Popular Alzheimer's Drug Found to Be All But Worthless in Independent Study

Saturday, August 07, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)

eTrust Pro Certified

Pin It
A new independent study, conducted at the University of Birmingham, UK, reveals that a popular prescription drug for Alzheimer's disease, Aricept, offers no real benefit to Alzheimer's patients compared to placebo. And yet, the drug has been approved and heavily marketed based on findings from drug trials funded by its maker who claims the drug benefits Alzheimer's patients in scientifically proven ways. As it turns out, the drug does seem to help Alzheimer's patients score slightly higher on cognitive tests, but it has no real benefit in delaying the institutionalization of Alzheimer's patients.

In the study, 42% of candidates taking the drug ended up in institutions within 3 years, compared to 44% who ended up in institutions after taking placebo. The author of this study, Richard Gray, said, "Doctors and health care funders need to question whether it would be better to invest in more doctors and nurses and more social support rather than spending huge sums of money prescribing these expensive drugs."

The findings presented here certainly don't surprise me. When independent studies are conducted on high-profit, brand-name prescription drugs, they typically come to a very different conclusion than the one offered by the manufacturer of that drug. As we know, drug trials are frequently distorted and selected to show only the positive results. These findings are then forwarded to the FDA, where the drugs are approved for widespread use. But during this process, studies showing negative effects of the drug are ignored or buried and are almost never made public unless they have to be revealed in lawsuits. What we see in this case is a very expensive Alzheimer's drug that, from a scientific standpoint, has little or no benefit to patients, but yet is right now being marketed and prescribed as something that offers a tremendous benefit to patients.

If you look at the marketing materials offered by the manufacturer of Aricept, you will find a large number of statements that imply this drug enhances the quality of life of Alzheimer's patients (and especially boosts their mental performance in significant ways). But as this independent study seems to indicate, those claims are distorted, or, you could say they are accurate but they are highly selective statements, designed to get physicians and patients to focus on the few things the drug does improve, while ignoring the overall quality of life to the patient (which is not improved by the drug).

All of this is yet more evidence that prescription drugs largely do not work. They are over-hyped, over-sold, and approved for widespread use under rather dubious conditions. In an astounding number of cases, when FDA-approved prescription drugs are held up to the scrutiny of independent tests, they are found to be all but worthless. As Americans, we are being sold empty promises in the form of extremely expensive prescription drugs marketed by companies that seem to be far more interested in profits than in improving the quality of life of people around the world.

Alzheimer's drugs in particular are extremely profitable due to the growing epidemic of Alzheimer's in the United States and around the world. In the decades ahead, Alzheimer's disease is expected to skyrocket, creating potentially a multi-billion dollar market for prescription drugs to treat the symptoms of the disease. You can bet that more and more of these prescription drugs will be approved and marketed with dubious claims that exaggerate the benefits of the drug and minimize the drug's risks.

If you really want to prevent Alzheimer's, you can do that by making lifestyle changes. You can change your diet, give yourself outstanding nutrition (search this site for "Alzheimer's" to learn more), and avoid the metabolic disruptors that disrupt normal nervous system function in the human body. Those include ingredients such as MSG, aspartame, and artificial colors. You can also engage in mentally challenging activities such as doing crossword puzzles, playing card games with friends, giving speeches, or playing strategy games. Learning a new language also engages the brain and helps prevent Alzheimer's. Sitting in front of the TV, on the other hand, promotes the onset of Alzheimer's, as do other activities that don't engage the brain in a constructive way such as voting for President Bush.

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.

Articles Related to This Article:

The FDA Exposed: An Interview With Dr. David Graham, the Vioxx Whistleblower

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

Psychiatric Drugs: Chemical Warfare on Humans - interview with Robert Whitaker

28 Senators vote to maintain Big Pharma monopoly over U.S. consumers; Republicans oppose free trade for medicine

FDA accused of suppressing drug safety information (commentary)

The raw (and ugly) truth about the war on drugs

Related video from NaturalNews.TV

Your NaturalNews.TV video could be here.
Upload your own videos at NaturalNews.TV (FREE)

About the author: Mike Adams is an award-winning journalist and holistic nutritionist with a mission to teach personal and planetary health to the public He has authored more than 1,800 articles and dozens of reports, guides and interviews on natural health topics, and he has authored and published several downloadable personal preparedness courses including a downloadable course focused on safety and self defense. Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies' products. In 2010, Adams created TV.NaturalNews.com, a natural living video sharing site featuring thousands of user videos on foods, fitness, green living and more. He also launched an online retailer of environmentally-friendly products (BetterLifeGoods.com) and uses a portion of its profits to help fund non-profit endeavors. He's also the CEO of a highly successful email newsletter software company that develops software used to send permission email campaigns to subscribers. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and practices nature photography, Capoeira, martial arts and organic gardening. Known by his callsign, the 'Health Ranger,' Adams posts his missions statements, health statistics and health photos at www.HealthRanger.org

Have comments on this article? Post them here:

 people have commented on this article.

Related Articles:

The FDA Exposed: An Interview With Dr. David Graham, the Vioxx Whistleblower

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

Psychiatric Drugs: Chemical Warfare on Humans - interview with Robert Whitaker

28 Senators vote to maintain Big Pharma monopoly over U.S. consumers; Republicans oppose free trade for medicine

FDA accused of suppressing drug safety information (commentary)

The raw (and ugly) truth about the war on drugs

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Dear Donald Trump: Blockade the lying mainstream media and recognize the independent media as America's real free press
Kellogg's found to have financial ties to the money man for cop-killing left-wing HATE groups: George Soros

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...


Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...


Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com

Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play