painkillers

  1. FDA orders new label on deadly painkillers

    Frightening new warning on common pain pills

    Pain doesn’t discriminate.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re 90 years old – or a 35-year-old tough guy who could lift a car over his head. Chronic muscle, joint, and bone pain can knock anyone for a loop.

    Unfortunately, doctors are equal opportunity, too, when it comes to doling out pain pills.

    And since they’ve been showering patients with script after script for dangerous opioids, it’s practically led to an epidemic of overdoses.

    I recently told you about the CDC’s response to the skyrocketing number of deaths from opioid doses, and how they've started cracking down on docs prescribing painkillers.

    And now, the FDA is getting in on the action.

    They’re now mandating that certain immediate-release (IR) prescription opioid painkillers – like Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin – wear a label that warns doctors against the dangers of misuse.

    In 2013, the FDA gave Extended Release/Long-Acting (ER/LA) products a new label that called out limited use and serious risks associated with the drugs, which are typically taken only once or twice a day.

    But IR painkillers, on the other hand, are taken MULTIPLE times a day – every four to six hours – and sometimes folks aren’t getting the relief they need, so they’re taking even more than the recommended dose.

    So the FDA is standing shoulder to shoulder with the CDC, advising that docs only prescribe these meds for the most severe pain or if the patient can’t tolerate other treatments.

    It doesn’t surprise me that my mainstream medical colleagues would need this type of heavy-hitting notice. Earlier this year, I told you about how 91 percent of folks who had overdosed on painkillers were able to get the same exact pills again – from the same exact doctor that prescribed them in the first place!

    It’s been recently reported that opioid abuse and overdoses accounts for 40 deaths a day – more deaths than by car crashes or from gun violence. The new warning label – which will remind doctors of the dangers of misuse, abuse, overdose, and death – is a start, but it’s not a quick fix.

    If you’ve got chronic pain – which opioids don’t really help anyway – talk to a holistic doctor about your options to manage pain. I’ve been using acupuncture in my own practice for years to help patients get relief from everything from arthritis to migraines, but that may not be enough on its own.

    But instead of reaching for prescription pills that knock you out and put you in a fog, I recommend safe and natural inflammation fighters like curcumin. The combo of glucosamine and chondroitin has also shown to be equally as effective as pain pills commonly prescribed for arthritis – without the risk of dying from an overdose.

     

  2. EXPOSED: How the FDA let Big Pharma rewrite painkiller rules

    FDA panels bought by Big Pharma

    The FDA and its "experts" don't give a hoot about how well a drug works or how safe it is -- all they REALLY care about is pleasing their Big Pharma bosses so the money, booze and vacations keep flowing.

    This isn't some paranoid conspiracy theory. Newly uncovered emails show once and for all that this is EXACTLY how the agency and its "expert panels" operate.

    The FDA panel in charge of painkillers has been holding private -- aka SECRET -- meetings in fancy hotels at least once a year, every year, for the past decade... and they didn't meet alone, or with the best and greatest independent medical minds.

    No, they partied with their drug industry pals, who PAID up to $35,000 a pop to "collaborate" with them on how to ram their drugs through the approvals process, according to the emails.

    Yes, that's what the FDA actually has the nerve to call this: "collaboration."

    You and I would call it PAYOLA, because that's what it is -- and the results speak for themselves: After these meetings, Big Pharma hacks were allowed to co-author papers on the "consensus" they bought in these secret meetings.

    One example of that "consensus" is that the FDA now allows Big Pharma to pre-select patients for painkiller studies based on who's most likely to respond to the treatment.

    The drug industry calls this "enriched enrollment," but scientists -- even objective mainstream scientists -- call this "stacking the deck" and "cheating."

    And at the FDA, it's called "business as usual" -- and that's not the only example of the unholy matrimony between the agency and the industry it's supposed to regulate.

    Two FDA "experts" who sat on the painkiller panels later went on to big-money jobs as Big Pharma consultants -- and if that's not a classic example of "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours," I don't know what is.

    Bottom line here is that the decisions made by these bought-and-paid-for bureaucrats affect you and your family with every drug approval and every health recommendation, and that's why you can't trust a single word you hear from the alphabet soup in Washington.

    But if you really want to know what's what, I've got a 100 percent objective source of science-based news for you.

    It's the Douglass Report, my no-nonsense monthly newsletter packed with all the latest cutting-edge cures proven to work -- and if you're sick of being spoon-fed lies, you can sign up for the truth right here.

  3. It's not dementia -- it's drugs

    Millions of people who've been told they have dementia have been told wrong. There are more than 100 drugs and dozens of conditions that can mimic the disease.
  4. The easy way to get hooked on painkillers

    Docs are supposed to PROTECT their patients from dangerous, addictive, and entirely unnecessary painkillers by giving them out sparingly -- or better yet, not at all. Instead, they're passing these meds out like mints at a diner, and they've turned a generation of seniors into painkiller junkies as a result.
  5. Painkillers for hurt feelings? No way!

    It's crazy that there are people who just can't get through life's ordinary humps and bumps without meds. And if you think it's bad now, just wait 'til word of the latest "discovery" reaches the masses.
  6. Get rid of that pain in the neck

    Neck pain? You're not alone -- it's quickly becoming a top complaint as more people spend their entire lives sitting at a desk, craning their necks at glowing screens.
  7. The most dangerous painkiller yet

    The painkiller cycle is as endless as it is relentless -- and if you're taking these meds for your own chronic pain, you already know the truth: None of them will ever actually end the pain. But they might end your life.
  8. A wolf in sheep's clothing

    Watch your wallets, folks: Every time you kick in a few bucks to a charity or foundation that CLAIMS to represent patients or fight disease, you're really just giving your cash to Big Pharma. And yes, they're laughing -- all the way to the bank.
  9. Ibuprofen linked to miscarriage

    Over-the-counter painkillers end lives -- a tragic reality that the FDA outrageously refuses to recognize.
  10. More pain, no gain

    The feds say 116 million American adults -- or 40 percent of us -- are suffering from chronic pain... and it's costing us a ridiculous amount of money.

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