(NaturalNews) Whilst doctors whine on about the dangers of alternative medicine, they has admitted that trials of major drugs are only carried out on men. This has led to up to one million women being admitted to hospitals every year with side effects from nausea and high blood pressure, to life threatening conditions. Some drugs tested for males have been prescribed to pregnant women without the drugs being approved for this purpose.
One example is that pregnant women on antidepressants have been found to have a much higher risk of developing the potentially fatal condition of pre-eclampsia. While the drugs are legally prescribed, it has been disclosed that the trails the drug companies carry out are not tested on women and thus the effects are unknown.
Profit put ahead of the health of customers
The reason for the drug companies unwillingness to test drugs on women is expense. Their concerns center around the fact that drugs will affect females differently than males and female monthly reproductive cycles could complicate the results of trials and slow down the approval of expensive and profit making drugs. This is yet another glimpse into the shady world of the drug companies and how they get drugs approved without proper testing.
The scientists that carry out trials on drugs will often take into account the weight, height, lifestyle and other drugs being taken by the subjects. However, when the drugs are approved, it does not necessarily mean that the drugs are safe for females. Also, the dosages deemed safe by the trials will often be aimed at heavier males that absorb drugs differently than lighter females. This means that quite often, these drugs will be over prescribed, not only for antidepressants but also for other common drugs.
Common diuretics (treatments for high blood pressure) have been more likely to cause side effects from nausea and confusion, to coma and even death. Modern anti-psychotics are more likely to cause females to gain weight, have skin irritations and dangerous heart irregularities. Even the humble antihistamine will react substantially more in females than males; causing severe drowsiness.
Of course, the best way to avoid the issues of prescription drugs and their side effects is to avoid them completely; however, mainstream doctors believe that most conditions are only treatable with chemical agents, whether that be from natural or artificial sources. By taking drugs approved by the processes put in place by government and big pharma, many people believe that they are safeguarded against the harm that can be caused by illicit drugs or "unregulated" natural medicines. The results of the findings into the side effects that women suffer highlight the substantial failings in the testing procedures of an industry entrusted to look after the health of billions whose best interest is profit.
About the author: D Holt has written over 200 articles in the field of alternative health and is currently involved in research in the UK into the mechanisms involved in healing due to meditation, hypnosis and spiritual healers and techniques. Previous work has included investigations into effects of meditation on addiction, the effects of sulfites on the digestive system and the use of tartrazine and other additives in the restaurant industry. new blog is now available at http://tinyurl.com/sacredmeditation or follow on twitter @sacredmeditate
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