Exactly four years ago, I wrote an article for News with Views called Puking up the Polypill. Today, I see the Polypill in the headlines again. Apparently my critique wasn’t enough to scuttle the Polypill disaster. Instead the drug companies keep wasting their money on multi-million dollar studies.
Jamming aspirin, a statin for cholesterol, and two antihypertensive drugs into a Polypill greatly improved medication compliance. But it only achieved a “modest” lowering of systolic blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. The study authors tried to spin the modest lowering as significant but they’re talking about an average of 2.6 mg Hg decrease in BP and a drop of 4.2mg/dL in LDL.
LORD SUFFERING CATS! I can take a deep breath and drop my BP by 10 points. You can yell Boo at a person and scare their cholesterol up 10 points. What in the name of all that is good and righteous is going on here especially when lowering cholesterol doesn’t save lives?
I’ll tell you what. Drug companies just want compliance, they want people to take their pills and they really don’t seem to care if they produce beneficial results. And the results they do produce in their well-funded studies will be morphed and manipulated to say something that makes their drugs look good.
In another report, doctors are finally acknowledging that spasm of the arteries in the heart is a more common cause of angina than blocked arteries. And they admit they don’t know what to do with this information because they are just used to drilling out calcified arteries with balloons and stents or treating angina with drugs.
When you insert a mechanical stent, if you don’t treat the underlying problem of artery calcification or magnesium deficiency muscle spasm, the problem comes back and the stent becomes useless. To prevent fibrosis and clots around a stent, four very strong drugs can be used: anti-neoplastics, immunosupressives, migration inhibitors, and enhanced healing factors.
While the surgeons and pill pushers fight for whose in charge, neither group seems to know or acknowledge that artery spasm is caused by magnesium deficiency. And they certainly don’t seem to know that sufficient magnesium will help dissolve calcium plaques in the arteries.
Into this whole mix comes a report from the CDC that in the U.S., in 2010, an estimated 200,070 heart disease and stroke deaths could have been prevented. They cite poor management of blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes as the cause of all these deaths. But I guess they didn’t read the Polypill study – because even if you have great compliance, you aren’t going to eliminate these diseases with drugs.
The CDC did urge health providers to encourage healthy habits: not smoking, increased physical activity, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and taking medicines as directed. Unfortunately healthy habits are not that easy to convey and none of the lifestyle studies show that people want to change. We’ve been brainwashed for far too long. We actually believe that a drug will save us.
Over the past 40 years, I’ve learned the hard way that even the pro-health group of individuals that I attract is resistant to change. I’ve written over 30 books, spent two years writing my 2-year online wellness program, I’ve done thousands of interviews and none of that has made as big a dent as just telling people to take magnesium! I’ve finally admitted that people just want to take a pill so, I’ve thrown in the towel and I’m recommending my own Total Body ReSet line: ReMag, ReMyte (multi-minerals), ReAline (heavy metal detox), ReStructure and RnA Drops as the safe and natural way to balance your body. RnA Drops make perfect cells; ReAline takes out the trash; ReMag and ReMyte produce the structure, plumbing and electrical foundation and support all the organs, including thyroid and adrenals. So, if you only have time to take pills or potions, then take ones that work!
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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