When Medications help and harm.
Your guide to better integration of body and pharmaceutical!
Have you ever thought about the effect common medications have on the body for you or a loved one? We have been trained as a society to not to take too many things, but do you know why? Do you feel safe popping Tylenol, Zantac, Cardiovascular drugs or NSAIDS? Occasional use will likely not cause any long-term side-effects but what if you have to take them for a while? How long is a while and what damage do they do to the basic nutrients your body needs to function?
The American Public Use of Prescriptions:
NSAIDs/Corticosteroids – 30 million
Blood Pressure medications – 37 million
Antidepressants – 70.9 million
Antacids and Ulcer Medications – ½ of American adults (129.15 million)
Antibiotics – 47 Million
Organ’s Damaged with Prescription Use (we are only listing the most common ones):
NSAIDs/Corticosteroids – Gastrointestinal, Cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, cerebral and pulmonary complications and Osteoporosis.
Blood Pressure Medications – Liver, Kidney, Yeast overgrowth, Gastrointestinal, Gum and tooth, Osteoporosis, Mental Health and sleep disruption, Sexual dysfunction, immune system.
Antidepressants – Cardiovascular, immune system, eye, gastrointestinal, equilibrium and brain health.
Antacids and Ulcer Medications – Osteoporosis, kidney, gastrointestinal, Cardiovascular, immune system.
Antibiotics – Gastrointestinal, Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular, anemia, immune system.
*Damage usually requires more long term (typically 3-6 months or greater depending on drug) usage but even small amounts of organ change do occur on each usage.
Vitamins Depleted by Prescription use:
NSAIDs/ Corticosteroids - Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Chromium, Selenium, Folic Acid and Iron.
Blood Pressure medications – Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B6, Zinc and Vitamin B1.
Antidepressants – Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin B2.
Antacids and Ulcer Medications – Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron and Zinc.
Antibiotics – B Vitamins, Vitamin K, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B6 and Zinc.
This article is near and dear to me since my recent bout with H. Pylori and ulcer which has required antibiotics and antacids. I had expected to have all kinds of digestive side-effects. The one side effect that has taken me by surprise is the massive amounts of fatigue that occurred alongside it. In the case of an infection, H. Pylori will cause fatigue from the infection itself but taking the prescriptions to kill it at the same time also cause B12 deficiency and some other ones which led to unexpected fatigue. Make sure you know how your prescriptions are affecting you and take the nutrients to support yourself. Another example is if you are on Birth Control Pills you will also need to be on B6 since it depletes and prevents absorption.
If you have been on a prescription or medication for a while, we highly recommend a nutrient blood test to determine any areas of deficiency or weakness in your health armor which checks all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants that help keep you healthy.
No matter the prescription or reason please always double check what vitamins and minerals it will deplete for a good resource check out: