin D will ultimately play in the infection.

    But we do know SOME things.

    We know that we NEED vitamin D… yet MANY people fall short.

    And supplementing with D can get our levels up to par.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. Is a drug for your DOG hiding a CANCER MIRACLE?!?!

    They want you to TRUST them… LISTEN to them… and BELIEVE them… Especially when you’re locked in a life-or-death battle with cancer. And they really, really, REALLY don’t want you to think for yourself! “Trust us,” the mainstream experts all insist. “If there’s a better way to beat cancer, we’ll let you know.” Well, friend, that trust has been SHATTERED…...
  4. Allergy relief NOT worth killing yourself over [Are they KIDDING?]

    It’s not just you… Allergies ARE getting worse. And they’re not just limited to spring anymore. MORE people are MORE miserable for MORE of the year -- including right now in summer, when allergies USED to at least tail off a little bit. Not anymore. But of course, the drug industry sees that as a chance to push MORE sales...
  5. SCARY news about what’s ‘protecting’ you from sun damage

    THEY want you to live in fear. They want you to be scared of infections… science… and even each other! And they REALLY want you to be afraid of going outside. Well, friend, today I’m here to DIAL BACK the fear factor… and share the TRUTH about the great outdoors. It’s perfect for RECHARGING your soul… AND your body! But...
  6. ‘Mystery’ illness… SOLVED! [But YOUR doc may be no Sherlock]

    You know something’s WRONG… And you feel downright AWFUL. But whaddaya get from your doc? MAYBE a shrug… and DEFINITELY a drug. Fact is, he has NO CLUE how to solve the mystery that’s PLAGUING you. But I do. See, DOZENS of today’s most debilitating symptoms often boil down to 1 simple culprit. To fix all of them… you’ve got...
  7. Surgery? Recover FASTER with this up-and-coming ‘woody’ superstar

    The worst part of surgery is NEVER the surgery itself. It’s what happens after the procedure! In some cases, you might feel GREAT when your first come to. Maybe the “happy juice” is still doing its thing. Then, the next day, it hits you. Hard. You’re lame… drained… and in pain… Suffering from the aftereffects of the drugs… the anesthesia…...
  8. Coronavirus hope from potential vitamin therapy? [Trials underway!]

    I’m sure you’ve read all the breathless media reports about quick action by the government as Congress has allocated BILLIONS of dollars for the coronavirus pandemic. More than a little bit of it of it is a big, wet kiss to Big Pharma – a massive infusion of cash to pay for the development of drugs and vaccines. Yet there’s...
  9. SHORE UP your defenses by beating back sleeplessness and anxiety

    You’re so anxious that you can’t sleep… And because you haven’t slept, now you’re even more anxious the next day. Sound familiar? Yeah, there’s A LOT of that going around right now! It’s a minor miracle that any of us are getting any sleep at all. And that leads to the ultimate irony. Your immune system DEPENDS on sleep. When...
  10. BEDROOM BLUES may be hiding a DEADLY risk [Yikes!]

    You know the score by now... It’s not just about how LONG you live… Just as important is how WELL you live. Maybe even more so. Because if you’re not livin’ the good life every day, what’s the point??? And when it comes to the pleasures of life, there’s nothing BIGGER and BETTER than the ones that come in the...
  11. SAVE your aging brain with this all-natural super-nutrient

    Time to take my LEAST favorite cliché… and toss it in the trash. You know it… you’ve heard it… and maybe you’ve even used it yourself. “I’m not getting any younger!” Well, friend, guess what? That’s NOT always true! Time isn’t some relentless march down a straight line from the cradle to the grave. Now, the latest research reveals a...
  12. The SECRET infection risk of popular heartburn meds [Scary!]

    Everyone’s worried about one particular virus right now… But don’t forget about ANOTHER tiny threat. Because this one is MANY times worse… kills MORE Americans… and doesn’t give a whit about how well you “socially distance” yourself from others. You could have a dangerous type of bacteria HIDING inside your body RIGHT NOW -- just waiting for a chance to...
  13. [BUSTING MYTHS] The coronavirus scoop you WON’T get anywhere else

    It’s being passed around from person to person… reaching MILLIONS of Americans from coast to coast. And I’m NOT talking about the coronavirus! It’s the claptrap, misinformation, disinformation, and outright LIES floating around about the infection. And much like COVID-19 itself, the misunderstandings and mistruths are spreading rapidly through communities. It’s time to wipe out this “other infection” fast… So...
  14. The ‘SUPER HORMONE’ breakthrough that could help LIGHT your fire

    You know me by now… I’m NOT the type who likes to brag. But this time, I can’t help but crow a little… I’ve been working on something BIG – something I believe is a game-changer for ANYONE getting a little older. Not just my patients… As a guy who just hit the big 7-0, I’m in that group myself...
  15. Is it a stroke… or just your aspirin acting up???

    I don’t know what it’ll take to get people off the aspirin wagon. There have been WARNINGS… but the warnings were pooh-poohed. There have been STUDIES… but the studies were ignored. And there are about a gazillion people who can tell ya first-hand about the toll this drug takes on the gut… ripping up the walls like you swallowed a...
  16. How getting a flu shot could be BAD NEWS for avoiding coronavirus

    It’s the kinda thing where I have to laugh… if only to stop myself from SCREAMING! I’ve seen them yammer on about it on TV… and they’ve slipped into news articles, too. It’s even on The New York Times webpage about protecting yourself from the deadly coronavirus. Get a flu shot!   They know it won’t do a THING for...
  17. Dementia drugs FAIL new study – but there’s HOPE for you!

    They called it the last hope against Alzheimer’s disease. Not just ONE promising drug… But TWO separate medications… in development at the same time… each one set to attack the disease that 5.6 million older Americans are now living with. And now, we have the results. Both of them FLOPPED! Now, the mainstream says, there’s NOTHING in the works that...
  18. When NSAIDs could be the WRONG CHOICE for you

    The advice is confusing and frustrating – and right at a time when Americans need it straight. Instead, they’re left bewildered and even frightened. Can you take an NSAID like ibuprofen for a fever? Or is there ever a time when you might avoid it and try something… ANYTHING… else??? Well, friend, you’ve come to the right place today...
  19. [INSANE] Mainstream plots to DELIBERATELY expose you to MORE radiation

    There’s ONE THING standing between you and a potential case of cancer years from now…. So naturally, the mainstream wants to LITERALLY strip it right off your body! There’s a new push by the establishment to do away with the lead aprons used during imaging tests. They’re what’s supposed to stop stray radiation beams from going where they shouldn’t. During...
  20. Heart failure? Don’t let your doc prescribe you one of these ‘NEVER drugs’

    There are some things we ALL know we should NEVER do. You NEVER stick your hand in the lion cage at the zoo… You NEVER step out into a busy highway… Ad you NEVER stand between a politician and a microphone. If you’re a doctor, you’re SUPPOSED to know to NEVER give certain drugs to heart failure patients… Because some...