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Are your meds making you sicker?

Mar 16, 2017 0 comments
Are your meds making you sicker?

Although there are times when medications are necessary and appropriate, as a society we’ve gone way overboard and are increasingly relying on drugs to “create health” for us.

I’ve heard people say they are in “good health” because their blood pressure is controlled with beta blockers, their cholesterol is under 200 with statins, proton pump inhibitors keep their acid reflux quiet and sedatives help them sleep.

THAT’S good health?

No—that’s a chemically induced absence of symptoms!

This way of thinking has not only resulted in many people being needlessly medicated, but also any desired result comes at a very dear price over and above the “common” side effects.

Every year, more than 2 million Americans suffer from serious adverse drug reactions.  According to the FDA, these reactions cause about 100,000 deaths per year, making prescription drugs the fourth-leading cause of death in the US!

Medication cascade

Once you arrive in the land of the medicated, you can get caught up in “medication cascade”—where you suffer side effects from one drug and are given a second drug for those effects.  Then you have side effects from the second drug and are given a third drug to counteract those, and so on.

Plus the more drugs you take, the higher the risk of dangerous drug interactions too.

Hang on—there’s more!

As if all that wasn’t enough, drugs can also steal your nutrients!

Here is the harmful nutritional impact of seven commonly prescribed drugs:

1- Statins

Statins deplete your body of vitamin D. 

Vitamin D is crucial for bone health, proper immune function, it protects against heart disease and cancer, and encourages healthy lung function.

Plus, statins inhibit your body’s ability to synthesize Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)—an essential antioxidant for your heart. 

2- Acid reducers

PPIs severely deplete your magnesium level.

Magnesium is needed for digestion, building RNA and DNA, and proper insulin production (an important note for diabetics). 

It’s also vital for heart and bone health, a properly functioning nervous system and a strong immune system.

3- Antibiotics

Antibiotics diminish your body’s levels of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 and K.  They can also sap calcium and iron, and block your absorption of minerals.

In addition, all antibiotics upset your intestinal flora balance, which can spur poor digestion and weak immune function.

4- Type 2 diabetes drugs

Diabetes drugs can lead to reduced vitamin B12 levels. 

B12 is essential for red and white blood cell production, generating energy, lowering blood levels of homocysteine (a heart disease risk) and brain and nervous system health.

5- Thyroid medications

Synthetic thyroid medications deplete your body of zinc. 

Zinc is essential for immune function, heart health, a strong gut wall, and it protects against Alzheimer’s.

6- Hypertension drugs

Diuretics reduce your body’s supplies of magnesium, calcium, sodium, potassium and zinc.

Beta blockers drain your supply of CoQ10, which is crucial for heart health.   

7- Birth Control Pills

Like antibiotics, birth control pills can also disrupt your intestinal flora balance. 

Wake up to the truth!

If you saw yourself in anything I said above, it’s time to wake up to the truth before it’s too late.

Drug companies do not care about your health—profit is ALL they are about.  Every single major drug company has been fined billions of dollars at one time or another for suppressing data that shows dangerous side effects of a drug, or downplaying the potential for harm. 

Does that sound like a company that cares about you?

And sadly they have strongly swayed the learning curriculums of our doctors and nurses to the point where many well-meaning individuals who wanted to attain an education to help their fellow man instead come out as pharmaceutical robots.

It’s up to YOU

If you want to see what REAL health looks like, then it’s up to you to take action. 

Here are the most significant measures you can take toward preventing or saying goodbye to a sickly, diseased, medicated, side effect suffering, and nutrient-depleted existence:

Eat for health

There's no getting around it.  If you want anything that resembles health, you MUST eat nutritious real foods.

“Real foods” are foods that do not come with a bar code and a list of chemicals you can’t pronounce.  Real foods are fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, wild-caught fish, eggs, healthy fats like butter and olive oil, and whole grains. 

If you feel your diet may be lacking or just want to have all nutritional bases covered, a top-notch multi vitamin and mineral formula like Super Core can help make sure you have what you need.

Bring your gut back into balance

Processed foods and refined carbs (which are so prevalent in our typical diets) are murder on your friendly gut flora, as are many medications.

Since your gut houses, 70 percent of your immune system, the protection of these intestinal inhabitants is NOT something you want to be without!

A full-spectrum, multi-strain probiotic supplement like Super Shield can help ensure your body has a health-supporting population of these helpful microbes.

Move your backside

Get some form of exercise on most days—even a brief walk counts!  Stop the excuses and just do it (after you get your doctor’s OK).

Reduce stress

Stress is harmful to your health in countless ways, including destroying your friendly gut flora!

Do whatever you need to do, keeping in mind that exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress.

You can make a difference…NOW

Sad as it is to say, our current state of "health" is NOT health at all!

If we were a "healthy" nation, 7 out of 10 of us wouldn't be medicated, would we?

But you can make a difference in your health.

Do it now—you’ll never regret it.

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