Although there are times when medications are necessary, as a society we’ve gone WAAAY overboard and are increasingly relying on drugs to “create health” for us.
The numbers prove it. Currently, the CDC reports that a whopping 82 percent of Americans take at least one medication per day, which is up from 70 percent in 2014.
The relentless advertisements on TV, on “health” (aka pharma-sponsored) websites and magazines telling you to, “Ask your doctor if XYZ drug is right for you” have been extremely effective, haven’t they?
But all this drugging comes with a very dear price, over and above the “common side effects”—because now we’re facing more serious adverse reactions too.
Back in 2005 about 320,000 adverse drug reactions were reported to the FDA. In 2017 that number had exploded to an incredible 1.8 million—6 times as many in just 12 years!
And sadly over 100,000 deaths are reported from adverse drug reactions every year.
Running on the white coat treadmill
Drug companies HEAVILY influence the curriculums in our medical schools, so our doctors are carefully manipulated into thinking that drugs are the only viable treatment option, and everything else (like nutrition, healthy habits and traditional therapies like acupuncture) is quackery.
This produces a situation that I call “running on the white coat treadmill.”
It happens when you are given a drug for a health problem, but it causes side effects, so you go back to the doctor and get a second drug for those effects. But then the second drug causes side effects, so you go back to the doctor and are given a third drug to combat the side effects of the second.
And so forth.
So it’s not surprising that we’re seeing the statistics I quoted above, is it?
But wait—there’s more!
As if side effects and adverse reactions were not enough, drugs can also rob your body of essential nutrients!
Here is the devastating nutritional impact of 7 commonly prescribed drugs:
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
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) severely reduce 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.
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 gut microbiome, which can spur poor digestion and weaken 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.
And 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 gut microbiome.
Wake up to the truth before it’s too late!
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 only care about profits—your health be damned.
Think of it this way--every single major drug company has been fined billions of dollars at one time or another for suppressing, destroying or fudging data that show dangerous side effects of a drug, or downplaying the potential for harm.
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 4 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 barcode and a list of chemicals you can’t pronounce. Real foods are fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, wild-caught fish, eggs, and healthy fats like real butter (never margarine), coconut oil and olive oil.
If you feel your diet may be lacking or just want to have all nutritional bases covered, a top-notch multivitamin and mineral formula like Super Core can help make sure you have what you need.
Plus Super Core gives you the added bonus of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which will further support your strong health efforts and help counteract disease!
Bring your gut back into balance
Processed foods and refined carbs (which are so prevalent in our typical diets) are murder on your gut microbiome, as are many medications.
Since your gut houses, 70-80 percent of your immune system, the protection of these intestinal inhabitants is NOT something you can afford 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.
Super Shield’s carefully selected blend of 13 potent, robust probiotic strains helps repopulate your friendly flora population so it can better protect you, as well as encourage more regular BMs and less gas and bloating.
Shake your booty
It’s crucial to get some form of exercise on most days—even a brief walk counts!
You can also squeeze in an exercise by taking little measures such as parking far from the door at the mall (as long as it’s safe, of course), doing push-ups, sit-ups or squats during commercials when you watch TV or dancing around your living room when your favorite song comes on!
Just get your doctor’s OK before you begin an exercise program.
Stress is harmful to your health in countless ways, including destroying your friendly intestinal microbes!
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!
But you can make a difference in your health.
Do it now—you’ll never regret it.
To your health,