Is my prescription medication causing other issues?

Some prescription medications have been shown to deplete specific nutrients in scientific research studies. This can often be the reason for side effects and new manifestations of symptoms, conditions or disease. The following list is just a handful of examples where this may happen:

  • Some statins or cholesterol-lowering medications can deplete the body of CoQ10, an important nutrient for heart health, blood sugar management, cancer prevention, oxidative stress and more.
  • Acid-blockers help with ulcers, reflux and heartburn, but we should ask why you need them in the first place and fix that problem. Proper stomach acid is not only natural, but necessary to assimilate nutrients such as vitamin B12, iron and protein. Blocking acid long-term can ultimately cause depletions of these nutrients and cause disease.
  • Some anti-depressants deplete the body of building blocks that are essential to healthy neurotransmitter balance, such as tryptophan.
  • Antibiotics wipe out the probiotic (friendly bacteria) population, causing an avalanche of issues affecting our digestion and immune systems. Our society’s sterile environment makes it hard to repopulate these essential organisms without supplementation.
  • NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc.) and steroids when overused can cause breakdown in the gastrointestinal tract.

Mytavin is an evidence based database that allows you to enter the name of your prescription medication and calculate which nutrients have been proven to be depleted, along with the symptoms of deficiency. Each listing includes links to scientific references where the study results are published. If your medication is known to cause nutrient depletion, we can test you to verify how your body is doing and you will be empowered with this information. If you would like to supplement for those nutrients or solve the root cause of your condition, please reach out to me so I can help you. Always check with your doctor for approval and dosage recommendations.

What is my “root cause”?

As a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, you’ll hear me use the term “root cause” to explain how we need to address your condition. There are reasons for your symptoms and although prescription medications can relieve those symptoms, they typically do not address the reason why you have the condition. Through our conversation, medical history review and labs, I’ll help you pinpoint where things went wrong, so we can correct them.

Through this process, we may find where imbalances started, such as:

  • a course of antibiotics that destroyed intenstinal health, leading to immune system dysfunction and digestive disorders,
  • overuse of NSAIDs (pain relievers), steroids or other harmful medications, causing injury,
  • emotional trauma or chronic stress that has depleted essential nutrients and caused neurotransmitter and hormonal imbalance,
  • restrictive diets that over time caused serious nutrient deficiencies, loss of metabolism and energy,
  • drastic change of life (menopause, birth of children, loss of sleep, overwork) that now requires a different plan to address.

Most of the time, root cause affects the digestive tract where nutrients (and toxins) are absorbed, the immune system resides and hormones make their important transitions. If we don’t address the cause, your condition could manifest into other issues, despite the fact that a medication has removed the symptom. We often think that we have multiple conditions when, in fact, these conditions are all tied to the same “root cause”.

Getting started is as easy as reaching out to me, so I can send you the proper intake forms. These forms will help paint the picture of who you are as an individual and assist me in identifying the problem. If labs are needed or available, we can take a closer look at your biochemistry and what you personally need in a nutrition and/or supplement plan. I look forward to helping you find the answers!

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