I bought your Drug Muggers book and learned that coffee is stealing iron from my body. I’ve had chronic fatigue for years, and now that I’m supplementing with the iron, I’m feeling MUCH better, so thank you! I’m not giving up coffee though. Suzy, would you be willing to share more drug muggers, as a public service, because some people can’t afford to buy your book, but they really need your help. –K.M., Kansas City, Kansas
Answer: Yes, of course, and I’ve been sharing this information freely since 1999. The drug mugging effect can explain everything from nagging aches to life-threatening diseases. Replenishing the missing nutrient(s) might be just what the doctor should have ordered!
Most people don’t know this but years ago, I asked major publishers to make a book out of this information, but none understood the importance of it, and some felt it would step on pharmaceutical toes. So I spent my own savings to publish Drug Muggers and the original copy had a home-made cover. It then caught the attention of Rodale, one of the biggest publishers in the world, and they published the expanded, awesome version which is sold on Amazon.com and book stores nationwide. It’s in about 6 languages, perhaps more, I’ve lost count.
Here are some common ‘diseases’ that might be related to drug muggers:
Depression, osteoporosis or irregular heartbeat.
It could be caused by a deficiency of the mineral magnesium. Common drug muggers include female hormones, diuretics, raloxifene, tea/coffee, anti-inflammatories and aspirin. Magnesium is known to support cardiac function and bone health as well as mood.* For pennies a day, you can get your life back!
Bald patches, loss of taste or smell, erectile dysfunction or chronic diarrhea.
It might be zinc deficiency. Common drug muggers are anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, antacids, ulcer/heartburn meds, diuretics and estrogen drugs used for birth control and menopause.
Leg cramps, muscle spasms, memory loss or fatigue.
May be a deficiency of CoQ10 (ubiquinol). This life-sustaining antioxidant gets demolished by hundreds of medications including statin cholesterol drugs, metformin, anti-depressants, beta blockers and diuretics. I’ve posted The Big List of Drugs that Mug CoQ10, and you can CLICK HERE to see if you take a medication that steals CoQ10.
High homocysteine, cataracts, macular degeneration, liver problems.
It could be tied to low glutathione, a powerful antioxidant needed to detoxify poisons in your body. Acetaminophen is a possible drug mugger of glutathione.
Pins and needles nerve pain, depression, fatigue, anemia, weight gain.
This could be related to a deficiency of B vitamins. Your stash gets depleted by female hormones (menopause and birth control), antacids, ulcer meds, diuretics, raloxifene, cholestyramine, diabetic drugs, tea or coffee. A good blend of methylated B vitamins could make all the difference in the world. CLICK HERE to see a version that contains 5-MTHF and Adeno B12 all in one capsule.
If you read this article and just said, “Aha!” then consider dietary supplements that could restore essential nutrients that have been lost. It’s always a good idea to get your practitioner’s approval for new vitamins and minerals. Some clinics know how to do “micronutrient” testing.
If you decide to wait and see if I’m right (and not replenish what the drug mugger is stealing), then expect these so-called side effects to get diagnosed as a new disease.
You’ll get on a medication merry-go-round and it’s a hard ride to get off! 🙄
If you’re interested in high-quality dietary supplements that could help restore essential nutrients, CLICK HERE and you’ll be taken to my vitamin shop.
Suzy Cohen, has been a licensed pharmacist for over 30 years and believes the best approach to chronic illness is a combination of natural medicine and conventional. She founded her own dietary supplement company specializing in custom-formulas, some of which have patents. With a special focus on functional medicine, thyroid health and drug nutrient depletion, Suzy is the author of several related books including Thyroid Healthy, Drug Muggers, Diabetes Without Drugs, and a nationally syndicated column.