So picture this: Your doc tells you that you’ve got it… a major risk factor for SERIOUS and potentially DEADLY heart problems.
You never had any sign of it before.
But now, you’ve got it. And, he’ll insist, you’re in urgent need of medication.
Being a good and trusting patient, you take the drug. Why wouldn’t you? He swore your life was on the line.
Now let’s fast-forward a few years.
You never had any hint of a heart problem. But now you’ve got cancer. And it’s BECAUSE of that blood pressure med he gave you.
As horrible as that is… that’s not actually the WORST part of it.
The REASON you never had a heart problem isn’t that the med did its job. It’s because you NEVER HAD that heart condition – and never needed the drug – in the first place!
The blood pressure drug you never needed could kill you
First, a quick recap of how we got here. Not long ago, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology slashed blood pressure guidelines to 130/80.
With one flick of the pen, millions of “healthy” Americans with “normal” blood pressure suddenly had dangerously high BP levels. And of course, the new guidelines urged them to get treated with meds.
The market for those drugs exploded, literally overnight, with 80 percent of seniors suddenly qualifying for medication.
And many were unwittingly given drugs we now KNOW can cause cancer!
The FDA just recalled 87 lots of the popular generic blood pressure med losartan. It was found to be contaminated with N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid, better known as NMBA.
If you’re feeling a weird sense of deja vu, that’s because this has happened before.
Since last summer, the FDA has recalled HUNDREDS of lots from multiple manufacturers of the generic blood pressure meds:
The FDA has found the drugs contaminated with NMBA and/or another cancer-causing chemical called N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).
2 step plan to AVOID BP-drug-linked cancer
Now, in the latest news, they issued yet another recall for losartan. And while the previous recalls were for blood pressure meds made in China – but sold in the United States – the latest recall expands the problem to India, another common source of U.S. meds (especially generic drugs).
They’re of course urging people to keep taking the meds – despite, y’know, cancer – and asking docs to switch from one lot to another, or one med to another.
That’ll work – until the NEXT recall is announced!
Here’s a better plan.
First, figure out if you actually need to cut your blood pressure. Because even many in the mainstream disagree with the current guidelines. The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians both recommend NOT treating high blood pressure in seniors until the systolic (“top number”) hits 150.
And second, if you’re above that 150, you STILL may not need blood pressure meds. Don’t quit on your own, but work with a doc who can wean you off the drugs and let you try proven natural therapies such as magnesium, potassium, L-arginine, and spirulina.
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