popping pills in a medication nation

pills mouth

I have a friend who is Type I diabetic.  He watches what he eats, runs marathons, and cares about making lifestyle changes for his health.

He went to the doctor for a cholesterol test, not realizing that you are supposed to fast for 12 hours beforehand.  Sooooo when his doctor got the results back, his cholesterol levels were higher than they would normally be and he was on the high end of “moderately healthy” and right on the line of having high cholesterol.  Not in the red mind you, but just on the line.

His doctor tells him, I’m gonna go ahead and put you on pravastatin.  Take one pill a day.

“Well doc, aren’t you gonna tell me to make some lifestyle changes?”

Doctor’s response:

Yeah, that will work too

Too?  That will work too???  Doesn’t the medication treat the symptom not the cause?

Pills (white rabbit)

So what he does over the next few months is cut out the fatty foods, small changes such as eating egg whites, cutting out fried food, and exercising more frequently (although as someone who has run two marathons exercise has never been the issue).

He also fasted for the appropriate amount of time leading up to the test and when he got the results back, he was well within the “normal” healthy range.  His doctor asks, so the meds have been working for you then?

His response:  NO.  I actually never filled my prescription, I just made some lifestyle adjustments and changed my diet.

Well slap me silly and call me Dena.

You mean there are other options besides drugging ourselves to alleviate our symptoms?  We can change the cause of the problem?

Well better believe docs don’t make any money off of that.

Big pharma won’t like that either.  But big pharma doesn’t really care about you.  If they did, they would understand that sharing intellectual property benefits mankind as a whole and sharing of information leads to better, more well rounded, more educated discoveries.

But it’s all about the money.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes those side effects scare the crap out of me.  Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.

People die from treatment all the time.  Why not explore the alternatives?

The next time you get prescribed medication to address blood pressure, cholesterol, or other symptoms of what could be a more serious cause, find out what you can do to change your life.


Images retrieved from :  http://www.thecampuscompanion.com/2013


One thought on “popping pills in a medication nation

  1. This reminds me of a snarky card I saw that said, “Exercise – it’s like plastic surgery for poor people.”

    People want instant gratification. Pharmaceuticals gratify. Look at the fitness and supplement industries. 99.5% of it is based on fast results w/ little effort and/or ingesting a miracle pill or wonder powder. If it were that easy, everyone would be in shape, but of course, the truth surrounds us everywhere we go.

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