A Medscape article announced “US Life Expectancy Going Down.” What do they blame? Because they have to blame something, don’t they? They are blaming the increased opioid death rate! They should blame the overuse of all prescription medication but they made opioids the scapegoat. Apparently life expectancy at birth decreased for the first time in the United States since 1993.
They blame drug overdoses but also acknowledge that death rates are up for five of the leading 12 causes of death: unintentional injuries/accidents, Alzheimer’s disease, suicide, chronic liver disease, and septicemia.
You can read the details of the study on Medscape but here are my comments.
1. Are the injuries and accidents caused by people who are impaired by prescription medication? Do people on psychotropic drugs or allergy medication actually listen to the warnings and stop driving their cars? The following study is an eye opener “Medications and Impaired Driving: A Review of the Literature.”
They describe their data collection:
“This review of 30 studies identified findings with barbiturates, benzodiazepines, certain non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, various antidepressants, opioid and non-steroidal analgesics, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, antiparkinsonian agents, skeletal muscle relaxants, antihistamines, anticholinergic medications, and hypoglycemic agents. Additional studies identifying medication impacts on sedation, sleep latency, and psychomotor function – as well as the role of alcohol – are also discussed.”
The study concludes that “Driving impairment was observed with medication use in numerous studies.” But it gave no advice or recommendations. I think the study authors were probably shocked at the extent of impaired driving reported in these studies and instead of telling everyone on any of these drugs to stay off the road, they swept their findings under the rug.
2. Alzheimer’s disease. I write about this condition in The Magnesium Miracle 2017. It is related to magnesium deficiency that allows toxicity, heavy metals, and calcium to build up in the brain.
3. Suicide. I have grave concerns about the use of SSRIs for treating depression and bipolar disease. They are implicated in most if not all of the mass shootings over the past 10 years. Deficiency of magnesium (ReMag) and B vitamins (ReAline) are implicated in depression.
4. Chronic liver disease. Alcohol and medications cause this condition. ReAline supports liver detoxification.
5. Septicemia. A lowering of the immune system makes a person susceptible to serious infections. Overuse of antibiotics causes a weakened immune system, drug resistance, and yeast overgrowth. Pico Silver is an important immune system booster.
6. Heart disease was mentioned as one of the top causes of death in the 25-44 and 45-64 age group. Anyone who reads my blogs knows that magnesium deficiency is a major cause of heart disease symptoms.
What am I trying to say here? You do not have to die an early death from any of these conditions. You don’t have to succumb to these conditions. With the right building blocks, you can keep your body healthy long past what the current statistics predict.
What are the right building blocks? My Completement Formulas, of course!
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Carolyn Dean MD ND
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