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On Meds? Beware the Grapefruit

Grapefruit Is a Culprit in More Drug Reactions
By Roni Caryn Rabin | NY Times

The patient didn’t overdose on medication. She overdosed on grapefruit juice.

The 42-year-old was barely responding when her husband brought her to the emergency room. Her heart rate was slowing, and her blood pressure was falling. Doctors had to insert a breathing tube, and then a pacemaker, to revive her.

They were mystified: The patient’s husband said she suffered from migraines and was taking a blood pressure drug called verapamil to help prevent the headaches. But blood tests showed she had an alarming amount of the drug in her system, five times the safe level.

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For 43 of the 85 drugs now on the list, consumption with grapefruit can be life-threatening, Dr. Bailey said. Many are linked to an increase in heart rhythm, known as torsade de pointes, that can lead to death. It can occur even without underlying heart disease and has been seen in patients taking certain anticancer agents, erythromycin and other anti-infective drugs, some cardiovascular drugs like quinidine, the antipsychotics lurasidone and ziprasidone, gastrointestinal agents cisapride and domperidone, and solifenacin, used to treat overactive bladders.

Even if you're not on meds, pass this info along to anyone you know who is.

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Many Pharmaceuticals Are Based On Similar Phytochemicals

in high concentration that are also found in grapefruits. "Without specific knowledge of their cellular actions or mechanisms, phytochemicals have been considered as drugs for millennia" Usually the same phytochemicals found in grapefruit are used and mixed with other synthetic chemicals and additives, generated in the pill or drug making process. Many of these other chemicals and additives are also known to cause side effects, imbalances in the body, and other health problems. So when a person consumes grapefruit along with certain medications, the person essentially overdoses on the Phytochemicals which the drug is based on, effectively creating a toxic reaction.

The drug companies know that there are several properties of grapefruit that are known to cure many diseases including cancer, "Grapefruit contains a cultivar of bioactive health maintaining compounds such as ascorbic acid, flavonoids, limonoids, folic acid, carotenoids, pectin, potassium,furocoumarins and related compounds. These compounds may serve as health maintaining and act as chemo-preventive bioactive functional components of citrus (6)"

Therefore, we should instead be asking, when diagnosed with something like cancer, why isn't the doctor telling everyone to go to the store, buy an organic grapefruit, blend it with some water, and drink the smoothie for a natural cure with no side effects? Because that's not how Big Pharma makes money... Big Pharma makes money when the patient continues to purchase their drugs, and more drugs when the initial prescription causes other health problems prompting more prescriptions.

Basically the system prompts everyone in the long run to become sicker and thus bigger customers as the prescriptions just keep piling up until the patient is just completely overwhelmed with drugs that they end up dead. By the time the patient dies, they've spent all their money on medical care, surgeries, and prescriptions. This is the health crisis folks, it's the biggest problem our country is facing because also here's the kicker...

Not only do the drugs over the long run cause imbalances in the body, but also in the mind. I think Larry King during the 3rd party debate summed it all up when he said, "We're on drugs..." And Virgil Goode responded saying, "I Know" Until our people can get off the medications, the drugs will continue to disrupt our bodies and more importantly our objective thinking processes. This disruption I think is the root of many of our political problems our country is facing. Our people and our leaders have been drugged, and simply cannot function anymore, and this is why the system is breaking down.

We must go back to the old way, that our Ancient Ancestors used to stay healthy. There are known remote parts of the world where people live long lives into their 100's living off of a high phytochemical type diet. Remember, mother nature gave us the most superior medicine on the planet - it's called the whole food. The medicine is in the food...

"And God said, 'Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all Earth, and every tree, in which is a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.'" - Genesis Verse 1:29

Don't let the disinfo propagandists tell you not to eat the seeds. Phytochemicals are in their highest concentrations in the tougher more fibrous parts of the fruits and veggies, in general seeds, stems, skins, and rinds. But I find myself mostly eating the rinds and seeds because in many cases skins and stems are just too icky or impractical to eat. Here's a good resource for information on food healing:

By the way, the apple out of all the foods on earth contain the most diverse set of phytochemicals than any other food. By eating an apple in its whole form, (minus stem and tail, plus seeds and core) one is giving their body a bit of everything it needs to fight many different types of diseases. So that 'ol saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is very true.

-LibertyG ... 2 Corinthians 2:16-17 "To some we are a scent of death leading to death, but to others, a scent of life leading to life. And who is competent for this? For we are not like the many who make a trade(for profit) but as those with sincerity...

Contraindications with

Contraindications with grapefruit are well known and any med that has it is well documented and should be discussed with the patient. I just wonder why grapefruit's potentiation of these drugs is not used to good effect by giving less of the drug in combination with grapefruit.

Grapefruit has many interesting and healthful applications. Naringin has many interesting properties.

Do you really wonder

why it's not used in combination, or do you wonder why everyone doesn't question it???

I think I might be overly cynical, fyi.

Re Meds + Grapefruit, wonder what

besides grapefruit might be causing drug complications that we're simply not aware of yet.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

There is a lot of active research in this area

Genetics play a major role in drug metabolism. A lot of alternative medicine advocates attack genetic screening (and I do as well if it is government force) but knowing your own genetic profile would be awesome.

I can't wait until it is more affordable.

The major enzymes involved in metabolism are the cytochrome p450 enzymes and there are genetic variations that affect large populations.

It has long been known that the variations in the enzyme N-acetyltransferase divides people into "slow acetylators" and "fast acetylators." This is an important medical situation.

see response below...


~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Unknown complications...

equal more $$$ for the medical and pharma industries... shhhh. :)

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Beware the meds...

not the grapefruit. :\

With most meds you endanger your entire metabolism to chemically alter one single component of your metabolism.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

What do you think grapefruit does?

Grapefuit is a drug. It interferes with the P450 enzymes.

A message from...

the doctor who "discovered" the chemical in grapefruit that can cause blood levels of certain drugs to rise:

"Fortunately, these drugs are safe enough that boosting absorption for most people will be of no consequence. It appears, however, that a rare patient may have adverse symptoms — for example, muscle tenderness with certain cholesterol medications. "

"To my knowledge there have been no confirmed reports of deaths occurring as a result of patients taking their medications with grapefruit juice."

"I personally feel that if you have been taking medicine with grapefruit juice every morning, and the drug is working fine, and your physician is happy, then there is no reason to change."

"The reality is that a rare patient would get into trouble because of the interaction between a drug and grapefruit juice. This is not a public health issue."

Dr. Paul Watkins, MD

What these rabid mainstream media reports (fueled by pharma $$$) fail to report is that 30,000+ people die EVERY YEAR from prescription drugs and are estimated to be the 4th leading cause of death in the US.


You can defend the pharma industry until you turn blue in the face but the empirical truth is that pharma drugs kill 30,000+ people every year and on a rare occasion people consuming grapefruit get sore muscles. Wake up from your propaganda induced delusion.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

How many lives a year does grapefruit juice save?

How about mainstream medicine and pharmaceuticals?

Unnecessary deaths. (stats of Iatrogenic deaths including also from meds, and bearing in mind probably amelioration form the Hippocratic Oath).

I am not sure how you would measure the untimely deaths caused by poor advice from the allopathic medicine quarter, often in contradiction to honest researchers in their own field (e.g: vitamin C is well -nigh useless; low fat diets are good; cholesterol is harmful; supplements shorten your life-span; ad nauseam, ad infinitum).

If only there was a way to compile stats of medications that became "necessary" because of poor nutrition and a way to correlate that with crappy advice given on nutrition in biology classes to kids.

Most modern societies have come to shun work and worship convenience including convenience in eating. Modern medicine panders to this rather than caring about the welfare and quality of life of people. The mentality is: "eat what you feel like; health or disease is a crap shoot; if it glitches take a pill" and that feeds "health care plans" like crazy -- of course they only include allopathic plans and are very favorable to psychotropics.

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hard to say

i would guess as many people were saved
from getting the flu by smoking

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)

Stop fearmongering...


Eating grapefruit is healthy. Grapefruit is good for you. People who eat good food don't need medication. Bad diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits are what people should fear and be educated about.

How many people DON'T NEED MEDS AT ALL because they enjoy a good diet that includes grapefruit?

The US ranks 37th in longevity now and it is NOT because of grapefruit!

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Wow! This is alarming!

thanks for posting

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