Are you drugging yourself to an early death? 67



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Reality check!

If you’re taking any medications, they may well be killing you.

You likely don’t know exactly what they’re for, how they work or what side effects they produce. Your doctor probably hasn’t told you. Sound familiar?

Western society has been enticed by advertising and huge pharmaceutical financial profits to believe that you can cure poor health purely by drugs and surgery alone. It is one of the most successful cons of our time and worth trillions of dollars to multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical corporations.

Dorothy, 72, came to see me. She is a former nurse and was taking 10 medications, some of which she had no idea what they were supposed to do. Every time she saw her doctor he added another medication and she just did as she was told.

But rather than making her feel better, she was continuing to put on weight, getting tired more easily and was too depressed to go on the world cruise she and her husband had booked for six months’ time because she couldn’t get into any of her clothes.

Just because you are over 60 it doesn’t automatically mean that you should need multiple medications.

There are five main health issues that mature-aged people suffer from in the Western world:

  • Progressive diabetes
  • Senile dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disease

All of these diseases are largely preventable by lifestyle and diet.

While most doctors pay a nodding acknowledgement to this, they are not trained in nutrition and lifestyle, so the concept of preventing disease and creating health is generally out of their knowledge base.

We changed everything about Dorothy’s life. She had to eat everything fresh from that day’s shopping, follow a plant-based diet, incorporate exercise each day, volunteer at the social club three times a week, and engage in daily self-hypnosis that I taught her.

Naturopaths can take a diametrically opposed view to wellness and healing than the majority of allopathic medical practitioners do.

During the history taking of clients, I want to know everything they are taking, eating and doing. I spend two hours dissecting people’s lives and then give them the changes they need to make to live a vibrant and healthy life. The aim is to maximise lifestyle and minimise medication.

When looking at Dorothy’s blood test I had ordered it was plain to see that she had virtually no level of DHEA produced by her adrenal gland which led to the symptoms of exhaustion and most of her other complaints.

No one had thought to look for that before – they just gave her more medications. By the time the cruise came around she had lost 20 kilos, was supplementing with DHEA, was off nine of her medications with a view to losing the 10th one later and was buying new clothes for the cruise which she was excited about. She had also ordered a special diet for the cruise to maintain her healthy lifestyle.

Now, I’m not suggesting that all medications are bad for you. There are times when drugs and surgery are appropriate and you should certainly not simply stop taking anything you’ve been prescribed unless under the advice and supervision of your healthcare practitioner.

But, be aware that older people are often infantilised by allopathic doctors, given pills and told not to expect extraordinary health. This is a failing of our healthcare system and does us a disservice, cheating us out of quality of life in our golden years.

It’s never too late to get stronger and healthier. You can start now.

Editor’s note: Please see a doctor before stopping any medications. This is advice provided by a health expert and not the opinion of Starts at 60.


Do you take a lot of medications? Do you know what they do? What changes do you want to make to your health? Tell us below.

Tracie O'Keefe

Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND is a clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and sex therapist as well as a naturopath and nutritionist who takes a mind-body approach to health. Director at the Australian Health & Education Centre in Sydney, she has over 20 years’ experience helping thousands of people achieve optimum physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Tracie is the best-selling author of seven books on topics including sex, gender and sexuality diversity; self-hypnosis and natural health. On her YouTube channel she features health tips plus interviews with extraordinary people redefining expectations of themselves. In addition to running her clinic, Tracie is a speaker and trainer with a range of downloadable, digital self-help programs.

  1. exercise is better then any pharmaceutical drug–mentally and physically !!!!

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    • I sure agree with that. At 65 I go to the gym 3 times a week and mountain bike or hike as much as possible. Still work and love life but did have bowel cancer 7 years ago – a shock. But recovered quickly and no issues since.

  2. A medication doesn’t mean it’s a drug. A prescription med for instance like Questran Lite contains Cholestyramine which is an enzyme; not a drug. Personally I prefer to go natural with lifestyle changes, diet and nutrients before the alternative, “drugs”.

  3. That is funny because it reminds me when I was 63 I went to see a doctor. My usual was away and the doctor I saw asked me what medications I was taking and when I said none he replied that a woman of my age should be taking something ha ha, I will stay off medication as long as I can.

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    • I keep getting asked the same question, same answer as you each time i go for a check up , i am late 60s keep off as long as possible

    • Me to…absolutely no drugs at 67…so far!

    • I am 62 & do not take any medication. I work with drugs dispensing them & am horrified at how many drugs some people are on. Problem is people abuse their bodies through poor diet & too much alcohol from a young age & eventually their bodies protest with disease. Swallowing a pill is so much easier for some people than having to actually take action themselves. Usually one pill causes side effects which then are treated with another pill & so on.

  4. I work in aged care and I a very much aware of how over medicated some people. It’s the Drs fault, they let the resos and family’s dictate instead of just saying that this or that med is a waste of time!

  5. Hear, hear. Take the least that you can. I have found that sometimes a change of diet helps really helps. When I mention this to my doctor (having done my research through Google ) he usually agrees and adds more to what I have found. I do take a couple of pills but do not like what I read as possible side effects for most medications.

  6. I have had 10 years ( so far) added to my life span because of heart surgery and proper prescribing of medications. I am also in remission from colorectal cancer. Excellent diagnosis and surgery achieved this outcome.Now have been on renal dialysis for 6 months and am feeling marvellous. Back to a satisfactory life style and looking at least another 20 years of the good life. Dietician gave excellent advice regarding dietary factors impacting on chronic renal failure.
    Always have questions for your medical advisers and listen carefully to answers given. For further advise look up your symptom on Google and carefully select the answers you are looking for.

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