As I walked by the pharmacy counter in my local grocery store recently I noticed that the line to pick up prescriptions was longer than any of the food check-out lines.
That should tell you something.
While medications are needed at times, when it gets to the point where most of us are drugged every single day, something is seriously wrong.
And a big force behind this scary trend is…
Pharmaceutical company advertising
Did you know that in most all other countries, prescription drugs can only be advertised to physicians?
But in the US, drug companies can market their products directly to consumers—and they do it very well.
You can’t open a magazine, watch TV or look up anything on most “health” (aka drug company-funded) websites without being barraged by invitations to “Ask your doctor if XYZ drug is right for you.”
And if you don’t think advertising like this has an impact on our drug use, then there’s a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.
Although the US comprises only 5 percent of the world’s population, we consume 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs!
Plus remember, most doctors don’t have time to research all these drugs—they typically rely on what the company sales rep tells them…and you can rest assured that the side effects and adverse reactions are seriously downplayed. Several ex-drug rep whistleblowers have come forth telling their stories of how they were instructed to do exactly that.
A dangerous trend
The class of drugs that has shown the greatest increase in use is mind-altering, body-numbing drugs—ADHD drugs, anti-anxiety drugs, painkillers, and antidepressants.
Currently, one in seven US children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by the time they turn 18, and 70 percent take ADHD drugs.
Plus they’ve become “cognition enhancers” among college students and young professionals.
If you think these drugs are “mild,” you couldn’t be more wrong--they're Class 2 narcotics with side effects including:
- -Permanent brain damage
- -Increased risk of rare cancers
- -Aggressive behavior
- -Psychotic symptoms
- -Sudden death
- -Heart attack
Let me remind you that while these drugs are being taken in record numbers, we’re also seeing more shootings in our schools.
These include benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan.
Side effects from benzodiazepines include suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, drowsiness, dizziness, change in sex drive/ability, and memory problems.
Their use by children aged 10‐19 increased by almost 50 percent from 2001 to 2010!
Our use of painkillers increased 600 percent from 1997-2007!
By the year 2010, the US, with only 5 percent of the world’s population, was consuming 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone, 80 percent of the oxycodone, and 65 percent of the hydromorphone.
Antidepressant side effects include nausea, nervousness, headaches, sleepiness, sexual dysfunction, dizziness, digestive problems and weight gain.
Plus studies continue to show that antidepressants do not work as advertised. Most disturbingly, they cause suicidal and homicidal tendencies.
And if you don’t think that there’s even a remote connection between these “side effects” and the increasing acts of violence in this country, think again.
Create health—not a life of drugs!
There is plenty you can do to help create a state of health, safely and naturally, so that you are less likely to need prescription drugs, to begin with!
Rely on the farmer—not the pharmacy
Having a nutritious diet of real foods is the single most important step you can take. Nutrient deficiencies are behind most illnesses and diseases.
For example, kids with ADHD are commonly deficient in magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6.
People with depression are frequently lacking B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium.
Cancer is also linked to diet—lacking Omega-3 essential fatty acids, selenium, zinc, and vitamins A, D, and E.
If you think your diet may be falling short, a top-notch multi-vitamin and mineral formula can help pinch-hit where you may need it.
Support your immune system
Your immune system not only protects you against infections and viruses but also cancer and heart disease!
You can support your immune system by having a healthy whole foods diet, limiting refined carbs and sugars, and supplementing with a high-quality probiotic.
Get enough Omega-3 essential fatty acids
A deficiency in Omega-3 essential fatty acids is a leading factor behind inflammation and pain, as well as high blood pressure and depression.
So it's crucial to make sure your Omega-3 supply is what is should be by eating fatty fish and taking a high-quality fish oil formula.
Medications do have a place in our society, and occasionally they are necessary.
But we’ve gone WAY overboard and it’s only getting worse.
So DO YOUR PART to make sure your body and mind function like they are supposed to!