In the past few years, a symptom of public awareness that drugs like ibuprofen are actually profoundly bad for your health emerged in the form of an article circulating, several articles with similar headlines about doctors all around the world urging people to stop taking Ibuprofen.
The headline is a little bit exaggerated, but the basic truth is even “official” health organizations, government organizations and regular doctors understand that Ibuprofen is bad for you. Acetaminophen is in a similar category of terribleness, known as Tylenol in America or Panadol in Australia and New Zealand.
So the root of this headline can be found at an article from the Guardian, titled “Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart failure.” A very extensive study on the dangers of Ibuprofen was published in 2016.
It’s “doctors globally” really because the study about ibuprofen dangers cited 10 million users of the drug, and the researchers were from several European countries.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal was titled “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and risk of heart failure in four European countries: nested case-control study.”
So, experts from several European countries studied 10 million users of Ibuprofen and found some terrible things.
The study determined that ibuprofen and other common painkillers used by millions and millions of people, focusing specifically on the UK, are linked to a greatly increased risk of heart failure.
The class of drug is known as an NSAID, or Non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. In the past, other studies have actually linked these drugs to abnormal heart rhythms, which can of course cause serious problems such as heart failure.
If people take Ibuprofen regularly, they are strongly subject to an increased risk of stroke or heart attack.
Together with a sub-group of anti-inflammatory drugs known as selective COX-2 inhibitors, they are handed out like candy to mask the symptoms of just about any type of pain or inflammation.
People with arthritis who could much more easily benefit from the naturopathic product DMSO applied to the skin or certain naturopathic oils, take these drugs and some of those people have probably died of heart problems as a result.
The study used data that came from over 10 million users of NSAID drugs from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. The people cited in the study started to use the drugs between 2000 and 2010. The conclusion was, 92,163 hospital admissions for heart failure were recorded for people in this group: that’s an incredibly unusual proportion.
The statistics were sharp and disturbing. The study found that anybody who had consumed NSAID drugs in 14 days had a 19% increased risk of being admitted to the hospital for heart failure, cast in front of a control group of people who used NSAIDs at no particular point in the past.
In Italy, this BMJ research was led by a team from the University of Milano-Bicocca.
Seven traditional NSAID drugs including ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen, nimesulide, indomethacin, ketorolac, and piroxicam were found to increase risk of heart falure, with two COX 2 inhibitors which included etoricoxib and rofecoxib. Can anyone pronounce any of these?
The most wide range of risk between the drugs was a 16% increased chance of heart failure for naproxen, to a sharp 83% risk with ketorolac.
According to the Guardian:
“Researchers also found the risk of heart failure doubled for diclofenac, etoricoxib, indomethacin, piroxicam, and rofecoxib used at very high doses, although they stressed this should be interpreted with caution.”
These difficult to pronounce, strange synthetic chemicals cause people to experience bodily dysfunction. How can that be a surprise to anyone? Isn’t living a healthy life keeping this stuff far away from your body?
Inflammation is a general, broad symptom experienced by people who are suffering from their bodies not working properly. Much of the time it seems, people lack the minerals, vitamins, and necessary nutrients for their bodies to have the building blocks it needs to function.
For example, did you know basically everyone is deficient in potassium? Potassium is one of the most important things for the body, specifically the brain, to function. In fact, potassium and sodium need to be properly balanced, and so people eating a lot of salt and not having enough potassium is the worst possible formula.
People have reported feeling more mentally clear, reported having so much more mental stamina by consuming enough potassium on a daily basis. However, it’s one of the most difficult things to balance in the body, because you can’t supplement potassium in a pill or it could cause a risk of heart problems.
It takes about 10 or 11 bananas to get enough potassium for a single day, or 2 liters of coconut water. Every single day, a person would have to drink liters and liters of coconut water and eat bananas to get enough.
These are the nutrition facts for 1/4th a liter of coconut water: 700 milligrams, when we need about 4,400 milligrams of potassium daily. Nobody ever fulfills this amounts, and the mind suffers because our brains need a correct balance of sodium and potassium.
That’s just one example of a deficiency that can cause inflammation that people try to mask the symptoms of with Ibuprofen: muscle cramps are treated with potassium.
The truth is, these drugs only mask pain, and don’t solve the underlying issues. There are a lot of underlying issues these days that people have, and doctors are almost trained to not recognize nutritional deficiencies.