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  1. FDA pushes Tamiflu on babies

    Dangerous drug approved for infants

    Tamiflu is a phony-baloney flu drug that barely works -- if at all -- and even the mainstream is starting to acknowledge that it could be a big, fat fraud.

    But not the FDA!

    Nope, the agency that's supposed to protect consumers from shady meds like Tamiflu is actually expanding it to the very patients who could be hurt the most by its potentially horrific side effects.

    Babies -- specifically infants, as the FDA has now approved Tamiflu for use in kids under the age of one despite the fact that it's already been associated with bizarre psychological side effects in kids and teens, including hallucinations, delirium, and wacked-out behavior.

    The feds say not to worry -- those side effects didn't turn up in studies on babies.

    First, what sicko is running Tamiflu experiments on babies anyway??? And second, those studies prove nothing. How can you tell if a baby is hallucinating? You can't ask the kid.

    Well, you can. Just don't expect a well-articulated answer.

    All they can do is cry -- and since babies with flu are probably crying most of the time already, it's not going to draw much notice.

    Beyond the potential for psychological damage, there's also the risk of serious physical problems. In the studies, for example, the most common side effects included vomiting and diarrhea -- conditions that can lead to dehydration and even death in babies.

    Listen, there are few things more serious than a baby sick with the flu. It can be an extreme medical emergency, and one you need to get help with fast.

    Just make sure that help doesn't include Tamiflu.

  2. Why sleeping pills don't work

    You just can't drug yourself to sleep

    The only thing worse than tossing and turning in bed all night is tossing and turning in bed all night even after you've popped a sleeping pill.

    For all the risks these drugs come with, you'd think they'd at least work.

    Nope -- and it's not just you, either. Take a peek out your window, and you'll find that your light isn't the only one still on. One new survey out of the UK even finds that 42 percent of sleeping pill users have been battling insomnia for 11 years or more.

    In other words... they're taking the pills, but they're still not getting the sleep they need.

    You'd think that after 11 years they'd figure out that the pills aren't helping. But let's be sympathetic here -- these people are so tired they can't think straight anymore, and that's not the only risk they're facing.

    Long-term insomniacs also have double the risk of everything from obvious stuff, like daytime fatigue and difficulty concentrating, to the less obvious -- like relationship troubles, according to the survey.

    That survey was sponsored by Sleepio, a company that sells an online psychotherapy program for insomniacs, so take it with a grain of salt -- but it's not out of whack with everything else we know about sleep drugs.

    The ugly truth is that, for many people, they either don't work or don't work well -- and they come with some awful side effects, ranging from bizarre sleepwalking behavior to a 5.3 times increase in the risk of an early death.

    But I get it. I know how bad it is to watch the clock all night -- and I know how tempting it is to take on all that risk and more in exchange for even one good night of sleep.

    The good news is, you can get that sleep without facing any of those risks at all -- and I had everything you need to know in the June 2012 issue of my Douglass Report newsletter.

    If you're not a subscriber, it's not too late. Sign up today, and you can read that issue -- and all my other issues -- in my online archives.

    I'm not done with sleep yet. Keep reading for the one thing you shouldn't do in bed.

  3. Are drug side effects all in your head?

    A group of shrinks claim there's a "nocebo effect" as patients told to expect certain side effects can end up experiencing them. Really?
  4. Iron supplements can come with dangerous side effects

    Researchers advice that tired women pop iron supplements is ill advised and can lead to some serious side effects like cancer, heart disease, dementia, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
  5. Statins can cause fatigue, especially in women

    Statins can cause fatigue in 40 percent of women who take them, new data finds. That's along with a higher risk of everything from diabetes to muscle pain.
  6. New call for everyone over 50 to take statins is flat-out wrong

    Researchers claim absolutely everyone over the age of 50 needs to take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs -- but there's no evidence to back this one up.
  7. The secret side effects of common meds

    The average drug lists 70 "official" side effects these days -- and you'd need a magnifying glass, a medical dictionary, and a lot of free time if you ever wanted to read them all.
  8. When two-for-one is a bad deal

    Pills and more pills. First you've got the pills you're supposed to take, and then you've got the pills you've got to take to deal with the side effects from the first ones.
  9. Dangerous? Sure! But take it anyway

    You have to wonder what flavor Kool-Aid they drink on FDA panels, because the same group that rejected a diet drug as "too dangerous" back in 2010 just voted overwhelmingly to approve it anyway.
  10. The 'sins of omission' that could kill you

    If there's a snake more slippery than a politician running for office, it's a medical researcher on the Big Pharma payroll. The difference? When those researchers lie, patients die.

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