Food is the real medicine and by adjusting how we eat, we can forever positively alter these conditions that we take so many pills for in the first place.
As I sat through another discussion about the Diabetes epidemic in this country, I couldn’t help but feel nauseated as I watched one person after another respond to the question of “what meds do you currently take to control your blood sugar?” I knew things have been very prescription centric in this country for quite some time, but for whatever reason the sheer number of personal accounts took me by surprise. Quite frankly when three out of every four commercials touts the benefits amid the mixed message of some icky and sometimes fatal symptoms, I cannot help but reflect on the number of my clients that take multiple medications daily.
If you are fortunate enough to live to a certain age in this day and age, you are statistically prone to take anywhere from nine to thirteen pills daily on average with some people taking twenty pills or more. My intake form when I first started was regularly too short to host the massive numbers of pills that some of my clients take and I would typically get an attachment to the intake forms laying out the way too many pills taken daily. I have since modified this to hold the large numbers of entries. How can a professional monitor for the interactions? With the volume of patients, I think it is hard to monitor every case. In fact some studies in 2016 highlighted that in one major national pharmacy, over half of all interactions were missed. Half!! I don’t want anything to do with this time bomb. I also read that it is up to the patient to do their own research. A lot of these patients on a good day cannot even make a sound decision about casual daily life events, let alone which one of the twenty prescriptions may interact with the other.
THE NEW NORMAL
This has become the new normal for the majority. We don’t even know what it feels like anymore to feel good. How the hell can we feel well, when we stack one pill after another, each one to cover up the issues from the previous! It has become the new normal and it baffles me. Is it really just about dollars? Is this why you see so many ads? I am one of those people that tend to believe that we are inherently good people on this planet, so I have to believe that it’s not all about money right? There was good intention by the person who worked up this formula right? The companies that patent these drugs have the best intentions at heart right? Besides the point really as it is just too far gone at this point, just too far ingrained and we all need to become more personally aware of the dangers of long term use. Take back what is rightfully ours and learn how to get to the real root of the issue rather than suppressing symptoms.
Lets just get this out there right now, I don’t oppose medications. I think medications are necessary for some people and combined with other permanent approaches it can be a good way to reset the body. But most of these scenarios should be short term and quite honestly some pills shouldn’t even be on the market. I mean take a look at what some of these pills do in the body. Quite brilliant actually from a pure science standpoint, but we forget about the resilience of the human body and when we use science to alter the processes of the body on a permanent basis we are just playing with fire. Due to our standard diets of junk and more junk, we are setting up the stage for a headliner big pharma act over and over. Our habits of sugary pseudo foods and treats, every day, all day is what is keeping this big pharma cash cow going. Food is the real medicine and by adjusting how we eat, we can forever positively alter these conditions that we take so many pills for in the first place.
Going back to the complexity of these prescription situations, all you have to do is roll out the prescription packet you get with medications to know that there is some serious tinkering going on inside this little pill. For me personally its all about keeping it simple. In the Marines, one of the favorite acronyms was Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) and I still follow this to this day and is the best strategy for all of us. Way too complex. Way too many things going on here when a simpler change of diet & lifestyle is the ultimate prescription. But many of us think this is too hard. Is it not harder to deal with the hundreds of side impacts from these drugs? Maybe not currently as you may only be taking one or two drugs if you are lucky, but keep on this path and you will inevitably end up on more and more drugs. It’s just the way it works.
My client strategy is always, always food and lifestyle. Its not hard, it does take discipline though to make changes and you don’t have to make wholesale changes to see an impact. This is where I struggled unfortunately. I fell into this trap of black and white thinking which ultimately is how we think from the top down in this country. Fat? Terrible for you, cut it out! Eggs? Terrible for you, cut it out! Well, wait, new studies show that eggs are okay right now! How can anyone feel confident about their decisions when faced with so much controversy? Unfortunately, this element of doubt is a byproduct of crafty lobbying and approaches to promote a product or concept. This level of internal mental confusion I think is by design really. In the case of doubt, go back to what you know and feel comfortable with right? So we stick with the things that we feel comfortable with like pills and we forget or don’t even think about just how forty grams of sugar per serving times ten on daily basis is impacting our wonderful bodies. It’s the new normal!
Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey