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Can medicines be dangerous to the body?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
Everyday medications Americans rely upon are so dangerous. The reason is simple and based upon the basic nature of modern drug therapy.

Most drugs used today are intended to act like biochemical strait jackets. They suppress cellular functions that appear to be overactive.

You can see this by looking at the names given to categories or classes of drugs. Almost all include "blocker," "inhibitor," or "anti-" in the description: beta-blockers, calcium blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, proton pump inhibitors, anti-histamines, and anti-inflammatories. These drugs are developed to treat disease by interfering with the biochemical processes involved in illness.

But they also interfere with the natural and healthy functions of the body.

It's like throwing a wrench into a sophisticated machine in an effort to fix it.

Furthermore, the biochemical processes they inhibit are rarely the cause of the illness. They are just part of the many changes in the body that accompany disease. Outside the setting of disease these biochemical processes all play important roles in normal cellular function.

It's no wonder that many of these drugs have side effects that are a direct extension of their therapeutic actions. They are not restoring normal cellular function; they are merely inhibiting cellular hyperactivity.

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