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6 Dangerous Prescription Drugs You Should Think Twice Before Taking
1. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
Millions of people in the US, and many more throughout the world take PPIs to alleviate the symptoms of gastroesophaegal reflux disease (GERD), a health condition characterized by food and acid in the stomach that leak back to the esophagus and cause damage. But, PPIs like Nexium (exomeprazole) and Prevacid (lansoprazole) block the nutrient absorption and inhibit the production of necessary stomach acid. This leads to many other health problems. (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com)
FDA has issued a dozen warnings about the side-effects of PPIs, including an increased risk of bacterial diarrhea, magnesium deficiency, and bone fractures (http://www.fda.gov). Regular and long-term consumption of PPIS is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia and unhealthy weight gain. (http://www.naturalnews.com/036336_PPIs_acid_reflux_side_effects.html)
Statins have been the top-selling class of drugs for the several past years. These drugs are hailed by the medicine as a “miraculous” cure for high cholesterol and heart diseases. However, statin drugs like Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) and Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) actually increase the risk of diabetes, liver disease, brain damage, muscle atrophy, and even premature death. (http://www.drfranklipman.com)
Statins have many side-effects, and some of them are so severe that the FDA recently issued official warnings associated with their use.
(http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm293330.htm) In addition to this, many studies have confirmed that the consumption of statins for primary prevention does not bring that much good as expected, meaning that this drug class is medically useless for the millions of healthy people who are supposed to take the medications. (http://www.minnpost.com)
These are the leading cause of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” They do not provide much benefit, and their use can cause long-term health problems. Antibiotics are often prescribed for conditions that do not even respond to their properties, and the long-term abuse by the system has actually made infections more severe and untreatable.
Shane Ellison, M.S., from The People’s Chemist, says that Levaquin (levofloxacin), Vancocin (vancomycin hydrochloride), and Bactrim (trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole) are the three most dangerous antibiotics currently prescribed.
She also listed quinolones, considered as the most commonly prescribed type of antibiotics, and she noted that antibiotics like Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Avelox (moxifloxacin HCL), and Floxin (ofloxacin) may cause severe and permanent disability. (http://thepeopleschemist.com)
You may not consider these as dangerous, but antipsychotics are one of the deadliest drug classes. They are commonly prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe major depression, and also for many “off-label” conditions, including mild mood disorder and everyday anxiety.
But researchers have shown that popular antipsychotics like Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate), Abilify (aripiprazole), Risperdal (risperidone), and Zyprexa (olanzapine) increase blood sugar levels, elevate lipid and cholesterol levels, and promote weight gain.
You should be more concerned about the long-term neurological and brain damage caused by the regular consumption of antipsychotics. Here we would add the high risk of metabolic syndrome, including health condditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127190016.htm). The problems goes that far, that the British Medical Journal (BMJ) declared antipsychotics to be more deadly than terrorism. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
5. Opioid Pain Relievers
Today, drugs are officially declared to be the leading cause of death in the US. Opioid-based painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone HCI), Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen), codeine, and morphine are on the top of the list.
The Brandeis University in Massachusetts conducted a study that showed how prescription painkillers today are responsible for causing more fatal overdosing than heroin and cocaine together. The US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that there is an epidemic, regarding the terrifying number of prescription painkiller deaths. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
6. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
People have used antidepressants like Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), and Lexapro (escitalopram) for so long, but these receive less attention than they actually deserve. Suicidal tendencies, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal bleeding, and heart disease are just some of the many side-effects of SSRIs.
Even worse, in some cases SSRIs worsen the symptoms of depression, and certain individuals become violent. Watch the Health Ranger’s music video S.S.R.Lies, as it is a creative glimpse at the dangers of SSRIs: http://www.naturalnews.com
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SMARTER LIVING: CHEMICAL INDEX
Triclosan and Triclocarban
Triclosan and triclocarban are antibacterial chemicals commonly added to consumer products. In laboratory studies, they have been shown to disrupt hormones and can encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria or “superbugs.”
Animal studies have shown both of these chemicals can interfere with hormones critical for normal development and function of the brain and reproductive system. Triclosan has been associated with lower levels of thyroid hormone and testosterone, which could result in altered behavior, learning disabilities, or infertility. Triclocarban has been shown to artificially amplify the effects of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which could promote the growth of breast and prostate cancer.
Furthermore, laboratory studies suggest that triclosan and triclocarban may be contributing to antibiotic resistance in bacteria known to cause human infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls antibiotic resistance one of the most pressing health issues facing the United States. Infections caused by bacteria with resistance to at least one antibiotic have been estimated to kill more than 60,000 hospitalized patients each year.
Surveys of the U.S. population from ages 6 to over 65 have found residues of triclosan in over three-quarters of people. Though triclosan has been measured in house dust, most people are likely to be exposed by applying products that contain triclosan to their skin. One study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in blood and breast milk of women who used personal care products containing triclosan.
Most of these products get washed down the drain, where they enter our waterways and are then transported widely throughout the environment. Triclosan is one of the most frequently detected chemicals in streams across the U.S. and both triclosan and triclocarban are found in high concentrations in sediments and sewage sludge where they can persist for decades.
In the environment, antibacterial compounds could disrupt aquatic ecosystems and pose a potential risk to wildlife. Traces of triclosan have been found in earthworms from agricultural fields and Atlantic dolphins. In the lab, triclosan has been shown to interfere with development of tadpoles into frogs, a process that is dependent on thyroid hormone.
These antibacterials are used in a number of household and personal-care products, including cosmetics, liquid hand soap, deodorant bar soap, sponges, toothpaste and cutting boards, as well as shoes, towels and clothes. They often appear on the product’s list of ingredients.
Avoid anything labeled “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial” which contains triclosan or triclocarban, such as soaps, gels, cleansers, toothpaste, cosmetics and other personal care products.
Avoid other “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial” items such as cutting boards, towels, yoga mats, shoes, clothing and bedding.
Use regular soap and hot water to clean effectively. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when you don’t have access to running water.
Urge the FDA to pull products containing triclosan and triclocarban from store shelves in order to protect public health.
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Allmyr, M., M. Adolfsson-Erici, et al. (2006). “Triclosan in plasma and milk from Swedish nursing mothers and their exposure via personal care products.” Sci Total Environ 372(1): 87-93.)
Braoudaki, M., and A.C. Hilton. 2004. Low level of cross-resistance between triclosan and antibiotics in Escherichia coli K-12 and E. coli O55 compared to E. coli O157. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 235:305–309.
Braoudaki, M; Hilton, AC. Mechanisms of resistance in Salmonella enterica adapted to erythromycin, benzalkonium chloride and triclosan. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 25 (2005) 31–37.
Canosa, P., I. Rodriguez, et al. (2007). “Determination of parabens and triclosan in indoor dust using matrix solid-phase dispersion and gas chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry.” Anal Chem 79(4): 1675-81.
Calafat AM, Ye X, Wong LY, Reidy JA, Needham LL. Urinary concentrations of triclosan in the U.S. population: 2003-2004. Environ Health Perspect. 2008. 116(3):303-7.
Crofton, KM; Paul, KB; DeVito, MJ; Hedge, JM. Short-term in vivo exposure to the water contaminant triclosan: Evidence for disruption of thyroxine. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, 2007. 24: 194–197.
Gee RH, Charles A, Taylor N, Darbre PD. Oestrogenic and androgenic activity of triclosan in breast cancer cells. J Appl Toxicol. 2008;28:78–91.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Household Products Database
Veldhoen N, Skirrow RC, Osachoff H. The bactericidal agent triclosan modulates thyroid hormone-associated gene expression and disrupts postembryonic anuran development. Aquatic Toxicology. 2006;80:217–227.
Antibacterials Q&A: Dr. Sarah Janssen on the Hazards of Hormone Disrupting Hand Cleaners
Personal Care Products Labels
Neglect at Your Own Risk: Your Thyroid and Environmental Toxins
Updating the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA): Q&A with Daniel Rosenberg
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HOW TO: Wash Grapes The Right Way
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Grapes are by far one of the hardest fruits to wash thoroughly, as they’re always coated with that white, waxy stuff that just doesn’t come off with a regular rinse. For other fruits and vegetables, I just spray them with a water/vinegar mixture, let sit, then rub and rinse clean. If I sat down to rub and rinse every single grape on the vine, I wouldn’t even want grapes anymore by the time I was finished!
In the past, I would just rinse them quickly under water, maybe rub them a little before I ate them, and that was it. The last time I picked up some beautiful red grapes from the store, I popped one in my mouth and was completely overwhelmed by the bitter taste of the waxy coating.
I stopped right there and went on a search for how to wash off this coating once and for all. Let me tell you, that search was not easy! I finally found a blog which suggested the use of salt, so I took it one step further and added some baking soda to the mix for extra scrubbing action, and I’m happy to say, it totally worked! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves
Here’s a before picture, just for reference. Look at all that wax!
So here’s what you do. First, remove the grapes from the stem, give them a quick rinse, and place them in a wide, shallow bowl.
Then sprinkle about 1-2 teaspoons of salt on the grapes.
Sprinkle another 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda on there.
Then grab the bowl and shake it vigorously from side to side and front to back, for about 30 seconds to a minute. You want to make sure they’re scrubbed nice and well by the salt and baking soda. Get your kids involved – I’m sure they’d love an opportunity to shake things up with you in the kitchen!
Finally, rinse very well under cold water. Lightly rub your hand over the top to help with the rinsing to remove all traces of salt.
That’s it! Enjoy your clean, tasty grapes!
NOTE: After more research, I found that the wax is actually produced by the grape itself to help prevent moisture loss. There’s also a layer of dirt and dust, as well as pesticide residue. So, the wax itself is not harmful, but the pesticide residue surely is! Only wash what you will eat right away, as the extra moisture from washing will speed up their decay.
How do you wash your grapes? I’d love to hear of other methods you’re using!