Common medications that are mainly Paracelsus in our prevailing practice are not the subject of this site. But people often ask me to compare them with adaptogens or, respectively, Why adaptogens are better. I answer that I adapt adapogens because they are underestimated in medicine. If Paracelsus drugs were underestimated (as it was in the times of Paracelsus), I would have to defend you. The adaptogen definition is simply more demanding - see the comparison of adaptogens and paracelsal drugs . Adaptogens and common medications have their problems, which are largely covered because they are a manifestation of a natural market-based fight between a vendor and a customer. On this page I deal with specific problems of common medicines. I discuss the problems of adaptogenes elsewhere.
The variety of commercial drugs is only apparent
More than 8000 medicinal products are officially registered in the Czech Republic (see the database of the State Institute for Drug Control ). If there were no business names, and the drugs were only sold under their chemical name, only 1500-2000 different active ingredients would be on the pharmacies' shelters - only so many of them were allowed in the last 100 years ( Phadke2005pps ). Among these there are large groups of substances acting on the same biological pathway and having the same resulting effect. I would like to speculate that, if we only looked at common medication from the point of view of its effect on biological pathways , the range would be reduced to 200-300 different treatment options . At the same time, we would find that 80% of the authorized medicines account for over 20% of the most frequently affected pathways, while the remaining 20% of the substances cover the remaining 80% of the mechanisms. The seemingly inexhaustible amount of medication at the pharmacies' counters is thus reduced to considerably fewer treatment options, of which the vast majority of patients use only a small subset.
Many common medicines have side effects
At the heart of the problem is that the most common of all common drugs are allosteric blocking or activating biochemical pathways that naturally do not expect such intervention and can not cope with it. This opens the way for unwanted effects. These common medications cause much more changes in the body than the doctor wants. Suppression of symptoms (inflammation, fatigue , pain , etc.) can often be achieved quickly and efficiently, but at the cost of disregarding backward metabolic linkages. This is the principle of drug addiction and withdrawal syndromes.
- Examples of allosteric drugs are cyclooxygenase inhibitors , i.e., common " pain powders " (aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, diclofenac and others). Although often beneficial, these analgesics block the entire branch of synthesis of prostaglandins, signal molecules of the immune system. This will silence a significant portion of the immune communication, and it is unclear what feedback there will be.
- Much more addictive are analgesics containing codeine - alnagon and its clones. Codeine slowly changes into morphine in the body and causes opium addiction.
- Drugs that have killed many people around me are GABA A receptor agonists, known as "sleeping pills". These include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, zolpidem and hundreds of other medicines, including the European panacea of ethanol. All act on the alcohol receptor and it does not matter whether they are benzodiazepine or nonenzyzapine. The liver destroys less, but life has the ability to destroy as well as alcohol. I personally met with the women on the mug of sleeping pills.
- I also feel inclined to mention antipsychotics such as olanzapine and haloperidol. These drugs have severe side effects that virtually prevent the mental functioning of the remaining healthy brain circuits of the fools prescribed by them. Their administration to healthy people will destroy the mental health, fortunately after the abandonment. Fools with completely destroyed mental health are reassuring, but at the expense of somatic side-effects, such as constipation.
- I have not met personally with anti-acidic drugs, but I know from literature that they are proton pump blockers - they deactivate the entire biological pathway of secretion of hydrochloric acid. Their biggest problem is the post-drop reaction - an increase in acidity ( Niklasson2010dsd ).
Natural buyer's sales match with the customer
Every good marketing expert knows that the only way to make money is to violate the competition rules. Healthy advertising articles have been a major problem in recent scientific journals. They are no longer just articles, they are all advertising magazines. For example, the famous Elsevier has produced at least 6 in the last decade . This phenomenon has caused a public outcry, but I do not want to evaluate it too negatively because commercial articles are not yet evidence of Satan's activities. It is true that these articles tend to be negative for natural remedies, but what would you expect? After all, my Adaptogens site sells something - the idea that some natural remedies are a better substitute for paracelsic competition. I am therefore a market economy, because I consider the market fight of the seller and customer better than the market struggle of Brussels with the seller and the customer.