Got a headache? Pop some aspirin. Got stuffy nose? Take a decongestant.

Did you get the point? We are living in a highly medicated world. There’s a cure waiting in the shelves for each of our health concerns. It is quick to find relief from all our illnesses and diseases.

But, why is it that the more medicines we have today, the more diseases we also have? Why do many people still die in this age of science-based medicine?

Last 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., higher than motor vehicle traffic clashes. The CDC also recorded over 35,663 deaths from unintentional drug overdose out of the total 43,982 drug overdose cases in 2013. And of those deaths, 51.8 percent were related to pharmaceutical drugs. In, addition, a report published at estimated that pharmaceutical drugs cause 106,000 deaths a year in America alone. With all these facts, the late English writer and philosopher, Aldous Huxley, was probably right when he said, “Medical science is making such remarkable progress that soon none of us will be well.”Alternative Medicine

Drugs can undoubtedly save lives, but there are safer natural alternatives out there proven effective to fix the root cause of diseases without causing any health issue. The following are 5 of the most prescribed drugs and their natural alternatives.

For Pain – Hydrocone

Hydrocone is usually found in prescription painkillers, such as Acetaminophen, Percodan, Vicoden and OxyContin. Over use of the drug can result to extreme sleepiness, breathing problems, seizures, cardiac arrest, liver damage, coma and even death.

Natural Alternative:

  • Willow bark, cayenne pepper, valerian root, ginger, turmeric, cherries, walnuts and dark green vegetables

For High Cholesterol – Statins

Statins, while effective in reducing LDL cholesterol, may result to another serious health issue – diabetes. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that statin users are at 48% increased risk to type 2 diabetes. It may also lead to cardiovascular diseases, acute kidney failure, and cancer.

Natural Alternatives:

  • Turmeric, apples, tomatoes, green tea, alfalfa herb, spinach, nut, fatty fish and licorice root

For High Blood Pressure – Lisinopril or amlodipine

Primarily used for the treatment of hypertension, these drugs are among the top prescribed medicines in the world. Over used or prolonged used of the drug may result to liver inflammation, blood disorders, hepatitis, impotence, depression, tachycardia, gums enlargement and development of breasts (in men).

Natural Alternatives:

  • Vitamin C-rich foods, such as bell peppers, parsley, broccoli, thyme and green leafy vegetables
  • Magnesium-rich foods, like Brazil nuts, almonds, pumpkins, nuts, and squash seeds
  • Potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, dates and oranges