By Dr. Mercola
Drugs — when taken as prescribed — kill more than 106,000 Americans each year,1 and the death toll from overdosing on painkillers is now greater than both car accidents and death from illegal drug use.
As noted in a recent New York Times article,2 “drug overdosese are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the United States to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago.”
Between 1999 and 2014, the rate of drug overdose deaths for Caucasians between the ages of 25 and 34 rose by 500 percent. The overdose rate for 35 to 44-year olds tripled.
And while these rates include both illegal and prescription drugs, the latter FAR exceed the former. It’s a sad fact that the cornerstone of modern medicine — drugs — is also a major killer of patients.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Medication Implicated in Glenn Frey’s Death
As you may have heard, Glenn Frey, co-founder and front man of the popular band Eagles, recently died from complications from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.3 He was 67.
According to band manager Irving Azoff, Frey’s rheumatoid arthritis medication played a role in his untimely death. Azoff told reporters:4,5,6
“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds. He died from complications of [ulcerative colitis] after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years.”
Indeed, the drugs commonly prescribed for RA are among the most dangerous on the market.
These include prednisone, TNF-alpha inhibitors (sold under brand names such as Humira, Enbrel, and Remicade. Side effects of these drugs include infection and an increased risk for cancer), and harsh anti-cancer drugs like methotrexate.
Chronic use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and analgesics like
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