heart risks

  1. The most dangerous way to lose weight

    Rejected diet drug staging a comeback

    It's the drug that could push dieters to the brink of a heart attack -- and it may be coming soon to a pharmacy near you.

    The drug Contrave has been linked to increased blood pressure levels and pulse rates -- which is why the FDA actually REJECTED it earlier this year. (Trust me, I was as surprised as you are.)

    But when the company that makes the drug stood up to the FDA, the agency backed down. (Now THERE'S the FDA we've all come to know and hate.)

    When the feds rejected the med, they demanded a major long-term study to make sure the drug's possible heart risks wouldn't kill too many people.

    That study never happened.

    Instead, they ended up signing off on a much less ambitious two-year study that proves absolutely nothing. And you know what that means. When this drug eventually hits the market, you'll be the guinea pig that determines the real heart risks.

    And believe me, there WILL be risks: Contrave isn't just one potentially bad med. It's a two-fer -- a powerful antidepressant and a risky anti-addiction drug rolled into one. And the blood pressure and pulse problems are only the beginning.

    Patients in clinical trials suffered headaches, nausea, and more -- with one battling a gall bladder infection and another coming down with seizures. It's no wonder 40% of trial participants DROPPED OUT.

    If that's not enough to keep you away from the med, consider this: It doesn't even work!

    As little as 40 percent of the people who took it in clinical trials experienced a loss in body weight of 5 percent or more -- meaning obese people who pop these pills will become slightly less obese pill-poppers... if they manage to lose any weight at all.

    But you don't need to wait for the next risky diet drug to drop those pounds. There are safe and natural ways to get the job done right, and they start with what's on your dinner plate.

    For more on the best diets -- including the low-rated lifestyle that's moving to the top of my list -- check out the September issue of the Douglass Report.

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  2. Scary new plan to drug teens

    Researchers say more kids need BP meds

    It's shameless, dangerous, and downright dirty.

    A new study opens the door for pumping kids full of blood pressure meds -- even if they're perfectly healthy and even if they don't actually have high blood pressure by any standard definition.

    (And of course, one of the study's authors works for a drug company that makes hypertension meds. It just doesn't get any more predictable than that, folks!)

    Researchers set out to "prove" that hypertension in children is more widespread than previously believed. But no matter how hard they tried, they couldn't make the link even after crunching the numbers on thousands of Texas school kids who took part in drug company-funded screenings.

    All told, they found that only 1 in 200 teens develop high blood pressure in any given year, with similarly low numbers of kids facing the bogus category of "prehypertension." (For more on why it's bogus, read this.)

    That won't sell many meds now, will it?

    So instead of using existing standards, they fabricated their own: Any kid who's ever had a single above-normal BP reading for any reason is suddenly "at risk" and a possible candidate for medication.

    Doesn't matter if the kid was sick, scared, tired, or just plain having a bad day -- one high reading, and they're on the list, never mind that BP levels can change from day to day and minute to minute in even the healthiest of people.

    Under this new definition, the number of "at risk" kids suddenly skyrockets to include up to 26 percent of all U.S. teens -- including children who are stringbean-thin and perfectly healthy in every measurable mainstream way with no other signs of hypertension.

    Now THAT'S how you sell meds!

    It's an outrage -- and any doc who follows this advice should have his sphygmomanometer taken away permanently.

    The fact is, there's no evidence that kids with hypertension, prehypertension or even "at risk" BP levels go on to develop other heart risks. There's no evidence they need to be treated. There's no evidence they need meds. And there's no evidence these meds are even safe for children.

    How's that for evidence-based medicine?

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