There’s a drug scandal out there just waiting to explode. It’s one that could have ripple effects, changing the face of Big Pharma and modern medicine for years to come.
I’m talking about front-page news… major medicine recalls… Congressional hearings… the whole nine yards. But for once, this hidden threat isn’t technically the drugs themselves. It’s what’s mixed into them.
Most people don’t even realize that the drugs they swallow contain more than just medicine. They’re a hodgepodge of hidden ingredients.
The extra ingredients are added to give the drugs the right color, shape, and texture. They also can be used to make sure they don’t rot, that they melt just right, and in some cases just to act as a “filler” to finish them off.
They’re called “inactive” ingredients. But as a new study shows, some of them are all TOO active. And a few could be downright dangerous.
The HIDDEN INGREDIENTS in your medicine
The new study reveals that supposedly inert drug additives called excipients used as coloring agents, preservatives, and fillers could be harmful.
The operative word here is “could.” Because drug companies always claimed these ingredients were inactive, they’ve never really been fully studied. So no one can say for sure either way.
But there’s one thing we do know now. Many of these additives are NOT inert after all. In fact, the new computer analysis finds 134 previously unknown activities for 38 approved excipients.
The report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science finds these medicine additives can affect “the function of enzymes, receptors, and other proteins in unintended and perhaps harmful ways.”
Two, in particular, thimerosal and cetylpyridinium, can reach potentially dangerous levels of exposure.
This study is a wake-up call for consumers given that most folks have NO CLUE this is even an issue. But it only scratches the surface.
One study last year found it’s a far bigger problem than anyone would’ve guessed. Researchers found that in many cases, MOST of the “drug” people are taking isn’t actually the DRUG itself.
That analysis found that just 29 percent of each pill is the active substance on the label.
The rest of it… the overwhelming majority of your medicine… is made up of supposedly inactive ingredients, including some KNOWN to trigger reactions in many people such as…
- peanut oil
Imagine having a sensitivity to one of those additives and battling side effects like a sour stomach, fatigue, and headaches, never realizing it’s being CAUSED by your medicine.
2 steps to reduce your additives risk
The additives issue doesn’t even end with drugs either. It’s also a problem when it comes to the foods we eat too.
Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that have been deemed “safe” by the feds to be used on fruits and vegetables can ALSO have extra “inactive” chemical ingredients.
And just like with the medicine additives since they’re classified as “inactive,” they often get little to no safety testing before you EAT them.
As the research piles up on the potential harm, these supposedly safe secret ingredients could cause the dam WILL eventually break. And hopefully, there will be sweeping changes as a result.
But in the meantime, there are two simple steps you can take to reduce your exposure and the potential risks.
FIRST, eat clean. Avoid processed foods in general and go organic as much as you can to avoid pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and the “inactive” chemical ingredients that come along for the ride.
And SECOND, sit down with doc to take a close look at your current medicines. In many cases, you will find that some can be eliminated or replaced with nondrug options.