I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z April (2016) Challange.
My theme is Low Carb High Fat.
(#LCHF on Twitter)
But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health.
It is about two women.
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.
As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.
Here we go…
B is for Backing up the Bus
As this post title says, let’s back up this bus for a moment so I can give you the background for this journey.
Turn the clock back to March 2015.
Mom (82) was going downhill fast. She’s been a diabetic for over 20 years and using insulin for the past 6 years. She had a stroke in November 2013 which affected her cerebellum (responsible for motor control) which meant she could not walk independently, nor use her right hand. Putting it mildly, she was a mess.
She would visit her GP and ask him to kill her - that’s right - she would say, “Kill me doctor, I don’t want to live.”
A dear friend of Mom’s, Dieter (80) was down for a visit, also around that time, and commented, with great sadness, that he feared this would be the last time he’d see my mom, she was in such bad shape.
I was at a loss. Dealing with my own life threatening disease (more on that in upcoming posts), I was feeling the stress and worry mounting. What to do was the question.
Jump forward to May 27, 2015.
Mom was still on the decline - getting worse by the day. Injecting 4 times a day, her weight had ballooned (all visceral fat - the stuff around the waist), her neuropathy was getting so unbearable she would scream out in pain.
This was a day I will not long forget.
I accompanied my mother to her appointment with Dr. Thompson (her diabetes doc) - the guy that likes to write out prescriptions - remember him.
Mom was so distressed with her weight gain and wanted desperately to lose some of it. So… instead of talking to Mom about how to reduce her weight through diet, maybe talk about how diabetes is caused - this useless doctor, yet again wrote out a prescription.
I asked Dr. Thompson about side effects - remember, Mom can’t stand without a walker, she has poor vision (had a stroke in one eye years ago), has bladder issues… the list goes on.
YET he wants to give her MORE MEDICATION.
THE PRESCRIPTION WAS FOR… CANAGLIFLOZIN (aka Invokana)
What is this drug? you ask.
OMG - it’s death in a pill for someone like my mother, and countless others with similar health issues.
Here are some of its side effects:
frequent, urgent, burning, or painful urination
urine that is cloudy, red, pink, or brown
strong smelling urine
pelvic or rectal pain
(in women) vaginal oder, white or yellowish vaginal discharge, vaginal itching
(in men) redness, itching, or swelling of the penis, rash on the penis, foul smelling discharge from the penis, or pain in the skin around the penis
tingling in arms and legs
loss of muscle tone
weakness or heaviness in legs
lack of energy
cold, gray skin
irregular or slow heartbeat
nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, tiredness, difficulty breathing
And for good measure, if none of the above gets you…
Canagliflozin may increase the chance of having a fracture (broken bone), particularly in the upper arms, wrist, or hand.
Mom wanted me to fill the prescription right away, so desperate was she to lose a mere 5 lbs, which Dr. Thompson said was about average.
Now… folks, if I didn’t love my mom, and didn’t want to see her live a little longer, I would have had that prescription filled asap - I knew it was a silent killer. If she started that drug I could almost predict she’d be dead in under a month. If not from a serious fall, then from one of the many side effect as seen above.
BUT - ever the loving daughter, I said...
NO - I WON’T FILL THIS UNTIL I RESEARCH IT.
Just read some of the reviews HERE - it’s fucking scary - yes, at this time foul language is needed to hit the point home.
THIS DRUG IS SO SCARY IT GAVE ME NIGHTMARES!
Well, that’s when I went into full research mode… what I uncovered will astonish you.
Still buckled in I hope. Well remain seated because we’re rounding the first corner - what happens next is coming up.
Question for this post - Do you read reviews and research a drug before taking it?
Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.