Deadlier than Cocaine, Heroin, and the Swine Flu?

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Addiction to
prescription painkillers – which kill thousands of Americans
a year – has become a largely unrecognized epidemic, experts
say.

In fact, prescription
drugs cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses each year,
says Leonard Paulozzi of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number
of overdose deaths from opioid painkillers – opium-like drugs
that include morphine and codeine – more than tripled from
1999 to 2006, to 13,800 deaths that year, according to recently
released CDC statistics.

In the past,
most overdoses were due to illegal narcotics, such as heroin, with
most deaths in big cities. Prescription painkillers have now surpassed
heroin and cocaine however, as the leading cause of fatal overdoses,
Paulozzi says.

Experts say
it’s easy to see why so many Americans are abusing painkillers.
As Americans age and carry extra pounds, more are asking for pain
relief to cope with joint problems, back pain and other ailments.

Sources:

Dr. Mercola’s
Comments:

Remember the
Reagan-era ads, “Just Say NO!” Well, since then, street
drugs have taken a definitive backseat to a far greater threat –
prescription drugs, especially painkillers.

They’re
typically used legally, eliminating the stigma of being a junkie.
You don’t need to do business in the shadows to get your fix
anymore. You just refill your prescription and pick it up at the
nearest pharmacy where no one looks at you crooked.

Time to
Raise Pandemic Level 6 Warning on American Drug Paradigm

According
to Robert DuPont, a former White House drug czar and former director
of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "The biggest and fastest-growing
part of America’s drug problem is prescription drug abuse. The statistics
are unmistakable."

The CDC should
take notice of these statistics and raise a Pandemic Level 6 Warning
for the use of prescription drugs – it’s clearly killing
FAR more people than the swine flu ever will.

Swine
Flu Deaths As of November 17, 2009

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on image for larger view

USA Today
reports that about 120,000 Americans end up in the emergency room
after overdosing on opioid painkillers each year, and prescription
drugs in general cause most of the more than 26,000 fatal overdoses
annually. This despite the fact that the FDA increased the restrictions
for consumer drug ads in 2005, especially for COX-2 painkillers
like Celebrex and Bextra.

At the time,
aggressive drug marketing was blamed for the increased and inappropriate
use of painkillers. However, I believe the cultural acceptance of
prescription drugs – a pill for every symptom – may have
replaced much of the need for excessive marketing of these drugs.
People know they can get them simply by asking their doctor.

Another contributing
factor is the fact that conventional doctors have bought into the
drug paradigm hook line and sinker. For example, as described in
USA Today, a long-term treatment plan for pain will typically
include a drug-combination approach, using anti-inflammatory drugs,
anti-convulsants, and muscle relaxants.

Drugs, and
more drugs – each one raising your risk of suffering potentially
lethal side effects…

How to Treat
Your Pain without Causing More Grief

Many people
reach for the pill bottle with little or no thought of what it might
do to their health in the long run. Some 26,000 people die prematurely
each year as a result…

It’s
completely understandable to want to get rid of pain. However, please
understand that there are many options to prescription painkillers
that are much safer, even though they may require some patience.

Here are several
guidelines that can help reduce, or potentially even eliminate,
your pain, depending on its severity:

  • Start
    taking a high-quality, animal-based omega-3.
    My personal favorite
    is krill oil. Omega-3 fats are precursors to mediators of inflammation
    called prostaglandins. (In fact, that is how anti-inflammatory
    painkillers work, they manipulate prostaglandins.)
  • Eliminate
    or radically reduce most grains and sugars from your diet.

    Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin
    levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels are one of the most
    important reasons why inflammatory prostaglandins are produced.
    That is why stopping sugar and sweets is so important to controlling
    your pain and other types of chronic illnesses.
  • Optimize
    your production of vitamin D
    by getting regular, appropriate
    sun exposure, which will work through a variety of different mechanisms
    to reduce your pain.
  • Retool
    your diet based on your body’s unique nutritional type.
    Understanding
    your nutritional type is a tool I have seen work in thousands
    of patients to reduce their pain. If you are not yet aware of
    your nutritional type, you can
    take our free online test now
    .
  • Use
    effective energy psychology tools
    , such as the Meridian
    Tapping Technique
    (MTT). MTT can address your previous emotional
    traumas that cause bioelectrical short circuiting, predisposing
    you to immune dysfunction.
  • Use
    safer alternatives for temporary relief
    , while you are in
    the process of implementing the above strategies. For several
    safe and effective suggestions, please see this link.

As you can
see from the list above, there is no "quick fix" to treating
pain, but rather it is a lifestyle change that will be well worth
the effort.

More Examples
of Reckless Drug Use

The reckless
use of unnecessary drugs is especially obvious today as the swine
flu hysteria is in full swing. Drug companies are now touting statin
drugs, of all things, to be an effective remedy against the H1N1
virus!

What we have
here is a cornucopia of unrivaled foolishness!

But let’s
take a look at a more commonly prescribed drug for the seasonal-
and swine flu that, in all likelihood, is causing far more harm
than good – Tamiflu.

According
to a recent study
into the use of Tamiflu for children with flu symptoms – the
most extensive research of its kind, so far – Tamiflu falls
flat.

The researchers,
who analyzed four studies of children aged one to 12, published
their findings in the British
Medical Journal

(BMJ) on August 11, 2009
. They found that the anti-viral drugs
Tamiflu and Relenza:

  • Put children
    at higher risk of dangerous complications
  • Had little
    impact on the length of the illness
  • Had little
    impact on the spread of the swine flu
  • May cause
    drug-resistant strain mutations

Children given
these drugs were found to recover LESS THAN ONE DAY earlier, compared
with simple rest and recuperation.

According
to the researchers, the risks of Tamiflu and Relenza far outweigh
their negligent benefits, and children should therefore NOT be given
these drugs for the swine flu.

Common side
effects included:


Graph from the Daily
Mail
, August 11, 2009

The Daily
Mail notes that this finding will no doubt cause confusion,
as it contradicts recommendations from government health officials.
Not surprisingly, the British Department of Health dismissed the
study, saying the results were based on seasonal flu, despite
the fact that the scientist specifically noted that these results
also applied to swine flu.

Again, health
officials are choosing to ignore scientific warnings that their
recommendations are NOT in the best interest of the majority of
people.

Latest Stats
Show Flu is LOWER This Year than Last Year

This is particularly
upsetting when you consider the fact that the current flu season,
swine flu and all, is the MILDEST flu season in years! According
to CDC and WHO data, far fewer people have died from H1N1 than any
seasonal flu in the past.

This
graph from the CDC
showing the "Pneumonia and Influenza
Mortality for 122 US Cities" also show that, so far, this year’s
flu mortality is far below that of 2008.

Why are our
health officials recommending mass use of ineffective drugs
that carry a higher risk of detrimental side effects than
the illness it is supposed to treat?

How Does
Swine Flu Compare to the Black Plague?

The Orthomolecular
Medicine News Service brings up yet another interesting point of
reference to put the swine flu vaccination program in its place.

Did you know
that the plague,
also known as “The Black Death,” is still alive and kicking?

The plague
was one of the deadliest pandemics in history, killing an estimated
30–60 percent of Europe’s population in the mid-1300s (about
50 million people). The US has seen some 400 cases of the plague
since the 1950’s, and worldwide there are some 2,000 cases,
and hundreds of deaths, each year.

There’s
a vaccine
for the plague
as well, and yet you’ve likely never heard
of it.

Why?

If there are
constant outbreaks of the one of the deadliest diseases on the planet
each year, why aren’t health officials urging everyone to get
vaccinated?

And even more
interestingly, why is there no plague epidemic?

This is one
of the most dangerous infectious diseases there is, yet despite
worldwide occurrence, it’s not spreading and killing like it
used to anymore…

The Black
Death epidemic was clearly not wiped out by antibiotics or mass
vaccination, because neither existed at the time. If a vaccine was
not required to quell a deadly, infectious disease like the plague,
why are you told that vaccination is the ONLY way to stop a flu
epidemic?

The answer
is that, just like the plague was quelled by the implementation
of better sanitation and nutrition, the flu – be it seasonal
or H1N1 — can be vanquished by similar means.

How to Protect
Yourself against the Flu without Vaccination

Following
these simple guidelines will keep your immune system in optimal
working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire the infection
to begin with.

  • Optimize
    your vitamin D levels
    .
    Optimizing
    your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for
    avoiding infections
    of ALL kinds, including the flu. It is
    probably the single most important and least expensive action
    you can take. I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin
    D level monitored
    to confirm your levels are therapeutic at
    50–70 ng/ml and done by a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab
    Corp. (If your lab results are returned in nmol/L, simply divide
    by 2.5 to get ng/ml.)
  • Avoid
    sugar and processed foods.
    Sugar decreases the function
    of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know,
    a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other
    illness.
  • Get
    enough rest.
    Just like it becomes harder for you to get
    your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly
    fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu.
  • Have
    effective tools to address stress.
    We all face some stress
    every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will
    be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.
  • Exercise.
    When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your
    blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune
    system are also better circulated, which means your immune system
    has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads.
  • Take
    a Good Source of Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats.
    Increase your
    intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in
    krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also
    vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans
    fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune
    response.
  • Wash
    Your Hands.
    Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood
    of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure
    you don’t use antibacterial soap for this – antibacterial soaps
    are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than
    good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can
    switch your family to.
  • Use
    Natural Antibiotics
    ,
    such as oil of oregano, and garlic.
    These work like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses,
    and protozoa in your body. And unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics,
    they do not appear to lead to resistance.
  • Avoid
    Hospitals and Vaccines.
    Hospitals are prime breeding grounds
    for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest
    places you could be exposed to infectious diseases like the flu.
    Keep in mind that virtually all vaccinations will LOWER your immune
    system, NOT make it stronger!

November
23, 2009

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