“You cannot poison a crucial enzyme, block an important receptor, or interfere with a metabolic function for the long term and expect a good result.”

- David Brownstein, M.D. Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do

 

The issue that we need to consider is not whether alternative or complementary therapies work better than prescription medications. Instead, we need to look at how our medications work in our bodies and their effect on various essential pathways. 

If you look at the mechanism of action for many of our drugs, you will see terms like “inhibitor,” “modifier,” “agonist,” and other similar terms. These descriptions would indicate a change in a metabolic pathway created by the presence of a drug. When inserted into our essential metabolic pathways, drugs can affect nutrient absorption, synthesis, transport, storage, metabolism, and excretion. This is the basis of Dr. Brownstein’s statement. What are the ultimate nutritional and metabolic deficiencies that can occur in the body from long-term usage of drugs? 

Is it possible that drugs, when taken over time, have the potential to create more significant problems than the disease state for which they were prescribed?

Physicians and pharmacists need to take into consideration the potential nutrient depletions which accompany long-term medication administration. These nutrient depletions can undermine the patient’s health and well-being. Nutrients are critical to normal body function. The various vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients provided in our diet fuel the thousands of metabolic processes that occur in our bodies. They are essential for life as we know it.

 

We know that drug-induced nutrient depletions can be multifactorial. 

We can identify the nutrient depletions accompanying a particular drug. But what happens when multiple drugs are inserted into the various metabolic pathways in the body? What is the total cost of our nutrient uptake? We also know that problems from drug-induced nutrient depletions can arise several months after beginning a drug. When these problems arise, they may not be connected to the introduction of a medication months earlier. Instead, the problems may be viewed by the physician as a new complaint, creating the addition of yet another drug to the patient’s regimen.

Drug-induced nutrient depletions are present in most of our popular drugs. For this reason, we recommend that all patients review their medication profile with a pharmacist, and utilize appropriate nutritional supplementation when necessary. 

 

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Our pharmacists are here to review your medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) and can advise of any risk for potential drug-induced nutrient depletions. Call during business hours to speak with a member of our Doctor of Pharmacy Clinical Team.

 

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