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Legal Drugs Kill More Than Illegal
November 26, 2008, 12:37 pm
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By Tom Ballard, RN, ND

While much attention is placed on deaths from illegal drugs, rising death rates from legal drugs are largely ignored. Over 20 years (1979-1998) a total of 214,575 deaths were classified by the Center for Disease Control as drug-induced – but only 21 percent of these were due to illegal drugs.

According to research in the Journal of the American Medical Association and other leading publications, there are at least 120,000 deaths per year from legal medications. And, experts admit, medication deaths are under-reported.

It makes since: Prescription drugs are largely used to treat symptoms not diseases. The consequence of covering up symptoms is that the underlying disease process is ignored. For instance: Your blood pressure may be high because of a magnesium deficiency. The blood pressure pill will lower your blood pressure, but ignores the magnesium deficiency that places you at risk of stroke and heart attack.

Rising death rates from prescription drugs makes it clear; attacking symptoms while ignoring causes is not in our long-term health interests.


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