Prescription Drugs & FDA

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  1. UTI-killer could kill YOU… but this Thanksgiving staple could SAVE you!

    Somehow, they’ve just managed to make scary urinary tract infections even more horrifying than they already were.

    If you’ve got a complicated UTI… there’s a powerful antibiotic they may try to give you.

    It’s called cefiderocol.

    On the one hand, it seems to work just great… CURING 72.6% of patients in studies, compared to just 54.6% of those given the older meds.

    On the other hand, if it doesn’t CURE you…

    It just might KILL you instead!

    It’s got a SHOCKINGLY high death rate, with the patients who need help most … those who’re sickest to begin with… facing the biggest risks of all.

    But that didn’t stop the FDA from approving it!

    Fortunately, you might NOT necessarily need it.

    Here’s why.

    Scary death risk… from an antibiotic?

    A normal – or “uncomplicated” – UTI is just what it sounds like. A run-of-the-mill… everyday… painful… but mostly common UTI.

    The same germs that cause it can also be linked to a complicated UTI…

    But what makes it “complicated” is that you’ve got something else going on

    From bladder issues… to heart problems… to other forms of illness and infection.

    It’s like when you pick up a UTI while hospitalized -- especially common if you’ve got a catheter, a.k.a. germ tube, poking into you.

    And on paper, that’s who this antibiotic drug is aimed at.

    But in studies, while some patients got protection… others DROPPED like flies.

    After two weeks, 18.8% of the folks given the new drug died, versus 12.2% of those on the older meds.

    That’s a 50% jump in deaths!

    After four weeks, 24.8% on the new drug died, versus 18.4% on the other meds… an increase of a third.

    Since the drug is aimed at sicker patients in the first place, that makes for a crazy catch-22.

    DON’T take the drug… and possibly DIE. Or TAKE the drug… and possibly DIE.

    That’s not a choice you should have to make.

    So, what do you do?

    Stop the UTI from turning complicated in the first place.

    If you’ve been prone to UTIs over the years, sugar-free cranberry extract and d-mannose can help make sure the germs behind the infection can’t CLING to your bladder wall and make you sick.

    If you’re NOT at that desperate stage of a scary infection, doctors may be willing to first try intravenous vitamin C, which spills into the urine and then kills off bacteria once it gets there.

    When it works, it works fast – sometimes immediately.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

    P.S. There’s another way to prevent UTIs – one that also can BOOST immune function. And I shared with you recently how the latest science officially PROVES their value.

    Interested in finding out more? Just click right here.

  2. 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 they said before!

    Well, my friend, now the truth is out there – and there’s no going back.

    But I’ve got what you need to:

    1. DETERMINE if you’re on any of these meds yourself and, if you are,
    2. REPLACE them with SAFER options.

    And it starts with a funny word most Americans have never heard of… even the people who take the meds.

    An FDA flip-flop

    The new warning concerns a class of medication called benzodiazepines.

    If that name isn’t familiar… well, that’s just how they like it.

    Most people see the word “benzodiazepines” and think, “Well, I’m not taking one of THOSE.”

    But don’t breathe that sigh of relief just yet…

    Because you MIGHT be on one of those benzodiazepines… and you might not KNOW it!

    Here’s a quick way to spot them…

    Most of these “benzo” meds’ names end with “-lam” or “-pam”… like alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and temazepam (Restoril), just to name a few.

    These drugs are often used for anxiety, sleep, and seizures… as well as phobias and panic disorders

    And in any given year, they’re taken by about 30 million Americans.

    I’ll bet nearly ALL of those folks have NO IDEA of the true risks they’re facing

    Because the feds have DOWNPLAYED and flat-out IGNORED them for years!

    Now, they must’ve figured out they can’t get away with it anymore.

    Suddenly, and out of the blue, the FDA released a new warning -- ordering a change to the labels to reflect that these drugs can lead to “abuse, misuse, addiction, physical dependence and withdrawal reactions.”

    And the effects are WORSE if the drugs are taken with opioid painkillers… alcohol… and/or other meds.

    Believe it or not, that’s STILL not the worst of it, because these drugs have ALSO been linked to

    • falls/injuries from falls
    • dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and
    • pneumonia.

    Oh, and one more for good measure…

    And it’s a biggie.

    These drugs can increase your risk of DEATH from those same conditions.

    A study in 2012, for example, found benzos increase the risk of catching pneumonia by 54%... and DYING of it by a third.

    Ain’t that a you-know-what???

    First the meds GIVE YOU pneumonia… then they INCREASE your chances of dying from it, too.

    But the REAL you-know-what here is that these drugs CURE NOTHING.

    They’re band-aid meds that barely COVER UP symptoms… while doing NOTHING to actually IMPROVE or REVERSE the cause.

    You’ve got better options here in nearly all cases, like…

    • rhodiola or valerian for anxiety and panic
    • GABA for a host of sleep and/or mood issues, and
    • melatonink.a. the “sleep hormone” for insomnia.

    I like the micronized spray form of melatonin, which takes effect almost instantly… so you’re “out” the moment your head hits the pillow.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. 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...
  4. New probiotics guidelines are a SMEAR campaign – to STOP you from taking them!

    They’re spittin’ mad now… steamed at YOU. The crime? You had the NERVE to take matters into your own hands… PROTECT your own health… and TRY something they don’t like. Americans are turning to probiotics -- including some you can find in things like yogurt and sauerkraut (just don’t eat them together, blech) as well as from supplements. Good reason...
  5. Big Pharma IGNORING shortages of cheap, life-saving meds? [Feds say YES!]

    When the history of the year 2020 is written, it’s NOT going to be the story of a 50-state nation rising as one to defeat a deadly pandemic. It’s going to be a story of millions of ordinary lives… disrupted in ways no one EVER expected! And you don’t have to be in a virus “hot spot” to feel the...
  6. The SECRET infection risk of popular heartburn meds [Scary!]

    Everyone’s worried about one particular virus right now… But don’t forget about ANOTHER tiny threat. Because this one is MANY times worse… kills MORE Americans… and doesn’t give a whit about how well you “socially distance” yourself from others. You could have a dangerous type of bacteria HIDING inside your body RIGHT NOW -- just waiting for a chance to...
  7. Is it a stroke… or just your aspirin acting up???

    I don’t know what it’ll take to get people off the aspirin wagon. There have been WARNINGS… but the warnings were pooh-poohed. There have been STUDIES… but the studies were ignored. And there are about a gazillion people who can tell ya first-hand about the toll this drug takes on the gut… ripping up the walls like you swallowed a...
  8. How getting a flu shot could be BAD NEWS for avoiding coronavirus

    It’s the kinda thing where I have to laugh… if only to stop myself from SCREAMING! I’ve seen them yammer on about it on TV… and they’ve slipped into news articles, too. It’s even on The New York Times webpage about protecting yourself from the deadly coronavirus. Get a flu shot!   They know it won’t do a THING for...
  9. When NSAIDs could be the WRONG CHOICE for you

    The advice is confusing and frustrating – and right at a time when Americans need it straight. Instead, they’re left bewildered and even frightened. Can you take an NSAID like ibuprofen for a fever? Or is there ever a time when you might avoid it and try something… ANYTHING… else??? Well, friend, you’ve come to the right place today...
  10. [INSANE] Mainstream plots to DELIBERATELY expose you to MORE radiation

    There’s ONE THING standing between you and a potential case of cancer years from now…. So naturally, the mainstream wants to LITERALLY strip it right off your body! There’s a new push by the establishment to do away with the lead aprons used during imaging tests. They’re what’s supposed to stop stray radiation beams from going where they shouldn’t. During...
  11. The drugs your doc should NEVER give you… but MIGHT anyway

    The worst kind of addiction isn’t a street junkie looking for a fix… And it’s not an American in pain struggling with opioid drugs. It strikes your doc… and EVERYONE else in mainstream allopathic medicine. They’re ADDICTED to prescribing meds you should NEVER get!  Even when they KNOW they’re bad for you… And the studies PROVE they’re more likely to...
  12. Big Pharma pushes scary drug for cognitive problems [YIKES!]

    It’s the kind of bird-brained scheme Wile E. Coyote might come up with. Just disguise some bird poison as an important and life-changing medicine… filled with hope and promise… And wait for Road Runner come along and eat it up. MEEP! MEEP! In the cartoons, you know the Road Runner’s never really fooled… But out in the real world, the...
  13. 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...
  14. ‘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...
  15. 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...
  16. [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...
  17. 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...
  18. ‘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...
  19. 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...
  20. [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...

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