Scientists have revealed there is a link between Hayfever drugs and Alzheimers – they’ve told the truth

Friday 30 January, 2015  

  • Discover the common medicine cabinet drugs that are linked with dementia and Alzheimers

  • Could this be the start of a new trend in drug science?

  • It’s time to be should be truthful and trusted

On Tuesday morning I heard a scientist give a clear and precise answer to a question, which shocked me and the reporter they were talking to.

For a long time now we have become used to people in the media avoiding direct answers when they are challenged.

Mealy-mouthed politicians and spokespeople drone on about the need for more information before they can make a definitive comment about something or other; which never arises as the news moves on and they become forgotten.

But in this instance the Radio Four interviewer asked Dr Shelly Gray if we should all stop taking some common over the counter drugs and he said an emphatic “yes we should”.

I nearly spilt my tea.

It was a truly inspiring revelation from the scientific community that have protected the interests of big pharma for so long that someone has come out and told the truth.

Based upon the evidence of a major trial Dr Gray’s team at the School of Pharmacy in the University of Washington(1) have concluded that several commonly taken drugs increase the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The scary thing is that I bet you all have these self-same medications in your medicine cabinet right now.

Anticholinergics and you

OK, here’s the list:

1) Sleeping aid Nytol

2) Anti-allergy preparations Piriton & Benadryl

3) Antidepressant Doxipin, prescribed as Deptran, Sinequan or as topical creams for itchy skin such as Prudoxin

4) Bladder control drug Ditropan (Oxybutynin)

The research team found that the subjects who took a daily dose of any of these for a period in excess of three years increased their risk of developing Alzheimer's by 60 per cent.

In addition they said that anyone over the age of 65 who was taking any of these drugs should immediately report to their GP and stop taking them.

Now I call that a fairly strong conclusion to come to, and one that they must be pretty sure of their evidence before they start telling people to stop taking medicines.

Bear in mind that this group of scientists are operating in the USA, a country that delights in slapping writs on anyone who misspells the name of a drugs company, let alone says that their products are causing thousands if not millions of people to suffer a debilitating condition.

I’ve already been round Mum and Dad's and binned their Piriton, and I’ve stopped our kids from taking it too.

You see the research only looked at pensioners in the US; but if there is an effect to older generations then I don’t see why younger users are at any less risk.

The drugs have been found to block the production of an important neurotransmitter, a chemical which allows brain cells to communicate with each other, that is known to be made at lower levels in those with dementia.

But whilst the effects of this may be more noticeable in those over the age of 65, the effects must be the same at a younger age; and therefore I don’t think anyone should be taking these types of drugs without a very good reason.

Shouting it from the roof tops

Surely it is time that this type of information was being made more widely available?

Too many classes of prescription and over the counter drugs are regularly being linked to serious and major health concerns yet very little of this is communicated widely.

Believe me I have to spend days digging through resources to try to evaluate what the truth is behind PR-heavy details that make it into the popular press.

I want to see this kind of material made into front page news rather than the latest lies from self-interested PR agencies working on behalf of their mega-rich drug company clients. 

Looking back over the past few days' news I can offer you stories about statins being needed by women as well as men, aspirin being needed by everyone to prevent heart disease and a new type of statin being developed that has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer in men and women... it goes on and on.

The problem is that the so-called research that sits behind these stories is skewed, flawed and biased by hundreds of millions of pounds worth of support offered by the very companies who benefit from the findings...

...interestingly the reports which go against their interests are very quickly buried and the flow of money to the universities and research centres involved suddenly stops.

Drug companies control the press and make use of this power every single day.

Anyone who raises their voices against them are systematically destroyed.

If you doubt this, take a look at the career of the man who dared to suggest that the MMR vaccine might be linked to an increase in autism in children.

Dr Andrew Wakefield was that man, and as a result of his research paper he was hounded out of public life, threatened with massive and prohibitively expensive legal challenges and his life worked ridiculed and torn apart – with claims made that he was acting fraudulently.

Interestingly the links he made between gastro-intestinal disease, autism and the vaccine have subsequently been shown to have some grounds for concern, and new research is being conducted to establish whether the MMR program might need to be changed as a result(2).

Keep a look out to see whether Dr Gray and the team suffer a similar fate now at the hands of the merciless profiteers in the medical industry.

Their warnings cannot be any clearer, and the power brokers in the world of big pharma don’t like that sort of thing.

I’ll be keeping an eye out on the backlash... I suggest you have a look at what you take regularly and begin to formulate your own strategies.

Don’t let the soothing words of a PR schmooze you into a disastrous health choice...

...We have been warned! 

Yours, as always


P.S. Many of you will have seen the latest news about the increasing cost of care for the elderly, you may recall it was something I covered a few months ago.

The BBC have created a calculator which can help identify how much you may need to pay – click here to see it

Once you’ve shocked yourself about the amount you are expected to pay having worked and paid your taxes you should have a look at how you can reduce your financial burden with a few easy tips. Download a copy of the Care Fee Book.

P.P.S. So many thanks to everyone who mailed me about a problem with the links on last Sunday's letter – it was all down to an additional ‘s’. Such a small mistake!

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(1)Gray et al.(2015); Cumulative Use of Strong Anticholinergics and Incident Dementia; A Prospective Cohort Study. JAMA Intern. Med. Published online January 26, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7663

(2)Abdelrahman et al. (2015); Association of 5-HT2A receptor gene polymorphisms with gastrointestinal disease in Egyptian children with autistic disorder. Research in Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.10.023 




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