Prescription Drugs & FDA

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  1. 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 an alligator… or dive with the sharks.

    What do those activities have in common?

    I’d bet all of them are SAFER than taking this drug!

    The FDA has just been forced to admit that in the higher doses given for ulcerative colitis… this drug can lead to blood clots and even death.

    And as a result, they’re adding an ominous new “black-box warning” to the label for the drug.

    Turns out, that could just be the tip of the proverbial ol’ iceberg!

    EXPOSED: The true risks of a best-selling medication

    There’s a HUGE problem with the FDA’s sudden “concern” over the drug.


    It’s now been SEVEN YEARS since they allowed this drug onto the market…

    And somehow – only now – they’re just getting around to figuring out the risks due to a “required post-marketing safety study.”

    Um, whatever happened to PRE-marketing safety studies??? Shouldn’t we have known about these horrors BEFORE they approved the darned thing?

    Better yet -- maybe if we had known all this sooner, they would’ve NEVER OK’ed the drug in the first place!

    If you’re a patient over 50 with at least one cardiac risk factor, the risks you’re facing if you take higher doses of the drug include:

    • sudden cardiac death
    • pulmonary embolism
    • deep venous thrombosis
    • arterial thrombosis, and
    • all-cause mortality (a.k.a. DEATH from ANYTHING).

    The feds keep emphasizing that these are “ONLY” the doses used for ulcerative colitis… as if no one else could possibly be getting the drug at THESE levels.

    Just one problem…

    The new study underway right now… the study that exposed these risks… involved rheumatoid arthritis patients getting THOSE higher doses of the drug.

    So, while only LOWER doses have been APPROVED for rheumatoid arthritis (and psoriatic arthritis, too)… the reality is that docs could be prescribing it “off-label,” especially if the lower “official” doses didn’t work out.

    In other words… this situation could be MUCH worse than the feds will ever admit.

    The feds claim that even WITH these risks, the drug is important to have around… since autoimmune patients don’t have many other options.

    And that’s just not true at all.

    For ulcerative colitis, for example, a combination of careful diet and probiotics under the guidance of a naturopathic medical doctor can often bring dramatic relief.

    For rheumatoid, often the answer is in probiotics and vitamin B6.

    And for ALL autoimmune disorders, there’s another very intriguing option – and I’m going to share it with you later this month.

    Keep an eye on your email… because this powerful new option could change your life dramatically.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. 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 car counter.

    Looks like I’m driving!

    Now, keep that in mind when you hear about a new study that claims a common type of drug… one that’s used by MILLIONS of Americans, often every day…  is safe.

    Well… MOSTLY.

    Not COMPLETELY safe presents TOO MUCH DANGER

    The new study looked at proton pump inhibitors, a.k.a. PPIs.

    They’re supposed stop acid reflux… but they come with the minor cost of, say, a broken bone.

    Or a deadly infection.

    Or pneumonia.

    Y’know. Fun stuff.

    They can even drain you of magnesium – leaving your levels so low you could suffer a serious heart problem.

    But the new study wants you to forget all that bad stuff!

    As Medscape put it, the drugs are “largely safe” when taken over the course of up to three years… “for the most part.”

    This is hilariously stupid.

    The drugs themselves have a warning right on the label that they’re for short-term use only… BECAUSE of the risks.

    And the FDA ain’t exactly known for being TOO cautious!

    Even the NEW study finds these drugs can increase the risk of stomach infections by about 40%.

    I don’t know in what world that would be considered “safe.”

    Oh right, in Big Pharma Fantasyland!

    But what makes this so far BEYOND idiotic is that the study completely IGNORES one of WORST parts of these drugs

    They practically FORCE YOU into staying on them… FOR LIFE.

    The drugs cut acid levels, as advertised… but then they play a dirty little trick, laying the groundwork for an ugly side effect.

    It’s called rebound acid hypersecretion.

    In other words… once you quit, your body actually makes MORE acid than ever before.

    “OH MY GOD!” you think, as the acid reflux returns with an intensity you never imagined.

    “Look at what this drug was protecting me from! I’d better take some more!”

    But the drug didn’t PROTECT you. It CAUSED this.

    The drug creates a condition that ENSURES you continue to need it.

    Whoever came up with THAT “side effect” probably got a nice, fat bonus!

    I’ve been doing this a very long time… and I’ve NEVER needed to put a patient on these meds for reflux problems.

    The following three things work roughly two-thirds of the time:

    • Acidophilus supplements can protect your esophagus without harming acid levels. When you have reflux, don’t just swallow the capsule; pop it open and dump the contents of the capsule into your mouth, and let your saliva do the rest.
    • Digestive enzymes help ensure proper digestion, which in turn will restore and protect the critical junction that stops acid from bubbling up where it shouldn’t. Be sure to get one with betaine hydrochloride.
    • DGL is a form of licorice that has one component removed (DGL means De-Glycerrhizinated Licorice). Chewing or sucking on a lozenge 20 minutes before eating can be very effective.

    If you’re in that other third… and get no relief… see a naturopathic doc who can help nail down the true cause.

    Whether it’s an undiagnosed ulcer, food sensitivity, or whatever – it can be FOUND and FIXED without a single PPI.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. [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...
  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. HPV virus rates plummet in UNvaccinated girls

    Big Pharma’s pals at the CDC released the results of a study last year showing that the HPV virus rates are plunging, essentially proving that unvaccinated girls are actually SAFER than vaccinated ones. Although you certainly couldn’t tell that from the giddy press release the CDC sent out to every news outlet and reporter from coast to coast.

    According to the CDC, their new study showed that the “HPV virus vaccine”is lowering HPV virus rates in teen girls and proves the vaccine is a success. Except the study doesn't do that at all. Continue reading

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

    The Gardasil HPV vaccine has allegedly killed several, may have maimed many more, and it doesn’t even WORK!

    But you’ve got to hand it to Big Pharma, they’ve never been one to let the facts get in the way of sales. So even after 31,000 young women (or their survivors) have reported Gardasil HPV vaccine reactions to the FDA, the drug pushers behind the so-called “HPV vaccine”have shifted their attention and their tactics.

    They’re now training their laser focus on your boys. Continue reading

  20. Shocking sleeping pill side effects force changes

    In case you’re keeping score, the FDA has been caught asleep at the wheel yet again. After ten years of being on the market, they’ve finally admitted that for more than 11 hours after taking Lunesta, the sleeping pill's side effects may severely impair a user’s memory, coordination and ability to perform everyday tasks. You know… tasks like driving a two-ton car down the same highway your child’s school bus takes.

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