© By Lena Sanchez
Malnutrition is running rampant world wide caused by foods that no longer contain the proper nutrients. In centuries past the fruits, grains and vegetables contained more and better minerals and vitamins, which were gleaned from the ground they were grown in. As farmers dropped the normal rotations of ground building crops the nutrient content has dropped to about one-tenth of the past nutrients. But another danger looms large in the malnutrition arena, and when added to the lack of nutrients in our foods, is creating a HUGE pool of illnesses.
Some commonly prescribed drugs cause severe nutritional deficiencies all by themselves. Nearly every man made drug takes a heavy toll in unwanted, and dangerous, side effects with malnutrition being the most common denominator
The following meds. and chemicals contribute to creating malnutrition and chemical toxicity setting the stage for serious illnesses;
1) DIURETICS for high blood pressure wash potassium, magnesium, sodium, zinc and vitamin B2 right out of your body along with the water. Even more alarming is the report from the National Institute in November 1998 researchers stated, diuretics also increase the risk of kidney cancer.
2) CHOLESTEROL lowering medications depletes numerous vitamins; B2, C, D, niacin, folic acid, biotin as well as the minerals; calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and several trace minerals
3) ESTROGEN replacement drugs, such as Premarin, can leave you deficient in all the B Complex vitamins and vitamin C, as well as two very important minerals to the heart magnesium and zinc.
4) ANTACIDS steal from your tissues important life altering vitamins A and B1, folic acid along with the minerals calcium, copper, iron and phosphorus.
5) ANTIBIOTICS deplete numerous vitamins; B2, C, D, niacin, folic acid, biotin and the minerals; calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc, while killing the good flora that keep our intestines healthy making it even more dangerous creating the inability to absorb the nutrients we do consume and making waste elimination very difficult, while creating the atmosphere for yeast growth.
6) SHAMPOOS and CONDITIONERS that are chemical based have several chemicals, but a couple that have drawn attention in the last decade are DEA and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), which are absorbed into your blood stream making changes in our hormonal systems that in turn create an environment for cancer & other diseases.
7) CHLORINE in our municipal water systems have been proven to cause cancers of all types, with bathing in chlorinated water being worse than drinking chlorinated water. Neither is healthy! Bottled water still has chlorine so don't feel that you are safe just because you drink bottled water.
8)ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES (NSAIDS) stops the production of good prostaglandins, which promote healing of the joints and cartilage. Without those prostaglandins doing their job it causes further damage to your joints and muscles Setting up an environment forarthritis and other bone and joint damage.
9) ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES Can Result in a Deficiency of folate!
10) ANTACIDS like Rolaids or Maalox can weaken bones by hindering their mineral uptake.
11) ASPIRIN taken on a regular basis by an arthritis or heart patient can depletes the body of iron. Also disintegrates the stomach lining, making for incomplete digestions of anything put into it!
12) Then comes the champion killer! CORTISONE!
Cortisone is a steroid hormone that is produced naturally by our adrenal glands. It helps the body store glucose, an energy-food source. It helps the body regulate its use of fats, salts and blood and helps the body deal with stress, among other things. But along came the synthetic form of cortisone called prednisone.
Doctors use cortisone, comes with many names, because it is a very powerful drug for reducing swelling. Never mind that it doesn't really help the underlying problem creating the swelling and problem. It can be taken as a pill or injected directly into joints, making our fast food society happy that they don't have to do anything but sit there and take the magic little pill or get that magic injection that stops the pain right now.
What does cortisone/Prednisone do to you?
First it masks the pain and does nothing to treat the cause of the pain.
Second, ongoing use begins wearing away and eroding the naturally smooth bone surfaces that glide against each other at joints and sets you up for bigger problems later.
(Simple terminology) By giving your body cortisone it sends your adrenal gland wrong signals, making it wonder what to do next and over prolonged time will shut it down from that confusion. Then come the mood swings, the weight gain caused from a voracious appetite created by the cortisone/Prednisone. Kidneys are really struggling to keep up the filtration needed to washout the chemicals; the liver is overworked and may end up with Hepatitis or cirrhosis.
13) PROZAC (fluoxetine) can decrease the appetite in some while increasing the appetite in others and depleting the system of more nutrients than I have space to list here! Judgingfrom the myriad of side effects probably just about every nutrient! I watched devastating things happen to patients after Prozac came on the market, yet until I looked at the drug company's website I didn't know the half of it. This is one< scary prescription!
Did you get the point here? Your medications may be creating more illness for you!
Do some research and try natural treatments. Try taking care of the area of the body that is causing the problem. Proper eating, exercise, supplementing with minerals, vitamins and herbs can create a healthy body! Stop being lazy and letting someone else determine whether you are healthy or ill.