First off, I apologize for the delay in putting up this post. I have had a lot of extra work and my free time has been spent getting some projects done. Anyway, today we are going to discuss drug therapy and what drugs try to accomplish. I will begin by defining a drug. As always, I like to use definitions to drive understanding.
Here is the definition of a drug from Merriam-Webster’s dictionary:
The most practical definition is the third definition. Here it is:a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body.
The definition of food is: A materiel consisting of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and other substances (minerals, vitamins, and enzymes) that are essential for an organism to sustain growth, repair, and to furnish energy for all activity of the organism.
According to the food definition, if you have a multivitamin without proteins, fats, or carbohydrates you have a drug. Wait a second. That would mean everyone that takes a multivitamin every day is actually taking a drug every day? If I go by the definitions it would appear that way. So this brings up the question. Should we be taking a multivitamin daily?
I already wrote a blog on this topic, so I will refer to that posting. Drugs are basically anything that is not food and is ingested. Hmmm, under these definitions there is a lot of “food” out there that is basically “drugs!” The biggest line I read from the definitions above is, “to sustain growth, repair, and to furnish energy for all activity of the organism.” That would mean if whatever “food” you consume doesn’t meet these guidelines we can call it a drug? I think so.
Next time we will look at “food” labels and see if they are indeed food!