Tom Ballard, ND's blog


More than skin deep
February 1, 2010, 12:07 pm
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Accutane, the popular and profitable acne medicine, was quietly pulled off the market in Nov. 2009 because it doubled the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease. Accutane is also known to damage DNA and cause birth defects. Other side effects include joint and muscle pain, headaches, thinning hair, elevated cholesterol, liver toxicity, and depression. Some cases of teenage suicide have been associated with Accutane. Generic versions are still on the market.

Patients pay up to $150 per month for this treatment. Thirteen million people, mostly young adults, have used Accutane since it was approved in 1982. The manufacturer, Roche, has lost an estimated $33 million in judgments against them, but their profits from this one drug are estimated at $200 million per year.

This is a sad, but not unusual, scenario of drug-based medicine. Acne is a chronic health problem, a symptom of an underlying nutritional and toxic condition. It is successfully treated by safe natural approaches. Food allergies, poor diet, and digestive problems have all been researched and found to be associated with acne.

Unfortunately, few doctors read the research on natural therapies, and instead rely on dangerous drugs. An example of this comes from none other than the president of the American Academy of Dermatology who is quoted as saying, “It would be a true disaster if this medication (Accutane) would become unavailable.”  Yes, this is how they think – a “disaster” to take a drug off the market that causes severe health problems, even death.

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