Updated and revised 10/18/10
This is a popular stomach acid reducer that is advertised heavily on television. Common side effects are depression, confusion, hallucinations, impotence, and heart and kidney problems. Additionally, Tagamet interferes with the bodys ability to break down other chemicals, meaning you can get an overdose of any substance you are exposed to. This is especially a problem if you are taking prescription medications. For example, if you are taking blood thinners or anticoagulants, normally these medications are broken down in the liver. However, if you are using Tagamet, they are not broken down, and you can bleed to death.
Blood Pressure Meds
While researching our book Bypassing Bypass, we discovered a very serious side effect to Blood Pressure Medications: Congestive Heart Failure. The numbers are so high, it's impossible for medical science to ignore them, but, that's exactly what your doctor does when he prescribes this junk.
Half of the time, blood pressure medications don't work at all. High blood pressure has a nutritional basis, most of the time. There are alternatives.
Blood pressure meds pull B Vitamins from your body, and a heart without B Vitamins will eventually fail. This is just a simple fact of life.
Another common heartburn drug whose most side effect is the onset of Parkinsons disease symptoms: trembling, stiffness, facial paralysis, and twisting movements of the body. Top
You should note, that when it comes to taking antacids, whether prescription or over-the-counter, more often than not, acid indigestion is more often than not, caused by a lack of stomach acid, rather than a surplus of it. (Another cause is lack of intestinal flora.)
If you lack stomach acid, the process of how heartburn starts is quite simple: food that is not digested due to a lack of stomach acid does not pass easily into your small intestine. It sits in your stomach and ferments. The fermenting process causes the undigested foods to bubble and roll about, causing acid reflux. Acid reflux is a wonderful medical term for a very simple action: the acid gets into your esophagus, and even a small amount will cause pain and discomfort. Taking an antacid in this case will cut the pain, but it will also insure that partially digested food gets into your intestinal tract and cause a host of problems: you don't get the nutrition you need, the digestive system is overburdened, and your immune system suffers.
Before you take any antacid, demand that your physician or health care provider tests you. It's that simple. Know whether or not you are making too much or too little stomach acid, because if you make too little, you can always supplement your diet with some digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid.
And keep in mind that according to Dr Peter J. D'Adamo in his book Eat Right For Your Blood Type, research shows that people with Type A blood have a tendency to create less stomach acid than all other blood types. Since Type A is the most common blood type. . .well that sort of answers the question of why antacids are the most commonly purchased over-the-counter medications. Doesn't it?
People who take antacids on a regular basis are subject to osteoporosis. To absorb calcium, you need stomach acid. Additionally, they suffer from many nutritional disorders, such as B 12 deficiency, since stomach acid is needed to absorb these too. Top
A sleeping agent that was passed by the FDA just as they forbade the production and sale of L-Tryptophan the natural sleep agent we all experience on Thanksgiving (it comes from the turkey). Halcions side effects are agitation, hallucinations, and amnesia. Abnormal behaviors have been noted in users of Halcion, including murder and suicide. Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer used triazolam (Halcion) to sedate his victims.
This drug is outlawed in England, but is one of the most widely prescribed drugs in America.
Here is an article from the Los Angeles Times:
A growing body of evidence suggests that diets and drugs that lower blood cholesterol levels may indirectly raise the risk of certain types of violent death by producing personality changes. Lowering cholesterol reduces the risk of fatal heart attacks, but the decrease in deaths from heart attacks has been offset by an increased risk of death from suicides, violence and accidents. Researchers believe that lowering cholesterol levels can affect the levels of brain neurotransmitters. Excess cholesterol is slowly deposited on the walls of blood vessels, building up until an artery suddenly becomes too constricted to sustain blood flow. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke. In 1985, the National Cholesterol Education Program set goals for Americans to know their cholesterol level and take action if it reaches dangerous levels. No one is questioning the value of reducing cholesterol in those individuals at high risk of heart disease. But for those not at risk, side effects may be large enough to worry about. The concern about such side effects arose in 1978 when physicians analyzed the results of a trial of the cholesterol-lowering drug clofibrate. Overall, the total number of deaths in the treated group was virtually identical to the number in the untreated group. Other studies have shown similar results. Researchers reason that lowering cholesterol in individuals who do not have high levels to begin with concurrently lowers the level of serotonin in the brain. That, in turn, causes some individuals to be more aggressive in their behavior toward others and to take more risks. In many cases, the effects might be more subtle but still damaging. These opinions are still in the minority. Researchers are awaiting the results of a new set of clinical trials.
Our brains are made up mostly of cholesterol.
Perhaps you dont know this, but according to some, the American people have been hoodwinked by this focus on cholesterol. The industrys own research has yet to show that lowering cholesterol levels lowers death rates due to heart attacks. Their own research. Top
Statin drugs cause heart disease. They weaken the heart muscle and can cause it to fail. This is called cardio myopathy.
A new look at the effects of statin drugs on cognitive function should give pause to anyone thinking of taking them. Researchers looked at the learning ability of patients taking a low dose of simvastatin compared to controls (Am J Med 2004 Dec 1;117(11):823-9. Using tests called Elithorn Mazes, researchers looked at the level of improvement when patients take the test several times. The time for solving a puzzle of some kind was improved by 16 percent in the control group whereas the statin group showed no improvement. The difference, together with the differences in a few other tests, was highly significant, meaning that a considerable number of statin-takers were unable to learn anything from the first test. The researchers tried to explain away the results by stating that “The observed treatment effects were quantitatively small and were primarily manifest not as an absolute decline in performance but as a failure to improve upon repeat post-treatment testing.” In a THINCS group report, Dr. Uffe Ravnskov describes the results somewhat differently: “Consider that this result was achieved in a study comparing only 189 statin-treated patients with 94 controls after only six months and on the lowest simvastatin dose used in clinical practice. Translated to the U.S. population, it means that millions of people may have become unable to learn from previous experiences due to their cholesterol-lowering treatment.”
Source: Weston Price Foundation
For lots of reading on The Cholesterol Myths, go to this web site. http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm
Small amounts can cause bleeding of the stomach lining, continued use can lead to peptic ulcers. Aspirin interferes with the production of hormones, and has been linked to macular degeneration.
Remember the claim: an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks? Did you know that plain aspirin didnt work? Did you know that buffered aspirin did? Did you know that although the people who took aspirin had a 47% less chance of dying of heart attacks, their life expectancy did not increase? Perhaps because their chances of dying of an hemorrhagic stroke increased 48%.
The aspirin in the study was buffered with magnesium. Magnesium is totally safe. During a heart attack, a person has a 25% better chance of surviving if given an injection of magnesium. Magnesium dilates blood vessels, aids the body in potassium absorption, acts as a natural blood thinner, and keeps blood cells from clumping. Nearly all autopsies on heart attack victims discover magnesium deficiency. Top
Viagra comes with many side effects, and the latest to be reported is PERMANENT BLINDNESS IN ONE OR BOTH EYES. Other side effects are headache, facial flushing, bluish vision, blurred vision and/or sensitivity to light and upset stomach. If you have a history of heart disease or are on nitrate drugs, do NOT take Viagra. If you do, death is a very possible side effect.
If you experience chest pain, nausea, or any other discomforts during sex or an erection lasts longer than four hours, you are advised to seek immediate medical help. (First reported in our newsletter from March 2003.)
Tylenol is in the news lately (June 2009). Panels are trying to figure out the recommended dosage and if larger dosages should require a prescription (as if patients won't double or triple their dosage on their own).
Approximately 130 people die yearly using Acetaminophen according to the instructions on the bottle. One of the problems arises when people who like a drink now and then decide to take it. Acetaminophen affects the liver. So does drinking. If you like a glass of wine now and then, you might want to think twice about using Acetaminophen.
Acetaminophen's damage doesn't just stop at the liver.
Acetaminophen depletes the most potent antioxidant that your body creates: glutathione (glu-ta-THI-ohn).
When this happens, your brain is the first to suffer. Your brain cells and neurons require glutathione to protect them from free radicals. Without glutathione your neurons die much more quickly.
Glutathione also helps to detoxify heavy metals, especially those that can build up in the brain (like aluminum). If not eliminated, over a period of time they'll trigger inflammation. Does Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's come to mind?
There are many reasons Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are on the rise in recent years, and statin drugs and acetaminophen are just a few of the suspects.
NCI research revealed that women who used hair dyes (the permanent type and darker colors seem to be the worst) had a 50% higher risk of developing Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. However, no link to cancer was found in those who went blond. [American Journal of Public Health, 1992;82: 7] Top
Styrofoam: did you know its biodegradable? If you wait six billion years! Did you know that any hot liquid poured into Styrofoam releases small amounts of the carcinogens and toxins from Styrofoam into the hot liquid? This has been known for years. Personally, I use paper cups. Top
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