Good Health is a balancing act and sometimes stealth issues are keeping us out of balance. Loss of vitamins needed for critical bodily functions can be one of those hidden issues if we take prescription drugs. We may be so used to depending on man-made chemicals “for our health” that we overlook the “big picture”.
“Unless we put medical freedom into the constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic.”
Dr. Benjamin Rush, Physician and
Signer of Declaration of Independence, 1776
We are about two and one-half centuries beyond Dr. Rush’s statement and we are living in a day when the practice of medicine is a totally different undertaking than in Dr. Rush’s day. Having been married to a classically trained physician for 50 years and, therefore, in a position to watch medical “care” change from being half art and half science to being neither, I have spent a great deal of time contemplating this reality.
In her great book, Re-Thinking Pasteur’s Germ Theory, Nancy Appleton writes: “Recently I asked an acquaintance if he believed he was healthy. His immediate answer was, “Yes, of course.” “However, . . . I found out he controls his high blood pressure with a prescription drug and takes antacids frequently for an upset stomach. Since his symptoms are controlled by medication, he thought he was in good health.” (p9)
I agree with Ms Appleton who went on to say that what we experience when medicating to mask symptoms is not health. High blood pressure and upset stomach’s are not cured by the prescription drugs but temporarily hidden by them so that the ultimate cause goes unaddressed. Thus is the modern medical culture. We recite symptoms to a doctor who matches them to a recommended prescription drug. The cause is always there but ignored.
However, I assure you, the symptoms don’t exist because the body is “short” of a prescription
drug—any prescription drug. The symptom is there because something is “out of balance” and it might be bio-chemical or it might be electrical, or it might be the result of complex imbalance due to emotional matters and so forth.
Surely, having watched so many pharmaceutical advertisements on TV warning of “possible side effects”, none of us are so naïve as to think we are getting away ‘scott free’ from ‘other effects’ that come with every man-made chemical swallowed. I elaborate more on these issues in my books. However, in this post I wanted to share information about an “other effect” from taking pharmaceuticals that few are aware of — the depletion of vitamins and minerals from our bodies due to these ingested chemicals.
Why is such depletion matter? Vitamins and minerals are absolutely essential for health—indeed for survival. I speak of the components of good food because vitamins aren’t merely another pill that “makes up for letting our kids eat mostly junk food ” or “enables silver haired people to ride bicycles” as multi-vitamin commercials sometimes imply. Manufactured vitamins and minerals are not complete molecules and of little real use. They can be harmful and they do not make up for living a careless lifestyle any more than prescription drugs do. Eventually, we lose our bio-chemical balance and health.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Dr. Benjamin Rush would be appalled at seeing patients carrying bags of 20 or 30 different pharmaceuticals through their doctor’s waiting rooms. Surely he would be appalled at the minimal dialogue between physicians and patients as well as the fact that the manufacturers of those drugs educate all the doctors. After all, the scenario he described in the above quote has come to pass because the powerful medical/petro-chemical establishment has established a powerful “bastille” for their industry.
Considering loss of vitamins, what’s the big deal? Vitamins, in their complete natural form, enable our bodies to use the food we eat in ways that enable the countless complex functions to be coordinated at the cellular level. They act as catalysts for most all critical bodily functions. Consequently, I am compelled to share a link to a fairly comprehensive chart that can help you realize certain shortages you may be experiencing if you are taking prescription drugs. I am NOT advocating you stop taking medicine a doctor has prescribed. If you are at peace with your protocol, I respect your decision. Sometimes medicines help people through certain situations.
I just wanted to help you gather information that may help you deal with “other effects” of those medicines.
Below are a few examples of some commonly prescribed drugs and a list of the nutrients that are automatically depleted.
Anti-inflammatory drugs deplete: Calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, Vitamins B6, C, D, K, folic acid, chromium, glutathione, Vitamins B6, C, D, and K
NSAIDs: Folic acid, melatonin
Aspirin/Salicylates: Vitamins C, K, B5, folic acid, calcium, iron and sodium
Corticosteroids: Vitamins A, C, D, B6, B12, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc
Cochicine (used for gout): Vitamin B12, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, Beta-carotene
Statins (Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor,etc.): Coenzyme Q10
ACE Inhibitors for hypertension (Lisinopril, etc.): Zinc
This list is from: www.naturalnews.com