polypharmacy

Medications Are Toxins

Medications are toxins. They are man-made substances that either cure disease (like an antibiotic) or treat the symptoms of a disease.

Unless the medication is being used specifically to kill a disease-causing organism, it is not curing anything.

The use of “medicine” dates back to around 1500 BC when people discovered that certain herbs and minerals had medicinal benefits. Sometimes they were used in salves and others they were taken internally.

The first synthetic drug was made in 1869 (not that long ago, probably in the days of my great or great great grandparents).

The first pharmaceutical companies were spin-offs from the textiles and synthetic dye industry and owe much to the rich source of organic chemicals derived from the distillation of coal (coal-tar). ” 1 (Scary thought huh?)

Many times they try to mimic the action of an herb or plant synthetically. For instance, white willow bark is the predecessor of aspirin. Willow bark was used as early as 400 BC to relieve fever and pain. It actually has many of the same side effects as aspirin. No surprise right? This is a case of scientists isolating the salicylic acid from the willow bark and making a drug out of it.

Of course, when you make a drug you add binders like hypromellose ( viscoelastic polymer ), polyethylene glycol (a polyether compound used in medicines and manufacturing. In medicine, it increases the bulk and stability of medicine. It is also used for bowel preps before bowel procedures. ), propylene glycol (“Propylene glycol is a synthetic liquid substance that absorbs water. Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds and as a base for deicing solutions. Propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food “), Corn starch (” In the pharmaceutical industry it is used as a disintegrant and binder. Disintegrants enable tablets and capsules to break down into smaller fragments (dissolve) so that the drug can be released for absorption”) These inactive ingredients were taken from a label for aspirin.

Medications that cure

Medications that cure are generally antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals.

They are not innocent though. Consider that they are “killing” something.

The body has millions or more bacteria, viruses and fungi. They are just discovering that all viruses found in the human body may not be bad for you. They don’t know yet that they are helpful but they may be inert. We know for sure that the body depends on its microbiome (body of microbes that reside in us) for health. There are as many bacteria in the body as human cells.  “Fungi are an important part of the microbiome, along with bacteria and viruses

Now consider, when you take an antibiotic for an infection, it kills bacteria. Some antibiotics are more specific than others but more often than not, broad-spectrum antibiotics are used. This is because more often than not, we don’t know what exact bacteria (if it is a bacteria) we are treating so we kill them all. Well, that just messes up your digestion for a while. It may mess up your immune system too. In fact, it does. That can also be said for antifungals and antivirals. We do a lot of prescribing antibiotics when we have no clue what we are treating. The only thing we test for in the office is strep and maybe Mononeucliosis and 2 types of flu. These rapid tests aren’t always accurate so you are using clinical judgment and either prescribing to cover your best guess or prescribing because the patient is getting ticked off that you think they don’t need a pill for their ills. Yes, we prescribe to get difficult patients out of the office. Sad but true.

Medicines that treat

This would be all of the rest of the thousands of medications out there.

Medicine for high blood pressure treats the symptoms of high blood pressure. Yes, high blood pressure is a symptom, not a disease. It changes one of the normal functions of the body to decrease blood pressure. It may act on kidneys or by blocking receptors for epinephrine or by dumping water. It does not cure the root cause which may be stress, diabetes, kidney disease and so on.

Medicines for diabetes don’t cure diabetes. They treat the symptoms in various ways. They may increase cell sensitivity to insulin, they may increase insulin, they may dump sugar through your kidneys for example. They do not keep diabetes from progressing. Some of the newer ones may decrease the risk of diabetic-related heart disease but Jardiance increases the risk of genital yeast infections (minor compared to heart disease) but also increases the risk of kidney complications. Tradjenta can cause GI issues and increase blood lipids but more importantly can cause pancreatitis, heart failure (so much for fixing the cardiovascular risk) other muscle problems (heart failure is a muscle problem) etc. ISN”T BETTER TO AVOID OR REVERSE DIABETES?

How about those statins? They belong in the water right? First of all, we have demonized cholesterol. Cholesterol isn’t the problem. It is the body’s response to inflammation. It is the bandaid on the “boo boo” in the vessels caused by inflammation. If it has to keep adding bandage, it eventually stops the blood flow to wherever the vessel was going. Statins are powerful anti-inflammatories. They also block the formation of cholesterol in the liver. We need cholesterol. Our brain needs it. We make our hormones from it. It is not solving the root cause (generally a highly inflammatory diet). It does not prevent heart attacks. In fact, about half of all heart attack victims have normal cholesterol. It may be helpful in those who have already had a heart attack. In fact, if your cholesterol is too low, you may have other problems. I doubt that anyone will ever admit the issue because the statin industry is BIG BUCKS $$$$. And, we all know money talks. Statin side effects: muscle spasms (pretty common), headache, joint pain, stomach problems, insomnia, sore throat, DIABETES, elevated liver enzymes (THESE ARE THE COMMON ONES). Tendon rupture, kidney failure, blood issues, DIABETES (funny it is listed under common and serious. Hmm)

Anyway, this is getting too lengthy. If you get my point. medications are toxic. Sometimes they are necessary but, as they said in my mother’s day “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Take responsibility for your health. It is a choice. Support your genetics with good foods and appropriate supplements. Don’t forget to sleep, exercise, relationships, decrease toxins and so on.

I help Type 2 Diabetes reverse their dis-ease.

Merry Christmas.

Terri DNP, FNP, NBC-HWC

Doctor of Nursing Practice.

  1. Department of Forensic Genetics and Forensic Toxicology, National Board of Forensic Medicine, Artillerigatan, Linköping, Sweden. wayne.jones@RMV.S

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