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Medications treat symptoms and diseases. The government forces drug companies to undergo rounds of testing before a new medication can be prescribed to people. Even with all the testing, drugs prescribed in the correct dosages, to treat the medical conditions for which they were created can worsen symptoms over time and cause problems.
Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN explains how our medications can actually be making us sicker. Today’s Tip describes how to find out whether your medicines are affecting your health.
Whether due to malabsorption from an undiagnosed syndrome like celiac disease, poor diet or defective activation of nutrients, many people are not receiving or utilizing the nutrients their bodies need to thrive.
The human body is tough. You can operate at sub-optimal levels for years or decades before a clinical symptom becomes apparent or is recognized as resulting from a deficiency.
Unfortunately, this recognition frequently comes only after symptoms have become so severe as to significantly impact your health. Until that point, medications and surgeries are more likely to be used as treatments, neither of which correct the underlying cause of the deficiency.
In fact, many drugs exacerbate nutrient depletion. So, while they may improve your symptoms in the short term, they can cause more harm than good in the long term.
Many prescription and non-prescription medications can deplete nutrients by any of these ways:
1. Preventing normal digestion and/or absorption, so nutrients cannot get into the body.
2. Interfering with nutrient transport and/or use in the body, so nutrients cannot get where needed.
3. Causing early excretion, so nutrients are wasted.
4. Preventing storage in the body for later use, so nutrients are not available when needed.
The impact of nutrient-depleting medications on health also depends on their dose and length of usage. For example, long-term use of medications, such as cholesterol lowering drugs, has a much greater effect than short-term use.
Nutrients that are at a low level in the body may be thrust into total deficiency by the effect of drugs. For example, antibiotics given to treat infectious diarrhea in a child who has an undiagnosed functional vitamin A deficiency could then cause a deficiency severe enough to damage his or her sight within hours.
Tip: Review the Health Condition or Nutrient Deficiency page that interest you in the Gluten Free Works Health Guide. Navigate to the section of the page called Manage Your Medications Safely. This section will tell you which medications disrupt intestinal permeability and deplete, or interfere with absorption of, nutrients that are related to that health condition or nutrient.
Author: Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN
The following posts have been recently revised this week to reflect new research or updated information.
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