At a doctor’s office, someone like me who is over 50 years old, gets a second look when she claims she is not on any medications. A nurse confirms the answer by asking “No prescriptions, no over-the-counter?” She says, “No and no”. Then the nurse says “I want to be like you,” with a look of disbelief… The answer is you can be if you wanted to be!
According to Consumer Reports, the total number of prescriptions filled by all Americans, including adults and children has increased by 85% over two decades, while the total U.S. population has increased by only 21%. How did this happen? I’m sure there are a lot of factors. First, we want to feel better all the time in a hot second. If you don’t feel good, there is a cause, but instead of exploring the causes, we want symptoms to be gone now. The most common symptom is some type of pain. No one likes pain and there are medications from mild to extra strong to kill the pain. For example, Lyrica® is used for fibromyalgia, which is a syndrome marked by muscle and soft tissue pain, chronic fatigue, sleep problems, etc. Possible side effects include suicidal thoughts and action. This should be prescribed well after the person tried nutritional modification, massage, acupuncture or chiropractic, in my opinion, but I don’t think doctors recommend that or people are trying that either.
Do you know your tissues hurt when you are nutritionally deficient? Also, food allergies can cause pain and inflammation. What you eat is directly affecting how you feel day to day. You won’t know that until you watch what you eat and try experimenting with it. For example, many patients come to my clinic will have less pain and/or swelling when they reduce or stop eating refined sugar, dairy or most grain products. You should try that at least for a week before reaching out to for any drugs. Recently I saw a TV commercial for a medication to treat “hyperhidrosis”, which indicates excessive sweating in underarm or other areas. If you suffer from the condition, I would like you to stop eating gluten for at least a week and see if the condition gets better. There are no side effects in doing that and there is nothing to lose, except possibly a few pounds of your weight.
Symptom treatments give you a false sense of cure
Drugs are too available in this country. In Japan, where I am from, there is no commercial saying, “ask your doctor about this prescription drug”. In fact, there are only 2 countries in the world where prescription drugs are advertised to consumers directly: New Zealand and The United States of America. Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars on those commercials, and they are working. Every $1.00 spent advertising prescription drugs is estimated to increase their retail sales by $4.20. Before doctors diagnose, we diagnose ourselves and look up drugs that we think will help the problem and then ask doctors to prescribe them. What do doctors most likely do? Give us what we asked for.
Over-the-counter drugs can have the same effects. Symptom treatments give you a false sense of cure. If you are Claritin-Clear®, you feel your allergy is cured but your allergy is still there and yes, it will be back! There are so many drugs available for every symptom. If you have X numbers of symptoms, most likely, you are going to take X numbers of drugs. That will create more symptoms due to side effects and you need more drugs. I see patients taking Nexium® due to heartburn caused by other drugs. This is why we need to stop chasing “symptoms” and work on the “root cause”.
Before we ask for drugs, we need to think twice about the side effects. Drug companies are regulated to disclose possible side effects. These possible side effects are so many and so severe yet those medicines are on the market, thus we are trained to tune the list of possible side effects out. Evil is in the fine print. On the radio, the list is mentioned so fast, you can’t even understand it. All we can do is tune out that part. Otherwise, why would you take something that possibly could cause suicidal thoughts? I don’t even want headaches or diarrhea, but suicidal thoughts – heck no!
Taking synthetic drugs long term may alter your physiology
Prescription and over the counter medication – all synthetic drugs may cause long-term harmful outcomes. They dramatically change your gut environment. You may not get acute severe adverse reactions to a drug but if you are taking something for a long time, it will change your physiology. Drugs are not supposed to be taken forever, just in case you didn’t know. If you need to take drugs to function day to day, your physiology is already altered and it is based on the medications. It gets more difficult to be off the medication. Eventually, your therapeutic benefit is outweighed by side effects or it doesn’t work for you anymore. In this case, you may need our help to reset your body with the medication. NAET® (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) has worked well with some patients to make their body more sensitive to the drug taken and get the medication working well for the patient again.
One of the most difficult diseases which include a lot of diseases from “idiopathic”, in other words, unknown cause, are Autoimmune Diseases. Autoimmune in allopathic medicine is “a disease in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own tissues, leading to the deterioration and in some cases to the destruction of such tissues”. According to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association Inc. (AAARD.org), 1 in 5 Americans suffer from Autoimmune diseases. 75% of those affected are women.
Your immune system attacks something when the system decides it is not recognizable and harmful. Hence, when you catch a cold, your immune system attacks pathogens such as bacteria or a virus. In my opinion, when your immune system is attacking your own tissues that means you’re tissues are not recognizable to your immune system. How does that happen? I think there could be multiple reasons, but, one of them can be the medication you are taking for a long time. Your medicine is altering your body’s functions, for example, dilating your blood vessels to reduce blood pressure or reducing inflammation to stop the pain. It is a forced chemical action, not a natural occurrence. When you depend on chemicals to alter your organs or tissues to do one thing, it is no longer recognizable to your own immune system.
There are a lot of things you can do to calm your immune responses, through diet, exercise, acupuncture, holistic allergy elimination treatments, etc. In my clinic, I find many of us are fighting with our own tissues and organs, at least energetically (that is my scope of practice). I ALWAYS find food allergies, nutritional deficiencies from food allergies and chronic infection in those who diagnosed with autoimmune disease.
If you are taking one or more prescription or OTC medication, please ask yourself:
- Why am I taking the medication?
- Is it doing the job?
- How long am I supposed to take this?
If you feel your symptoms are out of control despite the fact you are taking medication, I would recommend you talk to your doctor and me with a free phone consultation. I will be glad to talk to your doctor if you would like. Please schedule a chat with me online today!