Once a medication has been identified as a potential hazard to human health and life, it should be pulled from the market.
But, it’s not.
I read a small blurb in the newspaper that was deeply disturbing. It said that almost one third of new drugs approved by US regulators (the FDA) ended up years later with safety issues such as increased risk of serious skin reaction, liver damage, cancer and death.
These “safety issues” are called black box warnings.
Many years ago a friend of mine, a pharmaceutical rep, was telling me about his new job. He said he gets paid more money to sell the “black box” medications.
At the time I didn’t know what a black box medication was, so he informed me.
I was shocked and said, “Holy crap! They know those medications cause cancer and death, and they are still on the market? How is that possible?”
He shrugged his shoulders and said, “Its just business.”
I didn’t agree with him, but I understood his reasoning to sell those medications; he needed the money and they were legal.
But, the truth is, they shouldn’t be.
This is a major flaw in our medical system.
On May 17th, 2017 my husband called to tell me some upsetting news.
“Honey, I have some sad news for you…. Chris Cornell was found dead. They think he committed suicide.”
For those of you that do not know Chris Cornell’s work, he was an amazingly talented musician. He was the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and also founder and lead singer of Temple of the Dog. His music helped shape the grunge scene in the 80’s and 90’s and he continued working, collaborating, and performing right up until the night of his death.
Rolling Stone magazine reported that his wife, Vicky Cornell, issued a statement blaming the anxiety medication he was taking for his suicide.
The safety issues associated with the drug he was taking, Ativan, include paranoid or suicidal thoughts, slurred speech and impaired judgment.
Ativan is one of those nefarious black box medications.
As an herbalist and wellness practitioner, I recommend lifestyle suggestions and quite a few plant medicines to help reduce anxiety and support someone’s nervous system. None of them are associated with causing death.
Drug dealers on the street selling illegal drugs are convicted of crimes and do time in prison.
Why aren’t the legal drug dealers, selling prescription opioids held accountable, too?
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.