Prescription Drugs & FDA

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

    [WARNING] 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 taking the financial hit you might expect after relegating the drug to “second-line” status… company shares just jumped.

    And you’re not gonna believe why.

    They took a BAD idea… made it even WORSE

    And they’re spreading it as WIDELY as possible.

    Don’t worry, there IS a “first-line” treatment that’s so goodso safe… and so effective

    You’ll NEVER need to consider a drug like this one.

    All you gotta do is ignore just about EVERYTHING they’ve been telling you!

    The TRUE risks of this dangerous diabetes drug

    In a normal world, a drug THIS dangerous would be DOOMED to low sales, as patients would avoid it in droves.

    Instead, it’s getting a major new push that could earn its maker BILLIONS.

    See, semaglutide (a.k.a. Ozempic) has been ONLY available via injection. And that alone is a natural brake on the sales.

    Not everyone wants to jab themselves every time they need a dose.

    But the FDA just approved a pill form of it.

    So instead, patients are going to EAT this thing up – literally.

    The main reason it’s not a first-line treatment is a link to possible thyroid tumors, based on animal studies.

    It’s also been linked to pancreatitisdiabetic retinopathy complications… acute kidney injury… and more.

    This is the kind of drug patients need to stay far, far away from.

    So, I’m going to turn back the clock to a time when you could control blood sugar… WITHOUT having to stare in a mirror while you fondle your throat to check for tumors.

    Start with these natural therapies:

    • chromium
    • berberine
    • Gymnema sylvestre, and
    • vanadium.

    But don’t stop there.

    The best way to REVERSE diabetes if you have it… and even CURE it completely… is to keep the sugar out of your system.

    If there’s no sugar in the blood… there’s no disease, period.

    You gotta restrict sweets and most of the other carbs, too.

    For the occasional treat – hey, we all need it – limit yourself to a little raw honey and/or real maple syrup along with some cinnamon, and use only unrefined flour (and even then, in very limited amounts).

    You won’t make anyone rich off of this plan, which is why you never hear BOO about it.

    But you WILL get healthy… and stay that way.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. 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.

    THEY’RE THE ONES WHO APPROVED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    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

  3. 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...
  4. [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...
  5. 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 →
  6. 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 →
  7. 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 →
  8. 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 →
  9. 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 →
  10. 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 →
  11. 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 →
  12. 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 →
  13. 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 →
  14. 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 Afrezza’s future’s so bright MannKind has got to wear shades. Continue reading →
  15. 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 →
  16. 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 →
  17. 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 →
  18. 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.
  19. Statins and memory loss – Beware of the Statin Stupor

    If you’re on a statin… or are close to someone who is… I’m willing to bet that the results of a new study—published in the journal PLOS ONE—on statins and memory loss won’t surprise you all that much. That’s because memory problems are a common complaint from statin users. The good old Statin Stupor, as I like to call it. In fact, last year even the sleepy and slow FDA finally got around to forcing Big Pharma to add a side-effect warning to their statin drug labels alerting users that they could affect their cognitive function.
  20. Actos side effects: Dodge this deadly diabetes drug

    The potentially deadly side effects from prescription diabetes drug Actos is liable to cost you a heck of a lot more than just your copay. But the “bill” might not arrive for a couple of years. Oh, and instead of cash you could be paying for it with your life. Now this isn’t the first time you’ve seen me lose my cool over a potentially dangerous diabetes drug… far from it, in fact. But the inexcusable—not to mention immoral—actions of two drug companies… and the blood that appears to be on their hands… has me positively fuming once again. Let me back up just a bit to set the sickening stage. I started warning you about the diabetes drug Actos side effects years ago. It was around this same time of year way back in 2011 that the drug’s maker, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, sent out some pumped up, over-the-top news releases about new research showing that their star of the drug stable, Actos, wasn’t just good for diabetics, it was also good for anyone with elevated blood sugars. They claimed Actos may be able to keep you from ever becoming diabetic. In other words, we should start force feeding this stuff to pre-diabetics too.

    Actos linked to bladder cancer

    Think that’s a bad idea? With stroke, heart failure, trouble breathing, liver problems, bone fractures and cancer (!) eventually finding themselves onto the list of potential Actos side effects, you’re absolutely right it IS a bad idea. In fact, it may be one of the worst ideas EVER. That didn’t stop the New York Times and Time magazine from jumping right on the Actos bandwagon, devoting valuable editorial space to coverage of the drug. But while they were reporting on the “astounding” results showing that Actos “reduces your risk of diabetes by 72 percent!” they totally missed the HUGE elephant standing smack dab in the center of the room. (Or ignored it to tell a more sensational story…you pick.) These findings were based on what amounts to a difference of 35 people. Yes, they were actually proposing that millions of pre-diabetics start popping a potentially risky drug essentially based on 35 people. Click here to read the rest of the ridiculous story here on the NorthStar Blog. Now, skip forward in time a couple of months and the Actos story really started to crumble. As I reported to you at that time, a study analyzing adverse event reports had linked the drug (not for the first time) to bladder cancer in what researchers called a “definite risk.” But the study was soft pedaled, and the news made barely a blip in the American mainstream media. Outside of the United States, countries like France, Germany and India reacted to the shocking cancer news by banning the drug (what I would call a reasonable response). And what did the FDA do? They had the company bury a bladder cancer warning in the labeling insert. (Surprise, surprise.) But I’m willing to bet if you’re already taking this drug you’ve never even noticed that warning, because, let’s be honest, how many of us get out a magnifying glass and actually read all that tiny type? Heck, many doctors aren’t even aware of the cancer connection. Fewer still bother to mention Actos side effects to their patients when prescribing it. And that finally brings me to the news that has steam coming out of my ears today.

    Dangerous Actos side effects kept secret

    A jury has just awarded a bladder-cancer sufferer, and victim of Actos side effects, a huge sum of money for punitive damages, effectively ruling that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and their marketing partner Eli Lilly purposefully withheld vital—potentially life-saving—information about the drug’s cancer risks. And information wasn’t just withheld, files were actually destroyed in what I dare say any sane person would likely see as an attempt cover things up. In fact, the judge in the case said, “The breadth of Takeda leadership whose files have been lost, deleted or destroyed is, in and of itself, disturbing.” Not only did the companies know about the link between their superstar drug and bladder cancer, it would appear that they’ve known about it at least since 2000… eleven years before that weak warning limped its way into the drug’s literature! But that’s not the only thing those rats in suits may have been hiding. According to one brave whistleblower—a former employee of Takeda—the company was likely well aware of at least some of those other serious Actos side effects I mentioned earlier, too. And who knows how many people are now suffering with heart disease or cancer as a result. Or worse, have lost their battles. Sure, we all know that profits before people is practically a mantra in the halls of Big Pharma, but seeing just how far they’re willing to go in pursuit of the almighty dollar, somehow still has the power to shock and anger me. Click here for some advice on how to tackle diabetes without ever going near Actos, or any other potentially dangerous diabetes drug.

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