So, I call the attending doctor with concern on a legitimate health issue on one of my residents. The doctor is off the phone with me before I can even finish explaining to her what's going on. Instead, she rattled off a drug, no parameters, no monitoring, no non-drug related interventions attempted first. She was off the phone with me so fast, I actually had to call her back so I could clarify the frequency of the dose.
This is a huge problem. Doctors (many of them) don't think twice before starting a person on a new drug. Its their answer to everything. Its the "plan" they can legally document as proof that they are intervening medically. And we, as people, buy into this. We believe we need the drugs. If it comes from the doc, it must be the right plan of action: false. A doctor I work with told me that every time he prescribes this or that drug, he gets a little piece of it somewhere along the line. That tells us that the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry alike is just out for their own shiny piece of the pie. At the expense of your sense of peace and physical health.
Take harmless Tylenol. You have a fever, you pop 2 Tylenols to normalize your body temperature. Well, God designed the body to fight off intruders and infection, raising your body temperature. Miraculously, your body can and will work itself back to that homeostasis; why mute that? We gotta get our grubby little fingers into everything..mess with the way things are supposed to be. It gives us a false sense of control. Ironically, though, you are muting your immune system, allowing yourself more susceptible to be taken under by the virus or bacteria or whatever it is. And that's just Tylenol.
To be clear, I do believe that some drugs are helpful. But, as in every other aspect of society, we've taken things too far. We have a drug for everything. Its pathetic. And, of course, if you get one drug, you need another one to combat the side effects of the first one, etcetera. Do you know that the side effects of prescription drugs are now the fourth most common cause of death? Enter the do-gooder healthcare workers: nurses, pharmacists, doctors, to save the day? No, we're the catalysts. We make it all happen. I feel awful handing out those prescribed drugs like candy at work. Ativan and Paxil for everyone; lets just put it in the drinking water! Tell you what, if I were stuck in a nursing home, I would be depressed, too.
These psychiatric diagnoses are paralyzing. We have found a great way of victimizing ourselves, of excusing ourselves from living life. People say they "suffer" from depression. No disrespect, but that's life. Life is hard; its a struggle. Everybody is depressed sometimes. Not to minimize feelings of depression, but getting on a prescription drug is a cop out. Exercise is a proven endorphin, as everybody knows. Mending broken relationships, stepping outside of your comfort zone, making life changes, all of these could counteract those feelings of sadness, loneliness, or fatigue. Getting to the root of the problem is completely disregarded. Sure, it takes a whole lot more effort and time to figure out where these depressive feelings are stemming from, and to figure out how to build a bridge back to yourself and your spirit. But people don't want to think for themselves anymore. We want a quick fix, a quick mask. We don't have time in our busy lives to actually take care of ourselves, of our precious bodies; no, taking care of ourselves, that would be the real insanity.
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