How to Solve Nearly Any Illness – Without Drugs

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Writing
in Counterpunch
, Martha Rosenberg lists the drugs which
made 2010’s Hall of Shame. Here are just a few of them:

Yaz
and Yasmin

Soon after
Bayer launched the pill Yaz, 18-year-olds started coming down with
blood clots, gall bladder disease, heart attacks and even strokes.

Chantix

After cases
of possible psychosis, reports of suicidal behaviors and actual
suicides, the government banned pilots, air-traffic controllers
and interstate truck and bus drivers from taking this antismoking
drug.

Ambien

Law enforcement
officials say this sleep drug has increased traffic accidents from
people who drive in a black out.

Tamoxifen

For every case
of breast cancer prevented by Tamoxifen, there is a life-threatening
case of blood clots, stroke or endometrial cancer caused by it.

Lipitor
and Crestor

All statins
can cause muscle breakdown. Crestor is so linked to the side effect,
the FDA’s David Graham named it one of the five most dangerous drugs
at a Congressional hearing.

Gardasil
and Cervarix Vaccines

The Gardasil
HPV vaccine doesn’t work for all viral strains, requires a booster
and is linked to 56 girls’ deaths as of September in the U.S. alone.

Singulair
and Accolate, leukotriene receptor antagonists

These leukotriene
receptor antagonists never looked safe. And Singulair, Merck’s top
selling drug, is now suspected of producing aggression, hostility,
irritability, anxiety, hallucinations and night-terrors in kids.

To see the
full list of dangerous drugs, click on the link below.

Source: Counterpunch
December 24, 2010

Dr. Mercola’s
Comments:

Rosenberg does
a fine job pinning down some of the most dangerous drugs on the
market today. It’s a tough call, simply because there are so many
to choose from. For a truly eye-opening list of “defective drugs,”
just take a look at drug litigators’ Parker
Waichman Alonso’s web site
. It’s a sobering lineup!

Even commonly
used over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are not as benign as most people
assume.

The fact that
we’re now faced with such an onslaught of problematic drugs is a
testament to the inadequacies, not to mention criminal behavior,
of the pharmaceutical industry.

Studies
are frequently biased, results are skewed
, and drugs are put
on a fast-track to be approved long before anyone knows whether
they’re safe. And it’s quite clear that a large number of drugs
are not at all safe, and many do not even work as advertised, giving
you the absolute worst of both worlds.

In essence,
any time you resort to taking a drug, you’re taking a gamble because
there are NO 100 percent safe drugs. And the more
drugs you combine, the greater the risk that you’ll suffer serious
and/or potentially lethal side effects.

Are You on
Any of these Dangerous Drugs?

In addition
to the drugs listed above, here are several more that may jeopardize
your health:

  • Advair
    – This asthma medicine contains the long-acting
    beta-agonist (LABA) salmeterol, which can make your asthma deadly
    by increasing the severity of asthma attacks. It is estimated
    that salmeterol-containing drugs cause about 5,000 asthma-related
    deaths each year in the US alone.
  • Avandia
    (rosiglitazone)
    – This diabetes drug has been
    linked to increased risk of heart attack. Confidential government
    reports claim about 6,000 heart attacks and 3,600 cases of heart
    failure would be averted each year if patients switched away from
    Avandia. The drug was recently
    banned in Europe
    , but the US FDA has chosen only to monitor
    the drug, rather than ask for a recall.
  • Celebrex
    – This painkiller has been linked to increased risks of stomach
    bleeding, kidney trouble, and liver damage. Additionally, one
    2005 study found that people taking 200 mg of Celebrex twice a
    day more than doubled their risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.
    Those on 400 mg twice a day more than tripled their risk.
  • Ritalin
    This
    drug is commonly prescribed to children diagnosed with ADHD
    ,
    despite the fact it has the same
    pharmacological profile as cocaine
    . By definition, Ritalin
    stimulates your central nervous system, leading to side effects
    such as increased blood pressure and heart rate.

    When taken
    over a period of years, as Ritalin often is, the drug can cause
    severe health problems, including cancer. Short-term,
    it can still lead to chromosomal damage
    .

  • Lyrica,
    Topomax and Lamictal – These epilepsy seizure drugs
    increase your risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and all
    three drugs can cause both hair- and memory loss.
  • TNF
    Blockers – Biologics like Humira and Prolia are
    made from genetically engineered hamster cells, and suppress your
    immune system. Other side effects include tuberculosis, lethal
    infections, melanoma, lymphoma and “unusual cancers in children
    and teenagers”. Humira also carries a warning that it may cause
    or worsen psoriasis – a condition it is supposed to treat.
  • Bisphosphonate
    drugs
    – This dangerous class of drugs include
    Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva, prescribed to prevent osteoporosis.
    Fosamax in particular has been linked to thigh bone fractures,
    jaw bone rot, serious eye problems, liver damage and renal failure,
    just to name a few potential side effects.

    Fosamax
    users are also nearly twice as likely to develop atrial fibrillation

    (quivering of your heart's upper chambers), which is the most
    common kind of chronically irregular heartbeat.

  • Statin
    drugs
    – This class of drugs, used to lower
    your cholesterol, have been linked to an array of devastating
    side effects, including muscle pain and weakness, muscle atrophy,
    rhabdomyolysis, increased plaque deposits, increased cancer
    risk, immune system suppression, decreased liver function, CoQ10
    depletion, and death.

  • Proton
    pump inhibitors
    – Drugs like Prevacid, Prilosec,
    and Nexium are commonly used for heartburn. However, their side
    effects may be far more problematic and dangerous than your original
    problem.

    Side effects
    include increased risk of fractures of your hip, wrist and
    spine (the risk of a bone fracture has been estimated to
    be over 40 percent higher in patients who use these drugs long-term),
    increased risk of food poisoning, pneumonia and infection
    with Clostridium difficile
    , a harmful intestinal bacteria.

This is by
no means an exhaustive list. Clearly, there are many others. However,
many of these drugs are used for ailments that respond favorably
to lifestyle changes alone!

Health Problems
that are Better Treated Without Drugs

In more recent
years, a growing body of studies shows that simple lifestyle changes
such as diet and exercise are effective remedies for many common
health problems. At the same time, we’re seeing more and more evidence
of the lethal harm being brought by poorly tested drugs.

To me, the
choice is clear.

But many people
still do not realize just how effective lifestyle changes can be
in treating their disease. Many diabetics, for example, are convinced
they need drugs, and resist the idea that treating or even
curing their disease is entirely within their own control.

The truth is,
type-2 diabetes is virtually 100 percent avoidable and treatable
entirely without drugs. If you’re still in the dark about how to
accomplish this, please see this
link
.

Other common
conditions
that can be managed without medication
include:

  1. Osteoarthritis
    (degenerative joint disease)
  2. High
    cholesterol
  3. Depression
  4. High
    blood pressure
  5. Osteoporosis
  6. Heart
    disease
  7. Insomnia

Do Your Research
Before Taking ANY Drug

For all the
problems modern society has caused, it also brings benefits that
were previously unimaginable. One of them is the ease with which
you can conduct your own research. And I urge you to thoroughly
investigate each drug before taking it.

The truth is
that doctors are no longer the sole authority on all matters relating
to health. And don’t believe for one minute that your physician
will have all the answers and all the latest research findings at
his or her fingertips. They won’t.

Most of their
recent knowledge about drug treatments comes directly from the lips
of drug
reps
, and if you believe drug reps will put your health and
safety before profits, think again.

So, as a general rule, always make sure to read up on the potential
side effects of the drug. Read the package insert, and remember
that even if it lists a side effect as rare, it can happen
to you.

Then decide
whether the potential benefits truly outweigh the potential risks.

Drugs are
Band-Aids. They Do NOT Address the Cause of Disease

If you want
to take a step in the right direction, make drugs your last option.

This sounds
easy enough, but actually requires a massive thought shift for some
people. Many still have a very hard time accepting the idea that
your body can heal itself, and that drugs oftentimes will only hinder
the process.

I can’t stress
enough the importance of the most basic principle for resolving
an illness: Find the underlying cause of the problem, and address
THAT!

Masking it
with a drug that lessens your symptoms does not fix anything. Disease
can only be resolved by addressing its root cause.

What many people
fail to realize is that it is entirely possible to maintain optimal
health simply by:

  1. Avoiding
    unnecessary drugs, and
  2. Understanding
    the fundamentals of proper nutrition and exercise

What DOES
Make You Healthy?

There are certain
basic tenets of optimal health that have always remained permanent
truths, and by consistently adhering to them, you give yourself
the best chance at a long and healthy life.

These 10 strategies
promote overall health, as opposed to chasing and watering
down various symptoms:

  1. Eat a healthy
    diet that's right for your nutritional type (paying very careful
    attention to keeping your insulin levels down) – This aspect
    is so important for optimal health; I now offer my entire online
    nutritional
    typing program for free
    .
  2. Drink plenty
    of clean water
  3. Manage
    your stress
  4. Exercise
    regularly – I actually view exercise as a drug with regard
    to being properly prescribed and having proper dosage, and it’s
    one that you can readily substitute for some of the most common
    drugs used today for things like diabetes, heart disease and
    depression.

    High-intensity, burst-type exercises like Peak
    8 are particularly beneficial for optimal health
    , as it
    effectively boosts fat loss, improves muscle strength, tone
    and endurance, and causes your body to produce human growth
    hormone (HGH).

  5. Optimize
    your vitamin D levels
    by getting appropriate amounts of sun
    exposure, or by taking an oral vitamin D3 supplement
  6. Limit
    exposure to toxins
  7. Consume
    healthy fats such as omega-3
    fat
    , coconut
    oil
    and pure
    butter
  8. Eat plenty
    of raw
    food
  9. Optimize
    your insulin
    and leptin
    levels
  10. Get plenty
    of sleep

Remember, leading
a common sense, healthy lifestyle is your best bet to produce a healthy
body and mind, and increase your longevity.

Unfortunately,
both the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry won’t make
it easy for you to avoid the garbage that ruins your health.

The drug industry
spends about $15 billion a year manipulating and distorting your
perceptions about the proper solutions for your health challenges.
The answer is to take self-responsibility and educate yourself so
that you can make better, healthier choices.

By adhering
to the basic tenets of optimal health provided above, you will build
a healthy mind and body, thereby safeguarding yourself against a
multitude of health problems and serious diseases.

January
12, 2011

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