Prescription Drugs Are You Gambling With Your Health
Are Prescription Drugs Destroying Your Health
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I'm shocked with the situation so many people find themselves in as a result of the pervasive, drug-dependent approach to medicine and the mistaken belief that taking pills, (prescription or over the counter), will ever heal or cure anything.
Before I proceed, I want you to know that I hold medical doctors in the highest possible esteem. On the rare occasion when I feel poorly, I am quick to visit my doctor and I always follow his advice.
As a PhD nutritionist and a person well versed in health and alternative medicine my first and best advice for anyone who is ill or believes they may be ill is: see your medical doctor immediately.
A potentially life-threatening health problem may present as simply as unusual tiredness, unexplained pain, unusual weight gain or loss, an inappropriate cough or cold, or any variety of minor symptoms that manifest with no apparent cause.
The reason to visit your doctor if you experience something out of the ordinary is not because you suspect serious illness; it's because big problems can start out innocently and a good doctor will not mistake a serious problem for a common ache or pain.
Now for the rest of the story.
First Name The Disease Then Name The Drug
Medical doctors are trained to diagnose the problem causing a symptom and prescribe a drug to treat the symptom.
A prominent physician and past president of The American Academy of Preventive Medicine, calls this practice of naming the disease and naming the drug, N2-D2 Medicine.
He is highly critical of the name the disease-diagnose the drug, N2D2 model of medicine because managing symptoms with drugs has nothing to do with restoring natural, healthy function.
Even though this is blindingly obvious, managing symptoms with drugs is the exclusive treatment protocol used by medical doctors most of the time.
Proper diagnosis is vitally important because you cannot possibly restore health until you find out what's wrong. But returning to health requires more than good diagnosis and a prescription for pills to manage symptoms.
Symptoms never just appear. Symptoms are the clear evidence that some organ, gland, metabolic process or combination of factors have begun to function outside of the range that produces excellent health.
When everything in your body is working the way it should, all you notice is high energy and good health.
When things in your body stop stop working properly you notice symptoms; tiredness, fatigue, aches and pains, allergies and colds, indigestion, constipation, trouble sleeping, or any number of others.
Managing symptoms with medicines is fine for temporary relief, but managing symptoms with the long-term use of prescription or over-the- counter medications, and not addressing the underlying malfunction or imbalance causing the symptom, cannot possibly return you to health and will eventually create new problems.
Can taking medication long-term really cause serious health problems?
Here's a singleexample that affects millions of people.
Experts estimate that at least 40 million people suffer with osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that causes swelling and joint pain. Most of those 40 million deal with the swelling and pain by doing nothing more than taking daily doses of anti-inflammatory medications.
Anti-inflammatory drugs reduce inflammation and, reducing inflammation reduces the pain. But anti-inflammatory drugs only manage the symptom, they do nothing to address the underlying cause, which means that if you stop taking the drug, the inflammation comes right back the next day.
If you take prescription or over the counter medication to artificially reduce inflammation, but ignore the cause of the inflammation and fail to do anything to help the body combat inflammation naturally, you are setting the stage for serious negative side effects that can be far worse than the original problem.
TakeA Look At How Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Work
Your body makes two basic types of bio-chemicals. Those two basic bio- chemicals are used as raw material to make dozens of other bio- chemicals.
These bio-chemicals, (known as prostaglandins or eicosinoids), regulate dozens of things throughout your body including heart, liver and kidney function, blood pressure, inflammatory and anti- inflammatory response and much, much more.
One thing we know for sure is that pain is ALWAYS associated with increased inflammation somewhere in the body.
Because pain is always caused, directly or indirectly, by inflammation, it follows that if pain is present, inflammation is present; and if you can reduce the inflammation, you automatically reduce the pain.
Because internally produced bio-chemicals regulate inflammation, when you block the production of the chemicals that cause inflammation, you automatically reduce the inflammation, resulting in less pain. This is how anti-inflammatory medicines work.
Anti-inflammatory medicines produce relief by blocking certain metabolic pathways and interfering with the production of internally produced chemicals, (prostaglandins), that cause inflammation.
By down-regulating the production of inflammatory prostaglandins the inflammation temporarily subsides and you feel better. This is wonderful for short-term symptom relief, but if you use the medicines long-term, big problemsbegin todevelop.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, (NSAIDS), which include practically all the popular prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers, are NON SELECTIVE in their ability to block prostaglandin production, which means they block ALL prostaglandin production, not just the prostaglandins that cause inflammation.
Because the drug cannot distinguish one bio-chemical from another and cannot selectively block the production of one type of prostaglandin while permitting the production of another type of prostaglandin, the drugs block production of all prostaglandins of all types, inflammatory and anti-inflammatory.
The problem is that naturally produced anti-inflammatory prostaglandins are EXACTLY what you need to control inflammation naturally, without the need of medication.
By blocking the natural production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, the long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs specifically undercuts your body's ability to naturally manage inflammation and makes you dependent on the drug to control inflammation. That's great for the drug company, but not so good for you.
There's much more to this story.
Naturally produced anti-inflammatory bio-chemicals are extremely important in maintaining healthy blood pressure. In fact, it is impossible to maintain healthy blood pressure naturally without them.
A study published in a 2003 issue of the Journal of The American Medical Association details the exact metabolic connection between the long-term use of pain relievers and high blood pressure.
In this study researchers concluded that millions of people suffer with high blood pressure and heart disease as a DIRECT RESULT of damage done by the long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
This may seem bizarre but tragically, it's only the beginning.
Once the symptom of high blood pressure is diagnosed N2D2 is invoked and you're handed a prescription for a drug to control the blood pressure and force it back into a healthy range.
Drugs are made for the sole purpose of managing symptoms and, with few exceptions, drugs do not and cannot restore natural healthy function. Blood pressure medication may keep blood pressure artificially under control, but the medication does not restore natural, healthy function.
Managing symptoms with drugs can make you look healthy on paper, but looking good on paper, because symptoms are being artificially managed, most assuradly does not make you healthy.
If taking pills is your only strategy for dealing with high blood pressure, odds are that you'll be on the pills for life and that opens the door and invites in an entire new set of bad side effects.
Regardless of the cause or high blood pressure, the long-term use of blood pressure medication produces a laundry list of nasty side effects.
Diuretics, commonly prescribed for high blood pressure, deplete your body of minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium, which are important for heart health and bone density.
If you take diuretics regularly and do not supplement to replenish the constant loss of these minerals, reduced heart function and thinning bones may turn out to be a problem. In fact, the long-term use of diuretics is a specific cause of osteoporosis in women.
ACE Inhibitors are another type of drug commonly prescribed to manage high blood pressure.
ACE inhibitors, (ACE stands for Angiotensin Converting Enzyme), lower blood pressure by interfering with the production of a chemical known as Angiotensin, which is associated with high blood pressure.
The latest research shows that, while artificially suppressing angiotensin production does reduce blood pressure, it does not significantly slow the progression of arterial plaque build up, which means the drugs do not slow the progression of heart disease.
ACE inhibitors give most regular users a persistent cough, which is usually treated with a powerful cough suppressant, setting up another series of side effects.
Besides all this, ACE inhibitors aggravate liver and kidney problems and produce numerous common side-effects such as headaches, fatigue, chest pain, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, vision disturbances, taste disturbances and so on.
If you take ACE inhibitor drugs long-term, don't be surprised if any of these side effects show up and don't be surprised when you're given another drug to manage the symptoms.
At some point you have to ask yourslef what does managing a symptom while ignoring the problem have to do with getting healthy and staying healthy. As far as I can tell, the answer is nothing at all.
The Voice Of Health
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