The Round Table – June 21, 2013

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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  1. says

    “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.”'” Lol, I think I about fell out of my chair laughing at this! I could not agree more Jon and love the rant!
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  2. says

    While I agree that we’re heavily and sometimes unnecessarily drugged, some prescriptions do have benefits. Having low estrogen levels can influence how your body absorbs calcium, that stuff that prevents osteoporosis.

    • moneysma says

      I agree that some prescriptions have a very good need. I just think that we prescribe drugs now as always being the solution when in some cases they aren’t.

  3. says

    Some pretty disturbing statistics indeed. Question am pondering on is: How did we get here? Does it mean people are getting more sick than before? Could it be due to heavy advertising by the deep pocketed pharma industry? Or it comes with being a really developed nation and we are becoming more aware of conditions and illnesses hitherto unknown? I guess more questions to ponder on….
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    • moneysma says

      Good thoughts Simon. I think it is a combination of all of the above. In some cases, you see issues arise, but that could simply be because we are now reporting it or are much better at finding the disease.

  4. says

    I totally agree with you. It’s seems as if the only thing doctors know what to prescribe is surgery or drugs. I recently faced this issue with an ear nose and throat doctor who claimed my son needed tubes and that was the only solution. So my wife and I decided to look into other options and ended up finding a chiropractor that has been doing wonders. He doesn’t have to take any drugs, and do any surgery. All we did was an xray to see how his ears were doing and did several treatments and his ears have never been better.

    Anyways thanks for the mention.
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