Are We Being Overmedicated?

We live in a world of labels. Wake up tired? It must be sleep apnea. Have trouble focusing in class? It must be ADHD. Can’t lose weight? It must be hypothyroidism. While it’s important to see your doctor on a regular basis, sometimes those doctors don’t feel like they’re doing their job properly unless they prescribe medication. The problem with many of these medications is that they do a good job at reducing symptoms, but they rarely address the problem itself. Today, our society is more medicated than ever before, including children.

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But what if there was a way to alleviate your symptoms and your condition by using more natural methods? Taking a more holistic approach to your health and well-being can help you live a healthier life while taking less prescribed medication, or even no medication at all. Here are some of the most common ailments and tips on how you can treat them naturally.

Depression

Depression falls under the mental illness umbrella, and there is still much to be learned and understood. Depression can affect anyone of any age and people who suffer from this have varying degrees of severity. From staying in bed all day, to not caring about the world around them, to just going through the motions, depression has an impact on everyone around the person afflicted.

The most common medications for depression are Prozac and Zoloft. Side effects can include thoughts of suicide and weight gain.

There are natural management techniques you can incorporate to help deal with depression. Diet can play a huge role in how you feel. Swap refined sugars for healthier options, and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Exercise will also help; when you exercise your body releases serotonin, or the ‘feel good’ drug and this can have a huge impact on your condition. Get outside and go for a walk on the beach or on a nature trail.

High Blood Pressure

Chronic high blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead to serious heart problems in the long term, including heart attacks and stroke. Managing your blood pressure is key in making sure your heart stays healthy for years to come.

Common blood pressure medications include diuretics, ACE Inhibitors and Beta Blockers. These can all have side effects that include frequent urination, dizziness, loss of appetite and drowsiness.

The best way to control your blood pressure naturally is through your diet. Choose foods that are high in fiber and low in sodium. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins should be staples in your diet. Also, cut down on caffeine and alcohol consumption.

Fibromyalgia

This condition is defined by nerve pain throughout the body and people who suffer from fibromyalgia can find it difficult to move and complete simple, everyday tasks.

Lyrica is a common prescribed medication for this condition. It helps relieve pain and inflammation. Side effects of this drug include drowsiness, dizziness, weight gain and swelling. Other medications include anti-depressants like Prozac or Zoloft.

Natural remedies include changing your diet. Choose anti-inflammatory foods like berries (especially blueberries), turmeric, dark chocolate and black beans. Also, consider going gluten-free. Another way to manage this condition is to reduce stress and anxiety as much as possible, and visit a chiropractor for regular sessions.

ADHD

It is estimated that more than 6 million children suffer from some form of ADHD and that number is steadily growing. Hyperactivity, lack of focus, and impaired social interactions are common symptoms of ADHD.

Common prescription medications for this condition are Ritalin and Adderall, which are used to help children focus and calm their hyperactivity. Side effects can include depression, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Long term effects of these drugs are still unknown.

Diet can play a large role in controlling and managing ADHD. High sugar foods and foods that have red dye (like ketchup) can aggravate symptoms. Choosing healthy foods, and limiting television and video game time can help children focus better. Quiet activities like reading, word games or puzzles can also be a big help.

Always consult your doctor if you experience any problems. Your doctor is your first line of help so talk with them about your questions and concerns. 

Over Prescribed America
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