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Following Doctor's orders could endanger your health

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by EditorsRHumansToo!, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. EditorsRHumansToo!

    EditorsRHumansToo! Community Champion

    Prescriptions can not replace personal accountability for our own health, well-being, and mental sanity. Doctor's opinion is alright and acceptable. But prescribing 'drug-cure' as the end result of your visit should always run the litmus test of their credibility. That has been the case ever since my visit to our local clinic for my high BP. I never took them. Mostly, prescription drugs are habit-forming and harmful to the chance of maintaining good health-- drug-free.

    Instead, research and study about these pharma drugs prescribed for you.

    Your thoughts?
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  2. katherine25

    katherine25 Senior Contributor

    I disagree with this. Prescription drugs are there for a reason and depending on what is wrong they are highly needed. I don't think being drug free of prescription drugs is possible to be honest. My daughter for example, last week had an ear infection, there is no way she could have gone without prescription drugs. She was screaming and throwing up everywhere because it was so severe.. I don't know what we would have done if it wasn't for the doctors orders to take the medication. Now if the issue is in regards to becoming addicted that's a whole other story. They have recommended dosages in place for a reason but if you are someone who can easily become addicted maybe you should talk with your doctor and see if there is something they can do to help prevent this from happening.
  3. EditorsRHumansToo!

    EditorsRHumansToo! Community Champion

    I'm glad about your daughter's being well now. How has she been? Was that antibiotic for her ear infection? I heard that harmless Vit. C for infection. Dr. Suzanne Humpries says that Vit C. is very beneficial to good health and detoxing from years of drug abuse.

    Thank you @katherine25
  4. Samu Zadori

    Samu Zadori Member

    I agree with some of what you're saying, especially that people should be accountable for maintaining their own mental health to some extent. With that being said, I think perscription drugs are often needed, as some patients simply can't achieve being mentally healthy without taking perscription drugs. Take schizophrenia for example; it isn't usually something you can get through without perscription drugs.
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  5. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    I have fallen victim of a poor doctor's judgement before, that landed me in the ER. All because I take the antibiotics he gave me. Back then I didn't check meds online before taking them, now I do, I do without fail! I check any new medication online before even taking it... it horrible, if only people knew how potentially dangerous most of the drugs they are taking are... things like Omeaprozole, that is said to increase stomach cancer risk, even after taking it for only 6 months!
  6. IrishHeather

    IrishHeather Active Contributor

    I believe that in todays society we have become way to dependent on prescription medication for our overall well being. More often than not, the line between doctors prescribing a medication to a patient for their benefit and doctors prescribing medications due to the pressure of drug companies can become blurred.

    Now with that being said, I do believe that some medications are indeed very necessary and beneficial for our quality of life. It just very important that patients become their own best advocates and research all the medications they are prescribed to find out the risks and benefits in turn. Just don't blindly take your physicians 'word on it', become informed about every aspect of your wellness plan, this will make discussions with you doctor much more productive.
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  7. EditorsRHumansToo!

    EditorsRHumansToo! Community Champion

    I have taken the same path as you have. Even being at risk of being called a heretic among the medical profession. But with what you said and shared, I feel strongly passionate for many of our fellow human beings to allow themselves some great thought and study before they submit to the regimen of prescribed drugs.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2015
  8. EditorsRHumansToo!

    EditorsRHumansToo! Community Champion

    Where have all the half-way-house homes-- rehabs with home-setting where love and nurture surround fellow human beings to help become better persons and see their future with full of hope and healing? Sounds idealistic . But it's something good that can be done. I wish the government puts more budget into this charities. Drugs do not lengthen life-span. Love and genuine community care do.
  9. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    Sometimes natural means will not be enough for most of the illnesses we have, like asthma or an infection and will need the man made drugs which can help with treatment. Ear infections can be painful, and have, had it when I was younger and given antibiotics, which me get back to normal and the pain went away, which made me feel relieved. I think sometimes we do need to, try and take care of ourselves so we don't have to suffer, but should know when it is hard we should get help from the doctor.
  10. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Doctors should be prescribing the right ones for their patients cause is their work. As I have said on the other thread, if there are doubts, better to seek second opinion or more opinions if possible if there are still doubt. Researching could also help.
  11. GabinoTapia

    GabinoTapia Active Contributor

    My mother was given a prescribed drug that she has to use to help her control her asthma, but I have done some research and the doctor even told us that it could be bad for her hearth's health. Sometimes doctors want to give their patience better medicine than what they are receiving because the ones that some people are using wont work as well, but I think that If the doctor know the drug can be bad for another specific thing then they should not give the drug to the patient. What good will the drug be if it helps with one thing but it does danger to another.
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  12. hoverman

    hoverman Active Contributor

    When it comes to following a physicians prescription vs. a 'natural therapy', I feel we have to balance up, ultimately, the risks and benefits to things. Community care and love might be something we'd all strive towards, but all the love and care isn't going to cure pneumonia for example. Something that previously killed regularly, is now completely treatable with antibiotics prescribed by doctors!!

    This is not to say however, that medicine is a magic cure all entity. We often disparage doctors and health professionals who fail to cure us of our ailments, but ultimately I feel we need to acknowledge that drugs - like everything including natural therapy - is simply there to alter probability more than anything. Nothing is 100% effective, and we need to stop expecting that. The probability that antibiotics will cure a bacterial ear infection is high; but there is similarly, a risk that it won't work within a certain timeframe we expect.

    On the other hand, I would suggest that Vitamin C, for example, has a probability of curing a bacterial ear infection, but the risk it won't work in a certain timeframe is significantly higher - simply from the fact we know design antibiotics to specifically target a problem.
  13. singingintherain

    singingintherain Community Champion

    In the generation above mine (my parents and relatives) I find they tend to blindly believe whatever it is their doctor has told them. I don't question that doctors are highly trained and better equipped to make these judgments, but I also feel that they are only human too and can make mistakes. I can understand if a family doctor has been in the career for 30+ years they might feel like they have 'seen it all' and become slack on reading new scientific literature. I worry sometimes about my older family members filling prescriptions that aren't strictly necessary, before trying or researching alternatives.

    For example my mother was recently prescribed iron supplements without attempting to correct her diet at all first. Maybe it was the quickest form of treatment, but she experienced side effects from the supplements that she would not experience from eating red meat twice a week.
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  14. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    To be fair, if someone's anaemia was so mild that it could be corrected by ground beef twice a week then this is what they will be told to do. And believe me, adding extra red meat to your diet will likely give you the same "eliminatory" difficulties that iron supplements do.
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  15. hoverman

    hoverman Active Contributor

    I think @singingintherain makes an interesting point, and ultimately, this is the direction which modern medicine seems to be heading. In the age of Google, everyone tries to self-diagnose and has literally, an infinite amount of knowledge at their fingertips.

    Given that you mother had Iron-deficiency anemia, (in my country) it might be possible he could engage the doctor again about her side-effects, or call a health-line or even just try diet for a while instead, given her poor reaction. Most people have side-effects to tablet, but a proper doctor would have educated for them and have a follow-up appointment to see how the blood levels are going, giving you an opportunity to bring those effects up. You could certainly take advantage of this and engage the doctor to see if there are options.

    Really the sweet spot is the middle-ground right?? Not blindly letting someone else look after your health, but also not completely ignoring the doctor...
  16. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Yeah you are right. It doesn't make any sense to even think that you can cure something with synthetic toxic drugs. Let food be thy medicine. Emergencies is the only time I say it is worth it. Other than this it is way better to just take care of yourself. Blood pressure is fairly easy one to correct. Most people just go for the drugs. Quick fix I guess. You have to remember that they get a kick back of up to $50,000 extra a year in prescribing alone. Does that make you wonder? If it doesn't it should. Why would they want to cure anyone if the kick back is like that?
    Well doctors are more often basically brainwashed in medical school. The pharmaceutical companies vulture in on getting them while they are young right in school. Best way if you are going to be a doctor is to study the traditional way and get licensed. Right after go get your ND. Study all the fields, Chinese medicine or whatever you can find. Put it all together and you will see where the cures lie. Choose your path to cure people and be a real doctor. Not a pharma mafia devil's advocate. Here take the poison like a good little patient. You're going to need it for the rest of your life. Isn't funny how they always throw that in there.
  17. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I think not taking prescribed blood pressure meds could be life endangering. Some meds I agree that might be cosmetic in nature, or for better sleep, or something might be considered to be optional however, a medication like a blood pressure med, or something for diabetes should never be considered as an option. I mean I know some people believe in all natural foods rather than chemo for instance, but I am not the Russian Roulette type with BP.
  18. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I think any time a doctor prescribes medication then generally speaking it's for a reason. There are some that over-prescribe, but if you have any concerns I would always say just ask for a second opinion, and go see a different doctor. You can always research medications online, too - but I would be sure it's a reputable source and not just a blog or something that's written by someone with no training or qualifications.
  19. norms options

    norms options Active Contributor

    This article has some good information in it, and I am inclined to like it because it agrees with my personal beliefs on this issue. Basically we are so overdrugged as a society and it really seems that a lot of doctors have simply become legal drug dealers. I have a good amount of experience in the catering industry, and it amazes me how many calls we get from drug reps. They will set up a lunch at a doctors office to feed the staff while giving a pitch to the doc to prescribe their drug. Should this even be part of the decision making process for the doc as to what to prescribe to their patients?? My perception used to be that the doctors would do research to find the best treatment for each of their patients, but if the doc is a specialist and has a lot of patients being treated for a similar issue, are they just prescribing the drug from the rep that is the best salesperson to all of their patients??
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  20. norms options

    norms options Active Contributor

    Wow!! you have really hit the nail on the head here in my opinion. The docs are sold these drugs by professional salespeople, given kickbacks and incentives, and then they put their patients on them for life to ensure recurring incomes. What a crazy world it is...take care of yourself as best you can and try to avoid the medical industry as much as you can.