Prescription Drug Use Soars

Most Americans are now regularly taking prescription drugs, new research has found. Almost 60 percent of adults take some type of medication, and since 2000, the number of adults taking five or more prescription drugs has nearly doubled to 15 percent, raising serious concerns about the potential for adverse interactions. An aging U.S. population, expanded Medicare coverage, and aggressive TV marketing all play a role, but national surveys of nearly 40,000 people suggest the obesity epidemic is the primary culprit fueling this upward trend. Eight of the 10 most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States are used to treat high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and other preventable conditions associated with obesity. In fact, the most popular medication in the U.S. is Zocor, which is in a class of cholesterol lowering drugs called statins. Overall use of statins jumped 10 percent over the past decade by 7 percent. “Here in (Read More)

Is Sugar Toxic?

The 60 minutes piece that was aired on CBS confirmed what we have been reporting about sugar for years – even to the point of being criticized for linking sugar consumption and cancer. If you have not seen this expose on 60 Minutes – please spend some time to see the tremendous health issues sugar poses not only for diabetes and obesity – but heart disease and cancer as well.