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Arthritis And Pain Relief Medications Cause 16,500 Deaths Per
By Brad Krueger DC, Thu Dec 8th

Almost everyone is familar with the pain relief formulas. Over30 billion over the counter tablets, and 70 millionprescriptions are sold annually just in the USA.

Known as "Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs" (NSAIDs), a fewcommonly known names include Aspirin, Ibuprofin, Advil, Motrinas well as prescription products like Celebrex, Vioxx, Dayproand more.

Here's something you might "not" know about common pain relief...


"Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidalanti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI)complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occureach year among arthritis patients alone. The figures of allNSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problemis generally under-appreciated." American Journal of Medicine,July 1998

And from the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine...

"It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-relateddeaths occur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis orosteoarthritis every year in the United States. This figure issimilar to the number of deaths from the acquiredimmunodeficiency syndrome and considerably greater than thenumber of deaths from multiple myeloma, asthma, cervical cancer,or Hodgkin's disease.

If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects from NSAIDs weretabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports,these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause ofdeath in the United States. Yet these toxic effects remainmainly a 'silent epidemic,' with many physicians and mostpatients unaware of the magnitude of the problem.

Furthermore the mortality statistics do not include deathsascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS." New EnglandJournal of Medicine

The

Food and Drug Administration suggests even higher figures,estimating NSAID use accounts for 10,000 to 20,000 deaths peryear in the United States alone. In spite of this knowledge,little has been done to notify the public. There has been nolarge scale public alert and pharmaceutical companies stillmarket and promote worldwide sales of these products.

It is important to note that most people have no warning signsthat these drugs are causing internal damage before they end upin the hospital in serious condition. As the death toll risesannually, consumers are slowly learning the toxic effects ofthese medications and turning to Mother Earth to seek naturaland less toxic alternatives to find relief from pain.

References;

Singh Gurkirpal, MD, "Recent Considerations in NonsteroidalAnti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy", The American Journal ofMedicine, July 27, 1998, p. 31S

Wolfe M. MD, Lichtenstein D. MD, and Singh Gurkirpal, MD,"Gastrointestinal Toxicity of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatoryDrugs", The New England Journal of Medicine, June 17, 1999, Vol.340, No. 24, pp. 1888-1889.

Fries James F., "NSAID Gastropathy: The Second Most DeadlyRheumatic Disease? Epidemiology and Risk Appraisal", Journal ofRheumatology, 1991, (Supplement 28), Vol. 18, pp. 6-10

healthsentinel.com &content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/340/24/1888

About the author:Dr. Brad Krueger created FlexEasy™, the only liquid supplementthat provides ingredients in useable dosages thatmaintain and repair cartilage, fight joint and muscleinflammation, and fight the release of your body's paintriggers, the COX-2 and 5-LO pain enzymes without the harmfulside effects. Find out how FlexEasy™ can help you or otherssuffering from arthritis/joint pain atwww.flexeasy.net


 

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