363 – Drug Induced Nutrient Depletion can Harm Your Health

If you take pharmaceutical meds, you need to know this.

In this interview, Ross Pelton, the Natural Pharmacist, discusses the risk of drug induced nutrient depletions. This is a serious issue for everyone who uses medications. Many if not most medications carry the risk of side effects and nutrient depletions. These risks are not usually shared with patients and they are not usually defined by the drug companies.

Ross is the author of the book The Drug Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook which is unfortunately out-of-print. Ross has created an 18 page print out of his most important recommendations and you can download this free report print out. CLICK HERE to go to the download link.

Example – statin drugs

Anti-cholesterol drugs: HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors, AKA statin drugs. Here is a class of drugs in search of a disease. Statin drugs are prescribed for everyone who has a cholesterol level of 200 or greater. However studies have shown that they are only beneficial for 1% of the patients who use them. In this instance, statins are not beneficial for most people for reducing heart attacks, strokes or death. However statin drugs have side effects and can cause nutrient depletions, especially CoQ10. Here are some of the issues caused by a CoQ10 depletion:

  • Lower energy
  • Accelerate aging
  • Increase blood pressure
  • Increase mitochondrial DNA damage
  • Increase congestive heart failure
  • Increase cardiovascular risk
  • Increase asthma
  • Increase osteoporosis
  • Increase muscle cramps

This is so important on several levels:

  • First – For those who need ongoing medication, the risk of nutrient deficiency is a serious complication. Chronic lack of essential nutrients can cause additional problems.
  • Second – These additional problems may not be easily identified and may occur days, weeks or months later as these effects become greater and more impactful. Additional problems can lead to more medications.
  • Third – Many people are over medicated. Many people take medications that will not provide the promised benefits. We have discussed this in several important interviews. CLICK HERE for my most important podcast on this topic.

Drug induced nutrient depletions are common for thousands of drugs. Ross’ report can get you started on understanding which classes of drugs have this potential, what are the important nutrient depletions and what negative effects this can have on human health. You need take responsibility to protect yourself. Don’t count on the doctors or drug companies to guide you.

Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN

Ross Pelton

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Ross Pelton is the Natural Pharmacist. He received his BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. He also has a PhD in psychology and is a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). In October 1999, Ross was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Pharmacists in America by American Druggist magazine for his work in natural medicine. He is the author of ten books and numerous online health seminars. Ross is currently the scientific director for Essential Formulas. The link to his blog and personal website is naturalpharmacist.net.

Essential Formulas

Celebrating 20 Years of “Proven Probiotic Science,” Essential Formulas Incorporated (EFI) is the sole U.S. distributor of world-renowned microbiologist Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira’s award-winning probiotic supplements and skincare products. Always an innovator, EFI introduced Reg ’Activ® in 2015. Reg’Activ products contain Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, which is a unique strain of probiotic bacteria that produces the “Master Antioxidant” glutathione. Essential Formulas is a family-owned and operated company whose mission is to market premium probiotics and other high-quality health-related products in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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