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8 Drugs Doctors Will Not Take

Posted Nov 20 2009 10:04pm

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By Morgan Lord, Men’s Health

Of course, plenty of M.D.’s do know which prescription and over-the-counter drugs are duds, dangers, or both. So we asked them, “Which medications would you skip?” Their list is your second opinion. If you’re on any of these meds, talk to your doctor. Maybe he or she will finally open that big red book with all the dust on it.

Advair
It’s asthma medicine … In 2006, similarly disturbing findings from an earlier salmeterol study prompted the FDA to tag Advair with a “black box” warning — the agency’s highest caution level.

Avandia
Diabetes is destructive enough on its own, but if you try to control it with rosiglitazone — better known by the brand name Avandia — you could be headed for a heart attack.

Celebrex
Once nicknamed “super aspirin,” Celebrex is now better known for its side effects than for its pain-relieving prowess.  And yet Celebrex, a COX-2 inhibitor, is still available, even though two other drugs of that class, Bextra and Vioxx, were pulled off the market due to a similar risk of heart damage.

Ketek
This antibiotic, which has traditionally been prescribed for respiratory-tract infections, carries a higher risk of severe liver side effects than similar antibiotics do.

Prilosec and Nexium
To really cure the problem, lose weight,” says Michael Roizen, M.D., chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and co-author of “YOU: The Owner’s Manual.” That’s because when you’re overweight, excess belly fat puts pressure on and changes the angle of your esophagus, pulling open the valve that’s supposed to prevent stomach-acid leaks. This in turn makes it easier for that burning sensation to travel up into your chest.

Visine Original
“Visine gets the red out, but it does so by shrinking blood vessels, just like Afrin shrinks the vessels in your nose,” says Thomas Steinemann, M.D., a spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Pseudoephedrine
Forget that this decongestant can be turned into methamphetamine. People with heart disease or hypertension should watch out for any legitimate drug that contains pseudoephedrine.

Full Article: MSNBC a

Dr. Wegmann

Dr. Michael Wegmann's Thoughts:

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The US represents about 5% of the world's population and we consume roughly 70% of the world's medication. Medication has its place, but real health will never be found at the bottom of a pill bottle. Unfortunately millions of Americans have fallen into the philosophical pitfall that the body needs external drugs to function normally.

The truth is the that something needs to change. The US spends more on health insurance, medication and hospital stays than any of the industrialized nations, yet statistically the US ranks very low in overall health.[2] The problem is, lowering cost and making it accessible to more people doesn't get to the core of the problem. The problems lies in our education and understanding of true health. We are not a health conscious nation. Between Big Food and Big Pharm there is a lot of money invested to keep you unhealthy.

The practice of wellness doctors in the chiropractic field represent the largest presence of change in any one place. Chiropractors have been teaching for years that the three main components to disease are thoughts, traumas, and toxins.

The first is trauma. If you twist or misalign your spine and physically impede the transmission of the nervous system’s signals, it may result in a distortion of the information being exchanged between the brain and the body’s cells, tissues, and organs.

The second is toxicity. Toxins and poisons in our system represent inappropriate chemistry that can distort the signal’s information on its path between the nervous system and the targeted cells and tissues. Altered signals, derived from either of these causes, can inhibit or modify normal behaviors and lead to the expression of dis-ease.

The third and most important influence of signals on the dis-ease process is thought, the action of the mind. Mind-related illnesses do not require that there be anything physically wrong with the body at the outset of the dis-ease. Health is predicated upon the nervous system’s ability to accurately perceive environmental information and selectively engage appropriate, life-sustaining behaviors. If a mind misinterprets environmental signals and generates an inappropriate response, survival is threatened because the body’s behaviors become out of sync with the environment. We may not think that a thought could be enough to undermine an entire system, but, in fact, mis-perceptions can be lethal.

Chiropractors embrace the Vitalistic philosophy of life. Vitalism, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the doctrine that the processes of life are not explainable by the laws of physics and chemistry alone and that life is in some part self-determining. Vitalists contended that some vital factor, as distinct from physiochemical factors, was involved with “controlling” the body’s structure and function. Since the definition of vitalism emphasizes that its character is beyond the laws of physics (measurement), vitalistic mechanisms were outside of the defined parameters of modern science. In spite of its metaphysical nature, vitalism was still endorsed by many traditional nineteenth century scientists.

D.D. Palmer (the founder of Chiropractic) said: In the early years of Chiropractic I used the terms Innate (Spirit), Innate Intelligence (Spiritual Intellect), Universal Intelligence (God) because they were comprehensive, and the world was not prepared to receive the latter terms just mentioned in parentheses. It may be even now premature to use them. (page 542, The Science, Art and Philosophy of Chiropractic).

Since vitalism is at the heart of chiropractic philosophy, and vitalism is perceived as metaphysics, the philosophy of chiropractic is not recognized by conventional medical science. Though modern medicine considers chiropractic as “unscientific,” it has not been able to ignore the enormously large number of their patients that have been increasingly healed through chiropractic care. The success of Chiropractic in recent years has fueled the antagonism between conventional medical physicians and chiropractors. Biomedical research scientists are at a loss to explain the efficacy of chiropractic adjustment for it is in direct opposition to contemporary knowledge concerning biological “control” mechanisms.

Dr. Andrew Weil in his blog post titled " The Wrong Diagnosis" nails it on the head when he said "what's missing, tragically, is a diagnosis of the real, far more fundamental problem, which is that what's even worse than its stratospheric cost is the fact that American health care doesn't fulfill its prime directive -- it does not help people become or stay healthy. It's not a health care system at all; it's a disease management system, and making the current system cheaper and more accessible will just spread the dysfunction more broadly".

The greatest tragedy in today's world is how many people don't understand Dr. Weil's statement. Wellness is learning how to live well. It's making good decisions and learning new things. It's understanding the the structure of your spine dictates the function of your nerve system. It's understanding the toxins are an inevitable part of life, but caution can be used to limit your exposure and chance of harm. Wellness is understanding that your beliefs about life and health are one of the biggest influence on your health.

Remember life is short, don't send it arguing with your spouse, yelling at the kids, or being mean and when some one asks "how are you doing?" tomorrow. Answer "better than I deserve".

Run. Play. and don't forget to Laugh!

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