Is “Safe Drugs” an Oxymoron?

You’d think the pharmaceutical companies were running scared the way they’re suddenly announcing dire consequences should you be so foolhardy to actually use their drugs, yet many aren’t being pulled from the market. Naprosyn (Naproxen) suddenly causes heart problems? That’s interesting since it’s been on the shelf for years and prior to that was prescription only. I didn’t research it, but it’s probably been in use for 20 years or longer, so why are we only now hearing about it’s possible link to heart problems?

Interesting how these drugs can still be sold, despite deaths, yet they pulled Ephedra in a fat hurry. Wonder why? Could it be because it wasn’t manufactured by a drug company.

Here’s a listing of the less commonly known side effects: Abdominal bleeding, black stool, blood in urine, changes in liver function, chills and fever, colitis, congestive heart failure, depression, diarrhea, dream abnormalities, general feeling of illness, hair loss, hearing disturbances or loss, inability to concentrate, inability to sleep, inflammation of the lungs, inflammation of the mouth, kidney disease or failure, light-headedness, menstrual disorders, muscle pain and weakness, peptic ulcer, red or purple spots on the skin, severe allergic reaction, skin inflammation due to sensitivity to light, skin rashes and hives, sweating, thirst, throbbing heartbeat, vertigo, visual disturbances, vomiting, vomiting of blood, yellow skin and eyes.

You must be kidding me? And this is sold openly over-the-counter? Cripes. Yellow skin and eyes? Kidney disease or failure? What the heck?

These side effects are not suddenly showing up. They were there all along but the drug companies (big pill) do not care. They justify their costly drugs under the guise that the side effects are not worse than the disease being treated, but pain relief causing another serious health problem is another story. Most people taking pain relievers on a regular basis are older, and the older you are the more likely heart problems start to become an issue.

Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers Cause Heart Problems

It was announced Friday that a national study found that those given high doses of Celebrex had a 240 percent increase in heart problems, including death (yikes! death is a pretty serious side effect). Merck painkiller Vioxx was withdrawn from the market entirely after a study found that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke by more than 100 percent. And, lest they be left out, Pfizer announced recently that a study of Bextra found that it increased the risk of heart attacks in those who have had cardiac surgery.

Industry insiders are beginning to point out that, “all drugs have risks.” Well duh. Yet the pharmaceutical companies continue to bury us in ads for everything from allergy medicines to Viagra and back again. They want us to believe our kids all should be taking a drug so they won’t act childlike, restless, bored. Do you remember being forced to sit in a boring, hot, smelly classroom for hours on end? Were you restless? Did they drug you? Probably not, but that was then and this is now, and times have changed, haven’t they?

The Best Prescription for Good Health

Best prescription? Healthy living. Good fresh air, brisk walks, home cooked meals with fresh ingredients, and a happy home. Strive for a bit of relaxation everyday, and stop gripping the steering wheel so tightly. High stress is more likely to knock you down, and it causes increased pain and weight gain for that matter, so go get a massage and relax. It can help with the pain relief, and it will help with the stress, so what better prescription?

Zantrex 3 Diet Pills – Don’t Buy Them, Make Your Own

I saw a bottle of Zantrex Diet Pills at my local Safeway store so grabbed them to see what’s inside.

Zantrex Rip Off Diet Pills Can you say, “Rip-off?” This wonderful product contains nothing more than caffeine in various forms such as Yerba mate, guarana, damiana, cocoa nut, kola nut, and rice flour. Rice flour? What’s that in there for? Filler, probably.

Safeway had this at over $40 a bottle! That is ridiculous. You could make your own for a few dollars, or just buy caffeine pills (truckers use them), for $4.99/100 and call it a day. Brand name or generic, caffeine is caffeine.

Don’t overdo the caffeine either or you’ll just end up jittery and probably get a headache.

How to Make Your Own Diet Pill

Buy herbs in bulk. Yes, you can buy most of these ingredients yourself, if you like them, why pay someone a bunch of money because they put it in a fancy sounding bottle? Zantrex sounds like a real drug, doesn’t it? It’s not. They could have called it Porky’s Fat Reducing Pills, but that wouldn’t have sold as well.

Look in your phone book first to see if there are any herbal shops in your town. If so, go straight to them. The shops smell wonderful, BTW. I buy spices in bulk too. For less money than you pay for a stale bottle at the store you can get a quarter to a full pound of things like basil, bay leaves, oregano, whatever you like. The smells knock me out when a box is delivered. I totally love it. Organize a few friends and split it up if you want.

Okay, all my herb books must be downstairs and I don’t feel like going down right now, so I’ll write this up as an article and post it on my main site in the Weight Loss Articles section.

It’ll have ingredient suggestions, a recipe or two, and a few places to buy bulk herbs. I’ll edit this to add the direct link as soon as I write the article too, so if you prefer reading in your Blog Reader, just hang in there. More news coming soon …

Cortislim Fined for Bogus Weight Loss Claims

September 30th, 2004 the FTC brought a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against the makers of Cortislim and Cortistress for bogus claims regarding their products.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of money to be refunded to customers who bought the pills, so if you did purchase these pills I’d check at the FDA’s website to see what you need to do to make a claim.

The FDA sent Window Rock, the parent company, a warning in August, 2004 that unsubstantiated claims that CortiSlim “eliminates cravings” and “controls appetite” violated federal law.

Another product Window Rock marketed in the past, CortiStress, is said to have made false claims that it would cut the risk of obesity, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Sheesh. They shouldn’t be surprised they’re getting sued.

What’s sad is these companies flourish and continue to flourish, despite the illegal claims simply because they can make millions of dollars before the FDA closes in. In many cases the FDA never does catch up with them becaues there are so many products and companies cheating the public at any given time.

Remember, there is no product, pharmaceutical or otherwise that will magically make you thinner. There isn’t likely to ever be such a product either, because every time they think they have some “miracle cure for obesity” it turns out to cause some other dread disease or death. Neither of which we want.

Instead how about learning EFT and NLP techniques (such as you’ll find at my site, OneMoreBite) and at least you wont’ be one of those taken in by the false claims and promises.

Miracle Pill : Lose Weight Stop Smoking

An experimental diet pill, rimonabant, by Sanofi-Aventis SA, the world’s third biggest drugmaker is showing remarkable promise in clinical trials. Called an “Anti-craving” pill, it’s soon to be tested for its effect on smokers as well.

Researchers indicated 39 percent of test subjects lost more than 10 percent of their body weight during the one-year study compared to 12 percent of patients on placebo. This is significant as the lead researcher in the study, Luc Van Gaal, associate professor of endrocrinology at University Hospital in Antwerp said, “A 5 to 10 percent reduction of weight leads to a reduction of risk factors by 25 percent to 30 percent.”

Patients were also put on a low calorie diet, so how much effect the pill had is impossible to know, which is the bottom line for any weight loss pill, potion or powder: You still must make a change in your eating habits. No pill can do it all. Despite that disclaimer, the world awaits the first truly useful diet pill and perhaps rimonabant, to be sold under the name Acomplia, will be the one.

While you’re waiting for that magical pill, why not try these 3 easy tips to pulverize your cravings by