The Benefits of Clean Medicine

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Table of Contents
Table of Contents....................................................................................................2 Introduction.............................................................................................................3 Chapter 1................................................................................................................4 Introduction to Natural Medicines........................................................................4 What are Natural Medicines and Clean Medicines?.......................................4 A Brief History of Clean Medicines..................................................................7 Renewal of Interest in Natural Medicines........................................................9 Chapter 2......................................................................................................... .....11 . Benefits of Clean Medicine................................................................................11 Cost Effectiveness.........................................................................................11 Passed the Test of Time................................................................................12 Fewer Side Effects.........................................................................................13 Effectiveness..................................................................................................13 Widely Available and More Convenient.........................................................14 How Natural Medications Work.....................................................................14 Chapter 3..............................................................................................................15 Known Health Risks and Problems Associated with Non-All Natural Products 15 Health Problems Associated with Prescription Medications..........................16   Folic Acid                                                                                                                    .............................................................................................................  16     Magnesium                                                                                                                  ...........................................................................................................  16                                                                                                                                Zinc  ......................................................................................................................  17   Side Effects and Adverse Reactions.............................................................17 Drug Interactions...........................................................................................18

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The Severity of Drug Side Effects and Interactions.......................................18 Safety Guidelines for the Use of Natural and Clean Medicines....................20

Introduction
In today’s modern world, there are a number of different medical options and remedies available. It does seem, however, that the more technology advances the more complicated, and potentially dangerous, many medicines become. It is interesting to note, however, that some of the best medicines in the world have actually been in use for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In fact, these medicines were in use before the idea of a patented drug was ever developed. Given the rising costs of pharmaceutical medications, the number of reported side effects and adverse reactions and the fact that in many cases, prescription medication just simply does not seem be as effective as it should be, many people are returning to the idea of using natural medications.

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Chapter 1
Introduction to Natural Medicines

What are Natural Medicines and Clean Medicines?
Natural medicines and clean medicines are produced from products that are manufactured from elements found in nature. These elements may include stems, seeds, berries, roots, flower buds and leaves. The use of natural medicines has grown extensively in the last few years and as a result, they are now available in a wide variety of formats including liquid extracts, capsules, tablets and teas as well as leaves, roots and powders. Natural medicines may contain a variety of different plants. Herbs are one particular type of plant that is commonly used in natural medicines. Typically, herbs are used either in part or whole and are used for their therapeutic, flavor or scent properties. Historically, herbs have been used to flavor foods, however, they can also provide a variety of medicinal benefits as well. There are many different types of herbs and plants that are commonly used either as part of natural medicines or on their own to promote better health. Just a few of these herbs include:

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Eucalyptus Ephedra or ma huang Garlic Ginseng St. John’s Wort Ginkgo biloba 4

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Rosemary Capsaicum Grape seed Melatonin Saw Palmetto Kava-Kava Echinacea

Clean medicines may be taken for a variety of reasons including treating a specific illness or disease as well as for providing relief from a common ailment. In some cases individuals also choose to use clean medicines for the purpose of promoting their overall health and strengthening their body’s immune system. Some of the most common health ailments and conditions treated with natural medicines include:

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Sleeping problems Arthritis Sinus problems Digestive disorders such as colitis, peptic ulcers, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome

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Immune system problems Gynecological problems such as menopausal problems and premenstrual syndrome

Allergic responses like asthma and hay fever

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High blood pressure Respiratory problems such as influenza Skin problems like eczema, acne and psoriasis Stress

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A Brief History of Clean Medicines
Certain areas of the world have made extensive use of various plants and herbs to treat health problems throughout history. Synthetic drugs and medications, which are patented, have only actually been in use since around the mid-19th century. Prior to that time healers and physicians, as well as individuals themselves, relied on natural medicines. Today we refer to these medicines by a variety of different names including medicine alternatives, holistic medicine, alternative medicine, homeopathic medicine, herbal medicine and clean medicine. The idea of medicine that is based in biology is actually not a new idea. Long before pharmaceutical companies began to tinker around with the idea of creating synthetic medications, healers used remedies found in nature to treat illness and disease. Historical records indicate that cultures on every continent have practiced the use of natural or herbal medication in some form practically since the beginning of time. While various methods are used, natural medicine involves the use of plants to receive a palliative effect on symptoms associated with illness. The use of herbal medication has grown and expanded over the years. In fact, a number of well known medications used in modern times were originally based in natural healing agents. For example, aspirin originated from the use of white willow bark. A number of stimulants as well as analgesics are all based upon the use of natural elements including morphine, which is derived from an opium poppy tincture. Early historical records indicate that many natural medicines were ingested simply by chewing the plant or by brewing a drink made from parts of the plant. For example, marshmallow root was commonly chewed in order to relieve the discomfort of an upset stomach.

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While all human societies have used plants for natural healing purposes, it is believed that the Egyptians were among the first to actually codify many of their herbal remedies. The Greeks and then the Romans would quickly follow, slowly accumulating a knowledge base of herbal and natural medicine. In fact, the records collected by the Greeks formed the early basis of modern medicine today by recording successful treatments for various illnesses and the impact of the cure as well. One of the earliest and best documented writing on the subject was produced around the first century AD by a Roman army surgeon who compiled a comprehensive document related to drawings and descriptions of plants and herbs and their medical applications. Wide use of plants and herbs for medicinal purposed continued throughout time. It was not actually until the early 19th century that work began in the field of isolating certain elements. Throughout the next half century, scientists continued to work at discovering various ways in which elements could be isolated and then eventually synthetically produced. Salicylic acid, a component in aspirin, was first synthetically produced in 1852. Before long, the chemical medicine revolution had begun. Following the development of patented synthetic medications in the 19th century, natural and homeopathic remedies continued to be used prevalently until around World War I. This proved to be a major turning point in the development of chemically produced medication. During that time a number of herbs and plants that had been traditionally used in natural medical solutions were in short supply. Facing a wealth of illnesses and injuries on the battlefield in Europe, researchers and scientists found themselves with the challenge of developing chemical alternatives. Before long, pharmaceuticals experienced a surge in popularity and as a result natural medication began to decline. The Pharmacy and Medicines Act was eventually passed in 1941, which effectively prohibited the provision of herbal medications directly to patients. At

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the time, the act was vigorously protested, however, it did little good. By the mid20th century chemically produced medicines had become the standard.

Renewal of Interest in Natural Medicines
During the 1930s, it is estimated that as much as 80% of the pharmaceuticals that were produced were based on some type of natural compound. Today, the number of pharmaceuticals that are naturally based has drastically declined. Estimates indicate that only about 25% of prescription medications are produced with active ingredients that are derived from nature. That has changed in the last ten to twenty years, however, as more and more people have begun to recognize the importance and benefits of natural medicine over pharmaceuticals. In the United States, the interest in natural medications has increased rapidly in the last twenty years. Much of this interest has grown from an increasing dissatisfaction with prescription medication costs, unacceptable and dangerous side effects, and a desire to return to remedies that are organic or based in nature. The idea of natural or clean medicine is based on several premises. These include:

The idea that the body is actually able to heal itself. Natural or clean medicines can help in the facilitation of this process, which is completely natural.

The cause and not the effect should be treated. This is completely opposite from the premise behind pharmaceuticals, which seek to treat

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the effects and often do nothing to treat the underlying cause of the condition.

A return to Hippocrates’ most important principle: First do no harm. The ultimate goal of clean medication is that balance is established within the body while providing no harm. All natural ingredients are used to establish this benefit.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has discovered that an increasing number of people are using natural medicines over synthetic prescription drugs. In fact, the World Health Organization now reports that as much as 80% of the world’s population use herbal medications to some degree.

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Chapter 2
Benefits of Clean Medicine
Clean medication offers a number of important benefits, particularly when compared to synthetic or prescription medication. Natural medications are derived from essences and plants that exist in nature. They are frequently referred to as clean medicines because they do not contain any of the chemicals which are frequently used in the production of pharmaceutical drugs of prescription medications.

Cost Effectiveness
As most consumers are aware, prescription medications can be quite expensive. Even individuals who have health insurance frequently find that their co-pays are expensive. For those who do not have health insurance, the burden of paying for prescription medication can be overwhelming. Natural medications are far less expensive. Overall, it costs less to produce natural medicines than pharmaceuticals because natural medicines do not involve the same amount of time to develop and manufacture. All of the ingredients come from nature in clean medicines, as opposed to pharmaceuticals, which involve synthetic ingredients. It can literally take years to develop pharmaceuticals and that type of research is expensive. Before a pharmaceutical drug can be approved by the FDA, it takes quite a bit of research and clinical trials. Clinical trials are quite expensive. Therefore, when a

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pharmaceutical drug is finally approved by the FDA, the sticker price is typically quite high. This is not the case with natural medicine, however, because natural medicines are produced with all natural ingredients and are not required to undergo clinical trials. In addition, clean medicine is also less expensive due to the fact that individuals do not need to acquire a prescription from their physician. With pharmaceuticals, the individual must take the time to schedule an appointment and pay for an office co-pay. Clean medications do not require any consultation with a physician.

Passed the Test of Time
Clean medications have also passed one of the most stringent tests possible; they have passed the test of time. Considering the fact that the side effects and adverse reactions possible with pharmaceuticals may not show up until years after they are used, this is certainly an important advantage. The all natural ingredients used in natural medicines have been used for hundreds, even thousands, of years. The human body is already accustomed to the use of plant extracts and all natural ingredients not only because they have been used for thousands of years but also because most people already ingest plants and herbs anyway as part of their regular diet. This is not the case with pharmaceuticals. When an individual uses a pharmaceutical to treat a health problem, a molecule that the human body is not accustomed to is introduced. Given the fact that everyone is different, it is difficult to determine how the body may respond to the introduction of a new element. This is one of the reasons why side effects can vary so widely.

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Fewer Side Effects
Listen to an advertisement on television for any prescription medication and you will likely hear a litany of different possible side effects. In some cases, these side effects can be so disturbing you may find yourself wondering whether the ‘cure’ of the medication is worth the possible side effects that may result. In many cases, these side effects can be quite unpredictable. Side effects that may not be a problem with one individual may occur violently in another individual. One reason for this is the fact that synthetic medications can interact with the body chemistry in a manner that simply cannot be predicted. Natural medications are not produced from any synthetic ingredients and as a result, they frequently offer fewer, if any, side effects.

Effectiveness
Despite their high cost, pharmaceuticals are not always effective. It is not uncommon, for some individuals to discover they must experiment with different types of prescription medication before finding a type that provides even a modicum of relief from their symptoms. Unfortunately, in many of those situations the side effects can be worse than the cure. This is one of the reasons that so many people are turning to clean medicines. Natural medications frequently offer a higher level of effectiveness. This is because natural medicines tend to be more potent than synthetic medications. The actual potency of natural remedies can vary depending on a variety of factors including the way in which the ingredients were harvested and the growing conditions of the ingredients such exposure to air, moisture and light. Overall, however, natural medications are often more potent than prescription medication and as a result frequently offer a higher level of effectiveness.

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Widely Available and More Convenient
With prescription medication, individuals must wait to make an appointment with their physician. Depending on the schedule and caseload of their physician this can take awhile in some cases. Meanwhile, the individual must continue to suffer from the symptoms related to their illness. Even after the individual has seen their doctor, they must then take their prescription to the pharmacy and have it filled. This is certainly not the case with all-natural medication. No prescriptions are required; therefore, there is no need to wait for an appointment with a physician. In addition, since all-natural and clean medicines do not require a prescription they do not need to be obtained from a pharmacy.

How Natural Medications Work
Herbal are natural medications provide a wide range of applications. As a result, the impact they can have on various functions of the body can vary as well. The idea of ingesting plants in order to receive specific benefits is not anything new. In fact, most people use plants to receive some type of effect even if they are not already using herbal or natural medications. For example, peppermint is frequently used to aide digestion while many people drink chamomile tea to help them relax. Millions of people drink a cup of tea or coffee each morning in order to help them awaken and face the day. In much the same way that these herbs and plants can be used to achieve a variety of effects, other plant extracts can be used to treat a wide array of different health problems. Herbs and plants are also frequently used in order to act as a preventive measure against contracting certain health issues such as colds. Herbs and plants work quite effectively because the human body’s metabolism is designed and suited well for the purpose of digesting herbal medicines. For most people, herbal medications provide an effective result that is gentle and involves little to no side effects.

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Chapter 3
Known Health Risks and Problems Associated with Non-All Natural Products
As consumers are already aware, there exists the strong potential for side effects and adverse reactions when non-natural products are used to treat health conditions. What many consumers may not realize, however, is the extent to which pharmaceuticals can cause problems and exactly how severe some of those problems and risks can actually be. In fact, in many cases, synthetic medications can actually cause more harm than good; the exact opposite of the ancient creed established by Hippocrates. There is compelling evidence which suggests that hundreds of thousands of deaths may occur each year as a result of prescription medication. Reuters reports that research suggests approximately 5% of all hospital admissions are actually the result of side effects from prescription medication. This number alone affects more than 1 million people on an annual basis. Research further suggests that more than 100,000 people are affected by prescription medications even when they are used correctly. To make matters even worse, the use of prescription medications has drastically increased in the last few years. One clear example of this is the use of antibiotics. In the last 50 years, the amount of antibiotics being prescribed has rapidly increased. Estimates indicate that more than 3 million pounds of antibiotics are prescribed each and every year.

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Health Problems Associated with Prescription Medications
Many experts are now concerned that the almost continual exposure to antibiotics has not resulted in the alteration of pathogens. Just a few of the pathogens which may have been altered or mutated include Staphlococcus aureaus, Streptococcus and enteroccoi as well as many more. When pathogens mutate or change, they become much more difficult to treat and in some cases may become more serious as well. Prescription drugs are also believed to cause a number of other health problems, one of which is the way in which the body is able to absorb nutrients. This can be a serious problem because not only potentially toxic chemicals are being released into the body but the body may also be deprived of essential nutrients as well. This may only serve to make matters worse, including lengthening the amount of time it takes for the body to recover from the initial problem.

Folic Acid One of the essential nutrients that may be depleted as a result of the use of nonall natural products is folic acid. This can be a serious problem for several reasons. First, most people are already somewhat deficient in folic acid due to the average diet. The use of prescription medication can cause further depletion. Research has shown that a deficiency of folic acid can result in the build-up of homocystine levels within the blood, a condition which can be quite unhealthy. In addition, a lack of folic acid can also result in several serious birth defects.

Magnesium A number of different prescription medications can result in magnesium deficiency. A lack of the proper amount of magnesium can also cause serious health problems including interference with the regulation of blood sugar levels, cognitive problems and the exacerbation of osteoporosis. Research also

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suggests that magnesium deficiency may also serve as a trigger for strokes, hypertension and heart attacks.

Zinc Zinc is another important mineral that may be depleted by the use of prescription medications. The activity of practically every enzyme that exists within the body can be affected by a lack of zinc. In addition, a variety of different hormones as well as insulin receptors may also be affected by a zinc deficiency as well. Common symptoms of zinc deficiency include anemia, joint pain, poor hair, nails and skin and a weakened immune system.

Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
It is a widely accepted fact that prescription medications can result in adverse reactions and side effects. A side effect is a type of secondary effect of a medication that is commonly adverse. While many side effects occur immediately upon taking a medication, in some cases, it could take much longer for side effects of medication to occur. In fact, it can sometimes take months or years for side effects of medication to actually show up. An allergic reaction usually occurs immediately after an individual ingests a particular substance. Common signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, insomnia, bloating, gas, lightheadedness and nervousness. This type of reaction can be quite serious. In some cases, an allergic reaction can even be fatal if it impacts the cardiac and/or respiratory systems. A toxic reaction may occur immediately after taking a medication or it may take up to several years for the reaction to become apparent. When the reaction occurs may depend on a variety of factors including the health of the individual’s

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immune system, their overall healthy, genetic makeup and the health of their liver. In the event, the individual’s liver has become overwhelmed with alcohol, poor diet, drugs or exposure to toxins from the environment, adding even more drugs into the body’s system may make it impossible for the liver to provide detoxifying effects for the body. Signs and symptoms of a toxic reaction include continual infections, autoimmune problems, fatigue, bad breath and skin rashes.

Drug Interactions
Drug interactions are always a possibility when an individual is taking more than one medication at a time. This is why doctors always insist that patients provide an updated list of medications currently being taken. The problem, however, is that side effects of medication can occur years after the medication has been taken. It is not at all uncommon for new side effects to be uncovered literally years after the chemicals that are used within a synthetic medication was originally made available. To exacerbate the problem, most manufacturers do not routinely test their medications against the medications produced by other pharmaceutical companies. Therefore, there is really no way to predict how the interaction of one medication with another medication may occur. In almost all cases, serious drug interactions are uncovered completely by accident.

The Severity of Drug Side Effects and Interactions
According to The Journal of American Medical Association, more than 2 million hospital patients experienced adverse drug reactions or side effects that were serious within a single year. Furthermore, 106,000 of those individuals eventually died as a result of those drug reactions. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that these numbers accounted for nearly 5% of all the deaths that were recorded in the United States during that one calendar year. As a result, deaths resulting from drug reactions became the fourth leading cause of death across the nation.

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To make matters even worse, there is also evidence that a significant number of adverse reactions from prescription drugs are simply never reported. JAMA further reports that only about 1 in every 20 drug reactions are actually reported. Given this estimate, it is entirely plausible to think that tens of millions of people could be seriously injured by drug interactions and side effects each year while nearly half a million people die as a result of serious side effects and interactions related to prescription medications. Even when medications are taken as prescribed, there still exists the strong risk of dangerous side effects and interactions. According to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report published in the Wall Street Journal, there are more than 600,000 hospital admissions resulting from correctly administered medications. The same report indicated there are some 700,000 visits to emergency rooms as a direct result of properly administered side effects. These side effects included internal bleeding, seizures and death. Although these medications are supposed to make patients feel better, the sad and even dangerous truth of the matter is that many prescription medications create serious problems within numerous systems as well as the brain. It has even been suggested that much of the confusion and memory lapses that many older people experience could also be attributed to the number of synthetic medications that are frequently prescribed as people grow older. Given the large number of Baby Boomers that are entering and approaching retirement age, this is certainly a serious concern. Individuals who are at least 65 years of age take an average of six medications daily. Those individuals, who are in long term care facilities and nursing homes, take an average of eight medications per day. Clearly, our older citizens comprise the segment of the population most at risk for harm from prescription medications as a result of interactions and side effects. Drug interactions, adverse side effects and ways in which synthetic drugs interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients are all quite serious and can

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even result in death. The main reason for these problems is the fact that prescription drugs are not designed to cure diseases. They are instead manufactured to suppress the symptoms associated with the illness or disease. Prescription medications are able to do this by interfering with the way in which cellular functions normally occur. When these cellular functions are disturbed or disrupted, the effects are commonly referred to as ‘side effects.’ Sadly, in many cases these side effects can actually be more serious that the condition that was originally treated.

Safety Guidelines for the Use of Natural and Clean Medicines
Overall, natural medicines are much safer than pharmaceutical drugs as well as more effective. You should always exercise caution when using any type of medicine, however, as it is possible for even the natural ingredients in clean medicines to result in some side effects if they are combined with other medications without caution. When used carefully, natural medicines can treat a variety of illnesses and conditions with little to no side effects. To ensure the optimal use of natural medicines it is important to follow these guidelines: Always make sure you read the label for information regarding dosage, expiration date and warnings. Also make sure you always review the ingredient list just to be certain you are not allergic to something that may be contained in the medicine. Read the directions and follow them. As with all medications, taking more natural medicine than recommended is not a safe strategy. Be sure to follow the directions regarding whether the medicine should be taken with liquid or food. Be watchful for possible reactions. Overall, clean medicines do have fewer side effects than pharmaceutical drugs, however, it is possible for any type of

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medicine to interact with other medicines, foods or herbs. If you are taking more than one kind of medicine or herb, it is wise to make sure you are watchful regarding any possible interactions. Read the directions so you will know which side effects may occur. It is also important to make sure that you are watchful for any allergic reactions. While natural medicines are produced from natural elements, anyone can be allergic to anything; even if it is produced in nature. Even if you do not have any known allergies, it is still a good idea to be watchful when using a new product. Finally, make sure you speak with your health care provider and make him or her aware of your use of a natural medicine, especially if you are currently taking any other medications. When used properly, natural medicines can provide a host of benefits and treat a variety of health conditions with more effectiveness, a lower treatment cost and fewer negative side effects than pharmaceutical drugs.

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