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  1. [Danger!] New class of RA meds contains HIDDEN risks

    Be careful whenever they call a drug a “game-changer.”

    Because in most cases, they’re NOT talking about “changing the game” for YOU, the patient.

    NOPE!

    It’s changing the game for their bank accounts!

    In medicine, “new” means “expensive”…

    And you can’t make those big-dollar sales if the drug’s TRUE risks ever become public.

    So, to keep that gravy train a-rolling… they do their best to COVER THEM UP.

    Case in point: The “game-changer” meds called biologics.

    These drugs given to patients with rheumatoid arthritis… psoriasis… and ankylosing spondylitis can run up to $60,000 a year.

    And that’s almost certainly why it’s taken YEARS to expose the risks uncovered by a new study – one that definitely puts a DAMPER on these meds, even if they do “work.”

    So, allow me to step in with a reality check. Better still, let me share ANOTHER way to handle conditions such as rheumatoid.

    The TRUE toll of biologics

    Imagine a restaurant where 43% of the diners suddenly RUSH to the toilet.

    The health department would shut ’em down – and rightfully so!

    Yet here we are, looking at a class of meds that can deliver a HORRIBLE side effect to as many as 43% of the patients who take it…

    Leaving them struggling with the emotional drain of depression and anxiety.

    The study finds 24% of rheumatoid patients on biologics ends up on an antidepressant, with 43% going onto an anti-anxiety med.

    For psoriasis, those numbers are 19% and 36%, respectively… along with 16% and 30% of patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

    Now, there are a few really WEIRD things about this study.

    But lemme hone in on just two of them.

    First of all, the raw numbers show that the patients with RA taking these meds had the HIGHEST rate of antidepressants and/or anti-anxiety meds after starting on a biologic.

    Yet once the researchers did “statistical” adjustments, they had the lowest – so low, the scientists claim the biologic drugs might even PREVENT depression and anxiety.

    Suuuuuuurrrre. And after statistical magic like that, I’m Brad Pitt.

    Second, the researchers ALSO claim maybe these patients were depressed FIRST. But their own study shows these folks DIDN’T start the antidepressants/anti-anxiety drugs until AFTER they started on the biologics.

    Ya gotta be KIDDING me!

    They’re stretching so far with this one… they’re practically doing yoga.

    Now, I get why everyone’s so nervous over this… looking for adjustments… making excuses… turning the other way.

    There’s A LOT riding on this ENTIRE CLASS of medication. Just look at the price tag.

    These drugs cost a TON to create… and you can bet the industry is EAGER to make that money back as fast as possible.

    Reports of mood-altering side effects won’t exactly help them close the sale.

    The sad reality is… there’s no PERFECT cure for these conditions. I wish there were!

    But you DO have options beyond these meds.

    The simplest is vitamin B6, which can slash the IL-6 inflammation that marks conditions such as RA.

    It’s safe enough to try on your own… an’ it’ll work even better if you add a few hundred milligrams of magnesium into the mix.

    There’s also another option that you’ll need a doctor for -- but trust me, it’s worth the effort.

    It’s called low-dose naltrexone and as I shared with you last year, it’s successfully treated dozens of conditions including autoimmune disorders such as RA.

    The “catch” is that the low doses are VERY low… so low that they don’t even make it commercially, which means you’ll likely need it custom-made by a compounding pharmacist.

    Don’t worry, it’s not expensive… just NOT something you can get at the corner drugstore.

    A naturopathic or integrative physician can get you pointed in the right direction.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. [BREAKTHROUGH] Mediterranean secret could HELP in heart failure!

    Nothing… and I mean NOTHING… can make you feel like you’ve got one foot in the grave quite like heart failure.

    It’s not just the diagnosis…

    Or the fact that you’ve got a 50/50 chance of surviving 5 years.

    No, the REAL reason you feel like the Grim Reaper himself is breathing down your neck… is your own breathing patterns.

    This disease LITERALLY takes your breath away!

    Just about anything you do… even just standing up… can cause you to feel WINDED and WEAK.

    But today, I’ve got an easy answer that can help with the most common form of heart failure – an all-natural therapy that can give you some literal breathing room.

    EVOO to the rescue

    Scientists always talk up the hunt for a “miracle drug” -- one that could change the game for a condition like heart failure.

    But we already GOT the miracle… and it’s NOT a drug.

    It’s plain ol’ olive oil!

    That’s right – the STAPLE of the Mediterranean diet. You’ve probably already got some of it in your pantry.

    I’d call the results of this study breathtaking… but it’s really just the opposite.

    It’s breath-GIVING!

    This new report looks at folks suffering from heart failure with preserved ejection fraction… or one of the most common forms of the disease out there.

    It’s when your heart pumps normal… but is too stiff to properly fill with blood.

    Hard as your poor little ticker may try… it just can’t quite send out enough blood, DEPRIVING your organs of critical oxygen and essential nutrients.

    But a little extra virgin olive oil each day… in addition to your normal treatments… can lead to REAL and NOTICEABLE improvements.

    The new study finds that adding 2 tablespoons a day… something you can simply pour onto some tomatoes and cheese, for example… leads to measurable improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness.

    That’s the power of your body to distribute oxygen during exertion -- whether it’s exercise or anything else that has you up and moving.

    What’s more, an analysis of the data finds that increasing to 3 tablespoons a day would likely improve VO2max… a critical measure of oxygen use during maximum exertion… by 2 points!

    Each step on the chart of VO2max is 2-3 points, meaning an improvement of 2 could be enough to move you into a better category – like from “poor” up to “fair,” or even “fair” to “average.”

    All from a little extra virgin olive oil!

    Want more help? I know you do… so, don’t stop with olive oil.

    Be sure you get that OTHER “miracle” oil: fish oil.

    Remember that death risk I mentioned earlier? Well that’s where this stuff comes in handy.

    Studies show the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can cut your risk of death from heart failure by 9%.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

    P.S. If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure, DON’T let your doc prescribe you one of these “NEVER drugs”!

    Click here for a handy reference guide that’ll help you double-check the meds in your medicine chest RIGHT NOW.

  3. [YIKES!] Diet drug linked to today’s DEADLIEST cancers

    Whatever you do… NEVER tell a mainstream doc you’re DYING to lose weight. Because whether he knows it or not… he just might make your “dying” wish come true! I only wish that were an exaggeration. But an alarming new report reveals that the feds KNEW about a deadly risk linked to a popular diet drug. They knew about it…...
  4. [BREAKTHROUGH] Save your prostate from AGGRESSIVE cancers!

    Stop the presses, guys! If you have prostate cancer… If your own doc has warned you this is the “worry about it” type of tumor… and you’re in line for treatment… I’ve got the news you’ve been DESPERATE to hear. Because new research reveals a treatment option that can STOP the cancer… Without WRECKING your life. You know what I...
  5. Benzo drugs not as safe as once claimed [30MM Americans… HOODWINKED?]

    The FDA was just CAUGHT in the middle of a HUGE lie. And you’ll never guess who finally exposed the truth. They BUSTED themselves! It would be HILARIOUS… if it weren’t so ENRAGING. The feds just quietly updated the guidance on a popular class of medications used by millions of Americans… especially seniors. And this update UNDERMINES just about EVERYTHING...
  6. [DANGER in your mouth] FDA finally admits some fillings are TOXIC!

    Hey, you know those fillings you got – the “silver” ones with the mercury in them that they SWORE up and down were totally safe? Yeah, THOSE fillings… Well, my friend, the FDA just issued a startling confession. They just admitted that they were WRONG about those fillings. They’re NOT safe for millions of Americans, especially older folks. And by...
  7. PROOF! Everything you’ve heard about cholesterol is WRONG

    If you’re SO OVER the idea that all your favorite foods are somehow “bad” for you… If you’re SICK to death of being treated like a human pincushion for constant cholesterol checks… And if you’re just plain FED UP with taking drugs to cut your LDL… and battling the side effects that come along for the ride… Then I’ve got...
  8. Crazy new ER plan for stroke: BEAT the CLOCK!

    Remember Alan Funt? People would find themselves in the most absurd situations… then be asked to smile, because YOU’RE on “CANDID CAMERA!” This comic genius was crippled by a stroke in ’93, then died a few years later… So you gotta believe he’d just LOVE the kooky irony of the latest stroke “treatment.” It sounds like a wild idea he...
  9. [BREAKING] This ‘everywhere’ chemical is even MORE poisonous than we thought

    I just LOVE the old crime flicks -- especially the ones where they’re trying to commit the “perfect” murder. Spoiler alert: They NEVER pull it off! Of course, real life ain’t the movies. Out here, they’re KILLING folks all the time… leaving ZERO trace… and NOT getting caught. Could YOU be their next victim? I know I sound like a...
  10. The doctor’s FIRST choice for gout… is also one of the WORST!

    Imagine fuel that causes your car to STOP… or a meal that makes you HUNGRIER. Or, try to picture an air conditioner that makes your room HOTTER! That’s nothing compared to what you could get from a popular drug for gout -- one that has the FULL backing of the mainstream. Because BEFORE it makes you better… it can make...
  11. Spot a doc who’s NOTHING but trouble… from miles away!

    I swear, you can’t even turn your darned back for a SECOND in this business. Because the moment you do… The moment you let your guard down… The moment you think nothing could possibly go wrong now… That’s EXACTLY when they stick it to ya! A staggering new report shows how the mainstream medical industry has been PROTECTING itself… by...
  12. REPORT: What ‘aspirin therapy’ can REALLY do to seniors [Yikes!]

    Every time I see yet another aspirin commercial, I’ve gotta wonder… What in the HECK ever happened to truth in advertising??? Clearly, it’s a concept that DOESN’T exist anymore… Because if they were REALLY forced to give you the truth… they wouldn’t be ALLOWED to market it as some heart-saving wonder drug. They’d have to show frantic phone calls… ambulance...
  13. FDA label change spells BAD NEWS for diabetes patients

    Scary drug warnings have you down? Well, friend, the FDA is here for you. The agency just took action to make millions of American diabetics feel better about a popular diabetes med… One that’s been linked to horrific side effects… including a warning about foot amputations… right on the label. You’d have to be NUTS to take this drug with...
  14. Do YOU need a probiotic? Here’s what the SCIENCE says!

    They’ll DISMISS you… and they’ll DISRESPECT you. And they’ll do it in a single word! Ask a mainstream doc… even a supposed expert… about a natural therapy… And they’ll look down their nose at ya and sniff “unproven.” The goal isn’t just to get off the topic. It’s to make you feel like such a dum-dum… that you’ll never ask...
  15. [Senior alert] The key to a frustration-free ‘virtual visit’ with your doctor

    They make it sound so simple, don’t they? Wanna see your doc, just fire up your computer or cellphone… and you can do EVERYTHING from the comfort of your sofa. Sounds GREAT. Why didn’t we think of this YEARS ago??? Well, when you actually try it out… you SEE why we didn’t think of this years ago. They call it...
  16. EXPOSED: The ABSURD new claims behind flu & pneumonia shots

    They’ll say just about ANYTHING to get you to roll up your sleeve for a flu shot or pneumonia jab. That’s true ANY year. But that’s extra-extra-extra true this year, where they’re starting early with the annual propaganda push for vaccination against flu and pneumonia. They must REALLY want you to line up and get your shots… Because they’re out...
  17. [SHOCKER] What’s REALLY hiding in your ‘organic’ food

    You’d think shelling out extra scratch for organics would give you BETTER… CLEANER… and SAFER food. You’d THINK that… but you’d be WRONG! In too many cases, that “ORGANIC” label screaming at you from the front of the package is little more than a SCAM – one that’s aimed at separating you from your hard-earned cash. In some cases, what’s...
  18. New diet study trashes ALL the foods you love! [GARBAGE advice]

    The American public is absolutely FED UP with years of nauseating diet advice. QUIT this… GIVE UP that… and don’t you DARE try to have a meal you’ll actually enjoy. If you wanna live longer… you have to practically eat like a monk. Well, friend, a growing number of Americans are waking up to the fact that you CAN have...
  19. The SKIN-CRAWLING side effect of a popular diabetes drug [Ew!]

    The old saying is that they treat you like a number. But now, it’s even WORSE than that. They don’t even treat YOU – they just treat the NUMBERS! They’ve got their noses so deep in the chart with cholesterol… blood pressure… blood sugar… and everything else… That they barely even NOTICE the human being standing there. And if you...
  20. The SKIN-CRAWLING side effect of a popular diabetes drug [Ew!]

    The old saying is that they treat you like a number. But now, it’s even WORSE than that. They don’t even treat YOU – they just treat the NUMBERS! They’ve got their noses so deep in the chart with cholesterol… blood pressure… blood sugar… and everything else… That they barely even NOTICE the human being standing there. And if you...