Aspirin and Tylenol Linked to Kidney Failure

Reference: New England Journal of Medicine, December 20, 2001;345:1801-1808

Individuals who have kidney disease or other ailments who regularly take aspirin or acetaminophen may be boosting their risk of developing kidney failure.

Aspirin and tylenol have been linked to kidney failureResearchers report that such patients who were regular users — those who took these painkillers at least twice a week for 2 months — were two to three times more likely to have the beginning stages of chronic kidney failure, compared with individuals who did not use these painkillers on a regular basis.

This study and others have found that the risk is minimal in those without pre-existing kidney disease.

Individuals who used either drug regularly were 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with chronic renal failure, compared with individuals who did not use these painkillers. The risk rose in tandem with the amount of either drug taken over a lifetime, the investigators found.

In looking at only participants with diabetes — a major underlying cause of kidney failure — regular aspirin and acetaminophen use were still linked to an increased risk.

The results support those of other studies that have found an association between regular use of painkillers and an increased risk of chronic kidney failure in susceptible individuals.

The results are consistent with exacerbating effects of acetaminophen and aspirin on chronic renal failure, practically regardless of accompanying disease.

Our Comments

About 15% of the people on dialysis today are there as a result of the damage that Tylenol and/or aspirin did to their kidneys. In addition, about 20% of those with heart failure are also the result of taking NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as aspirin, Tylenol, etc. These drugs may also be associated with diverticular disease of the colon.

Pain is actually a wonderful gift – it tells us that something is wrong. Pain is a clear signal given to us to provide immediate feedback from our body so we can take appropriate action to correct the problem. To mask the pain with drugs makes about as much sense as turning off a fire alarm so you won’t hear it when your house is burning down. The alarm is warning you that if you don’t take action, damage is imminent.

Worldwide research now tells us that many diseases that we once thought were from genetics or poor lifestyle causes (eating junk food, etc.) are really caused from infection. If you have any type of pain, it may be important to begin the use of both immune system builders, such as whole, pesticide-free colostrum as well as natural anti-infective agents, such as olive leaf extract, hyssop, virgin coconut oil, wild yew extract, and many others.

Antibiotics: Safe or Harmful?

During the winter season, people are often given antibiotics for their colds and flus. But colds, flus, cough and sinus congestion are symptoms of upper respiratory infections that are typically caused by viruses. However, antibiotics act only against bacteria and are ineffective against viral infections. Taking an antibiotic when you don’t need it is not without risk. Antibiotics can drastically decrease the numbers of normal, protective intestinal flora normally present in the intestines – which can leave you too deficient – and cause an increased risk of getting even more infections.

A well known research study on antibiotics showed that taking even a single regimen of antibiotics (i.e. about 10 days) makes a person 3 to 4 times more likely to get another infection. This is because antibiotics often kill off too much of the host’s inherent beneficial flora (which may have already been deficient in the first place), leaving the host even more unprotected in the fight against new infectious agents.

Types of infections

Generally speaking, infections are typically caused by three different agents: viruses, bacteria and fungi:

Viruses
Examples of viral infections include the flu (influenza), the common cold (adena viruses) and AIDS.

Bacteria
Bacterial infections include strep throat, most bladder infections and ear infections in children. Although bacteria can be killed by antibiotics like penicillin and sulfa, antibiotics create abnormal, cell-wall deficient bacterial forms which can embed deeper into your intestinal mucosa. That is why taking antibiotics increases your susceptibility to future infections. With every dose of an antibiotic, you also increase the potential incidence of resistant, “super forms” of bacteria.

Fungi
Fungal infections include skin rashes like athlete’s foot and a type of meningitis called cryptococcal meningitis. Antifungal drugs often have many negative side effects and are ineffective in those who already have a weakened immune system.

Antibiotics are not harmless

According to recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, taking properly prescribed medical drugs was listed as the third leading cause of death in the U.S., presumably due to the extensive side effects of many drugs. Antibiotics were specifically listed as one of the drugs in this category. At times, antibiotics can be highly toxic and even deadly. Here are some of the potential adverse effects of taking antibiotics:

Allergic vs. toxic reactions
Many people wrongly believe they are allergic to certain antibiotics, such as penicillin, because it may give them an upset stomach or headache. In fact, some reactions to antibiotics are really toxic reactions whereby the body is reacting to the toxic nature of the antibiotic.

For example, one patient developed a severe reaction to sulfa drugs. Her entire skin blistered and sloughed off, and her vital organs began to shut down. She had been taking the antibiotic for a simple bladder infection, yet she died four days later.

Alteration of normal bacterial flora
Broad-spectrum antibiotics are undiscriminating: in addition to “bad bacteria”, they also kill healthy bacteria which normally live in the intestines and the vagina, and which are a necessary part of the indigenous flora to keep the body healthy. Antibiotics alter the normal flora in the gastrointestinal system, killing off the bad as well as the good bacteria. This leaves the person without sufficient normal protective bacteria. This is why antibiotics can cause bouts of diarrhea.

Antibiotics are not harmlessIf the flora is severely altered (in which too many beneficial bacteria die), it can even lead to life-threatening colitis, a severe inflammation of the colon. In some cases, young patients have required surgery after antibiotics because of development of colitis, after which they needed a colostomy bag.

In addition, antibiotics alter the normal vaginal flora and often bring about vaginal yeast infections. When the “good” bacteria are killed with antibiotics, then yeast, which is part of the normal flora of the body, can begin to overgrow because the antibiotics have altered the body’s healthy terrain (internal ecological balance), allowing the yeast to hyperproliferate and cause many far-reaching, toxic symptoms.

Antibiotics do not kill yeast. Many women find after taking antibiotics, they get vaginal yeast infections (because their normal bacterial balance has been lost). Antibiotics can also bring about fungal skin infections for the same reasons. Sometimes these skin infections are difficult to clear.

Creation of super-strain resistant bacteria
Bacteria often become resistant when they are repeatedly exposed to antibiotics. The genetic makeup of the bacteria changes, which can make infections extremely difficult to treat. Some doctors consider antibiotics, like penicillin and amoxicillin, to be harmless and they often prescribe them even for relatively minor infections.

However, we now know that frequent antibiotic use can cause a long-lasting upset in the body’s normal healthy bacterial ecology. For example, super-resistant staph infections and others have become so resistant mostly because of the frequent, repeated use of antibiotics.

Interference with vitamins and minerals
Antibiotics can interference with the absorption of many vitamins and minerals, leading to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. Deficiencies in these nutrients can set the stage for increased susceptibility to more infections.

Interference with other medications
Antibiotics can abnormally alter the way other medical drugs are metabolized.

A different approach

For centuries in many different cultures all around the world, even serious infections have been effectively and safely cleared with the use of natural herbal agents. The function and use of these herbs has been handed down from generation to generation for the health and well being of the families and cultures.

Natural Anti-Infective Agents
Some herbal remedies can effectively kill the offending infectious bacteria without altering the body’s own normal healthy floraUnlike antibiotics, natural anti-infective botanical agents, such as olive leaf extract, hyssop, garlic, and many others, can effectively kill the offending infectious bacteria without altering the body’s own normal healthy flora or compromising the body’s intestinal tract or other organs and glands.

Olive Leaf Extract
Also, unlike antibiotics, many herbal agents such as Italian olive leaf extract can effectively eliminate viruses from the body, including the AIDS virus. This powerful, broad-spectrum herbal remedy has been used for centuries, is readily available, highly effective and is a very reasonable cost. Unlike antibiotics, Italian olive leaf extract has no harmful side effects.

Probiotic Complexes
During times when the body’s immune system is under attack and an infection is trying to gain hold such as a cold or flu, taking several capsules of a natural probiotic complex can be a tremendous help in replacing greater amounts of beneficial bacteria in the intestines to help the immune system fight off the invaders and most efficiently eliminate them. The effects can often be felt almost immediately. If a cold or flu is already underway, taking probiotics can tremendously shorten the recuperation time. They are also an excellent infection preventative agent when taken daily.

Birth Control Alternative or Fertility Enhancer

Birth Control Alternative or Fertility Enhancer

Ovu-Tech Uses

You’re trying to become pregnant. — You’re trying to avoid pregnancy. — You want to determine whether you’re ovulating. — You want to enhance your awareness of your menstrual cycles.

During a woman’s menstrual cycle, there are only about three days when her egg is available for fertilization. Sperm can survive up to 72 hours (3 days) in the vagina and uterus, so if sexual intercourse occurs up to three days before a woman is fertile, she can still potentially become pregnant. Thus, there are about six days per month (3 days prior to fertility, and 3 days of fertility) that a woman can conceive.

It is scientifically well established that hormones filter into saliva and that during fertility, a ferning pattern can be seen in saliva under a high powered magnification lens. Just prior to or during fertile days the sample will typically resemble “ferns,” while during non-fertile days, only random and shapeless dots will be visible.

The Ovu-Tech is a hand-held mini-magnification lens about the size and shape of a lipstick holder. If you want to check whether you may be fertile, you simply: 1) Make sure you haven’t had anything to eat or drink for 2 hours. 2) Put a small amount of saliva on the lens and allow it to dry. 3) Insert the lens into the magnification lens and push a little button to illuminate the lens.

If you are just about to become fertile or if you are fertile, you will easily see a beautiful crystalline ferning pattern under the magnification lens. This is an easy and convenient way for you to monitor your hormonal changes and enhance your awareness of your menstrual cycle. If you track your cycles and fertility on a calendar, soon you will have a keen awareness of where you are in your monthly cycle, and what is happening hormonally in your body.

Cycle awareness can be especially helpful for women who tend to have anovulatory cycles (no ovulation occurs and thus there is infertility, and no progesterone is made). If you know that you haven’t ovulated in any given cycle, and thus your ovary won’t be producing progesterone, you can then supplement with progesterone that month and avoid estrogen dominance symptoms such as PMS.

The ovulation kits that measure hormones in urine to determine fertility tend to be expensive, messy, and can only be used once. In contrast, the Ovu-Tech can be used over and over, and has a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. 1-800-528-0559

Our Comment:

The Ovu-Tech offers a practical, non-toxic option for those who seek a reliable form of contraception and want to get off or avoid using birth control pills. When tracking the days of the menstrual cycle, the first day of menstruation (when vaginal bleeding begins) is called day 1 of that cycle. The cycle ends when the next period begins, around day 28 (but can vary anywhere between day 17 and 35). The egg may become available for fertilization by sperm at anywhere from day 3 to day 14 of the cycle.

Birth Control Pill Use Increases HIV Transmission Risk

Birth Control Pill Use Increases HIV Transmission Risk

Reference: Lancet, (1997;350:922-927)

HIV-infected women who take birth control pills are much more likely than other HIV-infected women to have detectable virus in the cervix or vagina, according to a new study. Other risk factors for viral shedding include vitamin A deficiency, gonorrhea infection, or yeast infections. Increased shedding of virus could mean a greater risk of transmission to either a sexual partner or to an infant during delivery. Heterosexual transmission of HIV is the predominant mode of infection among adults worldwide. Of children who acquire HIV-1 from their mother, 40% to 80% are estimated to become infected during delivery.

It’s not clear why birth control pills, which contain synthetic estrogen and progesterone, should increase shedding of HIV in the genital tract. It’s possible that the hormones influence immune system function or they may change local factors in the vagina, such as thickening cervical mucus — which may enhance shedding of the virus. And as for vitamin A, it “has long been recognized to have a central role in maintenance of epithelial surfaces and normal function of the immune system.

Our Comment:

Although most women who take birth control pills are not infected with HIV, these powerful synthetic hormones have the potential to cause serious health complications even in normal women. The above research study is just one example of how birth control pills can disrupt normal physiology to increase HIV shedding in infected women.

If you are taking birth control pills, your long term health interests would better served by finding a more natural option. (See article on the Ovu-Tech.)

Oral Contraceptives and Low HDL Increase Stroke Risk

Oral Contraceptives and Low HDL Increase Stroke Risk

Reference: Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgical Psychiatry, June 2000;69:29-33.

This study analyzed the relationship between various blood lipid parameters and the risk of ischemic stroke in patients under 45 years of age.

  • There was no relation found between risk of ischemic stroke and total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, or triglycerides.
  • Only low HDL cholesterol levels were shown to increase risk.
  • Other increased risk factors included the use of oral contraceptives, high blood pressure, smoking, and male sex.

These risk factors remained, regardless of any apparent atherosclerosis. The authors state that although the relation between serum lipids and ischemic stroke remains controversial, low HDL cholesterol should be considered in the care of young patients regardless of the detectable presence of atherosclerosis.

Our Comment:

In addition to using birth control pills, one of the biggest causes of low HDL (associated with increased risk of stroke) is the over-consumption of refined carbohydrates (such as refined sugar and refined starches). The better choice is using complex carbohydrates.

There is no medical justification for taking birth control pills. The benefits of taking birth control pills simply do not outweigh the tremendous risks.

In general, birth control pills increase the risk of blood clots, liver and gallbladder disease, stroke, cancer and they cause depletion of many essential nutrients. It would seem wise for all women to avoid taking oral contraceptives.

Birth Control Pill, Gene Defect Tied To Clot Risk

Birth Control Pill, Gene Defect Tied To Clot Risk

New England Journal of Medicine, June 18,1998;338:1793-1797, 1840-1841.

Two gene mutations — including one found in up to 15% of whites — and oral contraceptive use are linked to an increased risk of cerebral-vein thrombosis, a potentially fatal disorder caused by clotting in the brain’s venous system. Women with one of the gene mutations who also take oral contraceptives have a risk of cerebral-vein thrombosis nearly 150 times that of the general population.

Certain non-genetic factors, including smoking and the use of oral contraceptives, have also been linked to an increased risk for thromboembolism (clotting) in various sites, including the legs, brain, retina, and liver. The Italian researchers found that 20% of the patients with cerebral-vein thrombosis and 3% of the controls carried the prothrombin-gene mutation. Likewise, 15% of cerebral-vein thrombosis patients carried the factor V mutation, compared with just 3% of controls.

The investigators also discovered that the most prevalent non-genetic risk factor for (cerebral-vein thrombosis) was oral contraceptive use,”which raised a woman’s risk for the illness to 22 times that of nonusers.” The researchers point out that 96% of women suffering from cerebral-vein thrombosis were using the Pill at the time of their illness, compared with just 32% of controls. Finally, they found that in women who were taking oral contraceptives and also had the prothrombin-gene mutation, risk for cerebral vein thrombosis increased to nearly 150 times that of other women.

Our Comment:

It is not practical to be screened for this genetic mutation, since up to 90% of the cause of most ill health is due to dietary and environmental factors – not gene mutations. In addition, gene mutations do not have to be permanent. Using sound nutrition and health practices, the body may be able to self-heal some gene mutations. Excellent proven DNA repair substances can be used, including medicinal mushrooms (such as reishi), pine bark, CoQ-10, etc.

Birth control pills have been found to increase the risk of blood clots (as this study shows), liver and gallbladder disease, stroke, cancer and they cause depletion of many essential nutrients. It would seem wise for all women to avoid taking oral contraceptives.

If the menstrual period needs to be better regulated or endometriosis is present, the therapy of choice is the use of natural hormones (such as natural progesterone) – not birth control pills. Natural progesterone is much more effective, very safe and virtually without side effects. (See Dr. John Lee’s books.) If pregnancy needs to be avoided, there are much safer methods than using birth control pills. (See article on the Ovu-Tech.)

Birth Control Pills Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

Birth Control Pills Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

Journal of the American Medical Association, October 11, 2000;284:1791-1798, 1837-1838

Older generation birth-control pills may have significantly increased breast cancer risk among women with a family history of the disease. In a study of 426 families, investigators found that oral contraceptive use tripled breast cancer risk among women with sisters or mothers who had the disease. The risk was confined to women who used “the pill” prior to 1975.

Since then, birth control pills have evolved to include lower doses of estrogen and progestin, which may make them safer in terms of breast cancer, researchers suggest, although this will likely not be definitively known for years to come.

The breast cancer link was strongest among women with five or more cases of breast or ovarian cancer in their families. In these women, birth control pill use was linked to an 11-fold increase in breast cancer risk.

An editorial accompanying the study notes that “the use of oral contraceptives needs to be considered on an individual basis,” taking into account all of a woman’s health concerns.

Our Comment:

Use of synthetic estrogens can clearly cause breast cancer. Using birth control pills presents many risks. Birth control pills have been found to increase the risk of blood clots (thromboembolism), liver and gallbladder disease, stroke, cancer and they cause depletion of many essential nutrients. It would seem wise for all women to avoid taking oral contraceptives, regardless of any reason for taking them. There are other options for birth control that are far safer and have virtually no dangerous side effects.

Synthetic progestins as found in birth control pills were never designed for the optimum health of the female body and should be avoided if one values their health.

Many women can benefit from using natural estrogen, such as estrogen-like compounds found in fermented soy (non-GMO) or estrogen-related herbs. Women who have had their ovaries surgically removed can often benefit from taking natural estrogen sources. It is often best to balance the estrogen sources with natural progesterone as found in natural progesterone cream.

Birth Control Pill Use Increases Risk of Fatal Embolism

Birth Control Pill Use Increases Risk of Fatal Embolism

Reference: Lancet, 2000; 355: 2133-2134

Further reinforcing results of previous studies, new research from New Zealand suggests that the use of oral contraceptives may cause a nearly 10-fold increase the risk of developing a fatal pulmonary embolism.

Several previous case-control studies had found that their use was associated with an increased risk of deep-vein thromboses and nonfatal pulmonary embolism. The incidence was somewhat higher than we expected” stated one on the study’s authors, who found that 65% of women who died from pulmonary embolisms were current oral contraceptive users.

The risk of death from pulmonary embolism in oral contraceptive users was estimated at 10.5 deaths per 1 million woman-years, which is much higher than previous estimates, which had put the annual incidence at 1 or 2 per 10,000 women, with a fatality rate of only 1-2%. Risk factors for pulmonary embolism includes a past history of deep venous thrombosis, being extremely overweight, or prolonged immobility.

Our Comment:

Birth control pills increase the risk of blood clots (thromboembolism), liver and gallbladder disease, heart attacks, stroke, breast cancer and they cause depletion of many essential nutrients. It would seem wise for all women to avoid taking oral contraceptives, regardless of any reason for taking them. There are other options for birth control that are far less dangerous.

If one is using birth control pills for birth control, there are far safer options such as the use of the Ovu-Tech, an inexpensive personal microscope evaluation which allows one to evaluate the cervical mucus for fertile days (to avoid sexual activity during these days). This can be used along with other safe forms of birth control (such as condoms, family planning, etc.) and can equal or exceed the ability of “the Pill” to avoid unplanned pregnancies.

If one is using birth control pills to control their menstrual cycles, irregular bleeding, ovarian cysts or endometriosis, they are taking a big risk with their health. The use of birth control pills is not able to correct the underlying dysfunction. There are far better, more effective natural remedies available such as the use of natural progesterone and female-supporting herbs.

Many menstrual problems are related to low progesterone levels in the last half of the cycle. Saliva testing for female hormones has proven to be far more accurate than blood testing of hormones.

Newest Version Of Birth Control Pill May Cause Blood Clots

Newest Version Of Birth Control Pill May Cause Blood Clots

Reference: British Medical Journal, September 25, 1999;319:795-796, 820-821

The latest generation of birth control pills, which were introduced in the 1980s and early 1990s, may raise a woman’s risk of blood clots even more than earlier oral contraceptives. Danish investigators tracked hospital admissions for venous thromboembolism, a group of disorders that includes pulmonary embolism (clots in the lung), and deep venous thrombosis (most often clots in large veins in the legs).

The study authors found that for both men and women aged 15 to 49, the number of cases of venous thromboembolism was fairly steady from 1977 to 1988. In the period from 1989 to 1993, however, the men’s rate did not change, but the hospitalization rate for women was more than 16% higher. The study gives support to the hypothesis that third generation birth control pills increase the risk of venous thromboembolism to a larger extent than second-generation birth control pills.

Our Comment:

Birth control pills increase the risk of blood clots (thromboembolism), liver and gallbladder disease, heart attacks, stroke, breast cancer and they cause depletion of many essential nutrients. It would seem wise for all women to avoid taking oral contraceptives, regardless of any reason for taking them. There are other options for birth control that are far less dangerous.

If one is using birth control pills for birth control, there are far safer options such as the use of the Ovu-Tech, an inexpensive personal microscope evaluation which allows one to evaluate the cervical mucus for fertile days (to avoid sexual activity during these days). This can be used along with other safe forms of birth control (such as condoms, family planning, etc.) and can equal or exceed the ability of “the Pill” to avoid unplanned pregnancies.

If one is using birth control pills to control their menstrual cycles, irregular bleeding, ovarian cysts or endometriosis, they are taking a big risk with their health. The use of birth control pills is not able to correct the underlying dysfunction. There are far better, more effective natural remedies available such as the use of natural progesterone and female-supporting herbs.

Many menstrual problems are related to low progesterone levels in the last half of the cycle. Saliva testing for female hormones has proven to be far more accurate than blood testing of hormones.

Birth Control Pill Use Increases Blood Clot Risk

Toxic Effects of Birth Control Pills

Birth Control Pill Use Increases Blood Clot Risk

Reference: British Medical Journal, November 11, 2000;321:1190-1195

“Third generation” oral contraceptives are linked to a more than doubled risk of potentially fatal blood clots known as venous thromboembolisms.

The research from Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts indicates that oral contraceptives containing desogestrel or gestodene increased the risk of blood clots by a factor of 2.3 compared to older birth control pills containing levonorgestrel.

The findings support earlier research about the potential danger of the “third-generation” pills that caused a scare in 1995 and resulted in a warning to doctors and pharmacists about the potential dangers. Since the warning, the number of women taking the “third generation” pill has dropped by about 80%.

The researchers estimated that if women had not switched after the warning there would have been about 26% more cases of blood clots.

Women at increased risk of heart disease would be better off avoiding the levonorgestrel pills which can lower the levels of cardio-protective HDL cholesterol.

Our Comment:

Birth control “pills” are really birth control “drugs” with far-reaching, potentially disastrous results to your health. Birth control pills or oral contraceptives are SYNTHETIC hormones that the body is not designed to handle. Long term use increases the user’s risk of developing serious chronic illness as this study highlights. In addition, birth control pills can deplete the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

Before using any synthetic hormones, become informed about the risks. An excellent, very readable author is Dr. John Lee who discusses the benefits of natural hormones as well as the negative effects of synthetic hormones.