When is Medication Not the Answer?

9 Apr

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Medication is not the answer to great health way more often than people think. It is the quick and easy answer. Most of us have developed our lifestyle habits over a period of many years. These habits can be hard to change, so if you are having issues with high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar etcetera, your physician may prescribe a medication for you. These medications often work very quickly. This gives us a sense of instant gratification as well as a sense that we are safer now because we are healthier. Unfortunately sometimes both healthcare providers and consumers alike tend to down play the significance of the side effects. I cannot think of any medication that does not carry with it a risk of side effects. Healthcare profesionals must continuously weigh the benefit of the medication against the risks. One example of drugs that may cause unwanted effects is a common class of drugs used to treat high cholesterol refered to as “statins” (example- Crestor, Lipitor etc.). Common side effects of statins include: Constipation, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps, muscle soreness, pain and weakness. See Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol-medications/HB00042 for more info about statins and cholesterol treatment. Unfortunately these side effects will likely interfere with the one thing that just might improve your condition naturally. Regular exercise together with a healthy diet can, in many cases, eliminate the need for medications. There are some people for whom proper diet and exercise are not enough, and for these people prescription medication may be necessary. Dr. Mike Evans of Toronto does a great job of describing one of the best, and I believe one of the most underused prescriptions a doctor could write. Please watch his video. It is amazingly informative and entertaining:


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