New Warning on Statin Dose and Muscle Damage

New Warning on Statin Dose and Muscle Damage

The FDA has issued a new warning about the cholesterol drug simvastatin (Zocor). It recommends that doctors “sharply curtail” prescriptions of 80 mg simvastatin, given to an estimated 2.1 million Americans last year, due to the risk of muscle injury. It’s well established that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can cause myopathy, or muscle damage in up […]

New Antidepressant Warnings from FDA

New Antidepressant Warnings from FDA

The FDA has issued yet another warning about drug interactions with antidepressants that raise serotonin levels, and in particular the SSRI and SNRI antidepressants. (See list below) The new FDA warnings are about interactions with the antibacterial drug Zyvox (linezolid), one of the few antibiotics left that is still effective against infections such as MRSA […]

Hospital dangers – the July Effect

Hospital dangers – the July Effect

Doctors at teaching hospitals have known for decades that July is not a good time to be hospitalized because that’s when the newbie “trainees” (e.g. doctors-and-nurses-in-training) arrive, wide-eyed, intense and sleep-deprived. Poor decisions and misdiagnoses abound. In the US it’s known as the “July Effect,” and in the UK it’s known as the “August Killing […]

Toxin Levels Drop Quickly when Eating Habits are Changed

Toxin Levels Drop Quickly when Eating Habits are Changed

Yes we can reduce our toxic burden, and in just 3 days! All it takes is naked food. “My daughter is pregnant and she’s so worried about exposing her baby to hormone-disrupting chemicals, but what’s she supposed to do, they’re everywhere!” This is a commonly voiced frustration, especially among mothers and grandmothers, but there is […]

Heartburn Drug Side Effects – Seizures, Muscle Spasms and More

Heartburn Drug Side Effects – Seizures, Muscle Spasms and More

The heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors or PPIs have already been proven to increase the risk of osteoporosis, vitamin B12 deficiencies, and pneumonia. Some of the best-known PPIs include Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid. Vitamin B12 deficiencies, especially in the elderly, can cause anemia, fatigue, depression dementia and irreversible nerve damage. Now an FDA […]

Parkinson’s Disease or Prescription Drug Side Effects?

Parkinson’s Disease or Prescription Drug Side Effects?

People diagnosed with Parkinson’s may really be suffering from the side effects of prescription drugs or Drug-induced Parkinsonism (DIP). Every year about 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  The consequences of the diagnosis are not just the progression of a terrible disease, possibly leading to placement in a nursing home, but also the side […]

Antibiotics in Infancy Greatly Increase the Risk of Asthma

Antibiotics in Infancy Greatly Increase the Risk of Asthma

The meteoric rise of asthma in children and adults since the 1970s has been blamed on smog, fragrances, processed foods, chemicals such as formaldehyde found in furniture and carpets, dust mites, tobacco smoke and more. But many parents aren’t aware of the connection between antibiotics and asthma. A number of studies published over the past […]