Like conspiracy theories?
Well, then you’re in for a treat. Because I’ve got one for you today that involves enough tin-foil favorites to make a TV thriller.
There’s BIG business… BIGGER money… and enough drugs to make Scarface jealous.
But these aren’t the street drugs from that old flick. These are LEGAL painkillers taken by millions. And I’ll bet most of them can’t tell you WHY they’re even on them in the first place.
Well, I can. And as you can probably guess, it’s not about patients or their health.
It’s all about the Benjamins!
But today, I’ve got something money can’t buy. If you or someone you love has been conned into taking this very popular drug, I’ve got another option.
It’s a plan that involves no meds but delivers ALL the results.
How did so many people end up on gabapentin?
Some drugs sell because people THINK they need them. Like when folks marched into pharmacies and practically demanded Cipro at the height of the 2001 anthrax scare.
Others fly off the shelves because people really, really WANT them. I can give you a dozen reasons never to touch Viagra, but there’s no mystery as to why it’s a top-seller.
But gabapentin is another story.
No one needs it. No one’s marching into pharmacies demanding it. Yet gabapentin prescriptions have TRIPLED in a little more than a decade. And the numbers continue to climb despite no real proof it’s all that effective for pain relief.
It might not be that curious if a blockbuster new study found a huge benefit. Or it might not be all that odd if it had a devoted following of people who swear by it.
In reality, gabapentin has neither of those things.
But it DOES have something else in its corner. And when it comes to modern medicine, it’s much more important than science or patient preference.
It’s backed by money. Lots and lots of it.
Prescriptions bought and paid for by Big Pharma
A new report finds the various makers of gabapentin have been throwing cash at doctors like crazy. In a single two-year period, they shelled out a staggering $11.5 million to doctors – including ordinary general practitioners.
And they’re getting exactly what they’ve paid for. Not only are gabapentin prescriptions climbing, but those docs are more likely to prescribe the more expensive name-brand versions rather than cheaper generics.
But as the New York Times noted earlier this year in an analysis of the research, there’s “scant evidence” and “very little data” to show it works. In many studies on various pain conditions, the drug beat a placebo by less than a single point on a 10-point scale measuring pain.
And along with NOT working, it can cause side effects including sleep disorders, dizziness, walking problems, and even addiction. So lots of risks. And almost NO results.
In other words, Big Pharma thinks it has a blank check on your misery. But it’s time to rip that check up.
If you’ve battling ongoing pain conditions, you could be far better off with nondrug treatments including…
- chiropractic adjustment
- massage therapy
- physical therapy
- heat therapy
- mindfulness training
But for quick relief from everyday aches and pains – whether they’re once in a while, or ongoing issues – look for a topical therapy with MSM, DMSO, menthol, and/or capsaicin. A little dab rubbed into a sore spot can often work within seconds.