Unfortunately, what they don’t realize is that it is usually those same prescriptions that cause other symptoms for which they are prescribed more prescription pills. For example, Avandia, a common prescription drug for Diabetes can cause many side effects.
The most common side effects of Avandia included:
- Upper respiratory infections (similar to the common cold) — in up to 9.9 percent of people
- Broken bones in women (especially in the arm, hand, or foot) — up to 9.3 percent of women
- Injury — up to 7.6 percent
- Headache– up to 5.6 percent
- Swelling or water weight gain (edema) — up to 4.8 percent
- Back pain– up to 4 percent
- Anemia — up to 1.9 percent.
You’re a diabetic taking Avandia and up to nearly 10% get upper respiratory infections and you go back to your doctor who then prescribes something else for that (which may cause more side effects) and it starts a never ending viscous cycle of doctors and more drugs.
Then there are the less common (but more serious) side effects to deal with such as trouble breathing, a rapid increase in weight, or vision changes.
It gets worse. According to a U.S. Senate committee, Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline knew of possible heart attack risks tied to its controversial diabetes drug Avandia years before evidence of a link became public.
The committee asked the Food and Drug Administration why it allowed a clinical trial of Avandia to continue even after the agency estimated that the drug caused 83,000 heart attacks between 1999 and 2007.
As a result of the increased rate of death among seniors, drugs such as Zyprexa, Risperdal, Navane, Moban and others have now received a “black box” warning.
I question why does it have to take thousands of lives to die before action is taken?
Another problem that exists in healthcare or more appropriately “sick care” is pharmacy errors. Pharmacy errors happen more frequently than you might think. The Institute of Medicine took a hard look at prescription errors, including those in hospitals and long-term care facilities. The study released in July 2006, showed that at a minimum, 1.5 million consumers annually are killed, injured, or made sick by drug errors.
The two most common causes of errors:
• Unreadable prescriptions • Never-ending distractions at the pharmacy
Then there are the errors that are never caught or reported, not to mention the debate as to what constitutes an “error.”
One pharmacist who asked to remain anonymous said “We are told to never apologize for giving a wrong prescription because it automatically implies guilt. I suppose the company wants to leave that to the attorneys,” the pharmacist said.
How do you like that?
So what can you do? This is what I do. I take care of my body. I follow the Seven Healthy Habits. I stay away from doctors as much as possible. I only use them in emergency situations like when I flipped my motorcycle and ended up with a laceration to the head, fractured shoulder blade, slight rib fractures (2), and badly bruised right hip. I actually did not want to go to the emergency room but my former wife, Angelica, insisted I go. I was unconscious at first and then went into what appeared seizures and when I regained consciousness I could not get up. I knew I was badly hurt but I wanted Angelica to take me to our office and take X-rays.
Long story short… I did go to the E.R. They kept insisting that I needed to have surgery to my fractured right shoulder blade. I kept refusing and told them I did not authorize them to perform any surgery to my shoulder. The shoulder blade just cracked and did not pierce through the skin. I knew it would heal on it’s own. It was confirmed when Angelica called an orthopedic surgeon I know and she explained to him what had happened. He said he didn’t think I needed surgery either. So all they did was shave a small circle on my head and put three staples where I had the laceration to my head.
They kept me overnight for observation because of the being knocked unconscious and the concussion/head trauma. The next morning I was released to go home. The doctor prescribed Tylenol with codeine for the pain and when I asked if he could prescribe something different because I was allergic to codeine he refused (they were not to happy I did not allow them to cut me open).
What did I use for the pain? Ice packs and magnets. I was back in the office after about three weeks. I tried working on patients after about four weeks but my should blade still hurt quite a bit so I waited another two weeks and started light work. I was fully recovered after eight weeks. Still had slight pain but I was working full time.
Take care of your body. Eat healthy. Follow the 80/20 rule. Exercise regularly. Take high quality vitamin supplements. See your Chiropractor/Massage Therapist/Body Worker regularly. And one of the best things you can do for your spine… use an Inversion Machine and Hang Out For The Health of It!