As the news article below demonstrates, the drug company Merck apparently knew that it’s arthritis painkiller Vioxx was killing people four years before they finally admitted to finding out and withdrawing the drug from the market.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that Vioxx may have contributed to as many as 27,785 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths between 1999 and 2003. The estimate is based on the 92.8 million prescriptions issued for Vioxx between 1999 and 2003.
This reminds me of my post of Sunday, November 1, in which the drug company Wyeth ignored evidence of cancer risk from their hormone replacement therapy drug, Prempro. Their parent company, Pfizer, Inc., now faces billions of dollars of losses in lawsuits from some nine thousand women who took the drug and ended up with breast cancer.
(Pfizer, by the way, was recently was ordered to pay a record $2.3 billion fine for illegally marketing another arthritis painkiller, Bextra, which is now also off the market.)
What’s the Big Fascination With Prescription Drugs?
Why so many people still take potentially dangerous and toxic prescription drugs instead of generally safe, natural and highly effective nutrient supplements I’ll probably never understand. I suppose it’s because they get their drugs relatively “free” due to medical insurance, whereas they would have to pay for the supplements fully out of pocket.
But death by sudden cardiac arrest is one helluva price to pay for “free” drugs.
Arthritis Pain Reliever Extraordinaire
If I were suffering from serious, debilitating arthritis pain, I’d take a safe, natural supplement known as Cetylmyristoleate, or CMO, for short. You can read more about it at the link in the previous sentence. But suffice it to say that CMO not only relieves the body of arthritis-induced pain, but often completely cures it, in as little as 30 days of use.
Here’s a rather long testimonial we recently received from a very happy CMO user that’s indicative of the kind of extraordinary relief many CMO users attest to:
“When I ordered my first supply of CMO I was a bit skeptical, having tried numerous other “arthritis relief” supplements and so-called “cures”. My skepticism was to be short lived; my daily parole from constant joint pain and muscle fatigue is unparalleled and nothing short of miraculous. Here’s my story:
I’m a licensed contractor in the State of California. I began my journey of becoming a professional tradesman around the age of 15, when I landed my first construction assignment as a laborer. I lied about my age to get the job; back then you could do that!
From the onset, I absolutely loved the physical demands and sense of accomplishment that came with this type of work.
Several years later, I became a licensed contractor, specializing in Electrical, Heating/Air Conditioning and Plumbing trades. Being self employed was my dream come true for it had many benefits along with some liabilities; namely LONG HOURS! At times I stretched my physical being to unimaginable limits, only to pay a relatively small price with regards to aches and pains. It usually amounted to a couple of days of being “sore and uncomfortable.” I never required more than an aspirin or two to obtain relief. I enjoyed many years doing the work I loved and thinking I was invincible. Then it happened…I got older and developed a painful case of arthritis.
I awoke one morning (I think I was 42 at the time) to find my fingers completely locked in a semi-bent position. After a few minutes of strenuous stretching of my hands, I was able to go about my business. As you may have guessed, my hands and limbs were my most important asset in my profession.
This was just the beginning of a downward spiral into constant arthritic pain and inflammation, which would eventually affect my elbows, knees, wrists and shoulders. By the age of 47 I was eating five to ten Advil tablets per day, just to make it through the day.
I had visited my doctor (Dr. Tsai) many times, only to be given 800mg Ibuprophen and various diuretics. I hated the effect the 800mg pills had on me, so I resorted to taking over-the-counter Advil. Semi-depression began to sink in, as I struggled to find a different solution to my dilemma. I mean, there had to be a better way. There just ABSOLUTELY had to be another answer. I began my quest for a “natural” supplement and an end to the insanity of becoming a minion to “Mother’s Little Helper”.
So my search began. Over the next few years I tried such exotics as Cat’s Claw, Devil’s Claw, Turmeric, Calcium Supplements, Vitamin B, B-Complex and glucosamine. By the time I began taking glucosamine, I had developed another problem; bone spurs. Nothing helped.
I even tried painful cortisone shots (I know…it’s not natural, but I did try them).
During another all-too-frequent visit to Dr. Tsai in April of 2008, I mentioned that my pain was becoming excruciating when I walked and I had noticed bumps forming on my right wrist and both elbows. Dr Tsai sent me to the local Community Hospital, where they X-rayed the affected areas. Two days later during a follow-up with my doctor, I was informed of his findings and shown the X-rays. Bone spurs had formed on my wrists, elbows and feet/ankles and the little buggers (spurs) looked like bent horns with stickers poking out. My doctor recommended surgery to remove them and said I’d be out of work and off of my feet for approximately 3-6 weeks, with NO guarantee the spurs would not return. WHAT??
To add insult to injury, when my arthritis flared up just a little, the newly developing spurs notably exasperated the process of swelling and inflammation. By now it had become nearly impossible to hold a screwdriver, let alone lift anything above 10lbs. While some of the supplements I had tried seemed to provide sparing relief, they just didn’t get the job done sufficiently. By the age of 52, I was intermittently taking the 800mg “helpers” again, along with a few more Cortisone injections when the pain became UNBEARABLE. I began to believe that surgery may be my only option in the not-too-distant future.
However; I did not stop searching for and trying natural supplements. There had to be another way…
I really hate to use clichés, but how dark it is before the dawn. During March of this year, I decided to read up on the information provided on the website of a company called The Silver Edge, regarding CMO. While reading its description, my eyes focused on the following text: “…in a study reported in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, partial to total remission of pain was reported by 93% of users of Cetyl Myristoleate”. As stated earlier, I was somewhat skeptical but made the purchase anyway. By this time, I am 53 years of age and have been worn thin by hype, snake oil and products that just didn’t deliver.
I stopped taking Advil and all other supplements for three days before starting my CMO regimen. I really wanted to know if it worked as claimed. On the fifth day of taking the recommended dosage, I experienced a noticeable reduction of pain and swelling. I wondered if I had conned myself into a placebo effect, since my hopes were so high. Well, after two weeks I had no pain, the swelling was gone and I was the recipient of an unexpected benefit; MY BONE SPURS WERE ACTUALLY SHRINKING!
In June I returned to my doctor for a routine checkup. I immediately had him feel my elbows; where just three months prior, two painful-dime sized volcanic masses resided just below the skin. The last time I was in his office; I cringed in pain when he (or anything else) touched those areas. The same day, I was sent in for additional X-rays and a follow up. The results -- NO active spurs, although you can still see minor bone disfiguration where the eruptions took place. For me this is nothing short of a miracle.
I am now in my eighth month of taking CMO and couldn’t be more pleased. I work 12-16 hr days while experiencing no flare ups at all! I mean it’s UNBELIEVABLE! The results are staggering. Ten years of pain and suffering from arthritis was virtually abolished for me in less than 30 days! I have been a staunch advocate of this product for the last five months and continue to give it praise.
Oh yeah I almost forgot; at the time of this writing (10-12-09) I have had no more bone spur eruptions whatsoever!
I am grateful to have my life back without pain, along with the ability to work in the profession I love! I have not felt this good since I was in my late thirties…
Harold H., CA
Vioxx, or CMO?
Which would you rather take? Vioxx, or CMO?
The medical authorities continue to denigrate nutritional supplements as complete wastes of time and money. That’s one way they stampede millions of people each year into taking potentially dangerous prescription drugs which result in the admitted deaths of some 100,000-plus Americans per year.
Millions of people experience phenomenal relief from a wide variety of natural supplements every day. It’s a personal, choice, I know. But whenever I can, I choose natural.
Merck knew of Vioxx dangers long before they finally withdrew it under pressure
By John von Radowitz, Press Association
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Evidence that the painkiller Vioxx might increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes emerged nearly four years before the drug was voluntarily withdrawn from the market, research has shown.
Vioxx, the brand name for rofecoxib, was designed to fight the pain of arthritis. It was launched in May 1999 by Merck & Co Inc. But in September 2004, Merck voluntarily pulled Vioxx following a large trial that was halted early after finding evidence linking Vioxx to a raised risk of cardiovascular events.
In November 2004, Merck's then chief executive Raymond Gilmartin testified before a US Senate finance committee that until the halted trial, there was no suggestion from research data that patients taking Vioxx were at increased risk.
Yesterday, experts from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York writing in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine produced evidence of clear concerns about Vioxx from December 2000 onwards.