Prescription drugs can have their place in the world, however, they are very much overused in today’s world. Nearly half of the US (48.7%) has used some form of prescription medication over the past 30 days. Over 10% of American has used 5 or more medication over the past month. Countless people are on prescription medication long-term or permanently. Hospitals spend 5.2 million to 6.5 million dollars on drugs per year. Drug spendings are keeping increasing. (1, 2)
There is no question that drugs can save lives and in some cases are necessary to use temporarily or even long-term. However, the problem is that most medication is actually masking the symptoms, they are not looking at and fixing the root cause to improve or eliminate the health issue itself.
When you go to the doctor, the goal of your doctor is to come up with a diagnosis and to prescribe drugs to better the condition. Noone is looking at underneath, why you have the condition in the first place. No one is looking at nutrition, lifestyle, or other alternative and natural ways to reduce symptoms and eliminate the root cause.
The problem is not only that these medications don’t address the real problem and don’t offer real solutions, but they also come with serious side effects, are toxic, can lead to further health problems, and some even lead to addiction. Furthermore, teens don’t even have to go to the streets to seek illegal drugs, but many prefer what’s at home in their parents’ cabinet. (3)
In many cases, one prescription leads to side effects and further health issues, that can lead to increased dose and more medication that, of course, can cause more issues leading to even more drugs. This leads to a never-ending cycle of sickness. While the big pharma, hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies are benefiting from you spending money on medication, your health is suffering.
The good news is that there are natural alternatives to prescription medication that can reduce or eliminate symptoms, address the root cause, strengthen your body, and help you regain your health.
The 7 Most Common Alternatives to Prescription Medication
Ritalin, Cylert, Dexedrine, and Adderall
They are prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 15% of American children are diagnosed with this condition while only 5% are dealing with it in reality. (4)
Side effects may include:
- Zombie-like behavior
- Suicidal thoughts
- Stomach pain
- Hair loss
- Low appetite
- Blood pressure issues
- Chest pain
Natural alternatives include:
- With children aged 5-10 years old, 1 OPC 165 (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) per day (contains Pine bark extract, 75 mg., grape seed extract, 75 mg., and quercetin, 15mg), 500 mg of Essential Fatty Acids. 20 mg of Zinc.
- For children aged 11-15 years old, 1 OPC 165 2x daily. 1000 mg of Essential Fatty Acids. 40 mg of Zinc.
- Over 15 years old: 1 OPC 165 2x daily. 1200 mg of Essential Fatty Acids. 50-75 mg of Zinc (6).
Predisone or Cortisone
Side effects include:
- High blood pressure
- Suppressed adrenal gland hormone production
- Swollen face
- Thin skin
Coumadin or Warfarin
They are prescribed for blood clots.
- Black stool
- Swelling or pain at the injection site
- Stomach pain
- Joint pain
- Stomach problems
- Vitamin C – 1,000 mg daily (coats red blood cell walls and prevent them from breaking and bleeding).
- Vitamin E – 400 IU daily (coats red blood cells and binds collagen in blood vessels to prevent bleeding and strokes).
- Turmeric, bromelain, and garlic are also great blood thinners and strengthen blood vessel walls (8)
Lipitor, Lescol, Crestor, Zocor, and similar drugs
They are prescribed to lower cholesterol.
Side effects include:
- Muscle inflammation
- Rhabdomyolysis (muscle pain and weakness)
- Green tea
- Artichoke leaf extract (9)
Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lovan, and Luvox
They are prescribed for depression to alter serotonin levels to boost mood and alter behavior.
Side effects include (10):
- Worsened depression
- Suicidal thoughts
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
Natural alternatives (11, 12):
- St. John’s worth
- Saffron extract
- Vitamin B6
Beta Blockers and Calcium Channel Blockers
They are prescribed for hypertension.
Side effects include (13):
- Shortness of breath
- Congestive heart failure
- Slower heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Decreased appetite
- Swelling in feet, ankles, and legs
- Reduce sodium intake
- Reduce alcohol intake
- Plant-based whole foods diet
Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and decongestants
They are OCT drugs for cold, flu, aches, pains, fever, and congestion.
Side effects include (15):
- Liver failure
- Stomach ulcers
- Herbal tea
- Vitamin D
- Elderberry syrup
Remember that medication can be helpful and sometimes necessary, however, it always worth to give nature a try. Always talk to a doctor before starting any supplements or herb. Do not stop any medication without letting your doctor know. Follow their instructions as tapering off any drugs.
If you have an option, seek help from a functional medicine doctor, holistic health doctor, or naturopathic doctor who can help you dig deeper to find a root cause of your health problem. They can help you with how to address the root cause and reduce or eliminate symptoms naturally. Holistic nutritionists and holistic-minded RDs can help with nutritional changes further. If making a lifestyle change seems like a difficult task alone, health coaches can help you guide you through the process. Don’t forget about alternative healing methods, including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, and craniosacral therapy that can boost your health and support your healing as well.
Don’t forget about prevention either. Whole foods, plant-based nutrition, healing herb, spices, and superfoods, exercise, reducing stress, and using the help of alternative health practitioners can help you to prevent pain and disease, and live a healthy life full of vitality.
Do you take any prescription medication? What natural methods, including nutrition and lifestyle, help you to enhance your health in the past? What will you do today, this week, and the upcoming month to better your health naturally? Share in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.