5 Healthier Alternatives For Prescribed Medication

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Nobody can deny that we’re living in the age of being over-prescribed medication. In 2017, the pharmaceutical industry made over $453 billion USD, alone. It could even be said that America is an over-medicated nation. Even more worrying is the fact that the Federal & Drug Administration (FDA) stated that frequent medication mishaps occur. These can be due to errors such as repackaging, dispensing, administering, etc. While many drugs save lives, help people with severe mental disorders and help people in pain… there are healthier options. Let’s take a look at several of those natural alternatives to prescribed medication.

1. Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is an incredibly powerful pain-killer. In many instances, it is prescribed to people who are recovering from painful bone surgery. It is a tremendously easy drug to get addicted to, as hydrocodone is synthetically closest to heroin. Scientists show that pain is caused by an interference in the nervous system of our bodies. Chiropractic adjustments address the underlying problems that painkillers try to mask.

2. Cholesterol

Lipitor is a common prescription used to treat high cholesterol. Cholesterol is caused by a necessary enzyme that’s blocked. Clearly, many food alternatives are dramatically healthier than Lipitor, such as oats, garlic, olive oil and red wine. Garlic is useful in particular, as it is an amino acid called allicin, which keeps cholesterol from sticking to the walls of arteries connected to our heart. Red wine has been shown to thin blood sufficiently enough to stop clots from forming and blocking arteries.

3. High Blood Pressure

While blood pressure regularly rises and falls throughout our daily activities, it is known to cause severe health problems when it stays too high for a prolonged period of time. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 23% of Americans have high blood pressure. To combat this, many doctors prescribe Zestril or Norvasc. Dr. Teitelbaum, MD, suggests 500mg of potassium a day (found in bananas or a cup of tomato juice) and 200mg magnesium are adequate alternatives for lowering blood pressure.

4. Anxiety

Anxiety disorders and attacks affect a phenomenal amount of people all over the world. Anxious feelings can start out small, but often develop into full-blown panic attacks and life-crippling disorders. To combat this, doctors usually prescribe Xanax, a pharmaceutical designed to calm people down (by slowing brain activity). They are also muscle relaxants and are used in the treatment of insomnia (due to their calming effect). It is easy to see the reason why Xanax is commonly abused. Some natural alternatives include cannabidiol (CBD oil), which contains miniscule amounts of THC – a compound that provides calm feelings naturally and safely. The best cbd oil can deliver a long-lasting calmness and serenity, effectively lowering stress in the process.

5. Acid Reflux

Prilosec is prescribed to treat acid reflux, a disease that can cause heartburn, is caused by hiatal hernias, and is the result of the diaphragm separating, being rendered unable to keep acid in our stomach, which moves into the esophagus. For this, doctors prescribe Prilosec. Sadly, this medication leads to bacterial overgrowth in our small intestines. A recommended, healthier solution is slippery-elm lozenges, which are anti-inflammatory antioxidants that coats the throat and stomach, protecting it from acid.

Conclusion

Although over-the-counter medication and prescribed pharmaceuticals may mask and treat many problems, there are often natural and organic remedies. In order to minimize damages you create for yourself, as many medications come with a series of harmful side effects, please consider natural “green” remedies to not only mask the symptoms, but treat the causes as well.

 

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