This is the problem. It’s not a choice, it’s an ultimatum. It’s either the drugs, or nothing. Sometimes nothing does work and the disease runs it’s course! Sometimes, the lack of the drugs means the death of an individual. The point is, we need more options rather than ultimatums. One shoe size does NOT fit all.
I have no problem with other options. What do you have in mind that modern medicine is not already doing and that gives the same or better benefit than that? Health care isn't magic and its far from perfect. If you've got something else in mind, let's hear it.
To begin with, I take nothing at all, and I’m as healthy as an ox as the saying goes.
Me too. Maybe I'm wrong here, but this statement almost hints at the idea that NOT taking medicine is what makes you healthy as an ox. I disagree and the reason I disagree is because you don't start taking pills and then get sick; you get sick and then start taking pills. You and I just happen to be healthy and not require any right now. There are many people out there who experience pain every day that you and I don't deal with. I see them where I work. They hurt. Badly. And sometimes its not as easy as you think it is to just suck it up and deal with it instead of taking a pain pill that might make it easier to get through a really long 12 hour night shift.
You are right concerning doctors, but in the area I live in, what you said is the mentality of the patients, but not the straw man you have presented. It’s not with broken ankles, but the second any ailment comes, take this drug, take that drug, be on these pills etc. It’s disturbing really.
That's cultural more than anything else. I'm over generalizing here, but as Americans, we just don't want to deal with our problems. We're too busy. We'd rather pop a pill to get thin and rub creams on our faces at night instead of wearing protection from the sun during the day. We think there should be a magic pill for everything from weight loss to foot fungus. And when those people go into the doctor's office, guess what they do? They want a pill. As a doctor, if you want to make the customer happy (remember now, doctor's get paid for patient visits in our system, and good customer service keeps them coming back, while bad customer service will make patients go elsewhere) you give them what they want.
BTW, you have to keep in mind... Most people HATE going to the doctors office. If they are there, then by-in-large, they're there because they've reached a point where their distaste for doctors offices has been overridden by the discomfort of their situation. That's pretty bad. And it's the doctor's job to help them out. They help out the only way they know how. If something better came along, I'm sure they'd do that too.
I’ll list the main medications I’m talking about: depending on the case, antibiotics unless I got the word wrong, and painkillers.
That's fine. If you want to make a case that too many antibiotics and painkillers are dispensed, that's fine. You may be right. I don't have any statistics to pull from, but I would think this should be taken on a case by case basis. To say ALL doctors are guilty of that is a bit far fetched. Just like with any job, you have good doctors and shit doctors.
I have seen far more harm from those than anything else, so please don’t assume I’m talking about extreme cases like cancer or chemotherapy or surgery.
If you've seen more harm than good out of antibiotics and painkillers, then you're obviously not in the medical field. You probably can't imagine how many deaths are prevented every year with antibiotics, and how many man hours of work are saved with pain killers. I treat patients for a company that everyone on this website would recognize, and they manufacture things that everyone on this website uses every day. They work 12 hour shits on concrete floors with lots of bending and stooping. They get pain all over their body, and without some basic pain killing methods, they would be out of work pretty fast.
I will not say that antibiotics and painkillers can not have detrimental effects, but to say they do more harm than good is just not true. Or maybe what I should say is that I'd really need to see some data comparing the beneficial effects versus the problems they create, and that I'd be willing to wager everything I had that the pro's would outweigh the con's.
Now that I mentioned that, for example, if you have a temporary bug, it is better to let the system run it’s course than attempt to speed up the process with various drugs.
Why would you say that it's better to let it run it's course if you can take something that stops it sooner? What if you can't take many days off from work? What if you've got 3 kids at home and getting better faster is imperative? This isn't a perfect world we live in. Nobody has time to be sick for days on end if they are a few pills from getting rid of the problem.
Plus, it totally depends on the bug. Many bugs can become non-contagious after taking antibiotics for 24 hours, whereas not taking them can keep you contagious longer, allowing the bug to spread.
If you have any sort of pain, it’s better to be aware of the pain to limit your activity for the healing process than take painkillers, which does nothing more than masks the pain, and causes you to start using your injured body part when you should be letting it rest.
That's not always true. Any condition (and there are LOTS of them) where you have pain regardless of the activity you participate in (kidney stones, migraine headaches, superficial bruises, etc) then painkillers are just fine and very appropriate. Letting things rest is not always the answer to physical problems, and it can sometimes even be detrimental. Again, I think you are way over-generalizing here. What about the 55 year old factory worker with bad knee arthritis who can't afford knee replacements? What about the 'weekend warrior' who overdid it on Sunday and is sore all over his body for his Monday shift? There are many, many good uses for pain killers.
If you are groggy, get rest instead of taking pills to stay awake, or using those 5 hour energy pieces of crap.
What world do you live in where you always have the time to get rest when you need it? I've got 3 kids and a full time job and so does my wife. I don't know what 'rest' is anymore. I've been tired for 10 years straight. In a perfect world, where days are 35 hours long, what you're saying is fine. This isn't that world, though.
Antibiotics, lest I have the wrong word, they are great way to help problems, but from what the research has shown, they only kill off most strains, while some strains are immune to the said antibiotic.
Evolution breeds immune resistant bugs sometimes when people don't go through their full compliment of antibiotics. Yes, that does happen. The vast, VAST majority of the time, however, that doesn't happen. MRSA is one you might hear about in the news. Honestly, antibiotics save more lives per year than we could ever know.
So, you think you have cured yourself, but only have created a much stronger strain of the disease you are fighting.
Most often you're cured with an antibiotic.
The point that was missed is not the medicine itself is bad, but the over-reliance and over-dependence on these drugs while being completely oblivious to the fact that one shoe size does not fit all and sometimes NOT taking the medication is the answer, but taking herbs and spices instead. The point is our medical system is an ultimatum, not a selection as it’s portrayed, and that’s one of the things we need to fix up in our healthcare overhaul.
In order to have a selection, you have to have a set of options that are equally as effective in treating whatever it is you want to treat. Sometimes you have that, and other times you don't. Until that day, if you were a doctor, wouldn't you want to give your patient the thing you think they would benefit from the most?
And when you say 'sometimes NOT taking the medication is the answer', I have to remind you that NOT taking the medication is usually what most people are doing prior to going to the doctor in the first place. In other words, that doesn't seem to be an effective tactic for most conditions.
But don't get me wrong, DoL. I understand what you're saying. Really I do. Medicine isn't perfect and sometimes things ARE over prescribed, but the factors behind that are not as simple as you might think. There's a lot of poor diagnosing going on out there. And there are many patients who tell the doctors what they're going to get instead of letting the doctor decide on the best course of action. And there's a lot of pressure from pharmaceutical companies who want doctors to push their drugs. Here are a few things that I think would make the system a lot better. They are admittedly a bit pie-in-the-sky however.
1. Give doctors at least 1/2 an hour with every patient they see. Let them hear the symptoms clearly so they can accurately diagnose people. Let them examine patients thoroughly. Let them decide what to do together with the patients. Take the time to educate them about their general health.
2. Put a cap on the dollar amount that you can sue a doctor for. Doctors are human beings and they are GOING to make mistakes. It just happens to be that when a doctor screws up, someone can die. But they're human just like everyone else.