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.
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