as Side Effect Drug
Companies New Problem
To continue making huge profits
the big drug companies (pharmaceuticals)
must either create new drugs or
invent new diseases to get more
people taking their drugs. We've
seen it in the current practice
of prescribing anti-depressants
for children. Since when did all
the kids need to be medicated?
I see it as a sign that something
is seriously wrong in our world.
Have you seen the TV ads showing
a fit, trim and healthy person
who eats right, exercises regularly
(they make a point of telling
you this) and then they show them
with downcast face being told
by their doctor they still have
high cholesterol. Next frame you
see them smiling again. Why? They
got a prescription for a cholesterol
lowering medication. They wipe
that smile off in a fat hurry when
they realize they must take this
new, expensive drug for the rest
of their life! Small wonder the
drug companies love these medications,
and small wonder we all are being
told we need them.
People please use some common sense. Medicine is not an exact science. If you eat well, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and have a reasonably low level of day-to-day stress then you are probably not going to benefit to a degree that warrants the risks of the side effects, just for the sake of a slightly lower cholesterol level.
Death as a Side Effect?
When you hear the drug ads you also hear a lengthy
list of side effects at the end. These are like a bad skit from Saturday Night Live. When death is added, that's
a problem in my mind. I'm just saying do yourself a favor and
work on getting back to better health through eating better,
exercising more, lowering your stress. Drugs should be the last
resort, not the first.
I'm not the only one who believes drug companies
are out of control. Here are some articles I found
on the same theme: Death
is not a Side Effect, writing
about anti-depressants; a US News
report called Fatal
Side Effect, about anti-psychotics, and don't forget Celebrex
Side Effects and Vioxx Side Effects.
Over 200,000 people
a year die from "adverse
reactions" from prescription
drugs, and another 80,000 die
from medical malpractice, whereas
41,000 die in auto accidents,
according to the pharmacy industry
magazine, Drug Topics,
October 23, 1995, pgs. 14-16!
That's one death every two minutes!
It's ridiculous to take ultra
expensive pills to lower your
cholesterol yet still sport an
extra 30 pounds around the middle.
Lose the weight first,
then if you still think it's necessary,
try the drug routine,
not the other way around.
Many times the side effects are
worse than the original illness
they were created to treat. Death
is a pretty significant side effect
in my opinion, as is liver failure
and heart disease. Since most
people taking cholesterol lowering
drugs are elderly and the elderly
are more likely to suffer heart
problems, it simply does not make
sense to put them on a drug that
actually increases that risk.
Remember drug companies
are in business to make money,
not friends, so as I
like to say, "Vote with your
pocketbook and just say, "No
thanks," to prescription
drugs you really don't need and
won't do you any good, and say,
"Yes" to food as your
medicine. Just because your doctor
suggests a cholesterol lowering
drug does not mean you must run
to get the prescription filled.
Doctors prescribe pills. A surgeon will suggest surgery, not chiropractic.
Unless your doctor is knowledgeable
about nutrition and other aspects
of health (outside of pill pushing),
he's not likely to suggest anything
but a drug to mask the symptoms of what ails you.
Drugs are not the answer to our
health problems, they never were.
Instead put more attention on
eating well, reduce your emotional
issues with EFT and NLP, and get
your head on straight. It's time
to take back our health from the
Food and Drug Administration,
Recalls, Market Withdrawals and
This site (FDA Recalls) vividly
displays the obvious disparity
and contradiction between pharmaceutical
companies and those trying to
manage their own health using
foods and herbs as medicine just
as originally suggested by Hippocrates
in 400 AD.
For example on Dec 16, 2004 FDA
initiated a seizure of Ginseng
because it was said to have unsafe
pesticide residues. The pesticides
were deemed unsafe because there
is no tolerance established for
residues of those specific chemicals,
not because of any reported problems
or concerns. In other words FDA
felt the ginseng should be removed
as a safety precaution because
a safe level for the pesticides
had not yet been established,
so therefore it must be unsafe
by definition. What the?
That's ridiculous all by itself
but even more startling when you
consider that as of December 23,
2004, FDA is still undecided about
Celebrex*, Vioxx and Bextra, all
known to cause heart, liver and
disease problems some of them
fatal. They've gone so far as
to warn the public not to take
common over-the-counter anti-inflammatories
such as Aleve and Naprosyn for
longer than 10 days at a time.
Yet, have they seized Celebrex,
Vioxx and Bextra? No. Have they
issued dire warnings to the public
that they are unsafe? No, not
at all, yet they rush to impound
a shipment of ginseng?
They are playing a wait-and-see
game with our health.
"Although these [heart,
liver and disease problems]
are important findings, at this
point FDA has seen only the
preliminary results of the studies.
FDA will obtain all available
data on these and other ongoing
Celebrex trials as soon as possible
and will determine the appropriate
In other words, we're taking
our sweet time because we're dealing
with a pharmaceutical company
here. No need to be hasty. You
may recall that Vioxx, another
Cox-2 inhibitor similar to Celebrex
was voluntarily withdrawn from
the market by Merek itself, no
doubt instead of waiting for the
flood of lawsuits sure to come
from grieving widows and widowers.
So, if it grows outside, watch
out for dire warnings and FDA
agents raiding your yard, but
if it's a chemical concoction
made by a company with profits
to protect be assured the FDA
is keeping a close eye on the
situation and will do whatever
it can to protect those profits
and the drug companies best interests
for as long as possible.
If you have any adverse side
effects from food or medicine
report them to FDA via the MedWatch
program by phone 1-800-FDA-1088,
by fax 1-800-FDA-0178, or online
* I originally mistakenly used Celebrex in referenc to cholesterol lowering and that was incorrect. It is a Cox-2 inhibitor. I regret the error. P.S. I am not a doctor.