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These harmful side effects resulted in some drugs being withdrawn from the market, while others needed warning labels.
“Seventy-one of the 222 drugs approved in the first decade of the millennium were withdrawn, required a “black box” warning on side effects or warranted a safety announcement about new risks, Dr.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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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. The Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse 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.