Despite their doctor's best intentions, I've seen clients on multiple anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications at the same time which cause devastating side effects, or being on multiple medications for which there are known warnings not to be on those together, or being on medications which they should not be on because they also have heart conditions or liver or kidney damage.
Medications really should only be needed for a short term only, but doctors generally prescribe medications for the long term which becomes very dangerous for your health. Medications like antidepressants, antacids, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and many more should only be prescribed temporarily, while addressing the true cause of the problem. Long term use of any medications can be very dangerous. For example:
- Proton Pump Inhibitors - prescribed for reflux, indigestion, GORD/GERD, heartburn. These stop the stomach producing stomach acid, but this then prevents your body digesting proteins and carbohydrates properly, causing digestive issues and being unable to absorb much of the nutrients from your foods, leading to many vitamin deficiencies, weak bones and fractures, mental health conditions and many more side effects.
- anti-depressants - block or prevent the breakdown of your hormones and neurotransmitters, so that you don't feel "down". Side effects include worsening of depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts and suicides, sleep issues, weight gain, weak bones, heart disease, digestive conditions, eye conditions and more.
- anti-inflammatories - most health conditions and symptoms are caused by inflammation. But inflammation in the short term is NEEDED, as it is a normal part of the immune system function to repair damaged cells and tissues, and to promote healing. However, long-term inflammation is what leads to major diseases. So anti-inflammatories actually prevent the body from healing, so you will never recover while you are on them, and your risks of long-term health conditions will greatly increase, for heart disease, bone diseases, mental health conditions, digestive conditions, and liver and kidney damage.
- chemotherapy medications - used as an extreme form of anti-inflammatory for some conditions, or for cancer. Known to actually cause more cancer due to cancer cell resistance to the chemo drugs, and stronger and faster secondary cancer growths.
No medications fix the causes of any health condition. They simply mask or hide your symptoms, so it appears to you that nothing is wrong. But by not addressing the causes, the condition gets much worse over time, and more symptoms appear, for which you get prescribed more medications to hide those symptoms, which creates a vicious cycle of medication dependence and worsening health.
Most health conditions are simply caused by a combination of factors which includes: 1) a poor diet causing nutrient deficiencies, 2) poor digestive system function, 3) stress, 4) unhealthy lifestyle (alcohol, drugs, smoking, poor sleep, no exercise), 5) exposure to toxic chemicals and other environmental factors, and 6) your mindset and emotions.
This is why Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy is becoming more popular and accepted - because practitioners (like me!) seek to identify all the causes of your personal health issues, and then treat those causes, and promote healing! We can also offer relief of symptoms with safe, effective and proven treatments too. This is the only way to reverse health issues!
If you have long-term health conditions, or have been on medications for a long time and have had enough of the side effects, please contact me for a health assessment and mediation review, and to see how I can help restore you back to health!