In this health video you will learn how your drugs depleting you of vitamins and minerals.
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Lyle Hurd: Welcome Dr. Cass. Dr. Hyla Cass: Thank you, a pleasure to be here. Lyle Hurd: Your book, Supplement Your Prescription, is a wonderful guide. It talks about what you need to do if you’re…taking certain drugs. But it also talks about the fact that there are a number of things that you can do, from a supplement standpoint, for particular conditions, that might negate the use [of] drugs, isn’t that right? Dr. Hyla Cass: Yes, I think we’re a drug happy population. One study in 2004 shows that there were a 188.4 billion [dollars] worth of prescriptions that [were] sold in the U.S. in 2004 so, that is a pretty shocking number, and many people are on multiple medications. What I have done, [in the book] is look at what the nutrient depletions are, how certain drugs actually rob you of your vitamins and minerals. There’s specifically the example of the statin drugs, the cholesterol lowering drugs [which] will deplete, or interfere with coenzyme Q10, which is a very important heart supplement. And other drugs will also do [the same]; antibiotics will kill off your good gut flora. The other thing I do in Supplement Your Prescription is to explain how you can actually use supplements to treat specific conditions. For example, if you are using an NSAID, if you are using Aleve or one of those non-steroidal, anti-inflammatories for arthritis, what you can also do is gradually shift into using glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM and a number of other natural products that will do the trick...you won’t have to take a drug that has side effects that include depleting your nutrients. In fact, it’s restoring the body, not just treating symptoms; you’re actually restoring function...in this case, joint function. Lyle Hurd: You seem to be a great proponent of the fact that we need to be students of our own health and I hope that this book is something that everyone in the audience will consider picking up and making part of their library.