Author, Drug Muggers & Diabetes Without Drugs
Pharmacist for 22 years
22 million readers of her newspaper column, Dear Pharmacist
Appeared on The View and Dr. Oz Show
1989 Graduate of University of Florida, Gainsville
Member of: American College for Advancement in Medicine, Institute of Functional Medicine, American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, American Pharmacist's Association
Married to Sam, 3 children: Samara (21), Rachel (18), and Micahel (18)
Suzy Cohen: Drug Muggers
The 700 Club
THINKING OUTSIDE THE PILL
When Suzy was in pharmacy school over 20 years ago, she learned the value of medicine. Through the years, she has seen certain medications save lives.
“When the doctor prescribes medication or when you purchase over-the-counter medications, you take those meds in the sincere hope that they’ll help you feel better,” says Suzy. It is entirely possible, she believes, that you may still feel awful.
“In the process of helping you, these medications often suppress the body’s ability to produce or use natural, healthy nutrients. They sometimes put your body in a dangerous state by slowly depleting the very nutrients you need to maintain your health,” says Suzy.
It’s easy to replace the depleting nutrients with supplements, but most people don’t know what they need to take in order to protect themselves from what Suzy calls “drug muggers.” Millions of people are slipping into the drug-caused nutrient deficiency cracks as they get sicker and sicker each year.
“I think that the problem is that we have become a society with a pill-popping mentality,” she says. For example, statins are used for lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart attack.
Suzy says statins are effective at reducing cholesterol by doing their work by suppressing an enzyme in the liver. “When you block production of that enzyme, you also block the production of CoQ10, a nutrient involved in the energy production in every cell of your body,” says Suzy.
Some side effects of statins include leg cramps (doctors may prescribe meds for restless leg syndrome), high blood sugar (patients may receive a possible diagnosis of diabetes), impotence in men (erectile dysfunction/prescription for Viagra), depression/memory loss (you may be told you have Alzheimer’s or a major depressive disorder and get a prescription for that).
“You may be deficient in one important nutrient and….most physicians look to the prescription pad for answers instead of delving deeper into why their patients have particular symptoms,” says Suzy.
“I AM NOT A REBEL PHARMACIST”
For the last 13 years, Suzy has been writing a syndicated colum called “Dear Pharmacist,” which focuses on health and explores the use of natural supplements as well as the safe use of medications. “The key here is to open our eyes to greater health by discovering what is causing all the misery,” says Suzy.
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