10 drugs you should NEVER take!
The mainstream medical system is set up to allow your doctor just enough time to give you
a quick diagnosis followed by a one-size-fits-all prescription. You almost never have enough
time to discuss your unique medical situation, let alone anything that could give you a true
foundation for good health.
The sad truth is that drug companies run the show when it comes to our health care—and
they don’t care about you one bit…they care about your wallet. They exist to serve their bottom
lines—not your health needs—and that means they want to make you a long-term repeat customer.
The only way that works is if you stay unhealthy for a very long time.
And here’s where things get even worse: While many popular pharmaceutical drugs won’t
cure what ails you, their neverending list of dangerous—even potentially deadly—side effects
might just make you sicker than you were to begin with.
The drug companies won’t protect you. Your doctor is too enmeshed in the “quick visit,
hand out a prescription” scheme to see what’s really happening. It’s up to you—you need to
know which commonly prescribed drugs are the most harmful, so you can protect yourself and
You may be surprised by some of the drugs included in this “10 Worst” list. And what’s
even more surprising: These are just the tip of the iceberg.
Everyone’s worried about high cholesterol these days, so it’s hardly surprising that cholesterol-
lowering drugs like Lipitor are big business. Doctors, insurance companies, drug companies,
even the government want even more people to take statins—they’ve even “joked” about
adding it to our water supply. But no one seems to care that statins have been associated with a
high risk of adverse reactions—including life-threatening muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis),
liver damage, memory loss, and peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness). And that’s just
the beginning of a very long list.
Luckily, there are far safer, perfectly effective natural ways to keep your cholesterol—both
good and bad—at healthy levels. One particularly successful supplement is policosanol—a natural
sugar cane extract proven to manage cholesterol well. In fact, one clinical trial found that
policosanol lowered LDL cholesterol by 25.2%, while increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol by
29.3% at the same time…with a very mild side effect profile (in the fewer than 1% of subjects
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reporting side effects). On top of that, policosanol is relatively inexpensive…costing just $0.40
per pill (from Life Extension, a trusted natural medicine resource—you can visit their website
at Highest Quality Vitamins And Supplements - Life Extension).
Contrary to what your doctor might tell you, hypertension is not actually a disease in
itself—it’s only a symptom of some other malfunction in your body. But that doesn’t stop them
from hitting it with the hardest hammers in their pharmaceutical arsenals…like beta blockers.
Beta blockers reduce the force of the heart’s contractions. Basically, your heartbeat slows in
reaction to the drug, and that’s what lowers your blood pressure. Your doctor probably didn’t
dwell on this significant fact (if he mentioned it at all). And because they’re extremely powerful
cardioactive drugs, you might face some serious side effects with beta blockers. In fact, you may
experience any or all of these potentially fatal symptoms: congestive heart failure (which will
lead to pulmonary edema), heart attack, or arrhythmia.
Coenzyme Q10 (a.k.a. CoQ10), on the other hand, can help lower your blood pressure
substantially without endangering your overall good health. This nutrient is especially important
for a health heart, as it enhances cardiac function. Studies have shown that CoQ10 deficiencies
are common in people with high blood pressure, so supplementing with it regularly can
help get blood pressure back to safe levels. You can find this nutrient at most health food stores.
To combat high blood pressure, a typical dose is 60 mg taken twice daily.
3) NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
A lot of people turn to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen or
aspirin to try to get inflammation under control or to treat aches and pains. You don’t even
need a doctor to write you a prescription for these drugs—you can get them right over the
counter…and that makes them all the more dangerous. Many people assume that OTC drugs
are safer, which means they’re more likely to take too much, too often.
The fact is, over 15,000 people die each year as a result of these seemingly benign pills,
from gastrointestinal bleeding. Long-term regular use can also damage your kidneys. And a
study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine even found that NSAIDs increase your risk
of congestive heart failure.
There’s a better way—several, actually—to wipe out pain and inflammation… without risking
your life. Bromelain (a natural enzyme found in pineapple plants) is a well-known antiinflammatory
agent, and it can help ease your symptoms without causing any stomach upset.
For an Ayurvedic approach, you can try boswellia, which has been used in India for centuries to
safely treat inflammation. Both of these supplements are readily available in health food stores.
4) Prescription Painkillers
Prescription painkillers (like Vicodin and Oxycontin) are now considered the second leading
cause of accidental death in the country. But that hasn’t stopped doctors from handing out
these painkillers like candy. And while these drugs may ease some pain, they come with very
serious side effects, like confusion, lethargy, and respiratory depression, just to name a few.
Even if you’re suffering from chronic, debilitating pain, you may not need a powerful narcotic
painkiller such as Vicodin or Oxycontin to help you feel better. There are much safer ways
to treat your pain, no matter what’s causing it.
For chronic joint pain, Zyflamend—an herbal blend—shows a lot of promise, especially for
arthritis symptoms. The formula contains a beneficial mix of healing herbs (including ginger,
turmeric, and holy basil) that work together to tackle pain and inflammation. In fact,
Zyflamend works like a COX2 inhibitor, with all the pain relief but none of the deadly side
effects. You can learn more about Zyflamend by visiting the New Chapter (its manufacturer)
website at New Chapter® Home.
For injuries, like sprains and bruises and even post-surgery swelling, arnica does the trick.
You can take both the homeopathic tablets and use the topical gel simultaneously for quick
relief. Both are readily available in health food stores.
Over the past few years, there has been a huge increase in the use of serotonin reuptake
inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants such as Zoloft and Paxil. Doctors are quick to write prescriptions
for these pills—even when all you may have is a temporary case of the blues. What you’re
getting is an Rx for weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and possibly even thoughts of suicide.
SAM-e (pronounced “Sammy”) can help lift you out of depression without causing undesirable
side effects. In fact, in studies SAM-e has been found to be as effective as tricyclic antidepressants—
even better, actually, as it seems to start working faster. The most effective SAM-e
supplements are pure (as opposed to mixed with other herbs), and have enteric coating. One
trusted source is Vitamin Research Products; you can visit their website at Vitamin Research Products.
6) Diabetes drugs
Widely prescribed drugs for type-2 diabetes, such as Actos and Avandia, work by increasing
your body’s insulin sensitivity. Unfortunately, they can intensify heart problems, increase your
risk of heart failure, cause weight gain, lead to fluid accumulation in your lungs, and induce
Your doctor may have told you to exercise and watch your diet—those life changes can
make a real difference. But these steps still may not be enough to keep your blood sugar in
check. If you do need something extra to stabilize your glucose levels, rest assured that you have
safe, natural options…and not just potentially deadly pharmaceuticals…to choose from.
One great choice comes from Southeast Asia, from the leaves of the native banaba plant
which were traditionally brewed into a tea to help control blood sugar. Scientists found that
corsolic acid was the plant’s active ingredient, and found a way create a standardized extract—
focusing its healing power. One trusted source for this extract is American Biosciences, which
created a single-ingredient supplement called SUGARSolve 24/7™ . You can learn more about
it by visiting their website at American BioSciences, Inc - Nature and Science for Better Health.
7) Sleeping pills
If you’ve heard the Big Pharma party line (and we’re bombarded with it all the time—on
TV, in magazines, everywhere!), it might seem like insomnia is caused by a sleeping-pill deficiency.
In fact, you can probably name at least three prescription sleep aids…even if you don’t
The truth is, sleep-deprived people are often desperate—desperate enough to take sleeping
pills while ignoring the ridiculously long list of dangerous side effects on the label. And there is
a very long list of side effects linked with these pills: dizziness, memory loss, loss of balance,
falls, daytime fatigue, disorientation, even things like incontinence and impotence… not to
mention it’s very easy to become addicted to sleeping pills.
Luckily, you can get a good night’s sleep without risking any adverse events. One simple solution
is a very safe amino acid called tryptophan (yes, the same stuff that makes everyone so sleepy
after a turkey dinner). The HSI Research team found one supplier with an L-tryptophan (the supplement
form) product that meets our stringent purity standards. Just one 500-mg capsule per
day of this high-grade tryptophan formula (available from LifeSpan) should help get your insomnia
under control. Your body will be able to make the most of this amino acid supplement when
you take it at least 20 minutes before meals that contain protein or at least two hours after eating
protein. For more information, visit the LifeSpan website at Welcome to LifeSpan.
8) Bone-building drugs
The FDA recently notified medical professionals that “bone builders” (such as Fosamax,
Actonel and Boniva) can cause excruciating bone and muscle pain. Their long-term use has
been linked to osteonecrosis—which means the bone literally dies—of the jaw. So much for
Many mainstream medical professionals believe that simply loading up on calcium can do
the trick. They are just plain wrong. In fact, calcium overload can bring on all sorts of health
problems—including things like high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis.
What the doctor should be looking at is your vitamin D level. This essential nutrient is
,much more important than calcium when it comes to protecting and building bones. Vitamin
D (which is actually a hormone) improves the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, which
are essential for healthy bones. To improve bone health, you can safely take 1,000 IUs of vitamin
D per day—a much higher dose than you’ll find in the typical multi-vitamin.
9) Weight-loss pills
Losing weight is hard. And drug companies take advantage of that, pushing you to swallow a
risky solution for the sake of a few pounds that are very likely to be regained within a year. On
top of that, you risk serious (and some seriously unpleasant) side effects with weight loss pills.
On the potentially dangerous side, many of these drugs have been found to substantially
raise blood pressure and heart rate, and some may cause nutrient deficiencies. Then there are
the extremely embarrassing side effects that come with drugs like Alli (and it’s prescription version,
Orlistat): “gas with oily spotting, loose stools, and more frequent stools that may be hard
Well, here’s the real icing on the cake: All of these pills come with disclaimers saying you
STILL need to cut calories and exercise more in order to see real results. So why not just skip
the dangerous (and usually expensive) drugs? Simply adding soluble fiber to your diet can help
you lose weight—and keep it off for the long haul—without having to worry about dangerous
side effects or bringing an extra pair of pants to work.
10) Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome
Women who take prescription medications such as Amitiza and Lotronex for IBS (the drugs
are not approved for use in men) gain only marginal benefit that comes with significant costs…
including an increased risk of diarrhea, colitis, and obstructed or even ruptured bowels. In fact,
these drugs are not supposed to be widely available—due to their extremely common and dangerous
So what can IBS sufferers do? The most natural treatment of all is adding more fiber to
your diet—a lot more fiber. Many people think they’re getting enough, but are surprised when
they start actually reading food labels––many of the foods they’re eating have less than 1 gram
of fiber per serving. Reach for 5 grams per serving every chance you get when you choose
processed foods. And load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, are good sources of fiber. You can
also try completely eliminating wheat and dairy from your diet for a couple of weeks—a lot of
former IBS sufferers enjoy complete lack of symptoms when removing these ‘trouble’ foods
from their diets.
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