Common medicines, which 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 adaptogens 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 definition of adaptogen is simply more demanding - see the comparison of adaptogens and paracelsal drugs . Adaptogens and routine medications have their problems that are largely covered because they are a manifestation of the salesperson's natural market struggle with the customer. On this page I deal with the specific problems of common drugs. I discuss the problems of adaptogens 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 trade 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 past 100 years ( Phadke2005pps ). 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 looked at common medication only from the point of view of its effect on biological pathways , the range would be reduced to 200-300 of different treatment options . At the same time, we would find that 80% of the approved medicines account for over 20% of the most frequently affected biological pathways, while the remaining 20% of the substances cover the remaining 80% of the mechanisms. The seemingly inexhaustible amount of medication on pharmacy counters is reduced to a considerably smaller number of 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 block or activate biochemical pathways that do not naturally expect such intervention and can not cope with it. This opens the way for unwanted effects. These common medications make 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 the like). 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 is.
- Much more addictive are analgesics containing codeine - alnagon and its clones. Codeine slowly changes into morphine in the body and causes opiate addiction.
- Drugs that have destroyed many people around me are GABA A receptor agonists known as "sleeping pills". There are barbiturates, benzodiazepines, zolpidem and hundreds of other medicines, including the European panacea of ethanol. All of them 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 much 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 mental health, fortunately after the withdrawal. 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 sales match with the customer
Every good marketing expert knows that the only way to make money is to violate the competition rules. Health-related advertising articles have been a major concern 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 offensive, but I do not want to evaluate it too negatively, as 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 still 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.