As a chiropractor I’m always reminded by how well people can heal if we just support a “body’s” innate ability to heal and stay healthy. At Stover Chiropractic I’m reminded because I see it every day. Another thing I see everyday is lists. What do I mean here? I mean people who come into my office who have been trained to bring their “list” of medications with them whenever they get a new doctor. No shame here. We need to know this information. But does someone really “need” or benefit from being on 12 different medications?
I’ll grant there are situations that need many medications. Life after organ transplants for example. But the thing that is odd to me is how “normal” it is. It is common for folks to require a “list” so they can keep up with everything they take. But if I ask, no one likes taking so manys drugs, and no one thinks it is good for a body to be on drugs. This is why we need prescriptions in order to buy many of the drugs out there. But none the less, we live in a society that tries to solve health problems with drugs in many cases.
What sort of impact might this have? On culture? On families? On children? I use to think it was a stretch, what I’m getting ready to say, but that was before I had children. I feel like our love affair with prescription and OTC meds makes it very easy for a child to learn: if something is wrong with me, the solution just might come from outside, in pill form. That something, that pill, can help me feel better. Physically or emotionally. It will make the transition to recreational drugs much easier. Why not? I mean, Mom gave me a pill to help my fever. Why not take a pill to make me feel more fun loving and social?
So I think this is a tough one. After all, sometimes we really “need” a drug for exceptional reasons. What is clear to me is children pick up on all these sublties early in life. My daughter who is 6 has lived nearly a drug free life. But she has had a crisis or two. Other than that I don’t recall filling antibiotic or any other prescriptions for her. But she knows. She knows, if some one is sick, or hurt, they get medicine…
The following article is an interesting take on this whole issue. I hope you like it.