Drug-induced death: Glenn Frey dead at 67

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glenn-frey(NaturalHealth365) Many in the world were shocked to learn of beloved musician Glenn Frey’s recent death at age 67 from pneumonia and intestinal complications. But what didn’t immediately make the headlines about the Eagles founder’s death was that both the illnesses blamed for his death were complications of the medications he took for years to relieve symptoms of his rheumatoid arthritis.

Only those closest to the singer-guitarist knew how his suffering from rheumatoid arthritis had left him in search of relief for debilitating joint pain. Sadly, that quest led him not to natural forms of healing, but to anti-inflammatory medications that brought with them deadly consequences.

Deadly solution to a common health problem

Glenn Frey was not alone – not in his suffering from arthritis nor in his pursuit of pharmaceuticals to relieve his pain. Unfortunately, he was also not alone in suffering the horrific side effects that arthritis medications can bring to the human body.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 52 million adults and nearly 300,000 children in the United State suffer some form of the disease, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. In the 10-year period between 1995 and 2005 studied by the CDC, total medical expenditures for arthritis rose by 27 percent among those suffering from arthritis and at least one other chronic condition.

Given the known link between an increase in chronic illness and side effects from pharmaceuticals used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, it is not surprising that rheumatoid arthritis patients are experiencing a growing number of other chronic and debilitating illnesses. They could very likely be developing due to the arthritis medications taken.

Coping with an autoimmune disease in a dangerous way

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed at least 35 to 40 arthritis pain relievers from the market in recent decades due to dangerous side effects, there remain hundreds of pharmaceutical options for arthritis sufferers to consider. However, no arthritis medication can actually stop the disease. Instead, all work to mask the symptoms.

Drug classes used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologic response modifiers (biologic DMARDS) and corticosteroids. While they have been cautioned by legal counsel not to reveal the specific names of the medications taken by Frey, close friends have gone on record stating that it was rheumatoid arthritis medication that caused the health complications leading to his death.

Fact: Prescription drugs increase the risk of pneumonia and premature death

One type of medication in particular – TNF alpha blockers, a type of biologic response – is touted as ‘just the ticket’ for rheumatoid arthritis. Not surprisingly, however, these medications also carry serious risks that can lead to negative side effects, hospitalization and even death.

The singer passed away at Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, where he had been treated since November. A spokesman from Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, who did not treat Frey, has made several media statements regarding the link between rheumatoid arthritis medicine and the risk of pneumonia and colitis. Dr. Marc I. Leavey, an internal medicine specialist, has stated that medications for rheumatoid arthritis can compromise the immune system’s ability to fight off pneumonia.

Medications designed at relieving sufferers from their arthritic symptoms are likely to upset the body’s natural immune system, leaving patients susceptible to a long list of infectious diseases, from tuberculosis to pneumonia. The FDA, recognizing the dangers of these drugs, began requiring black box labeling in 2009 to warn physicians of the increased risks of cancers in children and young adults. Yet, big pharma is estimated to be raking in an incredible $22 billion a year on TNF inhibitors alone.

A wise choice: Seek natural anti-inflammatory relief

If you or a family member suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you do have effective options for coping with your disease that to do not place your health in further danger.

Rather than lining the pockets of big pharma and inviting even more health risks, focus on diet and lifestyle – known to be the gatekeeper for initiating and reversing inflammation throughout the body. Opt for a plant-based diet void of trans fat, gluten, chemicals, conventionally-produced dairy products and processed ingredients.

Adding anti-inflammatory foods and herbal supplements to your daily diet, such as ginger and turmeric, can bring additional relief. For difficulties with joint stiffness, consider light forms of exercise like stretching, massage or some chiropractic work – on a regular basis.



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  • Charles Knows

    So what else is new in the USA of scams and other assorted murder for MONEY..

  • Gloria Cole

    My dear sister, ten years younger than me, also died from the effects of medication for rheumatoid arthritis-methotrexate. Legal process was not allowed since she (unknowingly) signed a waver for the medication. She died of liver cancer–methotrexate was listed as the cause for liver failure.

  • Wendy Allen

    Arthritis/intestines hurt can be due to undiagnosed Celiac. He may have died from Celiac and medicine didn’t help/had sideeffects. The medicine lowered the immune system so he got bacteria/fluid etc in his lungs? No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils/minerals..probiotic…LDN..detoxing may help Celiac. Vit C IV may help the immune system. Natural help instead of drugs may help people thrive/be well.

  • Jody

    This author obviously doesn’t suffer from an autoimmune disorder or chronic pain. If I relied on tumeric, ginger, a gluten free diet, and meditation as my only treatments, I’d be dead. Those did nothing to reduce my severe inflammation. I had to risk the unwanted side effects of biologics so that I could get out of bed. People who are very sick try everything…who do you think are buying all those supplements? As soon as I went on a drug my rheumatologist gave me, I saw real improvent. I continue to take the supplements you recommend, and many more…but they don’t begin to match the strength of the meds that have helped me be able to care for myself again.

  • Maria

    How could one imagine that fluoride added to drinking water would manifest as dental fluorosis with no other impact on the body? The symptoms of skeletal fluorosis can closely resemble RA. Beyond avoiding debilitating and deadly pharma-enriching treatments for arthritis, fluoride must be avoided (for so many reasons).


    “Early bone fluorosis is not clinically obvious; often the only
    complaints of young adults are vague pains in the small joints of the
    hands, feet, and lower back. Such cases may be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis.”

    SOURCE: Smith GE. (1985). Repetitive Strain Injury, or Incipient
    Skeletal Fluorosis? (Letter.) New Zealand Medical Journal 98:328..”

    • wc

      That is very true, I experienced that myself, I had really bad joint pain for a few years. Luckily I learned about the dangers of fluoride before things got really bad and I’ve been pain-free for a few years now. Also, taking boron helps a lot with joint pain.

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  • Greg Hill

    Let’s not forget about the importance of oral health, in particular the problems (including rheumatoid arthritis) that can be caused by root canals. See, for example, http://www.naturalhealth365.com/infections-cancer-autoimmune-disease-1550.html.

    Chronic inflammation can manifest as symptoms in different parts of the body. In my own case a root canal I had at about the age of 20 resulted in three heart attacks in my 50s, not arthritis. Eventually I had the good fortune of stumbling across a holistic dentist who connected the dots for me and pulled that tooth. Problem solved. I no longer need any of the Big Pharma poisons (beta blockers, statins, etc.) that my now-ex cardiologists told me I would have to take for the rest of my life to mask the symptoms of heart disease without ever addressing the “root cause” (pun intended).

    Based on my own experience I would strongly urge anyone who has ever had a root canal and who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis or any other symptom of chronic inflammation to promptly make an appointment with a holistic dentist for an evaluation. It may very well save your life, as I’m sure it did mine.

    And BTW, thank you so much Jonathan for bringing us the Holistic Oral Health Summit. Heaven only knows how many lives you have saved with that!

    • Annie

      The Holistic Oral Health Summit was a mega eye-opener!! Going to get my root canal and amalgams removed soon. Hopefully my Scleroderma (autoimmune disease) will slow down or clear up, God willing!

      • Greg Hill

        Please be sure to have the root canal and amalgams removed by a holistic dentist who knows what they are doing. The kind of dentist who would even dream of installing amalgam fillings in the first place is so clueless that they would probably seriously poison you with mercury vapors in the process of taking them out, and make you even sicker.

        Before even getting started, the first thing I would do would be to ask the dentist to explain to me what the Huggins Procedure is, and if they didn’t even know I would end the appointment then and there, and go find another dentist.

        You might also want to ask your dentist for recommendations about chelation therapy and a heavy metal detox diet.

        • Annie

          Yes! The dentist I am seeing is IAOMT certified for the past 15 yrs – recommended from the Oral Health Summit. IAOMT (dot) org

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    Check out this documentary – it can save everyone a lot of pain, grief and loss: http://www.quantumleap.is/watchmovie/

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      A dose of 10-15 grams of sodium chlorate can be lethal.