Healthy lifestyles are the biggest threat to the growth and expansion of the drug industry. A recent Forbes magazine cover article, “Pharma’s New Enemy: Clean Living,” thoroughly addressed this subject from the position of the consumer as well as the investor. Consider the following perspective from the article: “Do you really need all those prescription and over the counter pills you are popping? Maybe not. There’s a backlash building against the cost, risk and side effects of medication, and it’s bad news for the pharmaceutical industry.”
The message was driven home even more powerfully when the article noted: “The results of pill dependence are insidious and devastating: billions of dollars in ever-higher drug costs; millions of people enduring sometimes highly toxic side-effects; and close to 2 million cases each year of drug complications that result in 180,000 deaths or life-threatening illnesses in the elderly.”
As the article notes, “Every few years the ultimate medical catastrophe: a miracle cure that turns out to be toxic.” (Think Vioxx, Avandia, hormone replacement therapy, Paxil and the link.) Every drug is a toxin!
It used to be that an apple a day would keep the doctor away. The recommendation now is an aspirin a day. It turns out, however, that an aspirin a day for at least five years increases a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer by 80%. Seems like a good idea to take your chances with the apple.
If you get breast cancer, chances are that the drugs prescribed will cause more harm than good. Many women have been prescribed Tamoxifen. Research now shows that taking Tamoxifen increases the chance of incidence and death from uterine cancer.
Even something as seemingly harmless as over-the-counter children’s cough medicine can be deadly. A cough rarely kills a child, but cough medicine and cough syrup just might. The CDC recently released a warning to parents after more than 1,500 infants and toddlers wound up in emergency rooms and three children died because of reactions to overdoses of pediatric cold medicines. Behind the scenes, one doctor admitted, “Fluids and patience are the best treatments.”
The most common prescription drugs sold in the U.S. today, and possibly the most toxic to your system, are antidepressant medications. Possible side effects include: suicide, aggressive behavior, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, decreased sex drive, dizziness, weight gain or loss, tremors, sweating, sleepiness, fatigue, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, and on and on. Clearly, the issues of toxicity are severe with this type of drug.
If you look at the top 20 best-selling drugs in the U.S., you will be amazed to by two things: the sheer dollars spent and what they are prescribed for. The top drugs sold are for pain, heart disease, heartburn and many other conditions that could easily be prevented by nutrition, exercise, chiropractic treatments and the removal of toxicity.
As you’ve heard in the past, there is no free lunch. That is the case with medication. Even if the drug makes the symptoms go away, you will pay the price on the back-end with the side effects of toxicity; side effects that sooner or later tend to turn out worse than the condition the drug was prescribed for in the first place. You want to know what really puts a whole lot of people in the nursing home instead of in a suite on a cruise ship? It’s often the pills they’re taking or have been taking for years.