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February 14, 2023 64 mins

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. 

Key Takeaways:

[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

Where to Find Guest:

IG: @naturopathicparmacist


Memorable Quotes:
“If you don’t have enough nutrients in your body when your body needs calcium or magnesium or other minerals to manage inflammation or any other processes that are going on, it’s going to dissolve your bones, in order to free up the minerals it was storing into the system.   [6:10] -Debi Robinson

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