Do You Need Prescription Medications?

It is estimated that the vast majority of pre-mature deaths in Australia (70-80%) are preventable through modifications in diet, exercise, and exposure to environmental toxins.

Unfortunately though, our 'health system' doesn't work by getting people to make these changes, but rather involves 'treating' disease through drugs and surgery.

In saying that, our health care system is very effective at dealing with things like accidents, infections, and life-saving surgeries, but fails miserably when dealing with degenerative diseases; the most common cause of death in Australia today.

Do You Need Prescription Medications?

The primary reason why the system fails is simply because the model it uses is flawed. It encourages people to wait until symptoms and disease arise before anything is done. The concept of prevention rather than cure is nowhere near as high a priority as it should be.

Our health system is structured this way due to the influence of powerful pharmaceutical companies and their involvement in virtually all aspects of medicine.

To make matters worse, conventional medical practitioners are neither trained nor qualified to help their patients implement the various lifestyle changes that are required, which leaves very little hope for healing from chronic disease. Those who are trained in areas that can improve people's lives and prevent chronic diseases, like nutrition, are sometimes taught incorrect information anyway!

As a general rule, doctors are taught about drugs and how to implement them into their patient's 'treatment plan'. This makes them life-long customers of the pharmaceutical industry!

Do you have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or acid reflux perhaps? Here take these pills to lower all of them. Thyroid gland not functioning well? Here, take these thyroid hormones and don't worry about it!

The problem with this approach is that it only gets rid of the symptoms and doesn't remove the underlying cause of the problem. For example, it doesn't remove the cause of the low thyroid levels in the first place.

Plus, drugs tend to have a range of unpleasant and problematic side effects, making their long-term use ill-advised.

In saying this, it doesn't mean drugs don't have their place, they most definitely do! They are best used as short-term, 'band-aid' solutions whilst the underlying cause(s) of the problem is identified and fixed.

Unfortunately, this leads to another problem! Few, if any doctors will take the time to arrange a battery of time-consuming and often expensive tests to determine the underlying cause of the problem for the patient.

Additionally, problems lie with the patient's willingness to make the necessary lifestyle changes once the problem(s) is identified! More often than not, they would rather keep taking prescription medications on an ongoing basis rather than change their lifestyle!

So what should you do? If you're currently using prescription medications and would like to reduce your use of them or stop taking them altogether, here's a range of suggestions you can use. Keep in mind though, you must always work with your doctor if this is something you want to do.

Not only will these suggestions help to reduce or eliminate your use of prescription medications, but they will also help to optimize your body's functioning, boost your energy level, minimise your risk of disease, and best of all, reduce your chances of dying prematurely.

Best Lifestyle Choices For Reducing or Eliminating Your Use of Medications:

NUTRITION:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day (raw if possible).
  • Prepare almost all of your meals yourself.
  • Eat a reasonable amount of protein with every meal. Good protein sources include: red meat, chicken, fish, nuts, seeds, legumes (beans and peas), eggs, and protein powder.
  • Have a healthy breakfast each morning. Pura Veda is a good option.
  • Drink plenty of fresh, filtered, clean water.
  • Have a small amount of healthy oils in your diet every day. Good sources include: fish, nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olives, and their equivalent oils.
  • Limit your intake of grain-based foods, particularly those containing gluten even if you're not gluten intolerant. The foods to limit are: wheat and wheat flour, rye, barley, spelt, semolina, couscous, and durum flour.
  • Limit your intake of dairy foods. A dash of milk in your tea or coffee is okay. Try using almond milk, oat milk or rice milk instead.
  • Minimise your alcohol intake. 1-2 standard drinks a day. Also try to have 3-4 alcohol-free days each week.


  • EXERCISE / ACTIVITY:

  • Perform 20-30 minutes of vigorous exercise / activity every day. Select something you enjoy and can maintain long term. It doesn't mean you have to go to a gym (even though it is a great option). Perhaps you could go dancing, take a long walk or ride with your partner, go to the park and throw a frisbee or kick a football with your kids; the options are endless! Just do something every day.


  • SUPPLEMENTS:

  • Take a multivitamin/ mineral supplement every day. Since it is virtually impossible to obtain all the nutrients your body requires every day just from food, it is definitely worthwhile taking a multivitamin/ mineral supplement.
  • Improve your gut function. Since your gut is involved in countless processes for optimising your health (some of which science has not even discovered yet), it is essential that you ensure it functions well at all times. The best way to do this is by using a high-quality prebiotic and probiotic. These may be foods or supplements. GastroForte AG and DigestEZE are good examples of prebiotics.
  • Optimise your thyroid functioning. The thyroid gland is associated with the functioning of every cell in your entire body. Therefore, ensuring it functions optimally by providing it with all the nutrients it requires will go a long way towards improving your overall health. Thyron by BCN provides all the nutrients your thyroid gland requires and therefore acts as a great 'thyroid insurance'.
  • Reduce the inflammation in your body. Inflammation is associated with a range of diseases. Therefore, reducing the amount of inflammation in your body will dramatically reduce your risk of disease. Some great supplements that help to reduce inflammation are: fish/ krill oil, turmeric, glucosamine, green tea, and fennel seed. Turmeric, in particular, is one of the most powerful and well-researched anti-inflammatory herbs available. It is contained in BCN's InflammaCALM (as well as green tea), Relieve Turmeric Forte, DigestEZE, and MultiSpice.
  • Take an antioxidant. Oxidation in the body is strongly associated with disease and ageing. Therefore, finding ways to reduce the impact of oxidation can go a long way towards reducing your risk of disease as well as slowing down the ageing of your body. A good antioxidant powder to use every day is BCN's SuperFood Blend. Other great supplements to use for their antioxidant benefits are: MultiSpice and InflammaCALM.
  • So there you have it! All the strategies you need to incorporate into your lifestyle in order to reduce or eliminate your use of prescription medications. You can use as few or as many of these strategies that suit you and your lifestyle. Always keep in mind though, the more you use, the healthier your body will be!








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