reply to post by whaaa
i appreciate and respect your opinion. like many others on ATS you have a dislike for Big Pharma.
as a person who is now able to live reasonably well thanks to the help of pharmaceuticals, doctors and 10 years of effort, i have to wonder if i'm
the only person in America taking all these meds.
if there were other people being helped by medication, surely at least one person on ATS would know them from being a co-worker, a neighbor or a
another possibility is that many folks who hate Big Pharma have very small families, or they just keep to themself.
you all can count me as one person whose life has vastly improved from being medicated and being helped by doctors.
no, i'm not employed in the medical or pharmaceutical field. i have nothing to gain at all by sharing this.
i just realize there are many intelligent ATS members, and i want to share with them the other side of the coin.
many people may be surprised at how many mentally ill people there are in most neighborhoods. out and about, driving, food shopping, mowing the
adults have a choice as to whether or not they take medications. just as adults who are parents or guardians of children have the choice whether or
not their children are to take medication.
there are a incredible amount of really large people in the county where i live. i know some neighbors who have to take medications that try to combat
their poor lifestyle choices. from the outside looking in, it's easy to see some of these people could simply choose to consume whole healthy foods
and many of their health problems would vanish, along with excess body weight. instead, they choose to eat as if they are 11 year olds who were left
home alone for the weekend.
when a person who does not exercise or eat well for 30, 40, 50, 60 years walks into a doctors office and is willing to take medication but ignores the
basic advice the doctor gives them, who is to blame?
my doctor was about to give me a third anti-cholesterol medication when i finally snapped out of the fog. i've seen enough good threads here on ATS
about the dangers of some medications but mostly junk foods, snacks and soda. i finally took responsibility for myself.
i stopped eating a white trash / fast food / 12 Coca-Cola a day diet and started eating well. just weeks (?) ago i could only stand for about 5
minutes and my lower back would really hurt. i've lost 37lbs so far. now i can push a lawnmower for 15 minutes before taking a break. a friend who is
a body builder taught me better ways of cooking and eating. now a stick of butter lasts a good month at least; i used to buy a LB a week.
my goal is to be well enough so i take no anti-cholesterol medication at all.
my points are:
1. there are people who are helped by anti-psychotic medications / mental health meds
2. adults have the choice to take meds, or to have their children take meds, or to not take meds
3. if you are a trainwreck and you don't take doctor's advice, sometimes all thats left is meds
4. there are people who eat poorly and never exercise but their doctor still has to address their wellness
This is my two cents, my personal opinion, nothing more. Those that want to rage at me, go take it out on your usual outlet, I don't need anonymous
venom. I will gladly discuss things like an adult if you care to.