In a nation where fast food and fast drugs are the fad, we are propagating one of the most severely unhealthy lifestyles this Earth has ever seen. If you are too fat, take a diet pill, but heaven forbid you eat healthier, and work out. If you are anxious, take a pill, and push the intrinsic problem causing that anxiety deeper, we are sure you’ll be okay. If you are depressed, take a pill, and the chemical levels in your brain should be medically shifted to the point of true happiness, right? Wrong. So very wrong.
Going off of blogger Blue Elephant In The Room’s post, concerning the healing effects of meditation on the human body and mind, I wanted to point out the ways in which our country’s entire mentality on the issues of mental and physical illness lays in the healing hands of pharmaceutical companies. These companies definitely do not condemn or prevent unhealthy habits in Americans, because they make more money off of heart disease and bad cholesterol than they would off of healthy citizens.
And new research shows that our prescription drug use is on the rise. In a study done in November by the Journal of the American Medical Association, results found that Twenty-seven percent of adults were taking high blood pressure drugs, up from 20 percent a decade earlier, Use of antidepressants nearly doubled, increasing from seven percent to 13 percent, and among 18 types of drugs used by more than 2.5 percent of Americans, use increased for 11 medication types. These astounding statistics go to show that the problem we have as a nation right now is not with the drugs themselves, but with our increasing dependency on them to solve all of our medical problems, simply by popping a pill.
The reality of that truth means that a lot more people will be relying on companies that are looking to make a profit off of them to supply them with chemicals to ‘cure them’. Why would these companies EVER want to cure a disease that rakes them in billions of dollars a year? Dr. Katz of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center states that although these uses of medications are decreasing the U.S. death rate, “not dying isn’t the same as truly living, and that leads to the very ominous implications of this trend”.
Our reliance as a nation on pills provided by people looking to make a profit off of illness is a scary thought, just as is the thought that we are so reliant on these pills to bring us relief from sadness, stress, anxiety, etc. What about more natural approaches, like Mediation as Blue Elephant in the Room suggests? What about yoga to both provide bodily pain relief, and reduce levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. What about eating healthy and exercising to reduce cholesterol? It seems America’s problem is in the ideals that we ground our pill popping mentality in. We need to stop curing our ailments through the quick fix of pill popping, and start preventing and helping ourselves through proven natural remedies.