Problem Medicines

Prescription medicines take a one-size-fits-all approach. Well, now, see, this is a problem. One-size-fits-all meds actually fit very few, and they may not fit you. They may even harm you.

Also, many medicines trash your nutrition and make it harder for you to fight disease.

And so on.

Well, inquiring minds want to know, so let’s talks about some problem medicines.

  • Antacids – Nine out of ten people experiencing GERD, heartburn, acid reflux, etc. have low stomach acid. Medicine doesn’t test, and they only have drugs for high stomach acid, so guess what you’re getting, Bunky. After a while, you’ll get to spend a lot of time and suffering in the bathroom; the doc won’t make the connection, but now you know.
  • Anti-diabetic drugs – Drugs for Type 2 diabetes darken your days with side effects, but fix nothing; healing is a job for nutrition. Put together a diet that meets your body’s specific needs, and wonders will follow.
  • Blood pressure drugs – Your blood pressure doesn’t go whacky “just because.” Something caused it, and you have to fix the cause. Is it your diet? Adrenals-in-trouble? What? Fix the cause, and blood pressure takes care of itself.
  • Corticosteroids – Prednisone and hydrocortisone are prescribed to treat lupus, Crohn’s disease, etc. Unfortunately, they fix nothing, and the side effects are brutal, even destroying your bones, for crying out loud! My Moving to Health program shows how diet and nutrition, customized to fit you, can heal Crohn’s, autoimmune diseases, and more.
  • Diuretics – Frequently ordered to treat high blood pressure, diuretics (water pills) work pretty well at making blood pressure numbers look presentable, but they don’t fix the cause. Instead, they burn down the house (your body) by stripping away the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
  • Hormone Replacement drugs – You might think hormone replacement drugs are the same as your body’s natural hormones, but no. For estrogen, you get horse urine. While it’s refined, and it probably works well for horses, it’s hard on humans. Bioidentical hormones are natural, but they, too, make bad stuff happen. Medicine doesn’t have the tools to dose hormones precisely, so your endocrine system, which controls your health, gets into an unbalanced tizzy.
  • Oral contraceptives add estrogen to a body that doesn’t need it. What could possible go wrong? Yikes! I know a young bride who took birth control pills for two months, with disastrous results. She stopped taking them, but she never tried to fight back with nutritional solutions and now, several years later, she still has all those symptoms. Disaster doesn’t happen to everybody, of course, but contraceptives are hard on health.
  • Statin Drugs – Statin drugs are slow murder. Your body needs cholesterol to keep your brain perking along. And you need plenty ‘o cholesterol to make the endocrine hormones (thyroid, pineal, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, gonads, hypothalamus, pituitary, and parathyroids) keep the beat. Inadequate cholesterol levels open the door to Type 2 diabetes, rhabdomyolysis (a painful bursting of muscle cells), cancer, and on, and on until, finally, death. Studies recommend cholesterol levels of 240 and up.

So, what to do? You didn’t volunteer for the mess, but you don’t want to stay there. Spending your days dealing with drug side-effects isn’t fun and doesn’t end well.

You can stop some drugs with a quick “good riddance.” And you can “wean” yourself from the addictive meds. Do whatever it takes to help your body.

Here’s the best part: Once you supply the help your body’s been starving for, it responds with joy–maybe even a cartwheel or two–and you’ll be on your way.

God is good,

About the author: Bette Dowdell defines determination. A drunk driver put her into a really deep health ditch when she was a baby, giving her a concussion. Concussions are murder on the endocrine system, which controls all of health, and down the hill she tumbled. Doctors didn’t help–for years. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Bette never intended to be a health expert, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, and she’s still researching and helping others.

© by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved.


  1. Melody fletcher on December 28, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Bette I have a aortic abdominal aneurysm the doc says I need to keep my cholesterol at 150 she put me on statin drugs what can u tell me about this I hate being on statin drugs

    • Bette on January 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Hi. Melody, please excuse my delay in answering you. Your comments had red flags waving, and I want to check out a few things. First, as you know, an aneurysm is a thinning in the lining of, in this case, the aorta. Some years back, medicine decided that was a job for statins, but since there was no evidence, that thinking went away. Even medical web sites now recommend against statins to treat aneurysms. And nobody should have a cholesterol level lower than 200; your body needs cholesterol for your brain and endocrine system to work. They’ve tested cholesterol levels up to the mid-300s, and the news is really good. So, I don’t think statins are an answer. Actually, medicine has no answer for aneurysms. But a big clue, to me at least, is aneurysms are a problem of aging; this usually means the problem is one of nutrition. They’re quite rare in women, maxing out at 2%. I hope this helps.

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