The terms 'side-effect' or 'adverse reaction' do not adequately describe the damage that Big Pharma drugs can do to us. Indeed to describe the carnage caused by these drugs as 'side-effects' is an understatement of enormous proportions. They are inadequate descriptions of what drugs can do, and a gross underestimate of the human tragedy they cause on a regular basis. The terms make a mockery of the reality - that thousands of people every year suffer serious ill-health as a direct consequence of taking drugs which they believed would make them better.
Big Pharma drugs can, and do, create new diseases, often diseases much worse and more life-threatening than the original condition for which the drugs were given. And they can kill us.
· Beta blockers may lower blood pressure. But they are also known to cause diabetes.
· Statin drugs are said to protect against heart disease. But they are also known to cause Parkinsons disease, and a muscle wasting disease called rhabdomyolysis, which is a killer.
· Cox-2 painkillers may deaden pain. But they are now known to cause cancer and heart attacks.
· Antidepressants may be thought to treat depression. But some have proven to increase the risk of suicide, especially in children and young people.
For this reason we need a new, more accurate way of describing the real outcome and consequences of taking drugs - a description that illustrates realistically what they do to the human body.
Drugs produce Disease-Inducing-Effects, incapacity-inducing affects, addiction-producing effects, quality-of-life destroying effects - and too often, killer-effects.
So the term 'side-effect' and 'adverse reaction' should be replaced by 'Disease Inducing Effects' or DIE's, particularly apt as the 'D' can be used interchangeably for both 'disease' and 'death'.
This article was first written for the free e-book 'The Failure of Conventional Medicine'.