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The Best Natural Alternatives To The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs

Natural alternatives to prescription drugs

Americans fill a lot of prescriptions… more than 4 billion a year.  The pharmaceutical industry loves Americans.  And why shouldn’t they… we’re making them filthy rich!

Let’s look at a few statistics…

According to Statnews.com, Big Pharma spent $5.2 BILLION in 2015 advertising their drugs… 9 of those drugs accounting topping $100 Million in ad spending.  Watching the prime-time TV ads… you’ll quickly see that the time spent going over the possible Possible Side Effects of a drug is often longer than the time spent announcing its benefits.

According to research funded by the PEW Charitable Trust, Americans spent more than $477 BILLION on prescription drugs in 2016 alone.

Express Scripts reported that more than a half million Americans spent more than $50,000 on prescription medicine in 2014, and that over 100,000 had spent a staggering $100,000 plus.

Their research suggests that about 60% of the highest-spending members are baby boomers, with a third of the $100,000+ spenders being treated for at least 10 conditions (yes, 10!) within the past year.  Roughly 60% were also taking a minimum of 10 different prescription drugs.

But, the saddest part is, in a study done by Dr. David Light of Harvard University, roughly 130,000 people die each year in the US of properly prescribed medications… making prescription drugs the 3rd leading cause of death in this country.

Without doubt, there are legitimate uses for prescription drugs. But the statistics we’ve just quoted indicate that US citizens are far too inclined to reach for pills that usually only mask symptoms, rather than working to eliminate the health issues that created the symptoms in the first place.

According to Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, author of the book – Real Cause, Real Cure “There are natural therapies available that are much safer, often more effective, and cost much less.”

Check out the top 7 most prescribed drugs, as of July 2018.  Then, read on for our experts’ suggestions on the best natural alternatives to dealing with health issues, without having to worry about side-effects of those 7 drugs.

1. For Pain

Drug Class:    Opioid / Acetaminophen Combinations

Drug Names:    Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Norco, Xodol

Key Statistics:
From dental surgeries to sports injuries, doctors wrote a whopping 131 million prescriptions for opioid meds last year… making it the single most prescribed drug in the world.  Increasing, the pharmaceutical companies are giving huge payouts to doctors for promoting these hydrocodone generic drugs. They make up more than 20% of the top prescribed medications.

According to Fox News, the Director of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), stated that doctors hand out narcotics like candy.

Possible Side Effects:
Coma, seizures, cardiac arrest, respiratory depression, bradycardia, liver damage, or death.

Natural Alternatives: 
Cannibis, CBD oil, copaiba essential oil, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger, berries, celery/celery seeds, cherries, dark green vegetables, walnuts.

2. Reduce LDL Cholesterol

Drug Class:  Statins

Drug Names:    Lipitor,  Aatorvastatin,  Zocor, Crestor

Key Statistics:
Approximately 15% of the top prescribed medications are generic statins. Of which, Lipitor comes in first place with more than 45 million prescriptions a year.  The Archives of Internal Medicine published a study in January 2012 linking statins to a 48 % increased risk for type-2 diabetes.

How it Works:
Statins artificially prevent the liver from making cholesterol by blocking a critical enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.

Possible Side Effects:
Cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, cancer, diabetes, death, muscle breakdown, interference with sex hormones.

Natural Alternatives:
Spinach, turmeric, nuts, oats, apples, garlic, cranberries, olive oil, fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum fruit, psyllium, licorice root, bergamot essential oil, red wine

NOTE:
There have been ZERO documented scientific studies proving that lowering LDL cholesterol actually reduces the risk of heart disease.

 

3. Reducing High Blood Pressure

Drug Class:    ACE Inhibitors and Calcium Channel Blockers

Drug Names:   Prinivil, Zestril, Lisinopril, Norvasc, Amlodipine

Key Statistics:
In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up a whopping 23% of the top prescribed medications… 144 million prescriptions.  Combined, they’re the most prescribed generic medications for cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Separately, Norvasc is about 9% and Lisinopril approximately 14%.

How it Works: 
Lisinopril is typically used for the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. Norvasc is used for hypertension and angina. By inhibiting the influx of calcium ions into vascular and cardiac muscles, it essentially interferes with the body’s ability to metabolize calcium.

Possible Side Effects:
Cancer, depression, elevated blood glucose, blood disorders, male  breast development, impotence, tachycardia, enlargement of gums, inflammation of the liver, hepatitis.

Natural Alternatives:
Bananas, tomato juice, chili peppers, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, broccoli, chocolate, guavas, green leafy vegetables, all types of nuts, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin see, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, oranges, dates, coconut, CoQ10, bergamot essential oil, lavender essential oil, frankincense essential oil, cedarwood essential oil.

 

4.  For Hypothroidism

Drug Class:   Throxines

Drug Names: Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid, Levothyroxine sodium 

Key Statistics:
Hypothyroidism is most common in women over the age of 50.  Synthroid is the synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine.  With More than 70 million prescriptions written a year, it is more than 11% of the top prescribed medications.

How it Works:
This class of drugs replaces the thyroid hormone which is naturally occurring in the thyroid gland essentially halting natural production.

Possible Side Effects:
Cardiac side-effects, decrease in bone mineral density contributing to osteoporosis, elevated blood glucose levels, heart failure, coma and adrenal insufficiency.

Natural Alternatives:
Seafood, eggs, bananas, radishes, seaweed, kelp,  parsley, fish, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt, copper, iron, selenium,  peppermint essential oil, frankincense essential oil, 20-30 minutes of exercise daily.

5.  Antacid

Drug Class:  Proton Pump Inhibitors

Drug Names:   Prilosec, Omeprazole, Nexium 

Key Statistics:
Proton pump inhibitors, used to treat certain conditions where there’s too much stomach acid, such as ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), constitutes just over 8% of the top prescribed medications or 53.4 million.

How it Works:
Stomach acid is produced by proton pumps found on the cell lining of the stomach.   Proton pump Inhibitors inhibit the action of the proton pumps which in turn, reduces the production of stomach acid.

Possible Side Effects:
Poor digestion, chest pains, kidney damage/failure, elevated blood pressure, liver disease/failure, elevated blood sugar, male breast development, inflamed pancreas, tachycardia, bradycardia, irritable colon, mucosal atrophy of the tongue, muscle weakness, skin conditions, tinnitus, inflammation of the eyes, urinary frequency, testicular pain, anemia, blood cell disorders.

Natural Alternatives:
Grapefruits, broccoli sprouts, manuka honey, mastic gum, glutamine, slippery elm, aloe vera juice, baking soda, pickle juice, yogurt, peppermint essential oil, lemon essential oil, ginger essential oil.

6.  Antibiotics

Drug Class:     macrolide antibiotics

Drug Names:  Azithromycin, Amoxicillin   

Key Statistics:
Combined, azithromycin and amoxicillin make up 17% of the top prescribed medications… each contributing about 8.5%.  Scientists are noting that it’s no wonder there is a growing insurgence of antibiotic resistant “super-bugs” that bacterial antibiotics do not kill.  Azithromycin, derived from erythromycin, is one of the world’s best-selling antibiotics.

How it Works:
Macrolide antibiotics interfere with bacterial protein synthesis and, depending on their concentration and species, either kill the bacteria, or inhibit its growth.  Macrolide antibiotics are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections such as whooping cough, strep throat, ear infections, pneumonia, pharyngitis, sinusitis, and bronchitis, sexually transmitted diseases, urinary tract infections (UTI).

 Possible Side Effects:     Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, flatulence, fatigue, headache, obesity, allergic reactions, inflammation of liver, photosensitivity, inflammation of stomach lining, destruction of body’s healthy bacteria, inflammation of the colon, antibiotic resistance.

Natural Alternatives:
Garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, olive leaf extract, salmon, sardines, nuts, manuka honey, pau D’Arco, myrrh essential oil, grapeseed extract, golden seal, vitamin D, oregano essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, thyme essential oil, tea tree oil.

 

7.  Oral Anti-Diabetic

Drug Class:   Biguanide

Drug Names: Glucophage, Metformin

Key Statistics:
Glucophage drugs make up about 7% of the top prescribed medications. It’s the #1 prescribed drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, particularly for overweight and obese patients.   It also acts to indirectly lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How it Works: 
By increasing insulin sensitivity, it makes it easier for these drugs to “pick up” insulin, which lowers blood glucose levels.  By suppressing the liver’s natural glucose production, the drug activates an enzyme which plays an important role in the metabolism of glucose and fats and normal insulin signaling.

Possible Side Effects:
Heart failure, B12 deficiency, bladder cancer, indigestion, headache, diarrhea, lactic acidosis, impaired liver/kidney function, decreasing testosterone levels and increasing homocysteine levels.   The biggest consequence of diabetes drugs is that it causes pancreatic function to decrease substantially, which inhibits several hormone function other imbalances which are never correctable without stopping using the drug.

Natural Alternatives:
Apple cider vinegar,  cinnamon bark essential oil, turmeric, nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, steel cut oats, broccoli, black tea, spinach, green beans, red grapes, red wine, strawberries. The majority of diabetes type 2 cases, can be resolved by eating foods with a low glycemic load, and pursuing both weight training and aerobic exercise.

When it comes to using natural alternatives, the bottom line is this…

Don’t let your doctor or the pharmaceutical ads you see on TV or in a magazine, talk you into taking a drug that you may or may not even need.  It takes courage to turn away from the “just take this pill” solutions that are pushed on us by Big Pharma and the medical profession.

  • I believe that we should use the natural resources that God provided to be as healthy as possible.
  • I believe that dieting, long term, will never work as well as adopting a lifestyle of healthy habits.
  • I believe that you can treat pain and disease without relying on addictive drugs.
  • I believe that choosing to be happy is a big part of a healthy lifestyle.

The truth is, if you take care of your body… healthy diet and lifestyle… there’s really no reason to ever take pharmaceutical drugs.  And even if we do mess up, just about anything is reversible with the use of natural medicines.  And if it’s not (in the case of terminal illnesses), it isn’t going to be reversed by pharmaceuticals or alternative natural medicines.

What health issues are you dealing with?  Are you open-minded about using natural alternatives?

 

Sources:

https://www.healthguidance.org/entry/2225/1/prescription-drugs-vs-natural-alternatives.html

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/should-you-try-a-natural-alternative-before-medication/

https://www.prevention.com/health/a20438374/top-10-prescription-drugs-and-natural-remedies/

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/22/natural-alternatives-to-top-5-most-prescribed-drugs.html

https://alivebynature.com/natural-supplements-vs-pharmaceutical-drugs/

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/prescribing.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170705113546.htm

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/supply-chain/10-most-popular-prescription-drugs-for-2017.html

https://www.drugwatch.com/proton-pump-inhibitors/

https://www.webmd.com/drug-medication/news/20150508/most-prescribed-top-selling-drugs

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/10/prescription-drug-abuse

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https://www.webmd.com/drug-medication/news/20110420/the-10-most-prescribed-drugs#1

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