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Health Myth: Pharmaceutical Drugs Will Make Me Well

Did you know forty-six percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug daily?

At one point, my grandmother was prescribed eleven different prescriptions by her doctor. She once said she did not remember anything from that period of her life. The drugs dulled her thinking, made her listless and who knows what else. Eventually, she died in a hospital room after having surgery.

Think you know for sure the drug you are using is absolutely safe? Think again. Many drugs with dangerous side-effects are sold to the public for years, before they are taken off the market. Aggressive marketing, slanting research, unethical publishing of results, influencing physicians, intimidating researchers, pressuring medical centers, manipulating the FDA, limiting information, marketing drugs with inaccurate safety information - all of these have created an environment in which drug development has become a race for the bottom line.

Although drugs are sometimes appropriate, and at times can save a person's life, often they are unnecessary, expensive and even harmful. You should first consider natural therapies, which address the underlying cause of the disease, before choosing a drug-based solution.

In 1998, an extensive study published in the reputable Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed 106,000 people die each year in American hospitals from medication side effects.

Let's look at this statistic a different way: 106,000 deaths a year averages out to nearly three hundred deaths per day, every day. Deaths from all major airline crashes in the U.S. average less than three hundred annually, but one airplane crash gets more media attention and governmental scrutiny than the three hundred daily medication-related deaths.

Why has this gone unrecognized? Deaths from medication reactions rarely look any different from natural deaths. There's no visible wreckage, no fascinating crash sites for horrified television viewers. As media people say, 'No film, no story'. The media and public relations firms, which help shape the public's awareness about these issues, remains largely silent.

Medication deaths often occur quietly in hospitals, emergency rooms and private homes. When medication-related deaths occur, it's often unclear at first whether the cause was the medication, the illness, or some other factor.

One last thing to consider. Why would you swallow a toxic drug when you are ill, when that very same drug would make a healthy person sick? How can a person be poisoned back to health?

Pharmaceutical drugs are not always the answer. They cannot heal your body of any condition. Instead of dealing with the root cause, drugs suppress and silence the symptoms, which your body uses to communicate that something is wrong. It's similar to removing the red oil indicator bulb out of the dash when it comes on, instead of dealing with the need for oil. The engine will eventually end up with major damage. And so will you.

So take control over your health. Do research and get educated about all of the available options, especially those that deal with exercise, nutrition and supplementation. The idea is to promote health self-reliance. You have to eat. You might as well eat the right way. Invest time in your health. Better the library or the bookstore than the doctor's waiting room.