The 7 most prescribed drugs in the world and their natural counterparts

Many of us use medication as a quick fix so we can return to our old and unhealthy ways.

Over four billion prescriptions are written every year. Between 1997 and 2012, opioid prescriptions increased in dosage by about 500%. Pharmaceutical errors are the leading cause of death, while painkillers are in the lead for accidental demise. In 2012, 78% of the prescriptions given were for generic drugs.
We dug our own grave with this medication reliance. We search for the neck quick health fix instead of healing the underlying issue and often result in side effects that are worse than the original problem.

It’s about time we begin turning to natural foods and resources to cure what our unhealthy lifestyle has created.

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The Top 7 Most Prescribed Drugs and Their Natural Options

1. Hydrocodone (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin)

Use: To treat pain.

This is the most globally prescribed drug. An increasing amount of doctors is receiving payment from pharmaceutical companies to promote hydrocodone, particularly generic drugs, which are over 20% of the top prescribed medications.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a Fox News interview, ‘doctors are handing out narcotics likes candy.’ Some doctors are giving their patients prescriptions for these drugs for minor injuries.

Repercussions:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Bradycardia
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Liver damage
  • Death

 

Natural Foods to Treat Pain and Inflammation:

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Berries
  • Cayenne
  • Celery or celery seeds
  • Cherries
  • Dark green vegetables
  • Walnuts

2. Statins (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor)

Use: To reduce LDL cholesterol

About 15% of the top recommended medications are generic statins. In January 2012, a study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine which linked statins to a 48% increased exposure for type 2 diabetes.

The truth of the matter is no documented scientific research has ever proved that lowering LDL cholesterol can prevent disease. In fact, the culture obsessed with low cholesterol may be causing cancer.

Repercussions:

  • Inflammation
  • Pathological breakdown of muscle
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Interference with sex hormones
  • Death

Natural Foods to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease: 

  • Nuts
  • Spinach
  • Apples
  • Turmeric
  • Cranberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Green tea
  • Fatty fish
  • Beans
  • Alfalfa herb
  • Capsicum fruit
  • Garlic
  • Psyllium
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Butcher’s broom
  • Licorice root
  • Hawthorn berry

3. Lisinopril (Prinivil/Zestril) and Norvasc (Amlodipine)

Use:  Reduce high blood pressure

Together, Lisinopril and Norvasc make the 23% of the top prescribed medications, being the most generic prescriptions for cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Individually Lisinopril comprises 14%, and Norvasc is 9%.

Repercussions:

  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders
  • Development of breasts in men
  • Impotence
  • Depression
  • Tachycardia
  • Enlargement of gums
  • Inflammation of the liver
  • Elevated blood glucose
  • Hepatitis
  • Life-threatening skin conditions

Natural Foods to Reduce High Blood Pressure

  • Any foods high in vitamin C
    • chili peppers
    • guavas
    • bell peppers
    • thyme
    • parsley
    • dark leafy greens
    • broccoli
  • Any foods high in magnesium
    • chocolate
    • green leafy vegetables
    • Brazil nuts
    • almonds
    • cashews
    • blackstrap molasses
    • pumpkin seeds
    • squash seeds
    • pine nuts
    • black walnuts
  • Any foods high in potassium
    • mushrooms
    • bananas
    • dark green leafy vegetables
    • sweet potatoes
    • oranges
    • dates
  • Coconut oil/water

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