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Over-the-counter drugs that should be avoided

Most people assume that over the counter drugs are very safe. After all, why would they be available for sale without a prescription if they weren't safe? And for the most part they're right. With the exception of a few people who use them recreationally, are allergic, or are more susceptible to the side effects, these drugs are safe.

For ordinary consumers however, serious problems arise when these drugs are taken for long periods of time; often in an attempt to treat chronic conditions. Given their accessibility they may seem safe for long-term use, but these drugs are anything but, and there's plenty of evidence to prove it. The drugs below in particular, are among the most dangerous over the counter medications.

Comment: Before reaching for an OTC pain reliever consider natural alternatives:


Headphones

Modern life and hidden hearing loss

Noise exposure is the main cause of preventable hearing loss worldwide. It now accounts for more than a third of all cases of hearing loss in developed countries - and city dwellers are most at risk. A study published recently in The Lancet revealed that living in a noisy city increases your risk of hearing damage by 64%.

Noise is measured in decibels (dB). Zero decibels is almost complete silence. It is the quietest thing someone with healthy hearing can hear above absolute silence (which is -9 dB). A typical conversation is around 60dB, and anything you need to raise your voice to be heard over is probably above 87dB. Prolonged exposure to anything above 85dB, without adequate ear protection, is assumed to be potentially damaging.


People can be exposed to noise at work, such as a construction site (up to 96dB), or socially, such as a music festival or nightclub (up to 110dB). But you might be exposed to loud noises so constantly throughout the day that you don't even realise they are there, perhaps from road works (75 - 105dB) or a noisy pub (around 90dB).

Health

Dust mites in your pillow and other bedding hazards

© Getty Images/gokhan ilgaz
Dust mites are curious tiny creatures that feed off your dead skin cells and thrive in warm, humid environments. They don't bite, and they don't spread disease, but they are responsible for allergic symptoms and have been linked to the development of asthma in children.1

An estimated 10 percent of the population are allergic to the dust mite's fecal pellets and body parts. Your pillow is one of the more common places to find large numbers of mites, as the environment is exactly what they need to grow and multiply.

In fact, pillows and down comforters can become a dust mite reservoir. And, though you may think you've finally found the perfect pillow for a great night of sleep, it may be time to pitch the one you have and get a new one.

Ideally, your pillow should fill the gap between your head and shoulders when you lie down. Your pillow will serve two functions — support for your neck and upper back and provide a level of comfort you wouldn't experience without a pillow.

Support is the more important function as your spine is naturally curved at the neck and a well-placed pillow will maintain proper alignment. Although comfort is slightly more subjective, support plays a role in the comfort factor as a lack of support reduces comfort.

For those with a spinal disorder, the proper support is essential to sleep quality and musculoskeletal comfort.2 One study found orthopedic pillows kept spinal alignment best, while feather pillows were the worst; individual support is the deciding factor in your pillow choice.

Syringe

Court forces UK mum to vaccinate her children

This is a true story. As crazy as it may seem, this actually happened. A vegan mother who chose not to vaccinate, based on animal-based vaccine ingredients, was ordered by the UK High Court recently to have her two sons vaccinated.

This is not a first for the High Court. In 2013, in a very similar incident, and mother was forced to vaccinate her two daughters with an MMR shot.

How did this happen?

Judge Mark Rogers sided with the father's petition, when he bent the court's ear about the mother's beliefs.

IFL Science reported:
[...]the father applied for a court order to get his sons vaccinated, citing the safety of his children first and calling the mother "obsessive, overprotective and narrow in her views."

He told the court she had "a suspicion of all conventional medicine" and used an example of her not allowing the children to take paracetamol-based medicine, like Calpol [like Tylenol], specifically designed for children.

Comment: A vegan mother, a pro-vaccine father and a medical nanny state that has them under its thumb -- those kids are in for a triple dose of health woes. What a shame.


Coffee

Does caffeine really make you dehydrated?

For a long time people have been told that caffeine is a diuretic. For some, this translates into advice to avoid or remove caffeinated beverages from the diet of people at risk of dehydration, or during periods of extreme summer heat.

While possibly well meaning, this advice is wrong.

By definition, a diuretic is a product that increases the body's production of urine. Hence water, or any drink consumed in large volumes, is a diuretic. Importantly, urinating more does not inevitably lead to dehydration (excessive loss of body water).

Drinking simultaneously provides the body with fluid for absorption (avoiding dehydration) and initiates urine production. Depending on the urine losses that occur following drinking, a beverage might be more accurately described as a "poor _re_hydrator" if large fluid losses result.

Caffeine is a weak diuretic, and tolerance to this effect is acquired rapidly (in four to five days) with regular caffeine intake. What's somewhat concerning is that this has been known for almost 100 years!

Dreamsicle

What's wrong with that banana?

Once you've eliminated the ugliest, smelliest, rottenest, most foul carbohydrate of all, wheat, why do we restrict other carbohydrates in the diet on the Wheat Belly lifestyle?

Wheat Belly, of course, exposes the disastrous effects of widespread consumption of this genetically-altered grain. Remove all modern wheat from the diet and weight plummets, blood sugar drops, arthritis reverses in many people, chronic sinus infections improve, asthma improves, acid reflux disappears, cramps and diarrhea of irritable bowel syndrome are gone . . . on and on.

So why bother to limit carbohydrates after wheat?

Because the overwhelming likelihood is that, if you live in the U.S., Canada, Australia, or Western Europe, you are diabetic, pre-diabetic, or what I call pre-pre-diabetic. That includes just about everybody. Only rare exceptions fall outside of this group . . . and they are mostly slender, pre-menopausal females who exercise at high levels.

Comment: Want to reverse diabetes? Ditch the ADA guidelines and go low-carb


Rose

6 hormone balancing powers of red clover

Menopause can seem like torture. Women at midlife suffer with mood swings, stubborn weight gain, hot flashes, and low energy. At the same time they can develop anxiety, depression, and trouble sleeping. This natural remedy may provide a perfect solution...

The problem is hormones run amuck.

The ancient Celts had a natural solution - red clover (Trifolium pretense). They considered red clover magical and sacred. It wasn't just superstition.

Syringe

Infant vaccine schedule endangers the immune system - White paper summarizes over 60 peer-reviewed (PubMed) studies

Over the past 30 years the vaccine schedule for infants has greatly increased. Babies born in 2017 can receive as many as 36 doses of 14 vaccines by the time they reach 15 months of age starting with the Hepatitis B vaccine at birth.

Untested schedule, knowledge severely lacking

The quantity and combination of vaccines in this schedule have never been tested. The infant vaccine schedule is one size fits all. Babies' immune systems are not tested and family histories of autoimmune or allergic conditions are not considered prior to vaccinating.

This started with the first round of childhood vaccines given in the late 1960s, as reported on page 8 of the Merck MMR II package insert:
Routine administration of DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and/or OPV (oral poliovirus vaccine) concurrently with measles, mumps and rubella vaccines is not recommended because there are limited data relating to the simultaneous administration of these antigens.

The CDC failed to take advantage of significant changes in vaccine formulation to justify testing of the schedule, even though these changes were specifically made due to serious safety concerns:

USA

America's worst drug crisis ever displayed in maps and charts

© Hiroko Masuike / The New York Times
America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever.

With all the other news going on, it can be easy to lose track of this fact. But it's true: In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were linked to opioids like Percocet, OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl. That's more drug overdose deaths than any other period in US history — even more than past heroin epidemics, the crack epidemic, or the recent meth epidemic. And the preliminary data we have from 2016 suggests that the epidemic may have gotten worse since 2015.

This situation did not develop overnight, but it has quickly become one of the biggest public health crises facing America. To understand how and why, I've put together a series of maps and charts that show the key elements of the epidemic — from its start through legal painkillers prescribed in droves by doctors to the recent rise of the highly potent opioid fentanyl.


1) Drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined

Question

Munchausen syndrome, malingering or psychopathy: Why would someone fake having cancer?

© Facebook/ Kristen Schellhaas
Kelly Schmahl and friends
A student at Northern Kentucky University is facing legal trouble after she was accused of lying to her sorority sisters and parents about having stage III stomach cancer.

Fox 19 reports. Authorities are currently investigating where that money went." Kelly Schmahl, 20, received thousands of dollars that was raised in her name when she pretended to be ill between June 2016 and March 2017, Fox 19 reports. Authorities are currently investigating where that money went.

Police say that Schmahl used her cellphone as a forwarding service to receive and answer phone calls and text messages while pretending that a physician was on the other end. She also shaved her head and used a wheelchair.

Schmahl's sorority, Delta Zeta, hosted several fundraisers, including Kelly's Klassic, which was put together to help raise money for her medical bills. "I have never been one to ask for much, especially when it comes to money and material things, but when I was diagnosed last September, financial support from those around me has become pivotal in my battle," she wrote to promote the event.

Police say Schmahl received at least $7,500 to help with her illness.

Comment: Arizona woman who faked cancer for free abortion found guilty of cheating veterans' organization of $25,000