to the power and corrupting influence of Big
Pharma, the teaching of
nutritional science and the use of vitamin and herbal supplements is not
taught to any significant extent in our medical schools. The obvious
that teaching this science reduces the use of prescription
drugs."H. S. Khalsa
Pharma is remarkably good at creating diseases and convincing us that
them -- even when we don't. They've gotten so good at it that seven
out of 10 visits
to the doctor's office now result in prescriptions. In 2004, spending
medication was $188.5 billion, almost five times what was spent in
to a report by the Government Accountability Office. Are we getting
sicker? Or is
the pharmaceutical industry just getting really good at telling us
that we are sick?" Alison Fairbrother
What is DIF?
Drug Induced Fog.
how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
misdiagnosis can put you in a nursing home or worse.
absolutely heartbreaking. All over America, nursing homes are filled
with frail, feeble residents suffering from dementia. In many cases,
these folks are so far gone they don't even recognize their own
But I'm going to let you in on a dark, dirty secret: Many of these
patients do not have dementia at all. Their memory loss, confusion,
and delirium are caused by prescription drugs!
And so are many of their other problems.
This is not just speculation on my part. It's fully documented in
the medical journals. In fact, it's so common that there are even
medical terms for it, like "polypharmacy," which means
giving a patient too many different drugs. And "iatrogenic
illness," which means any illness caused by doctors.
According to the medical journals, polypharmacy and iatrogenic illness
are rampant in the United States.
concluded that one of the major causes of falls in nursing homes
is the side effects caused by medications.
study found that 97% of nursing home patients take at least one
drug, with 17% taking five or more!
study found that many drugs can cause Parkinson's-like symptoms
and concluded that "drug-induced parkinsonism is frequent."
another study listed 22 different categories of drugs that can cause
symptoms that mimic Alzheimer's ... plus 14 different over-the-counter
drugs that can cause the same symptoms!
According to the Washington Post, many cancer clinics are having to turn away patients without adequate coverage, or else face potential closure of their practices. Since many of the latest cancer drugs now cost upwards of $35,000 or more per year, it is grossly unsustainable to deliver such treatments to patients without adequate insurance coverage -- doing so would spell financial suicide for even the most successful and well-funded cancer clinics.
"If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we'd be out of business in six months to a year," said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New York, to the Washington Post. "The drugs we're going to lose money on we're not going to administer right now." See Cancer Chemotherapy Drugs Too Expensive. Then, see Evidence-Based Medicine: A Socratic Debate.
"Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America's "war on drugs" is clearly directed at the wrong enemy! Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed." -- Mercola.com
healthy person goes to the doctor for a checkup and is told his
cholesterol or blood pressure is high. So he starts taking medication,
which causes side effects. This leads his doctor to give him a second
drug to treat those side effects. But, of course, that second drug
causes new side effects. So the doctor prescribes a third drug to
treat the side effects of the second one!
Before you know it, the person's health is spiraling downward and
he soon needs people to take care of him. And everyone just chalks
it up to "old age."
Except for the insurance companies. They know better! Recently,
I spoke to a 72 year old woman who was turned down by THREE different
long-term care companies, even though she passed her physical exam
with flying colors. The reason given? She was on too many prescription
the insurance companies know that if this woman continues to take
her meds, it's only a matter of time before her health deteriorates.
And they, of course, don't want to be the ones footing the bill
when that happens.
But you can fight back against this system of medicine-run-amok.
First of all, make sure you always try natural remedies first. Prescribed
pharmaceuticals should be a last resort, not a first and-or only
Secondly, if you have a loved one in a nursing home, talk to a patient-minded
physician, one who treats causes, not conditions, about possibly
weaning them off the drugs. This single step may make a huge difference
in their health and wellness. See Drug
Interaction Checker. --
Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active
ingredients in prescription medications? Some people think it
must cost a lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per
tablet. As revealed in past issues of Life Extension, a significant
percentage of drugs sold in the United States contain active ingredients
made in other countries. This can be found in a search of offshore
chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found
in drugs approved by the FDA.
In an independent investigation of how much profit drug companies
really make, the actual price of active ingredients used in some
of the most popular drugs sold in American pharmacies was disclosed.
Ingredients Cost-Price Comparisons
Celebrex: 100 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $130.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.60
Percent markup: 21,712%
Claritin: 10 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $215.17
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.71
Percent markup: 30,306%
Keflex: 250 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $157.39
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.88
Percent markup: 8,372%
Lipitor: 20 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $272.37
Cost of general active ingredients: $5.80
Percent markup: 4,696%
Norvasc: 10 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $188.29
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.14
Percent markup: 134,493%
Paxil: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $220.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $7.60
Percent markup: 2,898%
Prevacid: 30 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $44.77
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.01
Percent markup: 34,136%
Prilosec : 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $360.97
Cost of general active ingredients $0.52
Percent markup: 69,417%
Prozac: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) : $247.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.11
Percent markup: 224,973%
Tenormin: 50 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $104.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.13
Percent markup: 80,362%
Vasotec: 10 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $102. 37
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.20
Percent markup: 51,185%
Xanax: 1 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) : $136.79
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.024
Percent markup: 569,958%
Zestril: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) $89.89
Cost of general active ingredients $3.20
Percent markup: 2,809
Zithromax: 600 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $1,482.19
Cost of general active ingredients: $18.78
Percent markup: 7,892%
Zocor: 40 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $350.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $8.63
Percent markup: 4,059%
Zoloft: 50 mg
Consumer price: $206.87
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.75
Percent markup: 11,821%
may help to explain why Walgreen's can afford to put a store on
every other corner. Are these excessive margins? Think about it!
An Investigative Reporter
Monday night, July 22, Steve Wilson, an investigative reporter for
Channel 7 News in Detroit, did a story on generic drug price gouging
by pharmacies. He found in his investigation that some of these
generic drugs were marked up as much as 3,000% or more. So often
we blame the drug companies for the high cost of drugs, and usually
rightfully so. But in this case, the fault clearly lies with the
For example, if you had to buy a prescription drug, and bought the
name brand, you might pay $100 for 100 pills. The pharmacist might
tell you that if you get the generic equivalent, they would only
cost $80, making you think you are saving $20. What the pharmacist
is not telling you is that those 100 generic pills may have only
cost him $10!
At the end of the report, one of the anchors asked Mr. Wilson whether
or not there were any pharmacies that did not adhere to this practice,
and he said that Costco consistently charged little
over their cost for the generic drugs.
went to the Costco site, where you can look up any drug, and get
its online price. It says that the in-store prices are consistent
with the online prices.
to give you one example from my own experience, I had to use the
drug Compazine which helps prevent nausea in chemo patients.
used the generic equivalent, which cost $54.99 for 60 pills at CVS.
I checked the price at Costco, and I could have bought 100 pills
for $19.89. For 145 of my pain pills, I paid $72.57. I could have
got 150 at Costco for $28.08." --
Pain Prescriptions: Abbreviations to Know
to decipher a doctor’s written prescription often filled with
abbreviations can seem as though you’re looking at a foreign
language. Here are some common ones, along with their translations:
QD: each day
BID: twice a day
TID: three times per day
QID: four times per day
MSO4: morphine sulfate
NOTE: Although Costco is a 'membership' type store, you do NOT have
to be a member to buy a prescription there as it is a federally
regulated substance. Just tell them at the door that you wish to
use the pharmacy, and they will let you in.
chart (above) is of dubious accuracy, has little relevance (other
than an inflammatory one), as far more goes into the retail pricing
of drugs than the raw cost of their active ingredients. Pharmaceutical
companies expend money on the research and development costs of
creating the drugs, plus the overhead costs of manufacturing, marketing,
and shipping them; as well, pharmacies must sell drugs for more
than their wholesale prices in order to cover the overhead costs
of store operations (including pharmacists' salaries)." Click
here to view the respective chart.
corporation's first purpose is to make money for
its stockholders, not to serve the needs of consumers.
The BP-Gulf Coast oil disaster is an example of what can
happen as a result of a corporation's
obsession with profits
and their indifference and insensitivity to peoples' needs." Opticianry Review
with a health care professional should occur before applying adjustments
or treatments to the body, consuming medications or nutritional
supplements and before dieting, fasting or exercising. None of
these activities are herein presented as substitutes for competent
medical treatment. See Disclaimer.