View Full Version : Medications and detoxing
10-10-2005, 03:54 PM
I have a friend who decided to try out raw eating, starting with green smoothies. I'm helping her along and she sent me a question:
I take a few meds for different things -- Prilosec OTC, a diruetic (Thianine - can't remember the exact name) and a mood elevator ( lexapro). How much do you think this will hinder the detox precess and do you think that after a while of I could try to come off of them??? Loaded questions I know but thought I'd ask in case you have some insight.
Can any of you give any insight into any of these meds and your experience with them? The only input I would have for her is that my heartburn (Prilosec) is non-existent on raw. Nada! Zilch!
Thanks a bunch!
10-10-2005, 04:06 PM
WOW, what a great question.
Well, I take no meds, never have, never will, so I can't help you with that specifically.
However, I do know that many people who have started eating 100% raw have been able to get 100% off their meds in a few DAYS. Yes, you heard me right, DAYS, like 4 days, or 6 days, some who are on diabetes shots, have taken a couple weeks to get off all meds.
Now, some people who are only eating some raw, are still on their meds. But I do know in Alissa's book that she has several testimonials, I know she has some on her website too, not sure if they talk about the meds though
www.alissacohen.com you might choose to check it out.
But I do know that eating any raw, can only help your friend, and the green smoothies are one of the best ways to detox.
Good luck to her, she is taking a great big step towards better and continued health. I salute you both!!
10-10-2005, 05:01 PM
How wonderful your friend has you to help her along!
As to her medications, great question.
If she is under the care of a physician, she will want to stay in touch with him/her because as her body cleans out and adjusts to a new kind of fuel, her need for them will decrease rapidly. She will need to pay attention to what her body is telling her.
None of us are physicians or pharmacists, trained in the full theory of each medication and its effects. The heartburn and mood elevator will become uneccesary very quickly due to the benefits of raw. I do not know why she is taking a dieuretic so I cant say anything on that one. But her best bet is to monitor herself, how she is feeling and to check back with her Dr. after a couple of weeks on raw if she is unsure about weening herself off of the medications.
Also, be sure she is informed about detoxification.
Sorry I cant be more help! The most important thing is for her to listen to her body.
10-10-2005, 05:22 PM
Just a note about my experience with meds and raw...
I was on hypertension (high blood pressure) meds from the time I was 31. In Feb. of this year - after going 100% raw for 21 days, I got off my meds and have been off them since. When I eat poorly, or lots of cooked, my blood pressure rises, when I stay high raw (mostly raw) it comes back down.
So, 10 years of meds. No more!
10-10-2005, 05:49 PM
Well spoken all. I just wanted to throw in my $0.02... be VERY careful when adjusting or going off of mood-altering medications. A few years ago after severe trauma, I was on Lexapro for a few months. At first I took them, then I started to feel better and took myself off of them (thinking I didn't need them anymore), only to become extremely suicidal. Apparently self-weaning is not quite the thing to do! :) After I was in a better place, I was stepped down off of them and didn't get suicidal. Be sure to have her keep in contact with the psych to be sure she's ready...
Blessings all around!
10-10-2005, 07:36 PM
I agree with everyone above. I just have to stress to not go off medications without a doctor knowing about it. The side effects of anti-anxiety/depression and other medications is just too dangerous. Withdrawl is a nasty thing.
10-11-2005, 07:42 AM
Thanks, y'all! I knew I could count on you for wise advice!
Bless you bunches,
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