Did you know that the majority of FDA approved drugs have serious potential side effects that were not detected before marketing approval? (1)
That about three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the U.S. because of adverse drug reactions, according to the CDC? (2)
That the number of medication-related deaths in the U.S. is estimated at over 200,000 a year, making medications the third or fourth leading cause of death in this country? (3)
That even common pain relievers called NSAIDs, examples of which include Advil, Motrin, Aleve and aspirin, account for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the U. S. every year? (4)
It sounds like the cure could be worse than the disease in far too many cases.
Thankfully, there is an option, an innovative approach to healing that seeks to restore balance and healthy function, instead of simply treating symptoms with drugs and suffering the side effects. I call it integrated medicine, and it is a powerful and effective way to address chronic illness... more on that in a moment.
Inhibiting Vital Functions
But first, let me explain in brief why the everyday medications Americans rely upon can be hazardous to your health.
The reason is simple and based upon the basic nature of modern drug therapy.
Most drugs used today are intended to act like biochemical strait jackets. They suppress cellular functions that appear to be overactive.
You can see this by looking at the names given to categories or classes of drugs. Almost all include "blocker," "inhibitor," or "anti-" in the description: beta-blockers, calcium blockers, ACE inhibitors, proton pump inhibitors, anti-histamines and anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs are developed to treat disease by interfering with the biochemical processes involved in illness.
But they also interfere with the natural and healthy functions of the body.
It's like throwing a wrench into a sophisticated machine in an effort to fix it.
Furthermore, the biochemical processes they inhibit are rarely the cause of the illness. They are just part of the many changes in the body that accompany disease. Outside the setting of disease these biochemical processes all play important roles in normal cellular function.It's no wonder that many of these drugs have side effects that are a direct extension of their therapeutic actions. (5) They are not restoring normal cellular function; they are merely inhibiting cellular hyperactivity.