Recently I was reading a thread here on ATS, that had a video linked in it. While I was scrolling down reading comments, one memeber here on ATS,
suggested that the subject in the video be medicated with pharmaceuticals and placed in jail. Now I know this person was most likely just
trolling/blowing off some steam. Maybe they had a hard day, heck we all do.
I know these issues have been covered seperately, and I'm sure a few of you could pull up a few threads on pharmaceuticals or trolling, but this
thread, is both, so if anyone can find a specific thread dealing with pharmaceuticals and trolling together, please let me know.
Now, as one of the few people in America that doesn't take pharmaceuticals, let me tell you where I am comming from. A few years ago I was using a
prescription drug, prescribed by my doctor. I was taking it as reccomended and one night, out of nowhere, I woke up and my heart was beating fast.
When I say my heart was beating fast, I mean over 200 bpm. I quickly called a nurse at my local hospital and she agreed it was an adverse reaction to
the medication. She asked if I wanted an ambulance and I refused because I knew I couldn't pay thousands of dollars for a ride. Luckily it was
winter, ( i live in northern U.S.) and I went outside in my underwear. my heart rate immediatly began to drop and I felt a great feeling of relief.
my heart rate dropped and I went back to normal, this whole episode lasted for a couple of hours. I stopped taking that medication and now, I do not
take any medication. The most drugs I take are coffee and a bit of beer here and there.
I have been a fan of this website since I first found out about it maybe around 2007 or 2008 and I have seen my fair share of trolls on this site. I
just recently joined as a memeber and this trolling reared its ugly head. Now the disgusting thing about trolling online, is that 1. there is no
accountability - you dont have to answer for what you've said like you do in real life. Say you walk up to someone in the real world and tell them
they ought to be medicated, but you have no expertise and your advise was unbidden, you may have a problem :S . 2. People speak with impunity,
they don't take into consideration their own ignorance, or maybe their short sightedness.
now we can all speak subjectively all day long, but one thing everyone on here can agree with, IMO, is that America in general has been duped into
over medicating. did you know that half of all Americans are on at least 1 prescription drug? and thats not including people who use other peoples
medications, with drugs like adderall and vicoden.
did you know that pharmaceuticals kill more people than illegal drugs do? Now this link is just florida, but I think we could all do a bit of
research and find similiarties across the country.
The pharmaceutical industry as we know it didn't really kick off until around 1970. in 1942, there was only enough penecilin in America for 10
people. So if pharmaceuticals didnt really start becomming popular until 1970, how much do we really know about them? Something that is 42 years
old, is a grain of sand, on the beach of time. Its not significant or proven. but damn we trust them!
Today instead of saying, "they're off their rocker!" or "they got a couple of screws loose" we say, "they forgot to take their meds" but i think
marilyn manson says it really well ,
"A pill to make you numb
A pill to make you dumb
A pill to make you anybody else
But all the drugs in this world
Won't save her from herself"
The fact is we have become a medicated society. People share anti-deppresants and stimulants with their friends like they are recreational drugs.
Heck adderall wasn't invented until 1998 but its one of the most popular drugs I know of. If you asked many young people you know ( and they were
truthful with you) they would say their friends take it recreationally,(thats nationwide) and they probably have as well.
So when I hear people troll about medication, or just offer the idea legitimately. I wonder what their motivation is? Are they being slight and
trying to offend someone? Are they medicating themselves and perhaps trying to get others to join the bandwagon? Maybe they just believe in the
system whole-heartedly and take everything at face value.
From one un-medicated American, I would just like to say to everyone here on ATS, that people are strange (just listen to The Doors) people will have
quirks and idiosyncrasies. Let them be. They are beutiful unique people with ideas and dreams just like you! Maybe you don't medicate, maybe you
aren't different in the least, and maybe your just the most sane, intelligent, level headed person you know, but that reminds me of a quote "always
be wary of someone who says they are a good person"
Sometimes I am tired during the day, but I dont take meds for that, I can't concentrate on everything all the time, but I don't take ADHD medication,
I am not always happy, and smiling, but I don't take anti-deppresants. I am not a perfect looking person and my brain may be loose a few screws, but
this is one American who refuses to be drugged and stupified by the pharmaceutical industry. Life hurts, pain and pleasure are all part of the ride,
don't dull it down if you can help it. Take care everyone
edit on 12-8-2012 by jacobjones because: I put the word nation wide, behind the word thats and then put them in parenthesis