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The average person (19-64) takes 3-7 prescription medications daily...

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 18, 2012 at 1:00 AM

So, how about those of us on Paleo? Do we take as many? Are you down from what you used to be taking?

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(624)

on December 17, 2013
at 03:54 PM

I, too, took antibiotics for acne, but for more like 6 years. I'll probably never fully recover. The antibiotics may well be the reason I lost my appendix, for all I know. These are really dangerous drugs with lasting effects that drug studies simply fail to ever uncover. They don't consider the importance of our microbiome, only our immediate reactions.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

@Crowlover: Second day of chemo (5th cycle)...so crappy...but waiting for it to pass, by asking lots of annoying questions on here :-)

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on July 19, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Not quit filling that one... See I don't know how write my native tongue... another reason why I should not have children

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on July 19, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Then 1... And until you can find a paleo sub that doesn't involve counting calendar days (which I'm not quite convinced actually works) I'll be happy to be non-paleo and not fill that one

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on July 19, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I think they're trying to scare you into taking some by hinting. "What do you mean you haven't seen all those big pharma commercials of happy people running through fields, you sure you don't want something for your restless ears?" :)

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on July 18, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I get the same thing. Like I must be lying.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on July 18, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Please reconsider taking antibiotics for acne. I did that for like 2 YEARS when I was in my early 20s. It wrecked my digestive system and you know what, the acne came right back when I stopped. Antibiotics aren't curing the underlying reason you get acne, they just suppress it. It's not worth the harm you will do to your body.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Of course I do.....it often falls on deaf ears or they look at me like I'm crazy. One doctor who had leaky gut himself was the most sympathetic to me and helpful but even he put me on a probiotic that I reacted to because it had soy in it, after being told I'm allergic to soy.....one person can complain only so much....

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:03 PM

I mean, we're all gonna die, yes, but maybe we can do it peacefully when the time comes and with most of our faculties intact, rather than inching toward it slowly, fighting a decrepit, aching, immobile body and broken spirit.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:02 PM

Good for you for recognizing that you *CAN* turn it around! None of us is *destined* to end up like our relatives who might not have known better.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Yeah. When they start adding statins to the water supply, I'm moving to Mars.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:59 PM

HOLY CRAP......

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:57 PM

YIKES! KA24 - good point. I think the same thing when I hear however many gallons of soda the "average" American drinks. I drink none, so that means someone out there is drinking way more than the already terrifying average.

E7e57f3e3a156df4072ca85d463f8ed3

(358)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Of course it counts.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 18, 2012
at 04:19 PM

Best of luck! And it's definitely a good idea to wean - when I lost my insurance and couldn't afford $600/month for prescriptions, I had to go cold turkey. For drugs that are supposedly nonaddictive and don't get you high, there were some pretty bad withdrawal symptoms. Just stay on top of your symptoms and be safe! :)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 18, 2012
at 04:16 PM

CNN article says 12, Forbes article says 11.7. Still not seeing any daily data. I don't find it hard to believe at all that 3-7 daily could be the average. (The Forbes article also stated the West Virginians are the most medicated - so not surprised!)

Medium avatar

(4878)

on July 18, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Good for you! Hopefully they'll see your success and realize there is a better way.

Medium avatar

(4878)

on July 18, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Do you mention your thoughts to the Drs? THEY need feedback that the pharm industry just uses them as a drug pushing channel. I always complain if I see waste as our health issues will create a bigger crisis than the financial collapse we just barely survived.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Those are comparable to the stats I found. I am guessing a lot of it could be diet and lifestyle preventable.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Yep, Americans are way over-medicated

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 12:06 PM

I agree. I hate when people down vote for seemingly no reason

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 12:02 PM

Me? I'm 36 yrs old

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 12:01 PM

And http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/17/most-medicated-states-lifestyle-health-prescription-drugs.html

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 11:55 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/31/med.nation.too.many.meds/index.html Found this from CNN doing a 3 sec google search

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 11:51 AM

@raisefitness: I'll see if I can find the source, although I don't find it so hard to believe.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:14 AM

Also, it appears this study only refers to those in the United States. I don't have any hard research, but I'd wager that most other first-world countries probably have a lower rate.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:32 AM

lol. Ask away baby. Ask away! Hang in.

E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

(644)

on July 18, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Lots of OVER-MEDICATED people out there

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 18, 2012
at 04:09 AM

I agree with you, RaiseFitness, but when we are talking 11 prescriptions per year, who knows what that amounts to daily? Could be seven that are daily and four that were short-term for specific ailments, or broken up in any other way. So 3-7 might be a close estimate, might not be, but I certainly wouldn't trust an insurance agent's word, either.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 03:14 AM

I mean a published source....insurance agents pull numbers out of their ass all the time. I found it through Kaiser health.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 03:06 AM

@RaiseFitness: Ask any life insurance agent. That's where I got my numbers from.

140e2a7ebd23d56038f8b597bab28464

(185)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:57 AM

Thank you for the advice. My IUD is copper, I will have to keep note of any abnormal copper levels. Are there any signs I should look out for? I don't go for bloodwork often.... Another reason I'm on no meds is because there is nothing wrong with me! :) [knock on wood]

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 02:31 AM

BEst I could find for a reference source was http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/26/fda-on-otc-drugs.aspx?e_cid=20120326_DNL_art_2 claiming people int the age bracket 19-64 had 11 prescriptions filled annually. A little lower estimate than what we are working with here.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:30 AM

Julia that's great (IMO) to use a non-hormonal. Just be careful if your IUD is copper. Mine was and I ended up with toxic high levels of copper which I am still working on lowering 15 years later. Too high copper is bad news. It doesn't happen to everyone of course but if I was to do it again (or if my daughter wanted a copper IUD) I would get regular blood levels to make sure it wasn't accumulating. Good luck.

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on July 18, 2012
at 02:22 AM

Oh and I'm 28. I've had the hypertension since I was 15, though we didn't figure out the cause until I was 19. Healthy weight, regular exercise (Crossfit), and low-salt diets have all done jack to reduce it any.

Medium avatar

(3213)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:21 AM

How old are you?

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on July 18, 2012
at 02:21 AM

I take 5. Birth control, 2 for depression, and 2 for blood pressure (genetic kidney condition, not much I can do about it). I might be adding a prescription nasal spray since I can't get allergy shots anymore due to one of my BP meds.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:20 AM

I agree Luckie. Why downvote this? If you don't like the Q, don't answer it!

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:20 AM

WOW! I would love to see that broken down further into age brackets... still that's the AVERAGE so for many, its higher! Yikes

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:34 AM

I don't know who is butthurt and doing the downvoting on perfectly legit questions and answers, but +1 for balance. I guess someone really likes their pills or they're a pharma rep?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Thanks. That was the point I was trying to make. Clearly if people are taking that many prescriptions, there ARE a lot of unhealthy people out there. with 2/3 of Americans overweight or obese, there ARE a lot of unhealthy people out there. Apparently I offended someone.

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:29 AM

I voted you back up because I think it's great that you don't take any prescriptions - and you stated the obvious. There are a LOT of sick people out there and I was one of them before Paleo. Now I'm on now meds and feel better than I ever have in my ENTIRE life (I'm 43). Who knew it was all "simply" the food choices I made??

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:22 AM

I am curious why I answer a question legitimately and get downvoted. Be bold and state your reasoning.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:07 AM

So the average person takes 5 prescriptions daily? Where did you get that from?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:05 AM

I've met people who take 20+ per day! NUTS!

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:00 AM

I take two on a regular basis, personally.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:08 AM

I haven't taken a daily prescription in my adult life. So its been at least 15 yrs or more. Sounds like a bunch of unhealthy people out there.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Thanks. That was the point I was trying to make. Clearly if people are taking that many prescriptions, there ARE a lot of unhealthy people out there. with 2/3 of Americans overweight or obese, there ARE a lot of unhealthy people out there. Apparently I offended someone.

4929a87e3f7438f18a0afbdde291ed5e

(752)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:29 AM

I voted you back up because I think it's great that you don't take any prescriptions - and you stated the obvious. There are a LOT of sick people out there and I was one of them before Paleo. Now I'm on now meds and feel better than I ever have in my ENTIRE life (I'm 43). Who knew it was all "simply" the food choices I made??

E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

(644)

on July 18, 2012
at 04:51 AM

Lots of OVER-MEDICATED people out there

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 12:06 PM

I agree. I hate when people down vote for seemingly no reason

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:22 AM

I am curious why I answer a question legitimately and get downvoted. Be bold and state your reasoning.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:17 AM

I did for about six months. Terrible, terrible six months. They wrecked my digestive system and I haven't recovered yet. Never again. The medications are often worse than the illnesses they are supposed to treat.

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474ae29b80569199c6589e879e6cd7d1

on July 18, 2012
at 01:24 PM

The following is a bit more broken down by age, as per http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=268&cat=5. I think it means the total prescriptions taken each year, so ongoing use of a drug would count as one instance as would a one-time use of an antibiotic.

0-18 - 3.8

18-64 - 11.3

65+ - 31.1

I would never have guessed it would be so high.

Personally, I take zero and haven't had any prescriptions in a couple of years. I wonder how much is due to poor health and how much is due to the classification of a normal health status as a treatable disease (e.g. ADD drugs and statins)?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 18, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Those are comparable to the stats I found. I am guessing a lot of it could be diet and lifestyle preventable.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:59 PM

HOLY CRAP......

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on July 18, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I'm 45, and with the exception of BC pills for a few miserable months long, long ago I have never been on any prescription meds. I'd like to keep it that way, to the extent that I can.

That said, there were some conditions I could have got a prescription for: allergy meds, in particular, but also anti-depressants, and possibly even Ritalin. And I'm sure if I'd gone to a doctor, I could have been diagnosed with all kinds of things requiring medication (especially high blood pressure). But I've spent most of my adult life without health insurance, so getting in to see a doc for anything that wasn't an emergency? It just wasn't going to happen, and didn't. So no prescriptions.

ETA: One thing I feel I should add--most of my close family members were a healthy bunch, when I was a kid. But once they got into their 60s, that's when they started breaking down physically and chronic illnesses emerged. Most of them are on at least two daily medications, now, and some are on a lot more. That I turned up pre-diabetic while only in my 40s is unusual, given my family history--it didn't happen to my dad (who I take after most) until he was 62.

He's 69 now, and in less than a decade I've watched him go from a fairly vigorous middle-aged guy to an old man shuffling off to lots of doctors' appointments as his various ailments have emerged. It's been such a rapid change (especially in the last two years), and between that and discovering I was pre-diabetic it's been a wake-up call. No, I'm not on any prescription meds now, but I'm also at a point where if I don't make crucial, lasting changes to my diet and way of living now, I'll end up on them, like it or not, before I know it.

When I was younger I used to be able to think, "Oh, that'll never happen to me," but now? I know that's delusional thinking. I got a ,clear final warning: it is happening to me, and earlier than I could have imagined. And that's why it's been easy for me to stick with paleo (or at least primal)--I'm running out of chances to turn things around so I won't end up doctor- and drug-dependent, and I know it.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:03 PM

I mean, we're all gonna die, yes, but maybe we can do it peacefully when the time comes and with most of our faculties intact, rather than inching toward it slowly, fighting a decrepit, aching, immobile body and broken spirit.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:02 PM

Good for you for recognizing that you *CAN* turn it around! None of us is *destined* to end up like our relatives who might not have known better.

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140e2a7ebd23d56038f8b597bab28464

(185)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:20 AM

I just (as in yesterday) switched to an non-hormonal IUD birth control. That nixed my one and only prescription. I am eager to see what kind of changes I experience from the change.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:30 AM

Julia that's great (IMO) to use a non-hormonal. Just be careful if your IUD is copper. Mine was and I ended up with toxic high levels of copper which I am still working on lowering 15 years later. Too high copper is bad news. It doesn't happen to everyone of course but if I was to do it again (or if my daughter wanted a copper IUD) I would get regular blood levels to make sure it wasn't accumulating. Good luck.

140e2a7ebd23d56038f8b597bab28464

(185)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:57 AM

Thank you for the advice. My IUD is copper, I will have to keep note of any abnormal copper levels. Are there any signs I should look out for? I don't go for bloodwork often.... Another reason I'm on no meds is because there is nothing wrong with me! :) [knock on wood]

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0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

on July 18, 2012
at 01:39 AM

0...don't plan on taking anything anytime soon

im 22

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A2e73b869061fc20067e4ef8f26f83f0

(140)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Wow. So this must be why doctors always seem so unconvinced when I tell them I'm not on any medication.

"You're SURE you aren't on any prescription medications?"

Yes! WTF?

I was on birth control for 10 years, though, and I've been on anti-depressants in the past.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on July 19, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I think they're trying to scare you into taking some by hinting. "What do you mean you haven't seen all those big pharma commercials of happy people running through fields, you sure you don't want something for your restless ears?" :)

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on July 18, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I get the same thing. Like I must be lying.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 18, 2012
at 11:53 AM

0....I have no intention of taking supplements or other meds unless absolutely necessary. I have always avoided them, they often make me sicker (I'm sure the fillers or something in it)

If you need them, take them, if they work, great, if not, change or try something else....its all relative to the person who might need them or the doctor who is doing his 'job' of over perscribing them.

I've noticed every time I take my kids in for colds or coughs they perscribe 5+ different meds, we always sort through them and take only what is needed to regain health quickly. Such a waste of money, its definitely big business at work.

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(4878)

on July 18, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Do you mention your thoughts to the Drs? THEY need feedback that the pharm industry just uses them as a drug pushing channel. I always complain if I see waste as our health issues will create a bigger crisis than the financial collapse we just barely survived.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:08 PM

Of course I do.....it often falls on deaf ears or they look at me like I'm crazy. One doctor who had leaky gut himself was the most sympathetic to me and helpful but even he put me on a probiotic that I reacted to because it had soy in it, after being told I'm allergic to soy.....one person can complain only so much....

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E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

(644)

on July 18, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Whoa that is a scary statistic- but I believe it- we are a drugged up nation- people start their INFANTS on drugs these days-Dr's hand out prescriptions like candy. Pharmaceutical companies are all about profit. I never plan on taking any prescription drugs- Healthy mind, healthy habits, healthy diet, healthy relationships= no need for Rx.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Yeah. When they start adding statins to the water supply, I'm moving to Mars.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 18, 2012
at 02:25 AM

Currently on thyroid meds but that's two. Wait - my Estrogen and Testosterone are Rx meds... progest is too but only for ease of ordering. I could buy it OTC.

I did have a horrible bout of viral induced asthma last winter and was on Albuterol for a good week then weaned off. That was insane. I did however refuse the propelled inhalers as I didn't want all that crap, just the Albuterol. People don't get how toxic those propellants are, even though they were slightly improved some years back. Still unless Im dying, Im not using one. They are meant to be used for "rescue" not for planned administration. The Nebrilizer is much better.

How are you doing Chinaeskimo?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:32 AM

lol. Ask away baby. Ask away! Hang in.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

@Crowlover: Second day of chemo (5th cycle)...so crappy...but waiting for it to pass, by asking lots of annoying questions on here :-)

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Medium avatar

on December 17, 2013
at 03:49 PM

I was on non-health-related, kind of ridiculous prescriptions: Ritalin and a daily antibiotic for acne. I still can't believe that they prescribe something so harmful to ourselves and risky to the future as antibiotics for something so benign as mild acne.

The thing is, I really needed the Ritalin to function for most of my life. I can honestly say that Paleo has cured my life long affliction with ADHD! And here I thought I'd grown dependent on the drug from long term overuse; really I was just sick. The acne is pretty much gone too.

The last time I got a prescription it was for antibiotics from the dentist and it wreaked havoc on my gut. I now specially request to not be placed on preventative antibiotics.

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14e5586c70610bdaef9f29efabaafefe

on December 17, 2013
at 02:11 PM

I wanted to add, when my father in law died at age 70 he was on 27 Rx meds!!! TWENTY SEVEN. He was morbidly obses, heart disease, gout, RA, high BP, hietal (sp?) hernia, etc etc etc. ALL from overeating the typical American diet for decades. My mother in law was worried to lose is Social Security, until she realized his entire SS check went to pay for this Rx meds. She came out just fine.

0
14e5586c70610bdaef9f29efabaafefe

on December 17, 2013
at 02:09 PM

Armour Thyroid is it. I'm 50 and have never taken anything but BC and thyroid Rx.

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F78a046c14c35a2f78066b95f9fb0d3d

on December 17, 2013
at 06:14 AM

I'm a walking drug store. I take approx. 13 different pills on a daily basis ... all essential to my well being.

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on July 18, 2012
at 08:11 PM

I am no longer taking any prescription medications. I do occasionally take Zyrtec (which used to be prescription so I won't discount it) but I am trying to wean myself off of it entirely. Last year at this time I was taking Zyrtec daily, and using fluonase multiple times a day, and using two separate asthma medicines.

I have in the past been on several forms of hormonal birth control (traded in for a copper IUD), several different allergy medicines, long-term antibiotics for acne, two stints on an SSRI for panic attacks, so many prescription skin creams for acne and eczema (since childhood) that I lost count, steroid injections for eczema as a teenager, and a year on Lamisil for toenail fungus.

And that doesn't even count the ones I threw out and never filled.

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8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:13 PM

Does birth control count?

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on July 19, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Not quit filling that one... See I don't know how write my native tongue... another reason why I should not have children

E7e57f3e3a156df4072ca85d463f8ed3

(358)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Of course it counts.

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on July 19, 2012
at 07:28 PM

Then 1... And until you can find a paleo sub that doesn't involve counting calendar days (which I'm not quite convinced actually works) I'll be happy to be non-paleo and not fill that one

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:11 PM

I take 1 Rx for T2 diabetes and use herbs to control my horrendous periods. I am working toward reducing/eliminating the need for the diabetes med, but so far still need it.

Edit: I do keep a rescue inhaler on hand for asthma, but haven't needed to use it in quite some time.

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Af2662fc82df87952abb3fdf16b20aa4

(410)

on July 18, 2012
at 10:54 AM

I'm in the process of coming off my antipsychotic at the moment (after lifestyle/ diet/ environment adjustments seem to have reversed my bipolar/depression symptoms) and will be med free in a month's time.

I'm 20 and I've been medicated since I was 16 and to be honest I feel more than a little let down by the mental health services I've engaged with over that time because nobody really let me know that there were other options out there that might have eased my symptoms. I'm in the UK so 'big Pharma' shouldn't be influencing the NHS as much as it maybe does in the USA.

None of the medications that they tried worked for an extended period of time. I've been tried on 4 different anti-depressants without any improvement in my symptoms.

When the most recent one sent me into an impulsive and suicial tailspin benzodiazepines were added in to control those symptoms.

It is only on my request that I've being taken off my current med. Doctors were unwilling but I made it clear that if they didn't agree to wean me off them I would come off them cold turkey and they didn't want that.

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(4878)

on July 18, 2012
at 03:16 PM

Good for you! Hopefully they'll see your success and realize there is a better way.

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(10480)

on July 18, 2012
at 04:19 PM

Best of luck! And it's definitely a good idea to wean - when I lost my insurance and couldn't afford $600/month for prescriptions, I had to go cold turkey. For drugs that are supposedly nonaddictive and don't get you high, there were some pretty bad withdrawal symptoms. Just stay on top of your symptoms and be safe! :)

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(5005)

on July 18, 2012
at 07:39 AM

I have an inhaler for asthma - wish I didn't, but it is needed. That aside, I haven't had any medication for years and years... and I am almost 60. I don't even know the name of our medical centres GP's.

My partner also has no meds at all. I am sure it is because we use no seed oils, no grains, eat mainly organic and are really well nourished.

Most of our contemporaries - close friends and some relatives - are on all sorts of pills. And they keep commenting on "how well you look - how do you stay so slim and look so well?"

But it is hard to reply without sounding sort of preachy?

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:58 AM

Zero. And I haven't taken any in years. I've only taken an antibiotic if I'm really sick, like this year I had strep throat that knocked me on my ass for nearly a month. At one point many years ago I took Paxil, which made me gain a hundred pounds. And, when it stopped working and I had to detox after being on it, I had a fun string of other health issues, like food allergies and intolerances. Oh boy!

I do have a non hormone IUD that I've had for 5 years plus. I take 5HTP instead of an anti-depressant/anxiety med, I tinker with the dosage every so often depending on the season or if I'm feeling extra stressed/nutty.

I'm almost 34.

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on July 18, 2012
at 04:54 AM

i take one. and its bs. its an antibiotic for my acne and i dont think its gonna work.

i sometimes take vitamin d - 1000iu, fermented cod liver/butter oil, omega 3 fish oil and rarely...zinc 25mg

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(3850)

on July 18, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Please reconsider taking antibiotics for acne. I did that for like 2 YEARS when I was in my early 20s. It wrecked my digestive system and you know what, the acne came right back when I stopped. Antibiotics aren't curing the underlying reason you get acne, they just suppress it. It's not worth the harm you will do to your body.

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(624)

on December 17, 2013
at 03:54 PM

I, too, took antibiotics for acne, but for more like 6 years. I'll probably never fully recover. The antibiotics may well be the reason I lost my appendix, for all I know. These are really dangerous drugs with lasting effects that drug studies simply fail to ever uncover. They don't consider the importance of our microbiome, only our immediate reactions.

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on July 18, 2012
at 01:07 AM

I only take one per day and it's a nasal spray for my asthma. I used to take it twice a day, and now I am down to three times a week (on bad weeks). I cannot say that being primal is 100% the cause, but I certainly feel that having lower systematic inflammation has to be beneficial...

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(5795)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:01 AM

That's scary because I take zero and haven't in 6 years. Does that mean for every me out there, someone is taking 6-14 a day? My oh my...

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(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 12:02 PM

Me? I'm 36 yrs old

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(4100)

on July 18, 2012
at 01:05 AM

I've met people who take 20+ per day! NUTS!

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(3213)

on July 18, 2012
at 02:21 AM

How old are you?

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(8014)

on July 18, 2012
at 05:57 PM

YIKES! KA24 - good point. I think the same thing when I hear however many gallons of soda the "average" American drinks. I drink none, so that means someone out there is drinking way more than the already terrifying average.

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