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Pharmaceutical Drugs are 62,000 Times More Likely to Kill You than Supplements

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Facts taken By Dr. Mercola

According to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 69 percent of American adults take supplements. But are supplements dangerous? The UK-based, international campaign group, the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) recently revealed data1 showing that compared to supplements, an individual is:

  • Around 900 times more likely to die from food poisoning
  • Nearly 300,000 times more likely to die from a preventable medical injury during a UK hospital stay, which is comparable to the individual risk of dying that active military face in Iraq or Afghanistan

Additionally, the data shows that adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs are:

  • 62,000 times more likely to kill you than food supplements
  • 7,750 times more likely to kill you than herbal remedies

The data, which was collected from official sources in the UK and EU, demonstrate that both food supplements and herbal remedies are in the ‘super-safe’ category of individual risk – meaning risk of death from their consumption is less than 1 in 10 million. The group has created an excellent graphic showing your relative risk of death from a variety of activities. Besides drugs and hospital injuries, you’re also more likely to die from being struck by lightning or drowning in your bathtub than having a lethal reaction to herbs or supplements…
According to the featured article on NewHope360.com:

“ANH-Intl executive and scientific director, Robert Verkerk PhD, hailed the figures as shedding new light on the vexed question of natural healthcare’s safety. “These figures tell us not only what activities an individual is most or least likely to die from, but also what the relative risks of various activities are to society as a whole. It puts some real perspective on the actual risk of death posed by food supplements and herbal remedies at a time when governments are clamping down because they tell us they’re dangerous.
… According to Dr Verkerk, the new figures should help to pressure UK and European authorities to reduce regulatory burdens on natural health products.”

With a Super-Safe Track Record, Why are Supplements Under Attack?

Vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements have a tremendously safe track record, yet they are often singled out as being potentially dangerous by government agencies like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This – the notion that dietary supplements are unsafe — was the premise behind the FDA’s Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredients (NDI), which would have required the supplement industry to prove the safety of natural ingredients that, in many cases, have been on the market and used safely for decades!
Fortunately, public outcry made the agency agree to take another look at their proposed guidance and to issue a revised draft4. It’s still not known when the revisions might be completed.
The original NDI draft essentially claimed dietary supplements are unsafe and must be carefully tested in order to “protect consumers.” The proposed safety thresholds even exceeded those required by pharmaceutical drugs — despite extensive toxicological data showing supplements are FAR safer than drugs. As detailed above, drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than supplements! Why on earth would supplements need more stringent safety thresholds than drugs?
It’s an obvious attempt to eliminate competition for the drug industry.
Data from the United States fully corroborates the featured UK data. For example, according to the latest data from the US National Poison Data System (2010 report)5, NO deaths were attributable to vitamin and mineral supplements that year. And, as noted by Orthomolecular Medicine News Service last year6, Americans easily take more than 60 billion doses of nutritional supplements every year, and with zero related deaths this is an outstanding safety record:

“Well over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes 165,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 60 billion doses annually. Since many persons take far more than just one single vitamin or mineral tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable. Over 60 billion doses of vitamin and mineral supplements per year in the USA, and not a single fatality. Not one. If vitamin and mineral supplements are allegedly so ‘dangerous,’ as the FDA and news media so often claim, then where are the bodies?”

The Drug Industry is the Real Health Threat

In striking contrast, drugs are known to cause well over 125,000 deaths per year in the US when taken correctly as prescribed – yet the FDA allows fast-track approvals and countless new additions of poorly tested drugs to the marketplace that must later be withdrawn due to their lethal consequences.
It is simply incomprehensible that any rational approach would seek to vilify supplements over drugs when the data in no way, shape or form supports it. The most likely motive for this position is financial greed that can put your life in jeopardy. According to the US National Poison Data System7 the following drug categories are among the most lethal:

Analgesics, sedatives, hypnotics, and antipsychotics
Cardiovascular drugs
Opioids
Acetaminophen combinations
Antidepressants

Slightly lower down on the list you find drugs like muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, hormones, antacids, anticoagulants, and antihistamines.

Time to Start a New “Just say NO!” Anti-Drug Movement

The anti-drug slogan coined by Nancy Reagan in the early 1980’s is just as applicable for today’s prescription drug problem as the recreational drug problem of the past. The only difference is that today prescription drugs have eclipsed illicit drugs as the number one source of poisoning deaths. Prescription drugs have also been identified as the primary “gateway” to illegal drug use, beating out marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes.
According to a July 6 press release8.

“… Since 2000, the drugs sending people to their graves or to rehab have been shifting away from illicit drugs and toward prescription drugs. The 2011 report on the subject from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made it clear: prescription narcotic pain reliever overdose deaths now exceed the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.
… ‘Our own clients and people calling in daily for information about our program or help have told us story after story about addictions starting with the use of prescription drugs,’ stated Derry Hallmark, Director of Admissions at Narconon Arrowhead, a premier drug rehab facility in Southeastern Oklahoma. ‘Sadly, prescription medications have become the newest of the gateway drugs. Sadder still are the losses of life and other severe consequences that go hand in hand with drug abuse, which is especially the case with prescription drug abuse.’
Hallmark adds that those addicted to prescriptions will often end up needing treatment or will even start taking illicit drugs. One of the most common examples of this is the connection between those addicted to painkillers that then start taking heroin…”

It’s important to understand that there is a risk of side effects every time you take a prescription drug. No one (except for those who intentionally overdose) expects these medications to kill them, but they can do just that, and it happens far more often than you might think. In a 2011 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), officials emphasized that people should not assume there’s no risk in prescribed medicines9.
The truth is, the best way to avoid all risk, including death, from prescription drugs is to not take them at all. Remember, it’s your body, not your doctor’s and not your pharmacist’s, so it is up to you to make the decision of what drugs to , if any. Be SURE you are aware of the risks of any medication prescribed to you, and takeweigh them against any possible benefit. Then you can make a well-informed decision of whether it’s a risk you’re willing to take.

Optimizing Your Health Without Drugs

Of course, of paramount importance is taking control of your health so you can stay well naturally, without the use of drugs or even frequent conventional medical care. If you adhere to a healthy lifestyle, you most likely will never need medications in the first place.

Popular Big Pharma blood pressure drug linked to gluten sensitivity, Celiac disease

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Article taken from Jonathan Benson: Popular Big Pharma blood pressure drug linked to gluten sensitivity, Celiac disease

(NaturalNews) Is it possible that the massive rise in diagnoses of gluten insensitivity and Celiac disease is in some way linked to the medications people are taking? A new study published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings seems to suggest so, having found that the popular blood pressure drug Benicar (olmesartan) often causes patients to develop symptoms of Celiac disease that later subside when the medication is ceased.

Dr. Joseph A. Murray, M.D., and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., first made the observation after noting that 22 of the patients admitted to the center over a three-year period had symptoms of Celiac disease, but did not test positive for the condition in blood tests. Upon further investigation, the team determined that olmesartan was the likely culprit.

When the patients with Celiac symptoms stopped taking olmesartan, their symptoms largely disappeared, which suggests that the drug and potentially others in its class may be responsible for triggering allergic and gastrointestinal reactions. In fact, a followup investigation revealed that patients who took olmesartan sustained very serious intestinal damage as a result of the drug, and that this damage began to heal when they stopped taking it.

“There is no question that the report from the Mayo Clinic documenting that olmesartan has severe gastrointestinal adverse effects is of concern,” said Dr. Franz Messerli, M.D., director of the hypertension program at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. “Olmesartan sales have exceeded $500 million a year in the U.S. alone and the drug, as with all ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers), stands out because of its paucity of side effects.”

Dr. Murray, author of the study, had actually reported these and other serious side effects associated with ARBs to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 2009. But the agency ignored the evidence and unilaterally decreed that the evidence was not definitive enough to verify a “statistically significant’ association between Celiac disease symptoms and ARBs.

But the evidence speaks for itself, as experts suspect that ARBs inhibit transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), an intestinal cytokine responsible for intestinal equilibrium, also known as homeostasis. By blocking TGF-beta, ARBs prevent the human gut from properly adapting to changing levels and ratios of various bacteria, both good and bad, which upsets digestion and leads to intestinal damage.

“The gut has to learn to tolerate a lot of different bacteria and TGF-beta is an important chemical messenger for that tolerance,” said Dr. Murray to MedPage Today, noting that when patients stopped taking olmesartan, their TGF-beta levels appeared to normalize.

Calcium Magnesium benefits for Multiple Sclerosis

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Calcium Magnesium benefits for Multiple Sclerosis can be very important. Many patients have reported significant improvents with constipation problems, sleep disorders, improvements on spasticity and/or stiffness or several other myoskeletal problems can be very important. These two crucial minerals, can relieve people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Lately we have searched a lot about new types of vitamins in order to help patients with MS with absorption issues as well as bowel functioning. The more the absorption of a vitamin the less the digestive load. Even though  Calcium Magnesium benefits for multiple sclerosis helps constipation problems, sleep disorders, spasticity and/or stiffness, usually taken in tablets or pills results having a high loss passing through the stomach and reaching the bowel, especially when there is a bowel problem. Calcium and Magnesium are two major elements of the protocol. Even though there is a lot of information in this website about the use of Calcium and Magnesium many times patients find very difficult to succeed on the right dose for them. It takes some experimenting on this. Calcium can be constipating in bigger quantities and cannot be taken in the protocol without Magnesium (Vitamin D and K2 completes the right combination for taking these two minerals).

We have found Eidon Magnesium and Eidon Calcium to help you avoid capsules, tablets as well as sometimes dangerous additives these may contain. They come in liquid form and they are characterised as "ionic" forms of Calcium and Magnesium because of their high absorbability. This product is absorbed inside the body without having to reach the bowel.

This will not only help patients with bowel problems (constipation, Irritable Bowel disease etc) but every patient who wishes to improve digestion. Moreover one will avoid the experience of constipation after the use of Calcium. Another crucial advantage is that with much lower quantities you may experience the same results you get with a high number of tablets or capsules. One tablespoon of Eidon ionic Magnesium equals 80mg and we suggest you take it at night before bed because you will feel sleepy the soonest you get it! If more is needed then another teaspoon would be fine to try. Same goes for Calcium. 1 tablespoon would be enough unless there are other illness involved like arthritis, low bone mass etc. At any case consult your practitioner.

We remind you some tips concerning these two minerals from this website:

The Calcium dose we have suggested is 1000 mg especially for MS patients because almost every patient has been treated with cortisone, which leeches calcium out of the bones, causing osteoporosis at a very early age. This should be taken with magnesium because they work together generally but NOT AT THE SAME TIME because Calcium works in an antagonistic way towards magnesium. Suggested ways of taking are listed below. Obviously this amount of Calcium is referred to tablets or capsules and NOT in a liquid form like the one we suggest here. In case you can't find these products you may seek for a powder form which is also more absorbable. Check also: Multiple sclerosis nutritional supplements: Where to find them.

  • The body can only absorb 300 mg. of elemental calcium at a time, so it should be taken in the lower doses, spread through the day. This is something you may avoid if using the liquid form. Calcium should NOT be taken within the same time as all of the other vitamin. This can be achieved by taking calcium with snacks between meals, but avoid taking with dairy foods, bran , whole cereals, spinach or rhubarb. This affects absorption. Magnesium can and should be taken with meals and all other vitamins together, as it does not affect the absorption of other vitamins the way that calcium can.
  • For tablets and capsules we have stated: Although most people who don’t have MS are fine with a ratio of 2:1, due to the tremendous effects of both of these on nerve transmission, the effects on spasticity, smooth muscle control, bowel workings, they are extremely effective in stopping spasms. Begin with a 2:1.5 (Calcium to Magnesium), and if no bowel problems are encountered, increase magnesium to the level where the daily bowel cleanse is as perfect as possible. (if stool begins to get to soft, back off on magnesium, until dosage is one that works best for you). Adjust the magnesium/calcium ratio, until spasticity, bowel and sleep pattern is at the best possible ratio, since everybody has a different tolerance for the amount that is actually absorbed.  The best types of calcium to take, are citrate, carbonate, gluconate, and lactate. The best magnesium to look for are gluconate, carbonate, or citrate. In extreme cases of constipation, magnesium oxide can be used, but is very potent, and shouldn’t be used in your attempts to find the best dosage for daily use.
  • Do not use a combination tablet because of the reason mentioned above.
  • If an MS patient is having problems with spasticity,  calcium can be increased, always with the magnesium, (since both work to maintain electrical potential across nerve and muscle membranes and work to smooth muscle control) and if constipation is a problem you should increase your magnesium even more for a while. The bowel should be functioning at a  suggested two movements a day, since the build-up of toxins can actually bring on fatigue, tightness, an ill feeling and spasticity. Since there will be times during healing when the amounts needed may change (needed for bone building, or other important healing factors,diet,weather, stress, etc.) you may find that your usual dosage is not working as well with calming spasticity, etc., or bowel needs change, adjust according to need since the body is not always steady in it’s requirements for these important minerals and electrolytes.

*(1) Keep in mind that Calcium already included in some of the vitamins you take (such Vitamin C or Vitamin D) should NOT be calculated with the extra Calcium taken. If you eat regularly vegetables or sources rich in Calcium (such as legumes) you may consider reducing the dose of supplements according your needs.

*(2) Sometimes a 1:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium is required to avoid constipation. This is mostly for people who are not on their feet, or wheelchair bound. For non active patients magnesium can be taken at this ratio, and if constipation is still a problem, magnesium can be raised. Magnesium oxide beginning with a dose at 75 mg. can be added until bowel function is achieved in very persistent cases, but is more potent, and shouldn’t be necessary as the regular type taken.

*(3) Some of Calcium-Magnesium products may also contain Vitamin D (usually not adequate doses). Remember you should have 2000IU to 5000IU daily.

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