7 in 10 Americans are on prescription meds. Here’s my take.
This morning I was catching up on the news when I came across an article that I found disturbing, but–sadly–not at all shocking. The article focused on a new Mayo Clinic study that found 70% of Americans are taking prescription drugs. One in five Americans are on at least FIVE prescription medications.
Topping the list of prescribed medications are antibiotics, antidepressants and opioids (painkillers).
As I said in the opening sentence, I am not shocked by the findings of this study. A few years before my transformation (the late 1990s), I went to the doctor with a laundry list of complaints: heart burn, depression, anxiety, shortness of breath, IBS… you name it. If you want to read more about my pre-transformation lifestyle and health problems, check out the About Me article.
My doctor at the time (he is no longer my doctor), was entirely uninterested in examining the actual causes behind the extensive list of health issues from which I suffered. I remember when I left his office I had a virtual grab bag of prescription medication samples. Everything from antidepressants to heartburn medication to sleeping pills and more.
But, and this is the saddest part of the story, most Americans seem unwilling to change. They want to eat whatever they want, whenever they want it. They’d rather watch five hours of television every day than take the time to exercise. We getting fatter and lazier, and we’re losing our minds in the process.
Human beings are not meant to live the way many of us are choosing to live right now. It’s literally driving us insane.
“So here, take these. You’ll feel better.”
Wrong answer. Not always, of course–I highly value science and medicine when properly administered. But this is ridiculous.
Those medications that my drug-pushing doctor gave me back in the late 1990s? I didn’t need them. All I needed to do was to start living a healthier lifestyle. Once I started eating properly and exercising every single health problem I had went away. Every single one.
I’m almost 45 years old, in great health and I take no prescription medications. I can say these things only because I decided to take charge of my health. If I’d continued to live the lifestyle I was living and chose to follow my doctor’s plan of medicating my way to “better health”, I guarantee I’d either be dead or suffering from countless life-altering health problems right now.
Stop making excuses. Stop eating and drinking so much crap, it’s killing you. Put down the remote, go exercise. You are in charge of you.