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Tuesday 27 January 2015

Big Pharma drugs cause Dementia, Alzheimers

In the journal American Medical Association, commonly used pharmaceutical drugs, used to treat a variety of illnesses, such as gastrointestinal condition like nausea, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhoea, diverticulitis, and ulcerative colitis; and respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, and COPD; as well as other conditions, such as cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, insomnia and dizziness, were linked to higher dementia risk in elderly people.

Even the BBC reported the study today ( 27th January 2015) which, given their usual craven and submissive attitude towards the conventional medical establishment, is quite something. Yet, as usual, they play down the importance of this evidence for all of us.

First, there are many kinds and brands of Anticholinergic drugs, many of them readily on sale 'over-the-counter'. It has been estimated that about 50% of the USA population is taking at least one of these drugs. The figure for the UK is similar. This demonstrates the dangers that these drugs are to our mental health.

This list of anticholinergic drugs has been taken from the Wikipedia website (used here, but not always the best, or most accurate source of health information because of its connections with the conventional medical establishment).

Anti-Muscarinic Drugs. Atropine, Benztropine (Cogentin), Biperiden, Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), Dicyclomine (Dicycloverine), Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Sominex, Advil PM, etc.), Doxylamine (Unisom), Glycopyrrolate (Robinul), Hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril), Ipratropium (Atrovent), Orphenadrine, Oxitropium (Oxivent), Oxybutynin (Ditropan, Driptane, Lyrinel XL), Tolterodine (Detrol, Detrusitol), Tiotropium (Spiriva), Trihexyphenidyl, Scopolamine, Solifenacin, Tropicamide.

Anti-Nicotinic Drugs. Bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin), Ganglion blockers; Dextromethorphan, (Cough suppressant and ganglion blocker), Doxacurium (Nondeplorizing skeletal muscular relaxant), Hexamethonium, (Ganglion blocker), Mecamylamine, (Ganglion blocker and occasional smoking cessation aid), Tubocurarine, (Nondepolarizing skeletal muscular relaxant).

The Wikipedia article states that the anticholinergic drugs with the greatest effect, and taken frequently by older people, were:

  • Anti-depressants such as Amitriptyline, Imipramine and Clomipramine
  • Tranquilisers such as Chlorpromazine and Trifluoperazine
  • Bladder medication such as Oxybutynin
  • Antihistamines such as Chlorphenamine. 

The second reason why they underplay this information is that it has been available to us for a very long time, but the BBC, and the mainstream media generally, have not little or no attention to it before. Do an internet search on 'Anticholinergic drugs' and 'dementia' and you will see that the link has been known for many years, and no-one has bothered to tell us about it before. But this article, in the British Medical Journal (332: 455 – 459) was published in February 2006, nine years ago. It refers to research that says doctors should be aware that anticholinergic drugs can cause confusion, memory loss and disorientation. Karen Ritchie, the author of the article, told Reuters (London) that:

          "A large number of elderly people are taking medications that can mimic early dementia and are likely to be classed as having early dementia. A very large number of people with so-called early dementia have these effects due to drug consumption. The drugs they are taking are very common - they include things like antihistamines”

          "What we showed is that many of the people who are classified in this way have it due to the medication they are taking, and not because they have early Alzheimer's disease".

          "The drugs they are taking are very common they include things like antihistamines"

No wonder there has been an epidemic of Dementia and Alzheiemer's disease in recent decades. It has little to do with 'an ageing population', and much to do with the drugs the conventional medical establishment has been giving us for a very long time, and our media, who have stood passively to one side and allowed them to do so.

So in their article, the BBC still feels able to tell us that "Experts say people should not panic or stop taking their medicines". Who are these experts? They are, of course, the only experts the BBC ever consults over health matters - the very people who have been giving us these drugs over the years, without telling us about these disease-inducing-effects (D.I.E.s), and perhaps reluctant to admit how serious their error has been.

Actually, there appears to be no pharmaceutical drug that is sufficiently safe for us to risk taking.

There appears to be no Big Pharma drug that the conventional medical establishment will every warn us about, until it has done such untold harm that they can no longer continue withholding the truth further.

And, our mainstream media, including the 'public broadcaster' the BBC, seem willing to continue to do nothing that might bring to us the evidence that a variety of illnesses and diseases are being caused by conventional medicine.