As I walked by the pharmacy counter in my local Wegmans yesterday I observed 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 necessary at times, when it gets to the point where the majority of us are medicated every single day, something is seriously wrong.
And a big force behind this 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, pharmaceutical 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-sponsored) 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 prescription 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!
That’s just downright sick.
Plus remember, most doctors don’t have time to do extensive research on these drugs—they typically rely on what the pharmaceutical company sales rep tells them…and you can rest assured that the side effects and adverse reactions are seriously downplayed.
A dangerous trend
What’s really disturbing is that the class of drugs that has shown the greatest increase is mind-altering, body-numbing drugs—ADHD drugs, anti-anxiety drugs, painkillers, and antidepressants.
Let’s take a closer look at these:
According to the CDC, one in seven US children is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by the time they turn 18, and 70 percent are prescribed ADHD drugs.
Plus ADHD drugs have 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
- Bipolar illness
- Aggressive behavior or hostility
- Psychotic symptoms
- Sudden death
- Heart attack
Let me remind you that at the same time these drugs are being taken in record numbers, we’re also seeing more shootings in our schools, and that’s no coincidence.
Benzodiazepines–including Valium, Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan–are used to treat anxiety, mood disorders and insomnia.
Side effects from benzodiazepines include suicidal thoughts,hallucinations, drowsiness, dizziness, change in sex drive/ability, slurred speech and memory problems.
Frighteningly, their use by children aged 10‐19 increased by almost 50 percent from 2001 to 2010!
Our use of painkillers has 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.
Unfortunately, overdoses have increased as well. From 1999-2010, deaths from prescription painkiller overdose shot up 400 percent among women and 265 percent in men.
The list of antidepressant side effects is staggering and includes 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. I’d be willing to bet that most if not all of the “mass shooters” in the last 20 years has these in their medicine cabinet.
What you can do
The good news is there’s 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!
Have a diet of nourishing REAL foods
Nutrient deficiencies are behind most illnesses.
For example, kids with ADHD have been shown to be deficient in magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamin B6.
Many people with depression are lacking B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, and magnesium.
Cancer has even been shown to be linked to diet—specifically lacking Omega-3 essential fatty acids, selenium, zinc, and vitamins A, D, and E.
If you think your diet may be falling short or want to get a good overview of nutrients, a top-notch multi like Super Core can help ensure you have all bases covered.
Support your immune system
Your immune system not only protects you against infections and viruses but also cancer and heart disease!
You can pamper your immune system by having a healthy diet, limiting refined carbs and sugars, and supplementing with a high-quality probiotic like Super Shield.
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 with an outstanding fish oil formula like VitalMega-3.
Medications do have a place in our society, and sometimes they are necessary.
But we’ve gone WAY overboard and it’s getting worse.
So DO YOUR PART to make sure your body and mind function like they are supposed to!