It amazes me how many drugs are prescribed for indications that then create so many side effects that it requires additional drugs to treat the side effects.

Take for example Lyrica which is indicated for the treatment of fibromyalgia and neuropathy, otherwise known as diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and the pain of shingles.  It is also indicated for the treatment of seizures.  I’m sure anybody struggling with these indications would appreciate being free of them but, by taking Lyrica, you’re setting yourself up for so many side effects and some of them are quite serious.  It seems to me that most people feel they have no other alternative but to take the drug.  In many cases it’s a crap shoot.  Lyrica may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions.  Individuals who are taking Lyrica are cautioned to stop taking the drug and call their doctor if they have signs of a serious allergic reaction.  Some of those signs are swelling of the face, mouth, lips, gums, throat, tongue or neck, or trouble breathing, a rash, hives or blisters.  And Lyrica may also cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people which is about 1 out of 500.  But it only takes 1 with the suicidal thoughts to pick up an automatic weapon and start killing people.  Lyrica may also cause swelling of the hands, legs, and feet which can be a serious effect for people with cardiovascular disease.  Some of the common side effects are dizziness, blurred vision, weight gain, sleeplessness, trouble concentrating, swelling of the hands and feet, dry mouth and feeling high.  And for diabetics, they should alert their doctor about any skin sores.  It’s sad that so few people are aware that natural alternatives can be just as effective for alleviating fibromyalgia, diabetic and non-diabetic neuropathy, and shingles.  Many natural nutrients such as B vitamins, particularly methylcobalamin, methylfolate, and P-5-P, along with lipoic acid and boswellia, a powerful anti-inflammatory, can resolve neuropathy without the side effects associated with Lyrica.  Shingles, which is caused by a virus related to an immune disorder, can be relieved by supporting the immune system and maintaining a healthy environment to prevent the virus from being activated.  Skin rashes, wounds, blisters, cuts, and the blisters of shingles, can be dramatically relieved with a highly concentrated comfrey cream.  Drugs can be lifesaving in a crisis, but one has to consider the many side effects associated with the choice of drugs when natural alternatives may be as effective or more effective without side effects.  America needs more education on how to eat healthy and nutritious to maintain a healthy body.  However, you will soon find out after viewing TV for a few hours, the major advertisers are drug companies and fast food restaurants.  No health oriented associations or foundations can afford the advertising it would take to alert Americans that they are digging their graves with their teeth and nailing the coffin shut with drugs.  Fast food restaurants don’t care about nutritious food.  Their interest is offering low quality foods at discount prices.  The drug companies don’t care about alerting America to the deficiencies of the diet and natural alternatives.  Drug companies advocate sickness.  It’s good for business.