When a new drug starts getting popular and dished out by doctors like candy, it can be found in the medicine cabinets of 50 million to 100 million people internationally within just a few years. Anti-inflammatory drugs especially, because America is the home of inflammation, and some people simply can’t handle the pain, so instead of switching their diet away from junk science, they run to the doctor for anti-inflammatory chemical made temporary alleviation of inflammation pain. They ask for stuff like Vioxx, not knowing the horror story that’s tied to it. And though it was recalled, you won’t believe the damage it was still able to do to the unknowing, non-researched allopathic world of drugged-up victims. Now, this isn’t just a Vioxx story, but Vioxx serves as the epitome of how most pharma and FDA run products go down, and this parlays over into toxins allowed in our food that also lead to chronic inflammation, depleted immunity, heart attacks and strokes.
Vioxx – Prescription Pain and Heart Killer
Vioxx is a prescription pain killer approved by the FDA way back in 1999. Mired in scandal, Merck (the manufacturer) was accused of misleading doctors AND patients about its safety by fabricating study results. They even skirted federal drug regulations and fooled an FDA scientist to hide the problems. By 2004 they had to pull the drug from market after a new study revealed it more than DOUBLED risk of heart attacks and death. Too late. Thirty eight thousand deaths were related and twenty five million Americans had already been prescribed. Vioxx may just be the worst drug disaster in history. It’s kind of like mercury and aspartame, but we’ll get to those in just a bit.
The Vioxx scandal was so huge it revealed the core of FDA fraud. Alternative media suspects that the New Jersey-based Merck and the FDA worked together to keep the drug on the market while hiding health detriment concerns. This ran deep. Merck bragged to the FDA first about patients expected to have less gastrointestinal issues with Vioxx in a pre-study press release, but that testing also revealed the increased risk of heart problems. This was a “double-edged” sword for Merck, but the FDA moved forward advertising that Vioxx was safer on the stomach. By 2001, the FDA flip-flopped on label requirements for Vioxx. It wasn’t until 2002 that the label even BEGAN to include ANY information about heart and stroke risk. What a wonderful relationship the drug companies have with the FDA. So heartwarming! (extreme sarcasm). Wait, it gets better.
Top FDA Scientist Dr. David Graham was the Whistleblower on Vioxx Dangers
The New England Journal of Medicine did not include key information in their “Vigor” trail results published because Merck scientists purposely left out file info regarding heart patients. The editor of the Journal was furious when he found out.
The Vioxx Scandel and Fatalities from Heart Attacks
Merck’s Vioxx scandal widened even after it was pulled from market. Imagine that. Mike Adams covered it on Natural News:
“The Vioxx scandal widened this week as new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that Vioxx maker Merck held data for three years that proved Vioxx caused an alarming increase in the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And yet Merck chose not to release that data. In fact, it took three more years of patients dying from heart attacks before Vioxx was pulled off the market, and even then, Merck insisted the drug was not dangerous.”
Advisory panels in US and Canada voted in 2005 for Vioxx to return to market under “certain restrictions.” (http://www.drugwatch.com/vioxx/recall/)
The Merck conspiracy that killed 40,000 people
You see, this will be “memory holed” soon, meaning the documents and any mainstream media coverage will be erased, stricken from the record, as Google, Wikipedia and WebMd try to change the history books to suit Big Pharma and Big Food’s storyline. The good news is that websites like Natural News are taking screen shots of proof from their own sites sometimes, and court documents and the like, and the true history of medicine and food manufacturing is being properly re-recorded, without all the propaganda and memory holes. The Merck conspiracy to maximize profits by selling a drug they knew was killing people is of the worst kind, yet STILL, the drug went on doing damage even after the recall. Plus, it was later found out that the heart risks associated with Vioxx started much earlier than claimed. This “correction” was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Check this out from 2006 …
“Editors at the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) have published a correction to previous research on Merck’s painkiller Vioxx. The correction reveals that the heart risks associated with the drug begin much earlier than Merck previously claimed.”
onward to food chemicals ….
Aspartame = 75% of complaints to FDA about detrimental food additive side-effects
S.D. Wells covered this on Natural News back in 2011:
“Over a billion people consume aspartame in their foods and beverages across the world, believing it to be a safe ingredient, but what they probably don’t know is that aspartame currently accounts for over 75% of all side effects complaints received by the FDA’s Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) for the past 4 years. It is banned by health-conscious countries all over the world, especially where there is a national healthcare system in place.”
Aspartame responsible for 75% of complaints to FDA about food additive side-effects but it’s never even been considered for recall or removal from thousands of food, candy, gum, diet soda and diet foods across the world. If you don’t look out for aspartame, you’re really a haphazard shopper and eater. Known by brand names like Equal, Sweet One, Spoonful and NutraSweet, this chemical combo contains 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid, and 10% methanol. Guess which ones mix together, heat up, and turn to formaldehyde in your body? They put it in children’s cough syrups and OTC cold, fever and headache meds, ya’ know. Nearly all gum and candy contain either toxic GMO corn syrup or nerve-disrupting aspartame. http://www.naturalnews.com/043556_GMO_corn_syrup_nerve-disrupting_aspartame_chewing_gum.html#ixzz3a7Qq6fEK
How many Americans are experiencing Artificial Sweetener Disease right now?
Aspartame causes inflammation of the brain, central nervous system disruption and general anxiety. Should you “ask your doctor” for the latest version of Vioxx to quell the symptoms? Is Vioxx still recalled, or back on the market – do you even know? Currently, ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER DISEASE is sweeping across America, affecting millions of consumers. For the first few days, weeks, even months of consuming aspartame, most people can’t seem to pinpoint why their anxiety, depression, muscle pain, arthritis flare ups and ringing in the ears is coming from. They blame their staple food, which is often a contributor, like GM corn and soy. They blame their water or lack thereof, when it’s usually tap water laced with fluoride which does cause dehydration and inflammation. They’ve probably heard rumors about aspartame, but they’re just not seeing “research” on it in “‘peer reviewed” science or health articles, or on their beloved WebMD (chock full of hoaxes, by the way). http://www.naturalnews.com/034378_artificial_sweetener_disease_ASD_aspartame.html#ixzz3a3KdnWf8
Did you know that the Gulf War Syndrome was mainly allergic reactions to formaldehyde ingestion in the form of diet sodas? Oh yes, it was. I personally know one of the scientists who did the research on aspartame for the Dept of Defense and he had to bury the report (it just never got published basically). It was NOT a coincidence that the heat of the Afghanistan (up to 120 degrees) lead to serious health repercussions for the military consuming diet sodas all day that contain aspartame, and still do to this day. You know they pulled diet soda from the military’s choices after that, for good. Oh, but it’s still in thousands of products for proud patriots! Remember to salute your military when you see them, and congratulate them for not drinking diet soda, because they care about their health, and so does the US government.
BT Corn – Proven to Cause Cancer in Animals but NEVER recalled, banned or even labeled in US
Superbugs (not the bacteria kind) are one of the biggest problems on the planet right now, but you won’t hear about it on TV or read it in the “bloody” newspaper. Crop pests across the world, but especially in the US, have developed resistance to GMO Bt corn, leaving farmers locked into Monsanto contracts that guarantee higher costs and lower yields, which will only get worse with time. This leads many farmers to go bankrupt, after already being in debt to Biotech giants for land loans, equipment loans, seed loans and debt up to their eyeballs, with no way to beat back the new, business-killing superpests called rootworm beetles.
What’s worse is that you can’t ever remove them! The are mixing in nature and dominating crop fields. Even worse than that is that Bt corn causes cancer in animals – – test after independent test reveals.
“Agricultural GMOs are loaded with pesticides. Three-quarters of all GMOs contain large amounts of Roundup, the main pesticide in the world, designed to kill weeds. These plants have been genetically modified for this, such as Roundup tolerant soybean and corn. The GM provides in this case the possibility to apply Roundup, whenever and as much as you want, because the plant will tolerate it. If one gives such a large dose of pesticides to a normal plant, it dies. Gmos facilitate intensive farming methods.”
Genetically modified crop science continues to fail all over the world
Brazil is also currently being overwhelmed by tropical superbugs. The goal of the Bt Corn seed was to infuse a certain insecticide that would explode the bug’s stomachs. Never mind about humans eating it or running any kind of safety tests of this nature. Never mind recalling all Bt Corn when Seralini proved it causes cancer tumors in rats, which are animals just like humans. Plus, now the farmer’s of Bt Corn have to spray up to TEN TIMES the amount of insecticide on the plants to beat back enough bugs to keep their farm and put food on their own table. (We sure do hope they’re not eating what they farm!) This same problem became overwhelming in the US Midwest, especially in Iowa in early 2014 where rootworms began taking over the crops, forcing excessive pesticide use. Farmers of the BIG CORN STATES watched in dismay as their “bug proofed” Monsanto Frankencorn was consumed by Frankenbugs they just couldn’t kill. Oops. Sorry about your luck GMO!
Currently, NINETY PERCENT of our nation’s corn and soy crop are genetically modified, if not more. http://www.naturalnews.com/033504_GMO_corn_rootworms.html#ixzz3a3LduWfF
SD Wells covered this on Natural News in Fall of 2011
Monsanto is too big to recall anything, ever. They basically run the FDA. Though profit margins are shrinking fast on many GM products, cancer statistics are going through the roof, and you can bet huge companies like Monsanto don’t just invest in cancer food, but also cancer chemical treatments like chemo. According to the Journal of Pesticide Reform , Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate can cause heart palpitations. Are you on a heart medications? Are you taking Vioxx or anything like it while eating GMO corn? You better call a Naturopathic Physician quick! Did you know that a 1998 study on mice concluded that Roundup is able to cause genetic damage. A 2011 report by Earth Open Source asserts that glyphosate has caused birth defects in laboratory animals. So, should humans really be eating fruits and vegetables that genetically contain this pesticide? Now they’re about to add USDA approved 2,4-D to food crops, which is comprised of 50% of the ingredients found in Agent Orange, the deadly vegetation “burner” used in Vietnam that sent thousands of US soldiers home with deadly cancer. Still, instead of banning these chemicals from our food supply, the FDA, USDA and CDC are adding them to the food supply, not to mention mercury and formaldehyde in vaccines. Have you received a flu shot in the past few years? Did you know it contains MSG and aluminum? You could be injecting Alzheimer’s directly into your muscle tissue because there’s been no RECALL on deadly drugs put in vaccines.
And NOW for the …
TOP TEN most horrific FDA drug recalls ever!
(FDA’s motto is “Money first, recalls later”)
The FDA only recalls dangerous drugs after the pharmaceutical company which manufactured them has made enough money to settle lawsuits and still record massive profits. This has been the story for decades. Nearly every drug available in the United States is a result of this kind of cost-benefit analysis, where the FDA has weighed out the pros and cons, knowing the money is there to be made. Any company who cannot afford to payoff the FDA for drug approval suffers the same fate. The drug is either rejected or the benefits are labeled with a warning reading, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.” This means the FDA is not going to spend even one minute of time reviewing anything that doesn’t bring in millions of dollars.
Number 1: Vioxx (Rofecoxib). Made by Merck and recalled in 2004 after 5 years on the market, this anti-inflammatory pain pill caused tens of thousands of deaths. Dr. David Graham, a whistleblower, testified before the U.S. Senate in 2002, revealing data indicating over 100,000 Americans experienced heart attacks as a side effect from the drug and up to 40% of those patients died.
2. Phentermine: Fenfluramine/phentermine (Fen-Phen). Recalled in 1997 after 24 years on the market, this weight loss drug comes in a little blue and white pill that wreaks havoc on your insides while you “get skinny.” It works so well, many skinny folk find themselves 6 feet under. Much like Ritalin, it suppresses appetite while inducing hallucinations, seizures, irregular heartbeat, blurred vision and vomiting. Still readily available on the internet, the terror drug found a loophole for sales since the banning of its prescription doesn’t apply to overseas pharmacies that sell via the web.
3. Diethylstilbestrol (DES). Recalled in 1975 after 37 years on the market, this toxic, synthetic form of estrogen prescribed to prevent miscarriages helps women develop cancer of the uterus by targeting and breaking down the immune system.
4. Cerivastatin (Baycol). Recalled in 2001 after 4 years on the market, this statin drug depletes Co-Q10, a nutrient which supports muscle function, causing rhabdomyolysis, a tearing down of muscle tissue which gets distributed into the bloodstream and can be lethal.
5. Valdecoxib (Bextra). Manufactured by Pfizer and recalled in 2005 after 1 year, this pain reliever disturbs normal heart rhythms, increasing risks of heart attacks and also kidney infections.
6. Troglitazone (Rezulin). Recalled in 2000 after 1 year, this widely prescribed drug for diabetics exhibits severe liver toxicity. The FDA was made aware of Rezulin’s liver damaging effects as early as 1997, but it wasn’t pulled off the market for three more years, and only then after repeated calls by industry watchdogs.
7. Able Laboratories Generic Prescription Drugs (Able Labs). A 2005 nationwide recall of all drugs manufactured by Able Laboratories became public only because of serious concerns regarding quality assurance standards. Able Laboratories pocketed over $100 million in sales before the recall.
8. Terfenadine (Seldane). Made by Hoechst (now Aventis), this massive moneymaker was recalled in 1997 after 13 years on the market. A popular non-drowsy antihistamine for allergies made $440 million the year before it was pulled due to thousands of cases of cardiac arrhythmia. The bastard child of the drug was Allegra, which has a horror story of its own.
9. Phenylpropanolamine (PPA). This psychoactive drug put in many cold remedies and nasal decongestants was recalled in 2000 after 60 years on market. It has been linked to hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain), especially among women ages 18-49 in just three days after beginning use. Older medicines may still contain it. http://www.naturalnews.com/021537.html#ixzz1uO2oaMur
10. Mibefradil (Posicor). Made by Roche and recalled in 1998 after one year, Mibefradil is a calcium-channel blocker, the most widely prescribed class of medications in this country. It features an increased risk of angina, heart attacks and strokes. The top 10 United States pharmaceutical companies spend the majority of their money on advertising, and only about 15% on average on research and “safety” testing. The CEO’s of these companies rank in the top 50 highest-paid persons in the country, averaging about 15 billion dollars a year with up to 5 times that much in stock options.
You can’t trust peer reviewed science
You can’t even trust peer reviewed science anymore. There’s just no more checks and balances in food and medicine. Everybody allopathic and biotech are paid to say what they need to say to sell, sell, sell.
It’s the same reason why mercury and formaldehyde are still in vaccines. They know the dangers but they just don’t do safety research because health detriment is their business, not health. http://www.naturalnews.com/035431_vaccine_ingredients_side_effects_msg.html
And that’s why … once a dangerous drug or food chemical is approved in USA, it is never removed again unless lawsuits and settlements cost more than net profits from the sales.
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