Half of Americans take pharmaceutical drugs daily
Half of Americans
Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor
(Healingtalks) According to Medco Health Solutions Inc., which manages prescription benefits for about 1 in 5 Americans, over half of Americans are prescription-addicted or daily taking prescription medications for chronic health problems
Breakdown of Prescription Drug Taking
The data indicates that 51 percent of American children and adults were taking one or more prescription drugs for a chronic condition, up from 47 percent in 2001 – about a 10% increase. This breaks down into age groups as follows:
- Women 20+ – About 2 out of 3
- Children and teenagers – 25%
- Adult men – 52 %
- Seniors over 65 – 75%
What’s worse, on average 1 in 4 seniors take five or more medicines regularly ( 28 percent of women and 22 percent of men over 65)
Exactly what medications?
In 2006, the top five drugs by sales were Lipitor, Nexium, Prevacid, Advair Diskus and Singulair.
Multi-billion dollar sales drugs, what they claim to do
- Lipitor offers to lower cholesterol
- Nexium & Prevacid claim to reduce stomach acid
- Advair Diskus and Singulair suppress asthma and allergies symptoms
Failings of Modern Medicine
These drugs reveal much about the failings of the mainstream medical model
Treating and suppressing symptoms – cholesterol and stomach acid are both normal, protective substances in the body. Cholesterol is no more the cause of heart disease than stomach acid is the cause of GERD or ulcers. But one of the fundamental flaws of western medicine is its tendency to treat the symptom or effect rather than the cause. Unfortunately for patients, doing so can actually make things worse, not better.
Cholesterol is essential – it plays many essential roles in the body, and lowering it does not only not prevent heart disease, but can actually increase the risk of dying from a heart attack.
Stomach acids are essential – crucial in protecting us from the pathogens we might otherwise ingest with food. Stomach acid is also required for protein digestion. It is well-established in the scientific literature that the primary cause of ulcers is a bacterium called h. pylori – not stomach acid. And there is also evidence suggesting that GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) is caused by low – not high – stomach acid.
Scariest part of this study
It is the surge in children who use of chemical drugs to treat weight-related problems illnesses previously considered adult problems. Medco estimates 1.2 million American children now are taking pills for Type 2 diabetes, sleeping troubles and gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn.
The majority of these conditions – diabetes, sleeping troubles and gastrointestinal issues – can be treated and reversed or eliminated by simple diet and lifestyle changes – rather than having someone addicted to drugs in a profitable sick care system. These changes have none of the adverse effects and risks of drugs, and their benefits extend far beyond the potential therapeutic action of the medications.
Drugs-of-necessity gloried to lure us to take drugs-of-profitablity for life
Medication has improved and even saved the lives of many in this country and around the world. Yet there’s a difference between drugs that are “medically necessary” and drugs that are promoted via slick campaigns and to be used instead of the more effective and less harmful diet and exercise approaches. Patients are lured in for a quick fix, and via no less diabolical means than effected in the sale of illegal drugs.
Why the rise in medication
One reason for the increase in medication use is the pharmaceutical industry’s “relentless advertising”. Since that is unlikely to change anytime soon, experts say the proportion of Americans on chronic medications can only multiply. On a deeper level, it is a further evolution of a progressive application of the surface/symptom illusionary, math-based, mechanical vision of nature of the 17th century. It is part of a 400 year trend to unrelenting expand a central paradigm understanding, that nature is essentially mathematical- resulting in a progressive and deep harming of not only our bodies but the entire planet’s life as a whole. This is a deep philosophical subject we’ve discussed in many posts, and how to supplant the mechanical vision with a life centered, truly healing view.
“Unless we do things to change the way we’re managing health in this country … things will get worse instead of getting better,” predicted Daniel Jones, a heart specialist and dean of the University of Mississippi’s medical school. Luckily, we don’t have to wait around for that to happen. As individuals we can take responsibility for our own health care using diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. We can choose to use “alternative” modalities to keep us healthy. And we can take action to reduce stress and promote emotional and psychological well-being.