A real vote of confidence for our FDA. and medical system.
Prescription medications have become the leading cause of illness, disability,
Have you looked at the information sheets that come with the prescriptions?
There are often pages upon pages of warnings and adverse effects to be aware
of. Some medications’ side effects are worse than the illnesses that they are
These deaths are not only from accidental overdoses, but from the side effects
and also from mixing with other prescription drugs.
drugs approved by the FDA are under-tested for adverse drug reactions, yet offer
few new benefits. Drugs cause more than 2.2 million hospitalizations and 110,000
hospital-based deaths a year. Serious drug reactions at home or in nursing homes
would significantly raise the total.” (www.ssrc.org)
This does NOT mean that all prescription drugs are dangerous and should never be
used. There are, of course, circumstances where the aid of prescription
medication is needed. The point I am making is, often health care providers are
too quick to have you pop a pill, or 10, instead of treating the CAUSE.
It’s very easy to treat symptoms, but treating symptoms will not heal the cause.
Let’s look at holistic medicine, for example.
If one aspect is not
working properly, it will affect the other parts. For example: Let’s say you’ve
got a headache. There could be many possible reasons why your head is hurting –
are you eating foods poor in nutritional value? Do you you have a back-ache? Are
you stressed? Do you have trouble sleeping? Any of these could be the reason for
the headache. Instead of just treating the headache, you need to get down to the
main reason FOR the headache, and treat the reason, the main CAUSE – then the
rest of your systems will balance back out.
Holistic medicine treats the whole person – mentally, physically, emotionally,
and spiritually. How is this done? By retaining proper balance in all aspects
of one’s health
What if you just treated the headaches by taking pain medications a couple times
a day over the course of week, month, year? You’d be ingesting medications that
are helping the headache, but the cause is still there (let’s say it is from
stress), so the headache will continue. And by then you’ve filled your body with
pain-relieving chemicals, some of which could be addictive.
What if, instead, you looked at the perceived cause of your stress (the root of
the headache) and took measures to reduce stress in your life? You could do this
in many ways: proper nutrition, removing toxins, exercise, yoga, meditation,
lifestyle changes, removing things from your life that no longer serve you,
counseling…and so on?
I could write pages and pages on this topic, but will save some for another day.
Please be aware when using prescription drugs. Are you treating the cause, or
just the symptom?
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