Medicine Cabinet Detox

I just read an interesting article on what medications can cause liver damage.  The article appeared in Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing in April of this year.  Considering the fact that one of the most important jobs your liver has is eliminating toxins it only make sense to take care of it. 

There are a number of things you can do to support your liver in its ability to filter out  the bad stuff included,  but not limited to,  supplements such as antioxidants, limiting exposure to chemicals and alcohol, as well eating whole foods. This  particular article mentioned the prescription medications that are harmful to your liver.

The article states: ” Drug induced liver injury now causes more than half of acute liver cases.” Quoted by Gerald Mullin, MD, director of Integrative GI Nutrition Services at John Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Mullin lists the some common drugs that cause liver damage:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin and ibuprofen)

Antifungal antibiotics (Sporanox and Lamisil)

Antihypertensives (diuretics and ACE inhibitors)

Antidepressants (SSRIs)

Statins (Lipitor or Zocor)

These are all FDA approved prescription drugs.  We live in a society where going to the doctor to get a pill to cure us is the norm.  Those pills come with risks.  Please research your prescriptions and make an informed choice. There are options outside of drugs.


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