You likely know that many drugs and prescription medications come with side-effects. But do you know that using them increase our cancer risk when used for extended periods of time? For instance, beta-blockers that treat high blood pressure also suppress melatonin production, which contributes to (breast) cancer when in a state of deficiency.
The Drug and Prescription Paradox
Virtually all drugs and prescription medications work paradoxically, aiding in some ways while depleting nutrients in the body and potentially compromising our immunity and increasing our cancer risk. The list includes opiates, antidepressants, steroids, cortisones, diuretics, antihistamines, and statins, just to name a few.
About Antibiotics and NSAIDs
Chemicals, medications and drugs may not only add to the body’s burdens during detoxification, but also impact our precious gut microbiome. For instance, antibiotics can devastate the gut’s precious biome that serves as our innate immune system.
The digestive tract replaces itself every 3‐5 days. Prolonged use of NSAIDS (Non‐Steroidal, Anti‐Inflammatory Drugs, ie. aspirin and ibuprofen) can prevent its repair, causing the gut lining to become weak, inflamed and “leaky.”
Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion
For more information, consult the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook.
From Pro Health:
Prescription Category Nutrient Depletions
Estrogens (HRT) Calcium, Coenzyme Q10, Folic Acid, Magnesium, B6
Oral Contraceptives Folic Acid, Magnesium, Selenium, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and Zinc
Beta Blockers Coenzyme Q10, Chromium, Melatonin
Anitibiotics Healthy Intestinal Bacteria, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, K, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol
Counter Measures for Drug and Medication Use
If you are using drugs or prescription medications, consult with your healthcare provider about their contributions to increased risk and the possibility of adding nutritionally-supportive therapies. Also, consider consulting with a naturopathic doctor on natural alternatives and supportive therapies. These doctors may also seek to remedy the underlying cause of the symptoms and resolve the need for medications altogether.
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