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Kids Taking More "Designer" Drugs Than Ever

I'm surprised a pharmaceutical company as large as Medco would want you to know that nearly $1 out of every $10 spent on childrens medications was used for "designer drugs," a dramatic shift in prescription spending, in a study comparing the first six months of 2004 with the same period in 2002.

If that number doesn't bother you, consider these:

  • The number of children ages 19 and younger taking "designer drugs" to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has increased 133 percent in the past two years.
  • Spending on these medications has grown 160 percent.
  • Spending on "designer drugs," including rheumatoid arthritis, now make up almost 10 percent of the total dollars spent on all pediatric drugs.

Moreover, RA drugs are now the fastest growing specialty in this age group, exceeding spending increases for traditional treatments for conditions like diabetes, asthma and allergy. Why? Although the number of kids with RA has remained stable (300,000), Medco found more parents are opting for "designer drugs."

But folks, you and your kids don't need those toxic, useless drugs that merely treat symptoms temporarily. Eating the right foods is a much healthier, more natural way for you to heal your body than taking a litany of medications that never get to root of the real problem. That starts with figuring out your specific nutritional type. Unlike other eating plans that force people to fit into their programs, everyone has a different nutritional type that's as distinctive as a fingerprint.

Also, I've used a revision of Dr. Brown's antibiotic protocol to treat some 3,000 patients I've treated with rheumatoid arthritis since 1989, and most have responded very well. However, I have revised the system further and found that mild cases of RA do not even require the antibiotics.

PR Newswire October 26, 2004

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