I’ll tell you what I did this month. I wrote down every drug commercial I saw on TV, the date, the time, the TV station and the disease it’s supposed to “treat”. I have 6 pages like this:
I did it because I started seeing a cascade of commercials on TV for loss of bladder control and I was, like, “OK, this is getting a little weird!” There is simply no reason for people to be having this condition in droves!!!! I knew it to be a side-effect of anti-depressants because someone I knew had this problem, and I did what I always do when I’m hearing a complaint; I said, “What drugs are you on?” Then I had a revelation: What if ALL the diseases showing up in TV commercials were, in reality, just side-effects of other drugs?????
I know! A stunning thought!
I set out to find out if it was true. By the way, the US is one of only 2 countries in the world that permit prescription drugs to be advertised on TV.
So, one thing you can glean from these drug commercials is which diseases are becoming so common that almost anybody can have them! They wouldn’t spend millions of dollars advertising a drug on TV if the disease wasn’t everywhere; so if they’re doing commercials for incontinence and “over-active bladder”, I’m figuring this “disease” is all over town!
Let’s look at the relevant side-effects of Zoloft that pertain to bladder problems, Zoloft being a very commonly prescribed antidepressant. (In fact, according to Scientific American, 1 out of 6 Americans is taking a psychiatric drug, mostly antidepressants.)
Side Effects Of Zoloft (relating to the bladder)
- Increased urination
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Painful, burning or difficult urination
- Loss of bladder control
- Bladder pain
- Urinary incontinence
- Nocturia (frequent night time urination)
- Urinary retention
- Enuresis (bedwetting)
That’s potentially 1 out of 6 Americans with bladder-control problems, just based on that one drug! That’s a lot of people!
But, if you think that’s bad, there are enough side-effects listed under Zoloft to account for almost any disease in the world! For example, Zoloft can cause IBS (irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohns Disease)–all of which are huge in terms of the commercial time they’re getting; there are 22 such commercials in my 6 pages of notes! Drugs such as Entyvio, Stelara, Linzess and Viberzi are being hailed as “treatments” for these conditions; so, let’s just, for the fun of it, look up Entyvio:
Well, one of the “more common” side-effects listed under Entyvio is “Unusual tiredness or weakness”, but guess what? “Unusual tiredness and weakness” is listed as a side-effect under virtually every drug! I know because I just looked! Now, what does that sound like? Fibromyalgia? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? And how ubiquitous is that? Everyone’s got it! Well guess what, there are commercials for that too and Lyrica’s the drug they’re pushing for it. Let’s look up the side effects of Lyrica:
Oh dear God… Dementia! Yes, really, Dementia!!!!!! And as you might have guessed, there were many commercials on TV for … The Alzheimers Association!!!!! But not to be outdone by Zoloft, Lyrica also causes “over-active bladder”!
What else is popular? Well, as I’m sure you already know, erectile dysfunction is very popular! And yes, Zoloft causes that too!
And…so does…wait for it… Lyrica!!!!!
I should also probably have mentioned that Entyvio causes urinary tract infections and guess what else? Cancer!
By the way, I’m getting all my drug information from www.drugs.com.
There were a lot of commercials for cancer: Cancer treatment centers like Fox Chase Cancer Center, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and a cancer drug called Neulasta. Cancer must truly be rampant for all these cancer ads to be on TV. Here are some of the drugs that mention cancer as a side-effect:
- Entyvio (ulcerative colitis, Crohns Disease)
- Stelara (psoriasis, Crohns Disease)
- Humira (psoriasis. ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Xeljanz (rheumatoid arthritis)
- Enbrel (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis)
- Eliquis (blood thinner)
- Toujeo (diabetes)
- Victoza (diabetes)
- Myrbetriq (over-active bladder)
Now, this last one begs the question: Why would someone willingly trade “over-active bladder” for cancer? Isn’t one worse than the other–I’m assuming?
Other drugs that cause over-active bladder:
- Drugs for IBS
- Alpha Blockers for high blood pressure
- ACE Inhibitors
- Calcium Channel Blockers
- Sleeping Pills
One could easily draw the conclusion that “modern medicine” is little more than a “patient mill”, a vast money-making scheme, facilitated by the side-effects of drugs!
Just look at cancer treatment, which is an industry entirely unto itself, an industry that thrives despite the treatments being deadly and the cure rate practically zero! In the treatment of cancer, to quote cancer specialist, Dr. Glenn Warner:
“We have a multi-billion dollar industry that is killing people, right and left, just for financial gain.”
Stop seeing doctors if you value your life!
That’s what Dr. Warner is trying to tell you! The idea is to make a diagnosis–which is very easy to do — and then get you started on a drug, like Zoloft, a drug you most likely do not need! Now you have to keep coming back! You have to keep coming back to get your prescription refilled. Do you see how it works? Getting you started on a drug means a predictable flow of income to the doctor’s office. I haven’t been to a doctor in ages, and because of that, there’s nothing wrong with me!
Since most countries don’t allow the advertising of Rx drugs on TV, you may never have seen a drug commercial. Here’s an example of what we, in the US, see all the time! This is an ad for Myrbetriq, a drug for “over-active bladder”, the condition I wrote about at the top of this article! Note that the drug can cause high blood pressure and urinary tract infection! (By the way, what does urinary tract infection lead to? Over-active bladder!) Grr!
See you again next time!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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