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Commonly prescribed medication linked to stroke

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Medication routinely prescribed for common complaints including allergies, heart disease and Parkinson’s has been linked to an increased risk of stroke according to new research from the University of Aberdeen.

COMMENT

Causing diseases with drugs, as opposed to preventing or curing them, is one of the key strategies used by the pharmaceutical industry to expand its markets. In a classic example of this, channel blockers – a class of drugs widely prescribed for high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and some forms of heart disease – have been shown by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute to obstruct the uptake of vitamin C by the body’s cells. Instead of protecting the heart, this therefore results in an increased risk of heart attacks. In another example, taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a type of painkiller, for even just one week, may similarly increase the risk of having a heart attack.

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