According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the US is an overmedicated country. Yes, statistics indicate that last year Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs. That means that half the American adults consumed a prescription drug last month. A third of adults has consumed more than two drugs. Lastly, women consume more prescription drugs than men.
Consuming drugs is not a terrible thing but consuming prescription drugs for every little problem can be dangerous and addictive. For example, what if consuming prescription drugs is masking symptoms for a bigger medical problem. Moreover, prescription drugs do not come cheap. According to Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, who is the author of Real Cause, Real Cure, natural therapies and remedies are much safer and effective than prescription drugs. However, note that you should stop or change your medication only with the doctor’s approval.
Here are some most common prescription drugs used in the US and the natural alternatives that replace them:
Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone like Vicodin is consumed for pain.
Last year alone, doctors prescribed more than 130 million prescription drugs for pain. Patients do not realize that painkillers can be addictive. Try chiropractic treatment for recurring aches and pain.
Simvastatin, Atorvastatin or other Statins
Statins keep your liver from producing cholesterol by blocking a certain enzyme. Consuming particular food like garlic, olive oil and red wine can have better health benefits than this drug. It can lower the harmful cholesterol (LDH) in your body as well reduce the inflammation in your body.
Blood pressure prescriptions like Lisinopril or amlodipine.
Prescription drugs are beneficial for reducing the blood pressure, but it is not the only solution to lower your blood pressure. By following your doctor’s advice and consuming the right supplements, you can bring your blood pressure under control. Potassium and magnesium are minerals that to lower the blood pressure.
Levothyroxine sodium (synthroid) for hypothyroid
Women over the age of 50 are given hypothyroid for hypothyroidism. Low thyroid problems occur from lack of minerals like selenium, iron or iodine. Ask your doctor if you can take mineral supplements before taking medicines.
Omeprazole (prilosec) for acid reflux
When individuals consume Prilosec, it stops the hydrochloric acid from increasing bacteria overgrowth in the small intestine. Consuming this drug for short-term is acceptable, but if you consume it over the long term, it could result in harmful side effects. So instead of consuming this drug, why not try herbal remedies like slippery-elm lozenges. Slippery elm contains antioxidants that can relieve inflammation in your intestines and increase your mucus production.
On a final note, talk with your doctor about these natural remedies and see an improvement in your health.