Drawbacks of Pharmaceutical and OTC Drugs

“Whereas placebos have no side effects, the same cannot be said for prescription drugs. According to the JAMA, some 250,000 people die each year from the negative effects of drugs, unnecessary surgeries, infections they pick up in hospitals, and other iatrogenic (doctor-caused) illnesses, making iatrogenic illness the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind cancer and heart disease. According to a meticulous and recent analysis of data from a spectrum of US government agencies, when all other factors are included, the number rises to 783,966, making doctors, hospitals and drugs the leading cause of death in America…About twice the number of Americans die due to infections acquired in hospitals each year as the number who die in traffic accidents.

Additionally, more than twice as many Americans die each year from the negative effects of prescription drugs as those who died in the Vietnam war. According to a recent report, an estimated 1,730,000 preventable drug-related injuries occur annually in American with as many as seven thousand deaths. Exotic drugs are not the only culprits; common acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is the leading cause of death in the United States, due to acute liver failure.

The neurochemicals secreted by your brain, by way of contrast, are free. You do not have to drop a silver dollar in your ear to persuade your brain to start producing endorphins. Neither do your natural biochemicals come packaged with a scary list of side effects. Your body’s natural secretions are often the same substances found in prescription drugs, but in doses that will not harm you, in forms that are readily assimilated by the targeted organs and systems…one of the ways in which you can prescribe them for yourself is through the quality of your consciousness.”

Dawson Church, Ph.D., in “The Genie in Your Genes

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