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Do you really need that stomach-acid lowering drug or is it wiser to eat better? Do you really need that pain reliever for a mild headache or might you be better off taking some time to relax? Do you really need that diet pill, or could you exercise more?
In another article, (Are the drugs you take making you lose essential nutrients?), I described the general problem of drugs depleting essential nutrients and how so many people are unaware that they may be at risk.  In this article, I’ll get more detailed about specific drugs—what nutrients they deplete and what you can do about it.

There can be problems with prescription drugs….AND over-the-counter drugs.  It seems that people have gotten so used to taking all sorts of medicines, the assumption is that they are perfectly safe. 

Now, as I say to my patients, I am not against drugs…I’m against the mis-use of drugs. It would be foolish not to recognize the benefits – to the individual and to humanity as a whole—of antibiotics, pain relievers, asthma drugs and various drugs for different life-threatening conditions.  But, I think it’s worth asking yourself:
  • Do you REALLY need that stomach -acid lowering drug or is it wiser to eat better?
  • Do you REALLY need that pain reliever for a mild headache or might you be better off taking some time to relax?
  • Do you REALLY need that diet pill, or could you eat more vegetables and exercise more?

I am definitely not suggesting you stop taking your prescribed medications—that is a decision for you and your doctor, but please talk to your health care professional to determine if that particular medication at that dosage is necessary and if so, do you need to supplement with the nutrients that medication may deplete!

So, what are the most commonly prescribed medications?

Some of the most commonly prescribed classes of drugs include antacids, anti-depressants, blood pressure medications, stimulants, statins to control cholesterol, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-asthma drugs, pain relievers, sleep aids, anti-inflammatories and drugs to control blood sugar. The most common over-the-counter drugs are pain relievers, fever reducers, antacids and cold medications.

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