Perils of Polypharmacy
study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society describes
how older people taking multiple pharmaceutical drugs face a significantly
greater risk of frailty, disability and death. Providing further shocking
evidence of the dangers of “polypharmacy”, the researchers found
that each additional medication added to a patient’s regimen was associated
with a 22% increased risk of going from a state of robust health to dying
during the period of the study.
out in Australia, a country where half of people aged 65 and over now take
at least five different types of drugs, the study followed 1,705 men aged
70 and older over a nine-year period. Significantly, even for men who were
considered to be in robust health at the start of the study, the prescribing
of additional drugs was clearly demonstrated to result in an increased risk
trapped in a vicious circle
it is sometimes claimed to be paradoxical that, as they age, people supposedly
need multiple drugs to keep them alive, and yet the more drugs they take
the more health problems they develop. Over the years, the mass media and
other pro-pharma stakeholders have offered all manner of absurd explanations
to account for this.
the real explanation is a very simple one. Pharmaceutical drugs don’t
treat the root cause of diseases, they only treat the symptoms. Not only
does this therefore result in the patient’s health problem simply
being masked rather than properly treated, the problem is compounded by
the fact that all drugs inevitably cause side-effects. To make matters worse,
the emergence of side-effects results in the patient then being prescribed
still further drugs as a means of controlling them. And so it goes on. The
inescapable consequence is a vicious circle where the more drugs that are
taken, the worse the patient’s health becomes. In developed countries,
most of us probably know one or more elderly people whose health has deteriorated
as a direct result of their becoming trapped in this situation.
be bad enough if this all happened by accident. But in fact, the deliberate
causing of new diseases with drugs is one of the key strategies used by
pharmaceutical companies to expand their markets. Far from being the ‘Mother
Teresa’ industry that it tries to portray itself as, the modus operandi
of drug makers is built on a deeply cynical combination of fraud and lies.
Seen by some pharma industry observers as perhaps one of the most infamous
illustrations of this, the former CEO of Pfizer, Hank McKinnell, admitted
in his book “A Call to Action” that even he didn’t always
believe in what he was saying.
Medicine provides the solution
negative as all this might sound, the key message of our Foundation remains
as clear and positive today as it has always been. Dr. Rath’s research
has proven that an optimum daily intake of vitamins and other essential
micronutrients is essential for the health of the body’s cells. But
while healthy cells make for a healthy body, an insufficient supply of micronutrients
starves the cells and eventually results in the development of diseases.
The sooner this simple principle reaches and is understood in all corners
of the globe, the sooner that the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’
will be brought to an end. By sharing this important information as widely
as possible, and committing ourselves to a world where optimum health is
freely available to everyone, we can all play an active role in determining
how soon it will become a reality.