Prescription Drugs

The Dangers of Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Is it Time for the FDA to Remove it from the Market?

Introduction Most people consider acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) as being an extremely safe pain reliever for both children and adults. The reality is that it can be extremely dangerous and causes significant side effects. Each year acetaminophen causes over 100,000...

Does Tylenol Help Or Hurt You?

When most people think of Tylenol (acetaminophen), they consider it a gentle pain reliever — safe enough for their children to take. Here’s the reality: Every year acetaminophen is the reason for over 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room...

Blood Pressure Drugs Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Introduction: More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years old and almost three quarters (71.8%) of all American blacks in the same age group. High BP is a major risk factor for...

A Baby Aspirin a Day is a BAD Prescription for Most

Introduction One of the most popular recommendations for preventing a heart attack or stroke in healthy people is the recommendation of a baby aspirin or low dose aspirin. Although extremely popular, this advice has NO scientific support. According to two detailed...

Unbelievable! FDA Approves New Sleep Drug Despite Lots of Questions Unanswered

Introduction: The FDA recently announced the approval of a new type of sleeping pill from Merck known as Belsomna® (suvorexant) despite significant safety concerns. This approval calls into question whether the FDA is more concerned about protecting the health of...

Is Your Medicine Making You Sick?

  Ever since we were children, we’ve been told to take pills when we feel bad—for headaches, insomnia, indigestion, aches and pains, even mild depression, to name a few common complaints. TV ads reinforce this message, with experts telling us what pills to take to...

FDA Issues New Warning on Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Introduction: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal…

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Another Strike Against Acid-Blockers – Now Linked to Dementia Risk

Introduction One simple rule that would save a lot of suffering in the world is to “never take a drug that has more severe side effects than…

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Another Nail in the Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Coffin: New Study Links its Use to Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity

Introduction Another damning study indicates it is simply time to pull the plug on this outdated drug. The study just published in JAMA Pediatrics…

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Statistics on ER Visits Due to Dietary Supplements Misleading

Introduction: The media has once again failed to report the whole story or put things into the proper perspective when they reported on a study…

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Acid-Blocking Drugs Increase Heart Disease Risk

Introduction Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs whose main action is blocking the secretion of gastric acid. They are dominant…

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Statins Increase the Risk of Diabetes Even Greater than Expected!

Introduction: A new study again highlights the fact that using statin drugs to lower cholesterol levels are not at all risk free. Researchers…

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Saying “No” to Statins

Maintain a healthy cholesterol balance without potentially harmful drugs Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs such as Crestor (rosuvastatin), Lipitor…

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Tamiflu for Flu Symptoms and Viral Infections? The Emperor has No Clothes!

Introduction Oseltamivir, brand name Tamiflu, was released onto the market in 1999 for the treatment of influenza. Despite is wild popularity –…

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Why Are Drug Companies Sponsoring Studies on Natural Products? Taking a Closer Look at a Recent Evaluation on Glucosamine/Chondroitin in Osteoarthritis

Introduction: In the late 1990s, St. John’s wort (SJW) extract rocketed to tremendous success in the United States and Europe as a natural…

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Antidepressant Drugs Blunt Feelings of Love and Sexual Function

Introduction: A recent study raises a new issue with long-term antidepressant use, adding another reason for consumers to seek alternatives. The…

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Is Your Medicine Making You Sick?

  Ever since we were children, we’ve been told to take pills when we feel bad—for headaches, insomnia, indigestion, aches and…

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Vitamin D Levels Drop Despite Massive Education Effort

Unbelievable! FDA Approves New Sleep Drug Despite Lots of Questions Unanswered

Introduction: The FDA recently announced the approval of a new type of sleeping pill from Merck known as Belsomna® (suvorexant) despite…

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A Baby Aspirin a Day is a BAD Prescription for Most

Introduction One of the most popular recommendations for preventing a heart attack or stroke in healthy people is the recommendation of a baby…

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Blood Pressure Drugs Increase Risk for Breast Cancer

Introduction: More than 60 million Americans have high blood pressure (high BP) including more than half (54.3%) of all Americans age 65 to 74 years…

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Does Tylenol Help Or Hurt You?

When most people think of Tylenol (acetaminophen), they consider it a gentle pain reliever — safe enough for their children to take. Here’s the…

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The Dangers of Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Is it Time for the FDA to Remove it from the Market?

Introduction Most people consider acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) as being an extremely safe pain reliever for both children and adults. The reality…

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On the Dr Oz show

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On the show I discussed the failure of conventional medicine to address the underlying issues in many health conditions offering little more than drugs as biochemical “band aids.”

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Introduction

The statistics on the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes are staggering as it is now estimated that over 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are at high risk of developing diabetes. If things do not change one-half of all Americans adults will develop the disease by 2020. It is a serious issue that will bankrupt our society on many levels if the tide is not turned.

Currently, one out of every five United States federal health care dollars is spent treating people with diabetes. The average yearly health care costs for a person without diabetes is $2,560; for a person with diabetes, that figure soars to $11,744. Much of that increase is related to the costs of drugs.

A “Misguided” Organization

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the largest and most powerful organization dealing with this deadly disease. Though the ADA does a great deal of good, I wonder if the agenda of the organization is more to be a front for the pharmaceutical industry rather than trying to offer effective answers to patients with diabetes. The ADA’s Standards of Medical Care for Type 2 Diabetes focuses on the complete overreliance on the drug treatment of diabetes and its complications while completely ignoring the use of critical nutritional support.

When medical historians look back at these sorts of position papers they will refer to them as marketing propaganda promoting the dark age of pharmaceutical interventions. These guidelines were obviously written by individuals closely tied to the drug industry – it’s a travesty. The major shortcoming of pharmaceutical interventions in type 2 diabetes are that they do not impact the progression of the disease and in many cases actually accelerate the underlying disease process and increase mortality. Yet, this approach is the only one offered by conventional medicine.

A Rational Solution

The key issue that is not addressed by the ADA or other conventional medical group dealing with diabetes is that the drugs are only biochemical band-aids and some of the drugs actually shorten life expectancy (click here). There is one fundamental truth that is rarely explained to the patient: type 2 diabetes in almost every case is a disease caused by diet and lifestyle. The focus should be on using diet, lifestyle, and natural medicine to achieve ideal blood glucose control and metabolic targets, as well as reducing the risk of the complications of diabetes by focusing on the following four areas:
* Providing optimal nutrient status
* Reducing after-meal elevations in blood glucose levels
* Improving insulin function and sensitivity
* Preventing nutritional and oxidative stress

For more information, please see the completely revised and updated 3rd edition of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Weekly Health Tip

Mind Your Ps and Qs

PQQ may be the perfect answer to preventing or reversing age-related mental decline.

kiwiPQQ (short for pyrroloquinoline quinone) is a vitamin-like compound found in plant foods that shows a wide range of benefits for brain function and energy production. Learn more about PQQ with the following Q&A.
What Exactly Does PQQ Do?

PQQ is an extremely potent antioxidant that is able to carry out the role of an antioxidant in the body more than 20,000 times—which is a rare thing. For example, other antioxidants, such as vitamin C, are only able to accomplish this “cycling” process about four times.
Are There Any Food Sources of PQQ?

PQQ has been found in all plant foods analyzed to date. Particularly PPQ-rich foods include parsley, green peppers, kiwi, papaya, and tofu. These foods contain 2–3 mcg of PQQ per 100 grams. Green tea provides about the same amount per 4-oz. serving. While these amounts appear to be sufficient in helping our cells carry out their basic functions, research indicates that boosting PQQ through supplementation can produce some amazing effects.

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