Save Our Bones Bulletin: One-Third Of Drugs Approved By FDA Were Dangerous; Survey Finds Adults Feel Bad Half The Time; "Forever Chemicals" In Our Drinking Water - Save Our Bones

Many dangers lurk in the modern world, and making matters worse, the authorities tasked with identifying them often fail to do that. This month, we'll examine a few such failures.

First, a study from Yale School Of Medicine found that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been approving drugs that are not safe. That's a longstanding problem, but this research shows just how bad it has gotten.

Then we'll look at a poll that found that adults don't feel well most of the time. We'll examine their answers, and why that might be.

Finally, you'll get the latest on the “forever chemicals” that are contaminating drinking water across the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new standards, but it may be too little too late.

Approved Drugs Later Proved Dangerous And Deadly

A study conducted by Yale School Of Medicine researchers found that nearly a third of prescription drugs approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2010 caused major health issues in users.

These harmful side effects resulted in some drugs being withdrawn from the market, while others needed warning labels.

Relevant Excerpt:

“Seventy-one of the 222 drugs approved in the first decade of the millennium were withdrawn, required a “black box” warning on side effects or warranted a safety announcement about new risks, Dr. Joseph Ross, an associate professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues reported in JAMA on Tuesday. The study included safety actions through Feb. 28.

It took a median of 4.2 years after the drugs were approved for these safety concerns to come to light, the study found, and issues were more common among psychiatric drugs, biologic drugs, drugs that were granted “accelerated approval” and drugs that were approved near the regulatory deadline for approval.”1

This sequence of events is all too familiar for Savers. Osteoporosis drugs fit into this pattern, and there are still many active lawsuits attempting to hold Big Pharma companies liable for their failure to alert consumers of the serious health risks– especially those they knew about but failed to disclose.

At this point, there is ample documentation of the numerous times when the FDA's approval process has failed the public. Consumers have suffered grave, and sometimes fatal, consequences for the agency's inability to accurately assess and report the safety of new drugs.

That's one of many reasons why the Save Institute supports a drug-free, 100% natural approach to preventing and reversing osteoporosis– as well as encouraging non-pharmaceutical interventions for other health issues whenever possible.

Synopsis

A study from Yale School Of Medicine found that around one-third of the new drugs approved by the FDA between 2001 and 2010 turned out to cause major health issues that required recalling the drug or adding “black box” warning labels.

Survey Finds Adults Feel Good Less Than Half Of The Time

A poll of 2000 adults in the United Kingdom asked participants how often they felt good, both physically and mentally. The report from One Poll concluded that participants feel good only about 47% percent of the time.

Relevant Excerpt:

“One in four respondents say they deal with anxiety at least once per week, and 40 percent battle muscle aches on most days. On an especially depressing note, just under six in 10 (57%) say they rarely feel “on top of their game” physically. Another 61 percent have simply accepted that aches and pains are part of their daily life.”2

The respondents credited their aches, pains, and anxieties to a lack of exercise, poor diet, and the feeling that they don't have enough time each day to care for themselves properly.

It's no wonder that respondents who don't have healthy habits are experiencing poor physical and mental health. Creating new habits– and carving out the time to keep up with them– is a challenge that requires a strategic approach. But the results are well worth it: feeling well most of the time, stronger bones, and better health.

Synopsis

A poll of 2000 adults in the UK found that respondents only feel well about 47% of the time– dealing with daily aches and pains that many participants attributed to a poor diet and not exercising enough.

Forever Chemicals Declared More Dangerous Than Previously Thought

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared last month that a group of toxic compounds known as “forever chemicals” are even more dangerous than previously thought.

Millions of Americans are exposed to these human-made chemicals in their drinking water, cosmetics, and food packaging.

Relevant Excerpt:

“The new health advisories for a ubiquitous class of compounds known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, underscore the risk facing dozens of communities across the country. Linked to infertility, thyroid problems and several types of cancer, these “forever chemicals” can persist in the environment for years without breaking down.

“…Today’s announcement should set off alarm bells for consumers and regulators,” said Melanie Benesh, legislative attorney at the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization. “These proposed advisory levels demonstrate that we must move much faster to dramatically reduce exposures to these toxic chemicals.””3

Starting in the 1940s, these chemicals have been used in nonstick cookware, moisture repellant fabric, and flame retardant equipment. The durable yet flexible nature of the compounds made them ubiquitous in food packaging– especially at fast-food restaurants and grocery stores.

Once ingested, they build up in the body and can cause serious long-term health problems.

The EPA announced that incredibly small amounts of two of the most common PFAS, known as PFOA and PFOS, can compromise cardiovascular and immune systems– as little as 0.004 and 0.02 parts per trillion. The previous health advisories allowed for thousands of times more of these compounds in drinking water.

This means that many communities have been ingesting dangerous levels of these “forever chemicals” for many years, and continue to do so today. The EPA plans to propose mandatory standards this fall to reduce PFAS levels in drinking water. The lobbying group of the chemical manufacturing industry has already begun attempting to discredit the new standards.

As you might expect, these compounds contribute to acidification and stress your body's toxin filtration system– which contributes to bone loss.

Synopsis

The EPA has announced that smaller-than-previously-thought amounts of “forever chemicals” in drinking water can cause serious cardiovascular, immune problems, and more. The agency plans to change the mandatory drinking water standards.

What This Means To You

It's no wonder so many adults feel less than great– major industries, from pharmaceuticals to industrial chemicals, are exposing people to dangerous compounds without appropriate warnings. And as Savers already know, our drinking water is contaminated with “forever chemicals”, including bone-harming fluoridated compounds and other undesirable substances.

The modern inevitability of exposure to acidifying chemicals inspired the Save Institute to create a healthy seven-day bone-building cleanse. OsteoCleanse gives your body a chance to rid itself of toxins, all while nurturing your bones and wellbeing with cleansing and nutritious foods you need to stay healthy and strong.

Take steps to counteract the chemical contamination that comes with living in the modern age. A holistic approach to health, regular exercise, eating whole foods, and regularly cleansing your body of toxins will help you remain strong, steady, and independent.

References

1 https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/09/527575055/one-third-of-new-drugs-had-safety-problems-after-fda-approval

2 https://www.studyfinds.org/adults-feel-good-half-of-the-time/

3 https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/06/15/epa-pfas-forever-chemicals/

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  1. Patrice

    I’ve suffered two compression fractures in my spine, and my PCP and Rheumatologist AND my Orthopedic doctor say drugs, drugs, drugs. We’re working as a team to find something I can live with–the one medication I’ve considered is teriparatide, but it comes with a $1200 copay, EVERY month. I’m following the Savers diet and exercise plan, have been for about 6 months. Two questions: Is there a medication out there that won’t kill my osteoclasts AND build my osteoblast activity? And two, what is a time frame to expect Saver results from the program? Apologies for the length, thank you!

  2. Paula Symonds

    You should be ashamed of yourselves for this bulletin. The first part says nothing about what drugs were problematic. The second took place in ENGLAND! What makes you think, without research, that those in the US have anything in common with people in England? And the third alludes to problems with water without saying anything about what or where. If you want to raise anxiety this is a great way to do it. It is as good as making FAKE NEWS. Once again, I am ashamed of you.

    • Save Institute Customer Support

      Hi Paula, we appreciate your feedback. The Bulletins simply represent our effort to share the latest relevant news with Savers, many of whom live in England and around the world. You’re also welcome to click on the reference links to read the entire news piece to get more details. We wish you the best!

  3. Lynn Draper

    What is the safest water to drink? We have an RO system.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Reverse osmosis (RO) and distillation are both good water filtering processes, Lynn.

  4. Patricia

    Thanks for your valuable information

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re welcome, Patricia!

  5. Terry Williams Kopf

    Well this is just great. The EPA “plans” to change standards? When for God’s sake? Thank you for letting us know. As to medicines being harmful, boy is that the truth. Lets talk about benzodiazapene drugs that doctors hand out
    Like candy. These drugs are so addictive and demand more and more leaving people who are often cold turkey withdrawing since the doctors don’t understand what happens to people. Some of them actually kill themselves due to the symptoms of withdrawal. The FDA should be criminally held responsible for approving bad drugs and the doctors too for prescribing them for daily use past 2 weeks time.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for chiming in, Terry! I personally know several people who are addicted to benzos and can’t even envision stopping to take them. It’s a very sad situation, indeed.

  6. Claudia

    Thanks for keeping us up to date Vivian! I am not surprised that the drugs are dangerous and that;s why I avoid them all the time. And I never drink tap water either, especially since I follow the program.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      My pleasure, Claudia! Keep up with the program 🙂

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