Drug Effectiveness: Do they really work?
It’s amazing how much stock people put into medicine.
Back when medicine was more of an art and less of a science, apothecaries claimed to have a cure for many diseases.
They claimed mixtures of herbs, spices, elements and other interesting concoctions cured or alleviated diseases or ailments.
Most people are past setting dead scorpions on their faces, swallowing live fish or using magic stones to heal physical problems and concerns. But, we’re not past the notion that medicine, modern or not, can cure us of diseases and bodily issues.
Have a problem? There’s a med for that.
Science and medicine has progressed much within the last century. We now have medicine for every problem imaginable (even imagined problems).
Somebody who has a trouble focusing is diagnosed with ADHD, then prescribed Adderall.
If you’ve been feeling under the weather, you’re diagnosed with depression and given one of more than three dozen medication choices. Popular choices include Zoloft, Cymbalta and Prozac.
Have trouble sleeping? There’s medication for that, too.
Restless leg syndrome, erectile dysfunction, high cholesterol, diabetes, autism, hypertension, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, arthritis. If you have an inkling that you may have a problem, there’s a diagnosis and a medicine you can buy to treat it.
You don’t even need to be diagnosed with a disease to be prescribed drugs. If you want to stop smoking tobacco, you can be prescribed medication to help.
How effective are medications, really?
They’re not as effective as people are led to believe.
According to Dr. Gregor from nutritionfacts.org, patients are led to believe cholesterol-lowering drugs (such as Lipitor) are “100 times more effective than they actually are in preventing heart attacks… For most people the chance of benefit is normally less than 5% over 5 years.” Five percent!
Patients are led to believe cholesterol-lowering drugs are 100 times more effective than they actually are.
In a study on the effectiveness of depression drugs (Zoloft in this case), regular exercise was equally as effective as drugs. Exercise was also effective in managing ADHD symptoms. Diet alone can cure depression.
On the other hand, individuals could greatly impact managing and curing their diseases (and “diseases”) if they decided to ditch the drugs and try lifestyle change instead. Over four years, 99.4% of patients that stuck with a plant based diet Dr. Esselstyn promotes avoided major cardiac events.
No drug can compete with that.
Having greater or equal effects isn’t the only benefit of diet and lifestyle transformations. They don’t create a seemingly infinite list of adverse side effects either.
Drugs can cause liver, muscle and kidney dysfunctions; skin disorders; abdominal pain; constipation; dizziness… Ad nauseam, literally and figuratively.
Unlike drugs, lifestyle modifications have positive side effects — weight loss being the most common.
Diet and lifestyle switches aren’t expected to produce negative effects. If they do, they’re minor. Most diet and lifestyle modifications have positive side effects — weight loss probably being the most common. When exercise is the lifestyle change, it not only cures the ailment, it produces “physical, mental and emotional advantages that are far-reaching.”
When you think of holistic medicine, let’s forget the wilder traditional remedies like magic stones. There’s no science that supports magic stones work. However, science has shown that diet and lifestyle changes can not only be as effective, but be more effective than drugs.
Diet and lifestyle can barely be called medicine anyhow as it’s just food and exercise.
Please, put down the pills.