How To Improve Health And Wellbeing
Tom Kerr writing on health and wellbeing …
Your life expectancy just got significantly shorter, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the Journal of the American Medical Association.
But it’s not because of cancer or heart disease.
The big killer is meds manufactured and pushed by major pharmaceutical companies and approved by the FDA.
The good news is that you can do some pushing of your own, to resist becoming another pharmacological death statistic.
About three billion prescriptions are filled each year, which is approximately enough for everybody in the country to get 10 different prescriptions.
But if you are taking more than three at a time, the number of adverse reactions to prescribed meds spikes.
That helps explain why 7,000 Americans per year die from adverse drug reactions…while only 6,000 die from accidents in the workplace.
Big Pharma also engages in some really sketchy and unethical practices. One of the biggest pharmaceutical distributors in the nation was recently forced to suspend sales of many of its products in several states.
That’s because they were accused of doing things like sending ordinary sales people into doctor’s offices, where they posed as medical professionals…and downplayed the hazardous side effects of the pills they were marketing.
While that was going on, Forbes identified their top executive as the highest paid CEO in America.
About a decade ago I had surgery, and was prescribed heavy meds afterwards, which the doctors said would keep me healthy.
But I experienced horrible side effects.
The doctor said I’d get used to them…that many patients adjusted to them after a while and kept taking the meds for the rest of their lives.
I don’t try to second-guess the experts, so I agreed with his plan to give them another try…for a month. But instead of feeling better, I felt worse by the day. I was fatigued, short of breath, and lightheaded.
When I complained again, my physician admitted that the dosages and potencies of mass-produced prescriptions medicines are calculated for unhealthy people.
He said that since I was reasonably healthy and active, the meds might be way too strong for me, and were having a debilitating, rather than therapeutic, affect. He took me off all the meds, and on my follow-up visit he told me I was so healthy he didn’t want to me to come back until my regular annual physical.
When you go a doctor or hospital, it’s your health on the line. Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself. Doctors are notoriously poor communicators, so it’s your responsibility to make sure your point of view is heard loud and clear…and factored into your treatment.
Beware of new drugs, like those advertised on television.
According to Harvard University experts, newly-introduced prescription drugs cause a serious adverse reaction in one out of every five patients who take them. In fact, many doctors advise patients not to take any new pharmaceuticals until after they have been on the market for at least five years.
No, healthcare isn’t always a DIY proposition. When you need expert medical help, go see your doctor.
But the rest of the time you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise on a regular basis.
Take time off to have some fun. If your job is too stressful or your lifestyle is taking a toll on your health, make some positive changes.
Own your health – and your right to protect it – so that you can get all of the joy from life that you deserve, for as long as possible.
And don’t let the lab coat fool you. Doctors make just as many mistakes as everyone else – and churning through so many patients a day makes them more prone to error, and less likely to understand your health situation.
That’s up to you. Fight for your own health. Be a pain in the neck. It could save your life.
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