I hope this sounds like a stupid question to you.
Not only for obvious reasons, but I read another reason to be concerned about the drugs your doctor prescribes regularly here: “Are We Sure Our Drugs Our Safe?”
My oldest daughter and I were talking about street drugs vs. pharmaceuticals yesterday and it got me thinking. When did it become OK to prescribe our children massive amounts of pharmaceuticals for “disorders” that weren’t considered disorders 50 years ago?
And…..at the same time try and convince our kids that drugs are not good for you….huh?
Some examples of ridiculous mental disorders that require medication…..
Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world
Pseudologia fantastica, mythomania, or pathological lying are three of several terms applied by psychiatrists to the behavior of habitual or compulsive lying. It was first described in the medical literature in 1891 by Anton Delbrueck. Although it is a controversial topic, pathological lying has been defined as “falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime.”
Body Integrity Identity Disorder, or BIID, typically wants one or more limbs (sometimes just hands) amputated. While the official definition of BIID includes only a desire for amputation, Dr. Michael B. First, an author of the upcoming DSM-V who first defined BIID, has agreed in principle that BIID could include a need for other impairments, such as paraplegia or partial paralysis of a limb.
Diogenes syndrome, also known as senile squalor syndrome, is a disorder characterized by extreme self-neglect, domestic squalor, social withdrawal, apathy, compulsive hoardingof rubbish, and lack of shame.
For some more types go to: 10-weird-mental-disorders
Now I am not knocking those that have these “disorders”, but I am knocking the brilliant doctors who have diagnosed these as “disorders”. Yes, they seem to be abnormal ways of thinking, but calling it a disorder allows the victim to continue behaving and thinking in ways that are abnormal – because they have a disorder that justifies their behavior.
I swear this is a true story….I had a friend when I was a teenager that had a bratty younger brother. They gave him his “meds” (as they would call it) everyday because he had “Obstinate Defiant Disorder“. I swear I am not lying.
What if there were a “Kill because I can’t help it” disorder
Or a “Need Sex All Day or I Will Die” disorder
Or “Must Bully People Because It Makes Me Feel Good” disorder.,,,
I think you get my point.
Now back to the original question…..How Safe are Pharmaceuticals?
All drugs that are not made by our bodies naturally are bad for our liver. Our liver’s function is to clean the body of toxicities and when it becomes overworked (like anything else) it can fail.
I am going to make one more point just to provoke some thought on this subject. Ancient tribes and civilizations used various herbal and natural drugs to induce spiritual experiences. Rituals were set in place to ensure the safety of the person using the drugs. There was no such thing as recreational usage. Drugs served a purpose in the ancient world (and even in many civilizations today) that most of us in the “civilized” world don’t understand or accept as necessary to our survival.
Am I insinuating that we should find the nearest Indian tribe and share some peyote with them? No, because we must be spiritually ready to experience mind altering substances – including street drugs!
As for pharmaceuticals, the only thing that they contribute to our society is a crux for people who think they have a “disorder”, something to spend money on if you have too much of it, and a way to make the government richer…..Don’t be naive and think Pfizer and our government aren’t best friends…
My suggestion to those that have diagnosed “disorder” is to face your demons head on and stop killing your liver. There is nothing wrong with you – we all have disorders. I have a “I skip to my own beat because I don’t want to think like everyone else” disorder…..
And trust me…..when people notice my symptoms…..they are not shy about telling me how “crazy” they think I am….
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