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Why Big Pharma Is Not Good for Our Planet

Big pharma medicineA whopping $1.05 trillion. According to The Motley Fool, that’s the total revenue of the global pharmaceutical market. When channel surfing in some countries, you’ll be bombarded with commercials touting the benefits of a particular drug. It seems that there’s a pill for every imaginable ill.

Sure, Western Medicine has its place at times. We’re concerned, however, that too many people rely on it. Instead, we encourage people to look to alternative therapies to enhance health. After all, Big Pharma drugs often come with serious side effects. They also can harm our planet.

The Environmental Impact of Medication

Did you know that pharmaceutical products enter the environment at different stages of their life cycle? Most often, that occurs during the production phase. Consider this example. The discharge of antibiotics into the environment can promote the natural development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. These disease-causing agents are tough to treat.

When discharged into waterways, pharmaceuticals also have a toxic effect on both animals and humans. Pharmaceutical pollution can seriously affect those living near production plants whose water and food sources are contaminated with waste from pharmaceutical products. That’s just wrong.

Traditional Alternative Medicine to Consider

AyurvedaIn addition to drug-free chiropractic care, here are some natural forms of healthcare that won’t harm the planet:

Acupuncture – This ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine uses ultrathin needles that are inserted into the body in specific areas. Acupuncture is used to relieve pain, reduce stress and much more.

Ayurveda – This traditional healing system has roots in the Indian subcontinent. Ayurveda was designed to restore balance to the body so it can self-heal.

Homeopathy – This therapy method is based on the belief that the body has the ability to cure itself.

Naturopathy – This system relies on using various natural remedies to allow the body to heal itself.

The Medicinal Effects of Food

Food and medicineWhile regular consumption of fast food is sure to fast-track you to poor health, eating a plant-based diet can pave the way to a healthier you.

Is your dinner plate replete with vividly coloured foods? Whether you’re fond of golden sweet potatoes, Chinese kale, ruby-hued pomegranate or dragon fruit, fruits and vegetables are rich in powerful antioxidants that can boost physical and mental health. In addition, herbs such as garlic and spices like turmeric are notorious for their health-promoting properties.

So instead of popping a pill, toss more fruits and vegetables into your shopping cart. Your health and wallet will thank you.

Caring for People and the Planet

We believe that in our patients’ journey towards a holistic path of healing, we can help heal the environment from the negative impacts of pharmaceuticals. Schedule an appointment today.

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