DRUG MUGGERS: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients–And Natural Ways to Restore Them By Suzy Cohen a licensed Pharmacist and America’s most trusted Pharmacist.
Prescription drugs are taken by millions to help with diseases and chronic conditions, however in the process these medications also deplete the body’s natural stores of vitamins, minerals, and hormones and cause other serious health issues. Pharmacist Suzy Cohen calls these medications “Drug Muggers” and says it is essential to replenish what a drug mugger steals from the body, to understand the side effects of prescription drugs, and avoid possibly catastrophic health Consequences.
Depression, osteoporosis or irregular heartbeat- It could be caused by a deficiency in the mineral magnesium. Common drug muggers include female hormones, diuretics, raloxifene, tea/coffee, anti-inflammatories and aspirin.
Bald patches, loss of taste/smell, erectile dysfunction or chronic diarrhea- It might be zinc deficiency. Common drug muggers are anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, antacids, ulcer/heartburn meds, diuretics and estrogen drugs used for birth control and menopause.
Leg cramps, muscle spasms, memory loss or fatigue- May be a deficiency of CoQ10 (ubiquinol). This life-sustaining antioxidant gets demolished by hundreds of medications including statin cholestrol drugs, metformin, anti-depressants, beta blockers and diuretics.
Cell damage, high homocysteine, cataracts, macular degeneration, liver problems- It could be tied to low glutathione, a powerful antioxidant needed to detoxify poisons in the body. Acetaminophen is a possible drug mugger of glutathione.
Pins and needles nerve pain, depression, fatigue, anemia, weight gain- This could be related to a deficiency of B vitamins. Your stash gets depletedby female hormones 9menopause and birth control), antacids, ulcer meds, diuretics, raloxifene, cholestyramine, diabetic drugs, tea/coffee.
If you are familiar with my syndicated column “Dear Pharmacist” and my other books, you know that I write in simple terms. Big complicated words give most people a headsche. In this book, I’ve done my best to keep concepts simple, but I am aware that many of you want to bring “Drug Muggers” to your physician’s office to get approval for certain nutrients you want to take. Your doctor may scratch his head and say he’s never heard about “Drug Muggers”. This is your cue to hand him my book. The concept is real, but the term was invented by my husband , Sam, who came up with it in a flash of brilliance (which occasionally happens when I bake him banana nut bread). I have offered a few deeper scientific explanations within the book for the benefit of physicians, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists,naturopaths, and other practioners who may be seeking more background.