It is a Law of Pharmacology; Every natural and pharmaceutical medicine’s primary side-effect is also its primary action! In other words, symptoms a medication will fix, it will also cause, if the medication is taken for too long. Some readers of this article will say there is no research supporting this topic. This opinion could not be further from the truth. There are over 2200 pages covering more than 1200 medicinal substances in a Materia Medica, that represent the cumulative research of global researchers from the last 200+ years detailing the predicable effects of long-term use of each substance. There are over 2000 pages in the Physician’s Desk Reference with the known effects of over 1100 medications.
Before you read on, I want to be clear. This article is not about being anti-pharmaceutical or anti-natural medicine. It is about being aware that when you are taking either form of treatment there is a very predictable outcome, that can be contributing or directly causing the worsening or the perpetuation of your symptoms.
The facts presented here do not dispute the fact that your remedy/medication of choice is possibly saving your life, or increasing the quality of your life. It is simply saying that often if your symptoms return or your medication stops working, it may be due to this phenomenon. It is often at this point that your doctor must change your medication to avoid the predictable long-term effects described in this article.
The most common pain-reliever, Hydrocodone, has increased pain as one of its primary side-effects.
On the natural medicine side of things:
The homeopathic remedy Rhus Toxicodendron is fantastic for helping the body correct skin rashes, and joint pain, but if taken too long or in too high of a dosage it can cause skin rashes and joint pain.
Echinacea is a popular remedy for helping the body quickly get over the flu, yet if taken too long it will cause flu-like symptoms.
True healing never seeks to mask symptoms, since that would defeat the whole point of…truly healing.
The doctors at the Biologix Center for Optimum health are able to dynamically test to see if you still need to be taking whatever remedy or supplement we recommended, and will take you off of it as soon as your body has reached its optimum benefit from the remedy. Remember, if you must continue taking a drug or even a natural remedy forever in order to feel good, then it is not reaching the cause of the symptoms. If you can identify and reach the level of cause, then you should be able to discontinue the remedy when the cause has been eliminated.
Of course, there are exceptions, such as bio-identical substances, including insulin and hormone replacements, which do not fall within this law of pharmacy since they are naturally occurring substances in the body. Symptom-suppressing medications can also be necessary when the body has been damaged beyond repair and they are only option left for the person. In an ideal world, symptom-suppressing medications would be only used as a last resort. However that is not how our medical system is set up philosophically, nor could the doctors in mainstream medicine spend the time with each patient that it takes to really dig down and determine the causes, and work with the body to facilitate its ability to heal itself, not to mention the time it takes to counsel their patient on leading a health-promoting life.
In order to help the most people in the shortest time, and as “economically” as possible, it is much more efficient to do labs and test that simply put a name to the illness, and run the drug-recipe someone else determined is best for a generic person with that named illness. Still there are times when the damage caused by surgeries, invasive interventions, traumatic injuries, and damage from chemical/microbial toxins may be too much for anyone to repair, so prescription meds may be all that is left to just manage the symptoms.
The point of this article is not to demonize natural or prescription meds, but to help people recognized the potential for a worsening of their symptoms from this Law of Pharmacology; taking the same medication for months to years. Your worsened symptoms can often dramatically improve if your doctor switches you to a different med. He may have other Rx choices that would work better for a while.
Every chronic illness started on its path to becoming chronic by the initial actions of your doctor. Choose your doctors wisely!