While drugs can be lifesavers in the right circumstances, they often merely cover up the symptoms of a health condition without fixing the cause, like turning off the fire alarm without putting out the fire. And drugs all come with side effects, sometimes as bad, or worse, than what the original problem was. And many people are prescribed a series of drugs, each one for the side effects of the last.
We once had a patient who had been prescribed diet drugs (Fen-phen) to help her lose 10 pounds. The diet drugs gave her insomnia, so she was prescribed a sleeping pill (Halcion) which caused her to become suicidal. She was then prescribed an anti-depresant (Prozac) after which she started to twirl her hair and pull out clumps of it (trichotillomania.) That’s when she came to us. Wild!
Many conditions such as anxiety and depression, ADD/ADHD, migraines, allergies, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric reflux, respiratory infections, among many others, are customarily treated with drugs, but they don’t necessarily need to be. Even those times when the drugs work to control the symptoms, they’re often not addressing the cause of the problem. Fortunately, non-pharmaceutical alternatives are often available, which don’t have harmful side effects. And these alternative treatments are designed to address the cause of your problems, not just mask the symptoms.