Prescription drugs and FDA

  1. New guidelines from CDC limit docs doling out opioids

    The feds finally toughen up on drug-pushing docs

    Whether they’re treating you for a bad back or an arthritic knee, mainstream doctors today love to talk about “pain management.”

    And let me tell you exactly what that means.

    They want to throw you some painkillers and get you out of their office – as fast as they can manage it.

    And nobody seems to give a hoot about diagnosing what’s really causing your problem – or, Heaven forbid, actually curing it.

    And if you need proof, just check out how doctors are handing out powerful prescription opioids these days. These drugs are highly addictive and kill 40 people a day, but docs are still writing four times more prescriptions than ever before.

    Folks with even moderate pain – the kind of thing that would have been treated with ice packs and aspirin 10 years ago – are leaving their doctors’ offices with prescriptions for OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin.

    Now, after years of turning a blind eye to the growing epidemic of accidental opioid overdoses, the feds are finally getting off their backsides and doing something about it.

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently sent a new guidance to America’s doctors, warning that prescription opioids should almost never be used. Especially when it comes to joint, back, or dental pain, the CDC wants your doc to find something else.

    And even when opioids are prescribed, the CDC warns, they should only be used at the lowest possible dose.

    Now, the good news here is that the Feds are acknowledging that mainstream doctors are the real cause of this problem.

    The bad news is that most of them don’t listen to the CDC anyway. And even if they do, they could just move you to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen that can damage your liver and your gut.

    But the truth is, when you’re in pain you have plenty of safe, natural options that won’t put your health (or your life) in jeopardy.

    If you have chronic pain from something like arthritis, try supplementing with glucosamine and chondroitin, which can help heal joint damage.

    You can also try a white willow supplement, a natural anti-inflammatory that is known as nature’s aspirin (but a lot safer).

    If it’s a toothache that’s bothering you, go to your spice rack and grab some cayenne pepper, mix it with some water into a paste, and apply it right to the area.

    And finally, don’t rule out acupuncture to manage your pain in conjunction with supplements. A certified medical acupuncturist can provide instant relief for chronic pain and even from a recent dental procedure.

    You can see me for a consultation at my clinic in the Boston area, or find a medical acupuncturist through the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

  2. ADHD meds linked to low bone density in kids

    Kids on ADHD drugs getting “old person bones”

    Man, when the mainstream latches on to an idea, it holds on tight and just doesn’t let go.

    Since ADHD became an “official” condition in the 1980s, it’s become one of the most over-diagnosed ones out there.

    When a kid just can’t seem to pay attention…or sit still…doctors today are all too quick to hand over a bottle of pills. There are more than 4 million kids taking ADHD meds right now – and the number is increasing all the time.

    And maybe these meds like Ritalin can keep kids from bouncing off the walls – but they come with a lot more risks than most parents and grandparents are ever warned about.

    In fact, they could be slowly eating away at the bones of a child you love.

    Researchers just finished looking at data on more than 5,300 kids who were regularly taking ADHD meds. And about a quarter of these kids had lower bone density throughout their bodies, including their spines.

    And, believe it or not, that’s not even the worst part.

    One out of every four kids had the bones of someone more than five times their age. We’re talking about 14-year-olds with the bones of people in their 70s!

    Drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, and Strattera can also cause a host of other side effects – like making it hard to sleep and eat normally – which can just compound bone issues.

    And, unfortunately, we’re putting more kids at risk than ever before. Believe it or not, there are some docs who have prescribed ADHD meds to kids as young as two years old.

    Some of these children aren’t even potty-trained yet!

    I’ve seen many cases in which kids who show ADHD symptoms actually are suffering from an allergy or hormone imbalance…or are even being exposed to toxins.

    So before you ever fill a prescription, get a second opinion from an allergist – or, better yet, a holistic doctor.

    And remember that if a child in your life seems like a bundle of energy who is easily distracted and always on the go, he might not be suffering from any problem at all.

    He might just be…a kid.

  3. Blood pressure meds may be lethal for diabetes patients

    Lowering diabetes-related high blood pressure with drugs is linked to higher risk of heart disease and death.
  4. Sleep aids like Ambien up crash risk 60 percent

    Study shows Ambien can cause car accidents a day after you take it.
  5. Mainstream medical launches bogus prediabetes campaign

    Drug companies and the mainstream medical community are launching a campaign to treat millions of American for prediabetes, a precursor to a disease they’re at risk for, but could prevent.
  6. Study proves prescription painkillers do nothing for nerve pain

    Researchers found that after a full year, people with nerve pain and damage who took painkillers couldn’t move or function any better.
  7. Did rheumatoid arthritis drugs kill Glenn Frey?

    While fans mourn the death of legendary Eagles rocker Glenn Frey, new reports indicate that powerful prescription drugs he took for rheumatoid arthritis are to be blamed.
  8. Opioids change brain size, shape

    A new study shows how just one month of opioids can dramatically change the size and shape of your brain.
  9. 9 out 10 people who overdose on prescription painkillers get refills

    A new study shows that 9 out 10 people who overdose on prescription painkillers get refills for the same addictive drugs – no questions asked.
  10. Orphan drug labeling loophole needs closing

    Instead of developing new drugs, companies are abusing an obscure rule by labeling drugs approved for rare diseases and selling them to mainstream patients for twenty times more.

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