There are a variety of drugs, medications and treatments available to address inflammation, ranging from over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen to more serious, prescription-only drugs. Drug companies are constantly searching for new anti-inflammatory drugs that are ‘safe’ to use. Dr. Carolyn Dean, a qualified allopathic doctor and experienced naturopath, argues that new drugs are not the way forward when treating many cases of inflammation.
On both drcarolyndean.com and in her book – The Magnesium Miracle – Dr. Carolyn Dean talks effusively about how allopathic doctors and pharmaceutical companies are ignoring evidence that shows how many of these treatments, along with the accompanying side effects, would be rendered unnecessary were they to focus more on yeast overgrowth and nutrient deficiency.
Not only can these two factors help cause conditions such as autoimmune disease or even some forms of cancer, they can also increase the negative side effects that come with taking certain prescription medications to treat them.
A medical definition of side effects can be found in the short video attachment to this post.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
One of the go-to treatments for inflammation used by doctors and pharmaceutical companies for many years now has been NSAIDs, which stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These medications have numerous side effects, ranging from headaches, stomach pain, liver and kidney problems and leg swelling, to allergic reactions, heart attacks and strokes.
NSAIDs not only include medications that may be prescribed by a doctor, but also common over-the-counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. In the United States, NSAIDs are listed as the 15th most common cause of death. Some more statistics for NSAIDs in the US can be viewed in the embedded infographic.
There are several published studies warning against prescribing or using NSAIDs to treat injury, stating that in such cases the body’s natural healing response is to induce swelling and inflammation.
Dr. Carolyn Dean argues that using ReMag, both topically applied to the affected area and taken orally, is a much safer treatment for inflammation caused by injury, citing examples taken from both her personal experience and the testimonials of others.
As the reputation of NSAIDs continues to worsen, pharmaceutical companies have been under pressure to come up with an alternative. Biologics are produced from components derived from living organisms using biotechnology. They are designed to control the actions of cellular processes and other proteins within the body – and alter the manner of operation of both intercellular and cellular natural biologic reactions.
Common side effects of biologics include allergic reactions, infusion reactions and injection site reactions, along with suppression of the immune system which in more serious cases can lead to reactivation of TB or Hepatitis B. Users of biologics have reported nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, constipation, abdominal pain, low blood pressure, dizziness, back pain, insomnia, headache, fever, itching and skin rashes, to name but a few of the more common side effects.
Rarer and more serious side effects include cardiac issues, autoimmune thyroiditis, interstitial lung disease, arterial blood clots, cancer and congestive heart failure, again among a long list of others. Dr. Carolyn Dean argues passionately against the use of biologics and strongly suggests that doctors look towards non-drug-based cures for inflammation such as increased magnesium intake.
The PDF attachment reviews Dr. Carolyn Dean’s book, The Magnesium Miracle, which explores many of the health benefits of magnesium – including its use as a cure for inflammation.