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We are being over-drugged! Why
In many cases sons and daughters have thought they lost their mother or father to dementia. Instead they were being over medicated.
Over and over the elderly are on very strong antipsychotic drugs. In many cases this only makes the patient worse.
Nursing homes and hospitals want their elderly patients drugged until they are lethargic and easy to handle. Anti psychotic drugs are given to prevent the agitation, combative behavior and out bursts of dementia patients.
Sales of antipsychotic drugs have soared with up to 14 billion dollars a year. Many of these drugs carry a warning label of an increased risk of death. Still the doctors keep prescribing these very dangerous medications.
As Dr. Gary S. Moak, president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry has said “Our health care system isn’t set up to address the mental, emotional and behavioral problems of the elderly”.
It’s not just the elderly that’s being over-drugged. Younger people are taking an average of 5 pills a day. I have several friends that take a pill to wake up, a pain pill, a water pill, a blood pressure pill, 2 pills for depression/anxiety (one to help the other), and a pill to sleep at night.
You can imagine they stumble through life. They truly believe their life is enhanced with all this medication. I bet they could get rid of at least half these pills with the right diet, exercise and attitude.
We have become a drugged nation. The slightest little pain and we run to the medicine cabinet.
Have you seen the commercials on TV for all the drugs. There are drugs for your stomach, allergies, acid reflux or depression. They list all the benefits, but then warn you that you could get sick, vomit, diarrhea, have headaches and even death. Really? That last warning would be enough to scare me.
I don’t take drugs and my mother at 92 did not take but a couple of pills each day until she went into the hospital where they gave her a cocktail made up of Depakote, Namenda, Lorazepam, Haldol, and Trazadone. Her little body couldn’t take this poison and she went into a semi-vegetative state. When I spoke to the doctor about “the cocktail”, his response was “well everyone aged 80 and above take at least 12 drugs a day”. And we trust these guys with our lives.
It has reached a point where doctors don’t know what else to do but prescribe medication.
For your own health and safety, be aware of the drugs you are taking and why. And could there be a more natural alternative.
To be continued…………………………………………………Selah, Elaine