One of the great things about Big Pharma is that they keep on making new and improved drugs making us live longer and better. At least, that's what they want you to believe. But you know better. With very few exceptions, the main accomplishment of these new drugs is that they're incredibly expensive and make their creators a lot of money. That's why in the unusual occasion where I need to use a drug, I stay with the old ones. They are much less expensive, have a known and proven safety and efficacy profile, and almost always work just as good if not better than the new creations.
A good example of this is the anti-epilepsy drugs. In the last 20 years, Big Pharma has come out with more than a dozen new drugs to combat epilepsy. And how much better is conventional medical treatment for epilepsy now that we have all these new creations? No better at all.
The Epilepsy Unit of the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, Scotland published a study recently that looked at 1,795 men, women, and children who were newly treated for epilepsy between July 1, 1982, and October 31, 2012. They looked at all of the various drugs and drug combinations that doctors used to treat these patients. Here's what they discovered.
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In their own words, "Despite the availability of many new anti-epilepsy drugs with differing mechanisms of action, overall outcomes in newly diagnosed epilepsy have not improved. More than one-third of patients experience epilepsy that remains uncontrolled." They compared their new data with a study that was published 17 years ago. Despite the fact that over a dozen new anti-epilepsy drugs have been put on the market since then, the results were no better. The prices have sky rocketed, the side effects have increased, but the results are the same.
A couple of years ago, I told you the story of a 5 year-old patient of mine who was almost killed because the anti-epilepsy drugs her doctor gave her suppressed out her bone marrow. Fortunately, they stopped the drug in time. Since then she is seizure free with a combination of making sure she gets enough sleep, avoids simple carbohydrates, and she takes some extra magnesium along with hemp oil extract. You have to wonder how many of the over one-third of all epilepsy patients that get no results from the drugs would do just as well as this little girl with natural therapies.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Chen Z, Brodie MJ, et al. Treatment outcomes in patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy with established and new antieleptic drugs: A 30-Year Longitudinal Cohort Study. JAMA Neurol. 2017 Dec 2.