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5 Natural Alternatives to Common Medications

5 Natural Alternatives to Common Medications

By    |   Monday, 02 September 2019 11:13 AM

Prescription medicines are big business in America and spending is expected to top $610 billion by the year 2021.

Unfortunately experts say that many patients are rushed into taking medications too quickly by their physicians instead of trying lifestyle changes first to deal with health situations.

Very often doctors will diagnose their patients in “pre-disease” stages such as mild bone loss or slightly elevated blood sugar and begin prescribing drugs when simple lifestyle changes are enough. And often, the side effects are detrimental and even dangerous.

“Medications unnecessarily kill hundreds of thousand of Americans each year,” Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of “From Fatigued to Fantastic,” tells Newsmax. “For example, arthritis medications like ibuprofen increased heart attack risk and stroke deaths by a full 40%.”

Here are some common conditions that may be treated naturally:

1. Arthritis. Back and joint pain are often treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, Aleve, and Celebrex. High doses or long-term use of these drugs can cause bleeding in the intestines, kidney failure, heart attack, ulcers, and stroke.

Non-drug options: Yoga, swimming, gentle stretches, massage, acupuncture, and heat can be helpful. Teitelbaum recommends a unique herbal blend called Curamin which has been shown to be a safe and effective arthritis treatment. CBD oil is also helpful in reducing inflammation and pain.

2. Diabetes. Metformin is a very safe and effective diabetes medication but it can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vitamin B deficiency.

Non-drug options: Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of “The End of Diabetes,” tells Newsmax that by treating his patients with a plant-based diet rich in “G-Bombs” — greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds — he’s able to treat and even reverse Type 2 diabetes.

3. Depression. Antidepressants such as Celexa, Cymbalta, Lexapro, and Prozac may have side effects such as diarrhea, drowsiness, headaches, agitation, and even suicidal thoughts.

Non-drug options: For mild depression, experts recommend exercise, meditation, and various forms of talk therapy which are more therapeutic and safer in the long run.

4. Indigestion and acid reflux. Proton-pump inhibitors or PPIs, such as Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec reduce stomach acid that actually isn’t the cause of the problem at all, says Teitelbaum. Long-term use of these drugs is associated with a 44% increase in the risk of dementia and 25% increased risk of death.

Non-drug options: Improve your digestive health by eating smaller meals, lose excess weight, and avoid trigger foods such as acidic or greasy meals. Avoid lying down after eating. Again, applying CBD oil to your upper chest can help relieve discomfort.

5. Insomnia. Sleeping pills like Ambien, Belsomra, and Lunesta can cause dizziness, impaired driving, and drowsiness the next day. They can also make you dependent on the drug or worsen your sleeplessness when you try to stop.

Non-drug options: Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT for insomnia can help you develop good sleep habits and suggest ways to change your behavior. A warm bath, soothing massage, and other relaxing rituals before bedtime can help summon the Sandman.

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