The pharmaceutical companies and their advertisers and benefactors would love for you to believe that if you have a problem, you can just walk right into their office and walk out all better.
At every turn, you are told to consult with your doctor, talk to your physician or ask your doctor if it's right for you.
But the reality is that people all across this country are underinsured or have no insurance at all. Those on government assistance are at the mercy of the government. Veterans are dying while waiting to be seen. Low income earners have no insurance or are drastically underinsured. Then, you have your middle class who can afford the insurance, but usually not much else.
Most co-pays range from $25-$100 depending on the type of physician, not including anything other than saying hello and shaking hands. If you want more information than just your blood pressure and weight, then you will be taking tests which come with their own expenses. You have to return to the physician to get the test results, which will be another co-pay. Those tests may require more tests, or the physician will recommend a pharmaceutical drug. They will tell you, in this order; what it is, how long it's been out, how their patients like it, features and benefits. They will then ask you whether you'd like to try it. After agreeing, they will give you the fine print, if you have a good doctor, and most likely, your prescription will also have a fee. The doctor will tell you to return in 30-60 days to “see how it's working for you” and to come back in the mean time of you need anything else. There's another co-pay you'll need to pay in 30-60 days. If you do this only 2-3 times per year, you may not see horror in this cycle; but for the chronically ill it is a way of life.
Those with life long diseases aren't like those happy people in the commercials who took Lyrica. The chronically ill don't look relaxed and at peace after taking Lunesta or Ambien.
They don't have the luxury of just walking in to see Dr. Smith and getting a magic pill to cure their ills. Yet, that is what the medical and pharmaceutical companies tell us will happen.
The truth is that the costs associated with being sick usually outweigh the insurance premiums; meaning the total expense for health coverage has now doubled. People go hungry, get their phones cut off, and go without, in order to see their doctor to get a pill that won't help them.
And yet we keep going back! You aren't better. You’re broke and yet, like a Guinea pig, you and the rest of the American public keeps trying one chemical after another to cure something that was generally CAUSED by chemicals. It's like going back to a drug dealer for crack in order to get off of heroin. And people are dying. People are suffering silently with no voice and no options, while the pharmaceutical industry and insurance companies are raking in millions.
But the real problem that is never addressed is the mindset caused in every-day Americans. If they fall prey to an illness, visit the doctor, get a pill, and do all that they were told to do and STILL aren't better, then they think it's a failure on their part. They try more medications, different tests, other doctors, more pills and yet after thousands of dollars are spent, rarely is the outcome what is portrayed in those catchy tv ads.
Patients are left worse off than they started, with less money in their pockets and less faith in the medical community.
The very oath that doctors promise to uphold states that “food should be the medicine and medicine thy food.” Yet, it is grossly overlooked by mainstream doctors at the sad disadvantage of millions of patients around the country.
The Veteran’s Administration is happy to prescribe pill after pill after pill, but refuses to actually HELP our vets. It's a societal ill that is perpetuated by advertisers, the news media, and our very own doctors.
Patients around the county have heard “…if that medication doesn't work, we’ll just keep trying until we find one.”
Is that the purpose of our medical professionals? Surely all would deny it goes on except for the people who undergo it. Many of the pharmaceutical ads on television tell you upfront that their product may cause heart failure, rectal bleeding, cancer, and death why the FDA allows these drugs, these poisons to be sold to the public and pushed by the doctors.
How many of us have seen the medical vendors in the doctor’s offices? Usually, they are providing some free product like stress balls, cookies, pens, or candy and, of course free trials of new drugs to give to their patients.
It must be clearly understood that there is no one-pill solution for any health issue. Just by the very definition of science, a foreign substance is entering the body; a non-organic material. Remember, that for every action there will be a reaction and there will be consequences of doing such.
Those who are pursuing a healthy lifestyle must first get out of this mindset. It's not one small thing that you must change. You have to change your life. You can't stop drinking soda, do nothing else, and expect change. You can't walk 3x a week and expect to lose weight if you don't address what's causing the weight.
Birthing a life is creating a blank pallet. Recreating a life is sifting and moving and rearranging hats already there. It's building upon years of victory and hurts, life lessons and growth opportunities. You have to change your mind before you can ever change your body.
The pharmaceutical industry will never tell you that. They would rather you try their next latest and greatest drug to cure what their last one caused.
Get out of the cycle and move towards a more meaningful and healthy life by working with your body instead of against it. Don't be a sheep to the slaughter. Be the free eagle you were meant to be.