RN Advice: Should I take my prescriptions?

Posted on December 8, 2017 by


RXKaren asks: I have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and my doctor is prescribing several anti-inflammatory medications to manage the pain.  Should I take them?

This question could easily be for any number of inflammatory illnesses such as:

  • Any arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Thyroid issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Type II diabetes, etc

The simple fact that you are asking the questions means you are thinking there may be different treatment options than the one that you were given; take prescription medicines for the rest of your life.

In my opinion, the above diseases are actually quite easy to manage and get under control with some simple dietary changes.  I know that sounds way too easy – right?  And why didn’t my doctor talk to me about dietary changes?

First, most physicians are not trained in any nutrition classes nor have the time/knowledge of how to help patients make those changes.  Secondly, doctors receive continuous education by the pharmaceutical industry who want to sell their products.  And finally, physicians are under pressure from patients who have no time to be sick and demand a quick fix.

I am not saying that medications are bad.  In fact, many are lifesaving and extremely necessary – what I am saying though is that I believe that MOST medications might be used temporarily while we work on removing the inflammatory CAUSE of the disease.

The simple fact is that sugar (artificial and real), wheat, and processed food and additives are the major causes of all inflammation.  Making simple, small, sustainable changes to what you put in your mouth will have a significant impact on the health of your body.  This may seem daunting; identifying the hidden ingredients and making the simple changes but working with a certified GT coach can make it easier to transform your life and health.

So, Karen you do have a choice.

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Peggi Ingram, RN BSN
GT Coach

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