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Compare some of these drugs to MMJ and the choice becomes even easier.

 

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(NaturalNews) Just because your doctor prescribes it does not necessarily mean it is safe for you to take. Many popular prescription drugs, it turns out, come with the potential for serious side effects, including everything from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease -- or worse.

But this important information is often shrouded from public view, which intentionally perpetuates the myth that the benefits of FDA-approved drugs far outweigh any risks. So to give you a more solid understanding of the subject, here are six classes of prescription drugs you should definitely think twice about taking due to their inherent dangers:

1) Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Millions of Americans take PPIs to alleviate the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition marked by food and acid in the stomach leaking back into the esophagus and causing damage. But PPIs like Nexium (exomeprazole) and Prevacid (lansoprazole) have been shown to both block nutrient absorption and inhibit the production of necessary stomach acid, which can cause a host of other health problems. (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued at least a dozen warnings about the dangers of PPIs, which include an increased risk of bacterial diarrhea, magnesium deficiency, and bone fractures (http://www.fda.gov). Long-term consumption of PPIs has also been linked to increased risk of pneumonia and unhealthy weight gain.
(http://www.naturalnews.com/036336_PPIs_acid_reflux_side_effects.html)

2) Statins. The top-selling class of drugs for several years in a row, statins are hailed by the medical system as a type of miracle cure for high cholesterol and heart disease. But popular statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) and Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) have been shown to greatly increase users' risk of diabetes, liver disease, brain damage, muscle atrophy, and even early death. (http://www.drfranklipman.com)

The side effects of statins are so severe, in fact, that the FDA recently expanded its official warnings about their use (http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm293330.htm). Beyond this, more than a dozen studies have shown that taking statins for primary prevention does little, if anything, to prevent heart attack or stroke, which means the drug class is medically useless for the millions of otherwise healthy people who are prescribed it. (http://www.minnpost.com)

3) Antibiotics. The leading cause of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," antibiotics are another class of drugs that can cause long-term health problems without providing much, if any, benefit. Insanely overprescribed for conditions that often do not even respond to them, antibiotics and their long-term abuse by the medical system has made many infections more virulent and untreatable.

According to Shane Ellison, M.S., from The People's Chemist, the three most dangerous antibiotics currently being prescribed are Levaquin (levofloxacin), Vancocin (vancomycin hydrochloride), and Bactrim (trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole). Ellison also lists quinolones, the most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics, as dangerous as well, noting that antibiotics like Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin HCL), and Floxin (ofloxacin) can cause severe and permanent disability. (http://thepeopleschemist.com)

4) Antipsychotics. One of the deadliest drug classes, antipsychotics are commonly prescribed for conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe major depression, as well as for many "off-label" conditions such as mild mood disorder and everyday anxiety. But popular antipsychotic drugs like Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate), Abilify (aripiprazole), Risperdal (risperidone), and Zyprexa (olanzapine) have been shown to increase blood sugar levels, elevate lipid and cholesterol levels, and promote weight gain. (http://www.nytimes.com)

But even more concerning is the long-term neurological and brain damage that can result from taking antipsychotics, not to mention the greatly elevated risk of metabolic syndrome, which can include major health conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127190016.htm). Antipsychotics are so dangerous that a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) declared them to be more deadly than terrorism. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

5) Opioid pain relievers. Pharmaceutical drugs have officially been declared a leading cause of death in America today, and leading the way are opioid-based painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone HCI), Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen), codeine, and morphine.

According to a study out of Brandeis University in Massachusetts, prescription painkillers are now responsible for causing more fatal overdoses than both heroin and cocaine combined. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has actually declared an epidemic in response to this elevated number of prescription painkiller deaths. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

6) Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Antidepressants like Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), and Lexapro (escitalopram) have been around for years, but their dangers typically receive far less attention than they deserve. Side effects like suicidal tendencies, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal bleeding, and heart disease are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many side effects of SSRIs.

In some cases, SSRIs can actually make depression symptoms worse, leading some individuals to become violent. Be sure to watch the Health Ranger's music video S.S.R.Lies for a creative glimpse at the dangers of SSRIs: http://www.naturalnews.com

 

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I wonder when people will wake up and realize that they are being played by the monied interests in this country. I suppose that many people still do not believe that the government conspires with drug companies in order to protect profits.

 

Sometimes I would like to grab these people by the neck and somehow force them to see the light. I can't do that, so I am hoping that they will somehow be introduced to marijuana and thereby become enlightened. This country needs a whole lot of enlightenment.

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Once I was having a conversation with a new patient three weeks after his insurance expired or something, and they had cut him off all of his medication. i told him if he could do without the pain pills and anti depressants he would probably fell better. He looked me in the eye and asked, "you don't think all them pills are good for me"? I said no, then he asked " then why doe's my Doctor give them to me"?(because hes a drug dealer!! i answered), I was dumb founded, that's when i realized that most people take whatever their Doctors prescribe them with blind faith. They assume that the medication will help them get better, and that their Doctors have their best interest in mind, when in fact the opposite it true, In general the medication people are prescribed by their Doctors make them less healthy ( mentally and physically) and render them addicted to a toxic substance. They think their Doctors are genuinely trying to help them, when in fact they are taking years off their lives and creating cash cows for the pharmaceutical companies . Please please.. do some research for yourself before you put anything in your body. 

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I am very humble and grateful that I was given the strength and opportunity to stop taking all the pills my doctors had me on.  I know it has saved and prolonged my life and quality of life by many years.  May we all find natural, healthy ways to live that do not involve pills or shots or synthetics, period.  May doctors begin learning how to actually promote health, and not just promote whatever they can make a buck on by getting you taking pills, coming to the office for more scripps, and on and on and on.  By the time they gave me some pills to help me with taking all my pills, I knew something was going wrong, and this path only led to sickness and death, sooner than normal.  I am so happy to get off all that stuff, you have no idea.  You should see pics of then and now for me, and when I was following all the doctors instructions, compared to now, and I take now over then for sure.  You want to get well?  Start eating right.  Get some excercise.  Everone knows this.  Just start today doing it, and you will feel better . . . today!  Of course, follow your doctors advice (I need to say that because we would never want someone getting ill from my non-doctor advice) and make sure you research how to get off a certain scripp with the least complications and the best natural things to eat to correct the problem so you won't have to treat symptoms later with pills or surgery.  Always be safe, so do your research, talk to others, see what they have safely done, and make up your mind as to what is best in your own individual situation.  You may be on something that you need to be on, but most everything on this list is poison, in my opinion.  Remember, this is my opinion for me, and I am not telling anyone to stop taking their scripps.  You must do what will keep you healthy and so forth.  Just look at the evidence and see what are all the choices for your own health and make up your own mind.  You may be able to safely eliminate some or all of the synthetic, harmful drugs, and that would be good I think.  Make sure you do not do anything that is unsafe, so look up everything but you can safely start eating better ang getting some excercise (at least many folks can do this) today, which may take you 1 step closer to getting off the pill/sickness/doctors visits/surgery highway, and trying to find a path for natural wellness.

Peace...

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Bisharoo - Your post touched me as I feel the same way you do when it comes to the poison pills we are fed by our doctors.  I can't but help to feel that they know what they are doing to us, what I don't know is if they are conscious of it.  I'd hate to think even for a moment that they are.  One might say that I am to pharmaceuticals what Bill Schuette is to MMJ. 

 

Peanutbutter - In no way am I saying give up all modern medicine, but let's sit back and think about it before we decide upon a course of action.  As Bisharoo said, do the research.  Everyone knows about the pharmaceuticals and the harm they can do to our bodies, sit down and watch a program (News Hour) on the tv and watch the commercials for pharmaceuticals, They only use about a 5th of the time speaking about the good of the dope and the rest of the commercial is about the negative side effects and disclaimers.  Finally, I will agree that you could come away with the impression that modern medicine should be avoided when an herb will do the job.

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