Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Remove Toxins From Your Medicine Chest
Now comes the big NO! Drugs.
Working with your doctor, I want you to remove all over-the-counter and prescription drugs whenever or wherever possible.
Look, I know I am taking a strong stance here.
And ultimately, I wouldn’t want to live in a world without modern medicine.
But with rare exceptions, many pharmaceuticals create more problems than they solve.
Have you ever actually read the package insert in your “medication?”
It makes you wonder if the side effects of the drugs are worse than the existing condition.
The drugs you should be most mindful of are the ones I call the anti’s: antidepressants, antiinflammatories, antibiotics, and so on.
These drugs don’t work with your body’s natural biochemistry; they work against it.
Except in extreme cases, their side effects can be much worse than the original condition: kidney stones, blood disorders, deafness, fungal infections, leaky gut, rash, difficulty breathing, nausea, diarrhea, inability to orgasm, anxiety, constipation, weight gain, sleep disruption, hair loss, raised blood pressure, anemia. . . the list goes on and on.
Many people trying to lose weight are also taking many different drugs.
They start out with some type of obesity-related disease: high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, you name it.
The drugs for these all have side effects.
So their doctors write a prescription for another drug to treat the side effects.
With work, you can get off those medications permanently.
That’s your miracle solution: diet and exercise.
Perhaps the scariest drugs – and the ones most antithetical to this program – are synthetic hormones.
Talk about endocrine disruptors!
Women have been going through menopause for thousands of years.
Suddenly, we think God/nature/evolution (insert your belief system here) messed up?
The drug companies turn around and sell us a disease that isn’t a disease at all, and then they make a drug for it that kills us.
Think about what happened when the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, came out in 2002.
The 8-year study of estrogen-plus-progestin therapy was stopped after 5 years, because the women on the study were dropping dead of heart attacks and strokes.
The researchers analyzed the data and found the combination of these synthetic hormones was responsible for a:
>26% higher incidence of breast cancer
>22% increase in total cardiovascular disease
>29% increase in heart attacks
>41% increase in strokes
>100% increase in the rate of blood clots in the lungs
Since those results were released, many women have backed off from HRT.
But birth control pills are flying high, despite the National Toxicology Program’s Tenth Report on Carcinogens, also published in 2002, which classified all steroidal estrogens – those used in HRT and birth control – to be carcinogens.
The National Cancer Institute reports that while birth control pills decrease risks of ovarian and endometrial cancer, they also may increase risks of breast, cervical, and liver cancers.
Why isn’t the FDA cracking down on this?
Here’s why: Pharmaceutical companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to gain FDA approval for their products.
Public funding can’t keep up with the agency’s expanding responsibilities, so more than 50% of the FDA’s work checking safety and effectiveness is funded by the companies whose products are being reviewed.
Conflict of interest, you think?
And on the other end of the pharmaceutical chain, the drug companies like to think the doctors work for them.
They cater lunches and dinners for them and their entire staff.
Doctors are required to do continuing education.
Who do you think sponsors those costs for them?
That’s right: drug companies.
Now, certainly, not all doctors are bad.
In fact, many are very ethical, talented, and intelligent.
In any profession you will have both good and bad.
So here’s your best line of defense: Get checkups, practice preventive medicine, and be proactive.
For the most part, you can reduce or even cure most ailments with diet and lifestyle changes.
Use condoms for birth control.
Eat well and live right to manage menopause naturally.
Bottom line: Do your own research and get a second opinion, at the least, before taking a drug.
Drugs have side effects.
Exercise, food, and properly used vitamin supplements do not.
Take drugs only as a last resort.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
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