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 squeeze…
Because if you rely on any of DOZENS of mainstream meds, you might be battling something right now you NEVER expected.
But we can OVERCOME these daily disruptions -- using ingenuity, creativity, and common sense.
Replacing your meds? Try these instead
The feds say there have been at least 28 drugs added to their list of shortages this year…
And 17 of those drug shortages have been linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
Unfortunately, Big Pharma doesn’t like to pull back the curtain on this stuff and let us see what’s going on in the far-flung places where our meds come from – like India and China, for starters.
So, we don’t know EXACTLY what’s going on over there…
But if you’ve been paying attention, you can bet Big Pharma’s biggest players aren’t exactly EAGER to see these problems resolved.
Because an exposé that ran in The Washington Post just over a year ago reveals part of what’s going on right now, right there in the headline: “Low prices of some lifesaving drugs make them impossible to get.”
See, ALL of these shortages are for generic medications – a.k.a. “off-patent” drugs.
And when an inexpensive GENERIC med is in short supply, the report says, it could be because those drugs are associated with “slim profits.”
The article doesn’t mince words when it puts it another way…
“Prices can be too low to spur companies to produce urgently needed medications.”
Even the FDA has identified ECONOMIC FORCES as the root cause of drug shortages.
At the core of those “forces”? LIMITED PROFITABILITY… and LACK OF REWARD.
And an FDA spokesperson has publicly admitted that -- in the face of low prices and declining insurance reimbursements -- generics have historically held little interest for drugmakers.
Fortunately, there are ways to get along WITHOUT some meds.
Here are 4 of the biggest drugs on the FDA’s current shortage list… and some non-drug alternatives to consider…
- THE SHORTAGE: Sertraline, part of the worthless and dangerous class of antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs, which has no reason to exist given all the other options.
THE SWAP: Curcumin a compound found in the spice turmeric. A few years back, researchers put it up against another SSRI, fluoxetine (a.k.a. Prozac), and matched the Rx med every step of the way.
- THE SHORTAGE: Pindolol, a beta-blocker often used to cut blood pressure.
THE SWAP: Minerals can often do the trick. Start with 500-1,000 mg of magnesium, a natural beta-blocker AND calcium channel blocker… boost your potassium… and you should be well on your way.
- THE SHORTAGE: Sulfasalazine, an anti-inflammatory often given for autoimmune conditions such as ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. The mainstream would probably LOVE to get you on one of their pricey immunosuppressant drugs instead – but they may not be worth the risks.
THE SWAP: Low-dose naltrexone, a drug that’s delivering near-miraculous results for these and other conditions -- and at doses so low, there are virtually no side effects.
- THE SHORTAGE: Famotidine (a.k.a. Pepcid), an H2 antagonist for heartburn and reflux.
THE SWAP: Deglycyrrhizinated licorice root, a.k.a. DGL, could give you results just as good – or better. For more serious ongoing problems with reflux, try acidophilus supplements and digestive enzymes.
Don’t quit meds on your own, of course, for ANY of these conditions... or the others supposedly “treated” by the drugs that are DISAPPEARING from pharmacists’ shelves.
Talk to your doc first. With so many meds in short supply, here’s a perfect chance to get him on board with you trying some alternatives.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen