Any advice as a natural health advocate for something we can all do to help the environment?
— Mindful in McMurray
Good question, Mindful. Herbs and supplements are not often though of as being helpful to the environment. Let me explain:
Did you know that Americans fill more than 3 billion prescriptions a year? These drug residues end up on our lakes and rivers.. Hospitals and nursing homes flush away unused and expired prescriptions and consumers are told to do the same. Not to mention the medications that pass through the pill taker without being absorbed.
In drought conditions, rivers and streams provide less water for aquatic life, making the drugs more concentrated, bringing more detrimental effects. Antidepressants have been found in the liver and brain of catfish. Ibuprofen, steroids and antibiotics block fin regeneration in fish. What effect this will have on humans remains to be seen.
My advice would be to use as few pharmaceuticals as possible. Ask if your pharmacy will take back unused or expired drugs. Request that they begin a program to dispose of them safely. Try to use natural remedies whenever possible with the guidance of your health care provider.
How about Heartburn Free instead of that purple pill? It works just as well and is made from citrus. Skip the drugstore painkiller and match your symptoms to a non-toxic homeopathic remedy. They are effective and better for your stomach and liver too! Why rush out for an antibiotic for cold and flu? Use colloidal silver, Esberitox or Sambucol instead, to name a few. The list is endless. The staff at Sunny Bridge will be happy to direct you to the products you need.
Don’t discontinue use of any medications without consulting your doctor. Sometimes prescriptions ARE necessary and very appropriate. But for the sake of your own health and the health of the planet, try the natural solutions whenever you can.
Beaming with Health,