Allow me to partially summarize by drawing on the work of Dr. Ray D. Strand, whose recent book, Death by Prescription: The Shocking Truth Behind an Overmedicated Nation, addresses this issue. He writes that the leading drug problem today is not the use of illegal drugs, but the use of legal prescription drugs. Strand argues that prescription drugs are five times more likely to kill you than an automobile accident, cancer, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The fourth leading cause of death in the United States is properly prescribed and administered medication. Add improperly prescribed medication, and prescription drugs become the third leading cause of death. Dr. Strand cites over two million hospital admissions and 180,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone due to adverse drug reactions.
We're a toxic nation. The important takeaway fact is this: a growing body of scientific evidence supports the idea that toxins are toxic because when toxins into our body exceed toxins out of our body we succumb to disease. For some, the amount of necessary toxin to create disease is far less than others. But if we know what we're dealing with, we can act to use a powerful set of nutritional detoxification routines, change the way we live and eat, and effectively work to reduce our personal toxin burden.