PAIN KILLERS: KILL MORE THAN JUST PAIN

Good day. May I have your attention please. I want to get right down to it because I plan on covering a very important subject in the coming weeks: The life-threatening dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs—pain killers and other medications.

Few people are aware of the dangers posed by common OTC medicines, especially acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naxproxen. After all, you can walk into any friendly neighborhood pharmacy or Big Box superstore and peruse row after row of pain relief products formulated for adults and kids. These products are advertised heavily, and are names most Americans know and trust…or TRUSTED. I’m here to tell you that your trust is misplaced and undeserved at this point.

In the wake of massive ongoing recalls, it is slowly dawning on the American public that brand name, nationally advertised pain medications are not necessarily safe—but few people understand that even when these products are produced meeting 100% quality standards they still pose serious and potentially fatal side effects.

The alarming truth is that OTC and Rx medications are a significant source of morbidity and mortality in the United States. In fact side effects and reactions/interactions are among the leading cause of death in this great country of ours. A study published in 1998 found that prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in the US, with drug side effects making 2,000,000 people seriously ill each year and properly prescribed medicines KILLING 106,000 people each year.

Equally disturbing is the fact that prescription drugs do not work for a high percentage of people—which means that many individuals are only experiencing the side effects of these medications without any benefit whatsoever.

Think about it. Things you consume on good faith and take into your body which are supposed to cure what ails you may actually harm or even kill you.

There are serious health risks whenever you pop a pill–whether it’s a doctor-prescribed anti-depressant or an OTC pain killer, cold medication, or other seemingly benign drug.

We’ll be exploring this situation in future posts, and shed light on vital information you should know. You have a right to become more aware and knowledgeable—and a right to peace of mind, knowing that there are other, healthy options for treating pain that provide soothing, effective relief…without side effects.

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