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5 Common Drugs That May Be Making You Sicker

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5 Common Drugs That May Be Making You Sicker

We’ve grown accustomed to taking pills when we feel bad–for headaches, insomnia, mild depression, indigestion, and the aches and pains of aging, to name a few common complaints. We’re so used to automatically reaching into our medicine cabinets for quick relief that we don’t stop to ask an obvious question: What’s causing the discomfort?

We want to mask our symptoms, and the pharmaceutical companies and conventional doctors are more than happy to oblige. The problem is, a headache isn’t caused by aspirin deficiency, so aspirin isn’t going to cure it! Even worse, many common drugs we take to relieve our symptoms–both over-the-counter and prescription medications–often make the symptoms worse and can make you sicker than if you never took them.

Here are five drugs you may take regularly without a second thought–and what you may not know about their harmful effect on your health.

1. Sleeping pills deprive you of sleep.

Most people don’t realize that sleeping pills disrupt healthy sleep cycles–the “repair” mechanisms that help us feel rested, happy, and ready to face the day. Powerful drugs that interfere with normal brain function, most sleeping pills are highly addictive, cause depression, and have been shown to produce a 25 percent increase in early mortality.

Safer alternatives: Eliminate substances that disrupt sleep patterns, including alcohol, caffeine, and recreational drugs such as marijuana. Try taking 2,000 mg of L-tryptophan in combination with vitamin B6, niacin, and magnesium. 5-HTP, melatonin, L-theanine, and valerian have been shown to be highly effective–but make sure with supplements that you a use a high-quality brand. Exercise and progressive relaxation techniques are also great insomnia remedies.

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By Dr. Michael T. Murray

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2:53AM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Thank you

12:06AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

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3:35AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Scary, but true. Unfortunately, we're in the hands of corrupt doctors that readily hand out whatever they get payed for. Most patients are also unaware of the alternatives. And even if they hear of something, they get discouraged by bad press about alternative products. Guess who's paying for that?

10:35AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

I can attest to the SSRI's as I have been on one after another over a long time, and none of them have actually helped. So it is a great suggestion to look for natural alternatives.

12:31AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Hmm, so now what, with the pain?

7:24AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Muy interesante, gracias.

2:39PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

interesting. thanks.

9:29AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

3:47AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

=)

3:47PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

When I've got a headache, I often have sex or masturbate. It helps.

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