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Expensive medications rendered useless by gut bacteria

8/2/2013 - The human body appears to have its own built-in safety mechanism for breaking down questionable pharmaceutical components and rendering them inactive. A recent study published in the journal Science reveals that gut flora, which naturally populate human intestines for digestive and immune system purposes,...

Medications made with caffeine may double risk of stroke

7/12/2013 - Taking pharmaceutical drugs with added caffeine could raise your risk of suffering a stroke, but not necessarily because of the caffeine. A new study out of South Korea recently found that people who take over-the-counter pain pills and other medications with added caffeine are up to three times more...

Cholesterol medications linked to major health issues

6/24/2013 - Controlling cholesterol is a very misunderstood issue within medicine today. What most of the population doesn't seem to understand is that cholesterol is an extremely vital component for maintaining health on many different levels. Today, people are so afraid of their cholesterol numbers that they're...

Public outcry positively impacts legislation for parental rights on vaccinations

5/28/2013 - Citizens' protests have recently impacted two important pieces of legislation. On May 6, 2013 New York legislators planned to propose laws to allow physicians to give minors the vaccinations for Hepatitis B and HPV without parental consent. In response to public outcry, initiated by an action alert,...

ADHD: Misdiagnosed and overmedicated

6/4/2012 - In one school in San Diego, 65 percent of fifth graders had been diagnosed with ADD and put on medications. Even "normal" kids are subject to random drugging so they act like the adults in charge of them want them to... dull, placid, and compliant. The fact is that up to 20% of American school-aged...

Powerful psychiatric medications are under state investigation

3/29/2012 - A state health agency in Texas is investigating dozens of healthcare providers who gave out prescriptions for large amounts of powerful psychiatric drugs, some of them to children, after red flags were raised about the medications by a U.S. senator. According to the Dallas Star-Telegram, the Texas...

Afghanistan massacre by U.S. sergeant reveals epidemic of psychiatric drugging of soldiers

3/13/2012 - The recent massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan by a rampaging U.S. military sergeant has something in common with nearly every school shooting in the USA -- something the mainstream media typically refuses to report: These shooters frequently have a history of psychiatric drug "treatment" by psychiatrists. Psychiatric...

Homeopathic alternatives to antidepressant drugs

1/9/2012 - Depression lowers the spirits and drowns the eyes in sorrow, though tears aren't the only reason why depressed people sometimes can't see straight. Depression also caves in the chest, slumps the shoulders, and inhibits full breathing, usually forcing unhappy people to try to catch their breath by frequent...

Acid reflux medications can cause severe deficiency in critical nutrients

3/11/2011 - Acid reflux, and the heartburn that results, occurs when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus. About one-third of Americans experience heartburn on a regular basis. Treatment with both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications might temporarily stop the burning, but the relief...

Over One in Six Older ER Patients Wrongly Given Potentially Harmful Drugs

4/16/2010 - A recent study at the University of Michigan has found that over 1 in 6 older patients receive the wrong medications in emergency room visits. According to the study, which was published in Academic Emergency Medicine, nearly 19.5 million patients age 65 and older received one or more potentially inappropriate...

Medications that block folic acid during pregnancy can cause birth defects

11/19/2009 - (Natural News) An epidemiological study in Israel that included 84,832 babies born at Soroka Medical Center, in Beer-Sheva concluded that medications taken during the first trimester that block folic acid more than double the risk of congenital malformations. The study team involved Epidemiologists,...

Phthalate warning: Medications contain chemicals that "feminize" unborn baby boys

11/17/2009 - In a bombshell finding that has far-reaching implications for society and culture, scientists at the University of Rochester have found that phthalates -- the chemical found in many vinyl and plastic products -- tends to "feminize" boys, altering their brains to express more feminine characteristics....

Side Effects of Mental Illness Drugs Cause Sudden Death

7/28/2009 - Schizophrenia is a scary and difficult chronic mental illness- both for the person AND for their family who all have to live with the diagnosis. In most cases, antipsychotic medications need to be taken forever to control the disturbing symptoms. But rarely is anyone told that these medications not...

Oral Glucose Medications Increase Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

9/10/2008 - Poor blood glucose control puts diabetics at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Every percentage point increase in glycated hemoglobin levels (a blood glucose marker) above normal values raises the relative CVD risk by roughly 20% (1). The percentage of glycated hemoglobin, more specifically...

Suzy Cohen, the 24-Hour Pharmacist, Reveals Shocking Dangers of Medications in Exclusive Audio Interview

4/30/2008 - Suzy Cohen, author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist, and a nationally-syndicated columnist for the "Dear Pharmacist" column (www.DearPharmacist.com) has revealed startling details about the dangers of pharmaceuticals in an exclusive interview with the Health Ranger, editor of NaturalNews (www.NaturalNews.com)....

Illinois Shooter was Treated with Psych Meds Prior to Shooting Rampage

2/17/2008 - It comes as no surprise to anyone who's been following school shootings all the way back to the Colombine High massacre in Colorado: Every young, male shooter that has gone on a killing spree in the United States also has a history of treatment with psychotropic drugs -- typically SSRI antidepressants....

Stress, Prescription Medications, and Alzheimer's Disease

12/28/2007 - Medications and stress may be contributing to the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. In a recent study conducted at the University of California, Irvine, researchers discovered that when genetically modified mice were injected with dexamethasone, a glucocorticoid similar to the body's natural stress hormones,...

Children routinely prescribed adult medications never approved for use in children

4/4/2007 - According to a new study published in the March issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, few medications are actually studied in children or specifically approved for that age group. Despite this, a continuing practice among the medical community allows these same adult medications...

Cold medications proving deadly to infants

1/22/2007 - Over-the-counter cold and cough medicines can injure or even kill children younger than 2, according to a new study appearing in the Jan. 12 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC. Three infants from 1 month old to 6 months old died in 2005 after being given either...

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of "Pain Free 1-2-3," discusses natural pain management, without dangerous drugs

1/3/2007 - Mike: Hello, everyone. This is Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, joined here by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of "Pain Free 1-2-3," which we'll talk about later. Dr. Teitelbaum is an expert in pain management, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and many other topics. Thanks for joining me today. Jacob...

Physicians often do not communicate important medication information (press release)

11/13/2006 - Physicians prescribing new medication often do not communicate to patients important details, such as potential side effects, how long or how often to take the drug or the specific name of the medication, according to an article in the September 25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the...

Vision Risk From ED Medications (press release)

8/31/2006 - Men with a history of heart attack who use the popular erectile dysfunction medications Viagra or Cialis may be at increased risk for vision loss, according to new UAB research published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. The study draws a link between the medications and non-arteritic anterior...

Obesity May Influence Response to Asthma Medications (press release)

8/22/2006 - As the nation’s collective waistline has swelled in recent decades, rates of asthma diagnoses also have accelerated. Indeed, much research has affirmed a link between the two conditions. But doctors also recognize that asthma may not behave the same way among people who have different body types....

Heartburn sufferers shouldn't be too quick to reach for the antacids; heartburn medications do more harm than good

7/25/2006 - Before you reach for the antacids to deal with troublesome heartburn, you might want to consider simply changing your eating habits. Most people are aware that eating too quickly or eating certain foods can trigger heartburn, yet few people are willing to change how and what they eat. Instead, they...

Number of children and teens treated with antipsychotics increases sharply (press release)

7/21/2006 - A steadily increasing number of patients younger than age 20 received prescriptions for antipsychotic medications between 1993 and 2002, according to a report published in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. ...

FDA admits thousands of common medications never received FDA approval

7/13/2006 - The FDA has admitted that several thousand prescription and over-the-counter medicines -- including cough medicines, painkillers, sedatives and anti-inflammatory drugs -- have never been certified as safe and effective by the regulatory agency. "We consider it a significant and serious drug safety...

Antipsychotic Drug May Be Linked to Pituitary Tumors (press release)

7/13/2006 - A link may exist between the development of pituitary tumors and the use of some drugs commonly used to treat schizophrenia, according to research from Duke University Medical Center and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although a connection has been suspected for more than 20 years, this...

The great direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising con: how patients and doctors alike are easily influenced to demand dangerous drugs

7/31/2005 - A cute, animated ball bounces around very sadly until he takes a magic potion; suddenly, it becomes happier than ever. No, that isn't the plot of a new children's movie. On the contrary, it's the storyline of a Zoloft commercial – yes, Zoloft, a powerful antidepressant drug. In the 1990s, direct-to-consumer...

How do I keep my blood sugar down without taking insulin or medications?

10/19/2004 - A reader asks: "I have tried just about every kind of medicine to keep my sugar down, but my doctor insisted I start on insulin and take five other medicines as well. I have tried exercise and walking, but nothing really helps. Do you have any advice?" There are a lot of good answers to this sort...

Q & A: Are there any situations in which pharmaceuticals and medications are okay to use?

10/12/2004 - A reader asks: In regards to your recommendation to avoid all prescription drugs, what about situations where people are in an accident, or an athlete tears his knee up? Do you recommend pain medication then, or do you recommend going to the doctor and being treated? Thanks for asking. I want to...

Elderly patients regularly prescribed dangerous medications with severe side effects

8/19/2004 - A new study conducted at the Duke Clinical Research institute reveals that one in five older patients is currently receiving at least one prescription drug deemed unsafe according to a database of unsafe drugs. This study looked at prescriptions written for 765,000 patients, all over the age of 65,...

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