We in modern life are feeding a Big Pharma pill monster, and an out of control prescription drug problem.
A new study from the U.S. Department of health and Human Services (HHS) reports that Americans spent $457 billion on prescription drugs in 2015, up $100 billion since 2009, according to Business Insider.
It has been a very successful few years for Big Pharma.
Not only are ever more people depending on ever more ‘legal’ drugs, but the cost of an average pharmaceutical drug is steadily rising, increasing by 140 percent over 2009.
Feeding a Big Pharma pill monster now consumes 16.7 percent of all healthcare spending in the country, and HHS expects the expenditure for prescription drugs to rise to $575 billion by 2018.
Meanwhile, prescription drug misuse, overuse, addiction and even death rates climb along with cost and use.
But maybe some of us, some of the time, can avoid feeding a Big Pharma pill monster by investigating what the natural world has to offer.
As a matter of fact, garlic is probably the most powerful natural antibiotic. Crushed or chewed it releases the compound allicin, which has similar properties to penicillin (with no danger of developing antibiotic resistance as is happening with Big Pharma’s antibiotics).
It’s also important to keep in mind that Big Pharma antibiotics destroy good bacteria, along with bad bacteria. This doesn’t happen with food antibiotics. The body can only cooperate fully with natural substances.
Plants with natural antibiotic properties are called ‘astringents,’ which means they are blood cleansers.
Other top natural antibiotics include all kinds of onions, part of the garlic family, and cabbage, raw apple cider vinegar (ACV), grapefruit seed extract (GSE), extra virgin coconut oil, fermented foods, limes, and Echinacea.
Many herbs are natural antibiotics. Here are a few of them: allspice, thyme, sage, ginger, rosemary, oregano, cumin, turmeric, lemon balm, mustard, parsley, cinnamon, dill, hot chili peppers and bay leaves.
Learn to use them for delicious as well as healthful dishes.
Many fruits and vegetables also have antibiotic properties that support immune system health and resistance against disease.
Help yourself and your family to resist disease by learning about and practicing the ‘food is medicine’ philosophy of the ancient physician Hippocrates.
We do not need to continue feeding a Big Pharma pill monster.
Sources: Businessinsider.com (and many others).