A recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic over the summer is showing us just how addicted we are to modern medicine, namely to prescription medications. In fact, the study found that 7 out of 10 Americans take at least one prescription drug. Translated, that’s 70% of all U.S. adults take a prescription medication every morning to fight off illness, mental problems, chronic pain, hypertension, high cholesterol, and much more. At EraseDisease.com, where we focus on natural solutions to prescription medications, this news is disheartening and startling.
Our Addiction to Medications
According to the findings, the most common prescription medication taken in the U.S. are antibiotics, followed closely by antidepressants and opioids. Other findings in the report show the following (from The Huffington Post):
-More than half of Americans take two prescription mediations, and 20 percent of Americans are on at least five prescription medications.
– The number of people taking prescription drugs has increased to 48 percent in 2007-2008, from 44 percent in 1999-2000.
– Cholesterol-lowering drugs are prescribed to 11 percent of people in the study.
– Vaccines are prescribed to 11 percent of people in the study.
– Vaccines, anti-asthma drugs and antibiotics are the most common kinds of drugs prescribed to people younger than 19.
– More women than men receive prescription medications.
– Antidepressant prescriptions are more common among women than men, and are most common among women ages 50 to 64 (an age group in which nearly 25 percent of women take antidepressants).
We are addicted to quick fixes in this country. Whether it’s a get-rich-quick scheme or feel-better-faster medication, American’s are preconditioned to want things done quickly and in the simplest, easiest way possible. Is it laziness? Perhaps. Is it ignorance? Perhaps. But the fact remains that 70% of Americans take at least one prescription medication, and over 50% take at least two prescription medications. It is a sad state of affairs.
Prescription medications to lower lipids and thus decrease cholesterol levels were number four on the list.
Many conditions of the mind and of the body can be prevented with simple diet and exercise, even less stress and more joy. By committing ourselves to healthy, natural lifestyles, many of these individuals in the 70% statistic can rid themselves of their prescription addiction.
Arginine, for example, has been clinically proven to increase vasodilation, or widen the arteries, and thus facilitate healthy blood flow. A healthy circulatory system changes everything. When healthy nutrients and oxygen are delivered to every cell in the body consistently, the immune system can improve, mood can improve, brain function can improve, and cholesterol and blood pressure can drop to safe and healthy levels.
Kick the prescription habit and try some natural alternatives to better health! Don’t be a statistic.