Pain, dementia, diabetes, heart disease...?THE REAL REASON YOU’RE NOT GETTING BETTER
Once upon a time, you could glide along like Astaire in “Top Hat.” Today, you feel more like Stallone in “Rocky”——after the big fight.
Arthritis may have left you in so much pain you can’t even walk, much less dance or box——but don’t blame your joints.
Diabetes may have you so badly out of shape that you feel like you’ve gone 10 rounds just getting out of your chair——but don’t blame the disease.
Memory loss may be hitting you so hard you feel as if you’ve taken one too many blows to the head——but don’t blame your brain.
No, my friend, your woes may seem like they’ve been caused by one or more of the medical monkey wrenches that have been thrown into the engine of life... but the real problem is the medication being crammed down your throat, because drugs for one condition can actually cause or worsen another.
And it’s happening a lot more often than you can imagine.
One recent study finds this isn’t a problem for 1 in 1,000,000 seniors, 1 in 1,000 or even 1 in 100. It’s a problem for more than...
1 in 5!
A full 22.6 percent of seniors with multiple ailments are on meds for one disease scientifically proven to make another condition worse, according to the new research in PLoS One.
If you’re a victim, or um, I mean a patient, this is called living in hell.
If you’re a drug industry fat cat, on the other hand, this is called job security.
You see, the study showed that chances are shockingly good that your doctor won’t take you off a drug that’s worsening another condition. No, he’ll just add a new drug for the new disease.
And when that drug causes or worsens yet another condition it’s back to the pharmacy for yet another new med to add to your daily routine... followed by another... and another... and eventually, you’ve got a pharmacy of your own behind the bathroom mirror.
Who needs it? Not you! It’s time to take your life back——time to get HEALTHY and FEELING GOOD again. And you can start by going through your medicine chest and looking for evidence of the...
TOP SEVEN CONDITIONS WORSENED BY DRUGS
DIABETES: Diabetes is a disease of lifestyle... usually. Yes, most of the time diabetes is something you do to yourself——but it’s also something that could be done to you, by drugs.
The worst offender is one of the most commonly used drugs on the planet today: statins.
You know how I feel about these cholesterol-lowering meds. Their very existence is a fraud, because “high” cholesterol isn’t a problem for most people.
And along with slashing your cholesterol to dangerously low levels, statins can actually CAUSE diabetes. The risk is so big that one estimate in the New York Times found that up to 100,000 Americans currently taking statins will get diabetes because of the drugs.
I’ve seen other estimates that put that number even higher.
It’s not just statins, by the way. Other meds can also do the trick——especially drugs for depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
MUSCLE PAIN: You can’t get through life without the occasional aches and pains. But the ones that can’t be explained by injury didn’t just fall out of the sky.
They can be caused by meds.
Chief suspect #1 are those statins I just mentioned, which can cause debilitating and even crippling muscle pain. They can also cause your muscle to dissolve into your bloodstream and choke up your kidneys, leading to organ failure.
Along with statins, hypertension meds, diuretics, antipsychotics and more can all cause or contribute to muscle pain, spasms and weakness.
DEMENTIA: Brain hiccups are part of life and they usually don’t mean you’re getting dementia. Even the more serious cases often aren’t a warning sign of the disease——because memory loss is a common side effect of medication.
Statins (here we go again) can cut through your brain like a hot knife through butter, which is why memory loss and even dementia-like symptoms are a well-known side effect.
And so many other drugs can mimic dementia so well that I’m convinced millions of cases of this disease aren’t dementia at all.
They’re drug reactions!
Some common culprits to watch for include: antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-anxiety drugs, heart disease meds, sleeping pills, sedatives, narcotic painkillers and more.
ARTHRITIS: Yes, osteoarthritis is often caused by wear and tear on your joints as you get older. But it can also be caused or worsened by meds... including statins.
Notice a trend here? Seems like statins can cause just about any illness you can name... yet the mainstream continues to push them on just about everyone. And with the latest recommendations putting practically anyone over 60 on these dangerous drugs something tells me we’re going to see an explosion in statin-induced disease in the coming years.
Along with statins, some antibiotics can also cause joint pain or arthritis-like symptoms.
HEART FAILURE: It’s shocking to me how many doctors either don’t know or don’t care, but many commonly used meds can worsen heart failure——and that includes painkillers (especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs), antiarrhythmic drugs and calcium channel blockers.
The problem with that last med in particular is that many people are on them——unnecessarily, by the way——long before heart failure sets in.
When it hits, no one ever tells them to stop taking the drugs... so they keep at it, not knowing that this common med is practically tearing the heart apart.
COPD: If you’re battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and find that it’s getting worse instead of better, take a look through your prescriptions.
If you find a beta blocker on the list, there’s your answer——because these common drugs can increase resistance in the airways and worsen your COPD symptoms.
COPD patients are also often given anti-anxiety meds. The theory is that anxiety can worsen COPD, so the meds can ease the condition——but that’s a theory that belongs in the trash, because these meds can actually worsen the COPD.
HYPERTENSION: You know I don’t give a hoot about slightly elevated blood pressure, or even the numbers that mark stage 1 hypertension. But some meds can cause your BP to spike to dangerously high levels.
Painkillers, especially acetaminophen, can boost your BP. So will some antidepressants, decongestants, asthma drugs and migraine meds.
That’s not even close to all the conditions caused or worsened by meds. Commonly used drugs are responsible for everything from asthma to vision loss to erectile dysfunction——and many people find these conditions cured the moment they dump the drugs.
Just don’t take matters into your own hands here. Work with a doc who’s got the smarts to know which meds you really need, which ones you don’t and which conditions can be treated naturally.
I recommend an experienced naturopathic medical doctor, ideally a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.
Call 1-800-532-3688 to locate a physician near you, or visit them online at www.acam.org.