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Do You Really Need to Take That Drug?
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I Need Your Help
Local Natural Health Lectures
Doubts on Flu Drug
Celebrex Lawsuit
$9 Billion in Actos Damages
Want to Keep Your Breasts?
Statins Increase Risk for Diabetes
Cholesterol Drugs and Men
Diet Drug Increases Suicide Risk
Who's Watching Drug Companies?
Gardasil: A Medical Scandal
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Nov. 29, 2014 

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's been a while since my last newsletter. I have been a little busier than usual, but I think I've finally got my schedule to be less stressed, so I'll be able to get my newsletters out more frequently. 

In my practice over the years, I have had the unfortunate experience of seeing several clients that were significantly harmed from the side effects of a prescription drug. Some received cash settlements through class action lawsuits. However, there is no amount of money that can compensate for a loss of mobility or cognitive ability from a stroke or other serious event.

Every patient prescribed a prescription drug should carefully weigh and discuss with the prescribing doctor, both the potential benefits of using the drug as well as its potential side effects.

The first article of this newsletter discusses this. The other links point out some of the side effects of common drugs that many patients are not aware of.

As always, I appreciate your inputs and hope you enjoy this newsletter.


I Need Your Help


As most of you know, I make my living as a natural health adviser and I sell herbal, vitamin and nutritional products as well as salivary hormone (and other) tests and bio-identical hormones.


While you may be able to easily buy supplements on-line or from your local health food store, keep in mind that when you buy from me, you get access to someone that is always available via phone to answer your questions and address your concerns. A service you won't likely find anywhere else! 


To continue this service, this free newsletter, and the free advice, I need you guys, my clients, to help. You can order any products on-line on my website or directly via phone - 239-652-0421.  

Local Natural Health Lectures


For those of you that will be in SW Florida for the winter, please note that I am presenting a series of lectures about the use of natural techniques, nutrients, vitamins and herbs for anti-aging, improving overall health and reducing the risk of chronic disease.  


The first lecture is Monday, Dec 1.


Click here for more detailed information.   

Do You Really Need to Take That Drug? 

Virtually all prescription medications have side effects that range from simply bothersome to very dangerous. Over the years I have met many folks harmed by a side effect or reaction to a prescription drug. This article discusses some ways you can avoid this nightmare without compromising your health. 


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Careful Meta-Analyses Cast Doubts on Flu Drugs 

These well documented analyses conclude that both Tamiflu and Relenza are only minimally effective at preventing and treating the flu and question their widespread clinical use. 


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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) have been used to treat arthritis and similar conditions for years. However, Many people have suffered serious side effects from them that have resulted in lawsuits against the manufacturers. Vioxx, made by Merck was subject to numerous lawsuits and pulled off the market in 2004, and Bextra, made by Pfizer was pulled in 2005. Celebrex got a warning in 2005 but is still on the market even though it has been linked to many problems, and is the subject of several ongoing legal actions by patients that were harmed.    

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Jury Hits Actos Makers With $9 Billion in Damages

According to a 2012 study in British Medical Journal, the drug Pioglitazone (Actos) is associated with an increased risk for bladder cancer among persons with type 2 diabetes. Earlier this year, manufacturers Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly were slapped with $9 billion in punitive damages after a federal jury concluded cancer risks of Actos were deliberately concealed.   


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Want to Keep Your Breasts? - Be Careful About Using Antidepressants.  

Researchers recently found that paroxetine (the active ingredient in Paxil and Pexeva--some of the most widely prescribed SSRI antidepressants), has an estrogenic effect that likely promotes the development and growth of breast tumors in women.     


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High-Potency Statins Are Associated with Excess Risk for Diabetes.
Recent studies have shown that statin drugs (used for cholesterol control) are linked to increased risk of developing diabetes. These findings prompted the FDA to require label changes for statins to address this concern, but few patients are aware of them.

Do Cholesterol Drugs Have Men By Their Gonads?
Cholesterol-lowering agents in the statin drug class have long been linked with erectile dysfunction and low testosterone. This new study found that this class of drugs may also be causing significant and lasting damage to men's testicles and sperm, and by implication, possibly the health of future generations.

FDA Approves Controversial Diet Drug Despite Warning of Suicide Risk
The FDA recently approved Contrave, a diet drug initially denied approval in 2011 due to concerns about increased blood pressure and rapid pulse. But, rather than addressing the safety issues, the manufacturer simply commissioned another study, which seems to have been enough for FDA to green-light the drug.

Other Interesting Tidbits
Do We Need an Independant Agency to Oversee Pharmaceutical Companies?

For those who still have trouble believing that pharmaceutical companies put profit way ahead of patient safety, and that all FDA approved drugs and medical devices are inherently safe, read this very comprehensive article. 

Keep in mind that the website that is providing this article is operated by a legal firm that works with class-action lawsuits. However, their stated mission is to help people to make a stand against prescription drugs that have harmful side effects and medical devices that cause damage by providing accurate and  comprehensive information.

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Merck's Former Doctor Predicts Gardasil to Become Medical Scandal.

As you all know -- I am not a big fan of the Gardasil vaccine. I have written about it several times over the past few years. This article is an interesting take by Dr. Dalbergue, a former pharmaceutical industry physician with Gardasil manufacturer Merck.   


General News and Comments

I am always adding and removing products on my website, and many of the supplements I have in stock are not on my website.  If you are looking for something specific, or have a specific problem, feel free to call or email me directly.

On of the advantages of dealing with a natural practitioner like myself is availability. I am always available for questions and emails. Feel free to use that availability, even if you are not a regular client. All I ask is that you don't abuse that privilege.



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