E-Class 47 – Are your drugs affecting your minerals?

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E-Class 47 – Are your drugs affecting your minerals?

This week

Have you got clients on multiple prescribed medications? Have you ever wondered if the symptoms that your client is experiencing are because of the medication they are taking?

Prescription and non-prescription drugs are necessary from time to time, and for some people for long term use.

Understanding the effects of well-known drug types on the body, and of possible mineral deficiencies caused from taking them can help you to support your clients to better health.

This week we look at a number of drugs and which nutrients they affect. Many drug side effects may in fact be from nutrient depletion.

  • Tips on nutrient depletion
  • Using the quick reference guide and examples
  • Other interactions


  • The Clinical Science of Biochemic Medicine
  • Gunther Heepen: Schuessler Tissue Salts – 12 Minerals for your Health
  • Way to good Health Magazine

Tips for recognising drug induced nutrient depletion

1.      Many of the side effects from drugs may in fact be from nutrient depletion

It is important for health practitioners to learn about drug induced nutrient depletions so that you can offer support and advice to your clients based on nutrient depletion. Never advise changes to the prescription unless you are qualified to do so. If you haven’t prescribed the drug, any concerns must be directed back to the prescribing physician.

2.      Where possible gain a before medication and after medication perspective. Train your clients to let you know if their doctor has changed their medication.

If you know when your client has changed their medication, you become a third-party observer who notices any new signs since they start the medication. For example, I will often notice new facial signs and mineral deficiencies in clients when they change chemo treatments, or depression medications, and treat with the appropriate minerals, to address any new mineral deficiencies.

3.      Research any drugs you don’t know

Gain a basic understanding of the common drugs that your clients are on.

Look for causes for nutrient depletion, stress, environment, pollution, poor diet, to name a few.

When nutrients are deficient, digestion, metabolism, detoxification and overall health are affected.


Affects of drugs on nutrients

P5 of Additional study notes manual gives a good sample of nutrient deficiencies caused by a number of drugs.


Excessive supplement use can also cause problems

Vitamin D and Vitamin A are fat soluble vitamins. Unlike water soluble vitamins which flush out through the urine if there is more than required, fat soluble vitamins often get stored in the body. (have you ever taken a high dose vitamin (like a Berocca B vitamin ) and noticed the brightly coloured urine when you go to the toilet. (Your body has just got rid of the excess vitamins that it didn’t need.)

Vitamin D and iron can cause health problems if too much is taken over a long time. Selenium and Vitamin D can become toxic in excess.

Multivitamins are commonly taken by many people. However, many of them contain ingredients that

  • cancel each other out
  • affect another mineral or vitamin’s absorption. For example, zinc competes with iron, which competes with Calcium

Multivitamins will not make up for a poor diet.

A healthy diet however, can lead to less disease. People who eat five servings or more per day of fruit and vegetables have less disease. (P6)

So, encourage your clients to eat healthily. Support any deficiencies as needed with the appropriate biochemic minerals.


Medications and nutrient loss

Read through the Quick reference guide to nutrient losses (p5)

I always make note of what medications clients are on, as these medications may be a contributing factor to the facial signs for various mineral deficiencies.

Let’s look at a couple of the drugs listed.

Antacids (Magnesium and Aluminium based)

Antacids are used to reduce reflux and uncomfortable chest symptoms caused from indigestion, or inadequate closing of the pyloric sphincter.

One of the ways they do this is by reducing the acidity of the digestive juices. This affects how easily your client can digest their food. It becomes very important for people on these drugs to chew their food adequately so that the appropriate acids of digestion are activated. If they don’t, they risk the food sitting in the stomach without the ability to digest properly, further exacerbating the problem. This may explain why some of your clients have more difficulty with antacids than others.

Antacids also deplete Calcium, Phosphorus and Folic Acid.

Consider using Nat Phos for reflux symptoms, and Calc Phos to stimulate the pancreas and the enzymes of digestion. Nat chlor may also assist with regaining correct the stomach acid pH.

Sodium Bicarbonate (also used for reflux)

This is sometimes used to reduce acidity. However, it can lead to deficiency of Potassium and folic acid.

Whenever we give too much of a particular mineral, it may lead to a deficiency of another mineral. Remember the sodium and potassium pump? The body uses these two minerals in conjunction with each other, if there is an imbalance in one it can lead to a deficiency in the other.



General antibiotics

Antibiotics are most commonly known for affecting the gut flora, hence it is common now to prescribe probiotics to support gut flora after taking antibiotics. However, they also deplete Vitamin B and K, Magnesium and Calcium.

Consider giving Calc Phos and Mag Phos

I find this interesting as Calcium is a major rebuilding mineral, but also stimulates the pancreas to produce the enzymes of digestion, and Magnesium stimulates over 300 enzymes of digestion.


Tetracycline, although a broad-spectrum antibiotic is less used now due to antibiotic resistance. Instead it tends to be used more specifically for  severe acne and rosacea, and for more severe infections like chlamydia, Rickettsia, brucellosis and spirochetal infections.

They deplete Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc.

Asprin and Salicilyates

Aspirin is self-prescribed for pain and to reduce inflammation by many people, and others are prescribed aspirin as blood thinners.

Minerals depleted are Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Folic Acid, Vitamin C and B5.

Cancer and chemotherapy drugs

There are multitudes of variations of cancer and chemotherapy drugs that are prescribed during cancer treatment. In my experience, each has a different set of mineral deficiencies that result from the treatment. If addressed, according to the facial signs and symptoms, the cancer or chemo treatment can occur with far less side effects, and less debilitating symptoms.

Cancer and chemotherapy drugs deplete nearly all of the essential nutrients. This leads to multiple problems including

  • inflammation or damage to cells lining the gastrointestinal tract
  • which leads to nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite
  • inhibits the body’s ability to detox
  • leading to nutrient depletion.

Treat each case individually, and each change in medication or therapy individually as well.

Anti-fungal Drugs

Antifungal drugs are used for fungal nail infections to athlete’s foot, through to candida. Some of the drugs for treating fungal nail infections for example can be highly toxic, and not recommended for use if you are planning to have children.

They deplete Calcium, Magnesium, sodium and potassium.

I have found that Nail infections have responded very well to Calc Fluor and/or Silica cream treatment without using antifungal drugs. I have many successful cases including

  • the new nail bed growing without nail fungus, and the affected nail fungus growing out completely, and disappearing
  • nail fungus stopped spreading to other toes, and gradually disappeared completely from all toes.
  • a nail that was removed completely due to nail fungus, and not expected to grow back, grew back healthy and unaffected by using the creams.

For Candida infections, the appropriate minerals may change the internal environment so that candida no longer thrives.

Gout medications

Clients on Gout medications report they often have a period of aggravation of the symptoms of gout as part of the treatment, before the treatment works.

Along the way it also depletes Calcium, Sodium, Phosphorus, and Potassium. In many cases these are the very minerals which can be given to stop an attack quickly, and aid recovery.

I will often use Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate and Silica to treat gout. The symptoms usually resolve quite quickly. However, the cause of the acidity needs to be addressed as well to prevent recurring of the symptoms. Causes may be drinking too much alcohol, or eating too much red meat.

Thyroid medications

Thyroid medications deplete Iron.

I have seen quite a number of clients who are on thyroid medications who need Ferrum Phos as part of their treatment.

If you have a client who has a thyroid imbalance and hasn’t yet started on thyroid medication, you can see if they are willing to try mineral therapy for 3months prior to starting thyroid medication. 90% of the time it will avert the need for thyroid medications.

2 x Calc phos before meals.

2 x Nat Chlor after meals

5 x Mag Phos before bed.


Explore the other mineral deficiencies

Take time to explore the other medications, and the nutrients that are depleted by them.


Exercise 1 Adjust and fine tune your program

As you take your clients through your program, ask them questions about it. What do they love, what could be improved?

Small adjustments can take your program from being good, to great. The more it addresses your clients wants and needs (rather than what you want to tell your clients) the more your clients become raving fans.

How can you fine tune your client program?


Next week

Another niche and affiliates.


See you soon.


Kind regards