1. Deadly radiation being used to diagnose gout

    Are you trading gout for cancer?

    When you're suffering from an undiagnosed case of gout, the first few moments of the day are physical AND mental torture. Because the second your foot hits the floor... the moment that wave of agonizing pain shoots from your big toe to your knee... you're hit with a depressing realization.

    This is the best you're going to feel all day.

    But if you're sick of waddling through life like a wounded penguin... if you're ready to conquer gout once and for all... the folks at the Mayo Clinic have an "exciting" new plan to get you diagnosed fast so you can start on the road to recovery.

    And all they need to do is give you a TEENY bit of cancer first.

    In the latest performance in mainstream medicine's theater of the absurd, some prominent doctors actually want to start using dangerous CT scans to diagnose your gout. These scans are so toxic that they can deliver 150 TIMES more radiation than an X-ray, and could DOUBLE your risk of certain cancers.

    Listen, I have a name for doctors who find gout difficult to diagnose -- morons. It's practically easier to spot than measles, and even if your doc jabs you with a needle and performs a tissue test, he is probably just being thorough -- he already knows you have gout.

    But you'd better believe there's a heck of a lot more money to be made zapping you with radiation -- in fact, a typical CT scan can run in the THOUSANDS as you're paying for the scan AND some high-priced radiologist to interpret the results.

    If you're trying to get the upper hand on gout, skip the drugs and give this natural cure a try instead. And if your doc recommends a CT scan to "be sure" of your diagnosis, do the one thing that could save you from a chemo drip -- limp your way out of his office as quick as you can and get a second opinion.

  2. Painkillers increase your risk of dementia

    I know the drug companies would love for you to believe the popping a pain pill will make you live forever, but it's all a load of hooey. Painkillers like naproxen and ibuprofen might temporarily ease the pain of arthritis or a headache, but they won't cure any diseases – and they won't prevent any disease, either.

    Contrary to previous research, which claimed popping a daily regimen of painkillers such as naproxen and ibuprofen could ward off dementia, a new study shows that just the opposite could be true.

    According to Dr. Eric B. Larson of Seattle's Group Health Center for Health Studies, it's perfectly fine to take painkillers for pain. But, he says, "If people are thinking, 'Should I take these to prevent dementia?', the answer based on our study would be no."

    This research actually found out that of the 2,700 people in the study, as many as 66 percent were actually MORE likely to develop dementia if they took heavy, regular doses of painkillers.

    Larson said that those on painkillers "had more diabetes, more arthritis, more signs of heart failure…"

    What's more, high dosages of painkillers often have nasty complications, like gastrointestinal ulcers and micro bleeds in the brain.

    Despite drug company efforts to make painkillers the next one-a-day vitamin, you should only be popping these drugs as a last resort – not as a medical cure-all.

  3. Risks of Vioxx

    As I mentioned in the last Daily Dose (and in a Daily Dose article a few weeks ago), the second Vioxx trial to have gone the distance in court ended with a decision holding Merck not responsible in any way for a New Jersey plaintiff's heart attack.

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