Prescription Drugs vs. Natural Alternatives

The availability of information has made it possible for people to become educated more quickly. Now that health and nutrition information is published in doctor’s office, on television and radio, in grocery stores, and on the Internet, people have the opportunity to become more informed. There is a problem with this new widespread information. You now also have access to more varying opinions. One debate that shows no evidence of ever being settled is whether prescription drugs or natural alternatives are better.

Being diagnosed with a serious condition, such as diabetes or heart disease is probably one of the scariest moments a person can experience in their life. When the health professional gives the prognosis, one of the first things that will happen is that the individual will be given a prescription medication that at the very least keeps the disease at bay. In fear of becoming sicker, people will generally rush and have the prescription filled and begin their treatment for the disease, hopefully following the health orders the health professional prescribed.

There are people who are trying something different. More and more people are considering natural alternatives to prescription medication. What has caused this shift is the fact that many medications prescribed for serious health conditions have side effects. While many side effects tend to subside once your system has become adjusted to the medication, and many serious side effects are rare, many people don’t want to take a chance with prescribed medication. This has lead to an increase in the purchase of natural alternatives. Comparing natural alternatives to prescribed medication can help you and your doctor determine which route is best for you.

On the side of natural alternatives is the belief that a treatment plan that features elements that are natural to the chemical makeup of the human body are best. There is also the belief that the reason prescription medications are often associated with unpleasant side effect is because they go against what the body really needs. However, there is no real concrete data that proves that natural alternatives are better. People basically take natural alternatives at their own risk, and the reason it is important to discuss natural alternatives with a medical professional.

However, by now it’s no secret that the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession are close associates. Often doctors will offer their patients samples of the latest drugs. Despite the fact that the number of doctors who will never consider natural alternatives as a method of treatment outweighs the number of doctors who do, this close association with the pharmaceutical companies may be the reason. Until natural alternatives are investigated and approved by organizations, such as the United States Food and Drug Administration that oversee nutritional standards, the debate between prescribed medication and natural alternatives will continue.

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