Allopathic Medicine

Pharmaceutical Drugs, Surgery and Related Treatment Methods

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Allopathic Medicine

  1. Allopathic: "Relating to or being a system of medicine that aims to combat disease by using remedies (such as drugs or surgery) which produce effects that are different from or incompatible with those of the disease being treated." Merriam-webster.com
    1. Treatments targeted against disease (such as the use of antibiotics) vs. treatments targeted towards strengthening the body's healing systems against disease and improving a patient's overall level of health (2, 3, 4).
  2. Of course, in many cases, allopathic medicine is greatly helpful and lifesaving (in particular, for major injuries, such as those encountered during car accidents; and, in some cases of infectious disease). For most healthcare concerns, though, biocompatible, optimal health promoting healthcare options offer much more effective (and much more cost-effective) solutions for consumers for improving healthcare treatment outcomes through the use of safe, effective, biocompatible, cost-effective methods, and for healthcare practitioners to consider for incorporation into their healthcare practices.
    1. Naturemed.org: Why Natural Medicine?
    2. For true healing and health improvement (and reduction in healthcare costs), it's essential to address the cause(s) of illness, and not do harm.
  3. Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion: Depletion of nutrients known to be essential for human health, healing and normal functioning. Some nutrients, such as magnesium and zinc, have over 300 known functions in human health. Any substance, lifestyle factor, or treatment method that depletes nutrients with such broad-ranging, positive health effects will have equally broad-ranging, adverse health effects -- broad ranging adverse health effects greatly beyond the number of adverse effects listed on the warning labels on such products.
    1. Detailed information on the adverse health effects of drug-induced nutrient depletion, by Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD
    2. Commonly prescribed drugs causing nutrient depletion of magnesium, zinc and many other nutrients, by Hyla Cass, MD
    3. Nutrient depletion caused by blood pressure drugs and other common drugs, by Harlan Bieley, MD
    4. Chart of common drugs, and nutrients depleted, TRC Natural Medicines Database
    5. Excellent report on drug-induced nutrient depletion, by Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD
  4. As described above, the adverse effects of drug-induced nutrient depletion are very broad ranging, and the above links are likely greatly underestimating the scope of the adverse effects. Thousands of nutritional components of foods have been identified. Currently, only about 41 to 50 or 60 have been classified as essential nutrients or conditionally essential nutrients (nutrients that can be produced in the body, but in certain circumstances, such as severe disease or during infancy, additional amounts are required from foods or nutritional supplements).
    1. Essential Nutrients:
      1. 14 vitamins (A, C, D, E, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folate, B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin and Choline)6
      2. 15 minerals (Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Fluoride, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Selenium, Zinc, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride)7
      3. 9 amino acids (Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine)8
      4. 2 essential fats (Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats)
      5. Water
    2. Additional Health Promoting Nutrients not yet classified as Essential Nutrients, but still critical factors for promoting normal body functioning, health and healing:
      1. 6 additional conditionally essential amino acids: Arginine, Cysteine, Glutamine, Glycine, Proline and Tyrosine8
      2. Additional conditionally essential nutrients, such as Coenzyme Q-10; "CoQ10 deficiency has been shown to be present in 39% of patients with high blood pressure, and supplementation with CoQ10 can lower blood pressure"3
      3. Minerals that may soon be classified as essential nutrients: silicon, cobalt, lithium, strontium, sulfur and possibly many others11
      4. Individual flavonoids, such as quercetin and others that have been shown to help normalize inflammation, promote heart health, promote nervous system health, help absorption of vitamin C, and provide many other health promoting effects: over 6,000 flavonoids have been discovered10, 13
      5. Individual retinoids (forms of vitamin A, four listed) and individual carotenoids, such as lycopene (anti-cancer and prostate health effects), lutein and zeaxanthin (antioxidant, macular degeneration and cataract health effects): over 600 carotenoids have been discovered9
    3. The above web links to articles on the adverse effects of nutrient depletion are likely only considering the 41 to 50 or 60 nutrients currently classified as essential nutrients and conditionally essential nutrients (out of the thousands of nutritional components in foods), and are only considering currently known functions of these 41 to 50 or 60 nutrients in human health.
    4. One example (one of likely many, many other examples): "An estimated 400 to 500 drugs currently available by prescription or over the counter may cause dry mouth." ... "Salivary flow clears food from around the teeth as a means to reduce risks of dental caries. The bicarbonate-carbonic acid system, calcium and phosphorous in saliva also provide buffering action to neutralize bacterial acid metabolism. Once buffering action has restored pH above the critical point, remineralization can occur."4 See Biological Dentistry for information on the many adverse health effects related to dental decay and poor, or ineffective dental care (and healthcare methods, such as drug-based therapies, that can promote poor dental health).
      1. Chart of common drugs, and nutrients depleted, Invitehealth.com
      2. Another helpful chart, but the website's introductory paragraph ignores the "First, Do No Harm" principle of biocompatible, optimal health promoting healthcare.
  5. Death by Medicine Report: Adverse Effects and Deaths Caused by Mainstream Medicine (Drugs, Surgery and Related Treatments)
    1. JAMA: Correctly Prescribed Drugs -- the 4th to 6th Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
    2. Causing More Deaths per Year Than the Combined Total for Heroin and Cocaine
    3. Merriam-webster.com: House of Cards
    4. Study Finds Millions Still Taking Aspirin Despite New Guidelines and Possible Risks
    5. Georgetown.edu: Prescription Drug Use -- Seniors are Commonly on 13-22 Drugs
    6. Usatoday.com: 25 Most Dangerous Drugs
    7. Drugabuse.gov: Misuse of Prescription Drugs
    8. Drugabuse.gov: The Scope of Misuse of Prescription Drugs
  6. Depletion of Aldosterone, a hormone important for hearing levels (2).
  7. What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You, and Your Doctor Doesn't Know -- The Alternative Treatments That May Change Your Life, and the Prescriptions That Could Harm You, by Michael Murray, ND, 2009
  8. The Nutritional Cost of Drugs, by Ross Pelton, R. Ph., 2004

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References

  1. "Nutrient Recommendations: Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI)." NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/Dietary_Reference_Intakes.aspx. Accessed 1/12/20.
  2. "Amino Acids." Amino Acids, www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=129. Accessed 1/12/20.
  3. "The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine." The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, by Michael T. Murray and Joseph E. Pizzorno, Simon & Schuster, 2012, p. 677.
  4. "Krause's Food & The Nutrition Care Process." Krause's Food & The Nutrition Care Process, by L. Kathleen Mahan and Janice L. Raymond, 14th ed., Elsevier, 2017, p. 471.
  5. "List of Essential Nutrients." Nutrients Review, www.nutrientsreview.com/glossary/essential-nutrients. Accessed 1/12/20.
  6. "Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Dietary Allowances and Adequate Intakes, Vitamins." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK56068/table/summarytables.t2/?report=objectonly. Accessed 1/12/20.
  7. "Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs): Recommended Dietary Allowances and Adequate Intakes, Elements." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK56068/table/summarytables.t3/?report=objectonly. Accessed 1/12/20.
  8. "Amino Acids." http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=129. Accessed 1/12/20.
  9. "Vitamin A." http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=106. Accessed 1/12/20.
  10. "Flavonoids." http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=119. Accessed 1/12/20.
  11. "Micronutrients/Minerals." http://orthomolecular.org/nutrients/micronutrients.shtml. Accessed 1/12/20.
  12. "Lutein and Zeaxanthin." http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=126. Accessed 1/12/20.
  13. "Vitamins." http://orthomolecular.org/nutrients/vitamins.shtml. Accessed 1/12/20.