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Take this pill and you may become addicted to gambling, sex, or even paint your home a dozen times. What pill does that, you ask?


That is the accusation made by hundreds of lawsuits, which have been brought against Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (BIP), the drug company that manufactures Mirapex.

Originally conceived for treatment of Parkinson’s disease back in the 90’s, BIP scientists recently discovered another market for Mirapex: People who have something termed Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).

With this expanded market for RLS now in view and coupled with aggressive TV ads, BIP has increased annual Mirapex sales to $235 million in 2004 (up 63% from one year earlier).

Consequences: We reap what we sow.

People taking Mirapex are finding themselves feeling powerful urges to gamble, shop, have sex and eat compulsively. Many have stated that they find these urges uncontrollable, resulting often in broken marriages, bankruptcy, and host of psychological problems including depression and suicide. Many encounter legal problems in addition to everything else as a result of these compulsions.

There are even cases where the complainants have painted their homes ten to fifteen times in the course of two months, and other idiosyncratic behaviors. In virtually every alleged case, the person involved had no prior history of obsessive or compulsive behaviors.

Documented Mirapex clinical study side effects include, enlarged abdomen, suicide, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia, convulsions, cataract, glaucoma, and prostate disorders.

Under the American Medical Association’s (AMA) guidelines, Mirapex falls under what the AMA calls “acceptable risk.”

A Safe Alternative to Relieve RLS Symptoms:

People that display strange sensations in their legs that keep them from sleeping or cause them to jump up and move around to relieve the discomfort, often find relief with a natural substance called essential oils.

By rubbing a mixture of grape seed oil, wintergreen oil, peppermint oil, oregano oil, and other oils on the lower back and on the soles of the feet, people often find immediate relief.

You would think AMA doctors would be quick to offer a safer alternative to Mirapex for relief from RLS. But here’s the problem: AMA doctors prescribe only by consensus. They could have their license pulled if they operated outside of what is called “acceptable practice.” Further, AMA doctors know of nothing else to prescribe except pharmaceutical drugs. For drugs are the modality they are trained in.

Mirapex is but one example of the many dangers that come with taking chemical drugs. Prescription drugs account for the fourth leading cause of death in the USA. You have to ask yourself: Is your life and health worth risking over a drug? There are safer alternatives. Your life is too precious and your body is too sacred to gamble with “acceptable risks.” We all deserve better medicine.

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