The Problem with Painkillers

The Problem with Painkillers

Analogy: Imagine your job is to assemble furniture for people, but the furniture comes with all the pieces except the screws to hold everything together, so in order to complete the assembly, you used your own personal supply of screws.

At some point after assembling a certain number of pieces of furniture, you will have eventually run out of your own supply of screws.

When you take painkillers or anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen, Tylenol, aspirin, et al. your body has to draw from its own nutrient stores, and after prolonged use will eventually be depleted of those nutrients.

  • All pain and anti-inflammatory medicine will deplete the body of folic acid (B9)
  • Aspirin also depletes C, iron, and potassium
  • Stronger pain meds, such as cortisone, hydrocortisone, and prednisone deplete C, D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc

The same is true of almost all medications and medicines

  • Antacids can deplete B12, folic acid, D, calcium, iron, and zinc
  • Antibiotics can kill good intestinal bacteria
  • Cholesterol medicine can deplete Co-Q10
  • Oral contraceptives deplete B1, B6, C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, sodium, as well as add cardiovascular inflammation!

Be careful when taking any medicines, whether they are prescription meds or over-the-counter remedies, whatever you take may be causing a nutrient deficiency that you need to take into account.

As always, consult with your physician before making any changes.