QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What's the difference between paying for medicines vs paying for supplements?

I actually like this person’s thinking! 

Here are my thoughts:  If you’re taking a single prescription medicine, you’re risking a paragraph of potential known side effects.  If you take just one moreprescription medicine, the situation becomes more ominous.  You’ll risk not only the potential side effects from each of the two drugs, you’ll also risk the unknownside effects from combining the two drugs together!  The risks of combining drugs are more than I would want to deal with.  Then, what happens if you add a third, a fourth or more drugs to the mix?  There is simply no way for any regulating agency to test for all the potential drug combinations.  It would be impossible.  Yet, you ARE the test subject.  You ARE the guinea pig when you take any more than two drugs at a time. 

Contrast that with nutrition.  Dive into some romaine lettuce, and you’ll risk zero side effects.  Combine it with organic tomatoes?  Still no side effects.  A little olive oil on top?  Still no side effects.  Throw a bunch of organic veggies into a giant bowl, eat the whole thing, and wash it all down with high-quality, food-derived supplements, and IT WILL DO YOU NOTHING BUT GOOD. 

That’s the phrase – “Nothing But Good.”  Switching from pills that merely mask symptoms, to strategies that do you “nothing but good” is what I favor.  That’s the goal.  The $400 you were spending on side effect-riddled pills would be SO much better used for foods and supplements and strategies that do nothing but help you. 

Eventually, the symptom-specific supplements could be reduced if you could just get down to their root cause.  Then, your overall health budget could reduce, as well.

But here’s the thing:  In my book, $400 on foods and supplements that nourish the body into fighting symptoms on its own is a heck of a lot better than $400 to just mask the degradation your body is experiencing by not dealing with the cause.  But what do I know?  I’m just a former pharmaceutical rep who walked away from the drug companies on principle only to find a better way through nutrition.  (AND I still use the word, “heck.”)