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"I had discovered why Uri originally became psychotic years ago, and I may have discovered how to help him recover at last—by removing him from the original offending antidepressant, followed by gradually removing him from all his medications. With a couple of exceptions, the hospital staff responded to my evaluation of Uri with a mixture of coolness and hostility. Despite my most earnest efforts during my presentation, the hospital doctors did not agree to change anything about how they were medicating him."
- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

"Like most heavily drugged patients, Melvin had little idea how much his current medications were stupefying him and crushing his spontaneity. He suffered from a subtle and potentially devastating kind of spellbinding, the flattening of emotions and will seen in patients taking potent antipsychotic drugs like Risperdal, Zyprexa, and Geodon, as well as mood stabilizers like lithium and Depakote. They often become "snowed under" without realizing how subdued they have become."

- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

"Melvin was eager to find help in tapering off his medications, and after evaluating him, I consulted with his current psychiatrist. My colleague thought it was worth a try to reduce Melvin's medication, but he did not want the responsibility and was happy to pass on that seemingly risky task to me. His cooperative attitude toward my efforts was crucial because Melvin was still under the control of the courts and as Melvin's current physician he could easily have interfered with a transfer of medical responsibility to me."

- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

"For the next five or six years, Uri was never removed from psychiatric medications. He was never given a drug holiday to see if he could recover from drug toxicity. He in turn never stopped showing signs of the psychosis that had first overcome him shortly after starting the antidepressant. I was shocked when I evaluated the Uri Updike's current condition at Chestnut Lodge and found he was taking a variety of antipsychotic and mood-stabilizing agents, including Elavil—the drug that had originally driven him crazy all those years ago."

- Peter Breggin, Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications (Get the book.)

"You'll also find biohacking seduction in drugs like blood pressure lowering medications, anti-diabetes medications and of course all the classic medications like Ritalin that supposedly treat ADHD. All these medications attempt to override natural human physiological functions, and while they promise improved health, all they deliver are very narrowly defined improvements in one or two measurable biochemical statistics."
- Mike Adams, Spam Filters for Your Brain (Get the book.)

"As long as you blame the extra pounds on a slow metabolism, you've fallen prey to another ruse—unless you've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or take certain prescribed medications. Some medications do cause weight gain, either by changing your metabolic rate, making you retain fluids, or affecting how your body converts calories to energy versus storing calories as fat. That's a different story. But if you don't have hypothyroidism or prescription drugs to blame, then your metabolic rate is in the normal range and you need to gain control over your eating habits in order to lose weight."
- Roger Gould, Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever (Get the book.)

"Benazepril is used, either by itself or with other medications, to treat hypertension. It's also used to treat problems with the heart following a heart attack. Possible Side Effects The drug's more common side effects include headache, dizziness, cough, and fatigue. Which Nutrients Are Robbed Taking this medicine may deplete your supply of, increase your need for, or interfere with the activity of: • Zinc Other Ways This Drug May Upset Your Nutritional Balance Benazepril can cause nausea, which can upset your eating habits and possibly interfere with good nutrition."
- Frederic Vagnini, M.D. and Barry Fox, Ph.D., The Side Effects Bible: The Dietary Solution to Unwanted Side Effects of Common Medications (Get the book.)

"Constipation is a common side effect of many medications. It can result from ingestion of antidepressants, pain medications, diuretics, antibiotics, and antacids that contain aluminum. Antacids, however, can further aggravate the very symptoms they're taken to alleviate (i.e., heartburn, indigestion).They also inhibit phase I detoxification in the liver (discussed in Chapter 4) and can cause damage to this organ. Constipation is but one of many symptoms that can result from antibiotics, which destroy both good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"As long as you blame the extra pounds on a slow metabolism, you've fallen prey to another ruse—unless you've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or take certain prescribed medications. Some medications do cause weight gain, either by changing your metabolic rate, making you retain fluids, or affecting how your body converts calories to energy versus storing calories as fat. That's a different story. But if you don't have hypothyroidism or prescription drugs to blame, then your metabolic rate is in the normal range and you need to gain control over your eating habits in order to lose weight."
- Roger Gould, Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever (Get the book.)

"Acetaminophen is considered to be as effective as aspirin at quelling pain, and many people think the two medications are interchangeable. But while both drugs relieve pain and fever, only aspirin relieves inflammation and "thins" the blood by preventing platelets from clumping together unnecessarily. In certain cases—perhaps following surgery or a tooth extraction—you may be given acetaminophen plus codeine. Codeine is a narcotic agonist, which means that it plugs into narcotic receptor sites in the central nervous system and eases pain."
- Frederic Vagnini, M.D. and Barry Fox, Ph.D., The Side Effects Bible: The Dietary Solution to Unwanted Side Effects of Common Medications (Get the book.)

"And as the Baby Boomers roll into retirement, we'll undoubtedly see millions more taking these medications. We're not saying that the statin drugs are bad. They have helped numerous people and should continue to be prescribed when necessary. But people who take a statin should probably also take a CoQ10 supplement, a fact that few people are aware of. Common Antibiotics Can Be Dangerous Nutrient Thieves Of course, statins aren't the only drugs that steal precious nutrients."

- Frederic Vagnini, M.D. and Barry Fox, Ph.D., The Side Effects Bible: The Dietary Solution to Unwanted Side Effects of Common Medications (Get the book.)

"The treatment for schizophrenia includes medications such as chlorpro-mazine—although this pioneer drug is being superseded by newer medicines. Chlorpromazine has multiple effects on neurotransmitters, hormones, and brain activity. It is also used to treat mania, persistent hiccups, nausea, and vomiting. Possible Side Effects The drug's more common side effects include low blood pressure upon arising; allergic reactions; repetitive, involuntary, purposeless movements; and symptoms resembling Parkinson's disease (motor retardation, a wooden facial expression, and an unsteady gait)."

- Frederic Vagnini, M.D. and Barry Fox, Ph.D., The Side Effects Bible: The Dietary Solution to Unwanted Side Effects of Common Medications (Get the book.)

"This trial showed these medications' efficacy in maintenance of a weight loss over 4 years. This long-term pharmaceutical treatment data, along with the view of obesity as a chronic disease, marked the acceptance of pharmacotherapy as legitimate intervention in obesity treatment. In the mid-1990s, dexfenfluramine alone and fenfluramine in combination with phentermine were used for long-term treatment of obesity. In September 1997, reported concerns about serious unacceptable side effects, such as valvular heart lesions, led to the withdrawal of dexfenfluramine and fenfluramine from the market."
- Ann M. Coulston and Carol J. Boushey, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (Get the book.)

"Stressors of this healthy ecological system," he continued, "such as surgery, certain medications, and consumption of meats and processed foods disrupt a natural balance and shift from friendly to unfriendly bacteria. This shift results in increased risk for diseases of urban or 'sophisticated' societies, such as inflammatory bowel disease, colon "To be healthy enough to embrace my great-great-grandchild is bliss," says Kamada. cancer, and more."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"There are medications that can help with that." She told the woman that it was probably her anxiety or depression that was keeping her up. "There's no shame in that," the saleswoman said. "I think it's hormones," the woman muttered. Ms. Hillmer thanked the women for listening, urging each one to pick up one of the "sleep kits" she had placed in a stack by Ms. Ambien on their way out. The sleep kit was a black plastic case etched with the pink and aqua Ambien logo."
- Melody Petersen, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Get the book.)

"Gersh, he had been "sort of a nonbeliever" in ADHD and daily medications. "Now I plan to be on them for the rest of my life." It wasn't just Ritalin and Prozac that had become as socially acceptable as once-a-day vitamins. For many Iowans, their lives now revolved around their prescriptions. Daily they swallowed their proton pump inhibitors and COX-2 inhibitors, tricyclics and analgesics, benzodiazepines and amphetamines, anticoagulants and antihypertensives, as well as their lipid reducers, serotonin escalators, and mood stabilizers."

- Melody Petersen, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Get the book.)

"The average senior in America is probably taking twice or three times the medications they require." Doctors prescribe one drug only to create new problems for the patient with the pill's side effects. Rather than realize the medicine is making them ill, patients believe they are just getting old and ask for even more pills. Arthritis patients get pain relievers, which raise their blood pressure. At their next visit, doctors prescribe medicines for hypertension, which come with a whole new set of adverse effects."

- Melody Petersen, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Get the book.)

"Keep your medications in small containers so that you can replenish the supply fairly quickly. This is espe- daily true if you keep your medications in the bathroom. ?Buy medications wrapped individually in foil when possible. This type of packaging is effective in keeping out the humidity, and the medicine will retain its potency longer. Some medications don't belong in the bathroom at all, note the experts. Items that break down in heat, like insulin or vaccines for allergy, should be stored in your refrigerator. They are usually nontoxic on ingestion, so it's a good place to keep them."
- Debora Tkac, Kim Anderson, Everyday Health Tips: 2000 Practical Hints for Better Health and Happiness (Get the book.)

"The drug companies have become marketing machines, selling antidepressants like Paxil, pain pills like Celebrex, and heart medications like Lipitor with the same methods that Coca-Cola uses to sell Sprite and Procter 8c Gamble uses to sell Tide. Selling prescription drugs—rather than discovering them—has become the pharmaceutical industry's obsession. Prescription drug marketing now permeates every corner of American society—from Sesame Street to nursing homes to the nightly news."
- Melody Petersen, Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs (Get the book.)

"In persons with more severe and active forms of disease, a number of factors can significantly affect quality of life including symptoms, health care requirements, dietary changes, malnutrition, pain, fecal continence, surgery, medical procedures, medications, and social embarrassment [11-13]. Underlying disease factors include genetic susceptibility, environmental factors, and therapeutic interventions. Taken together, these factors affect the severity, clinical course, treatment, and overall outcomes of the disease [1-3]."
- Ann M. Coulston and Carol J. Boushey, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease (Get the book.)

"Oral contraceptives, alcohol, caffeine, and immune suppressant medications (including corticosteroids) add to the problem. Put a high-sugar diet together with a course of antibiotics and you can pretty much guarantee you've got a serious Candida problem. It's a particularly insidious problem to have. Only in some cases are the symptoms localized and obvious—a vaginal yeast infection, for example, or a case of thrush, which is an overgrowth in the mouth. Most of the time the symptoms are general and somewhat ambiguous."
- Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why (Get the book.)

"And nowhere was such a preventable and heartrending scenario more likely to occur than in the economically underprivileged African-American neighborhood of East Ferry in Buffalo, where few could afford regular preventative medical visits, quality medical care, and diagnostic tests for an emerging illness, much less the necessary interventions and medications for treatment. Not long after Karen's death, her thirteen-year-old next-door neighbor, Devonne,* who lived at 426 Moselle, came into the store looking exhausted and depressed."
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Constipation allows a build up of toxins that can cause headaches, bloating and flatulence. • medications, such as pain killers, may cause constipation. • Physical inactivity causes poor bowel movements. A lack of exercise contributes to constipation. Exercise has been shown to help with constipation in a number of ways. Motion helps to move food along which stimulates muscle contractions. Hormones that are released during exercise help to relax the nervous system. This relaxation of the nervous system helps the intestinal tract. Stress can be a trigger for constipation."
- Heather Caruso, Your Drug-Free Guide to Digestive Health (Get the book.)

"It pays for cardiac drugs, for clot-dissolving medications, and for costly mechanical techniques that bypass clogged arteries or widen them with balloons, tiny rotating knives, lasers, and stents. All of these approaches carry significant risk of serious complications, including death. And even if they are successful, they provide only temporary relief from the symptoms. They do nothing at all to cure the underlying disease or to prevent its development in other potential victims. I believe that we in the medical profession have taken the wrong course."
- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Get the book.)

"That, in conjunction with the fact that they did not yet know what disease it was they were going to need to treat, made it imprudent to commence with sledgehammer medications. Still, he told Joy that her high ANA titer was worrisome and would likely turn out to be indicative of an autoimmune disease down the road. Meanwhile he prescribed Advil four times a day and told her that they would keep a keen eye on the situation."
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Few can imagine, she adds, that behind her bedroom door even on one of these good days, Kathleen has to take twenty-two medications about an hour before she tries to get up, just so she can handle the pain when her feet hit the floor. "By the time you run into me at the grocery store at two o'clock in the afternoon and say hello to me, I'm ready to nod and say, 'Oh, I'm fine, how are you?' " Kathleen worries, she says, that because autoimmune disease so often remains hidden from public view, she and other women like her will continue to be stigmatized as malingerers."

- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Doctors managed to resuscitate Mullin with injections of cardiac medications and massive plasma and blood infusions. That evening he was told that his heart was so weak he might not live through the night. But he did. The following day, doctors were finally able to stop the gastrointestinal bleeding and regulate Mullin's heartbeat and blood pressure. He was released one week later on heavy doses of oral steroids. The pain remained untenable."

- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Hyla Cass describes her experience treating patients suffering from food addiction as follows: "Some time ago, a psychologist who specializes in eating disorders began to send her clients to me because she had heard that antidepressant medications worked for these patients. I had shifted to a more holistic way of looking at things, so I told the psychologist that before I did anything with antidepressants I would try some other things. With certain eating disorders, such as food cravings, the underlying problem is a food allergy. We often crave the very foods to which we are allergic."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"About one-third will be able to reduce their medications. And about one-third won't be helped. But a dietary plan like this doesn't cost anything. What's the downside of trying it?" Alan Gaby, M.D., one of the leaders of the complementary medicine movement in America, is even more bullish about the success rate when treating patients with dietary modification and nutritional supplementation. "In my experience," he says, "at least half of the patients with Crohn's disease improve, and many become completely symptom-free."
- Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why (Get the book.)

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