ulcerative colitis

  1. 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.


    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

  2. [Urgent Warning] Big Pharma tips docs off to ALARMING drug risks

    It’s the letter you were NEVER meant to see.

    It was sent to doctors around the country on the hush-hush… to quietly warn them about a whole mess of new dangers linked to a popular drug.

    People with inflammation of the large intestine are suffering horrific, newly uncovered drug risks.

    But all the dirty details were being HIDDEN from those patients!

    Well, guess what? They sent this letter to ME…

    And I’m about to blow the lid off this thing… and let you know the REAL risks of the drug.

    The hidden horrors of a billion-dollar blockbuster

    The new warning -- oh, sorry, they call it a “safety signal” (you just can’t make this up) – is for a drug called tofacitinib (a.k.a. Xeljanz).

    It’s givento patients with such nasty conditions as rheumatoid arthritis… psoriatic arthritis… and ulcerative colitis.

    Last year alone, it brought in $1.77 billion for its maker, Pfizer. That’s a LOT of money on the line.

    But Pfizer isn’t just adding a little sticker to its label…

    It sent out a ridiculously massive joke of a pamphlet-- one that just keeps unfolding when you open it up, ultimately reaching about one foot by two and a half feet, covered in fine print on both sides (and good luck trying to fold it back up again).

    Once I broke out my magnifying glass, the first thing I spotted was that a higher dose that’s only approved for ulcerative colitispatients -- 10mg/twice-a-day dose -- increases the risk of pulmonary embolism.

    That’s already bad… and MUCH worse than the abdominal pain and diarrhea that come with chronic cases of UC.

    And then this pamphlet gets to “overall mortality,” a.k.a. PATIENT DEATH.

    Even with THAT, those pharma giant jugheads were just getting warmed up.

    Because later on, they warn of hospitalization and death from serious infections… specifically from pneumonia, cellulitis, shingles, UTIs, diverticulitis, and appendicitis.

    Then, FOUR pages into this thing, they throw in one heck of an “oh by the way” revelation…

    The drug’s been linked to CANCER, too!

    Now, ulcerative colitis is certainly no picnic.

    But bear in mind: This drug won’t CURE it. There is NO cure.

    Xeljanz is just a “treatment” that can MAYBE help… but ONLY if you’re willing to risk ALL these ways to DIE horribly.

    Here’s the kicker…

    At the VERY END of the letter… after several feet of warnings on all the ways the drug will KILL you… they declare that “patient safety is of the utmost importance."

    Uh, if safety is “of the utmost importance,” wouldn't it be best for Pfizer to pull the drug off the market???

    Here’s a better plan…

    You can ease this condition dramatically with a combination of probioticsprebiotics (also called fructooligosaccharides, or FOS), upon which probiotics feed and multiply… and a diet that’s careful to avoid food allergies and sensitivities (which can include dairy, among others).

    You may also want to try chlorella.

    Extracted from green algae, it’s extremely rich in bowel-cleaning chlorophyll. And studies have shown that it can help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

    Speak to a naturopathic medical doctor who can help you through these changes and keep tabs on your progress.

  3. New study confirms there is an easy way to ease the pain of colitis

    Last November, I told you about a study showing how you could control ulcerative colitis through your diet. But the study involved mice, not humans. So I asked you to "stay tuned" because I was sure that scientists would get the same results, once they tested their claim on men and women. And, sure enough, three months later... a new study from Sweden proves that you can in fact control colitis symptoms by eating a simple fruit. Not only that, you can even super-charge the soothing effects adding a simple supplement. What to do when your immune system misfires... Many scientists believe that ulcerative colitis occurs when your immune system misfires and attacks a part of the body that it's supposed to protect. In the case of ulcerative colitis, your immune system attacks the lining of your intestines, creating inflammation. This can cause bloating, severe diarrhea, pain, and even fever. And over time, it can even increase your risk of colon cancer. But you can tame your immune system adding one simple fruit to your diet... Now, what is the super-food that reduces inflammation? Scientists from Sweden gave ulcerative colitis patients three different types of foods: rye bran, oat bran, and blueberries. And contrary to all the advertisements, they found that blueberries worked the best to control painful symptoms of colitis. Blueberries are particularly unique because they contain tannins. These substances help to control inflammation. Blueberries also contain plenty of insoluble fiber. This kind of fiber doesn't break down in your intestines. It stays intact and helps to flush away harmful waste, bacteria, and toxins. Plus, your body converts the insoluble fiber into short-chain fatty acids, which scientists believe, also help reduce inflammation. So, not surprisingly, when the Swedish patients ate blueberries, their symptoms improved. The blueberries acted like a sponge in the intestines. They soaked up anything that would typically cause inflammation and flushed it from the body. But then, the scientists took it one step further. They gave patients a probiotic supplement along with blueberries to see what would happen. The surprising findings about this powerful combination The scientists found that blueberries worked even better on UC patients when taken with a probiotic supplement. You see, it's all about creating a friendly environment in your intestines. Probiotics help to boost the friendly or "good" bacteria in your gut. And blueberries contain polyphenols, which kill any harmful bacteria. Plus, blueberries and probiotics boost your body's production of butyric and propionic acid. These helpful acids feed the cells in your intestines and promote a healthy immune system. Prior to this study, most doctors believed that these types of acids never left your intestines. But the Swedish scientists proved that theory wrong. They found that when UC patients took blueberries and probiotics, the helpful acids actually circulated throughout the body in the blood stream. In my book, that's an important discovery. It means that if your body makes enough of the helpful acid that some of it will spill over into your blood stream, which may help tame inflammation in other parts of the body, such as your joints. So it's true - You can heal your body with foods This study reaffirms everything we've discussed over the past year or so in the Guide to Good Health. You can heal your body with food. And if you're prone to intestinal problems, make sure to eat plenty of fruits, especially blueberries. Lastly, if you want to keep UC under control, make sure you also take daily probiotics. Yogurt's not enough. If you're lucky, a cup of yogurt will contain 10,000 active strains of bacteria by the time if reaches your mouth. But it also comes with a host of sugar, which is counter-productive. A good probiotic supplement will contain billions of units of active bacteria, which will actually give you the desired effect. Your digestive tract will thank you.
  4. When yogurt’s not enough

    How does anyone who’s got ulcerative colitis go fishing on a friend’s boat in the summertime…backpack along the foot hills of the Smokey Mountains with grandkids…sit through an important three-hour lunch meeting? The answer is, they probably don’t. For anyone with full-blown ulcerative colitis (or UC), life is tied to the bathroom. A UC patient spends much of the day managing symptoms like chronic diarrhea (with bloody stools sometimes up to 10-20 times a day), bloating, intestinal pain, and even fever. That’s why new research out of Japan this week caught my eye. It showed that by restoring the gut’s “natural balance” of good bacteria, UC sufferers significantly improve their quality of life. Going from bad to worse A form of “irritable bowel disease,” UC often first appears in early adulthood. Patients go through periods of flare-ups, searching everywhere for answers. Over time, the symptoms can get worse and more serious. Because their body doesn’t properly digest food, the UC patient doesn’t get the nutrients needed to fight off disease. As the years pass with no cure, UC patients become increasingly at risk for developing anemia, autoimmune disorders, and even colon cancer. Many family doctors just don’t know how to help their patients live with—much less overcome—this insufferable disease. While it’s common to prescribe drugs to help relieve the symptoms, these provide little relief (not to mention serious side effects). But the new Japanese study has shown there is a possible natural solution. It’s really nothing new…but now there’s more hard scientific data to back up what nutritionists have been preaching for years. Start getting more “good bacteria” In the Guide to Good Health, I’ve talked often about maintaining “good bacteria” (also known as intestinal flora) in your gut. These tiny microorganisms help you digest food. They also defend against toxins and keep your digestive tract running smoothly. It’s also your first line of defense against disease. Normally, your digestive tract is lined with billions of good bacteria. But antibiotics or diarrhea (experienced chronically by UC patients) can wipe out these healthy bugs. The good news is, you can replenish your body’s natural supply with probiotic supplements. Why not just eat yogurt? Probiotic supplements contain billions of units of good bacteria. Two common types are called acidophilus or bifidobacterium longum (known as BIFI). There’s also a lesser-known microorganism—called a prebiotic—that helps the probiotic work better. Prebiotics (such as fructo-oligo-saccharides and psyllium) are carbohydrates that support the growth and activity of probiotics. When you take probiotics and prebiotics together, it’s called “synbiotics.” Some people think eating “active culture” yogurt like Activia gives you all that you need. But unfortunately, these products only contain a fraction of the good bacteria your body needs on a daily basis. Plus—they usually contain so much sugar, it’s not worth the bother. Divide and conquer Japanese researchers wanted to see if supplementing with these beneficial microorganisms would improve symptoms for about 120 UC sufferers. Patients were divided into three groups and given: 1. prebiotic psyllium (8 grams) 2. probiotic bifidobacterium longum (2 billion colony forming units) 3. synbiotic (meaning the patients got both the prebiotic and probiotic) Each patient followed the regiment for four weeks. Researchers found that patients taking just a prebiotic or probiotic alone did not significantly improve their quality of life. On the other hand, patients following the synbiotic approach (meaning they received both types of microorganisms) experienced a significant boost in quality of life. Their bowel function improved and their emotional health improved as well. Interestingly, the researchers also noted decreases in the levels of a protein associated with inflammation called C-reactive protein (CRP) in the synbiotic group. If you try it, keep me posted Now—this study certainly has its short-comings. For instance, there was no group receiving a placebo (or sugar pill) to compare against. Also, the researchers based their findings on patient questionnaires rather than an endoscopy (which would have measured the actual physical outcome in the colon and intestine). Questionnaires can be unreliable for obvious reasons. But overall, there is definitely hope that anyone suffering from UC can find relief by naturally restoring more “good bacteria” in their digestive tract. If you want to try a probiotic for yourself, I would recommend L. acidophilus in a capsule or powder. You can even find these in Walmart nowadays. Get the strongest dosage possible (in the billions of units or CFSs). You’ll also want to make sure to take these supplements before meals and at bedtime. And don’t worry…you can’t overdose of probiotics. Any unused amounts are just flushed out of your system. For a prebiotic, go for 8 grams of psyllium daily (just like in the Japanese study). Lastly, I would also recommend taking aloe juice, as it has a long history of calming bowel problems. Give yourself at least 2-4 weeks to notice a difference. And if you do get results—good or bad—make sure to e-mail me and let me know how it’s going.

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