Do you know you have to avoid grapefruit juice with certain drugs medicine pills? I always thought grapefruit was good for your health.

Drugs, medicine, pills: Are they the cure? Do they make us healthy or just mask the symptoms for a while?

Drugs, medicine, pills: Are they the cure? Do they make us healthy or just mask the symptoms for a while?

Television advertising in the USA is amazing… especially when it refers to medicine. 

I just returned from a three week stay in the USA (which is the reason for no posts… sorry about that) and was struck by some of the TV publicity for ‘healing sickness’. Undoubtedly because of precedents with the law, companies are obligated to include ‘Important Safety Information’ in their ads. I was struck by one ad in particular featuring Arnold Palmer and the images produced as the safety measures are recited with the closing remarks about how the medicine is beneficial. It is an astute representation of the proverbial half full and half empty glass.

Yes, I realize that medicine is necessary, Yes, I realize that it does help render health and well-being. The Explanation and particularly the second book in the series, Audit of the Universe analyzes where we are today in regards to some of man’s accomplishments: Education, Social Relations, Finances… and Health. I’m always on the lookout for information and societal behavior trying to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s really going on.

Health is of course a very personal subject yet extremely public at the same time because of the importance it now plays in government, finances and especially in our daily lives. However, has society stopped or even slowed down its hectic pace to ask the question: What is health? Is it the simply the absence of  the results of mistreating our bodies with regard to the environment we live in today? Is it pushing ourselves to see how much crap the body can tolerate before it collapses? Or has health got to do with general well-being of both the body and the mind?

Is health fixing or enhancing the body systems that when working optimally give us great freedom, pleasure and immense opportunities?

What caught my attention was the contrast between the the healing capabilities of these drugs medicine pills and their possible debilitating effects. I looked some of them up and am including a few excerpts here for your perusal. Again, I realize that these medicines do help people with certain illnesses and I’m glad for them. However, this issue is not about that, it’s about what is REAL HEALTH.

Is Healthiness this?

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION & INDICATIONS

Serious infections have happened in people… These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections.

Cancer. For children and adults taking TNF blockers… the chance of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. There have been cases of unusual cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults using TNF blockers. Some people have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death.

The drug may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction. Some signs are swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck or if you have any trouble breathing or have a rash, hives or blisters.

Drugs used to treat seizures increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. A particular medicine may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in about 1 in 500 people. This includes thoughts of self harm, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. These changes may include new or worsening depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking.

This drug may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet, which can be serious for people with heart problems. It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. You should not drive or work with machines until you know how this drug affects you.

Do not stop taking this drug without talking to your doctor. If you stop suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, you may have seizures more often. Without break, this ad went on with a testimonial of how a user had ‘less pain’… not NO pain, just less pain.

This drug is proven to significantly reduce the number of leakage episodes experienced by patients just like you. The patients using this particular drug had about 22 fewer leakage episodes each week (compared to about 13 fewer for placebo).

Unfortunately those taking the above drug added the following complications:

Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.

Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia), trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria), loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities

Notice you can even die from some of these health indcuing drugs. Amazing. Some of these drugs can actually cause the problem they’re supposed to cure to get worse. Amazing. With others you are a guinea pig testing it on yourself to see how it’s going to react. Amazing. If you stop using certain drugs your condition for other health issues can get worse. Amazing. I even saw a list of dozens of other drugs NOT to be consumed while on a particular medecine. Amazing. Gotta love those statistics and the descriptions ‘significantly reduce’. Amazing

This is ‘health’ today… it’s a tradeoff of ‘I’ll probably get better here and possible get worse there’. I can take this but will have to watch what I eat there… like grapefruit. I will be able to do such and such an activity but I might have difficulty doing this and that activity.

You decide if the proverbial half full, half empty glass is getting fuller or emptier in the domain of health with drugs medicine pills. Your comments are welcome below.

 

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