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Celebrex: Increased Heart Attacks?

Pfizer reported this week its arthritis medication Celebrex increases vascular death risk according to a long-term study.

According to CNN, however, Pfizer has no plans to stop selling this product. According to one popular medication observer, Abramson, he said, "Celebrex wasn't a wonder drug. It was wonder marketing," he said. Different medical commentators said we should discuss this medication with our doctors and consider alternatives such as Advil which Ibuprofen.

Just to bring you up to date:

Merck's arthritis drug, Vioxx, is now gone due to increased risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Pfizer said in October that Bextra, another arthritis like Vioxx, might raise heart attack risk in some patients.

My Thanks to CNN/Money's Steve Radwell who reported some facts used in my terse summary.

So What Are Your Options In Arthritis?

In our customized approach to patient arthritis we have not been killing people. Our options have few commercials, but some of these options are annoying to the KGB, or the FDA, who like to control all medications--customized or otherwise, including pet medications and nutrients. So read this with your blinds lowered.

  1. Rule out Lyme since it dissolves cartilage, disks and bones -- use Bowen Research Training Center in Florida or IgeneX in California for testing or do not even bother.
  2. Measure your alpha MSH at LabCorp -- if you are an athlete you will over-train to try to feel right. You are trying to fix your terribly low endorphins.
  3. SAM-e has a long history of cartilage protection used at the highest dose you can handle--2000 mg or less. We offer on my site wholesale SAM-e 400 mg, a 30 pack, not a 20, for about $21.00. This is not 50% binder but 100% SAM-e. If you have GI trouble we have a patented form that beats the gut problems.
  4. Custom Joint Drugs -- we have many joint creams that are safe "drugs" that go quickly into all joints except the hips and very deep back tissue. We then add many different medications at local doses to the transdermal medication carry cream, and have published these in various compounding journals. They are really amazing. They are fantastic on fingers, toes, ankles, wrists, arms, knees, and elbows and moderate on shoulders.
  5. Glucosamine Hydrochloride/Sulfate & Chondroitin Sulfate have been researched and suggested by world authorities as safer and better long-term than various common non-steroidal pain medications purchased over the counter. These drugs like Advil or Motrin hurt the GI track and the kidneys.
  6. Hyaluronic acid or Hyaluronic is a component of connective tissue whose function is to cushion and lubricate. It is located in joints. Persons with connective tissue disease often have low hyaluronic acid.
  7. Magnesium cream rubbed on painful joints or taken sublingually at 50 mg troches like nitroglycerin -- your doctor can call a local compounding pharmacist or the ones I publish with regularly at 610 363 7474, in Pennsylvania, USA. Magnesium decreases inflammation.
  8. Growth Hormone Injections into Cartilage Deficient Joints -- I was told of this process about a decade ago and was told by the senior surgeon that he had very good results. I mention only for your reflection.
  9. Herbal Cox-2 Inhibitors -- there are many on the market and I will let you explore.
  10. Herbal Anti-inflammatory Combinations -- there are many of these and I will let you explore.

The FDA & Arthritis

The FDA keeps some of the most important medications out of the country. As an aggressive pharmacologist looking for new options, it is amazing how many are in India, China and dozens of other countries instead of here.

Does the FDA kill many more people than they save by this Berlin wall? I think it is time for American liberty lovers to be allowed to make decisions on their medications. I have proposed a rating system for the FDA, that allows them to hold strict standards for an "A" or FDA approval, which costs more than the money in Fort Knox, and allows many lesser ratings for Americans to make educated decisions. We do not all want to live in FDA cloisters.


So here are proposed ideas to allow us access to all possible data to make our own decisions as adults.

  • If a medication has been used in other countries on 1 million people, it gets an F rating for foreign data only. An F10 means it has been used in foreign countries on 10 million patients.
  • If it has had studies done in the USA under FDA supervision, which is typically only on a few thousand people, it gets an A, or approval.
  • For each year it is approved it gets a number, such as A3, which means it has been available three years post USA approval.
  • For each ten million patients treated the medication gets a 10M.
  • If a medication is not FDA approved, the physician must have a patient note, or a court appointed guardian saying the patient understands that the medication is not FDA approved, and then should be offered the option of the medication.

    Why should some of our useful options wait 10-20 years or never come to the USA, due to the massive cost of FDA experiments for approval and the FDA barriers? A medication available in 70 countries for ten years should be able to be prescribed to those who want it in the USA. Period. Why wait for the Ivy League and Drug Company fusion to decide what you are allowed to have for treatment.
  • These are combined if applicable. So a box that says "A6 60M" means the drug has been approved by the FDA for 6 years and used in 60 million patients worldwide.


    Dr. J

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