Medications: How Helpful Are They?
We are so used to taking pills for even trivial health problems that we never stop to think about the fact that we've only had these medications for a very short time. What did we do for a headache before the pharmaceutical industry existed? Were humans meant to suffer without medicines to make us feel better? Do we really need all these pills? Of course some drugs are lifesavers. However, when you compare the power of simple whole, plant-based foods to many of the medications we take for chronic diseases, foods are often as powerful as, or more powerful than drugs. But many people prefer to take medication, rather than doing the harder work of changing their diet and lifestyle. They believe that taking a pill gives them permission to continue to enjoy the foods and bad habits that are causing their health issues.
Although medications may lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, they may not actually help you live longer. Medications do not work nearly as well as we think they do. If people knew the truth about how small their therapeutic benefit was, many of us wouldn't take them. Dr. Greger explains in this video. In this article, Dr. McDougall specifically discusses statins and when he feels these drugs are beneficial to his patients.
The take-home message is this: medications are expensive, have side effects, and don’t work as well as we think they do. Eating a whole foods, plant-based diet with no added oil has a powerful effect on your health and lifespan, is inexpensive, and has only beneficial side effects.
Note: If you want to reduce or eliminate your medications, please talk to Dr. Allen or your healthcare provider. At the Wellness Center, we can help you do that in a safe manner.