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Fri, 01-23-2009 - 12:49am

Anyone been seeing these ads for Abilify? The ad and the website say that 2 out of 3 people that are taking meds for depression aren't getting relief from their depression so you should buy this new pill and take that, but take it in addition to the other stuff! Who wants to bet on how long it will be before they add another pill to it that will totally fix you up!

When are we (as a society) going to say enough is enough?

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Fri, 01-23-2009 - 8:35am

Not soon enough. Some people really like the drug solution, I guess. And with depression I can understand the temptation. I have mild depression some of the time and it would be sort of fun to just get rid of it with a quick pill. It it were severe it would be way beyond tempting.

But...the pile drug atop drug approach to health is crazy.

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Fri, 01-23-2009 - 9:53am

"But...the pile drug atop drug approach to health is crazy."

Agreed both my parents have those daily pill organizers and I constantly ask - what are you taking all those pills for?!?!?!? Sigh.






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Fri, 01-23-2009 - 10:50am
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My grandmother takes a lot of medication, mostly for her heart (heart disease runs rampant on my mother's side as does thyroid disease). She also refers to vaccines as "immune shots". She trusts her doctors totally, completely and would never question anything they told her to take or do. This is a perfectly fine position for anyone to have, but they can't expect everyone to have it KWIM? We've discussed vaccines very briefly, but she already thought I was crazy when she watched give me dog a whole rabbit to eat.
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Fri, 01-23-2009 - 11:04am
I think the biggest problem with people taking soooo many pills like that is 1) they totally trust the doctor and don't see an alternative, or are too afraid to find an alternative to taking the medication 2) are unwilling to make the lifestyle changes necessary to make the pill unnecessary (ie low salt / low fat diets for cardiac conditions, avoiding concentrated sweets and exercising often for diabetes type 2, etc.). Without the motivation / desire / knowledge in how to make the lifestyle changes 1 pill becomes 2 and then 3 and 4 and they just keep piling up as the complications from 1 disease creates new diseases .. high cholesterol leading to atherosclerosis leading to high blood pressure, kidney problems, additional heart problems, etc. Until people are willing to live a healthier life, doctors / pharmaceuticals will continue to pile on the pills.


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Registered: 09-09-2007
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 11:06am

ITA! Why so many pills? I just don't understand.

As someone who was under the control of the psych drugs for a large part of my life, I get irate when I hear about more of them.

When I hear about the fda trying to shut down the sale of things like kava, I wonder how long it will be before all natural herbs are outlawed in lieu of pharm sales.

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Fri, 01-23-2009 - 11:13am
IMO, you're right on point. Good post!
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Registered: 12-14-2005
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 12:00pm

ITA Melissa,

Certainly the case with both my parents.

Case in point my Mom has HBP - she decides to eat healthier and is buying these lean cuisine freezer meals in bags.... I said Mom - look at the sodium - one serving has your entire sodium for the day. She said but it says low-fat etc...

I said yeah but that does not mean LOW sodium. You need to watch sodium!!

I also think its knowledge on what you eat and how it affects you. Its lacking for most people.






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Registered: 01-02-2009
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 12:48pm

Exactly! Very well said!


And doctors are good at doing the pill thing, but not particularly strong on explaining lifestyle changes.


One sad thing, to me, is that eating healthy is fairly inexpensive if you fix stuff yourself from scratch. I can make about three weeks worth of oatmeal for what one box of instant packets (six servings) will cost. And we are talking organically grown oatmeal :)

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 1:21pm

Totally Agree.

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Registered: 09-09-2007
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 2:54pm

"IMPO, when most people can stop being pansies, we'll see a significant decline of advertisements. "

Couldn't agree more. There was a time when people dealt with their issues instead of just popping a pill. These days it's too easy to complain to your doc about something and get handed a magic pill. But, that magic pill will only work if you also take these other magic pills!

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