Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on a new study revealing the cause in the rise of prescription drugs
Online PR News – 08-July-2013 – Toronto, ON – Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on a new study revealing the cause in the rise of prescription drugs
As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/general-health-2/prescription-drugs-on-the-rise/), despite growing interest in natural health remedies, the amount of people taking prescription drugs is on the rise, and Americans spend more than $250 billion dollars a year on prescription medications. Unfortunately, the cost of prescription drugs isn’t the only bad effect; prescription drugs can cause a slew of negative side-effects and often necessitate additional drugs to deal with those side effects. Prescription medications also carry the risk of addiction and abuse, and they are the fourth leading cause of death in the Unites States.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery investigated prescription drug use in the United States and found that 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug (http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2013-rst/7543.html). According to the findings, which were published in the most recent journal of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, more than 50 percent of Americans are currently on two prescription drugs and 20 percent of patients are on five or more. The percentage of people who reported taking at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days has also increased by 4 percent since 1999.
According to the researchers, the most commonly prescribed drugs are antibiotics, followed by antidepressants and then opioids. Drugs for the treatment of high blood pressure were the fourth most commonly prescribed, and vaccines were the fifth. "Often when people talk about health conditions they're talking about chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes," states study author Jennifer St. Sauver, Ph.D. "However, the second most common prescription was for antidepressants (which is prescribed to 13 percent of Americans) -- that suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something that should be focused on. And the third most common drugs were opioids, which is a bit concerning considering their addicting nature."
The research revealed that prescription drug treatment is prevalent amongst both men and women, in all age groups. However, women and older adults tend to receive the most prescriptions. "As you get older you tend to get more prescriptions, and women tend to get more prescriptions than men," Dr. St. Sauver says. Drug prescriptions for the treatment of depression were particularly high in women aged 50 to 64 – with 25 percent of women in that age category taking them.
While these findings are alarming, the four most commonly prescribed drugs all have the potential to cause great harm. Antibiotics kill off the healthy bacteria in the gut increasing the risk for all sorts of seemingly unrelated disorders ranging from irritable bowel disease to allergies, to depression. Likewise, antidepressants often cause far more harm than good, and side-effects can include weight gain, nervousness, upset stomach, constipation, fatigue, loss of libido, and even sudden death and suicide. Opioids are highly addictive and they can cause fatal seizures, cardiovascular damage, paranoia, choking, infertility and decreased cognitive function. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, taking blood pressure medications may actually increase the risk of death in certain patients.
To truly be mentally and physically healthy, suppressing symptoms with prescription drugs may not be the answer. Bel Marra Health doctors suggest natural health care methods that will help get to the root of the problem and heal a condition naturally without harmful side-effects. A whole food based diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, meditation and making deep social connections a priority will all help to balance the body. For more serious issues, consulting a naturopathic doctor or qualified natural health practitioner is recommended.
(SOURCE: Mayo Clinic (2013, June 19). Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are on prescription drugs. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 28, 2013. http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2013-rst/7543.html)
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