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  1. Feds may pull anti-smoking Chantix after suicide link

    Smoking won't kill you -- but Chantix might

    I must be the biggest sucker in the world. I sweat my way through four years of medical school and 14-hour shifts as an intern -- all so I could hang that M.D. degree on my wall.

    Meanwhile, this country is being overrun by MILLIONS of medical experts who never stepped foot inside a classroom. And if you don't believe me, try this little experiment.

    Head outside, and light up.

    Because the second you take that first puff you can bet one of these self-proclaimed experts will crawl out of the woodwork and offer you the same old, unsolicited advice.

    He'll tell you you're killing yourself.

    Well, if Doctor Know-it-All thinks smoking is dangerous, he ought to take a good, hard look at the alternative.

    Because it turns out the miracle pill Big Pharma is foisting on millions of smokers like you may be more frightening and deadly than anything that ever rolled off the Marlboro production line.

    And it's not just me saying it -- even the anti-tobacco Nazis at the FDA are getting on board.

    The FDA has just announced plans to review Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix to see whether the risks of the drugs outweigh the benefits.

    No, friend, that's not a typo. The same government that has waged a decades-long war on tobacco, and that wants to wipe every last cigarette and cigar off the face of America, thinks you may be better off smoking than taking Chantix.

    And they're right. Since the first prescription for Chantix was filled eight years ago, it's been making some folks nuttier than a squirrel turd. Dozens of men and women have killed themselves on Chantix, and hundreds more have been stopped just in time.

    And some of the poor saps who aren't hanging themselves in their closets have been struggling with depression, hostility, and violent behavior. One California man is claiming Chantix led him to kill his wife -- and the judge is allowing the defense!

    Pfizer says it's willing to play ball on a new label that would "better reflect" Chantix's risks. How gracious of them. I imagine it might have pictures of a noose and a revolver with warning lines drawn through them.

    Friend, the rooster is crowing and the alarm bells are sounding -- this is your wake-up call. When our tobacco-hating government considers pulling an anti-smoking product off the market, the house isn't just on fire -- it's already in ashes.

    So the next time one of those anti-smoking health nuts hassles you about your cigarette, do yourself a favor. Hand him some Chantix, but tell him he better avoid the roof.

  2. Antidepressants May DOUBLE Teen Suicide Risk

    No, the kids AREN'T all right

    There's a reason a mama grizzly bear will die defending her cubs. That's because whether you're a manatee or a man, there's one rule that just about every creature in nature understands.

    There's no worse pain than outliving your kids.

    But there's a wave of heartache that's sweeping the world, from Kansas to Kazakhstan. There's a growing army of distraught moms and dads who are coming home each day to the terrifying discovery that their teens have ended their lives.

    Some had been battling the blues for years. Some left without so much as a note or a good-bye.

    And an awful lot of them were taking prescription antidepressants.

    A new Harvard study is the latest to prove that the moment some pill-happy doctor writes your child or grandchild a prescription for antidepressants, he might be handing him a death sentence. In fact, antidepressants may more than DOUBLE the chance your child is going to harm himself -- and it can happen awfully fast.

    Researchers analyzed a database of 162,000 patients, looking at teens who were taking three of the most popular antidepressants on the market -- Celexa, Zoloft and Prozac. Kids who were started on high doses of any one of this troublesome trio were twice as likely to harm or kill themselves, and the greatest risk was in the first 90 days.

    Antidepressants have been linked to suicidal thoughts in our kids and grandkids for years, and if you ask me these children weren't just let down by the mainstream -- they were murdered.

    After all, the way the mainstream treats depression ought to be a crime. How many kids are on antidepressants RIGHT NOW who have never had a blood test in their lives?

    Did your doctor EVER tell you that something as simple as a vitamin D deficiency may be causing your teen's depression? Did he even discuss psychiatric counseling (yes, even pyschobabble is better than pills) before he handed your kid a Prozac prescription?

    I'd bet my last dollar he didn't, even though the risks of antidepressants have been known since they hit the market. And docs aren't just handing out antidepressants like Halloween candy -- nearly one-in-five teens in the Harvard study were prescribed antidepressant doses that exceeded the levels recommended for their age groups.

    Every 14 minutes, someone in America takes his own life. And a lot of these folks have a gun in one hand, and a bottle of antidepressants in the other.

    If your teen is taking antidepressants, have an honest conversation about how he's feeling and schedule a follow-up doctor's appointment right away. Tell your doc you want a full work-up of tests -- the tests he should have done in the first place.

    And tell him you want your kid off the happy pills, before they unleash an episode of terror and misery you'll never forget.

  3. Government wastes billions on worthless Tamiflu stockpiles

    A shocking new study proves anti-flu medication Tamiflu can't reduce flu symptoms by even one day.
  4. Boost your mood with coffee

    Coffee is a powerful antidepressant -- so strong it can cut your risk of suicide by more than half.
  5. A peek behind the Tamiflu curtain

    Tamiflu just doesn't work too well -- we already know that. And if you think what we already know about the drug makes it unimpressive, wait 'til you get a glimpse of what we DIDN'T know... until now.
  6. How government advice KILLS smokers

    Smokers, here's more proof the government doesn't care one whit if you drop dead: The feds are outright ignoring new evidence that links a popular anti-smoking drug to suicide.
  7. The wildly successful drugs that don't work

    New numbers from the CDC show the market for antidepressants has exploded beyond even the wildest drug industry fantasies -- up 400 percent since 1988, with the biggest growth among those who might end up using them the longest. Teens.
  8. Quit smoking, drop dead

    Smokers have been dropping like flies lately, and it's not because of the supposed risks of their habit.
  9. Does suicide spike as economy falls?

    They claim that the current economic downturn could result in as many as 1,200 additional suicides this year. But I don't buy it.
  10. Don't worry: You're not the next Heath Ledger

    Heath Ledger, like many other substance abusers, imbibed a frightening combination of powerful narcotics in an attempt to get high, and it killed him.

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