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Old 06-12-2008, 10:35 PM
 
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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I know where I live these people are crazy about it.

Everyone, my dad's family included, are hooked on precript drugs.

I had surgury once and had some pain kilelrs and I had people I did not even know show up on my door asking if I had any left that I could sell them. Just pitiful. These are not some trailer trash either, I am talking middle class type people.
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Old 06-13-2008, 02:01 AM
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That was the aim in the first place, to get as many people as possible on prescription drugs. If the big pharmaceutical companies had their way, they would demand that every man, woman and child be on a drug. For all the made up diseases along with the real ones.

I find it amazing that each time i pass a pharmacy inside like Costco for one, there is an amazingly long line of people getting their meds. And in the sunday paper, they are always offering those free $25 gift cards for each prescription you switch to their stores.
I don't take any meds at all and I have people tell me that I'm odd since I don't take drugs. I tell them, no, I'm normal, your the odd ones.
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Have to pretty much agree with pinkstring on this one. I take vitamins, supplements, believe in natural remedies and preventives. I didn't see any particular show regarding this, but I just don't like taking medicines unless absolutely necessary. If chewing a mint leaf will settle my stomach the way peptobismol can, I will chew a mint leaf. If more people were aware of the natural remedies that grow like weeds in most states, there wouldn't be the need for all this chemical interference.

And just to add insult to injury... the (I won't slam any specific group ... again) folks want us all to become vegetarians because of the illnesses that can originate from undercooked meats. If we weren't mixing up our bodies with chemicals we can't pronounce compressed into the pills doctors prescribe, we wouldn't be so susceptible to illnesses in the first place.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:07 AM
 
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This is one of the problems why health care costs in this country are so high. Instead of taking charge of your own health as much as you can, it is much easier to sit in your chair, watch tv and pop pills.
There are of course people that need prescription drugs, but I wonder how many do not?
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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I think the big problem is all of a sudden, they started letting the pharmaceutical companies the ability to directly advertise their drugs on tv! this is the worst. you hear a commercial and right away, people think they have the same symptoms and need a drug. the worst part is that some doctors will just give people medicine. I am just the opposite. I would rather have a doctor tell me to quit eating or drinking something, make some lifestyle changes etc. then, if necessary take some meds. I bet if the tv commercials stopped, people would not think that there was a pill for everything!
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Yes, suddenly we're being inundated with drug commercials .. wow!

For the first 40 seconds, we are in a field of flowers, or some magical forest and you're wondering what the heck this is all about? Finally, the drug they're advertising and how it's going to cure this and that ..

.. as long as the list of 30 or so terrible side affects don't kill you first!
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:35 AM
 
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Instead of using drugs, follow these health tips provided by Mike Adams aka The Health Ranger.

Also read his article called: Big Pharma Spin Doctors Gather to Plot New Public Relations Strategies for Influencing the FDA, Popular Press
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Old 06-13-2008, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Swamps of Florida
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I think i took some type of pain killers after my surgery for about 2 days, i threw them away, as i didn't want nothng to do with them. My only drug is Aspirin.
I take supplements and vitamins.

It might be a good idea to find a good herbalist before taking any drugs, i strongly believe that mother nature has a cure for many illnesses, which we haven't completely discovered yet.

The biggest probelm with drugs is not just addictions, it's how many side effects they cause. While you trying to "cure" one thing, you create 10+ side effects.

My song got prescription for his acne, Doryx, he's 17, and i asked him to read side effects. After he read it all, he said he's affraid to take it. My $50.00 well spent, but i'm proud of my kid!
Now he's using prescription cream and Neutrogena facial wash, eating veggies and no junk food.
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Old 06-14-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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Yes, suddenly we're being inundated with drug commercials .. wow!

For the first 40 seconds, we are in a field of flowers, or some magical forest and you're wondering what the heck this is all about? Finally, the drug they're advertising and how it's going to cure this and that ..

.. as long as the list of 30 or so terrible side affects don't kill you first!
Yes, I get a kick out of it when I see a drug for restless leg syndrome or eczema or some other annoying but ultimately harmless "illness," and at the end it says "please contact your docotr if you experience liver failure, heart pain, seizures, flu, muscle weakness, incontinence, blood in the stool, stroke, shortness of breath, toenails falling off, head spinning around, blah blah blah."

Then I feel pretty sober, thinking of all of the people who take these drugs because they feel/are told that they "need" them! Yikes!
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