26 Reasons Why You Should Forgo Prescription Drugs and 14 Reasons Why You Should Take Natural Medicines
by Bill Sardi
Most patients feel assured their doctor knows best when he/she prescribes drug for them. However, there may be good reasons to back away from prescription drugs altogether. Here are a few with links to references:
They may not be as safe as other alternatives or older drugs.
They may deplete your body of essential nutrients (you will never get well)
They are designed to treat disease, not promote health. There is no such thing as a wellness drug.
They often are intentionally designed to create rebound side effects if you quit. Example: heartburn medications
They often can be supplanted by dietary supplements. Example: olive oil works about as well as Herceptin anti-breast cancer drug. Fish oil slows heart rate about as well as beta blockers.
They are often approved as single drugs when many Americans take untested drug combinations.
They don't address your problem; they may be inappropriate. Example: blood pressure drugs (diuretics, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors) do not address the reason why blood vessels lose their ability to widen (dilate) with advancing age.
They are often ineffective; the FDA approves ineffective drugs; example: only 27% taking a single blood pressure drug achieve control.
They may be deadly. Prescription drugs kill far more people than illegal drugs.
They may be counterproductive – examples: most anti-diabetic drugs induce weight gain; Avandia (rosiglitazone), an anti-diabetic drug, induces calcifications and stiffening of arteries.
They may be prescribed because your doctor is "on the take."
They may be ineffective and problematic because you have the wrong set of genes
They address narrow gene targets for diseases that involve many genes.
They are excessively priced.
They may, when used with other drugs (polypharmacy), induce premature death.
They may be approved by the FDA based upon faulty data provided by a drug company.
They may induce drug resistance.
They may induce seemingly unrelated symptoms and other diseases which cause you to need even more drugs.
They may not perform as advertised.
They may impair your ability to think.
They may be genotoxic (toxic to your genes).
They may be "FDA approved" but their safety record is unknown.
They may be prescribed for an off-label use (never approved by FDA)
They may not have been properly dosed for children or women or certain genetic groups.
They may not be appropriate in advanced age.
They may adversely alter the pH (acid/alkaline) status of the body
They may actually induce life-threatening diseases.
Read more and access links: