Diet soda, not so diet

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Despite soda companies labeling some of their products as “diet”, they’re really not.

A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more “diet” soda you consume, the greater the risk of becoming obese climbs. In fact, 2 or more cans a day can increased waistlines by 500%. This is due to artificial sweeteners, which disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate your calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods.

So, when they say “Tastes just like Coke!” They mean, “it confuses your body!”
Diet things aren’t supposed to taste good, because they’re not supposed to make your crave more. They’re supposed to do quite the opposite actually.



Grapefruit and medication. Possibly a fatal mix

We’ve all been told never take medication with alcohol. Well you can add grapefruit to that if you take any of these 85 different drugs.

How serious could this really be? Well, David Bailey of Lawson Health Research Institute says “Half of these drugs actually can cause sudden death” (hours after eating or drinking grapefruit.)

Grapefruit has compounds furanocoumarins that can keep drugs from breaking down, keeping more of these drugs inside your body, allowing them to build up to lethal levels or toxic levels.

Below is a link to the drugs that have fatal side effects with grapefruit. And as a fair warning, the report by Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that not many doctors know about these dangerous combonations.

Click here to see the full list.

All the drugs mentioned in the list are oral drugs.

Source: Yahoo! Health

Not breathing? Maybe it’s your anxiety pills

Ativan is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety.

Ativan, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety has one side effect that could, well, cause anxiety. Nothing makes you panic more than not being able to inhale some refreshing, life saving, oxygen. However, Ativan has a side effect “Periods of Not Breathing.”

This side effect isn’t very noticeable though, so no need to panic that you’re going to stop breathing and notice. Most don’t actually notice, it’s kinda like when your heart skips a beat, you never really know. But, this is still a severe side effect and if periods of not breathing occur more often, as in, if you’re starting to notice it more, you should see your doctor.


Hormonal treatment reduces Homosexuality

**First, I want to make something clear. I am not homosexual nor am I against homosexuality in any way. This article is simply to explain a side effect (like all of them) of a certain hormonal therapy of which I find has an odd side effect**

There’s a hormonal therapy out there to prevent ambiguous genitalia that’s offered to woman that may be carrying such infants. It is, of course, not without any health risk. However, the potential side effect it holds seem to be catching much more attention. During studies, they’ve learned that it can reduce homosexuality in females. Furthermore, it increases chances that she will have more feminine and behavioral traits.

This is certainly a strange side effect.



Trading Parkinson’s for gambling?

Parkinson’s is a rare disease made famously aware by Michael J. Fox, the actor most famously known for the “Back To The Future” films. Parkinson’s is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.

However, the drug Ropinirole treats these symptoms. Making walking easier and shaking less sporadic. But Ropinirole comes with three odd side effects. One, falling asleep during everyday activities, even driving, which according to the manufacturer of Ropinirole “..sometimes resulted in accidents.” Two, hyper-sexuality, self explanatory. And the one I found most strange. Three, compulsive gambling. Meaning you’ll gamble without even thinking about it or what you’re doing.

So a drug made to calm your sporadic nerves from your mental disorder, could get you in a bit of trouble with some loan sharks.

Ropinirole is a prescription drug.

Breast cancer prevention drug may cause rare tumor

Breast cancer is an issue that effects women, there’s really no cure for it, but there are treatments of all sorts to prevent it from spreading. And in the past few years, treatment has grown, and success rates are even higher. One of the many treatments out there for breast cancer is Tamoxifen. A prescription drug used to prevent the growth of basic breast cancers by blocking the effects of estrogen.

Like all drugs it has side effects, one of which I found to be quite questionable. It has a rare risk of causing a tumor. This new tumor wouldn’t be estrogen sensitive, meaning breast cancer medications wouldn’t do you any good. Luckily it only occurs in women that have been taking Tamoxifen for more than 5 years AND only 1 out of every 7 of them show signs of a new tumor. Making the risks of this new tumor incredibly low. Even more good news – it was never seen in any women that have been taking the drug for less than 5 years.
So, to sum it up. It’s a drug that’s supposed to help prevent a cancer that can cause a tumor. That’s a very questionable side effect.

Congestive heart failure drug works as smell-be-gone!

And quite literally, too! The drug Vasotec, used to treat congestive heart failure and/or high blood pressure, has one strange side effect where you completely lose your sense of smell. Fortunately, once the drug wears off you get your sense of smell back. It’s a rare effect not seen in many.

Vastoec can also impose problems on all other four senses, including blurred vision, dry eyes, and ringing in the ears.
Vasotec is a prescription medication.

**You should never use Vasotec for anything other than it’s intended use with a prescription from a doctor. Prescription drugs can be hazardous or even fatal when misused!**