Although the statistics are a little old, I think this article is still very relevant given the opioid epidemic in the US. Many of us want more natural and much less expensive alternatives, but we don’t know where to start.
For our part, one of the biggest reasons we got into suburban homesteading is to improve our health, reduce our dependence on systems that could fail, and reduce our living expenses to get debt free. For many Americans, reducing healthcare costs is a huge part of that.
Of the over 4 billion prescriptions written every year, the United States and Canada make up more than 80% of the world’s prescription opioids (psychoactive medications). Between 1997 and 2012 prescription opioids increased in dosage by almost 500%. Pharmaceuticals and medical errors are now a leading cause of death. Painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death.
One caveat… Consult your doctor if you’re being treated for something! I’m sharing this as information ONLY.
|Prescribed Drug:||Natural Alternatives:|
Used for Pain
|Ginger, turmeric, berries, cayenne|
pepper, celery/celery seeds, cherries,
dark green veggies, walnuts.
Used to reduce LDL cholesterol
|Nuts, spinach, apples, turmeric, |
cranberries, tomatoes, green tea,
fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum
fruit, garlic, psyllium, fenugreek seeds,
butcher’s broom, licorice root, hawthorn
|LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) |
Used to reduce high blood pressure
|Any foods high in vitamin C (chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, |
dark leafy greens, broccoli), any foods
high in magnesium (chocolate, green
leafy vegetables, Brazil nuts, almonds,
cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin
and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black
walnuts), and any foods high in potassium
(mushrooms, bananas, dark green leafy
vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and
dates). Coconut oil/water and CoQ10.
| SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)|
Used to treat hypothyroidism
|Any foods containing iodine (seaweed, |
kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood, eggs,
bananas, cranberries, strawberries,
himalayan crystal salt). Copper, iron,selenium, and zinc. Exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day—enough to raise the
|PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of nexium) |
Used to reduce stomach acid
|Grapefruits, probiotics, broccoli sprouts,|
manuka honey, mastic gum, marshmallow tea, glutamine, slippery elm, aloe vera
juice, baking soda, pickle juice.
|AZITHROMYCIN AND AMOXICILLIN|
Used to treat bacterial infection
|Sunlight (vitamin D), garlic, coconut oil, |
turmeric, and foods high in vitamin B3
(salmon, sardines and nuts). Manuka
honey, olive leaf extract, green tea,
pau D’Arco, rose water, myrrh, grapeseed extract, golden seal, oregon grapes,
oregano oil, and probiotics.
Used as an oral anti-diabetic drug
|Black tea, Sunlight (vitamin D), turmeric,|
nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables,apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red
grapes, steel cut oatmeal, broccoli,
spinach, green beans and strawberries.