Baseball season’s almost here… and this pandemic stuff has officials messing with the rules.
They’re switching up everything from where players can stand to the length of the games.
But there’s one rule they’ll NEVER touch…
Three strikes, and yer OUT.
If only it were that simple when it comes bad drugs!
There’s a new warning for a multibillion-dollar drug aimed at millions of Americans battling autoimmune disorders.
It’s the THIRD one in just TWO years…
But it’s STILL on the market… despite serious and even potentially deadly risks.
Fortunately, as you’ll see in a moment, these are risks NO ONE with these conditions needs to face to get some relief.
The BAD-NEWS drug that got even WORSE
The drug is called tofacitinib, sold as Xeljanz – and if you’ve never heard of it, congratulations.
Now, do you best to keep it that way…
Because the FDA says a new study finds a higher risk of heart problems and cancer, especially among older folks.
Past warnings were over the higher dosages of the drug. But now, whoops, turns out even the low doses can WRECK you good.
We’re on strike 3…
And yet knowing them, they probably won’t do much of anything…
Despite a long, long, long list of horrors.
Don’t believe me?
A few years ago, they sent me the label info… and this little tissue-thin paper printed on both sides kept unfolding and unfolding…
Revealing risk after risk of cancer, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, cellulitis, herpes, shingles, UTIs, diverticulitis, appendicitis…
And a whole buncha things ending in -osis, none of them good, like tuberculosis… cryptococcosis… and pneumocystosis.
With all that and more on the line, you can guess the other big risk: DEATH.
Yeah, that’s also what the “new” study found. Except if I knew about this years ago… if it was on the darned LABEL years ago… they can’t really claim this is “new,” can they?
Watch ’em try anyway, as they hem and haw… and do everything they can to AVOID pulling this off the market.
They might even pull the old “patients don’t have any other choice!” card.
Now, in most cases, there’s no TRUE cure for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis… psoriatic arthritis… and ulcerative colitis.
But there’s ALWAYS another choice. (And let’s not kid ourselves -- because the drug isn’t a “cure” either).
In fact, there are some steps you can take to get real relief.
For rheumatoid arthritis, start with probiotics and vitamin B6.
Ulcerative colitis will often improve with a careful diet and those same probiotics.
But there’s also another option – one I’ve seen lead to results so dramatic they almost seem impossible.
You don’t hear me recommend drugs often… but a drug called naltrexone, often given for opioid addiction, appears to work wonders on autoimmune conditions.
There’s a trick to using it the right way, though…
The dose has to be SO low… it might have to be custom-made by a compounding pharmacist.
In the care of a doc, low-dose naltrexone can deliver dramatic improvements in these and other autoimmune disorders.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen