Pharmaceuticals (OTC, Prescription, Vaccinations)

It is well-known in the scientific community and in the holistic health community that pharmaceuticals cause tens of thousands deaths in the United States every single year. A much greater number than that suffer serious adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals. For example, one type of drug, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are estimated to cause 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations every year in the U.S. (See Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, February 1991, pages 22-28.) These figures have been published in the scientific literature and by government agencies and there is really no dispute of these facts.

There are a greater number of people who regularly take prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) drugs and who do not have obvious and serious adverse reactions -- at least for a while. However, from a holistic perspective, taking pharmaceuticals is often a prescription for the development of health problems in the future or the continuation of current health problems. Of course, there are exceptions where pharmaceuticals are needed such as insulin for some diabetics and antibiotics in extreme emergencies, etc. But for the most part, persons interested in holistic medicine look for safer and more effective alternatives without long-term downsides. In fact, for most people, the gradual replacement of the regular use of pharmaceuticals with the use of effective alternatives is a very important part of holistic healing and preventive medicine.

I want to be very careful here because there is bound to be some concern due to misinterpretation of what is being said. In order to address expected questions, please read through the following questions and answers:

Understandably, a few people may still insist upon not weaning themselves off of pharmaceuticals despite potential dangers and the fact that there are often holistic medicine treatment options. Everyone has their own path. But for those interested in holistic healing, the supervised replacement of pharmaceuticals with natural treatment techniques except where absolutely necessary is often the best path in the long run.