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The Drugs I Don't Need

Drucartoon_2In support of the FACT Act, Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, has released a short animation titled, "The Drugs I Need." 

The intended goal is to educated consumers on the importance of having legislation that makes all drug studies available to the public. Currently drug companies are very selective in what studies they deem "beneficial" to be released.

Petition via Consumer Union Website:

"I am urging you to improve the safety and effectiveness of the prescription drugs my family and I take each day by passing legislation creating a mandatory clinical drug trial registry and results database and an independent Office of Drug Safety."

Going one step above this whole prescriptions debate, the real question is, "What would it mean to improve the safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs?" Are prescription drugs inherently ineffective?

News flash #1: Prescription drugs aren't making us any healthier
Via RawLifeLine.com & JAMA:

"As stated in The Jama (Journal of the American Medical Association) Physician error, medication and adverse events from drugs or surgery kill 225,400 people per year. That makes our health care system the third leading cause of death in the US behind only cancer and heart disease!!

The last and largest category of deaths are hospitalized patience who die from "noxious,
unintended and undesired effect of drugs" which occur at normal doses. Over 100,00 die a year, what does that say about our medical system?"

If we, as a society, really want to improve the effectiveness of prescription drugs, let's get rid of them. If you think drugs are necessary for health, you've officially been bamboozled.

News Flash #2: Avoid disease by eating healthy!
Via WHO:

"Up to 80% of cases of coronary heart disease, 90% of type 2 diabetes cases, and one-third of cancers can be avoided by changing to a healthier diet, increasing physical activity and stopping smoking."

If diet and physical activity can help you avoid cancer, diabetes and heart disease, imagine what it can do for your thinning hair, common cold, headaches, erectile dysfunction (still looking for a good resource), back problems, depression, eyesight and teeth?

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