A Prescription Pill for Every Problem

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Is this Pill Right for You?

The information in this video is for general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never stop taking a medication or alter the way you take a medication without talking to your health care provider.

How many times a day are you told to ask your doctor, “If this pill is right for you?” It sure seems like conventional medicine is becoming all about taking a pill. If you have high cholesterol, take a pill. If you’re sad, take a pill. If you have low energy, take a pill. If you have trouble concentrating, take a pill. If you can’t sleep at night, take a pill. If you have high blood pressure, take a pill. If you have headaches, take a pill.

We’re constantly being bombarded by ads to tell us to take a pill. We’ve become indoctrinated into the philosophy of, if you have a problem, there’s a pill out there that’s right for you and all these ads have actually made us to where we know if we have a condition, to know what pill to take. For example, if you have high cholesterol, you could probably tell me right now what pill you should be taking. Or if you have heart burn, you could probably say right on top of your head what pill is right for you. And in fact, 40% of the ad revenues that major television networks get is actually from pharmaceutical companies. So, all this time that we’re watching television or listening to media, we’re getting all this information and what is it telling us? It’s telling us: To take a pill!

So, this is the reason why I’m doing this video today. We’re gonna talk about nutrition, which is a preventative approach to health and conventional medicine, which has become all about taking a pill.

We’re going to talk about the top 3 classes of drugs by profit:

1. Medications for high cholesterol.
2. Medications for stomach acid or acid reflex problems.
3. Medications for depression.

Cholesterol Medications
Anticholestorol drugs: Lipitor (best-selling drug in the world from Pfizer), Crestor, Vytorin, gemfibrozil, probucol, clofibrate

Let’s jump right in and talk about high cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol and you are eating good…okay, what’s the other reason you may have high cholesterol? Well, your liver may not be working great. Well, what if that’s how high fat(?) liver works? Number one, we’re treating. Number two, how much alcohol you’re drinking [alcohol]. Number three, certain diseases, but that’s in a smaller percentage of the number of people who are probably going to be watching this video.

We know that about 50% of Americans have high cholesterol. And you or someone you know is taking a cholesterol loweing medication, these are the side effects that you could experience: abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, flatulence [excessive intestinal gas], headaches. And those are just to name the major ones. Another thing you need to know about the cholesterol lowing medication is the time that you take that pill, say it’s 8 o’clock in the morning, you have to wait 2 hours to eat anything with fiber in it. Well, fiber’s good for you and it’s really good for your digestive system. If there are labels telling you, warning you, not to eat fiber at the same time you’re taking the pills, surely that would send off a light bulb in your head saying that somehow this is going to impact my digestive system.

Now, this is what I worry about. If you’re taking those cholesterol lowering medication and you go out to lunch and you start thinking, “Well, I’ve been really good about taking my cholesterol lowing medications, so it won’t hurt to get this fried chicken for lunch.”

So, here’s the deal: If you eat a healthier diet you’re going to lower your cholesterol and you’re going to become healthier. If you exercise, you’re going to increase your metabolism, increase your muscle mass, lower you cholesterol, loss weight, burn more calories and you’re gonna feel better overall. So these are positive benefits, positive effects, versus when you take the pills you’re going to have side effects and that’s the reason why a lot of people refer to these types of drugs as “lifestyle drugs.”

Proton Pump Inhibitors
Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Aciphex, Prevacid, Prilosec OTC

The next category are drugs for high cholesterol, heart burn and indigestion, and acid reflex, and these medications are called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). Now, we used to know these types of symptoms as heartburn and we see these commercials and they would say, “Pepto-Bismol” and they would have a bowl of spicy chili or greasy hamburger. So, it was the association in the media between eating bad foods and having heart burn. Now, it’s termed acid reflex. So in our minds, because of the medication ads we’re seeing, we associate acid reflex with a disease that has to be treated with a medication versus eating better, which would correct the problem itself.

So here’s how this medication [acid reflex medication] works. It basically shuts off your stomach acid production. Okay, let’s think about this: You have stomach acid, and then it shuts off. Well, you probably had stomach acid for a reason in the first place. Well, the reason why you have stomach acid is because it facilitates the way you have to break down food and absorb your nutrients and basically get all your digestive system working. What do you think is happening to all that un-digested food just sitting in your stomach when you turn off all your stomach acid. No wonder all those side effects on those drugs are diarrhea and constipation. Okay, if the acid is no longer there, you are hindering your absorption of nutrients and actually on the label of proton pump inhibitor medications, it actually says, on the label, decreases absorption of vitamin B12 and decreases absorption of iron. You know, it’s saying it right there. You take this drug, you’re gonna decrease your absorption of nutrients. Obviously your body needs nutrients to function properly.

Also, what they’re finding out, too, is that people who have been on this type of drug for several years and actually are in older in age and they’re dependent on this drug, they’re actually more prone to hip and bone fractures because of their decreased absorption of calcium.

So, there’s taking this drug to treat one condition but they’re creating a whole other one [other set of symptoms as the result of side effects]. So that is evidence right there that, that medication is messing up your digestive system.

Antidepressants
Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor

The next category is antidepressants. Now, we all know that depression is strictly genetics and if you’re depressed, it doesn’t have anything to do with what you eat, how much you exercise, if you’ve gotten enough sleep, if you’ve had any major problems in your life. Depression is just genetics, that’s why we have pills.

Now, here’s the deal. The major symptoms that are associated with symptoms are lack of energy and generally just feeling like crap. Okay, do you think what you eat, nutrition, possibly has anything to do with your energy level or if you feel good or not? Now, I’m not saying that all depression is caused by a lack of nutrition, but literally 1 in 10 Americans are on an antidepressant. Certainly, depression can be caused by nutrition. For example, if you didn’t eat for a few days, you would feel like crap and the same thing is true that if you’re eating food and it’s nutrient deficient. Your body needs certain things to function properly and if you don’t give your body what it needs, you’re not going to feel good. You’re going to feel run-down, exhausted, tired, not yourself, and those are symptoms of depression.

Maybe you’ve had a time in your life where you haven’t slept in a few days in a row. Well, I’m sure you were more prone to irritability, being anxious, maybe being more worried, prone to more emotional upset. Well, those are also symptoms of depression. So, something as simple as not sleeping enough and not eating the right foods can cause symptoms of depression.

Now, I don’t have enough time to go over the side effects of antidepressants. That would be a whole video in itself, but I do want to show you some important information. This is the prescribing information and the side effects of the common antidepressant. And in this big black box here, it talks about the increased risk of suicidality and in young adults, adolescents, and young children. Now, there are several pages here that talk about the side effects off antidepressants, but I just wanted to highlight a few: sexual dysfunction, agitation, amnesia, sleep disorders, diabetes, weight gain, nausea, gastrointestinal symptoms, hypercolesteremia. Now a final note on depression, regardless of why you’re depressed, if you eat poorly, you don’t exercise, if you don’t get enough sleep, you will make your depression worse. Now, whether you are taking a medication or not, if you eat good, you exercise and you get enough sleep, you will feel better.

So, we picked these three most profitable class of drugs just to illustrate the difference between taking a pill and doing something proactive to become healthier.

My main message today is: Maybe, just maybe, there’s more to your health than popping a pill.

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