Prescription Medication “Pandora’s box”

Article 14 in TruLight Radio XM Healing Articles called “The Doctor Says – The Bible Says!” by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD.

Many people are on a wide variety of medical drugs – their bathroom cupboard looks like a pharmacy.

For example, diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) are in epidemic proportions worldwide and these diseases often occur together. A diabetic who also has heart disease can end up taking more than 13 tablets every day. Medical drugs carry with them side effects which are often a “Pandora’s box of hell.”

You may be suffering from what seems to be a disease, which is actually a side effect of a drug you are taking. For example a stomach ulcer can be caused by a thought life dominated by fear, anxiety and stress.

However it can also be caused by the long term use of anti-inflammatory.

Therefore before studying the specific disease that you have in the following chapters in this book, check the package insert of the medication you are taking. If you don’t have a package insert, go to your local pharmacy – they should have a book that contains all the drugs and their side effects. There is no point trying to minister to a side
effect of a drug. There is no healing for the side effects of a drug. Many people are wondering why they are not being healed of a disease when in fact it is a side effect of a drug.

Let’s have a look at what are the top 10 killers of mankind today. The diseases responsible for causing the most deaths in the developed world are heart disease, the second is cancer, the third is strokes and then the fourth greatest killer is adverse reactions to drugs.

The fourth largest cause of death in the developed world is adverse reactions to prescription drugs that are given to you by your doctor.
The fifth greatest killer of people is chronic obstructive lung disease, the sixth is accidents, the seventh is pneumonia and influenza (flu) and the eighth is medical mistakes by doctors.

The 8th largest cause of death in the developed world is medical mistakes at the hands of the attending doctor.

Number nine is diabetes and number 10 is HIV 34. Two of the top ten killers of mankind in the developed world today is the medical community and the FDA approved prescription drugs you’re taking. Death from illegal drugs does not even make the top ten. Maybe our war on drugs needs to be redefined.
Billions of dollars are spent on research to find cures for heart disease, cancer, HIV and the other major killers. A large proportion of tax payers’ money goes towards road safety and prevention of accidents. However one of the most significant killers which is death from prescription drugs has been ignored completely.

A recent statistic is that two million per year are permanently damaged from side effects of properly prescribed administered FDA approved drugs. Oprah Winfrey once took on the pharmaceutical industry on one of her shows because she had the same statistics and research that I am sharing with you now. Oprah said that the number of people dying from side effects of FDA approved drugs is equal to the number of
people that would be in a fully loaded jumbo 747 jet liner that crashes and everybody on board dies every single day of the year! If a plane like that crashed every single day of the year killing every body on board, people would be up in arms. But that is the amount of people dying from the side effects of drugs and no body is even raising an eye brow.

The information in this article which was published in the Hunter’s Magazine comes from the Department of Health and Human Services in America: “The number of physicians in the US is 700 000. Accidental deaths causes by physicians per year – 120 000. Accidental deaths per physician – 0.17. That is 17.1%.

The number of gun owners in the US: 80 000 000. Number of accidental gun deaths per year in all age groups – 1 500. Accidental deaths per gun owner – 0.0000188. Statistically doctors are approximately 9 000 times more dangerous than gun owners 35. Remember, not everyone has a gun, but everyone has at least one doctor. Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.”
Medicine may have started out as a compassion ministry, but unfortunately you must now understand that it has become a multi-billion dollar business. Your best interests are not always at heart, sometimes it is just about making money.

For example, stomach ulcers make pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars every year. There are many antacids that are available over the counter that provide relief for the symptoms of stomach ulcers, reflux and indigestion. However, they are highly addictive: in other words once you start taking them, you end up taking them all the time. There is a pump (called a proton pump) in the lining of your stomach that produces stomach acid. The function of stomach acid is to help digest
your food. However in large quantities, stomach acid can cause or exacerbate stomach ulcers. Antacids do provide relief from stomach ulcers because they are alkalis that neutralize the stomach acid. However many of these antacids also contain calcium. Calcium stimulates the proton pump in the lining of the stomach to produce more acid. More acid leads to more stomach ulcers later down the road. And when
you get those stomach ulcers again, what is the first thing you do? Go and buy some more antacids! And that is how you end up addicted to the antacids and the pharmaceutical companies are making a lot of money in the process.

Another example is certain drugs that we take for nasal congestion and sinusitis. These drugs contain Paracetemol which is a strong painkiller. Thus when you take the drug it does give you relief from the pain and discomfort of the congestion. However there are other ingredients in these drugs that damage the cilia that line your sinus cavities. Cilia are finger-like structures that help keep the mucous flowing and help with the drainage of mucous. Mucous that is not drained efficiently will quickly become infected. So when the cilia are damaged by these drugs, drainage of mucous is not good and you are predisposed to more sinus infections and more sinusitis… so you take the drug again… the cilia is damaged further… more sinus infections… do you see the pattern? There are many other examples. Anti-histamines are the number one across the counter addictive drug in the world. Withdrawal from anti-histamines is as strong as the withdrawal from any other drug.

Over 2 million people in America are now taking Ritalin. Ritalin is the drug of choice that is prescribed for ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) and Prozac is a favorite that is frequently prescribed for depression. Yet these drugs are the chemical equivalent of the recreational drug ecstasy – they are amphetamines. In fact they are illegal drugs re-packaged as legal drugs. Prozac was the first illegal drug to be made legal and not many people know that. Since Ritalin’s chemical foundation is the same as the recreational drug ecstasy, it is no wonder that more than 50% of children on Ritalin end up becoming drug addicts. Both Ritalin and Prozac have serious side effects which include violence, aggression
and psychotic behavior. More than 50% of children taking these drugs end up with criminal records or in jail – not because of the ADHD or the depression but because of the side effects of these two drugs. The teenagers that were involved in many of the high school shoot outs in America were on Prozac. In fact a large number of mass murders in America were done by people who were on Prozac.

I said earlier that prescription drugs are often a Pandora’s box of horrific side effects. As an example, let’s take Prozac on for size: I’ve already mentioned violence, aggression and psychotic behavior. One of the main side effects of Prozac is sexual dysfunction because it causes anxiety and loss of libido (sex drive).

So the man is impotent and nervous and the wife wonders why he is no longer chasing her. Because of the Prozac he loses all interest in his wife and he thought he had problems before! Women taking Prozac can also lose their libido which has adverse effects on their marriage relationship with their husbands. This creates another problem – more conflict, more guilt, more rejection and more anxiety. This all leads to a further decrease in serotonin levels and now we have a deeper depression. Another side effect of Prozac Medicine may have started out as a compassion ministry, but now it has become a multi-billion dollar business.

is amnesia, “Now that I’m on this drug I feel better about myself but I just can’t remember who I am!” The list of side effects continues: allergic reactions, palpitations and chest pain, dizziness, drowsiness, flu symptoms, coughing, dry mouth, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea and other intestinal disorders, increased appetite, weakness, apathy, sweating, tremors – those are the most common side effects. Others include confusion, convulsions, hallucinations, paranoid reactions, twitching, muscle tension, slurred speech, suicidal thoughts and sometimes cessation of breathing.

Many doctors’ and psychiatrists solution to the problem of side effects is to prescribe other drugs to treat those side effects. But those drugs in turn come with their own pandora’s box of side effects… so before you know it we have gone mad. We are in real trouble. In 1975 Edward Kennedy who was the chairman of the senate addressed the problems of the safety of legal prescription drug use where he said,
“This is a serious public health issue, and it is one that is generally not understood among the American people. It results in death of, as we’ve heard estimated, anywhere from 40 000 to 120 000 people a year.
We can’t be specifically sure of the number. Some have said that it is a good deal higher. We’ve had estimates before our committee from responsible researchers that say the American consumer is paying $2 000 000 000 (two billion dollars) a year more than he should because of adverse drug reactions…”

The problem has grown significantly worse since 1975! I’m reminded of the women with the issue of blood in the Bible:
Mark 5 v 25-26: “And there was a woman who had the flow of blood for twelve years, and who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.”

The National Enquirer stated that 4 500 000 people each year are poisoned (drugged) so seriously by their physicians that they require hospitalization. In 2000 Dr. Whitaker wrote an article called “Just Say No To Drugs” in the Health and Healing magazine: “According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, July 2000, at least 225 000 Americans die each year from the side effects of medical care (in other words things that go wrong), including an astounding 106 000 people from adverse drug reactions. Not only do we have a problem with adults but more kids are on prescribed drugs.

Over 200 000 children under the age of 18 are now on prescription drugs, most of them anxiety drugs or serotonin drug enhancers (antidepressants).”
11% of all women over the age of 60 in America are addicted to prescription drugs. This trend has accelerated now that drug companies are legally allowed to advertise directly to the consumer. They glorify their products with flashy advertisements and clever marketing campaigns. They create the illusion that their drugs are the ultimate answer with a history of great success and safety. And because we are buying into every word of this advertising hype, patients are now pressuring doctors to prescribe the latest drugs for them and the doctors usually oblige – especially since the doctors are courted by the pharmaceutical companies with all sorts of side-line benefits for prescribing their drugs for patients, even when it’s not
absolutely necessary.

These multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies have so permeated our society that medical drugs are the first place we run to when we are sick because we have a fear of disease and a fear of dying and yet these drugs are the 4th most significant threat to our lives. Once again it is worth repeating: Medical drugs are an occultic deception – a delusional safety. We look to drugs as the answer to all our sickness when the real answers are in the Word of God to set you free. But we would rather just pop a pill because we want a quick fix so we can get on with our busy lives. Getting right with God and controlling our thought life is too much effort. We have become a drugged generation because we don’t want to take responsibility
for our health and the sin issues behind our diseases. But as you can see, we are paying a very high price for this mentality.

If you are taking prescription drugs, think about why you are doing it.
A Word of Caution Concerning Stopping Medication If you are taking chronic edication, please do not come under judgment and condemnation. Please do not stop your medication just because you feel guilty now. I strongly do not recommend that you just stop taking your medication cold turkey.
There are certain drugs that when stopped all of a sudden will “shock” your body. Many drugs alter the chemical state in your body with the result that your body becomes dependent on those drugs and requires those drugs to maintain that chemistry. For example, if you suddenly stopped taking the drug Atenolol (a drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure), you may have a rebound hypertensive crisis (this is when the blood pressure suddenly becomes dangerously high).

I recommend that you stop the drug under the supervision of a doctor – you may need to wean yourself off the drug by tapering it down slowly and gradually retraining your body chemically to exist without the drug.
For example if you had diabetes, I would recommend that you taper the drugs down slowly whilst being monitored with blood tests measuring your sugar levels. Similarly if you had hyperthyroidism, for example, taper down the medication under the supervision of a doctor who must measure the levels of your thyroid hormones in your blood and decrease the medication accordingly…and so on.

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