Modern medicine really loves to implement the band-aid effect; doctors often just prescribe drugs to mitigate the systems of a health problem rather than focusing on curing the underlying issue. People with high cholesterol are prescribed Statins rather than looking at their diets, anxiety sufferers are handed pills rather than delving into why they have anxiety in the first place, and the list goes on and on.
Though I see this system as being flawed, if you don’t see any holes within it, I ask you: Do you actually know what the potential side effects of these drugs are? Many people are completely unaware of the potential hazardous effects of numerous prescription drugs because their doctors don’t tell them and they don’t think to ask. I know I experienced this before I started questioning my doctors and the medical industry.
It’s completely understandable; these are the people we’re expected to trust with our lives, so why would we second guess their recommendations? Well, it’s not your doctor who formulates the prescriptions, it’s Big Pharma companies, and their number one goal is to profit. The problem is, Big Pharma only profits if you’re sick: not healthy, not dead, just in between.
To give you a greater picture of some of the potential dangers common drugs pose, I’ve put together a list of the side effects from the 10 most popular prescription pills in the U.S.
1. Vicodin, Norco, Xodol (Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen)
This particular drug is used to treat pain, and is classified as an opioid. There’s a massive opioid epidemic plaguing the U.S. right now, which is being fuelled by both pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government. Many consider the U.S. government to be one of the biggest drug dealers of opium and heroin in the world, a problem you can read more about in our CE articles here and here.
We see more and more overdoses and addictions related to these drugs occurring each year, and it all stems from Big Pharma and doctors overprescribing medication and understating the side effects and addictive tendencies. This issue isn’t new, however; it actually started decades ago.
“[The marketing effort for opioid sales] was a promotional campaign unlike we have ever really seen,” explains Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the Chief Medical Officer for the Phoenix House treatment centers and co-founder of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. “Drug reps were going to family care doctors, and insisting that OxyContin had no real risks—only benefits. What they were selling was the idea that pain was a disease, and not a symptom.”
So, what are the risks associated with opioids? Vicodin can cause short-term effects such as nausea, constipation, slowed breathing, dizziness, impaired judgement, confusion, extreme drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Long-term effects include liver toxicity, heightened pain, memory issues, anxiety, and increased chance of injuries, not to mention that this drug is highly addictive; in fact, more than 5 million Americans abuse Vicodin.
The irony is that many people take the drug for pain, but in reality it can increase your sensitivity to pain, worsen your pain tolerance over time, and ultimately lead to more pain. Keep in mind that more pain = more drugs needed = more money for Big Pharma companies. See the pattern emerging here?
Recommended Book: The Big Pharma Conspiracy: The Drugging Of America For Fast Profits
2. Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid (Levothyroxine)
These drugs are used to treat hypothyroidism. Some of their side effects include: hair loss, headaches, insomnia, irritability, fever, hot flashes, heart palpitations, irregular menstruation, and appetite and weight changes. It’s ironic that many of these symptoms are actually the exact same as the symptoms caused by hypothyroidism in the first place (weight gain, menstruation issues, hair loss, and more). So, people are taking a drug to avoid these issues yet risk experiencing or exacerbating them by doing so.
3. Delasone, Sterapred (Prednisone)
These drugs are used to treat arthritis. Prednisone is actually a steroid, so it can weaken your immune system and increase risk of infections. Common side effects include aggression, visual impairment, dizziness, irregular heartbeat/heart palpitations, headaches, and mood swings.
Prednisone can cause osteoporosis and many issues if you’re taking it while pregnant, including birth defects and nursing problems. Long-term usage can lead to skin issues, change in shape/location of body fat, increased acne, menstrual irregularity, and reduced sex drive.
4. Amoxil (Amoxicillin)
This drug is a penicillin antibiotic. When it comes to antibiotics, approximately 30% of oral antibiotics prescribed are completely unnecessary. There are also many all-natural antibiotics you can take instead, which you can learn more about here.
Potential side effects of Amoxil include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach issues, vaginal itching, headaches, rashes, swollen tongue, colitis, seizures, hives, and jaundice.
5. Neurontin (Gabapentin)
This drug is used to treat seizures and nerve pain. Side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, headaches, more seizures, swollen glands, fevers, rashes, numbness, pain, jaundice, chest pain, irregular heart beat, confusion, swelling, weight gain, difficulty breathing, and rapid back and forth movement of your eyes. Please note that this drug, which is used to treat seizures, can actually cause more seizures.
6. Prinivil, Zestril (Lisinopril)
This drug is used to treat hypertension and is commonly taken by people with heart problems. Side effects include coughing, drowsiness, depression, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, weight gain, fever, body chills, psoriasis, chest pain, heart palpitations, and slowed heart rate.
7. Lipitor (Atorvastatin)
This drug is classified as a Statin, a type of drug commonly used by patients with high blood pressure or heart disease. A new study conducted by Penn State College found a correlation between use of Statins and increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, which you can read more about in our CE article here. Statins are heavily marketed in North America, which is a huge reason why they’re so popular, and much of the advertising is false and/or misleading.
For example, another study, published in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, revealed that, despite Statin drugs being marketed for their ability to decrease the artery disease called atherosclerosis, they may actually stimulate it and cause heart failure.
Side effects of Lipitor specifically include nausea, diarrhea, muscle pain, confusing, memory issues, fevers, weight gain, blurred vision, jaundice, and more.
8. Glucophage (Metformin)
This drug is used to treat type 2 diabetes. Side effects include headaches, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, weight gain, fevers, chills, numbness, difficulty breathing, dizziness, and irregular heartbeat.
9. Zofran (Ondansetron)
This drug is designed to treat nausea and prevent vomiting. In some cases, chemotherapy patients and pregnant women experiencing “morning sickness” will take this drug in order to decrease nausea. The FDA actually issued a warning regarding the use of this drug, stating that one dose “may affect the electrical activity of the heart (QT interval prolongation), which could pre-dispose patients to develop an abnormal and potentially fatal heart rhythm known as Torsades de Pointes.”
Side effects of Zofran include headaches, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, rashes (which can be serious and cause blisters/pealing), temporary visual impairment, seizures, chest pain, loss of consciousness, and difficulty breathing, swallowing, and/or talking.
10. Motrin (Ibuprofen)
A common anti-inflammatory drug taken for pain relief, ibuprofen has now been linked to heart problems, as long-term use can increase risk of a major vascular event (heart attack, stroke, or dying from cardiovascular disease) by approximately a third.
“This means that for every 1,000 people with an average risk of heart disease who take high-dose diclofenac or ibuprofen for a year, about three extra would have an avoidable heart attack, of which one would be fatal,” the researchers said. Read more in our CE article here.
There are numerous potential risks of taking Motrin that range from nausea and heartburn to issues as serious as comas and seizures. More common side effects include bloating, shortness of breath, nausea, indigestion, and swelling (which is ironic given that it’s supposed to be anti-inflammatory).
It’s interesting to note that many of these drugs cause diarrhea and vomiting, which means your body is literally forcing itself to expel its contents. Do you really think that taking drugs that can cause your body to go into any sort of distress is good for it?
Many pharmaceuticals may treat one symptom, but they can create a multitude of other problems in the process. I’m not saying don’t ever resort to them — that’s between you and your doctors — but I am suggesting that you do your own research. There are natural alternatives to many pharmaceutical drugs.
Perhaps try going to a natural health practitioner such as a naturopath. At the end of the day, you choose what goes into your body, so you control a large part of your health. Make informed decisions.
Study Reveals Popular Vaccine “May Kill More Children From Other Causes Than It Saves”
- The Facts:
Multiple studies have shown and emphasized that the DTP vaccine may actually kill more children than it protects from DTP. This is one of the latest to show it, known as the Mogensen study.
- Reflect On:
Reflect on the fact that this information is never really brought up within the mainstream medical community. All it takes is one CDC study to "debunk" several studies that show opposite results. What's really going on here? Is our health a priority?
There are numerous vaccine safety issues. It can boggle your mind how health authorities and pharmaceutical companies can deem them to be completely safe, necessary, and responsible for saving millions of lives. When people hear this, they usually just believe it without ever looking into it and doing their research, and don’t realize they are only presented with one side of the story. If you have 100 studies raising an issue with a vaccine, all it takes is one study from the CDC to say it’s safe, and that’s the research medical associations dish out to doctors as well as medical schools. After all, the pharmaceutical companies are the ones paying for the whole shebang; what they say, goes.
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.” – Richard Horton, current Editor-in-chief of The Lancet
One example would be the vaccine ingredients themselves. Heavy metals, like aluminum and mercury, have been added to vaccines for approximately 100 years without any appropriate safety testing. Numerous studies point this out. You can access some of those studies and see some examples here.
Fast forward to 2017: researchers have now identified, in animal models, that the aluminum from a vaccine does not exit the body like aluminum from, let’s say, our food; it actually stays in the body, travels to distant organs and eventually ends up in the brain. Not only that, researchers also found some of the highest brain aluminum content ever measured in autopsies of the brains of people who were autistic.
You can read more about that and access those studies in the articles linked below:
It is simply no longer possible to believe…or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine. – Dr. Marcia Angell
Questioning Vaccine Safety Is Suppressed
With all of these issues, why is there such a harsh reaction to questioning vaccine safety? Why can’t a doctor or professor keep their job if they question vaccine safety? Isn’t science about openly questioning? The day we stop questioning, when there are clearly multiple concerns and questions to be asked and addressed, is the day we abandon the possibility of doing real science.
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” – Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard professor of medicine and former Editor in Chief of The New England Medical Journal (source)
The issue here is, vaccines are marketed as completely safe, and anybody who questions vaccines is made out to look crazy, dumb, or unscientific. This couldn’t’ be further from the truth, and there are a number of valid reasons why parents should not be forced to vaccinate their child.
The DTP Vaccine
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has long been a vocal critic of the lack of scientifically-based vaccine testing:
The public in both poor and rich countries has a right to scientifically-based evidence that international vaccine programs are as safe as possible and that they have been thoroughly safety-tested. The best metrics for measuring safety are studies comparing health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated cohorts. Yet, both the CDC and the WHO have aggressively discouraged the pursuit of such studies. – RFK Jr.
He wrote an article that goes into more detail about the DTP vaccine, it’s history, and what the current research suggests. It is becoming difficult to avoid the conclusion that the DTP vaccine is causing more harm than good.
In the video below, I go into more detail about the DTP vaccine. HERE is the study I reference in the video.
Simple Exercises To Help Reverse Damage Caused From Excessive Sitting
- The Facts:
In our modern lifestyle, we are sitting too much and for too long periods of time. This level of sedentary lifestyle is not natural for our bodies and could lead to very serious health issues if we do not address this issue.
- Reflect On:
How could you be more active throughout your regular day to reduce the impacts of sitting too much? Can you make some of these simple excises a daily habit to help limit the damages of sitting?
If you are here and reading this, chances are you have a job that involves long periods of sitting, and most likely staring at a screen. This has become the norm in our modern society and because our bodies are designed to move, to stretch and well, basically to be used, sitting for extended periods of time is causing us some serious damage. Some people are going as far as to say that sitting is the new smoking.
Have you experienced those moments when you finally get up from a sitting position and your butt is completely numb? Excessive sitting causes your legs and hips to become tight and leaves your glutes completely inactive, which does nothing to strengthen these areas. Then there is the dreaded slouch over the desk and computer that could be ruining your posture as well.
Think about how our society was before the industrial revolution, stock market and even recently with the invention of the computer. Us humans were tending our own gardens, washing and hanging our own clothes, we didn’t have cars and were, by default, much more active than we are today. We didn’t even have couches to sit on at the end of the day or more screens, in various shapes and sizes to stare at whilst sitting. It is straight up unnatural for our bodies to spend so much time being inactive and we are starting to see the consequences.
However, having awareness is the first step towards change, and there are some simple ways that you can begin to undo the damage that is caused by sitting. So without further a due, here are 7 simple exercises you can do now to reduce the damage caused by sitting.
Sit Less & Move More
Prevention is the best remedy. By simply being aware of how much you are sitting, you can begin to negate its effects. Whenever possible stand up, go for a little walk around the office, perhaps a little stretch or plank while you’re at it. To remind yourself to do this you can set a timer to go off every 30-60 minutes.
Consider using a standing desk perhaps to keep you on your feet and activating your muscles for longer, although you will still want to ensure you are incorporating some movement, as standing for hours on end is not necessarily good for you and your body either. A friend suggested a great idea to me once, which was to drink plenty of water. This will force you to get up often, not only to get more water but to also relive your bladder, this sounds silly, but it totally works. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with staying hydrated!
Stretch Out Those Hips
If you are really tight, the following exercises may be difficult at first, don’t push it only go to your level of comfort. With time you will gain the flexibility to go deeper as it will get easier after a while.
Nothing like some good old-fashioned squats to engage your glutes and your legs. Stand up tall, have the feet about hip width apart and facing a little bit outwards, bend down so your knees are at about a 45-degree angle, come up and flex your glutes when you do. Repeat 10 times to start, increasing every time you do this.
This is a classic move that you may already know if you’ve ever taken a yoga class. If you haven’t — no sweat, it’s a fairly simple exercise. Stand up straight and bend over, place your hands in front of you on the ground and slowly walk them out. If you are on your tiptoes for this, that’s totally fine, you want your body to be in a “V” shape. Hold this pose for 10 – 15 seconds at first, then increase the duration as you get comfortable. To come out of this position, walk your hands slowly back to your feet than stand up tall. You may be able to eventually have your feet flat on the ground as you do this, but it may take some time to achieve this.
The plank position is great for whole body strength. Simply get into a standard push up position, or rest your elbows on the floor, ensure your back is flat, like a plank and hold for 20 seconds to start. Over time, you can increase the duration of this exercise. It is an excellent way to strengthen the core and gets your legs and glutes involved as well.
Lay on your back on the ground, bring your legs up so your feet are about 1 foot away from your butt, place your hands flat on the floor and begin to raise your pelvis off the ground. Repeat 20 times, ensuring to flex those glutes every time you lift up. As this becomes easier, increase the number of repetitions.
Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you. To start, bring in your right knee and cross your foot across your left leg, hug your right leg into your body while sitting up straight. Hold this pose for 10 seconds then switch legs. As this becomes easier you can move on the
Start this exercise by finding something to hold onto for balance. Start by swinging your right leg backward and forwards as high and as far back as feels comfortable to you. Repeat 20 times then switch legs.
Next up is side to side leg swings. Keep holding onto something for balance and swing your right leg out to the side as high as is comfortable and then in front of you towards your left as far as you can. Again, do 20 swings then switch legs. You may repeat if you are feeling especially tight.
Family Constellation Therapy & It’s Role In Healing Autism
- The Facts:
Trans-generational traumas add to our toxic burden and predispose us to illness. Misfortune or unresolved conflict in our ancestry can create disturbances which filter down into the psyche, nervous system and metabolic functioning.
- Reflect On:
What conflict exists in your ancestry? Could it be impacting your family's health?
Family Constellation Therapy, sometimes known as Systemic Constellations, was created by Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist. This amazing method is used to uncover the source of chronic conditions, illnesses and emotional difficulties that may have roots in the inter-generational family systems, rather than the individual, and may be connected to a key stress event.
Could resolving past family trauma help unlock the symptoms known as autism? Sadly, some form of autism is now observed in 1 in 55 children and is growing at a rate of more than 1,100 percent. Western medicine focuses on medication to suppress symptoms and alternative approaches focus on treating the underlying biomedical, physical, psychological and environmental causes of autism.
However, illness not only originates in our physical body, but can also originate in our energetic and spiritual body as well. So, it becomes imperative that we treat the entire person for a fuller recovery.
“Autism spectrum disorders can only be fully healed by restoring the self-regulation of the system and making it fully functional.” – Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
This moving and powerful work in the family’s energetic field is also referred to as “the knowing field.” And, is used to examine the emotional factors connected to conditions such as illness, allergies, alcoholism, ADHD and autism. Some parents of children on the autism spectrum have experienced profound transformations as a result of this work for themselves, as well as for their families.
These children are often the recipients of unhealed trans-generational family issues because of their extraordinary energetic sensitivities. This perpetuates their illness.
Family constellation therapy work, focuses deeper on the ancestral family blueprint – the family soul. Our souls carry information from one lifetime to the next and from one generation to the next.
Children often hold the energetic field of their ancestors. This appears especially true with children with autism, because they are super-sensitive and spiritual souls. Who, often become unconsciously entangled with others in their family in the name of belonging or wanting to help restore balance in their family system. The purpose of a Family Constellation therapy session is to reveal that hidden dynamic and point the way toward resolution. And, there are often magical improvements in these children when we resolve issues in the family history.
The Forgotten One
One of the participants in a group “Michelle,” has a brother with severe autism who couldn’t speak and was very self-destructive. She was afraid that he could never live a more “normal” life because he refused all biomedical treatment and other therapies offered to him. In the initial set-up, the facilitator had Michelle, her brother, and both parents of her family represented in “the field.”
The participant representing her brother was hiding under a nearby chair and was rocking back and forth. Both parents were standing in the field, seemingly disinterested in what was going on. The sister (Michelle) kept looking down at the floor. Later in the set-up, it was revealed that the sister was looking down at a baby—a baby who had died of birth defects three generations ago. This baby hadn’t been properly acknowledged or mourned.
In essence, the brother with autism had taken the place of the “forgotten” baby. Representatives for the great-grandparents (the forgotten baby’s parents) were brought into “the field.” Then, the baby was embraced by the parents and a short dialogue was exchanged. The baby reported that he felt more at ease, relaxed and became more comfortable. A healing took place that was so profound. A year later, “Michelle” reported that her brother was starting to take a more active role in his recovery and was beginning to accept treatment.
War and Mental Illness
“Andrew,” a man in his twenties who was diagnosed with Asperger’s, participated in my group. He claimed that mental illness and psychosis ran in his family. He cried as he explained that he was taking multiple medications for bi-polar disorder. He claimed it was difficult for him to hold down a job. He often felt very alone. He stated that he did not have a good relationship with his parents. He said that his mom was “crazy.” The parents divorced when he was very small and he blames himself and his issues for why they split.
In the initial set-up of “his field,” Andrew was represented along with mental illness and his parents. As it unfolded, it became more obvious that something profound had happened in the past. Mental illness began taking on characteristics of a war and hidden dynamics were revealing themselves.
Later in the set-up, Andrew’s representative started choking, like he was trying to catch his breath. He was mumbling, “I deserve death because I have killed others.”
It was uncovered that his great-great grandfather was in World War I and was killed during a mustard gas attack. Andrew was doing service to the family out of deep love. He took on the feelings of the victim and the perpetrator, which caused him deep inner conflict. Hence, he was carrying the burden of mental illness and autism. In doing this soul work, Andrew was able to find resolution for himself as well as all the members of his family.
In conclusion, trans-generational traumas add to our toxic burden and predispose us to illness. Misfortune or unresolved conflict in our ancestry can create disturbances in the family field, which filter down into the psyche, nervous system and metabolic functioning. Children with health issues are particularly sensitive to such disturbances.
Therapy and biomedical interventions may even succeed better after a healing Family Constellation session with an experienced facilitator. Fortunately, it is never too late to heal wounds from the past. Constellation work is unique in that any living family member can do this intervention for the benefit of all.
Learn more about my family’s healing journey (including everything that has worked for me and many of my clients) in my book Healing Without Hurting. And to receive more info on how you and your family can overcome ADHD, apraxia, anxiety and more without medication SIGN UP HERE.
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