Prescription Drugs & FDA

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  1. Don’t fall for this BOGUS safety alert about your heartburn [False alarm!]

    Americans are DITCHING some of the most dangerous drugs in the pharmacy… and turning to SAFER options for acid reflux.

    We should CELEBRATE that, right?

    Well, friend, you’d better believe the drug industry ISN’T celebrating.

    They’re in full-blown PANIC mode!

    See, they don’t look at the part where drugs for reflux such as PPIs are DANGEROUS.

    No, they’re only looking at the balance sheet… where these meds are some of the most PROFITABLE.

    When people SWITCH, they lose big bucks.

    So, in a desperate attempt to save their bank accounts, they’re pulling an ugly little stunt behind the scenes.

    They hoped you’d never see it…

    But today, I’m going to pull back the curtain… and EXPOSE how they’re putting the screws to your doctor right now…

    To get you BACK onto their money-making drugs.

    More importantly, I’ve got what they’re so afraid of: safe and proven home remedies that’ll chase away the excruciating agony of acid reflux.

    The SURPRISING cause of your acid reflux… and how to FIX it

    The new report in Medscape – a website for doctors and nurses and such – urges doctors to be frank with patients about the “limited evidence” and “potential risks” of reflux treatments.

    No, they haven’t finally come to their senses about reflux drugs like PPIs, whose risks are serious and, in some cases, SEVERE…

    Nope.

    It’s only the NATURAL stuff they want docs to rip into!

    And of course, the report delivers a whole lotta claptrap.

    Here’s a real beaut…

    The report claims apple cider vinegar – a time-tested reflux remedy some people swear by – is “toxic” when it has acetic acid concentrations of 20%.

    Except as the same report quietly notes, the apple cider vinegar people use contains less than 5% acetic acid… and most people dilute it FAR beyond that.

    Uh...why bring it up then???

    So they can make a bogus safety claim, of course!  

    Then the report claims vinegar shouldn’t be used anyway since it’s acidic and “reflux isn't related to a lack of acid but is due to an excess of acid.”

    And that, my friend, is so much BUNK… I started yelling at my computer like a crazy person.

    It is absolutely proven that not enough acid can CAUSE reflux, since low levels weaken the esophageal sphincter. That allows any acid left to reach the wrong place -- even when levels are low.

    In other words… if that’s the cause of your reflux… then something like apple cider vinegar can be EXACTLY what you need.

    Yet these ninnies are trying to scare you away from it!

    The report isn’t ALL negative. It actually recommends melatonin for reflux – something I’ve never really had near the top of my list for reflux, but certainly worth a shot.

    Apple cider vinegar isn’t at the top of my list either, for that matter…

    Most people see much bigger improvements with acidophilus supplements and digestive enzymes.

    In fact, this easy approach works for about 2/3 of patients.

    And one of my favorites is DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice).

    If you’ve tried ALL of the above… and still aren’t getting relief… get tested for other possible problems.

    You’ll want to rule out an undiagnosed ulcer and/or hidden food sensitivity.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. ‘Brain drain’ drug risk is REAL… but they’re BRAINWASHING you to ignore it!

    Me? In a CULT?!?!?

    Never woulda pegged myself as a cultist…

    But that’s what the mainstream is calling me -- just for opposing statins, because they can cause memory problems and muscle pain.

    Agree with me? Welcome to the cult!

    A new report on the MedPage Today website for medical professionals claims we’re engaged in “fear-mongering.

    Now, WHERE could we have possibly come up with such a kooky idea?

    Oh wait – there it is, right on the FDA’s website! (Feel free to look it up; cult membership optional.)

    Whether you’re in the cult or not, let me give you what they won’t…

    And that’s a much better way to handle cholesterol.

    What REALLY happens when your cholesterol levels drop

    The MedPage Today report claims there is “no evidence” of a link between statins and memory loss.

    That flies in the face of not only the FDA website…

    But also what doctors see ALL THE TIME when panicked patients call in after starting on the drugs, terrified by the frightening mental lapses.

    And it flies in the face of SCIENCE, too.

    A massive study in 2015… that involved combing through 11 MILLION medical records… found there absolutely IS a link between statins and memory loss.

    In fact, folks who start on cholesterol drugs are 4X more likely to report memory loss compared to folks who don’t.

    All this name-calling is just a distraction, anyway.

    The memory stuff is hardly the WORST of the side effects of these drugs, which have also been linked to:

    • diabetes
    • muscle pain
    • CoQ10 deficiency
    • sex problems
    • …and MORE

    And even THAT’S not the worst of it. Because let’s face it, the biggest issue here is…

    Statins DON’T work!

    I mean, sure they “work” in that they cut cholesterol. But they DON’T deliver the longer, better, healthier life you’ve been promised.

    In fact, most people who have heart attacks DON’T have high cholesterol. They have NORMAL cholesterol.

    Studies even show that people with low-cholesterol diets have a HIGHER risk of death.

    And that, my friend, is why I don’t obsess over cholesterol levels.

    But if you DO need help bringing your LDL and triglycerides down, you’ve got much better ways to get control -- WITHOUT having to deal with the mind-melting side effects.

    Some of my faves include:

    • red yeast rice
    • niacin
    • policosanol, and
    • fish oil.

    And remember: Cholesterol in the diet doesn’t necessarily become high levels of cholesterol in the blood.

    So, don’t shy away from your favorite foods, such as eggs and cheese.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. Frightening new UTI cure packs scary death risk

    It’s a scary infection… but somehow, they’ve just managed to make it even more horrifying. They’re out with a new treatment for complicated urinary tract infections. On the one hand, the powerful new antibiotic cefiderocol seems to work just great, essentially punching a hole in the cell wall of the bacteria that’s making you sick. In studies, it CURED 72.6...
  4. [BULLETIN] Phony scare over natural heart supplement

    You don’t have to be a “Breaking Bad” fan to know the first move in the illegal drugs biz. You gotta wipe out the competition… any way you can. Well, turns out the LEGAL drug industry isn’t so different… They’re out with a whole new series of cholesterol meds… from expensive injections to cut LDL to pricey new synthetic fish...
  5. SECRET risks of flu meds – and how to STOP infection naturally

    The “flu drug” is SUPPOSED to make you feel better. Instead, you pop one pill… and you’re rushing to the toilet.  Because now… along with ALL of the nasty symptoms of flu… you’re puking your guts out. And maybe leaking out the “other” end, too. I’m not TRYING to gross you out (and sorry if you were just eating)… but...
  6. ‘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...
  7. 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...
  8. [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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. [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...
  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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