Popular Science News | Beta Blockers Don’t Work

Popular Science News – beta blockers are drugs which for 40 years have been used to treat heart disease and high blood pressure. Inderal was first drug introduced by Imperial Chemical in 1964 as a treatment for angina. It was hailed as the greatest medical advance of the century and its inventor, James Black, was awarded a Nobel Prize. 200 million prescriptions were issued for beta blockers in 2010, in the US alone. The income since 1964 for the pharmaceutical industry derived from these drugs must be in the trillions of dollars and yet a major research project following 45,000 patients found that the use of them did nothing to reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes. These finding have left the medical professions stunned.

If this study had been an isolated case perhaps it could be ignored, instead it is has been confirmed by a second study published a few days earlier. This study confirmed the obvious, users of statins, anti-coagulants and anti-hypertensives were 30% less likely to die, but in the case of those using beta blockers there was no difference in their survival rate.

Even though beta blockers are not dangerous they do have side effects, including depression and impotence. For those who have been taking these drugs for a long time, to discover they don’t work must be a bombshell if they’ve been putting up with side effects in the false belief it would save their life. Yet no one is asking why it has taken so long to discover that trillions of dollars have been spent on something that doesn’t work!

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