Apr 08 2018

Some of the Dangers of some Prescription Drugs

Published by at 12:40 pm under Damngerous Chemicals,probiotic supplements

Steer clear of the slippery slope.
Beware of how prescription drug side effects can lead to more prescription drugs.

You’ve heard of the book, “If you give a mouse a cookie,” well I’d like to write a book called “When you give a person a pill,” It is the same premise of a chain reaction, of one thing leading to another… then another.  By the end of the story, you can’t recall how it all began; you just know that things have snowballed out of control. *

What am I referring to? Prescription drugs. They have side effects that lead to us taking more pills to counteract the side effects. The scary part is that sometimes we don’t even realize the reason we are feeling bad is because of a drug we’ve been prescribed to make us feel better, and then we try to treat these new symptoms, or just accept these side effects as the ‘new normal.’*

Most drugs, whether they are over the counter or require a prescription, will come with a long list of possible side effects, due to their chemical structure. Many of these side effects may only affect a percentage of those taking them, but many affect everyone. Even common allergy medicines can make you drowsy or jittery. They are chemicals that affect the body. For example Benadryl, a well known allergy medicine, works by blocking the chemical acetylcholine. While this eases allergy symptoms, common side effects are drowsiness and dry mouth. The chemical reaction inside the body leads to good and bad results. (1,2)*

Our philosophy and mission at Body Biotics™ and the benefits of taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is to keep the gut healthy, to address health at the core, keep the immune system strong and enjoy whole body health. If we can keep our weight in check, our immune system strong, and address both our physical and mental health at the very core, we can prevent, or at least prolong the need to take prescription drugs. There are many cases in which genetics or illness may require prescription drugs, but if we really focus on staying healthy and eating right, we can possibly steer clear of this tumultuous path. *

An example of this is with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. While it can be genetic, and in some cases, is basically determined at birth due to the condition being passed down from the parents, you may find that you need to address it with medications as you don’t want to end up having a stroke or heart attack.  But if it is the result of lifestyle, diet and lack of exercise, wouldn’t you rather address these habits first, and avoid having to take prescriptions that are going to have side effects that can lead to this slippery slope of which I speak?*

 A common medication for high blood pressure is ACE inhibitors, also known as Angiotensin-converting enzymes.  With these meds come such possible side effects as a nagging dry cough, among others. The cough alone can drive a person crazy because it is persistent and can keep you up at night. So, for some, (especially if you didn’t pay attention to the side effects of the drug detailed on the packaging) the next step is to try cough medicines, allergy medicines, sleep aides…anything to address this cough and help with sleep. This one medication can lead a person to take four more medicines just to address this single side effect. Additionally, it can lead to headaches, dizziness, fatigue and loss of sex drive. Well, if you don’t feel good from fatigue or headache, you aren’t going to want to exercise. And if you’ve lost your sex drive, it’s going to affect your relationship.  Next comes weight gain as you are too tired to exercise. It can affect your mood because you are tired and cranky, which can affect your general day to day happiness and well being. These things, combined with lack of exercise and energy, results in higher blood pressure. Do you get where I am going with this? (1,2)*

The bottom line is to try and keep your core health at its best so that you can avoid prescription drugs as much as possible. *

Secondly, if you do find you are prescribed something, explore natural alternatives first. Are there supplements you can take? Dietary changes you can make? Should you increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to address your gut health, and therefore lead to better overall health? Healing naturally from within can do wonders. Ask your health care provider if there are alternatives available. If you don’t feel he or she is working with you, get a second opinion. Sometimes, in the busy health care world, it is easier to throw medications at a problem, rather than address the problem at its core.*

Lastly, in some cases, a prescribed medication may truly make a meaningful difference. If the only way you can get your blood pressure under control is with a prescribed medication, than it is better to lower it than live with such a dangerous condition that could lead to a stroke in the long run.  But work with your doctor to understand the side effects and if you are suffering from an uncomfortable side effect that is requiring you to take something else to treat it, see if there is a better medication for you affect you in this way.*

We live in a world of pharmaceuticals with big, big money behind this industry. Doctors are encouraged to prescribe meds and are certainly willing. But beware of putting a band aid on a condition that can be treated with diet, exercise and good gut health. Because treating symptoms without treating the core is going to lead to a domino effect that many never recover from. *

Be smart when it comes to your health.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

1.        https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/ace-inhibitors/art-20047480?pg=2

2.        https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/drug-side-effects-explained#1


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