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Drug Problems Go Beyond Pain Pills
November 27, 2008, 11:56 am
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By Tom Ballard, RN, ND

The Seattle PI published a nice article on pain pills (Prescription Pill Deaths Soar, PI 11-14-08). However, prescription drugs problems go far beyond pain medications.

The Journal of the American Medical Association and other leading publications report at least 120,000 deaths per year from ‘appropriately prescribed’ medications. It makes since: Prescription drugs are largely used to treat symptoms not diseases. For instance: High blood pressure may be caused by a magnesium deficiency. Blood pressure pills lower your blood pressure, but ignore the magnesium deficiency that places you at risk of stroke and heart attack.

Rising death rates from prescription drugs are a major health problem, killing three times as many as breast cancer, yet the public is largely unaware of this health crisis.

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