Mar. 26, 2017

-First Action Step - Gain Access to Good, Clean, Organic Foods
- Second Action Step - Create A New Healthier Tradition for Holidays Especially Valentine's Day
- Third Action Step - What Do Single Women Need to Stop Telling Themselves About Relationships
- Fourth Action Step - What You Need To Know About Vaccinations
- Fifth Action Step - What You Need To Know About GMOs
- Sixth Action Step - Food Allergies vs. Environmental Allergies
- Seventh Action Step - What You Need To Know About Diabetes
- Eighth Action Step - What You Need To Know About Cancer
- Ninth Action Step - Know Your Numbers and Save Your Life

for "The Essential Women's Movement for African American Women"

How To Get Off All Medications
Mar. 26, 2017

by Cathy Harris, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Coach

Keep Your Important Numbers in Range in Order to Stay Off Medications

The number one reason most people are on medications is because their important numbers  are out of range. We explained in our last  e-newsletter, how you can bring your important numbers back in range and get off or keep from getting on any medications. 

Prescription Overdose is the Number 4 Killer in the U.S.

Have you ever wondered why television has all the long warning signs for all the new medications today? This is because PRESCRIPTION OVERDOSE is the NUMBER 4 KILLER in the U.S.. 

So let's recap. Diabetes is the number one killer of African Americans; Cancer number 2, Heart Disease number 3 and Prescription Overdose is number 4. 

In other communities you have Heart Disease as number 1, then Cancer as number 2, Diabetes as number 3 and then Prescription Overdose as number 4.  So no matter how you look at it, prescription overdose is the 4th largest killer of people today. 

Why Do People End Up On So Many Medications?

Many people, especially seniors, can be on up to 20 to 30 medications, which makes it impossible for anyone, including doctors, caregivers, family members, etc., to be able to figure out the interactions and side effects of some of the medications. 

Many people, especially seniors, think that when a doctor gives them medications, it's okay to continue to engage in other unhealthy habits such as eating an unhealthy diet, not exercising, and not getting enough sleep. However, this is when you need to become proactive and start taking steps to get off the medications, before they do major damage to your body.

The goal is to get off these medications within 6 months if you can. What you need to understand is that once you go on medications, you will end up on more medications because chances are the medications will cause other issues to flare up. And this is why people end up on so many medications.

Why So Many Medications for High Blood Pressure?

Seniors are too set in their ways and because of this, it will probably be too hard to get most off medications, but still family members need to help them try. 

Doctors are not interested in helping you get off any medications. Most seniors over the age of 65 are on at least 4 medications, and 3 are probably for high blood pressure.  So doctors don't even bother to take you off these medications for high blood pressure, they just add more. 

High blood pressure is a big issue for most people today.  Most people with serious diseases today also have high blood pressure, which makes it much worse and many kids today  8 years old and older are on high blood pressure (and diabetes) medications, mainly because of eating GMOs.

Doctors Are The Real Drug Pushers

When a doctor see that you are 50, 60 and especially in your 70s or 80s and you are not on any medications, even if your numbers are in range or especially when your numbers are close to being out of range, they or their nurses will suggest you go on medications so again they are the real drug pushers.  This is just what they have been taught by pharmaceutical industries, which funds medical schools.

Health Food Stores vs. Drug Stores

Health Food Stores:  The goal is to find a health food store or two with a line of natural detoxification products for your colon, liver, and kidneys, vitamin
and mineral supplements, and other natural products (toothpaste, soaps, deodorants, etc.) that work.

There are many health and wholefoods stores containing foods full of GMOs, so you need to know exactly what you are looking for when you walk into these types of organic venues. So conduct research ahead of time.

Drug Stores: Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs at drugstores are medicines that may be sold directly to a consumer without a prescription from a health care professional. Prescription drugs may only be sold to consumers possessing a valid prescription.

Side Effects of Medicines

Many people mix over-the-counter (OTC) medications with prescription medications, natural or herbal supplements consisting of herbs, from health or wholefood stores with prescription medications, alcohol and other drugs together -- so these are just some of the reasons they die from prescription overdoses. 

Millions of people take non-prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Taking over-the-counter medications incorrectly can trigger dizzy spells, jitters and gastrointestinal distress that can eventually lead to ulcers and other health concerns.

Many of these medicines contain the same active ingredients, even if they're marketed to treat different symptoms, so it is easy to double up unknowingly. Also combination formulas can contain drugs you don't need.

Over-the-counter and prescription medications might cause side effects. A side effect is usually regarded as an undesirable secondary effect, which occurs in addition to the desired therapeutic effect of a drug or medication.

Side effects may vary for each individual depending on the person's disease state, age, weight, gender, ethnicity and general health.

Be proactive when taking any medications, especially prescribed medications. Medical mistakes are made because:
  • There are over 1400 drugs that sound alike
  • People mix up medications
  • People take the wrong doses
  • People take medications with wrong foods
  • People mix herbal supplements with medications
That's why it's is extremely important to provide your doctor with a list of all the medications (other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, etc.) you are taking before he/she prescribes you any type of medication.

The side effects of prescribed medications should be listed with prescriptions, but find out more about side effects by: 
  • Always talk to the doctor that prescribed the medication about any potential side effects. 
  • You can also ask the pharmacist that filled the prescription. 
  • Go to and look up potential side effects for any and all medications.
Side effects can occur when commencing, decreasing/increasing dosages, or ending a drug or medication regimen.  When side effects of a drug or medication are severe, the dosage may be adjusted or a second medication may be prescribed. Lifestyle or dietary changes may also help to minimize side effects.

Long Term Effects of Medications

Many people need to understand the long term effects of medications. Medications, over-the- counter (OTC) or prescribed, can ravage your internal organs and eventually cause them to give out, especially your liver, which detoxifies these medications.

Organ failure is the real reason that most people die today. Diabetes, heart attacks, cancer are all organ failure diseases. There is a good chance that pharmaceutical use over the years has contributed to your organs becoming clogged, turning hard and slowing you down. 

So give your organs a break and get off all medications as soon as possible by eating a good, clean,  organic diet, drink good water, exercise and get plenty of rest. 

Not only will medications cause you to end up on other medications, but they will cause pain in your organs.  The goal is to reverse any damage that these  pharmaceuticals have caused before it's too late. 

When one organ fails, they all fail because your organs work as a team.  In many communities,
especially in African American communities, they do not donate organs, so it's extremely important to hang onto the organs that you already have.

Antibiotic overuse has become a pandemic problem. They are used in animal feed to make animals (especially chickens, turkeys, pigs, etc.) grow more quickly, in cows to make them produce more milk, and they are handed out like candy by many doctors to people with almost any ailment.

Even antidepressants are handed out to people suffering from just about any type of ailment. 
OB/GYN doctors are handing out antidepressants to women who have postpartum depression or the "baby blues" like candy. 

Postpartum depression is an illness, like diabetes or heart disease. But no one should ever be given "mind-altering" medications like antidepressants, unless they are monitored by the mental health community (psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health therapists, etc.).

The goal is to slowly take yourself off all medications. Chances are your UNHEALTHY eating habits probably contributed to the reasons you were taking the pharmaceuticals in the first place.  The pharmaceuticals simply acted as a "band-aid," which covered up the real reason you had the problem so get to the root of the issue, which again is probably your diet. 

Florida Pill Mill Epidemic

Many people are in pain in this country mostly because of their diets. Doctors in Florida brag about all they do is write prescriptions for seniors. They say it's the best life for a doctor. They write prescriptions for half a day, then spend the other half on the golf course. 

A few years ago patients use to pour into Florida from across the country because it was the unofficial "pill mill" capital of the country with 93 of the top 100 oxycodone-dispensing doctors in the United States.

Oxycodone, a powerful narcotic intended to treat intense, short-term pain, was being passed out like candy as part of a prescription cocktail that was popular with addicts. 

Oxycodone was causing more than four deaths a day, more than any other drug.  For a time, law enforcement didn't know what to do. They eventually  began aggressively cracking down, using laws against street drugs to prosecute doctors. Pain clinics were investigated, raided and shut down. Drug-dealing doctors were put on trial and sent to prison. 

Pick a "Board Certified" Doctor

The pharmaceutical industry in this country will always be "BIG BUSINESS." In other words, their only goals are to keep you on medications.
I discovered that doctors are programmed and conditioned by the pharmaceutical industry and they will not answer your questions because most don't know the answers. Most don't know anything about health or nutrition.

The goal is to get a doctor who is an "out of the box" thinker, however, most people are not in a position to do this.  When selecting a doctor, choose one that is "board certified."  But what exactly does that mean? Being board certified simply means better care for patients.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is recognized as the "gold standards" in physician's certifications.  Certification by an ABMS Member Board involves a rigorous process of testing, peer evaluations and periodic recertification that is designed and administered by specialists in the specific area of medicine. 

Don't Be Afraid to Switch Doctors

Many people are not comfortable with their doctors, therefore, they should find a doctor that they feel comfortable with. If you can't afford needed medications or if you lose your health insurance, start by talking to your doctor.

Tell your doctor about your change in status and ask if there is any flexibility on fees. Many physicians will offer a sliding scale or reduced payments to maintain the relationship.

He or she may be able to help with samples or in finding programs to get you what you need. When or if something does go wrong, you want to go to someone who you have a relationship with or someone who already knows your medical history.  If you are diagnosed with an illness, be proactive and always get "second" and "third" opinions.  

How To Limit Trips to Emergency Rooms (ER)

The key to staying healthy and avoiding trips to emergency rooms (ER) is to have a primary physician and go in for regular office visits and checkups. However, if you have an urgent problem, don't skip the emergency room.

Hospitals are often willing to make a payment plan and may even write off some of your bill. But the patient has to take the first step.  When the emergency is over, contacting the billing department as soon as possible will give you the best chance to reduce your costs. Once it gets turned over to a collection agency, the chances for charity basically go away.

Negotiating with the hospital is exactly what the insurance companies do. Insurers (a person who sells insurance) may pay only $3,000 for a procedure that a hospital will routinely bill an uninsured individual $9,000. Patients should ask that they be given the same rate as insurers.

The billing department will tell you initially that you have to pay the full amount. Ask to speak to a supervisor. Keep notes of these conversations. Be polite and persistent!

Find a High-Tech Hospital

Many hospitals are using a 19th century tool, a pen, in the 21st century. Bar coding has reduced error rates to "0 percent" so it's important to select a hospital that is high tech for you and your family members.

Many mistakes occur at hospitals all the time. One of the main reasons for mistakes in hospitals is nurses who are working 24-hour shifts.  Other mistakes that occur include:
  • Over 14,000 patients report waking up during surgeries.
  • Many have reported that doctors operated on wrong body parts (breast).
  • Doctors have also operated on the wrong side of the brain.
  • Others have reported that doctors have left surgical equipment in patients such as sponges or scissors (This occurs at least 40 times or more a week in the U.S.).
To avoid errors in hospitals:
  • Pick a high-tech hospital.
  • Make friends with your "hospitalist" (a specialist in inpatient medicine that can help you get procedures and get out of the hospital).
  • Avoid chit chat with doctors.
  • If you are scheduled for surgery, mark your body (aka "here" and "not here").
  • Know what medicines you are taking and carry them with you.
  • Be a smart patient (Be brave enough to speak up or stand up not just for yourself, but for the guy behind you).
To keep down catching germs in hospitals:
  • Insist that doctors wash their hands and clean their stereoscopes.
  • Use hand sanitizer and insist that your visitors use it also.
  • Don't let anyone bring flowers or plants (They might contain a fungi and it's never a good idea to sleep in a room with flowers and plants).
  • Don't let anyone sit on your bed.
  • Always clean television remotes, which are always dirty.
Make sure you have a "hospital advocate" who should be a family member or friend who can keep up with the checklist, all your medications, and talk to the doctors. 

If a family member will be in the hospital for a while, this advocate should make a list of family members, friends or think about hiring healthcare aids and workers to sit with them in the daytime and at night, especially if the patients are elderly.

Many elderly people need people to sit with them during the day and at night. They can get out of bed and slip and fall. Most people, especially the elderly, who break their hips, die within 2 years due to a sedentary lifestyle. The hospital also might have a list of healthcare aids and workers, so ask for it.

The goal is to get out of the hospital as soon as possible. Many people catch staph and other infections as long as they remain in hospitals. 
People who stay there with them also get infections from hospitals so the goal is to recuperate at home in a clean and sterile environment.

What To Do If You Don't Have Health Insurance

If you lose your health insurance or if you don't have health insurance be proactive by:
  • Ask your doctor's office about a payment plan
  • Ask for generic drugs
  • Ask for samples from doctors
  • Know your rights
  • Appeal any claims
  • Commit to your recovery by empowering yourself through holistic and natural healing
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the drug makers' trade group, provides free and low-cost drugs through its Partnership for Prescription Assistance ( Individual drug makers often have their own programs that offer free or reduced-cost drugs as well.


The bottomline is you need to get off all medicines and no matter your age, you can do this within 6 months to one year by taking the action steps below, especially by eating a good, clean, organic diet. The longer you wait to get off medications, the shorter time you will have to save your own life.  

You can live a long vibrant life, simply by becoming
entrenched in holistic and natural communities, which exist in every city. These communities have everything you need to live a long, healthy life and don't forget that the NUMBER ONE reason that you are on medications in the first place is because of the foods you are eating so GO ORGANIC today. 

Learn how to find these holistic communities by reading "How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide to Becoming Healthier Over the Next 30 Days" (Series 3) - available as an e-book and paperback.

Action Steps (Homework)

I am not trying to suggest that you go cold turkey off any medication, but the goal is to work your way up to getting off all medications. To do that take these steps:
  • Keep up with your important numbers and bring them back in range.
  • Eat a good, clean, organic diet.
  • Drink good, clean water.
  • Take daily supplements to assist your diets.
  • Get regular exercise (4 or 5 days a week).
  • Get plenty of rest (at least 7 or 8 hours).
  • Clean up your inside environment in your home by using only natural body and cleaning products.
  • Engage in regular detoxification of your colon, liver, kidneys and don't forget a regular heavy metal detox program.
  • Join holistic and natural communities in your city. 

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