From Time a report on a study that shows more than half of Americans are taking pharmaceuticals. This article does not concentrate on psychiatric drugs—but does bring up drugs for cholesterol and high blood pressure. Statins, the drugs most commonly used for high cholesterol are very dangerous and the hype around high cholesterol is just that—unless cholesterol is drastically high the cholesterol problem is a myth created by pharma. Hundreds and thousands of people are put on drugs they don’t really need just like in psychiatry.
Another pocket of frequent over treatment is of heartburn or now commonly hyped up and called GERD. My mother supposedly had GERD and after prompting from me telling her the drugs were making her worse she started doing research, quit her meds and is doing better now with natural treatment then in many years of taking drugs like Nexium—which actually confuses your stomach into making more acid as a result of hampering the normal production of acid. It’s a sort of rebound effect—but I’m no expert on this—just learned enough to help out my mom and have now forgotten most of the details.
I could go on and on, but general medicine is not the topic of this blog. Suffice it to say a significant number of those 50% of people on drugs in this country are on dangerous and unneeded psych meds.
The article dares to suggest this is a good trend suggesting doctors are catching things earlier and being more aggressive in treating things that need treating. I cry bull and say that it’s the pharmaceutical companies disease mongering through direct-to-consumer advertising and heavy courting of doctors creating long-term maintenance patients who will be on drugs until they die.
And lastly, it’s a population of people who don’t want to take care of themselves and want a quick fix to everything and so they blindly follow pharma and their pharma influenced doctors.