After this past years election I kept hearing a famous political commentator say “elections have consequences….elections HAVE consequences”, reminding the American people that there are very real consequences to every election, whether good or bad.
Well I found myself really resonating with what he was trying to convey to a very temporal-minded people. Elections do have far-reaching consequences.
So do drugs.
I am amazed at the uncanny ability people have to disregard in their minds the VERY REAL consequences of their medical choices, particularly when it comes to taking drugs.
I am often mistaken for being over-zealous for natural health, or under-supportive of ‘main-stream medicine’…yah know, being a nurse and all.
Really though, if you’ve walked where I’ve walked and seen things the way I have come to see things, my conclusions really are the most natural ones to draw. What is far more shocking is that people who work in the medical field are NOT overwhelmingly cautious about medications and procedures. The negative consequences of them are ALL AROUND us in the hospital, the damage- impossible to avoid. Unless of course, they, like the rest of this country, effectively disregard the effects these myriad of medications have on the human body.
Digging just under the surface of the simple act of popping a pill, lie thousands upon thousands of red danger flags demanding our attention. Medication is FAR from benign.
- Adverse drug reactions in this country by drugs taken according to directions with the appropriate dosing, causes approximately 106,000 deaths a year (SOURCE)
- Medical error causes approximately 98,000 deaths a year (SOURCE)
- Making these the 4th and 6th leading causes of death
What these studies brought to light should be astonishing to us consumers of the main-stream healthcare system. These numbers are not ‘case-studies’ of imaginary people…these are real people, with real families and real lives.
These are not statistics to me, they represent faces. Faces of people I have cared for in an average emergency department in this great country that spends the most money on healthcare.
- The man in his 60’s with early-onset dementia, who was just transferred to a nursing home for hallucinations caused by his 7 different psychiatric medications
(and his endearing wife who stood by his side, singing, stroking his face, and reminding his what a wonderful man he was)
- The girl in her 20’s being ignored by her OB-GYN due to her ‘low socio-economic’ status, continuing to return with abdominal pain after the placement of an IUD, told ‘we are not taking that out, that is such a waste of money!!’ Showing up in our ER with a severe pelvic abscess and transferring to a bigger facility possibly needing surgery/hysterectomy
- The postpartum mother who has hemorrhagic stroke due to the administration of pitocin
- The postpartum mom who came in being resuscitated 1 month after having her baby via c-section, dying of a massive pulmonary embolism (clot in lungs) most certainly from her major abdominal surgery (c-section)
- The 100 year old+ woman who developed a horrific reaction known as ‘steven-johnsons syndrome’ after a course of antibiotics, which then developed into an autoimmune disease called vitiligo. She was a very black woman for 75 years of her life, until she got vitiligo which took away all the pigment in her skin, leaving her 90% white
- The man in his 50’s playing tennis who dropped dead from a massive heart attack, that was shown to be caused by the avandia he was taking for his slightly elevated high blood sugar
- (a study showed that in just 10 years approx 47,000 people suffered an heart attack/stroke/death unnecessarily from this drug before it was given its warning)
- The girl in her 30’s who took birth control pills for a couple of years for irregular periods, who has undergone 8 surgeries due to the DVT (clots deep in her veins) from the birth control pills, her chronic pain, shortness of breath and lung clots causing her to demand that I “tell everyone about these dangerous drugs!”
- The woman in her 30’s who took steroids for a couple of years due to back pain from a car accident, the steroids causing avascular necrosis, the complete deterioration of all of her socket joints, leading to 6 joint replacements in 2 years and a lifetime of continued replacements until she dies
- The business man in his 40’s who came in screaming and hallucinating, completely embarrassing himself and his family unknowingly, 1 course of oral steroids brought on something known as ‘steriod psychosis”
- The boy who was developing normally, had his 18 months vaccinations, and slowly slipped away into an autistic world of his own
- The woman in her 70’s coming in dizzy with acute rectal bleeding due to the NSAIDS she just started for her arthritis
- The baby who was born premature and through medical error his bowel was punctured, leading to a colostomy bag as an infant, months later a colon resection then months later another repair due to bowel obstruction from the scar tissue
- The little boy who needed additional surgery and the risks of anesthesia because his circumcision was botched
- The endless faces and torn-up bodies of immune-compromised children due to the repeated courses of antibiotics for minor infections producing constantly sick kids
I need to stop myself. I could go on.and.on.
The saddest part is most of these stories are recent cases I have encountered….i’ve lost track of so many of the stories I promised myself I would never forget. They are endless.
Ignorance is NOT bliss, folks.
We have surrendered our freedom to a paradigm that says: the medical field always knows best, always takes our best interests in mind, would never recommend something if there were negative consequences, and can solve any type of problem that they might cause.
WRONG. This is simply not true.
You are NOT going to get FULL disclosure from the medical field. There are wayyyyyy too many variables to prevent this from happening.
Maybe many medical professionals want you to believe those fallacies. But there are many who want YOU to take responsibility of YOUR health, and stop expecting them to do so.
I am one of them.
I am a good nurse. BUT I have made MANY mistakes. – because I’m human
And I give drugs that I have no idea what to expect from. –because I have to and because no one really knows
I take part in procedures that may be unnecessary.- because I have to
I make recommendations that I don’t really think will be helpful, and will most likely make the situation worse. – because I have to
Everything you do regarding your health has consequences—potentially good, potentially bad.
It is YOUR JOB to be informed about the pros and cons from as many angles as you can, and stop handing your health on a platter to the medical world and expecting them to preserve and nurture your health.
You are your BEST advocate. You are your child’s BEST advocate.
A call to responsibility…A call to understanding…A call to mindfulness.