Here’s an excellent example of how unfortunate souls in crisis, or who are under-informed, are taken advantage of. This anti-nausea drug metoclopramide given to cancer patients kills their brain cells. From MedPageToday’s clinical notes on July 28, 2013:
The European Medicines Agency’s Committee on Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended that the anti-nausea drug metoclopramide be used only as a last resort in children because of its short- and long-term neurological effects.
The drug is known to cause extrapyramidal symptoms and tardive dyskinesia in some patients. The FDA required a boxed warning of this risk in 2009. The CHMP determined that the risk outweighs metoclopramide’s benefits in children, given the availability of other anti-nausea drugs.
Taking this drug is the ultimate in short-term thinking. Trade my brain for a possible feeling of reduced nausea? No educated person would ever make this decision. Unless, perhaps, they were under pressure from a doctor who wasn’t being straight forth about the negative trade-off. Or who didn’t care.
Remember, doctors are being paid to solve your problem now. The oncologist doesn’t much care if you destroy your brain as long as he solves the nausea you are asking him to solve.
Keeping this neurotoxic drug on the market amounts to another expensive anti-health addition to the menagerie of our bankrupt healthcare system. Anecdotally, fresh organic ginger beer with raw honey handles nausea while nourishing brain benelles.