Are you sitting down? Because I have a piece of information to share that may make you feel weak in the knees, and not in a good way. Prescription drugs are the 4th leading cause of death in the world.
Did that give you pause? It should have.
What this means is the pharmaceutical industry is literally getting away with murder and earning billions of dollars while doing so. There is a vicious cycle being perpetuated in the health industry and many, if not most, Americans are unaware of it.
People typically get sick because they are not getting proper nutrients from their diets. They go to their doctor who prescribes a medication for their particular illness. This prescription drug simply masks the symptoms but does not get to the root cause of the illness. This first medication then causes a serious side effect, which in turn causes the doctor to prescribe even more meds, which cause more side effects and on and on. And people die.
And just to be clear, I’m not talking about people dying from abusing pain medication, I’m talking about the fact that prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans each year.
According to a survey conducted by the CDC:
- 48.7% of people used at least one prescription drug within the last 30 days.
- 21.8% of people used three or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days.
- 10.7% of people used five or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days.
This study was conducted between 2009 and 2012 – so these numbers have most likely gone up.
While any prescription medication can be dangerous, there are 4 commonly prescribed drugs you should avoid like the plague:
In the last few years the FDA has approved quite a few new medications to treat type 2 diabetes. These new meds include Januvia (sitagliptin), Janumet (sitagliptin + metformin), Nesina(alogliptin), Onglyza (saxagliptin), and Tradjenta (linagliptin). Let’s talk about Januvia because for some reason it is perhaps the one most marketed and also one of the best-selling diabetes drugs currently on the market. In fact it earns billions of dollars each year for its manufacturer, Merck.
Recently the FDA issues the following caution:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin may cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling. We have added a new Warning and Precaution about this risk to the labels of all medicines in this drug class, called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors.”
It has also been noted by the administration that joint pain symptoms can develop within one day of beginning the medication and have been reported to stop as soon as patients stopped taking the medication.
If you are currently taking Januvia or any of the other medications listed, we strongly suggest you investigate healthier natural protocols or, at the very least, speak with your doctor about switching to a new type 2 diabetes medication.
Cortisone is widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, asthma, allergies and many other conditions. It alleviates symptoms by mimicking the effects of hormones the body produces in the adrenal glands. However, when this medication is prescribed in doses that exceed the amount normally produced by the adrenal glands, corticosteroids can then suppress inflammation in the body.
The side effects from this medication are high blood sugars, osteoporosis and bone fractures, thin skin and slow wound healing. For a more natural approach to treating inflammation, try Omega-3s instead.
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Anti-depressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lovan and Luvox belong to a class of drugs that allow the feel good hormone Serotonin to bind to receptor sites on the brain. This mechanism has been shown to alter behavior and mood.
Sadly, people who need relief from their depression and take these drugs end up with horrible side effects that cause them even more distress. Problems like weight gain, erectile dysfunction and loss of sexual desire, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, constipation, dizziness, anxiety and agitation.
Though depression is very personal and everyone’s course of treatment is different, there are more natural alternatives to enhance the uptake of Serotonin. For instance, aerobic exercise releases the hormone, and vitamin B6 supports the production and function of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine in the brain.
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs (Statin Drugs)
There are many types of cholesterol lowering drugs on the market. Some “work” by absorbing bile acids produced by cholesterol in the GI tract and cause them to be excreted. This act then lowers the cholesterol circulating in the blood. Statins reduce cholesterol production in the liver and change the way LDL (the Lousy cholesterol) enters the cells.
The side effects of these drugs are also quite nasty. They cause something called Myositis, which is an inflammation of the muscles. (Don’t worry, your doctor can just put you on Cortisone… see how the avalanche starts?). They can also cause a rare disorder called Rhabdomyolysis which causes muscles all over the body to become weak and painful. These damaged muscles then release proteins into the blood that the kidneys end up trying to flush out of the body. Eventually the kidneys become damaged and may eventually fail.
Trying to lower your cholesterol in a healthier, more natural manner? Clean up your diet and eat whole foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
This New Year, say yes to health using safe and natural treatments and no to anything that can do more harm than good.