Modern medicine IS our friend. Make no mistake about that. Like humpty dumpty…. We cumulatively get “put back together again” about 234 million times a year (major surgeries). But that’s not all that goes down in the annals of modern medicine. An estimated 4.38 BILLION prescriptions 💊 get filled annually in the USA. ( 20 percent of Americans take at least 5 prescription drugs daily)
That’s a bucket load of modern medicine for anyone’s book. Can too much of a good thing like modern medicine, be too much?
Our world has turned into a place of “insta” ….-gram, -pot, -cart, -gratification, -weightloss, etc. We want the “stuff” but not the work.
The pharmacy world has the capability to work that way too… “insta-relief”, “insta-I’mnotgonnadiefromabloodclot, “insta-birthcontrol” etc..... BUT adopting a quick fix via pharmaceuticals for the long term solution will rarely end well for those who pursue it and make no effort to fix the root problems at hand. #thisiswhyIdowhatIdo
💊How can it possibly work for a diabetic who continues to destroy their body slowly with excess sugar and carbs, yet feels their disease is “under control” because they are medicated?
💊 What is someone’s muscularly weak spine going to look like in the long term…. When they opt for opioid or steroid pain relief instead of yoga, supplements that support proper inflammatory response, diet, and chiro or acupuncture care?
💊Medicating long term will ALWAYS come with side effects. Medications are built that way because they are imperfect. Side effects are most often the result of a caused deficiency from the very medication designed to “fix” something. What kind of deficiency you may ask? Well… that depends on the medication. It could be a vitamin, a mineral, a hormone, an enzyme…. Or even a multitude of these…. And sadly, THIS is not taught well in pharmacy, medical, or nursing school.
💊Addictions…. According to web.md, roughly 20% of the US population has (or is currently) abusing prescription meds. It can happen so fast, and even to the best of people. I’ve seen it more times than I care to think about in my 30 years of pharmacy. Innocent addiction.
💊Antibiotic resistance…. Over use and improper use of antibiotics has led to this. The result? We have a LARGE problem on our collective hands…. Super bugs that are harder to kill.
Yes, we have definitely benefited from modern medicine. But just like anything else, is too much of a good thing possible in health care? You can bet your health savings account on it! 💰And is there anything we can do about it? You bet your insurance policy there is! 💰
Stay tuned for part II!
Hey there....thanks for stopping by! This is me (Liz James)... an eclectic mixture of holistic (and organic) farmgirl meets pharmacist. It's a synergy that works well as I speak truths and dissect fact from fiction. If you're looking for healthier living options, you've come to the right place!