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Polypharmacy Raises Drug Side Effects ExponentiallyAccording to the latest statistics from the Kaiser Health Foundation,7
the average American aged 19 to 64 now takes nearly 12 prescription drugs.
The average senior is on 28. The word 'polypharmacy' means "many drugs," and
essentially refers to these instances where an individual is taking multiple
drugs -- often because more drugs are prescribed than are clinically
This is a significant problem, as the more drugs you mix together, the
greater the chances of serious side effects. And, if the average American is
taking a dozen different prescription drugs, and the average prescription
drug carries 70 side effects… do the math! That's an average of 770 potential
individual side effects but the drug to drug interaction is far higher and is
likely one to two orders of magnitude greater. To me, this is simply
unacceptable, especially considering that most drugs people take are for
conditions that can be better treated, and prevented, using natural methods.
Take Control of Your Health
Anytime you’re considering taking a drug, whether you’ve succumbed to a
seductive drug ad or your doctor wants to prescribe one for an ailment you’ve
presented, please do remember that you carry the ultimate responsibility
here. Don’t trust blindly; ask questions about the drugs prescribed to you,
Do I really need this drug?
Is it prescribed appropriately, or is it being prescribed for an
What are the side effects?
Is it addictive?
What are the natural alternatives?
In the majority of cases, you’ll likely find that you can prevent or
resolve the condition not by taking a drug, but by following these basic
tenets of optimal health:
Eat a healthy diet focused on fresh, whole foods (ideally organic
and/or locally-grown). Try to eat a large portion of your food raw.
You want to pay careful attention to keeping your insulin levels
down, which means avoiding sugars and grains of all kinds, and replacing the
lost carbs with healthful fats. Also be mindful of your protein sources,
making sure they’re of high quality (ideally organically-raised and pasture-
fed). A high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet is likely to improve the
health of most people. My optimized Nutritional Plan can guide you, whether
you’re at a beginner’s or advanced level.
Consume healthy fat. The science is loud and clear on this point:
omega-3 fats are essential for optimal health. Unfortunately most fish
commercially available today are polluted with mercury, PCBs and other toxic
substances, which is why I recommend you take a supplement like krill oil
instead of getting it from your food. Other healthy fats include coconut oil,
avocados, olives, olive oil, butter and macadamia nuts. All these fats are
low in protein and carbs and will not impair insulin, leptin or mTOR.
Make clean, pure water your primary beverage, and steer clear of all
sweetened and/or flavored beverages, including those that contain artificial
Manage your stress.
Exercise regularly. Ideally, you want a comprehensive fitness regimen
that includes stretching, high intensity interval training, core
strengthening exercises and strength training.
Get plenty of appropriate sun exposure to optimize your vitamin D
levels naturally. UV exposure also has additional health benefits beyond
vitamin D production.
A robust and growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is
absolutely critical for your health. The D*Action project has been initiated
by GrassrootsHealth along with 42 leading vitamin D researchers to
demonstrate how health can be achieved right now with what’s known about
vitamin D with a combination of vitamin D measurement and health outcome
tracking. To learn more, please see this recent article.
I encourage you to participate in the D*Action Project, which has
multiple concurrent vitamin D programs going on. Not only will you be able to
take control of your own health by participating, you’ll also become part of
one of the most profound public health projects of the 21st Century. To
participate, simply purchase the D*Action Measurement Kit and follow the
registration instructions included. As a participant, you agree to test your
vitamin D levels twice a year during a five year program, and share your
health status to demonstrate the public health impact of this nutrient. There
is a $65 fee each 6 months for your sponsorship of the project, which
includes a test kit to be used at home, and electronic reports on your
ongoing progress. You will get a follow up email every six months reminding
you "it's time for your next test and health survey."
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