Treating The Symptoms Is Killing Us

Sleepless woman Traditional medicines focus on treating symptoms, instead of causes, is literally killing thousands of people every year. Americans using FDA sanctioned drugs, as directed, are dying at the rate of one every three to five minutes. In fact, the average American has a 26% chance of being hospitalized from a drug injury from the effects of a lifetime of drug taking. Of the 30 million people admitted to hospitals each year, approximately ten percent, or 3 million, are admitted specifically because of adverse drug reactions. In 1995, a JAMA report noted that, “…approximately 280,000 die annually as a result of these injuries.”

The very drugs that are being used to treat various illnesses are causing more American deaths in one year than occurred in the entire Vietnam War! Yet, in spite of the fact that these FDA approved drugs are killing over 100,000 Americans each year, people still believe health comes from a doctor prescribed pill bottle. Annual spending on drugs continues to grow by 12% or more each year. The public and the medical profession have been brainwashed into believing drug therapy is a safe and effective way to “cure” every ailment known to man.

This starts at an early age as our kids become jaded and used to the idea of lining up for the school nurse to dispense their Ritalin and other psychotropic drugs. To safeguard their stranglehold on public perception, the pharmaceutical industry makes sure doctors are thoroughly duped with half-truths and pseudo-science about the newest, greatest wonder drugs.

In 2001, drug companies paid for over 60% of the costs of all doctors’ continuing education classes. And over 80,000 drug reps give away $11 billion worth of samples each year. There is now one drug rep for every doctor in the United States.

Rx DrugsNo One Has A Drug Deficiency

The list of drugs used for treating anxiety is almost endless, however some of the more popular include:

  • Cymbalta
  • Klonopin
  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • Lexapro
  • Paxil
  • Valium
  • Zoloft 

Dr. Peter Bongiorno, naturopath, wrote an interesting article in Psychology Today which demonstrates the dangers of treating symptoms with drugs. He reports in his article –

“These anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications are among the most prescribed in the United States – and possibly the most dangerous. According to a report in the 2010 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, people who use anti-anxiety medication have a 36% increased mortality risk. That means persons using these drugs are almost 40% more likely to die than people who do not use them

According to research published in the April 2011 edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, about 25% of people who are given these dangerous medications do not have a proper diagnosis. In many cases, these drugs are given as a way to suppress general mood issues or sedate people who cannot sleep.”


Treat The Cause Not The Symptoms

bookanxietyPoor sleep can and must be corrected, preferably with natural supplements, which correct the cause, low serotonin and or melatonin. Using benzodiazepines or antidepressant drugs to treat anxiety or poor sleep, will potentially create more problems and often lead to other drugs.

And new research shows that all sleep drugs are associated with increase risk of death.

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression I encourage you to read my book, Treating and Beating Anxiety and Depression With Orthomolecular Medicine or the chapter on same topic in my, Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and CFS book.

For those suffering with the heath robbing effects of poor sleep, or taking sleep drugs, I strongly encourage to get and use the step-by-step protocols in my Treating and Beating Sleep Program.


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10 replies
  1. Barbara Moos
    Barbara Moos says:

    I am glad that I went off of Xanax after 4 months,and also went off of Wellbutrin Xl after being on anti-depressants for 23 years.It wasn’t easy withdrawing off of Xanax either but am glad that I am off of it.I went off of these drugs due to reading your book Dr. Murphee.Thanks so much for the information.

  2. Jazel
    Jazel says:

    Hello Dr Murphree,

    Thanks to your newsletter on pain drugs I have come off Tramal, which I have been taking daily (200sr mg)for 12 years. My brain is now starting to work again and the pain is greatly reduced. I could feel myself dying inside but didn’t know why until I read your newsletter and came off the drugs. Thank you so very much. God Bless You.

    J. PERKINS says:

    I have had fibro over 15 years and before. I finally had a name on it 15 years ago. I have tried meds with trail and error. and it was rough. now I only take ultram or tramadol for pain. I have to take blood pressure. heart med. and acid for my stomach. I take lots of supplement, I guess they work some how. I am not well. today has been a very bad bad day. I fall or clumsy or balance is bad. and it is usually, lately, bad falls, any way would be great, but please no more meds.

  4. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Been taking elavil for 25 yrs, Xanax & Neurontin..Neurontin works buts makes me loopy so I don’t take it 3x a day only once..I wish I could sleep without a pill so I can dream again, I never wake up refreshed..fibro pain is bad, now I have knee arthritis even more pain, plus stomach ulcers, back pain..I’m doing pool therapy & I love it!! I also get a massage once a month..I might try acupuncture, anything that can help without drugs! Drug industry are billionaires they must be.

  5. Cristen Smith
    Cristen Smith says:

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with fibro but have had it all my life. I’m 32 and on Cymbalta. My rheumatologist wants me to get on an anti-depressant too. Not quite sure I want to take these drugs, but I’m looking for answers. Nothing seems to be helping the intense pain and debilitating fatigue. I will read your book and hope to get some ideas.


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