Posted by: reisendame | October 22, 2007

Fatalities from prescribed drugs up 155%

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Another wordpress blog, “Heroes Not Zombies,” reports that as the number of prescribed medications in England has risen, the number of deaths and adverse side effects from these meds have also increased dramatically. Most experts estimate that the figures reported are only about 10% of the actual deaths attributed to mis-prescription.

Check out the story as a good follow-up to my blog on herbal healing from last week.

Perhaps the present attention drawn to prescription drugs may be attributed, in part, to Michael Moore’s 2007 film, “Sicko.” Though his “investigation” into the health-care industry is certainly biased and provides no suggestions for solutions, he’s at least pointed out some serious (and fatal) flaws in the system.

Read the Washington Post Article: “‘Sicko’: Michael Moore’s Anemic Checkup”

At any rate, it really is imperative for us to be aware of how we are being treated, as well of the kind of treatement we deserve. Just because Dr. What’s-his-face made it through med school, does not mean that he knows your body better than you do. I’m not suggesting that you abandon medical treatment altogether, of course. What I mean to say is that in reality, doctors have and are inappropriately prescribing drugs to people of all ages, races, and genders. If you get sick, don’t think a prescription is necessarily the cure. Explore your options first.

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Prescription drug dependence or side effects may also be passed down from one generation to the next. We know this to be the case with other controlled substances, like heroin and crack-cocaine. Do you want your kids to suffer from seizures because you took too much adderall? I know I wouldn’t.

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The Dangers of Prescription Drugs:

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Responses

  1. A lot of really important points you’ve made. Unfortunately pharmaceutical companies seem to have the FDA in their back pockets, for example the Oxycontin tragedy which has significantly increased the number of heroin addicts when their ‘legitimate’ prescriptions for Oxycontin run out.


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