medication side effects

You have important decisions to make.

Medication side effects have not always been a problem.

There are life-saving drugs available today that our grandparents would have loved.

Medication side effects are part of this new path in life-saving science. There are drugs your doctor can prescribe that relieve symptoms and sometimes even cure certain medical conditions. If you currently take either prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, you may not be fully informed about side effects or, worse yet, the possibility that certain drugs can cause more problems than they cure.

Here’s what I want to share with you:

1. Your kidney and liver are the main organs that metabolize drugs and make their ingredients available to your body. These organs are also responsible for eliminating toxins from your system. As we age, we start losing complete functioning in our liver and kidneys, and as a result, a medication side effect is that drugs can build up in our body. There was a time in my life when I took five prescription medications plus eight OTC meds, and I experienced a toxic build-up in my system. I was concerned that there was damage being done to crucial organs like my heart and brain. I began a serious lifestyle revamp!

2. Some drugs cause short-term memory loss, and this can be frequently mistaken for dementia. This is an important medication side effect! It has been reported that anticholinergic drugs, and many drugs that begin with “anti” like antihistamines and antispasmodics, can cause memory loss. In my experience the use of statins, to lower genetically-high cholesterol, was causing brain fog. If you are experiencing memory loss, I encourage you to speak with your prescribing physician about beta-blockers (for high blood pressure), benzodiazepines (for anxiety), muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, and heartburn drugs. Having a thorough discussion about all of your medications is a wise idea.

3. Some of my clients are in the process of healing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well as rheumatoid arthritis. In these situations, medications known as biologics are frequently prescribed. Did you know that this protocol is linked to more than triple the risk for lymphoma, breast, pancreatic and other cancers in a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association? If you have been prescribed biologics like Humira, Cimzia, Enbrel, Simponi, or Remicade, I encourage you to arrange for a comprehensive workup by your doctor to confirm your diagnosis and plan your best course of action.

Medications can rob your body of vital nutrients, and if you’re taking one of the many OTC or prescription therapies, it is important to know what’s happening inside your precious system.

  • NSAIDS rob your body of folate, a B vitamin that is vital for the production of mood-regulating dopamine, and also helps build your red blood cells.
  • STATINS rob your body of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a powerful antioxidant supporting a healthy brain, heart and muscle function.
  • ACID BLOCKERS rob your body of B vitamins, and important minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc. If your stomach acid is depleted, it can increase your risk of developing food sensitivities, and that means even more potential nutrition becomes unavailable to you.
  • ANTIDEPRESSANTS rob your body of iodine, which in turn affects your metabolism and thyroid function. This may be self-evident when you experience hair loss, weight gain, depressed mood, and lowered immunity.

medication side effectsThis post today is meant to bring you a gentle reminder that the easy availability of curative drugs is both a huge advantage and a potential risk to today’s wellness seekers.

What do I do to ease my mind about the medications I use?

When I prepare for my annual physical and medication check with my primary care physician and my gynecologist’s office, I make sure that all of the drugs, supplements, and herbal tinctures I take are fully discussed and reevaluated. It is my responsiblity, not my health care team’s responsibility, to make sure that my entire lifestyle and action steps are truly in my best interest. My doctors are important members of my health care team, but they are not in charge — I am.

Please remember that it is not a good idea to stop taking a prescription drug without talking with your doctor, even if you are having medication side effects. Also, check with your doctor before trying any supplements or OTC regimens that you hear about from me or any other trusted source of information. And if you don’t have a productive relationship with a doctor you can trust and communicate with, did you know that I stand ready to help you change that circumstance in your life? I am not a physician–I am a member of the American Association of Drugless Practioners–yet my holistic health care message today is that drugs can take an important role in many people’s wellness routine. That’s what I wish for you: a Wellness Lifestyle that includes professionals you respect and trust, habits that lift you up on a daily basis, and a genuine enthusiasm for the vibrant life you have created! I am here to support you in creating that wellness-oriented life.