Try not to use pills! Go the natural way~
NO NO NO NOOOOO!!! THIS HAS TO STOP NOW! While it’s probably a good and healthy idea not to react to every minimal sensation of pain with popping a pill (since it DOES strain the organs), it’s absolutely irresponsible to suggest dropping potential lifesaving medicine in favor of food. Shown above are five drugs, that are integral for a patient’s survival, as well as another two drugs, that are very helpful as co-medication. Let’s have a look, shall we?
- Lisinopril: is an angiotensin II-converting-inhibitor, primarily prescribed for hypertension, chronic heart failure or coronary artery disease. It also works as a means of prevention after a heart-attack. It helps lowering the blood pressure, thus preventing the cardiovascular system from overstrain and the diseases that go with it. While a patient won’t die immediately after stopping treatment with Lisinopril, late consequences of untreated high blood pressure or heart failure CAN AND WILL INDEED KILL THEM. Also the reasoning “taking pills is easier than adopting a healthier lifestyle, those people are just lazy” doesn’t work as Lisinopril is only described with significant hypertension (160-179 mmHG systolic / 100-109 mmHG diastolic) or if the patient shows additional risc factors such as diabetes. A slightly higher blood pressure than normal isn’t initially treated with drugs, but with a suggested lifestyle change (meaning reducing the ingestion of salt, quitting smoking and alcohol, reducing weight and moving more).
- Amlodipin (Norvasc): a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, also used in the treatment of hypertension and coronary disease, as monotherapy (Hypertension Grade 1) or in combination with other blood pressure regulation drugs (diuretics, ACE-blocker, AT1-blocker or betablocker - hypertension grade 2). Arguments why it’s not a good idea to drop them: see Lisinopril.
- Statins: are drugs used to lover the cholesterol level, which is a necessary method to prevent (first or recurring) heart attacks in patients with (chronic) coronary heart disease; they also stabilize plaques, which means the patient is less likely to get angina pectoris symptoms, they’re too antiinflammatory and antiproliferative drugs, that reduce remodelling of the coronary system as it is common with heart failure.
- L-Thyroxine (Synthroid): is a synthetic form of the body’s thyroid hormone thyroxine. It’s substituted if the body can’t produce the hormone on its own anymore, but needs to function properly. The effects of an under-active thyroid gland (weight gain, oedema, alopecia, tiredness, heart failure… just to name a few) can’t be out-eaten. In order to treat the symptoms, the body needs L-thyroxine. It’s quite obvious why one shouldn’t go around telling people to drop the L-thyroxine. Would you tell a diabetic to drop their insuline???
- Metformin (Glucophage): is a first line-therapeutic for type 2 diabetes, which is used if weight reduction doesn’t significantly lower the blood sugar to outdo the risk; it’s also used if other antidiabetic drugs (even insuline!) provide a satisfactory blood sugar control; while a badly controlled blood sugar wouldn’t cause an instant death, the late repercussions are notable: arteriosclerosis - which can lead to arteriothrombosis, stroke or heart attacks; kidney failure with need for lifelong dialysis or transplantation; neuropathic pain; blindness. It is essential for the overall survival of a diabetes patient, that their blood sugar is stable!
- Amoxicilline: it’s a penicilline antibiotic; do we really have to discuss that bacterial infections NEED to be treated with antibiotics and can’t be prevented or eaten away with certain foods? Amoxicilline is - compared to other antibiotics, even other penicillines - low in side effects while maintaining the same spectre of effects as the others do. It’s also an integral part in the treatment of borreliosis, that otherwise causes severe complications of the nervous system (e.g. facial paralysis) and arthritic symptoms.
- Omeprazole (Prilosec): a drug that reduces the production of stomach acid. While this is no drug, that’s necessary for the individual’s survival it’s quite handy. Primarily it’s used in the treatment of duodenal or stomach ulcera, which can heal better if there isn’t as much acid present. Otherwise these ulcera can bleed pretty badly and cause a lot of pain and anemia, ultimately also incresing the risk for colon cancer. Omeprazole also helps sheltering the stomach from aggressive medicine, for example pain killers (NSAIDs), antibiotics, cortisone or other corticosteroids as well as a lot of chemotherapeutics used in cancer treatment.
- Hydrocodone (Tylenol): an opioide that’s used as antitussive, but mainly as painkiller for moderate to severe pain, like it occurs with cancer, joint pain, phantom pain or neuropathic pain.
While I agree that eating healthily can influence the progression of an illness positively (for example hypertension, diabetes, gout), it can NEVER substitute proper medicine. Sure, having to metabolize a lot of synthetic drugs puts some stress on the body, so it’s reasonable not to treat every minor back pain, headache or period cramps with a handfull of pain killers - but remember that being in pain, having a weak heart or high blood pressure or blood sugar ALSO puts a lot - if not more - stress on the body and its organs, while simultaneously making daily life a lot less pleasant if not impossible. In the end it’s up to medical professionals to decide which medicine is necessary and which is not. Please refer to your trusted doctor if you have any doubts about the benefits of your medication. Do not listen to some stranger on the internet, who claims that every disease can be fought by ‘going the natural way’. Also, please don’t spread the rumour that medicine is automatically bad/evil, just because it’s synthesized. Some substances just can’t be won from plants, yeast or bacteria.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, however I am a pharmacist and have accquired quite extensive medical knowledge over the course of my study. If you notice any errors or misconceptions, please notice me so I can fix it!
I understand that pharmaceutical companies are trying to make money, but the people behind it make these medications in the first place to try and improve or save your life.