True medicine does no harm and promotes self healing within. Modern medicine operates in the exact opposite manner. Nearly all pharmaceuticals mask symptoms while throwing off vital inner workings of various systems of the body. For instance, a specific class of drugs has been shown to make users slower and dumber, delaying their cognitive processes. On top of that, these drugs, which include some very common over-the-counter and prescription meds, scientifically put users at greater risk of dementia. These are the findings according to a new study from the University of Washington, Seattle.
These classes of drugs all fall under a class of anticholinergic medications. This includes antihistamines, sleep aids, cold medicine, and antidepressants. Anticholinergic meds work by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. In doing so, these meds prohibit acetylcholine from naturally binding to its receptors in the brain. This slows cognitive processing, making the user slower to respond and dumber altogether.
Common antidepressants, sleep aids, anti-histamines, and cold meds cause cognitive dysfunction that leads to dementia
The University of Washington study tracked a large group of people who used anticholinergic meds every day for over three years. In a seven year follow up period, the researchers found that users were 10 percent more likely to receive a dementia diagnosis than those who didn’t use the pills.
These findings help explain why common over the counter cold medications, antihistamines, prescription sleep meds, and antidepressants cause brain fog, impaired memory, and loss of attention span. It’s simple. These meds destroy the natural science of the human brain, blocking an important neurotransmitter, ultimately resulting in cognitive dysfunction.
“It’s possible that long-term use of these medications leads to changes in the brain similar to those seen with Alzheimer’s disease, such as neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles,” says study coauthor Sascha Dublin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Dublin suggests that patients talk to their doctor about stopping these meds to find more productive options for healing that don’t destroy cognitive function.
Choose a path to healing that does no harm
From experience, we know that quality vitamin D, Siberian ginseng, turmeric, green tea, passionflower, and oat straw are all helpful for nervous system healing and balancing. Supplementing with these herbs along with whole food zinc, selenium, and chromium can help one overcome the challenges of depression and insomnia without subjecting oneself to heinous psychotic and metabolic side effects of prescription psych meds, which only cause cognitive dysfunction and pharmaceutical dependence.
From experience, we know that colds and excess histamine production can be thwarted using a blend of medicinal herbal teas including but not limited to: licorice root, Echinacea, mullein, marshmallow root, elderberry, cats claw bark, and amalaki berry.
Subjecting oneself to over-the-counter cold medications and anti-histamines is an abusive practice that destroys cognitive function, memory, and attention. The above mentioned herbs are more effective long term and balance other systems of the body including the immune system and digestive system.
When we see modern medicine for what it really is, we learn to turn the other cheek and look into the infinite healing wisdom and depth of nature, nutrition, and the true healing energies within the Earth that restore our body systems without doing us harm.
About the author:
Lance Johnson is a passionate researcher, learner, writer, and healer. Lance and his wife invite you to view their line of clean and conscious body care products at www.allnaturalfreespirit.com.