When I decided to write this post, I knew in advance that many people might not necessarily agree with me nor like what I have to say; but I write to you from my heart.
About eight (8) years ago I lost my father. He died instantaneously of a massive heart attack. My dear mother saw him lying in the snow as he tried to make it to their front porch. He even had enough sense to push the alarm on his car FOB as his desperately reached for his last breath.
And in his sad passing, I realized something so much more important…WHY he died.
As we later discovered, my father was taking a concoction of medications all prescribed by a careless, physician (MD), who, obviously did not even have enough concern for his patient (my dad) to monitor the plethora of prescription meds he had prescribed. While I understand it is up to each person to be responsible for his own health, my dad was “old school.” At nearly 80 years old, he took his doctor’s advice as “G-d’s” word. But the doctor certainly didn’t do his due diligence. I am still not convinced that my father even really needed all of the meds he was prescribed.
The mixture of meds which my father took killed him. Am I blame placing here? Yes and no. Allow me to explain.
Allopathic physicians are schooled to diagnose your symptoms and prescribe medications. The pharmaceutical industry LOVES doctors like this! They make them very rich !
I am not suggesting all medications are purposefully given to eventually harm you so the pharm industry can make money. Some are prescribed to enable you to maintain life, or enjoy your quality of life..your lifestyle…but….
All of the man made meds have residual side effects..on your brain, your blood, your liver/kidneys or other organs of your body…and even your heart.
Allopathic physicians have a responsibility and duty (as described in the Hippocratic Oath) to care for their patients and to be mindful of the meds and advice they are prescribing.
Here’s the glitch, even the best doctors DO NOT KNOW the long term side effects of mixing many meds together. Neither do pharmacologists. There just isnt enough viable, reliable research to prove which drugs work/do not work together. And on top of it, every one of us has a unique biochemistry within our body. What may work for YOU, may not work for your sister, or your neighbor.
So who is to blame? Maybe the question is not about blame…so …How about “WHO ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY?”
The answer here is dual. YOU and YOUR DOCTOR.
Doctors are human. They are like you and me but have been through 7+ years of medical school. They are taught in a specific fashion. Allopathic doctors are very different from holistic doctors (which consider your entire lifestyle and YOUR specific body rather than just your symptoms before they create an actionable plan for your healing from an illness or disease).
In my dad’s case, I believe my father’s doctor should have been more responsible in guiding him; Even though his doctor may not have known the plethora of side effects by mixing the cocktail of medications, he should have leaned on the more conservative side..perhaps NOT prescribing all of those meds, perhaps suggesting that my father, instead, make major lifestyle changes, which would have probably improved his overall health. My dad was nearly 80. Unfortunately, he did not have the common sense to understand that mixing so many prescriptions would ultimately confuse his body’s biochemistry and lay down tracks for toxicity. (And he was particularly private about his health and the prescriptions he took.)
Now, with peace in my heart, and with my sincere desire for your ultimate well being, I will make my plea. Stay away from taking prescription medications as long as possible. If you must take them for a life threatening illness, spend some serious time on your own researching the side effects of those medications. And if you are regularly taking more than one prescribed medication, understand how it may react, interfere, or have long term implications with the other meds you are ingesting. Become a medication sleuth!
The less meds you ingest, the better. Your pharmacist may help you to understand certain drug interactions, but PLEASE know that even pharmacists and pharmacologists are only relying on the data they are given.
Your body chemistry is unique to you. You may be more sensitive to some medications more than others or may react to some in ways other people do not. In spite of the research that is completed and documented on certain medications, and in spite of its approval by the FDA, there just isn’t hard line data proving that your prescription concoction will NOT have any implications on your body’s organs, systems or ability to optimally function.
So if you are told by your doctor you need a prescription for a for X,Y or Z (for a chronic ailment) first ask him/her, “Why” and then ask him/her to suggest any lifestyle or dietary changes in lieu of prescription medicine. Opt for seeking out the advice of a naprapath, homeopathic doctor or holistic physician for a second opinion. You are in the driver’s seat. Make smart, informed choices. Take control of your wellness.
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