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Sep 11th 2013

Prescription Drugs and the Gut…Friend or Foe?

. . . and are there safer, healthier alternatives to antibiotics and NSAIDs? A recent study by Mayo Clinic researchers shows 7 out of 10 Americans periodically take at least one prescription drug. More than half take two, while 20% ingest at least five prescription medications. The drug most commonly prescribed? Antibiotics! And that’s bad news. Not just for your gut—but for your overall health. Ingesting antibiotics is one of the worst things you can do for healing bacterial-induced disease. Why? Because the most commonly ignored “side effect” of using antibiotics is that they destroy normal gut flora too…allowing the bad bacteria to overpower the good bacteria. We warned decades ago how this imbalance disrupts proper digestion, causes food sensitivities and malnutrition, creates cellular toxicity, and ultimately results in chronic diseases of all kinds. Even one course of antibiotics may be sufficient to do permanent damage to the balance of your gut flora. Another problem with antibiotics is… The irresponsible use of antibiotics both in medicine and agriculture is playing a significant role in the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. While doctors increasingly over-prescribe drugs to treat infections, antibiotics are losing their effectiveness making these same diseases more difficult to treat. To compound matters, most people get an added dose of antibiotics weekly—some even daily—in the foods they eat…like beef, dairy, chicken, even produce! Because Big Ag is well-known for adding antibiotics to animal feed to prevent disease and make farm animals grow faster. Even organic apples and pears are allowed to be sprayed with antibiotics to minimize crop loss due to certain bacteria. Yet antibiotics aren’t the only prescription drug concerning to your digestive health. Unsuspecting NSAID users…beware! When it comes to chronic conditions, NSAIDs are America’s #1 pain-killer of choice. Unfortunately, they don’t just kill pain. NSAIDs also disrupt the normal balance of good bacteria living in your gut. When combined with antibiotics, it becomes nearly impossible for your body to get healthy and stay healthy. Like antibiotics and other prescription drugs, NSAIDs make it difficult to digest food properly and assimilate nutrients, forcing your digestive process into a vicious cycle of malnutrition and accelerated production of excess toxins—eventually destroying cell tissue, and leading to compromised immunity, chronic allergies, autoimmune diseases, and even death! We’ve written extensively about the hazards of NSAIDs, including how they destroy your insides without any warning signs. That means you’re at an increased risk of being rushed to the hospital in a life-threatening emergency. In fact, estimates show up to 200,000 Americans undergo emergency hospitalizations from complications caused by NSAIDs. Worse yet, some 20,000 never make it out alive! Alternatives to antibiotics, NSAIDs, and other prescription drugs Though serious and chronic disease can seem overwhelming at times, we seldom encounter a situation that requires using mainstream medicine’s failed solutions for treating disease. Instead, our best advice is to always stay in control of your own health by eating a variety of raw organic fresh fruits and vegetables. Organic raw honey, garlic, green tea, turmeric, oregano oil, and oil leaf extract are just a few known to be effective natural antibiotics. And studies show a diet rich in omega-3s, or supplementing with devil’s claw, borage seed oil, fish oil, rose hips among others have been shown to naturally reduce pain and inflammation as well as—and often better than—the pain killers your doctor prescribes. Also, we suggest supplementing with a high-quality multi-vitamin and getting sufficient exercise to keep your immune system strong. And of course, avoiding toxins in their many forms will go a long way toward saying ‘no’ to prescription drugs.





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