All prescription drugs have side effects – none of them good. Vitamin E, fish oil, garlic and ginger thin our blood. Yet, warfarin, Xarelto, Savaysa, Pradaxa, and Eliquis are prescribed by your doctor to thin your blood. Why, because the FDA does not test food. Doctors have an assurance if they follow they FDA guidelines, they have relative safety in litigation if something goes wrong.
I am not a doctor, nor have I ever worked in the pharmaceutical industry. I research what happens in the human body at the cellular level looking for cause and effect relationships – biochemically. If you treat a symptom, you will always treat a symptom. You need to treat the cause of a problem to get rid of it. Prescription drugs typically treat symptoms.
We rely on our doctors to give us the best medical advice possible. Yet, many of them are not fully trained to do so. I had a discussion with my wife’s oncologist not long ago regarding a drug she was taking (Arimidex). The typical side effects of Arimidex are constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, loss of appetite, body aches and pains, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, trouble sleeping, sweating, hair thinning, dry mouth, headache and another dozen or so.
My wife’s cancer was estrogen positive and Arimidex is an estrogen blocker. She is tracked several times a year to ensure her body chemistry is normal. One of the concerns her doctor has is bone density. Low estrogen levels can lead to decreased bone mineral density. Her doctor tells her to take calcium to increase her bone density while taking Arimidex.
I asked him if he understands that taking calcium does not increase bone density in and of itself. He was emphatic that all you should do is to increase your daily calcium and everything will be fine. I told him that this is an area of my expertise. You must have an absorbable calcium to start with, then have adequate amounts of magnesium to complement the calcium absorption. If vitamin D3 is not present, the calcium ends up in the toilet. You must have vitamin K2 to get the calcium from the blood to the bones. Without vitamin K2, then the calcium ends up in the arteries and heart valves.
After that brief discussion, we ended up not talking to each other for a couple of visits. Egos aside, medical advice is advice. There are many natural estrogen blockers that don’t have any side effects – broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, collard greens to name a few. They can’t be prescribed since they are foods. They can’t be recommended as medical advice since they are not approved by the FDA. Almost a Catch-22.
One you begin the realm of prescription drugs, chaos can erupt without much difficulty. How many people do you know take more than eight or ten prescription drugs? They wear it like a badge of honor. I hear them talk to each other. “I’m taking ten drugs.” “I’m taking twelve drugs.” Do I hear fifteen? Many of those drugs are given to counter the side effects of one or more of the drugs they are taking. It is a vicious cycle that is difficult to get out of once you are entrenched in the prescription drug realm.