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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:49 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure

January 14, 2016 All Articles, Health News and Articles Comments Off on Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure 155 Views

By naturopath Margaret Jasinska

A large study has just shown that cholesterol lowering drugs actually cause heart disease.

Statins have been a controversial topic for a long time. In recent years research is showing that their benefits have been very over stated while their side effects are becoming more apparent.

A new groundbreaking study led by Dr Okuyama and his team has shown that statins actually promote hardened, calcified arteries (atherosclerosis) as well as heart failure. They do this in a number of ways:

   Statins act as mitochondrial toxins by depleting the body of co enzyme Q10 and heme A. These two compounds are vital for energy production in cells. By depleting heart cells of energy, this raises the risk of heart failure and also fatigue.
   Statins inhibit your body’s production of vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables, but K2 is the more biologically active form. It helps to keep calcium in your bones and away from soft tissue. If you don’t get enough vitamin K2, your arteries are likely to undergo hardening (calcification).
   Statins inhibit your body’s production of selenium-containing enzymes, including glutathione peroxidase. Low levels of glutathione in the body promote oxidative stress and free radical damage. Low selenium levels may be a factor in congestive heart failure.

The study authors evaluated more than 20 major research papers on statins, and the conclusions drawn should make all physicians re-evaluate how they prescribe these drugs. Some of the most interesting statements from the researchers include:

“We have collected a wealth of information on cholesterol and statins from many published papers and find overwhelming evidence that these drugs accelerate hardening of the arteries and can cause, or worsen, heart failure.”

“The hypothesis that statins protect the heart by lowering cholesterol is flawed and high cholesterol is not necessarily linked to heart disease.”

Why is it that these findings are only being made public now? Dr Okuyama said that “Many earlier industry-sponsored studies, which show the benefits of statins, are unreliable. They were carried out before new regulations were introduced in 2004 which insist on all trial findings, both negative and positive, being declared.”

Dr Peter Langsjoen is a heart specialist in Texas and is a co-author of the study. He said “Statins are being used so aggressively and in such large numbers of people that the adverse effects are now becoming obvious. These drugs should never have been approved for use. The long-term effects are devastating.”

Statins do have their place. They can help to reduce the risk of a heart attack in men who have already had one heart attack. The problem is these drugs are often prescribed to healthy people who do not have risk factors for heart disease. It’s also important to remember that cholesterol lowering drugs raise the risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetics typically have a shorter lifespan and suffer with numerous health conditions that significantly reduce quality of life.

If you are taking a statin please don’t discontinue it. It is very important to seek medical advice. Perhaps your cholesterol can be improved with diet and lifestyle changes and the use of nutritional supplements. If you are not happy with the advice you’re getting from your doctor, perhaps it’s time to seek another opinion. Maybe your doctor is not fully up to date with the literature.
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Experts: Our drinking water contains massive doses of prescription drugs

(NaturalNews) If you drink tap water, there's a good chance you're taking in all sorts of pharmaceutical drugs at the same time. Massive doses of prescription drugs pass through people's bodies and into the sewage system. These chemicals are very stable and make their way back into the water supply, unchanged. If you don't use appropriate, lab-validated water filters, you could be drinking a bizarre cocktail of drugs on a daily basis. Without even knowing it, you could be taking birth control, statins, SSRIs, psychotics, or any other popular chemical that is now pervasive in the water supply. These second hand medications could be interfering with your hormones, weight modulation, sleep patterns, temperament, cognitive function, ability to handle stress, etc.

We are all being drugged up through the tap
Not only are people dumping unused and outdated prescriptions down the sewage system, the pills they take also remain stable, even after passing through their bodies. With nearly half of men and women in England now taking prescription drugs on a regular basis, significant amounts are destined to remain active, ultimately resurfacing in tap water.

As more Americans increase their intake of pharmaceuticals, the amount left over in the water supply will only increase, adversely affecting others who choose not to take them. Antidepressants, painkillers, and statins are among the most popular prescribed medications and these all have known side effects. What happens when the human population is slowly inundated with a random cocktail of these drugs over time? What do these left overs do to the developing fetus? Are birth defects increasing due to silent pharmaceutical poisoning of their developmental process?

Skeptics have long thought that once the pharmaceutical passes through the body, it becomes inert. John Sumpter, professor of ecotoxicology at Brunel University London, says otherwise, "When they get into the water system they retain their powerful biological activity."

That "biological activity" may randomly interfere with the normal organ processes of unsuspecting people. On top of that, heavy metals in the drugs —which are often used as catalysts to speed up chemical reactions - can do further damage to people's organs and tissues.

Dozens of pharmaceuticals found in US rivers
A study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters published water analysis data from 59 small US streams. In the water there were 108 pharmaceuticals. One river actually contained 45 different drugs, including muscle relaxant methocarbamol, opioid painkiller tramadol, and the anti-epileptic drug carbamazepine. In nearly every sample, the anti-diabetic drug metformin was found.

This pharmaceutically-tainted water makes its way onto crop fields as well. A study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that crops irrigated with wastewater passed on significant levels of the epilepsy drug carbamazepine. The chemical was detected in the urine of those who ate the crops.

"We don't know what it means if you have a lifelong uptake of drugs at very low concentrations,' says Dr. Klaus Kuemmerer, professor of sustainable chemistry at Germany's University of Luneberg. The negative effect could be more pronounced in children. Over time, a miniscule amount of several drugs could have an effect on adults too, especially due to intermixing effects. One of the most worrisome class of drugs often detected are psychoactive drugs. These are known to elicit unpredictable and suicidal behavioral changes in people.

The only surefire way to protect your body and your mind is to invest in a scientifically validated water filtration system that removes heavy metals and pharmaceutical chemicals from the tap.
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Takeda Pharmaceutical to buy Ariad in $5.2 billion cash deal

Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical will buy U.S. cancer drug developer Ariad Pharmaceuticals in a $5.2 billion deal that the companies expect to close by the end of February.

Takeda will pay $24 in cash for each Ariad share, a premium of nearly 75 percent to the stock's $13.74 closing price Friday. Ariad said Monday the deal still needs regulatory approval.

Ariad shares are soaring in premarket trading.

Cambridge, Mass.-based Ariad Pharmaceuticals develops treatments for rare forms of leukemia and lung cancer.

The drugmaker drew criticism from members of Congress last fall over price hikes for the leukemia treatment Iclusig. The company raised the cost of the drug four times in 2016 to an almost $200,000 yearly cost, an increase of more than $80,000 over the last several years.
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The NFL's Drug of Choice
Injections and pain-relieving pills on game day. Potential lasting damage. B/R Mag's survey of 50 current players sheds light on pro football's dirty

January 11, 2017

They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday.

The game-day ritual was commonplace, but not without consequence.

"I've hurt myself," one veteran AFC offensive lineman tells B/R Mag, "and they'd be shoving pills in my mouth while they're taping my ankle—that was the culture. The culture was, 'We're going to play no matter what. You might as well make yourself comfortable.'"

The NFL’s culture around the use of this non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug is shifting. Slowly. Team to team, Toradol’s use has become more measured. But according to an unprecedented survey by B/R Mag, it remains the drug of choice for powering professional football players through the violence of the sport.

B/R Mag spent the NFL season interviewing 50 active players who said they have taken Toradol—rookies and vets, fantasy picks and Pro Bowlers, free agents, superstars, journeymen—and granted anonymity to allow them to speak openly about their medical treatment without fear of repercussion from their employers or the league. And they did open up: about the blood and the cracked ribs, the twisted fingers and the mangled knees, all pushed aside by a needle or a pill.

Eight teams now remain with Super Bowl aspirations. You can count on Toradol—a brand name for the drug ketorolac that a doctor compares to a stronger and faster-acting version of Advil or Aleve—to serve as a quick fix for many of the injuries their players incur.

   "Look at Tony Romo. He lost his starting job and can't get it back. Guys see that."


Of the 50 players surveyed by B/R Mag through Sunday's first-round playoff games, 40 say they're "not concerned" or "mildly concerned" about the long-term damage they've done to their bodies as a result of taking Toradol. Players instead overwhelmingly agree that the need to play trumps health repercussions. Of the 50, 23 admit they've taken Toradol for "years," as opposed to "days" or "months."

All 50 players agree it's most effective to take Toradol on game day, typically an hour or so before warm-ups. ("It zaps that inflammation," says an AFC offensive lineman. "The pain would kick in Monday," says another.)

The players responded to a nine-question survey. Told of its findings, an NFL spokesman said Monday: "We do not have anything further to say. This is up to medical staffs at the clubs."

The survey results and accompanying interviews reveal a clear directive: No matter any culture shift, the pressure on NFL players to withstand injury remains higher than ever. But some do fear that leaning on Toradol as a crutch during their playing days will do lasting damage to their bodies.

"Gravely concerned," one AFC defensive lineman checked off, choosing the highest level of "later in life" concern in the B/R Mag survey. "Everything you do to your body to play this game, it's gonna add up," he says. "I'd still do it. The money changed my life for me and my family, but you know you're gonna pay the price."

"You've got to stay on the field," says another AFC defensive end. "It's a revolving door in this league."

Still, an AFC linebacker is quick to insist that Toradol remains "good for the game," as he holds out a battered left hand—nicked-up, swollen, shaking a bit. He says his hand throbbed throughout the 2016 season and is riddled with damaged tissue and sprained ligaments. On Mondays, after taking Toradol and playing every Sunday, the linebacker said his pain easily reached an "8" on a 10-point scale.

Toradol first surfaced in the NFL in the mid-to-late 1990s and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Still, some players remain concerned about the long-term effect it will have on their health.

Dr. David Geier is an orthopedic surgeon in Charleston, South Carolina, who works with athletes of all ages and was previously with the St. Louis Rams on a fellowship for the 2004 season. He says all anti-inflammatories carry the risk of stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, so Toradol's heightened potency increases the risk.

Multiple players told B/R Mag that some NFL teams now prescribe high doses of ibuprofen instead. So high, one claims, that players need their liver and kidneys tested. An AFC lineman says he believes the use of painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin is now much more widespread throughout the league than the use of Toradol.

"You can get them a lot more readily," the player says of the popular prescription painkillers, "and you have people potentially selling them to other guys who get addicted to them. It can be a mess."

So, "**** yeah," says one AFC lineman who claims he has seen fellow players get addicted to painkillers. "You'll know when someone gets hurt, they'll be texting or calling: 'You just had surgery. Can I get some Percocets?'"

While Toradol helped former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck play through his 160 starts in 17 seasons, concerns that it might make him more susceptible to brain injury gave him pause. At a traumatic brain injury symposium in 2011 with NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, one doctor said he did not know the long-term effects of Toradol. "They hadn't studied it," Hasselbeck says. Several doctors in the room had a theory: Toradol might put players at greater risk of a concussion because of its blood-thinning properties.

"And that was the first time I thought, 'If I don't need a Toradol shot, I shouldn't take a Toradol shot,'" says Hasselbeck, who retired after the 2015 season. "That was the only time I felt the need to pump the brakes."

Otherwise, he took Toradol before every game. Hasselbeck suffered broken ribs, a torn MCL, a torn labrum and broken fingers.

"I do wish there was more research going on as far as what they give us and what we're allowed to take," an AFC tight end says. "But I definitely understand the risk that goes with it."

As the NFL told B/R Mag in a statement, Toradol is issued to players on a team-to-team basis; there's no league-wide policy.
However, the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) did release a 2012 paper detailing the effects of Toradol in the journal Sports Health. The study noted that NFL players are "superbly fit and healthy with little risk of experiencing any of the known complications associated with the use of ketorolac," and it offered recommendations for how physicians should deliver it. It said ketorolac should be administered only under the direct supervision (and order) of a team physician, should be limited to players diagnosed with an injury or condition and listed on his team's latest injury report, should be given in its lowest effective dose and not be used in any form for more than five consecutive days.

Further, the NFLPS said ketorolac should be given orally under "typical circumstances," because that has a "faster onset of action" than an injection. According to the study, intramuscular and intravenous injections "should not be used," and ketorolac must not be taken concurrently with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

As the players explain, the use of waivers and prescriptions for Toradol use varies from team to team.

Many players describe to B/R Mag how NFL teams have banned injections of Toradol entirely, only offering ketorolac in pill form.

"When the team started hearing that some people in the medical field wanted to look at what possible side effects Toradol would have," Hasselbeck says, "they made you sign a waiver all of a sudden. … The young players were like, 'OK, I'll sign the waiver, I just won't take it.' And the older players who had taken Toradol their whole life were like, 'Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I need Toradol!' So some guys were pushing back. Some guys were begging for it."

The use of Toradol is policed by teams more closely than in the past. Still, Hasselbeck remembers one "powerful-enough player" convincing a team doctor—he would not reveal on which franchise—to give him an injection even though his team had banned it.

Says Hasselbeck, "They were like, 'OK, OK, listen. We'll give you the shot. Just don't say anything. We don't want a line of 20 people in here getting shots. It looks bad.'"

Geier says the Rams handled Toradol responsibly when he worked with the team. One AFC wide receiver suggests to B/R Mag that Toradol was forced upon players—"You think that they have your best interest in mind, which may or may not be true"—but other players say Toradol's popularity is driven by players whose jobs are in constant jeopardy.

"Look at Tony Romo," Geier says of the Dallas Cowboys quarterback who was sidelined this season with a back injury, without suggesting he had taken Toradol. "He lost his starting job and can't get it back. Guys see that. They don't want to miss games. So if Toradol helps them play through pain, that may be something they're willing to try."

So many scientific advancements help players' bodies stay finely tuned—sleep monitoring, massage therapies, hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Geier lists them all. But so often, he says, the question on Sunday remains: What can I do to get through this game?

And yet, 15 other players contacted for the survey say they have never taken Toradol. "From what people say about it," says a Pro Bowl defensive lineman, "it's not something I want to ever deal with." These players emphasize they're wary of putting something into their body that hasn't yet been fully understood. To them, a little extra pain is worth that peace of mind.

For everyone else surveyed, a couple of Toradol pills continue to do the trick.

As one NFC safety who describes "shocking" pain on Mondays after Toradol masks his pain on Sundays says, the sacrifice is worth it.

"It gets so bad that Toradol is the only thing that gets you to go," he tells B/R Mag. "So if you're hurting? You're going to have to play. You're going to have to play through it.

"You have to do whatever it takes."
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Vending machines being filled with iPods, Rx
Vending machines have been important for cases of the munchies. But with bad press on junk food, especially in schools, the Wall Street Journal reported that the once ever-present machines -- that take only the crispest of bills and serve up sugary and salty snacks -- are going away.

Traditional vending machines disappeared from 134,000 locations between 2007 and 2010, according to the latest available data from Vending Times, an industry publication. Sales from vending machines sank more than 11%, to $42.2 billion, in the same period.

That's right: Traditional vending machines that sell candy bars, chips, and soda, are losing popularity. What's on the rise instead: boutique operations. At the airport you can buy iPods, e-readers and cameras from Best Buy kiosks. Some new niche machines stock live bait in Pennsylvania and prescription drugs from InstyMeds has sold 1.5 million Rx in 24 states.

The Last Vegas Sun has a slideshow that features some pretty crazy options in Sin City: From a luxury vendor called Utique that offers Smashbox makeup and Beats by Dre headphones, a cotton candy dispenser, an Art-o-Mat that sells original works of art, and of course, gold to go.


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