Volume 1, Issue 5
October 9, 2008
Is this the perfect drug for preventing heart attacks and stroke?
If you're looking for a simple way to stop heart attacks and stroke, the drug companies say they have the answer. Unfortunately, this drug doesn't work any better than a much cheaper drug. And, worse, it causes miserable side effects that require more drugs.
You've probably seen this drug advertised on TV every day.ÿ And for good reason.
This drug was the number two best-selling drug in 2007. It made the drug companies Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb a comfortable $1.25 billion during the third quarter of 2007. That's a lot of money made in just three months!
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But an article in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that those who bought the drug wasted their money. The researchers in this study found that the drug doesn't work any better than aspirin. And you can buy 100 aspirin tablets for $1.29, while this drug sells for $4 a pill!
The drug I'm talking about is Plavix. While the makers say Plavix is prevents heart attacks and strokes, it doesn't. According to the authors of this latest study, Plavix doesn't even work as well as aspirin, and is much more dangerous than aspirin.
The study looked at more than 15,000 high-risk patients. That means patients who either had diagnosed heart disease or multiple-risk factors, such as diabetes, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. The researchers gave half of them aspirin plus Plavix, and they gave the other half only Plavix. After an average of 28 months, the lead author of the study, Dr. Deepak Bhatt of the Cleveland Clinic, discovered that there was no statistical difference in the number of people who had a stroke or heart attack in the two groups. The aspirin worked just as well as the $4 drug. But that's not all.
Not only was Plavix no more effective than aspirin, but there were a significantly greater amount of people who developed stomach ulcers in the Plavix group. Other studies have shown that patients taking Plavix have a 12 times higher rate of ulcers than those taking aspirin plus a heartburn pill.
So if your doctor tells you that he thinks you need Plavix, please show him this study. And then go on to tell him, as I tell my patients, that the best way to avoid a heart attack or stroke is a combination of regular exercise; high fiber diet; hormone replacement when needed (especially thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone); and special nutrients like beta carotene, CoQ10, quercetin, and fish oil. In addition, just to guarantee there won't be a problem, I recommend a course of chelation therapy once a week for five months, and then once a month forever.
Yours for Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
REF: Bhatt DL, Fox KA, Hacke W, et al. Clopidogrel and Aspirin versus Aspirin Alone for the Prevention of Atherothrombotic Events. N Engl J Med 2006;354.
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