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Keebler
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"Biologics"

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/investigations/2019/05/30/arthritis-psoriasis-drugs-darker-aspect-34-000-reports-deaths/1206103001/

Biologic medications for arthritis and psoriasis have flooded the market — and been linked to 34,000 deaths

By John Fauber & Kevin Crowe - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - June 2, 2019

1:57 Video "The Dangers of Biologic Drugs"

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. . . In the weeks after [her] death, her family learned she had been suffering from a common fungal infection known as histoplasmosis. For most people, it produces no symptoms or only mild ones. . . .

. . . The drug, Remicade, had been approved for her condition in 1999.

It was at the forefront of a class of drugs known as biological medicines, or biologics, that treat autoimmune diseases of the skin, joints and gastrointestinal system.

Unlike drugs made chemically, biologics are cultured in the laboratory from animal cells and are given by injection or IV.

In the past 20 years, the drugs — which can cost some $40,000 a year — have flooded the market.

Ads for several, including Humira and Cosentyx, are fixtures on television, promising improved gastrointestinal symptoms or clearer skin . . . .

. . . But there is a darker aspect to the drugs that is less known to the public: They leave patients more susceptible to a growing number of infections and other serious side effects. . . .

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I believe it. I think one of those made my sister in law get Alzheimer's .. or at least caused her to get it earlier than she should have. (assuming part of it was genetic)

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INFORMATIONAL LINKS here about BIOLOGICS, too.

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/100984?#000000

Topic: what do STEROIDS actually do to those with lyme? Risks, long term damage discussed. Links.

And why BIOLOGICS that also dampen immune function can also be damaging.
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