The Gateway Drug of the Pharmaceutical Industry (NSAIDs Part 1)

If you were to look in your home medicine cabinet right now, I’m willing to bet you have at least one bottle of a pain reliever—perhaps a generic ibuprofen or a well-known brand like Aspirin. These types of medicines are very common because they’re easily available over the counter or on shelves at practically any pharmacy in the US.

However, just because they’re so easy to get doesn’t mean that they don’t have hidden and incredibly harmful side effects.

This week, I’m going to tell you about the harms of these drugs and safer and healthy alternatives to them.



  1. NSAIDs Part 1
  2. NSAIDs Part 2
  3. NSAIDs Part 3
  4. NSAIDs Advanced

What Are they?

The technical name for these drugs is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs for short. To unpack, that means they prevent pain-causing inflammation (swelling) which is how they are often prescribed and used.

You’ve probably used them before if you were in pain from a sports injury, wanted to reduce a fever or to get rid of a headache so you know that they can be quite effective. Studies have found that they’re beneficial in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and even some cancers. On top of that, they’re relatively inexpensive and have used for a long time so they’re seen as commonplace and “normal.”

However, the problems they cause outweigh the benefits.

Creating A Negative Feedback Loop

A feedback loop is when something happens and what it results in causes it to continue happening. What? For example:

Imagine that you put money in the bank and you’ve got a great interest rate.  That money gains interest so you gain more money which increases the amount of interest you earn which increases your money…and on and on. That’s a positive feedback loop.  It reinforces something positive.


The problem is, feedback loops can be negative too.

In the case of NSAIDs, the feedback loop is negative because it reinforces something harmful. Although you may relieve your pain for a short time, the negative effects of the NSAIDs will cause more pain in the future causing you to need more pain relievers and cause more damage!


Eventually, over the counter NSAIDs won’t be strong enough to alleviate your pain and you’ll need to resort to stronger, more dangerous and addictive pain relievers.  Unfortunately, Big Pharma is aware of these issues and continues to market these drugs anyway.

TLDR: Using NSAIDs to relieve pain will eventually cause you more pain and require you to need stronger drugs.

In My Next Post

In my next post, I’ll list the five most serious side-effects of NSAIDs.  What are your experiences with these drugs? Leave a comment below!  

In my final post, I’ll suggest some more natural alternatives to NSAID and ways to proactively prevent pain before considering drugs. Here are some alternatives you can try out today:

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