Just yesterday I read a study from the Mayo Clinic that said 70% of Americans are currently taking prescription drugs. One in five Americans (20%) are on AT LEAST FIVE prescription medications. I had to read that a few times because I thought I was still half asleep dreaming it. Personally, this is really depressing news. I understand that some people have a need to be on multiple drugs, but for the most part, I don’t think many do. I think so many are on prescription drugs simply because their doctor prescribes one and they don’t ask if it is really needed.
It seems as though just prescribing something is the solution. When it comes to mixing multiple drugs at once, that is where it gets scary for me. One mistake or glass of alcohol and all bets are off. I’m glad to see how far we’ve come with medicine, but it seems like that is simply the answer to everything. For example, it seems that all kids are on some form of ADHD medication. Why? Just because they run around a lot and easily get distracted? Doesn’t that describe every kid? My best friend growing up had more energy than anyone I have ever met. As he grew up, he “mellowed out” without any ADHD medication.
Now I see commercials for middle aged men who suffer from low testosterone. Here’s a news flash for you: as men age, we stop producing testosterone and produce more estrogen. IT’S NATURE!! (The opposite is true for women – less estrogen, more testosterone.) Since when is the aging process a condition? I’m just waiting for the commercials for women with low estrogen to come out. “Ladies, do you suffer from a hairy upper lip? Have a less-than-feminine voice? You could be suffering from Low E, better known as low estrogen.”
What are your thoughts on the study’s findings and my mini-rant?
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