In 2013, the Mayo Clinic published a report highlighting patterns of prescription drug use in America. Using data collected in previous years, they reported the following statistics:
- 2 out of 3 (68%) Americans are taking at least 1 prescription drug
- 1 out of 2 (51%) Americans are taking 2 prescription drugs
- 1 out of 5 (21%) Americans are taking 5 or more prescription drugs
The top five prescribed drugs are (in order of popularity):
- Opioids (pain killers)
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs
Anyone who is at least slightly familiar with the history of medicine (or anyone who has watched Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) has heard of Hippocrates. He was a Greek physician, and is considered to be the Father of Western Medicine. Even today, medical school graduates around the world take upon themselves the Hippocratic Oath which includes the well-known principle of "First, Do No Harm."
Considering the statistics above, and knowing that pharmaceutical drugs often interfere with nutrient absorption, it is possible that this American cocktail of medications is doing a little bit of harm.
Hippocrates is also credited with the quote: "Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food." At Heilen Natural Medicine, we whole-heartedly believe that food is medicine. We're excited to announce a new service called the Personal Nutrition Profile. Here's how it works:
For just $40*, you will walk out with a personalized nutrition report. This report will include nutrients in which you may be deficient, based on your list of medications. It will also include common foods sources that contain these nutrients. Our goal at Heilen Natural Medicine is to Motivate, Inspire, and Empower our patients to make informed decisions about their health. The journey toward optimal health is easier with a trusted guide. So...
*Bonus: If you decide to become a patient at Heilen Natural Medicine, the cost of the Personal Nutrition Profile will be applied to your new patient visit fee.