Death by Medicine
I have been reading a book by Dr Carolyn Dean, based on a review ‘Death by Medicine’ done in 2006. As the title suggests, modern medicine is now causing more harm than good with drugs being administered willy nilly by medical practioners, prompted by the greedy efforts of big pharma. Doctors do not have the time to go through every drug that comes onto the market and believe you me the numbers are staggering. Their only recourse is to trust that the pharmaceutical companies that are touting drugs, have the patients’ best interests at heart. But they must know, as do we, that Big Pharma has become unscrupulous when it comes to profits, with many suffering and dying because of it. The medical profession has to get its head out of the sand and stand up for their patients!
An independent review
This independent review of government approved medicine was done in 2006. Professors Gary Null and Dorothy Smith with Dr. Carolyn Dean, Dr Martin Feldman and Dr Debora Rasio titled the report “Death by Medicine”. The researchers found that America’s leading cause of death is not cancer or heart disease but conventional medicine. Iatrogenic deaths (deaths caused by doctors and/or medical treatments) were found to be in one year, 783,936.
What are the figures now in 2017?
We’re talking about back in the early century. What on earth will the figure be now, in 2017. They did predict that over the course of a decade, these iatrogenic deaths would total around 7.8 million “more than all the casualties from all the wars fought by the US throughout its entire history”. The researcher’s report concluded “Only 10-20% of all procedures used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial.” Further they stated “There are no mechanisms in place to limit dissemination of technologies regardless of their clinical value”. This review concentrated on US figures but there’s no reason to suppose that the figures would greatly deviate from country to country, especially in the so called technological and medically superior western world.
How is my family’s health faring?
I decided to try and relate this problem to my own family. Generally I would consider that they are reasonably healthy, but when I looked into the diseases and conditions my close family members have and the meds. they were on, it was quite staggering. Also, I don’t suppose I know all their ills, especially the older members who are quite stalwart and don’t air their problems easily.
You’re not a doctor!
I’ve listed below, in alphabetical order, all the conditions 13 family members have. Their ages range from 22 – 82 years and there are 5 females and 8 males. I have persuaded two of them to take a Mg supplement because most of these conditions are symptoms of a Mg deficiency. The males in the family are very sceptical of Mg’s merits and one said to me “You’re not a doctor, how do you know?” I challenged him to ask his doctor what he knew about Mg! In fact, I challenge you the reader to ask your doctor what Mg does for the body and see how he/she replies.
Research and question everything
In this day and age, it seems to be advantageous not to be a doctor. That way you will have an open mind when doing your research and won’t be encumbered with dogma and paradigms which the medical fraternity seem to be rife with. Also, you will not be in the clutches of the pharmaceutical industry! By the way, those two family members who are taking Mg have improved their health with one of them being completely clear of all the 5 symptoms suffered before the Mg supplement which she now takes on a daily basis.
Well, here’s the list which amounts to 51 ailments suffered, which I think is quite extensive when shared between just 12 people:
- B12 deficiency x 3
- Bronchitis x 2
- Calcification of hand
- Carotid artery disease
- Cholesterol – Statins x 4
- Diabetes type 2
- Enlarged liver – no alcohol involved
- Fibroids causing stomach pain
- Hypertension x 7
- Kidney pain
- Metabolic syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis – heel spur – calcification
- Pulmonary edema
- Quadruple bypass
- Strangulated hernia
- Stroke x 4
- Ulcerated colitis
- Varicose veins
- Wheat intolerance
- Unidentified body stiffness
- Unidentified dizziness/feeling drunk
- Unidentified Ear problem
- Unidentified heart problem
Unnecessary hypertensive drugs
7 family members are on hypertensive drugs. Out of those, 5 members have slightly elevated blood pressure, easily controlled with a Mg supplement but these members are following doctors’ orders and taking drugs. The other two have serious blood pressure problems, one of which has suffered hypertension since a teenager and is now in his sixties. They are both on 4 different types of blood pressure medication including diuretics, which can cause dehydration and consequently high blood pressure. It’s not surprising that their blood pressure is as serious as ever. Obviously the drugs aren’t working and could be doing more harm than good.
4 are on statins
4 family members are on statins. Here is what Dr Sinatra says about statins, he is an eminent cardiologist: “Statin drugs can have horrific side effects. I’ve seen side effects across the board. I’ve seen weakness of the limbs, weakness of the hands. I’ve seen almost like a pre-Alzheimer’s condition where people literally forget who they are. We call it, “total global amnesia.” I’ve seen difficulty with vision, I’ve seen liver problems, I’ve seen kidney problems, polyneuropathy-I’ve seen it all. Why? Because I’m a cardiologist and I see the side effects of statins that other physicians give patients and they come to me to get them off statins and they use lifestyle changes instead.”
Overmedicated statin drugs
Statins is just one of the drugs which are overmedicated and it is one of the biggest sellers of all time giving very extensive profits to the drug companies. The drug has been proven to be dangerous but still it is prescribed in the millions according to webmd, with Crestor (rosuvastatin) manufactured by AstraZeneca, prescribed around 21.4 million times per month in the US and netting sales, of $5.9 billion, up to 2014.
I would therefore like to just explain how Mg does the job Statins are supposed to do. The difference is, it does it naturally and more efficiently with no side effects, using the body’s natural processes.
Statins versus Mg
Statins are being prescribed now by so many doctors and the majority really don’t know how these statins work and the side effects they create. What I do know from my research is that statins actually turn off a regulating enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase. HMG-CoA is one of the 700+ enzymes that magnesium controls. With the addition of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), Mg-ATP regulates this enzyme and controls cholesterol production. Magnesium also raises the level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol whilst lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
When Mg-ATP activates HMG-CoA, it regulates the production of mevalonate, a fatty acid derivative which allows cholesterol to be synthesised. When there is enough cholesterol for the body’s needs, Mg-ATP will control the enzyme and mevalonate production will stop or reduce.
What statins do is stop and poison the enzyme so production of mevalonate ceases. This is why cholesterol is reduced so effectively with statins. But to permanently inhibit the production of cholesterol is foolish and dangerous. The body has this enzyme for a reason.
If there is not adequate Mg-ATP in the body to regulate HMG-CoA, mevalonate production will not be regulated and cholesterol levels will be out of control. On the other hand if cholesterol is halted, which is what statins do, it will impede the production of important substances in the body such as the sex hormones and the adrenal corticosteroids. These are derived from cholesterol through a number of enzyme dependent steps, as is the production of vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. Again, Mg is vital for all these processes because the enzymes necessary are dependent on Mg for activatation. By the way, statin drugs actually deplete Mg further from a patient who will already be low in Mg unless a supplement is taken.
In a nutshell
Don’t forget, cholesterol is essential for our brain and body. 25% of the cholesterol in your body is found in your brain, where it plays important roles. So in a nutshell:
- Statins inhibit the production of cholesterol.
- Mg-ATP regulates the production of cholesterol.
- Statins are toxic to the body.
- Mg-ATP is vital and natural to the body.
- Statins will produce side effects that can kill you!
- Mg-ATP has no side effects.
- As a bonus, Mg activates another enzyme LCAT (lecithin cholesterol acyltransferase), which converts LDL cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. In other words, Mg actually increases HDL “good” cholesterol while decreasing LDL “bad” cholesterol!
Which treatment do you think is the better choice?
In part two, I will go through all the problems my family members have encountered whilst being treated by their doctor or in hospital. All I can say is, if we have had so many bad incidences from just a few people (13 plus my late parents, myself and hubbie), how many other families are suffering such health blunders and being overmedicated?
10 thoughts on “Drug Side Effects”
Hi a very eye opening article, very informative and interesting, it is hard to believe that the pharmaceutical industry has mad people worse instead of better in some cases, and the profits that they make on the back of these bad medicines is disgraceful.
In your opinion i have ulcerated colitis and a restricted inflammation closing of the bowl, do you recommend magnesium could help with both of these problems?
Hi there Gareth and thanks for your input. I’m so sorry to hear you have this horrid condition of ulcerated colitis. Colitis and Chron’s is a symptoms of Mg deficiency because these conditions affect absorption of nutrients. I would try a 100% bioavailable Mg Chloride such as Dr Carolyn Dean’s ReMag solution. Start slowly with just 1/4 teaspoon in water and sip throughout the day. Up your dose to 1/2 teaspoon in a day or two and then 3/4 teaspoon if all feels fine, you get the idea. You are bound to be Mg deficient with this condition but slowly does it. Taking a dose all at once is not how your body would naturally take in this mineral. If you have trouble with the oral solution, try a topical Mg Chloride spray such as Ancient Minerals. Mg Chloride is a very small molecule and is easily absorbed through the skin. Also, make sure your diet is as Mg rich as possible, such as green leafy veggies, wild salmon, spinach, seaweed. I know some say that certain foods should be avoided but you will know what upsets you more than me. Don’t worry about calcium (Ca), our diet is full of it and it can exacerbate muscle spasms and IBS type symptoms if taken in excess, especially if Mg is not consumed to balance it. Ca is the constricting mineral, Mg is the relaxing mineral. Ca tightens muscles, Mg relaxes muscles. That’s why a Mg deficiency causes muscle spasms and body tightness, tremours and twitches. Have a look at these articles.. Mg has been known about for decades in respect of colitis but the medical profession ignores Mg’s benefits in favour of drugs, pushed by Big Pharma.
I’m pretty blow away by how many casualties are caused by drugs and pharmaceutical pills. The pharmaceutical industry is crazy. They have so much money and convince people they need these drugs when people just really need diet adjustments and other health adjustments. Not to mention so many of these drugs are addictive and people abuse them.
Thanks for comments and input Luke. You’re right about Big Pharma; it’s amazing that they have got away with their corruption for so long. I think the public is slowly becoming more aware and distrusting of the FDA, CDC, Big Pharma and the medical fraternity. We need to realise that Big Pharma’s priority is their profits and the health of the public is well down their list to the extent that they are not too bothered if they poison us or even kill us. Ches
Great post that reaffirms my thoughts on big pharma. Almost 800,000 deaths caused by doctors and medical treatments? Hard to believe but with how addictive prescriptions are handed out with candy, as well as their side effects, I could still see it happening. There are so many more “natural” cures for many diseases, and a majority are preventative cures. I wish doctors would push these natural cures, encourage people to exercise, etc, before giving them pills like candy so they can just do the same to the next patient. Vitamin and mineral deficiency is a huge problem in America.
I quite agree with you Justin. Thanks for your comments and input and let’s hope that the writing’s on the wall for Big Pharma. It looks like things are afoot with the new President. If he does get to grips with corruption of the FDA, CDC and the pharmaceutical industry as he threatens to do, I will change my mind about him! Ches
Hi Ches, what a great resourse on magnesium. My father came across the dangers of statins recently and decided to come off it. Doctors weren’t in favour of suddenly stopping so now he’s gradually cutting down. Seems like magnesium might be of help. I’ll certainly have to look into this as I’m not a fan of taking multiple drugs from the pharmacist.
Thanks again for the information.
Thanks for your input and positive comments Dushan. I’m so pleased your Dad is coming off the dreaded statins. Unfortunately, they are not the only drugs we could do without. Many people on hypertensive drugs could control their blood pressure if only they would increase their magnesium intake. As it’s estimated that nearly 1 in 3 people have high blood pressure, many could come off hypertensive drugs completely, saving a lot of money and reducing side effects for the patient. Of course, Big Pharma wouldn’t be too happy about it! Ches
Oh I love the info on magnesium.
You have an enormous amount of valuable insight into how much magnesium works for all sorts of ailments.
I noticed in the list of conditions you listed arthritis as one of them. Does this include rheumatoid arthritis, and if so in what form is it best to take it?
Your site is so well put together and easy to understand. I will definitely be returning to learn more.
Hi Rosie and thanks for your input and comments. As for rheumatoid arthritis, Magnesium will definitely help the sufferer. 46 million people in the US have arthritis and it’s sad that the medical profession don’t inform their patients about this mineral. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks the joints. The best and most bioavailable magnesium salt is Magnesium Chloride (MgCl2). Dr Carolyn Dean’s ReMag is a good quality, but quite expensive Mg Cl2 solution, but its well worth the price. For those in the UK who can’t get ReMag easily, Ionic Mg which is shown on the side bar of this site, is very similar to ReMag and will do the job just as well, it is a little less expensive. Start taking the solution in small doses and build up slowly. Don’t take your doses in one go. I, for example, take 4 doses per day of Mg Cl2 which is 600mg of elemental Mg (1 dose is usually 2.5ml). I put all doses (10ml) into a 1 litre jug of water and take it throughout the day. You can use Mg Citrate powder if you have constipation problems which is common. It is slightly laxative, again up the doses slowly. You can use a topical Mg such as Ancient Minerals if you prefer. Hope this helps. PS. if you’re a poor sleeper, this will definitely help too. Ches