Drugs & Prescription Medications

Drug CapsulesDrugs are synthetic artificial substances designed to “override” a causative injury’s symptoms. They do not “cure” they only “treat” injury and should be used judiciously. All drugs have side effects! Drugs are dangerous to the body and may prevent healing. The drugs you ingest for relief of your symptoms may actually make your condition worse. However, we understand there are times when drugs are useful. We are not against drugs; we are for proper diagnosis and treatment of the cause of symptoms. Drugs can play a beneficial role in this diagnostic process when used in proper context.

Drugs Treat Symptoms

Drugs do NOT cure disease! Drugs treat symptoms of disease. There is no pill that will restore your health. You have to determine the underlying cause of your problem and treat the cause. Drugs are stop gaps to help with the discomfort of the symptoms caused by the disease. People don’t understand this relationship. This is why so many people continue to take Prescription Medications. They erroneously believe the Drug is treating the cause!

If Drugs treated the cause of disease you would take them, be “fixed”, and then you could stop taking them. The only thing that heals the body is the body! And healing is a complex process that requires a commitment to Nutrition and Lifestyle changes. Healing also requires time and in some cases surgical intervention to remove or repair a diseased body part that is not capable of repairing itself due to excessive degeneration. When you are ill the cause of your illness is NOT (___________ Insert any drug here) deficiency!

Drugs Dangerous Side Effects May Surprise You!

Drugs are synthetic and unnatural to the body. At the time of the original post (Summer 2005) – I was trying to come off the Benzodiazepine Clonazepam. The side effects (for me) were wicked. I had developed tolerance to my prescribed dosage. I had nausea, balance problems, slurred speech, etc. According to my Doctor (At the time) I was taking a relatively low dosage 1mg at night for sleep. I had been on Clonazepam daily for 5 months. The taper was extremely difficult (Cutting tiny little pills into pieces wasn’t easy either). I cut from 1mg to 1/2mg. During the taper I would awaken every 2 hours all night long. I felt sick, nauseas, sweaty and incredibly uncomfortable for weeks. Night were the worst.

People think that Benzodiazepine drugs are “Safe” because they are Class 4’s or their Doctors say not to worry. YOU SHOULD WORRY! Please visit Benzo.org.uk and investigate the Benzo’s you may be taking. If you are on any of these drugs – Ativan ( generic/chemical name Lorazepam), Klonopin (Clonazepam), Valium (Diazepam) then you are on a Benzodiazepines. These are just a few as there are more than a dozen commonly in use.

Benzo drugs all work in the same general way on the same areas of the brain, but there are many differences in how long they stay in your bloodstream and the potency of an individual dosage. So you CAN NOT substitute 1:1 one for another. Please don’t use these drugs recreationally just because they are Class 4 (Supposedly “safe”). There is a reason these are prescription drugs!!! I would never have thought I would one day be a prescription drug addict. And while I may not be psychologically addicted I am definitely physiologically addicted.

Prescription Medicine – Drugs – Pharmaceuticals Help or Hindrance?

Prescription Medications are what’s commonly referred to as “Drugs”. You may call them what you want, but our preferred term is medicines or medications. We prefer this definition to separate these substances from their illegal cousins which are manufactured for purposes other than healing. Medicines are made in laboratories by Pharmaceutical companies. They don’t grow on trees, you can’t harvest them in the spring, and they do not occur naturally in the environment.

When most people think of drugs they think of “relief” not “cure”. To some they come as a great help, to others they bring on thoughts of fear. With recent recalls of popular pain relievers such as Vioxx, and Celebrex (known as Cox 2 inhibitors) people are concerned, and rightfully so about the long term effects of using these synthetic chemical substances in their bodies.

In the USA the Federal Drug Administration is the governmental body overseeing the legal distribution of drugs. The FDA classifies and determines what doctors can and can not disburse to patients. Unfortunately Drugs are not the answer to disease, they are a comforting agent or a “Stop Gap” that can be necessary to save your life. We are thankful, yet cautious of drugs.

The answer to curing disease lies in the body’s own healing mechanisms. Medicines play a role in healing, and may facilitate the process, but they are not the cure in and of themselves. However for some individuals drugs bring the relief needed in order to begin work on creating the necessary nutritional, exercise, rehabilitation, spirituality, and mental outlook required for recovery. I could not imagine having a filling repaired at the dentist without the use of anesthetic drugs. And while I brush, and floss I still have acquired decay. So I am grateful for the research that has gone into the production of these medications. Drugs are neither bad nor good – they are tools in the battle against death and discomfort.

There is a growing trend in the United States to classify any substance being touted as “curative” – a Drug! We won’t jump into the “It’s all the Pharmaceutical Companies Fault Argument”. Any intelligent adult knows there are huge dollars at stake in the “Drug Industry” and is free to make their own decisions, assumptions, and conspiracy theories. Health Synergy Rx is about healing via the most effective means. regardless of source or profit. So we’re going to take the Geneva Switzerland stance and plead the 5th on this issue; the profit motive behind the FDA’s rules. (You can read more in the next section below and draw your own conclusions.)

You can not post a commercial website saying your companies vitamin substance will “cure” anything. While it may actually cure a disease, unless you have the research (and that research has to meet FDA standards) to back it up, you had better be very careful about what you say. This is designed to “protect” (or at least that is the intent) us from modern day “snake oil” quick buck artists. The effect however may be just the opposite as it may prevent some vitamins and minerals from being widely distributed or from legitimate alternative medical practitioners from disseminating information. In short you may not hear about an herb or alternative vitamin therapy that could help you because alternative medicine practitioners have to be so very careful how they word their “claims” or the FDA will be all over them like ants on a picnic basket.

It’s unfortunate, but the very agency that is supposedly protecting us may actually be hurting us! While at the same time we live in a world of quick buck artists with ZERO ethics, so agencies like the FDA MUST enforce rules in order to protect us. It’s a vicious “Catch 22″. So what is the answer?

  • Be very careful with your use of prescription medications.
  • Do you’re homework – use the internet to read about the substances you are using for your ailments.
  • Talk to your pharmacist, talk to multiple pharmacists, Doctors study Medicine in Medical School, but they get their Drug information from Pharmaceutical Companies who have a profit agenda. So there is a built in conflict of interest
  • Take care of yourself in “preventative ways”. How many times do you have to be told to NOT smoke, get some exercise, eat fresh Organic Fruits and Vegetables
  • Find healthcare providers that treat you before your symptoms arise. If you can’t openly discuss your problems with your doctor, they can not acquire the necessary information to prescribe the correct medications.
  • Seek second opinions and ask for alternatives – if your condition is not life threatening why not try a vitamin or herbal remedy BEFORE you use Prescription Medicines.
  • Keep this simple fact in mind. One day we all die. Life is not about quantity it’s about quality. If drugs improve your quality of life then they are “working”, if they don’t then they are not.
  • Finally – keep a positive outlook – the power of the body to heal itself if greatly increased in a state of mind of happiness, encouragement, love, and hope.
  • Don’t assume because it’s new or was developed in a laboratory it’s your best option. “Modern Medicine” has been around for 50 to a 100 years, man has been on the earth for many thousands (you pick a number you believe) and along the way man figured out many natural healing herbs and treatments that worked to some degree then and still do.
  • Should you decide that Drugs are the correct treatment for you at this time pay close attention to your doctors advice (especially with antibiotics). Take your prescription for the full length of time your doctor tells you – don’t stop just because one day you feel better. Drugs change your body chemistry you need to ease off of them in the same way you ease into them
  • Don’t do stupid things like take Viagra or Cialis or buy and try drugs over the internet to help with a supposed problem without consulting your doctor first. You may actually have an underlying disease condition that is different from what you thought it was.

Drug Companies Spend Staggering Millions Lobbying

From the April 25, 2005 edition of USA Today comes an expose` story showing how much influence the pharmaceutical industry has over US lawmakers. The article starts by describing how drug companies allow their corporate jets to be used by politicians, and that the politicians are only legally required to pay the cost of a first class commercial flight.Pharmaceutical Lobby Spending Chart

In addition to flights and numerous other perks, the article chronicles the vast amount of money that the drug industry contributes to political candidates. They note that drug companies and their officials contributed at least $17 million to federal candidates in last years elections. Additionally it was noted that they contributed nearly $1 million to President Bush and more than $500,000 to his opponent, John Kerry.

The Center for Responsive Politics, who keeps track of contributions, listed that in the year 2004 the drug companies spent $158 million dollars to lobby the federal government. They spent $17 million in campaign contributions in 2004 to federal candidates, and an additional $7.3 million in support for the 2004 political party conventions.

The article theorizes that the reasoning behind this scale of activity is that drug companies are heavily dependent on federal decisions. They note that it is the federal government that determines which products drug companies can market and how they’re labeled. The article also pointed out that the government buys large quantities of drugs through Medicaid, the Veterans Administration and several other programs. When the new Medicare prescription drug benefit takes effect in 2006, the government will be paying 41% of Americans` drug bills, up from 24% at present.

Money also buys manpower. According to Amy Allina of the National Women`s Health Network, 1,274 people were registered in Washington to lobby for drug makers in 2003. Of that amazing number, some 476 are former federal officials, including 40 former members of Congress. Ms. Allina commented, “They are one of the strongest, most well-connected and most effective lobbies in Washington. Going up against them is more often than not a losing battle.”

New Study Highlights Dangers of Over the Counter Pain Medications

ABC News reported on an April 17, 2005 Associated Press story stating that over the counter pain medications increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. According to a study performed in Norway, smokers who took such drugs for at least six months had twice the risk of dying of a heart attack, stroke or other heart-related problem.

Previously, the main concern was for so-called cox-2 drugs Bextra, Vioxx and Celebrex. This study suggests that there are also problems associated with the family of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, which include naproxen, ibuprofen and virtually all other over-the-counter pain relievers except Aspirin and Tylenol.

Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, a Cornell University scientist who helped do the Norway study noted, “To the best of our knowledge, these are the first data to support putting a box warning on NSAIDs, not just cox-2s.” The original purpose of the study was to determine if these pain relievers could prevent oral cancer. However, the data revealed that the NSAID users were dying at twice the rate of the others from heart-related problems. The risk was highest among ibuprofen users, who were nearly three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than non-NSAID users.

Concerns over the prescription drugs Vioxx and Bextra have already caused then to be pulled from the market. Now this study has raised disturbing questions about the heart safety and long-term use of the very common over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve.

The battle rages on. Drugs can help and Drugs can hurt, it’s up to you to educate yourself BEFORE you start dumping chemicals into your body.

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