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Many automobile accidents may actually be caused by prescription drug side effects

Sunday, January 30, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: traffic safety, public safety, driver safety


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I've often wondered how many traffic accidents are caused by people who are doped up on prescription drugs. If you think about it, most traffic accidents are actually caused by people who either make poor decisions or who have terrible reaction times. And so when some crazy driver pulls out in front of them, they don't have the quick reactions to prevent the accident and they just plow right into the other vehicle.

Given some of the well-documented side effects of many prescription drugs, I'm shocked that doctors aren't warning more people to avoid driving when they are on these drugs. For example, statin drugs continue to be hyped up by drug companies as a miracle pill for high cholesterol. They are heavily promoted by drug companies who, of course, minimize the toxic side effects of these drugs and exaggerate their benefits.

One of the better-known toxic side effects of statin drugs is brain fog. It can also cause confusion, forgetfulness, and chronic muscle pain. To me, these documented side effects indicate the drug is impairing the normal function of the nervous system. And although it's just conjecture at this point, my educated guess is that this would greatly slow the reaction time of the individuals taking those drugs.

We've also got antidepressant drugs which we now know cause violent, aggressive behavior in people. Is it possible that antidepressants are part of the reason we see people losing their cool in traffic these days? I hate to use the term "road rage," because even that phrase has been overhyped, but I do think there may be a connection between antidepressant drugs and aggressive driving habits or traffic-related confrontations.

My theory is that when you have people out there driving around the cities of our nation and they're doped up on drugs, they are no doubt causing more automobile accidents because they have slower reaction times and impaired nervous system function due to the drugs. In other words, they are not the healthy, alert drivers that we should have on the roads. They're out driving around with rather obvious safety impairments. Or, in the case of antidepressants, they may be violent time bombs just ready to be ticked off by some other driver.

Nobody, to my knowledge, has done any research on this particular statistic when it comes to prescription drugs. If such research were conducted, I wouldn't be surprised to find that taking certain drugs greatly impairs a person's ability to operate a vehicle safely.

So what can we do about it? The problem is that such a large percentage of the U.S. population is doped up on these drugs that you couldn't ban them from driving because you would have tens of millions of people who would have to start using public transportation. There would hardly be anyone left on the roads if you truly enforced that kind of law. And so the only real practical solution is to let people continue driving on the roads even though they have impaired reaction times and suppressed alertness.

I think safety studies need to be conducted. We need to find out the relationship between the intake of prescription drugs and the increased risk of automobile accidents. And if that data show a strong correlation, prescription drugs need to carry strong warnings and physicians need to start warning patients not to drive when they consume these drugs.

Then again, most doctors and patients alike routinely ignore drug safety warnings. Come to think of it, cigarette packages quite blatantly tell people that smoking causes lung cancer, and the general population hasn't figured that one out yet, either. Apparently, smoking cigarettes impairs your ability to read and understand warning labels, not to mention your driving ability (have you ever noticed that the vast majority of traffic accidents are caused by smokers?).

What it demonstrates, though, is that warning labels rarely change consumer behavior. If we want to make the roads safer for everyone, we have to focus on preventing disease and promoting brain-healthy foods like fish oils, spirulina, vegetables, fruits, nuts and of course cardiovascular exercise. That's how you create a nation of alert drivers who can avoid accidents.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

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