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Pill Popping Nation

As Americans, we have become conditioned to run to the doctor’s office with every complaint that limits the ability to continue doing what we’re doing.  The hope is to alleviate discomfort with a pill. We have become a society of pill poppers in order to perform our basic human functions! We are ill to the pill.  Constipated? There’s Ex-lax, Milk of Magnesia and Metamucil.  Diarrhea? Imodium, Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol.   Nasal congestion?  Sudafed.  Runny nose?  NyQuil. There are more over the counter drugs available today than ever.

Then Make It Worse With Prescription Meds

Couple that with drugs which require a prescription, and it’s no wonder that so many people are popping so many pills.  Depressed?  There’s Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft.  Insomnia? Ambien, Lunestra, Rozerem.  There are over 179 drugs for stress reduction and its side effects.

Antibiotics Not As Effective As They Used To Be

‘Superbugs’ exist now, due in part, to the overuse of antibiotics. These superbugs are multi-drug resistant strains of diseases which formerly were curable, but now can reach pandemic proportion. Tuberculosis, which was previously treatable with antibiotics, now has strains that are not only multi-drug resistant (MDR –TB), but extensively drug resistant (XDR-TB). In our quest to camouflage our symptoms with drugs, we have created a host of other concerns.

Pills Don’t Solve The Problem

A pill to quell symptoms never gets to the root of the issue. Discomfort and pain is not the enemy! Instead, they can be viewed as the body’s way of warning us that something is amiss and out of balance.  Pills mask the why beneath the why. It’s through lifestyle change and self-discovery that new habits are created out of old, outmoded ways of thinking.   

What’s A Better Way

It’s more important to know what type of person has a disease, then what disease a person has. It’s by unearthing the story beneath the signs and symptoms of illness that we can heal not only the physical pain, but also the emotional, mental and spiritual. It is through integrative medicine and treating the whole person that balance is achieved. It doesn’t come from a tablet, a capsule or a pill. More on integrative medicine coming.

Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Elizabeth Viszt



Elizabeth is a certified Educational Specialist and Success Coach. She has a BA, MS in biology with a concentration in ethology (animal behavior), is an EAGALA Equine Specialist in equine assisted learning and personal development, and has extensive personal leadership skills. She spent much of her career in education at the high school, college and correctional facility levels teaching biology & chemistry and acting in the capacity of a success coach. Elizabeth presents workshops and seminars which address communication issues as they manifest in personal relationships. She uses writing as both a creative and cathartic outlet, especially after losing both of her parents to cancer in 2015. She lives in upstate NY, on a farm that bears the name of her motto: Be Unreasonable! She's invested in empowering others in moving their pieces forward in the world.

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