We have become a pill-popping nation. We have become conditioned to run to the doctor’s office with every complaint. Every time we feel different, we think something has to be done. The hope is to alleviate any discomfort we have with a pill. We want to feel perfect at all times, and when we don’t there’s pressure to fix it with an outside, and instant, remedy. 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. Do we need them all. What’s in your medicine cabinet? More than five years ago?
Pill Popping With Prescription Meds
Couple the proliferation of over the counter medicines with drugs which require a prescription, and it’s no wonder that so many people are inundated with medications. 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.
Pill Popping Doens’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. What should be done about it is the real question, instead of what pills can be taken to alleviate it. 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.
Better than Pill Popping Is Knowing Yourself
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. It comes from both physical and emotional awareness and understanding what we can do for ourselves to feel better, and where we should go for help when we need it.