December 6, 2013
The number of adverse drug effects
more than doubles in just seven years
Conventional medicine is now admitting that drugs are dangerous for you. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine cataloged adverse drug effects from 1998 to 2005 and brought the truth forward.

The FDA defines a serious adverse drug event. It's one that results in death, a birth defect, disability, or hospitalization. Or it's life-threatening or requires intervention to prevent harm. The events are reported voluntarily to the FDA. They can come in directly by health care providers. Drug manufacturers are required to forward any reports they receive.

The results: From 1998 to 2005, the number of reported serious adverse drug events more than doubled. There were 34,966 in 1998 and 89,842 in 2005. The number of fatal adverse drug events increased 2.7-fold during the same time period. These numbers went from 5,519 in 1998 to 15,107 in 2005.

Even worse, the number of adverse events increased four times faster than the total number of outpatient prescriptions. Prescriptions rose from 2.7 billion to 3.8 billion during those years. That's about a 50% increase.

A total of 1,489 drugs caused all of these adverse events. And 51 of these accounted for a lot of the problem. They each had 500 or more reports in any given year. As a group of drugs they accounted for 43.6% of the total adverse event reports.

This is just the reported affects. Reporting by individuals is voluntary - and most people won't bother. And even if they do, their doctor must be open minded enough to make the connection of drug and problem - and then they have to be willing to report it. Personal observation tells me that few doctors are capable of that level of thinking outside the box. The problem is likely magnitudes greater than the figures above. Case in point: My friend Jim Shortt, MD was vilified for an alleged patient death. He was blamed for hydrogen peroxide when the findings of her death exactly matched the known toxic profile of the drug Copaxone. She had been taking it for her MS.

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If you are taking a prescription drug, I again encourage you to seek advice from an integrative physician on natural alternatives. Drugs are deadly. Big Pharma spends big bucks to convince the American population to the contrary.

Now contrast these figures to the handful of people allegedly injured by supplements. Even in the case of the notorious Ephedra supplement line, the number is still a handful. Yet the mass media is sold out for the drug companies. What's more, other than antibiotics, there's not one drug that will cure a disease. And antibiotics are losing their healing abilities. So if you want to be healed, focus on diet and supplements. They are your best medicine.

REF: Archives of Internal Medicine, September 10, 2007.

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