20% of UK Adults now take more than 5 drugs a day!

Pills[1]Thursday, June 11, 2015

Around 20 % of adults are taking five or more pharmaceuticals a day—but nobody has assessed the side effects and reactions to this chemical cocktail, a leading scientist has warned. Although drug companies have to list possible side effects of individual remedies, they do not assess what the effects could be when several drugs are mixed together, Dr Angela Coulter, senior research scientist at Oxford University, says.  Half of the over-50s are taking at least one drug, and this increases dramatically as we get older. Hospital medical charts now have space for 30 different medications. In the UK, around one billion prescriptions are written annually, which suggests every doctor is issuing 45,000 every year to patients, says Simon Maxwell, professor of pharmacology at Edinburgh University.  This equates to 18 drugs for every person living in the UK, which means that many elderly are taking even more than that each day.

This is a continuing worry when we are taking more and more drugs to alleviate symptoms and without treating the cause. This research was only done on adults.  What would they find if the narrowed their research to young children?  With the ever increasing amount of young children on medication just for asthma alone what does their future look like if we do not address this issue before it gets too late.

Boost your Immune System

Remember PREVENTION is better than the CURE. We should be kick starting our immune system by taking Olive Leaf Extract. This wonderful plant contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties in combating the common cold and flu and any other nasty germs and bugs flying around.  Olive Leaf Extract is also used to lower cholesterol and helps balance the healthy bacteria in the gut.  For many that suffer with allergies I suggest starting on Olive Leaf Extract as early as possible as this helps build the immune system.

Vitamin C is also another anti-oxidant that certainly helps build up the immune system.  This is without a doubt my favourite for the fight against allergies. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables daily and supplement the diet with Vitamin C chewable 500g. We loose Vitamin C quickly through absorption and stress that we go through daily so it is imperative that you keep your levels as high as possible.