We live in a world in which we pop pills constantly, although we don’t have to. Thinking proactively about prevention is fairly better than the opposite which is treating the symptoms of various ailments. We choose quick fixes which won’t interfere with our way of life instead of trying to prevent the problem just so we can continue with our unhealthy lifestyle and diet. You can put the blame on anyone – doctors, Big Pharma or healthcare systems, but the problem lies solely in us.
Over 4 billion prescriptions are written out every year, with about 80% of the world’s opioids prescribed in Canada and the USA. The dosage of opioids rose by 500% between 1997 and 2012, which is highly concerning considering that medications and doctor errors are among the leading causes of death in the world. In the last few decades, people have been experiencing pain for a prolonged period than before, and the longevity has significantly decreased as well.
Prescription pills for cholesterol, high blood pressure, pain, diabetes and bacterial infections are commonly recommended by doctors around the world. However, they don’t always work and have negative side-effects which often do more harm than good. Here are the 7 most prescribed pills nowadays and their effect on our health:
Hydrocodone (Oxycontin and Vicodin)
These drugs are used to treat pain and are probably the most prescribed medication around the world. Doctors are getting hefty paychecks from Big Pharma to promote Hydrocodone which isn’t doing our health any favors. These drugs are psychoactive compounds that work as analgesics and narcotics. They are transformed in the liver to different metabolites and may cause seizures, coma, bradycardia, cardiac arrest, liver damage and even death. Instead of treating your pain with Hydrocodone, you can try using natural pain relievers such as turmeric, ginger, cherries, walnuts, berries and cayenne pepper.
Statins (Lipicur, Zotor)
Statins are the most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs that are linked with an increased risk of diabetes. There are no scientific studies that confirm the effects of these drugs, so there’s really no point in using them. Statins work by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductase and may cause acute kidney failure, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, inflammation and muscle breakdown. In some cases, they can also be fatal! Instead of statins, you can reduce your cholesterol levels by eating a healthy diet which includes nuts, spinach, fatty fish, avocado, cranberries, tomatoes, turmeric, fenugreek seeds, licorice root, garlic, capsicum, green tea, etc.
Lisinopril and Norvasc (Amlodipine)
These drugs are prescribed in cases of hypertension (high blood pressure). They are the most prescribed drug for blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, as well as heart attack and congestive heart failure. They work by preventing the influx of calcium ions into smooth muscle which interferes with proper calcium absorption. The consequences of constant use of Lisinopril and Norvasc are cancer, male breast development, impotence and infertility, tachycardia, depression, liver inflammation, high blood sugar levels, hepatitis and a variety of skin disorders. These drugs can be replaced with: foods rich in vitamin C such as lemons, parsley, apples, broccoli, bell peppers; foods rich in magnesium – dark leafy green veggies, dark chocolate, almonds, cashews, pumpkin and squash seeds; foods rich in potassium – bananas, sweet potatoes, dates and oranges; and coconut water or oil.
Synthroid is usually prescribed against hypothyroidism, while in the past it was used against high cholesterol levels. The drug works by replacing the naturally occurring thyroid hormone and by preventing excess thyroid hormone production. Long term use of Synthroid can reduce the bone mineral density, increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, raise the glucose levels in the blood and increase the risk of coma and adrenal problems. Instead of the drug, you can treat hypothyroidism by eating kelp, seaweed, fish, parsley, eggs, cranberries, strawberries, bananas and Himalayan pink sea salt more often. Regular exercise is also important, as is iron, zinc, copper and selenium supplementation.
Prilosec (Nexium and omeprazole)
Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitors used in cases of GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease) as well as ulcers. The drug inhibits the secretion of gastric acid and is absorbed in the small intestine, which turns off the switch for proper food digestion. Frequent use of Prilosec may lead to tachycardia and bradycardia, ulcers, angina, pancreatic inflammation, liver disease, eye inflammation, tinnitus, anemia and blood cell disorders. To treat GERD, you can consume broccoli sprouts, probiotics, citrus fruits, glutamine, marshmallow tea, Aloe Vera gel, baking soda and pickle juice more often.
Amoxicilin and Azithromycin
These two are antibiotics used very often and one of the top reasons why many people are antibiotic resistant. Amoxicillin is usually prescribed to children while azithromycin is among the top-selling antibiotics around the globe. These two drugs inhibit many processes which are of essential value for our health, including protein synthesis and bacterial cell walls synthesis. As a result, we get liver inflammation, stomach lining inflammation, healthy bacteria elimination, obesity, allergic reactions and so on. Instead of using these medications you should opt for vitamin D, coconut oil, turmeric, vitamin B3 rich foods like sardines and salmon. Manuka honey, rose water, green tea, grapeseed oil, myrrh and oregano oil are also a good option.
Glucophage is an oral anti-diabetic medication which is rapidly becoming one of the top anti-diabetic drugs. It’s commonly prescribed to obese and overweight people suffering from type 2 diabetes and as a side-effect you also get lowered LDL and triglyceride levels. This drug suppresses the natural glucose production and activates one important enzyme for insulin signaling, glucose and fat metabolism and energy balance. As a result, we get impaired liver and kidneys function, decreased thyroid hormones, improper absorption of vitamin B12 and even bladder cancer and heart failure. Instead of using this devastating drug you should consume more turmeric, black tea, nuts, green leafy veggies, chia seeds, ACV, red grapes, broccoli, cinnamon, spinach, strawberries and green beans.