Episode 4: How Medications Cause Biochemical Dysbiosis with Dr. Mihaela Gruita

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[2:30] Osteoporosis can be a side effect using acid reflux medications for too long

[5:20] PPI’s stop digestive enzyme that digest proteins into amino acid, needed to build bones

[6:00] If you’re nutrient deficient, your body will dissolve your bones to use as a mineral source

[18:30] Calcium without magnesium will precipitate and it absorbs into the soft tissue

[20:30] Vitamin-D is essential to absorb calcium and Vitamin-K distributes it into the bones

[24:30] Dairy is highly inflammatory and is not a good source of calcium for bone health

[40:10] Osteoporosis medications usually don’t prevent fractures and have terrible side effects

[48:20] Not enough doctors are doing post marketing reports on the side effects in their patients

[50:00] In studies with only 3000 people, rare side effects usually won’t be captured in the study

[55:00] On average patients are usually taking 3 different medications to treat one issue

Dr. Mihaela Gruita - Biochemical Imbalances Caused by Medications

Today on the Stronger Bones Lifestyle Podcast, we discuss the biochemical imbalance caused by medications with Dr. Mihaela Gruita. She is a naturopathic pharmacist and with her program The Medicine Cabinet Makeover, Mihaela helps patients understand how their medications are causing deficiencies at the biochemical level. Often the side effects of drugs are worse than the problem they intend to solve.

Digestion is at the root of health but it’s not about what you eat, it’s about what you are actually able to digest, absorb and assimilate into your body. Biochemical dysbiosis is at the root of all health problems and poor lifestyle habits is what sparks that imbalance. A healthy gut means healthy bones and proper absorption of vital amino acids, vitamins and minerals that otherwise will be taken from your own body.

When patients are diagnosed with a disease, it can be tempting to reach for a prescription for a quick fix but allowing fear to rule your decision making leads to further injury to your health. The pharmaceutical industry often omits rare side effects if they are not discovered during trials because of limited test subjects. Understanding every side effect of your medications allows you to make informed decisions about your health so you can find long term solutions that address the root cause. In this episode, Mahaela uncovers the downstream effects of popular medications and arms you with the knowledge to confidently speak to your doctor about reexamining your prescriptions.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, many medications interfere with the bodies ability to absorb nutrients. The reality is that most medications, including over-the-counter ones, gradually deplete vital vitamins and minerals.

The correlation between gut health and bone health is strong. If you do not have the proper nutrients and minerals in your body that your bones need then they will become fragile and more prone to fractures.

Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption. Without vitamin D, our bodies cannot efficiently absorb calcium, which is necessary for strong bones. Thus, this vitamin is crucial for those who have osteoporosis or who are wanting to prevent osteoporosis from developing.

No, dairy is highly inflammatory and a common allergen. The immune system reacts to dairy and causes inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation is a root cause of bone loss.

The issue with osteoporosis medications is that although they are prescribed to prevent fractures, research has revealed that they do not. The long-term side effects are damaging to the patients and have a greater negative impact on them while failing to address the underlying cause of the illness. On the box, typical adverse effects such as heat flushes, pulmonary embolisms, and flu-like symptoms are listed.

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