Some of the most popular drugs in America actually rob the body of essential nutrients, leaving us with a long list of other mysterious symptoms that often lead to—you guessed it—more ailments and prescriptions. This doesn’t have to be the case. Suzy Cohen, RPh, “America’s Most Trusted Pharmacist” and author of Drug Muggers, recently spoke at the Natural Cures Summit, where she identified some the top drug-mugging medications—and offered ways to avoid common nasty side effects.”At least half of the drugs approved in the United States commonly deplete specific nutrients, creating the need for nutritional supplementation. More drugs probably deplete nutrients; we just don’t have the data to prove it yet. The mechanisms by which drugs mug you can vary,” she writes in Drug Muggers.
Cohen says most people assume it’s because the drug grabs hold of a nutrient in the gut and takes it out of the system through the gastrointestinal tract (called chelation). Certainly, a drug can mug you this way, but there are other ways, too, she notes:
- Altering the acidity in your gastrointestinal or urinary tract
- Stimulating or inhibiting enzymes involved in the transport of nutrients around your body
- Stimulating or inhibiting enzymes involved in activating nutrients or in transforming them into more usable substances.
Certain drugs require specific nutrients in order to work; they might need to bind to a protein, for example, or perhaps they require a specific nutrient in order to be detoxified in your liver, she explains in Drug Muggers.
“Basically it’s the biggest rip-off that could ever happen, and you never see it coming,” she said during the Natural Cures Summit. “It’s nutrients that are being stolen from your body by the medicines you take, by the foods that you eat, or drinks that you drink.”