Medication, As In Medical Drugs - Good or Bad?

Early last year my husband developed a staph infection after an operation on a nasty break on his elbow. He was subsequently prescribed a series of antibiotics to clear that infection which can turn nasty, even deadly, if not treated. While I view the overuse of antibiotics, indeed any application of medical drugs, with suspicion, we were grateful that something as powerful as this particular antibiotic saved him from likely serious illness or even death!

Medicines definitely have their place and doctors and drugs combined can achieve marvelous miracles. When a serious headache strikes me, I take any NSAIDs that give me relief. But then, I haven’t had a serious headache in years, and that’s due to the preventive nutrients I take.

I think medication, prescribed or over the counter, should be only for extreme emergencies and should be viewed with a good dose of respect.

Consider that most medicines, while often plant-based, are mostly a chemical cocktail targeted to a specific use and effect. They are created in laboratories to be system-specific, meaning that they are directed toward a specific illness or to a specific part of the body. Their preparation involves individual molecules or combinations of molecules being extracted from a plant or substance as an “active ingredient,” then combined with other, mostly synthetic molecules (produced artificially by chemical means) and related “fillers” and made into pills, capsules or liquid.

Unfortunately many, even most of these medicines, have, in addition to their intended purpose, what we know as “negative side effects.” They may make us feel so much better by relieving the condition from the original problem, but then often unleash foreign substances into the body that can cause new problems. For instance Aspirin, the all-purpose medication used for many ailments, will, eventually, cause ulcers in the stomach lining, calling forth new discomforts that cry out for healing.

Typically, medications reduce or even eliminate the symptoms we object to, the pains and discomforts, but they seldom heal the underlying reasons for the problem, thus allowing for recurrence of the originally treated dis-ease.

That’s where natural nutrients can differ dramatically.

Natural nutrients, be they vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, juices, etc. are, the name says it all, based on Nature. While not all elements coming from Nature are healing (poison ivy can make that perfectly clear. If you have ever reacted to that plant you know what I mean!) those substances that are, tend to spread their healing ability throughout the body, balancing and healing the whole body. The emphasis here is on the system, the whole body.

This balancing and healing act creates a condition called homeostasis, which means it creates a stable state of equilibrium, or balance throughout your body.

Say, your cholesterol level is well over the 240 mg/dL risk level and headed higher and you and your doctor decide it’s time to “do something” and so he or she prescribes medication such as statin drugs that indeed lower your cholesterol level down to a more desirable level. Your original problem of high cholesterol is now under control, but now you may be dealing with the negative side effects from the statins. These can be considerable ranging from liver and kidney damage, constipation, sleep disorders to mental confusion and many other uncomfortable, even debilitating conditions.

By contrast, natural nutrients, as in whole, unadulterated foods and natural nutritional supplements, work to balance the whole body; they are pan-systemic, meaning they are health-promoting for all the systems in the whole body and best of all, there are no negative side effects from taking them! Thus, plenty of positive side effects - but not negative ones!

As long as a healthy balance is maintained in your body and individual cells are supplied with the nutrients they need for optimal functioning and as long as they are flushed clean of accumulated toxins, your risk of contracting a major illness is greatly reduced.

Living a healthy lifestyle can definitely help you in staying on this side of health; but if medical drugs are really necessary, — take them, but only for as long as is medically indicated as necessary!

Britt Mittemeijer has been interested in health and wellness for herself and others all her life. Now a hands-on grandmother, her conscious living is paying off. Realizing that her clients lead busy lives she offers basic and easy alternatives to better health that neither take much time nor much effort to be effective. Learn how you can create optimal health from the inside out with ease using a few basic principles. Go here to find out and/or get a complimentary report at

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