The definition of side effect of a drug is any effect other than the intended effect. Anything that happens as a result of a drug that is undesirable is labeled as a “side effect.”
Side effects of prescription drugs are unavoidable. As a Doctor of Pharmacy, I know medicine and drugs have the ability to help people who need them. However, their good effects are very limited. Helping people eliminate the need for most, if not all, drugs should be the true goal of healthcare. If you are wondering how to get off medication? Here is a list of tips to reduce side effects of your prescriptions and hopefully reduce the need for any or most of them.
Talking to your health care provider about lowering and potentially weaning off your prescriptions is the most practical step, however the most overlooked. Most drugs cause more side effects at higher doses. In my experience many people are at a much higher dose than needed for symptom relief. In fact, it’s been my observation that less than 5 percent of all drugs prescribed are actually necessary.
The primary change that aids in reducing drug side effects is a healthy diet. A healthy diet is rich in protein, healthy fats, vegetables and low in carbohydrates, processed foods and sugar. I cannot think of a single medical condition that is not aggravated by eating sugar and refined carbohydrates. Other healthy changes include drinking plenty of water, using Celtic sea salt instead of table salt and exercise regularly.
Medications must be filtered out of the body and eliminated. If the body is not efficiently clearing these substances out, it can increase the side effects of the drugs. Most drugs are eliminated primarily through the kidneys or the liver. There are many whole food and herbal supplements that can support the body in these filtering functions. Whenever drug detoxification is involved, you should be monitored by a licensed health care practitioner well versed in the application of supplements for detoxification.
Make sure you read and research all side effects of your prescriptions online or in the packaging from the pharmacy. You need to be able easily identify what is happening if you do experience “side effects.” Make sure to check online many side effects go unreported and do not make it into the official labeling. You can just type the drug name plus the word “side effects.” Another resource is www.askapatient.com.
Heal your body naturally for symptom relief. The majority of medications target symptoms and do not facilitate healing. When you have a symptom it is a cry for help from your body. This S.O.S. is an indication of underlying organ dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies. A targeted whole food supplement program individualized for you through Nutrition Response Testing will help support and heal the stressed organs.
Myth: Fat causes fat in the body.
Truth: Sugar causes fat in the body.
Eating quality fats, vegetables, and proteins, while reducing sugar (cookies, cakes, ice cream), starches, and grains will have you well on your way toward a leaner body. What is a good quality fat? Olive oil, coconut oil, and pastured butter. Organic meat is always better than conventional. Junk food, processed food, chemicalized food with additives and preservatives clog up your hormone system and prevent weight loss. It’s called junk food for a reason.
Food choices. Choosing foods low in nutrient value and high in empty carbohydrates and chemicals begins a downward health spiral. Processed foods take on the character of a non-food. A non-food is something that your body doesn’t recognize as food. Sugars, grains, GMOs (genetically modified foods), and processed foods destroy the environment in the gut resulting in damage to the lining of the gut. The gut includes the stomach, small intestine, and large bowel. Damage to the lining of the gut causes decreased absorption of nutrients, which in turn causes organ dysfunction and the inability to lose weight.
Exercise in the form of 60 second short, intense bursts will burn fat for 24-48 hours. Search You Tube for “Burst Training” videos. For strength building and toning, try both Slow Burn Fitness Revolution (book by Hahn and Eades) and Pilates.
Often there is a hormonal component to stubborn, slow weight loss so hormone organs need to be week fed with specific nutrients. Also, the body will not readily let go of fat cells containing heavy metals, so detoxification capabilities may need to be enhanced.
If you are struggling with weight loss, we can help. Maybe you have tried Atkins, low carb, South Beach, low calorie and strenuous exercise and are still not seeing the results. If you feel that you have tried everything, but that tire around your abdomen stubbornly stays, then it’s time to consult with an expert. Hint: weight loss is 90% food choices, 10% exercise.
We approach the issue of weight loss from two fronts. We make dietary recommendations, and recommend supplements that will begin the healing process in the body. We target what nutrients your body is lacking using a form of muscle testing called Nutrition Response Testing. We figure out why your body is not healing or shedding the weight. Call us or fill out our online application to become a new patient.
Allergies can be triggered from a number of causes, the two primary ones are environmental and food. It is important to realize that no matter what kind of allergies you have, it usually means there is something wrong going on in the body. At the NHCAA we look at the entire body to make sure all systems are balanced and functioning properly. It’s easy to blame the trigger but the organ or body dysfunction underneath it is what should be addressed for true healing over time.
Allergic reactions occur when a person’s immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. Allergies are a form of hypersensitivity; when the immune system is overwhelmed, allergies occur. Most allergies result in an inflammatory response, which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous. At the NHCAA, we look for the imbalance and dysfunction in the body so we can start correcting the source of the problem.
Come in when you have symptoms of allergies which include runny noses, sinusitis, nasal and chest congestion, itchy, watery eyes, plugged ears, itchy skin, rashes, coughing, sneezing, upper respiratory congestion and infection. Once a symptom appears, it is a good time to see a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner. Symptoms usually only worsen with time if they aren’t addressed properly and promptly.
Everyone’s body is different therefore; no two people require the same type of program. Our Ann Arbor allergy practitioners uncover the root cause of the allergic reaction and find the best course of action for each individual’s unique needs. Learn more about what makes our approach so effective by scheduling an appointment at our Ann Arbor allergy and immunology office or giving us a call today.
Digestion is the process by which your body breaks down the food, absorbs the components of the food, and then eliminates unusable or waste material material. Any breakdown in this system can create problems for the body. Possible symptoms of poor digestion are bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, weigh gain, heartburn (or acid reflux) and loss of appetite. Other symptoms less well known caused by poor digestion are arthritis, skin problems, and allergies. It is important to have a well-functioning digestive system so your body gets the nutrition it needs to thrive from the foods you eat. All nourishment and healing begins in the stomach.
There’s several reasons why someone may experience poor digestion. If you are having symptoms, the next step is to find out what factor, or combination of factors may be causing your distress.
The types of foods you eat dramatically affect the functioning and symptoms of the digestive system. The NHCAA practitioners help you to figure out which foods are good for your body and which should be avoided. There are also many nutritional supplements they can recommend to help your body to properly digest food. They also look for particular organ dysfunction. The gall bladder, stomach, pancreas and intestines all have different kinds of tissues and require different supplements for better function. We find organs that need help and supply organ specific nutrients for optimal repair.
To better understand fatigue, first we must understand that it is experienced for a number of reasons which can include poor nutrition, or a lack of sleep due to insomnia or waking often or early arousal. At times, fatigue may be experienced due to anxiety which may contribute to an inability to get to sleep, lying awake in bed with your mind racing.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by the following: increased physical or mental exertion, problems with sleep, problems with memory, brain fog, dizziness, visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, depression or mood problems including irritability or anxiety, persistent muscle or joint pain, allergies, headaches, tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit region, sore throat, irritable bowels, chills and night sweats.
Fatigue can begin due to a number of variables, just like the variety in the symptoms listed above. Fatigue may begin from a traumatic experience, ongoing stress (either physical or mental), poor nutrition or poor sleep.
The core causes of fatigue are the dysfunctions of one or more organs. Here are some examples:
It is time to seek help from a Nutrition Response Practitioner when you notice mild or severe fatigue is a regular or recurring symptom that you experience, or when it begins to interfere with your life, happiness, productivity and independence.
When you come to the Nutritional Healing Center we take a holistic approach to restoring health. We use whole food supplements and introducing sustainable changes to your eating habits. As your body detoxifies and repairs, body systems including adrenal and thyroid function, digestion, and improved brain function help you to feel less fatigued. It is one of the easiest symptoms we take care of and the most common symptom people have when they come into our office.
It is time to seek help from a Nutrition Response Practitioner when you have any headache, especially if it begins to interfere with your life, happiness, productivity and independence. Headaches are never “normal”. Any headache is a sign of dysfunction. If you are avoiding activity, social functions missing work or withdrawn, you have let your headaches go on too long. Now is the time to seek help from a Nutrition Response Practitioner.
When you come to the Nutritional Healing Center we take a holistic approach to restoring overall health and we focus on your main symptom. We use Nutrition Response Testing to identify what your body system needs to detoxify and provide nutritional support in order to help your entire body return to optimal function. When your body functions optimally, your pain goes away. We also have chiropractic and applied kinesiology services to help with headaches due to structural impairment, especially those related to TMJ. We do great work getting rid of headaches and migraines. Our percentage of success is much higher than any drug based therapy.
When we think of hormones, we often only think of the common sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. The truth is, there are many more hormones involved in the endocrine (hormone) system. In fact, most people don’t know that the liver, pancreas and adrenals all play a pivotal role in hormonal health. At the NHCAA we look at the entire body to make sure all organs and glands are balanced and functioning properly.
There are a number of ways hormones can get out of balance. The most common cause is the consumption of excessive carbohydrates. This increase digestive hormones which then throws off all the other hormones to a certain degree. The second biggest factor is toxicity of chemicals and metals. These toxins sit on our cells and block the hormones from working. Let’s not forget about stress. Stress upsets the fragile hormone system.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance include hot flashes, fatigue, PMS, menopause, low libido, night sweats and acne. The main digestive hormone symptom is weight gain. Once a symptom appears, it is a good time to see a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner. Of course starting a nutrition program before symptoms appear is ideal so you don’t have to suffer.
Everyone’s body is different; therefore, no two people require the same type of nutritional program. Our practitioners uncover the root cause of the hormonal imbalance and find the best course of action for your unique needs.