Read all about it! Take this drug and live to 120!
Metformin is being touted as a candidate for keeping people alive until they are 120! (source–Daily Telegraph)
Should we clap our hands with excitement? NO!
The very notion of using a drug to stay alive should set off alarm bells with every person. Metformin is a generic drug, which means that no one in particular owns the rights to produce it. At the present time, it is cheap. If a drugs giant wanted to, they could corner the market and increase the price. This is every drug company’s boss dream come true!
What is metformin (sometimes misnamed Metmorphine) currently prescribed for? It regulates blood glucose levels in diabetes patients. This is without the side effect of straight insulin, which is an increase in body weight.
In the context of longevity, what is Metformin supposed to do? According to the article:
“Metformin increases the number of oxygen molecules released into a cell, which appears to boost robustness and longevity.”
Do we need a drug to do that? Have they not heard that a practice known as Buteyko Breathing does exactly that? I am doing Buteyko breathing as a part of the Sakharoff Path of Strong Health course. So, according to this research, I am also going to live until I am 120 – without drugs!
Why are we so keen to take drugs for every condition? Drugs are typically synthetic biochemical substances. They are prescribed to suppress the symptoms of physiological conditions. Not necessarily to cure the condition. The efficacy is based on evidence. The evidence does not show if it affects other body systems. Especially if drug companies fund the research.
57 years more of taking a drug without side effects; are you kidding me?
According to Drugs.com, the main side effects of metformin are:
” Commonly reported side effects of metformin include: lactic acidosis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nausea and vomiting, and flatulence. Other side effects include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, decreased vitamin b12 serum concentrate, and weakness.”
Now the rest:
- Abdominal or stomach discomfort
- cough or hoarseness
- decreased appetite
- fast or shallow breathing
- fever or chills
- general feeling of discomfort
- lower back or side pain
- muscle pain or cramping
- painful or difficult urination
- blurred vision
- chest discomfort
- cold sweats
- cool, pale skin
- difficult or labored breathing
- fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- feeling of warmth
- increased hunger
- increased sweating
- redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
- shortness of breath
- slurred speech
- tightness in the chest
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Behavior change similar to being drunk
- difficulty with concentrating
- lack or loss of strength
- restless sleep
- unusual sleepiness
Minor Side Effects
Some of the side effects that can occur with metformin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
- Acid or sour stomach
- excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
- full feeling
- loss of appetite
- metallic taste in the mouth
- passing of gas
- stomach upset or pain
- weight loss
- Abnormal stools
- bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
- change in taste
- difficulty with moving
- discoloration of the fingernails or toenails
- flu-like symptoms
- joint pain
- runny nose
- stuffy nose
- swollen joints
To the best of my knowledge, Buteyko breathing has NONE of the side effects. But it does the same thing as “scientists” claim Metformin does.
In short, Buteyko Breathing encourages retention of carbon dioxide in the lungs and blood. This facilitates the release of oxygen from haemeglobin to the cells. This, oxygenating cells. The Bohr Effect. Look it up.
I, for one, prefer a physical method of attaining longevity over taking drugs. Any drugs. What about you?