Prescription drugs and FDA

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis drug increases risk of flesh eating infection

    Got RA? Your worst case scenario just got more likely

    If you've got rheumatoid arthritis, you've probably been on a pill carousel for years -- trying to control the debilitating pain, swelling, and stiffness in your joints.

    But with rheumatoid arthritis, your body is being attacked by its own immune system. Antibodies that are supposed to destroy foreign invaders end up targeting and damaging healthy joints instead.

    And so RA drugs can only lessen symptoms by sacrificing your natural immune response.

    That's turned out to be a dangerous trade-off to make, since -- as we saw earlier this year with the death of musician Glenn Frey -- it can leave you open to serious and potentially lethal conditions like ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

    And according to the latest findings, the risks of RA drugs just got a whole lot worse -- because you could become infected with flesh-eating bacteria.

    According to the study, published in Science Immunology, the RA drug anakinra significantly increases your risk of necrotizing fasciitis (an infection of the flesh-eaters) and other Group A Streptococcal infections.

    Anakinra works by blocking a protein called "interleukin-1beta," or IL-1beta for short -- which is like cutting the wires on your immune system's surveillance system that sends out early warnings of danger.

    Taking it down gives the bad bacteria a HUGE head start, allowing it spread quickly.

    In fact, RA sufferers using this drug in the study were 300 TIMES more likely to develop a flesh-eating infection than those undergoing other treatments for their RA.

    And what does the lead researcher suggest we do as a result? Give antibiotics as a preventative measure.


    We're already on too many antibiotics when we've actually GOT an infection! Taking MORE of them... when we DON'T need them... will surely make things only worse.

    The real solution should be to ditch the drugs altogether -- and ALL of them, because even seemingly "safe" NSAIDs like ibuprofen can do a number on your stomach and kill off cardiac cells.

    On the other hand, if you treat the root cause of your RA and not just the symptoms, you can keep those nasty buggers from making you look like someone out of Night of the Living Dead.

    A holistic doctor can help you figure out which environmental toxins or allergens may be triggering the attack on healthy tissue -- but in the meantime, you can try a few natural cures to relieve your symptoms:

    • Omega-3s: I recommend a fish oil supplement (that includes DHA and EPA) of 1 to 3 grams a day, which can help you fight off the debilitating pain of RA before it starts.
    • Green tea: A compound in green tea called EGCG has been shown to reduce joint swelling in just 10 days.
    • Ashwagandha: This Indian wonder herb fights inflammation, which can reduce swelling and relieve nagging pain
    • Acupuncture: It can relieve the signature pain and swelling of RA in 83 percent of patients.
    • Hydrogen therapy: It lowers inflammation and interferes with the messengers of oxidative stress

    Link Found Between Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug and Flesh Eating Infection

  2. FDA approves dangerous new psoriasis drug

    Newly-approved drug has the worst side effect ever

    When you're suffering from "The Heartbreak of Psoriasis," your painful, itchy skin irritations can become so inflamed that everything from getting dressed to even just moving around can be downright painful.

    Those dry, red patches of skin are notoriously hard to get rid of -- so you may find yourself covering up with long sleeves, even on a hot summer day!

    So it's no wonder that so many of the seven million people suffering with psoriasis are desperate for SOMETHING to alleviate their symptoms and clear up their skin.

    But Big Pharma -- and their cronies at the FDA -- may have taken things too far with their newly-approved psoriasis drug, brodalumab.

    Brodalumab blocks a specific protein known to cause inflammation, which is a hallmark of psoriasis (as well as many other autoimmune diseases). And that could be a very good thing -- if six people hadn't KILLED THEMSELVES while taking the drug in human clinical trials.

    Even Amgen backed out of their partnership with AstraZeneca in making this drug in May 2015 because of the number of suicides that had already occurred.

    Still, the FDA approved its use -- UNANIMOUSLY -- as long as it comes with a "risk management program," whatever that means.

    ANY risk of death is never a good thing when it comes to taking a prescription medication. After all, the benefits of a drug are supposed to OUTWEIGH the risks -- but suicidal tendencies are about the worst risk I can think of!

    I don't see how ANY drug's benefits could outweigh that risk.

    Brodalumab specifically may alleviate some discomfort -- but drugs like this do nothing to calm an immune system that's intent on attacking healthy tissue (as is the case with psoriasis and many other autoimmune conditions).

    You don't have to suffer these deadly side effects. There's a better way!

    At my clinic, we address the actual underlying causes and effects of the disease using three simple steps:

    1. Control symptoms;
    2. Identify and eliminate immune system triggers, and
    3. Restore your immune system's health.

    For the first step, natural anti-inflammatories like curcumin, fish oil, and white willow bark can help tame a flare-up when it occurs. And applying a little aloe right on the skin can soothe a variety of skin irritations.

    In terms of the second step, we usually try to identify undiagnosed allergies, which are very often a secret trigger to an autoimmune reaction. A 2012 analysis found that another key trigger is exposure to toxins from paints, pesticides, and even the chemicals in Teflon.

    You can limit this exposure by creating your own pesticides (like using citrus oil)... replacing your non-stick cookware with cast iron or stainless steel... and eating only organic foods.

    And finally, supplementing with vitamin D3 and probiotics can also help rebalance a dysfunctional immune system -- as will switching to a diet that's naturally an inflammation fighter, like Paleo.

  3. Antidepressants don’t help heart failure patients

    Depression can affect up to 40 percent of heart failure patients, but new research shows that this depression won’t be helped a bit by antidepressant meds like Lexapro.
  4. ADHD meds don’t work on Parkinson’s

    If you’ve got Parkinson’s, your treatment options are limited; but if your doc tries to give you ADHD medications to alleviate symptoms, they won’t help.
  5. FDA approves controversial obesity device

    A new FDA-approved obesity device called AspireAssist drains the food from your stomach before you digest it.
  6. Docs easily swayed by FDA buzzword

    Many doctors are falling prey to marketing gimmicks for new drugs and pushing them on patients. But it turns out that to earn the FDA “breakthrough” distinction, drugs don’t really have to do anything groundbreaking at all.
  7. Common meds may lead to dementia

    In a recent study, folks who took common drugs called “anticholinergics” showed brain shrinkage and cognitive impairment – both early signs of dementia – after as little as 30 days.
  8. Opioid painkillers can turn chronic pain deadly

    A history of opioid use, which has already killed thousands of Americans, may have contributed to the demise of rock legend Prince.
  9. Heartburn drugs linked to kidney failure

    Folks taking popular heartburn meds have 96 percent increased risk of kidney failure, study says.
  10. FDA orders new label on deadly painkillers

    As overdoses on prescription painkillers reach epidemic levels, the FDA issues new labeling guidelines

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