Dr Joe Mercola: Prescription Drugs To Avoid
Dr Oz spoke with Dr Mercola about Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your Doctor. Dr. Joe Mercola is an advocate of holistic health, so it’s no secret that he is not in favor of taking prescription drugs. In this segment, Dr Mercola gave Dr Oz the 3 drugs that he says you should never take; Statins, blood pressure lowering drugs and antidepressants. Read on to find out why and what remedies he suggests instead.
Dr Mercola: Statins
Statins- Statins are cholesterol lowering drugs. Dr Oz told Dr. Mercola that he witnessed devastating damage of elevated cholesterol, so why would he be against lowering cholesterol? Dr. Mercola believes that we are overusing this drug. According to Dr. Mercola, 1 in 4 Americans are currently taking this drug. While statins contain some benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties, he would never give statin to one of his patients. Instead, he would have the patient look at their diet and replace the bad fats with good fats. Statins only treat the condition. You want to get to the root of the condition and keep it from occurring and that’s what changing your diet will do. Dr Oz agreed that too many people are relying on statins instead of changing the diet.
Dr Mercola: Blood Pressure Drugs
-Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs- These are drugs we take for hypertension. According to Dr. Mercola, some people have falsely elevated hypertension. He felt that you needed to optimize your diet and replace carbs with healthy fats. You need to treat the cause of the disease and you can’t do that with a drug. Change your diet instead. Dr Oz noted that even after some people have changed their diet, the blood pressure was still high. Dr. Mercola suggested using supplements like magnesium (400 mg) or eating more bitter melon and olive leaf extract. Dr Oz admitted to being okay with these natural remedies, however suggested that patients with high blood pressure should not just stop their medications. Speak to your doctor first.
Dr Mercola: Antidepressants
-Antidepressants- Dr. Mercola admitted that this is a very controversial area so we need to be sensitive about it. He suggested treating the underlying cause of the depression. He recommended comprehensive lifestyle programs, such as exercise and speaking to a therapist. White exposure is an alternative for seasonal depression. Cut out sugar or use St. John’s Wort, which is a natural supplement. Dr Oz agreed with talking to a therapist, however, those that are severely depressed may still need medication for now. Talk to your doctor.