The phrase, "prescription drug addiction", is not intended to imply that prescribed meds are addicting in the sense that nicotine or cocaine is addicting.
What is meant is that the industry spends a lot of money to make the general population think that prescription drugs are the one and only answer to a health issue.
The last thing big pharma wants is for us to look at nutrition or lifestyle adjustments to fix our ills.
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So the bottom line is that they want to instill a prescription drug addiction mentality in us. Don't ask your nutritionist, ask your doctor.
Prescription Drug Addiction carries some serious implications. Supplements and other natural products like herbals can and do interact with prescription drugs, some foods and even each other on occasion.
This is the main concern of the FDA when it comes to supplement products, well, except for protecting the pharmaceutical companies from competition.
Another more comprehensive interaction guide is Mosby's Handbook of Drug-Herb & Drug-Supplement Interactions .
Again, you can click on the link or cover to take a look.
The big difference is that interactions of natural products are not even close to interactions between prescription drugs in terms of severity and damage done to the body.
You don't read about natural supplements killing over 100,000 people every year as adverse reactions from properly prescribed prescription drugs do. Just say no to the prescription drug addiction.
Botanicals or herbs shouldn't be lumped in with dietary supplements anyway. When someone takes an herb, they are usually trying to cure something, that's why they call them "herbal remedies".
Generally when someone takes a dietary supplement, they are trying to maintain health, not cure something. There probably ought to be a new category for herbals to separate them from dietary supplements.
There are numerous free tools online that allow us to check for interactions between drugs, foods, herbs and supplements. If you are of the prescription drug addiction mindset, two that you might want to check out are:
There are many more on the web, these are just two that happened to show up high on Google's search engine.
It's best not to rely on just one interaction tool; run your meds through both tools and compare the results. It's not unusual for one interaction tool to miss a conflict that would show up on the second interaction checker. The prescription drug addiction lifestyle must be managed wisely.
Big pharma doesn't want us kicking our prescription drug addiction. They have gone to great lengths to perpetuate the myth that prescription drugs heal and supplements don't.
The madness of all the foregoing discussion is that nutritional supplements do rebuild the body and support its systems so that it can heal itself. Prescription drugs cannot make that claim. Even worse, every drug carries a set of side effects and interactions that can often prove fatal.
Pharmaceuticals do save lives and we would be in dire straits without them. The “But” is that drug companies are not charitable organizations; they are in business to make a profit, make their shareholders smile and give big bonuses to their executives.
The predictable result is that drugs are incredibly over prescribed, over marketed and over-priced. All of it designed to keep us on our prescription drug addiction mindset.
It cannot be denied that some drugs do heal. Where would we be without antibiotics for example?
Once upon a time antibiotics did cure bacterial infections but due to their being prescribed for every sniffle, cough and cold that came along, including viral infections for which they are useless, antibiotics have lost their efficacy and the bugs are winning.
Furthermore they must clearly say that whatever statements are made about the supplement have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Just to make sure that no supplement maker threatens the drug establishment, stiff fines and penalties are imposed on both the manufacturer (in the case of direct sales marketing companies) and their associates if the slightest hint of a cure slips out.
If any of your customers show any type of health improvement after taking your supplements, don't even think of putting it in a testimony. According to the FDA that is a criminal offense. Wow, you might even end up on 20/20.
So much for freedom of speech. I wonder what all that cost the drug companies and how many former FDA regulators now have cushy jobs with those companies or law firms that represent them?
Remember the story in Greek mythology of Pandora's Box? Actually it was a large jar that contained all the evils of the world. She was told by Zeus not to open it but her curiosity got the better of her. After all the evils were let loose upon the earth, it was discovered that at the very bottom of the jar, was hope.
The evils of having a prescription drug addiction mentality can be summed up by ten evils, or problems. The ten problems with prescription drugs and being in a prescription drug addiction mindframe are:
As an alternative to prescription drugs, see what the science of glycobiology is doing to restore and maintain health.
The hope at the bottom of Pandora's Box has been repeated over and over throughout this whole website.
The hope is to enjoy an active lifestyle free of illness, without depending on prescription drugs, or worse having a prescription drug addiction. The good news is that it's within everyone grasp. So here is a recap of all the secrets to being Healthy by Nature with links to the appropriate web page.
10. Enjoy the sun; it is life giving. The key here is moderation...not too little, not too much, just right. Why? It's the prime vitamin D source.
Ten things to do. Yes, it's a lot but if your lifestyle is a mess, take them one or two at a time.
Start by adopting healthy eating habits while carving out a little time each day for exercise. Then look at the other eight and start phasing them in over time.
It took a lifetime to make a mess of your health, so it will take time to restore; but the key is to start. Before you know it, you will have kicked the prescription drug addiction and be enjoying a wonderful quality of life.
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