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  1. ‘Failed’ Alzheimer’s med RESURRECTED… and could get approved anyway

    A new beta-amyloid-busting drug for Alzheimer’s?

    That’s what the media says… that’s what the drug industry claims… and that’s what the FDA seems hellbent on approving in a hurry.

    But don’t get your hopes up!

    This drug that’s being hailed as a breakthrough… is already BROKEN!

    I’ll put the pieces back together in a moment and give you the inside track on what could work instead.

    First, let me pull back the curtain and show you what’s REALLY going on behind those oh-so-hopeful headlines.

    Alzheimer’s drug scam has the media hoodwinked

    The drugmakers CLAIM they missed something last year when aducanumab FLUNKED a study.

    Whoops!

    Turns out it ACTUALLY works, they say… and now, this FAILED med is suddenly in the fast lane for FDA approval.

    Here’s the part they’re leaving out of those rosy headlines…

    It didn’t just flunk a study. It flunked SO BADLY… they pulled the plug on the research early.

    Believe me, drug companies don’t simply walk away from studies like that unless something is VERY wrong.

    So, you have to wonder just what in the heck’s going on here.

    We know they had two studies going on at once. One turned out to be positive. The other was negative.

    In the negative one, high doses of the drug led to WORSE symptoms… and FASTER decline!

    But somehow, the numbers didn’t change… but the analysis did.

    Oh, and the company behind it is being real sketchy about the safety end of the business, saying only that it’s “consistent with previous studies.”

    Given that the drug’s been liked to potentially deadly brain inflammation in the limited “previous studies” we know about, that’s not exactly encouraging.

    For one final trick, they’re cooking up a new study… one the FDA could use to APPROVE this drug.

    And it WON’T have a placebo.

    What are these people hiding??? I wouldn’t stick around to find out.

    In fact, you couldn’t PAY ME to try this drug… even if I was in desperate need of it.

    So far, there are two things very clear about Alzheimer’s disease:

    • The beta amyloid plaques targeted by this drug ARE linked to dementia… but clearing them out ISN’T the cure. Plenty of drugs have tried this, and they’ve all failed – including the new one. That fact that it magically “worked” after failing is beyond suspicious.
    • This is a modern disease – caused by something unique to modern society, almost certainly toxins in general (in food, water, etc.) and very likely in many cases linked to medications.

    If I ever had a loved one “diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” my very first step would be to ELIMINATE all drugs -- at least as much as possible.

    My guess is this move alone would CURE a not-insignificant number of cases, right out of the gate.

    If that doesn’t do the trick, next step is to rule out the mimics – conditions such as chronic Lyme, which can look like dementia so well that even the experts will misdiagnose it.

    And if you’re still stuck, I would take extreme action with your diet, including…

    • CUT OUT all hints of anything processed and anything with chemicals.
    • EAT ONLY organic, non-GMO
    • DETOX your GI tract with a cleanse.
    • TREAT undiagnosed yeast infections.
    • LOAD UP on essential nutrients for brainpower -- including ginkgo biloba, phosphatidyl serine, high-dose intravenous vitamin C, NAC, ALA, etc.

    Don’t just pick one of those. Do ’em all. And don’t even wait to find out what the FDA decides to do with this drug in their meetings this month.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. Mainstream DISMISSES these 3 PROVEN memory boosters [Under attack!]

    The New York Times is out with a big exposé… and who do you think they’re going up against?

    They’re not going after crooked politicians…

    They’re not taking down corrupt business for stealing your hard-earned dough…

    And they’re not attacking Big Pharma for selling poison pills to desperate American patients.

    Nope.

    They’re going after your vitamins!

    They’re attacking the supplements many seniors DEPEND on to help enhance memory and prevent dementia.

    And that means by extension… they’re going after YOU!

    But don’t quit your vitamins just yet, my friend.

    There’s something missing from this latest report…

    And I’ve got a word to the wise as to what it is.

    The FORBIDDEN secrets to ENHANCING your memory

    The report in the Times is a finger-wag right in the face of millions of Americans… AND the growing number of doctors… who recognize the importance of supplements for memory protection.

    It says “very smart and well-intentioned people” have essentially been DUPED…

    Because NONE of it works???

    It CLAIMS you’re wasting time and money… and giving yourself false hope when there’s none.

    In reality, the “studies” cited by the Times have a long history of being highly suspect.

    So, let me sort fact from fiction on this – because the only thing that’s playing you for a sucker is the Times.

    The report’s three “brain busts” are actually some of the biggest brain BOOSTERS around.

    First, the Times claims ginkgo biloba won’t do a thing for your thinker.

    But ginkgo is a potent circulation-booster that can open up blood vessels, allowing blood to rush through your body to deliver oxygen and nutrients.

    And it’s especially good at delivering oxygen to your brain.

    Your brain is just 2 to 3% of your body by weight… but sucks up around 20% of all your oxygen.

    When it gets what it needs, it works better – which is why studies show this stuff DOES help with memory.

    Second, the Times trashes fish oil for a completely different reason -- arguing it won’t help protect your heart, so you’re wasting money on it.

    Yep. They just flat-out ignored a major study last year that found 1 gram per day can cut the risk of a heart attack by up to 40%... and fatal heart attack in half.

    A 2015 study found that same 1 gram per day enhanced memory in older adults – because your brain also needs the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil.

    Third, we’ve got testosterone.

    The mainstream just LOVES knocking hormones… so OF COURSE the Times joined in.

    But men and women alike – especially older folks – are usually running low in essential hormones. Older guys in particular often need a little testosterone boost for memory and more.

    Some guys need actual testosterone therapy…

    While others could use a little pregnenolone, which the body converts to other hormones as needed including testosterone.

    To get the complete picture of your hormone health… including what you need and how to get it… make an appointment to see a naturopathic doc.

    A few quick tests can get it all sorted out.

     

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. [WARNING] FDA signs off on DANGEROUS diabetes drug

    FDA signs off on DANGEROUS diabetes drug A major drug company has got a diabetes drug that’s so dangerous… the instructions almost BEG you not to take it. Not at first, anyway. It says it SHOULDN’T be “first-line” treatment for the disease. When you consider how bad many of the “first-line” treatments are, that’s saying something. But instead of...
  4. WARNING: Common autoimmune drug linked to deadly new risks

    If you watch any TV at all… you’ve almost certainly seen the ads. They show happy, active autoimmune patients bouncing through life without a care in the world -- thanks to the magic of tofacitinib (a.k.a. Xeljanz). Just pop a pill or two, and you’re off to climb the Himalayas… audition for the NFL… skydive with the Army Rangers… wrestle...
  5. Do acid reflux drugs pack the world’s most DEVIOUS side effect?

    Here’s a question for ya today… If you got on a plane and the pilot announced it was a “largely safe” aircraft… and that he has a record of landing intact “for the most part”… what would you do? I know I’d calmly get up from my seat… and walk right back out the door and straight to the rental...
  6. [EXPOSED] Researchers are FAKING drug success stories in MAJOR scandal

    I’ve been called a kook… a crank… a quack… and a conspiracy theorist. And those are just the ones I can print! It’s all because I have the NERVE to question mainstream “science”… and point out the HUGE and UGLY conflicts of interest that motivate researchers to chase moneyinstead of truth. And if that sounds like a conspiracy theory to...
  7. How to Relieve Pain without Medications

    Pain Relief without MedicationsWhen you’re frequently in pain – from arthritis, a bad back, an old injury, or any other reason – you probably have a cabinet full of medications.

    So many, in fact, that sometimes you think it would be nice to be able to relieve pain without medications. Without having to swallow yet another pill, or keep a close schedule – or risk ending up in pain again.

    But you've probably been convinced, time and time again, that this is impossible. That you have to relieve your pain with prescribed drugs.

    That’s simply not true.

    There are ways to relieve pain without medication. And in this article, we’re going to explore several of them. Continue reading

  8. Exposed: The Dangers of Weight Loss Pills

    Weight Loss Pill DangersOver the past few years, you've probably noticed weight loss pills becoming a lot more popular.

    And, of course – when you’re trying to lose weight – you want every tool available to you.

    But some weight loss pills can be more dangerous than they’re worth.

    Your goal is to get healthier – not make yourself sick!

    But just how sick can a weight loss pill make you?

    You’d be surprised… Continue reading

  9. Natural Supplements vs. Pharmaceutical Drugs: Which is Better?

    Natural Supplements vs. Pharmaceutical DrugsNothing is more important than your health.

    Which is why the choice between natural supplements and pharmaceutical drugs is such a significant one.

    The debate between the natural supplements camp and the pharmaceuticals camp is contentious and murky, which doesn't make the decision any easier.

    Too often it seems both sides are trying to “win” rather than give you the information you need to make your own, educated decision.

    In this article, we’re going to take a step back, look at some hard numbers, and give you the tools to help you make up your own mind. Continue reading

  10. Stunning confession: CDC researcher admits to data tampering

    CDC researcher confesses to vaccine cover up

    I haven’t written to you much about childhood vaccines.

    There’s a reason for that. I feel they are a very personal choice. And as I’ve shared with you before, although I have my issues with the dozens of heavy-metal-laced vaccines we’re unloading on our children’s delicate and still-developing immune systems, I do understand that parents have some incredibly tough choices to make.

    But, regardless of your feelings about childhood vaccines, a recent shocking revelation about a potential link between the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism will no doubt have your blood boiling. Continue reading

  11. Risky new sleeping pill puts us all in danger

    Here we go again.

    The FDA has approved yet another sleep drug. And this one could turn out to be the worst of the whole rotten lot.

    Ironically, the FDA rejected the very same drug last year because it had “concerns over patient safety.” Fast forward to a year later and, apparently, those concerns about Suvorexant (Belsomra) have somehow been magically lifted. Continue reading

  12. Total toothpaste has controversial chemical triclosan in it

    Safety alert: Popular toothpaste loaded with triclosan

     I’ve told you about the potential endocrine disruptor triclosan before. In fact, I’ve even warned you that this chemical is found in some toothpaste. But now a new report just released by Bloomberg News has put this highly controversial chemical front and center once again.

    Triclosan—commonly used in products marked as antibacterial—has been linked to thyroid problems, heart issues, developmental problems in animals, and cancer-cell growth. And, Bloomberg has revealed, millions of Americans are unknowingly putting it into their mouths every single day. Continue reading

  13. Common chemical threatens thyroid function and IQ level?

    Common chemical threatens thyroids and IQ’s

    It’s everywhere. And I really do mean EVERYWHERE.

    It’s in you, it’s in me, and it’s in everyone you know, or have ever known, for that matter. It affects the thyroid, a gland that helps regulate our hormones, those compounds that are responsible for controlling and regulating just about every single cell and organ in our bodies.

    And yet very few of us have ever even heard of this creepy, pervasive chemical.

    Perchlorate is nothing new. It’s a naturally occurring chemical. Or I should say it was naturally occurring until someone had the bright idea that we should start manufacturing massive quantities of it ourselves. And that decision could have dire long-term health consequences for all of us. Continue reading

  14. Blood thinner Pradaxa requires blood monitoring like Coumadin

    Ticking-time-bomb blood thinner could kill you

    No more blood tests!

    That whopper of a selling point has been used to pedal the blood-thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) since it hit the market in 2010. And boy has it worked.

    At least 850,000 prescriptions have been written for the drug since Big Pharma giant Boehringer Ingelheim first introduced us to their 30-billion-dollar baby.

    Despite its $300 bucks a month price tag, Pradaxa has sold like hotcakes, and if you… or someone you care about… has ever been on the old standby drug Coumadin (warfarin) it’s not hard to understand why.

    Coumadin users… who spend about $4 a month on their drug… are forced to make frequent trips to see their doctor, or a lab tech, to get their blood levels monitored. It’s not long before all that poking leaves them feeling like a black-and-blue pin cushion. Continue reading

  15. Another Big Pharma giant hops on the fish oil bandwagon

    Big Pharma’s back in the fish oil game

    Not so long ago mainstream medicine dismissed the value of fish oil supplements. Oh sure, they admitted that the omega-3s in fatty fish are good for you. But that’s where they drew the line. Fish oil supplements were purely unnecessary hokum… a waste of your money.

    But when they figured out a way to take natural “un-patentable” fish oil and slap a Big Pharma price tag on it, their tune changed really fast. Suddenly Big Pharma giant’s GlaxoSmithKline and Amarin were climbing up on the alternative medicine bandwagon to join us in singing the praises of fish oil. Continue reading

  16. ADHD drugs may double heart problems in kids

    Could your child’s ADHD drug stop his heart?

    That “THUNK!” you just heard was the other shoe dropping.

    A new Dutch study has confirmed that ADHD drugs could be dangerous, and even deadly, for your kids.

    Now if you’re thinking it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that feeding young children (or anyone for that matter) powerful stimulant drugs isn’t going to end well, I couldn’t agree more. But apparently what seems obvious to you and me, isn’t always so clear to those blinded by the shine of the Big Pharma alter where they worship.

    The enormous study, following 714,000 children in Denmark for an average of 9 and a half years, found that the ADHD pills they’re handing out like samples at the supermarket these days, could be putting your child’s or grandchild’s heart in grave danger. Continue reading

  17. Build the best defense against deadly CRE superbugs

    I first warned you about carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) well over a year ago. On the superbug block, these nasty bugs are the worst of the worst… a true devil among demons.

    Like other superbug bullies, CRE is resistant to antibiotics. But CRE isn’t only resistant to the run-of-the-mill antibiotics, this ugly bug laughs in the face of the “last-resort” drug carbapenem.

    Now you may never have heard of carbapenem before—it’s not exactly a household name—and good luck pronouncing it (much less enterobacteriaceai!). But this life-saving drug is the antibiotic that docs turn to when nothing else works. And for many with critical infections it can literally mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading

  18. Tell Big Pharma, “Quit cherry-picking data!”

    It’s a lesson we all should have learned at our mother’s knee, I know I did. Sure Sally hit you, but you pulled her hair first, didn’t you?

    Half-truths are NOT the same things as full truths.

    Yet half-truths are common practice for Big Pharma, Big Food, biotech giants, and, let’s face it, just researchers in general. And last time I checked, these guys gave up their Scooby-Doo Underoos for big boy pants long ago.

    But these Big Pharma clowns insist on ignoring that most basic of childhood lessons and instead cherry-pick the data they release to the public, giving us only half of the picture. Continue reading

  19. Will Afreeza have you “inhaling cancer”?

    It looks like MannKind Corporation might have a shiny new superstar on its hands. The drug company’s new darling, inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza, certainly looks like a blockbuster waiting to happen.

    It’s got it all, a novel new delivery system (“Look Ma, no needles!”), 25 million potential customers in the United States alone, and—best of all—a brand spanking new “APPROVED”stamp courtesy of the folks over at the Food and Drug Administration.

    You might even say Afrezzas future’s so bright MannKind has got to wear shades. Continue reading

  20. Dangerous ADHD drugs fed to more than 10,000 toddlers

    It’s nothing short of a horrifying disgrace.

    A new report has found that at least ten thousand toddlers—2 and 3-year-old babies—are being drugged with daily doses of powerful, addictive and dangerous stimulants. Drugs that fall into the same class as morphine, amphetamines and cocaine!

    I’m talking, of course, about so-called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall. Continue reading

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