There is a price to pay for everything and the ability of mistaken, dishonest, unscrupulous, so called pharmaceutical researchers and companies to disseminate advice to the public  cheaply , by the internet or through your doctor is becoming a problem. It is

 becoming a danger to all our lives. I am exaggerating a bit. Not really a complete danger because these drugs do not usually kill, many just do not work and work in a way that if taken over a long period of time become a danger.

For many years I have been take 81 mg. Aspirin tablets or called by many acetylsalicylic acid . It was a way to avoid heart attacks, strokes. However on reading “Newsmax Health” which I receive nearly daily on the internet, and which never stops on giving advice on staying healthy, they came out with new research that suggests that the aspirin works only for those who have already suffered the heart attack or stroke, but risks associated with this inexpensive blood thinner outweighs the benefits for most people. Studies found that it did not help prevent first strokes or heart attacks in people at moderate risks and the modest benefit it gave diabetes sufferers was offset by the higher odds of bleeding. Who can I believe?

I worked as a pharmacist for many years and we watched very carefully when we sold narcotics. They had to be entered as purchased by the pharmacist and could be dispensed only by a written prescription by the doctor. The usual drugs dispensed were Heroin and Codeine usually in cough syrups. I understand Purdue Pharmaceuticals now said that Oxycontin and Hydrocodone which they sold , were not addictive. That is utter rubbish. They are very addictive and the number of people in the U.S. and Canada that have died from taking these drugs is proof of that. How could Purdue, a very large pharmaceutical company advertise these drugs as non-addictive.

The “Benzos” have taken over the tranquilizer market. Klonopin (Clonazepam) works but the problem is that it is nearly impossible to stop taking them. The physicians who prescribed Klonopin were not aware that they should not be taken over a long period of time. Your brain gets accustomed to these Benzos and if you stop beware. Your life will not be the same.

From my experience as a professional pharmacist, I saw so many so called benefits eventually tossed into the ashcan of  medical history replaced by new cures which if not on prescription can literally be replaced by advertising for nothing. If you eat well and have a varied diet throw out the Vitamins you religiously take. They are a waste of money. And by the way “Newsmax” also says Vitamin C does not prevent you from getting colds Incidentally I am continuing with my 81 mg Aspirin and Vitamin C, so there you have it. Even I am not immune.

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Name: Murray Rubin

Short Bio: I was born in Toronto in 1931 to a wonderful mother who divorced shortly before my birth. I owe a great deal of my success to her. I am Jewish but not at all religious, yet my culture plays an important part of my personality. I attended Harbord Collegiate and U. of T. Faculty of Pharmacy. A unique mail-order pharmacy was the first of my endeavours in the profession, followed by many stores throughout Ontario. I have a loving wife, 3 children and grand-children and I am now retired from pharmacy. But what do I write about? Everything! My topics are funny, serious, whimsical, timely, outrageous, inspiring, and inventive. I promise that if you take the time to read any one of these topics – you will not be sorry.

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