Prescription Drug Use in U.S. Reaches Record High: Discover the risks of common drugs for depression and Arthritis

People in the United States are heavily medicated.  Over the past few years it hit record highs, with an average of 19 prescriptions filled for every American in 2020, that's 6.3 billion prescriptions in just one year.

U.S. girls born in 2019 may spend 60% of their lives on prescription drugs, while boys may spend 48%.

This society is drug addicted and drug dependent.  

We've been programed to believe that we need a drug for everything: to go to sleep, to wake up, to manage blood sugar, to lose weight, to control blood pressure, to be happy, to suppress pain, for colds and flu, basically since literally we're born, we're vaccinated and medicated. Our children are never given a chance to develop a properly functioning immune system, because the process is disrupted from day one.

Pain, colds, flu, and symptoms of illness are not a negative thing to be eradicated the second we feel it. 

If we feel pain, it's our body sending us a message that there is something wrong.   

That we need to rest, that we need to address an underlying problem like bad diet, that we need to destress.

If we suppress the symptoms with medications, then we are missing the message and creating a ticking time bomb that will end up exploding. Proof of this, among adults ages 65 and over, 42% were taking five or more prescription drugs in 2012, according to the Demography study, while 54% took four or more.

We are prescribed one pill for one disease, then the side effects of the medication cause other symptoms, for which we need to take a different medication, and thus a vicious cycle is created.

The only ones benefiting from our society's dependency on prescription meds is the pharmaceutical industry. 

As is, prescription drugs cause 100,000 deaths per year. This number is probably vastly underestimated.

If you are under the mistaken belief that prescription meds are harmless, than these numbers should shake that belief.

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Prescription Drugs Don't Claim to Cure Anything: They Manage or Suppress Symptoms

  • In modern medicine, drugs are designed to be taken for extended periods and, often, for the rest of a lifetime.
  • For those born in 2019, women can expect to take prescription drugs for 47.54 years while men may take them for 36.84 years.

The key points above are an indication of whats in store for us and our children.  

Prescription Meds for chronic illnesses are designed to be taken for ever, because they dont solve the problem.

Are Prescriptions Drugs Harmless? Take a look at the following commonly prescribed meds


One of the main problems with Tylenol or Acetaminophen is that is drives down levels of glutathione in the body. Glutathione is considered a master antioxidant in the body. Without glutathione, the liver can't function properly, which is why taking Tylenol can result in liver failure.  As we will see later in the article, Acetaminophen destroys the gut lining weakening the immune system. It also poses kidney risk and is not good for the heart. 

Tylenol (Acetaminophen) Poses Cardiovascular risk, kidney disease risk, and even cancer:

Recent studies suggest links between acetaminophen and cardiometabolic health issues, including obesity and hypertension . Heavy acetaminophen use is also associated with an elevated risk of kidney disease, particularly when combined with alcohol . Additionally, research points to an increased risk of kidney and blood cancers associated with acetaminophen use .

Antidepressant (SSRIs) destroy the gut

Anti-depressants (SSRIs) destroy the gut, killing beneficial bacteria. This sets off a chain reaction causing significant weight gain. 

In a recent study, Six common antidepressants were tested for their in vitro antimicrobial activity against 12 typical human gut bacterial strains. They found that antidepressants either kill or stop the reproduction of beneficial bacteria, with most medications tested inhibiting the growth of bacteria.

Antideppressants also disturb the serotonin/melatonin cycle.  Serotonin and melatonin are 2 powerful brain hormones.  

By inhibiting the breakdown of serotonin in the body, these drugs disrupt the melatonin cycle and cause insomnia.  

Even worse, low melatonin levels increase the risk of cancer.  

Animal studies have suggested that both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) could increase the overall risk of breast cancer and promote tumor growth. 

Popular Drugs for Arthritis Suppress the Immune System

Commonly prescribed drugs for arthritis like Humira and Remicade, work by suppressing the immune system. this is never a good idea, we need a strong immune system to protect us from cancer and infections.

So guess what happens when people take these arthritis drugs? Their cancer and infection risk goes up. One study found that patients treated with HUmira and remicade had 2.4 times the cancer rate as those in the control group.  

The most common cancers were lymphomas, gastrointestinal,  skin, breast and lung cancers.

Safer Alternatives to Meds

Bad Diet is one of the key causes of arthritis, inflammation, muscle and joint pain, and even depression.  

While it may be hard to understand how bad diet contributes to depression, it become apparent once we realize that The gut provides approximately 95% of total body serotonin, most of which exists in plasma.

Serotonin plays a critical role in  mood.

When dealing with any disease, be it a cold or a chronic illness, its important to address the root cause, not just suppress the symptoms.

A proper diet, full of  anti-inflammatory alkaline foods, adequate sleep, exercise, sunlight exposure, and stress management are essential components of a healthy lifestyle that will reverse and prevent disease. 

These are some of my top favorite go-tos for pain inflammation mood and joint discomfort:

1)Proper Diet- 

Proper diet should include ancient grains which have not been hybridized, ancient grains like kamut and einkorn contain beneficial gut boosting vitamins minerals and fiber

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3) Magnesium: 

Effective for headaches, muscle pain, and menstrual cramps, helps with relaxation.


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Sea Moss contains potassium chloride, which has immune boosting properties that helps prevent cold and flu. And just in case you do happen to come down with  a cold or flu, potassium chloride can help minimize the symptoms and break up the congestion making you more likely to clear up sooner. 

Sea Moss also helps protect and rebuild the gut lining.  Since 70% of our immune system lies in the gut this is very important. Sea Moss is also a major provider of other elements that enhance our immune system, including amino acids, vitamin C, antioxidants, and zinc, all providing ammunition to fight off sickness.


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6) Vitamin D & Iron

Vitamin D is helpful for the immune system, and it boosts mood,so get out in the sun! high quality iron supplement (in liquid form) is important especially for women who tend to lose iron due to menstruation. Iron is essential for maintaining immune strength.

The Ultimate Pain Relieving and Immune Boosting Smoothie

This smoothie is my go-to for when I experience muscle or back pain, as well as when I come down with a cold.  It's a little bitter which is why I add both the banana and mango, but it's worth it.

  1. 1 banana
  2. 1/2 mango
  3. 2-3 immune pro pills (empty the contents into the blender)
  4. 2-3 Boost Back Pain  pills (empty the contents into the blender)
  5. 1 tablespoon Sea Moss
  6. water

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