You suffer from GERD or heartburn and your doctor recommends something like the over-the-counter drug, Zantac to give you relief. Or you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and your doctor prescribes Metformin, considered by many medical experts to be the safest and most effective type 2 diabetes medication.
You obviously trust your doctor’s recommendation and take the drug. Now we know any pharmaceutical drug has side effects. If you watch television in the evening, you see commercial after commercial for different drugs with a long laundry list of possible side effects.
But that’s not what I want to bring your attention to here. Several commonly prescribed drugs have recently been recalled due to contamination with NMDA.
In July 2018 the FDA announced a voluntary recall of high blood pressure medications that contain the active ingredient valsartan. The FDA has continued updating the list of these drugs all the way through 2019.
Metformin and Zantac are the most recent drugs to be recalled due to contamination with NMDA. Millions of prescriptions for these drugs are written every year. You may be wondering just what NMDA is and why it is causing these drugs to be recalled. It was once used in the commercial production of rocket fuel. After animal testing demonstrated exposure to it significantly increases the risk of cancer, it is now only used for research purposes. This compound can be absorbed from the environment, food, tobacco or medications, so the FDA established an “acceptable intake” level of 96 ng. (smaller than a grain of salt). However, some generic brands of the blood pressure meds tested at 20 times that amount. It is estimated 1 of every 3,390 people who were taking the contaminated pills, daily over time, could develop cancer.
I just wanted you to be aware that even these drugs that are marketed as “completely safe” and OTC may not be at all what they seem! Conditions like type 2 diabetes, heartburn and high blood pressure respond very well to lifestyle changes. In my opinion looking to make those changes before resorting to a pharmaceutical drug just makes good sense.
How comfortable do you feel about taking a pharmaceutical drug?
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