Prescription painkillers found to worsen chronic pain, generating more demand for the same drugs

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(Natural News) The opioid epidemic that is currently plaguing the United States is no longer a secret; millions of citizens across the nation are struggling with an addiction to the prescription painkillers. One of the primary defenses for these often-harmful drugs is that so many people take them to relieve unyielding and insufferable pain.

But what if these drugs aren’t actually helping those people either? Furthermore, what if these drugs actually make pain worse?

A research team from the University of Colorado Boulder discovered just that; opioid painkillers can actually exacerbate chronic pain, and may also prolong the condition that they are supposed to be healing. Perhaps this is why the use of prescription pain relievers like oxycodone and hydrocodone have quadrupled since 1999 — in less than 20 years.

The dangers of opioids simply cannot be overstated. Estimates suggest that over 2 million Americans alone suffer from an opioid addiction, and another half a million people struggle with heroin addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 80 percent of heroin users report that their addiction began with opioid pain relievers. Thousands of people receive urgent medical care for accidental or intentional misuse of these dangerous drugs. On top of that, opioids contribute to up to 60 deaths per day, according to some statistics. (Related: Big Pharma spent $880 million fighting against state opioid restrictions.)

Opioids are not worth the risk

Many people take these drugs daily in an effort to combat chronic pain, but the study from Colorado University Boulder suggests that this could indeed be more detrimental than anything else. In fact, the research team even surmised that “prolonged pain is an unrealized and clinically concerning consequence of the abundant use of opioids in chronic pain.”

The study, which was published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that in rats, opioids prolonged and increased chronic pain.

The research revealed that just five days of treatment with morphine led to chronic pain that persisted for several months. What the team found was that the drug treatment provoked pain signals from the rats’ microglia — which are a type of immune cell that is specific to the central nervous system.

One interesting aspect of the microglia is their ability to respond to changes in sensory activity and potentially influence neuronal activity acutely and long-term — even in mature brains. A team of researchers from the Nervous System Development and Plasticity Section of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institute of Health, noted in their 2011 paper that, “Microglia seem to be particularly involved in monitoring the integrity of synaptic function.”

Given that these cells seem to be especially intertwined with the central nervous system, it would be particularly concerning to learn that opioids trigger microglia into action. The team from the University of Colorado Boulder also noted that the microglia play an “important role” when it comes to pain management.

In their abstract, the researchers commented, “These data also provide strong support for the recent ‘two-hit hypothesis’ of microglial priming, leading to exaggerated reactivity after the second challenge, documented here in the context of nerve injury followed by morphine. This study predicts that prolonged pain is an unrealized and clinically concerning consequence of the abundant use of opioids in chronic pain.”

Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia: a known side-effect

The potential for opioids to actually worsen pain has been a known effect of the drugs for quite some time now. The condition even has a name: opioid induced hyperalgesia, or OIH for short. Some of the symptoms of OIH include an expanding region of pain, decreased pain threshold, increased sensitivity to painful and non-painful stimuli, and worsening pain despite the ingestion of an increasing number of opioids.

Many studies have described this phenomenon, with research on this apparent side effect of opioid administration dating back to the 1970s. And yet, in spite of this knowledge, somehow these drugs have been pushed on the public en masse.

See PrescriptionWarning.com for more news coverage of the dangers of prescription medication. (Click to Source)

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INVESTIGATION: “Trans” ideology pushed by Big Pharma and surgery companies backed by $400 million P.R. campaign

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(Natural News) Over the years, Natural Newshas drawn attention to certain environmental factors that are having a profound gender-bending effect on both human and animal life. But don’t for a second think that this onslaught is an unintended consequence of big industry; as new reports suggest, that this was all pre-planned as a way for Big Pharma to rake in more profits.

Much of it is tied into the push for acceptance and normalization of transgenderism, which New York-based feminist Jenifer Bilek admits is a conspiracy, of sorts, to funnel money towards certain special interests groups. Among these are drug companies that supply hormones and other chemical concoctions that aid the process of gender “conversion,” as well as surgery companies and other key players in the healthcare industry.

More than $400 million, she says, has been given by donors and business groups to promote the transgender agenda, which really gained traction during the latter years of the Obama regime. Pro-transgender funding isn’t often talked about, but it’s speaking volumes in the background, greasing the wheels of more profit flow for those also pushing more drugs and surgery for profit on the masses.

This is why questioning gender-trumps-biology dogma has almost become a prosecutable offense in politically-correct America, where stating facts about human nature is no longer accepted. It’s also why those in charge of the narrative are pushing so hard for anything-goes bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms, as normalization of such perversion is the key to ensuring that Big Pharma obtains the profits it so desperately craves.

“These men and others, including pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government, are sending millions of dollars to LGBT causes,” Bilek writes, noting that many doctors, reporters, researchers, and surgeons are too afraid to stand against this evil agenda.

“Overall reported global spending on LGBT is now estimated at $424 million,” she adds. “From 2003-2013, reported funding for transgender issues increased more than eightfold, growing at threefold the increase of LGBTQ funding overall, which quadrupled from 2003 to 2012. This huge spike in funding happened at the same time transgenderism began gaining traction in American culture.”

Victims of transgender programming receive little, or none, of this money

What’s perhaps even more disturbing are the victims of this evil campaign who’ve succumbed to the programming and undergone surgeries or hormone therapies in a futile attempt to change their genders. The LGBT mafia loves to pretend as though it raises funds to help these people, but as Bilek reports, very little – if any – of this money ends up in a place where it helps LGBT victims.

Virtually all of it, she says, goes towards government agencies, technology think tanks, and pharmaceutical corporations that are pushing an agenda. And that agenda is to institutionalize and normalize transgenderism as a “lifestyle choice,” as Bilek puts it.

“They are shaping the narrative about transgenderism and normalizing it within the culture using their funding methods,” she points out.

“[Promoting] Bodily diversity appears to be the core issue, not [treating] gender dysphoria; that and unmooring people from their biology via language distortions, to normalize altering human biology. Institutionalizing transgender ideology does just this. This ideology is being promoted as a civil rights issue by wealthy, white men with enormous influence who stand to personally benefit from their political activities.”

This is important to keep in mind the next time somebody tries to tell you that transgenderism is normal, and that the mass “coming out” of people in recent years is just an organic outpouring of people believing they finally have the freedom to “be themselves.” In reality, these people have been brainwashed by a massive social engineering experiment that, likes most other things in life, is being driven by greed and Big Pharma money-lust. (Click to Source)

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On the same day that 17 children were murdered in a Florida high school, almost 300 Americans were killed by FDA-approved prescription medications

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(Natural News) On the same day that 17 students and staff were killed in a Florida high school shooting, nearly 300 Americans were killed by FDA-approved prescription medications. Yet no one cried a single tear, and the (pharma-funded) news didn’t even mention the tragedy.

When children are killed by guns, the news is emotionally multiplied with pseudojournalism “theatrics” to push for gun control while ignoring the far more devastating causes of preventable death in America. You see, while the Florida school shooting happened just once, the deaths of hundreds of Americans from FDA-approved prescription medications goes on every single day, without pause.

That’s why, according to scientific research, at least 106,000 Americans are killed each year by legal medications which are prescribed by licensed doctors. (Source: “Death By Medicine” analysis.)

Chemotherapy kills an estimated 2,700 people every day across the globe

The website PharmaDeathClock.com counts the number of people killed by toxic medicine every day, both in America and around the world. According to the site, chemotherapy alone kills an estimated 2700 people every day around the world. (See the Chemo Kills website for more details.)

As sad as any tragic shooting event might be, the actual number of innocent people killed in such events is dwarfed by those whose lives are destroyed every single day due to the corruption and collusion of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (which knowingly conceals the dangers of deadly drugs in order to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry it pretends to regulate).

In fact, as you’ll see from visiting PharmaDeathClock.com, the number of people routinely killed by dangerous prescription medication dwarfs the number of human beings killed in all the wars, disease outbreaks and acts of terrorism combined.

Even more alarmingly, the Florida high school shooter had been treated with mind-altering medications — a common thread we almost always discover in school shootings. In nearly every school shooting over the last two decades, the shooter was taking psychiatric medications prescribed by a psychiatrist or a doctor. The dishonest media refuses to report this link for the simple reason that they earn billions of dollars a year in ad revenue from drug makers.

The fake news media is largely funded by Big Pharma money

“Big Pharma spent nearly $6 billion on TV, magazine and digital advertisements in 2016 alone, a healthy sum ad-dependent news outlets cannot ignore,” reports Kit Daniels for InfoWars. “…suspected Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz may have been autistic and taking medication for emotional issues, yet only Infowars, World Net Daily and a handful of others are shining a light on the SSRI epidemic,” wrote Daniels.

NaturalNews, of course, spearheaded the truth on this issue nearly a decade ago. In fact, almost ten years ago, I recorded and published a hugely popular rap song called “S.S.R.Lies” . Watch it here and remember this was almost a decade ago, yet the lyrics are even more poignant today:

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The left-wing media, predictably, exploits every school shooting to push its agenda of repealing the Second Amendment and confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens, turning the United State of America into a police state where a corrupt government has a monopoly of firepower. But they refuse to consider the mind-altering effects of psychiatric medication, which emerges in nearly every school shooting in recent memory.

In 2013, I recorded and published another music video about the mass drugging of teens. It’s called Heaven Can Wait, and you can watch the full video here:

Even Fox News covers up the truth about psychiatric medications

The bottom line? I’ve been warning America about the link between mass medication and mass shootings for over a decade. The real cause behind these school shootings isn’t a mystery: It’s the mind-altering meds made by corrupt pharmaceutical corporations that bribe media companies into silence. Sean Hannity silenced a guest who tried to talk about psychiatric drugs and their links to school shootings. As explained by Matt Agorist at BlacklistedNews.com:

In a clear example of how beholden mainstream media is to the pharmaceutical industries who manufacture and market these drugs, FOX News’ Sean Hannity was recorded this week, blatantly cutting off a reporter who dared mention Nikolas Cruz’s reported association with antidepressants.

In a news segment this week, Hannity was interviewing radio talk show host, Gina Loudon who tried to bring up Cruz’s association with SSRIs.

“I think we have to take a hard look at one thing we’re not talking about yet too, Sean, and that is psychotropic drugs,” Loudon says.

“My guess is, we’ll find out like most of these shooters…..” she says, just before Hannity jumps in to silence her.

Hannity then shuts up Loudon and moves to the doctor next to her. Just like that, all talk which was implicating big pharma in their role in mass shootings was effectively silenced.

It is no secret that the pharmaceutical industry wields immense control over the government and the media. It is their control which keeps any negative press about their dangerous products from airing. However, most people likely do not know the scope of this control.

As Mike Papantonio, attorney and host of the international television show America’s Lawyer,explains, with the exception of CBS, every major media outlet in the United States shares at least one board member with at least one pharmaceutical company. To put that into perspective: These board members wake up, go to a meeting at Merck or Pfizer, then they have their driver take them over to a meeting with NBC to decide what kind of programming that network is going to air.

The same fake news media, in other words, that’s now trying to obliterate the Second Amendment and destroy your constitutional rights just happens to be funded by the very same evil pharma companies that are profiting from the psychiatric drugging of children. (Click to Source)

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Is Rand Paul the only U.S. Senator who opposes Big Pharma’s racketeering and price monopolies?

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(Natural News) Truth be told, the best type of conservative is one who is capable of not only sticking to his or her principles, but also able to articulate those principles in a bold and fearless manner. And when it comes to shrinking the size of government and standing up to Big Pharma, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul reminds us time and time again that he most certainly fits that description.

“Big Pharma manipulates the system to keep prices high. It is not capitalism, and it’s big government, and we’ve got to fix it,” said a passionate Rand Paul during last week’s hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Kentucky Senator went on to urge President Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, Alex Azar, to keep Trump’s campaign promise of allowing the safe importation of prescription drugs and medications from counties overseas as a means of lowering the cost for consumers. “You need to convince those of us who are skeptical that you’ll be part of fixing it and won’t be beholden to Big Pharma,” he said.

Being the principled man that he is, Rand Paul even said that he would not be voting to confirm Azar unless he proved his commitment to taking on Big Pharma and sett forth a plan detailing how exactly he would uphold the President’s campaign promise.

“If you’re open to it, and not just say it’s unsafe, will say, ‘This is how I would do it, and this is how I would reimport drugs and make it safe,’ that’s an honest reform. If you can’t do that, I can’t support you,” Paul said during the hearing. “So I hope you will come back with an answer that says, ‘This is how I would make reimportation safe.’” (Related: All of the Health Ranger’s warnings about Big Pharma are now coming true thanks to the opioid epidemic.)

What Rand Paul really did during the hearing last week is remind conservatives in Congress and throughout the country that at its core, the Republican Party stands for and needs to be an advocate of free market capitalism. Big Pharma intentionally tries to keep prices high and separate the people from more and more of their money by manipulating the system, and in order to drive up competition (which is essentially the fuel that America’s capitalist economic system runs on), that sort of manipulation has to be discouraged and done away with.

Thankfully, President Trump has been an outspoken critic of Big Pharma as well. Before he was even sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, President-elect Trump stated at a press conference that “our drug industry has been disastrous,” and that even though the United States is the largest buyer of drugs in the world, we constantly fall short when it comes to bidding. By introducing some reforms to the drug industry, Trump said at the time that our country will save billions of dollars in the long run.

During a subsequent interview with The Washington Post, Trump doubled down on his position and stated that Big Pharma will no longer be politically protected as they have been for years prior to his administration.

Of course, not everyone in the Republican Party supports the positions of people like Rand Paul and President Trump when it comes to the pharmaceutical companies. True to form, House Speaker Paul Ryan came out publicly in the weeks following Trump’s criticism of Big Pharma to announce that we need to have “more conversations” about this issue, and even implied that Trump’s language was too extreme.

Dealing with Big Pharma is going to be a daunting task in and of itself, but it appears that step one is dealing with the members of the Republican Party that cave to it. (Click to Source)

MEXICO MURDERS UP WITH DEADLIEST MONTH IN AT LEAST 20 YEARS

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country’s deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data.

Killings rose in states ranging from the tourist haven of Baja California Sur to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and even in Mexico City, long considered a relative oasis from drug gang violence. For the first six months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 homicide investigations, or 31 percent more than the 9,300 during the same period last year.

Just Friday, the same day the report was released, a marine and four other people were killed when armed forces moved against the leader of the principal fuel-theft ring in the central state of Puebla.

Four of the dead were alleged members of “Los Bukanas,” a violent gang that sells gasoline stolen through illegal taps in the government oil company’s pipelines. It’s a business that has been estimated to cost the government $1 billion annually and which has grown increasingly violent as authorities try to control it. (Click to Site)