#1 A Pill to Make You Sick

On a recent trip to her doctor, my mother brought along a detailed list of all of her symptoms. You see, because of health care rationing practiced by insurance companies, it is hard to get in to see your doctor in a timely fashion. If she were to have forgotten a symptom, it might be weeks before she could get another appointment. Armed with her list, she read them off to the doctor right away when they met. He asked, “Do I have you on any medications?” Her response was that she was taking a single cholesterol lowering drug. He got out the package insert for that drug and there was the side-effects list which matched perfectly my mother’s symptoms. They were even listed in the same order!

We frequently utilize big hammers to fix minute problems. Culturally, we are deluded into thinking that the bigger the bang, the more valuable the product. As we begin to think differently, our eyes adjust and we can begin to see that tiny changes often have more power, and beneficial results than larger ones, which tend to create unintended collateral damage. One thing that I have learned is that even most doctors don’t understand the nature of the changes which many drugs create. In their defense, they are busy, overworked in most cases. They often only have time to hear what drug reps tell them and rarely have time to review the package inserts. That is why my mother is so lucky to have a good one.

As we find our way into a more harmonious relationship with Creator, with Mother Earth and with one another as well as ourselves, many of the problems that we felt were unavoidable will cease to be. as long as we are not doing the wrong thing, there will be time to make better choices and experience better results. Reaching out to others in person and online is a good place to start. Sharing our lives with one another and being genuinely honest in our interest in others can lead to a much more rewarding state of being. Respecting our place in nature’s chain and honoring the niches inhabited by others, giving them space and what they need to survive, we can reap greater rewards for less expense.

Reject, any product that presents a hazard or has disposal problems.

Reduce, our use of toxic or hazardous products that are unavoidable.

Reuse, what cannot be rejected or reduced beyond a certain point.

Repair, what you can and buy products that can be repaired or reused easily.

Replace, habits or products with unintended costs, disposal issues or are designed poorly.

Compost, Mother Earth will love you for it!

Recycle, as a last resort.

The most bitter pill is the one you take each day, thinking that someone has your back, like professionals, the government, media, insurance companies or the other folks who say they do, no matter their field. Especially, once you realize that they too are offered limited information and little time to get to the bottom of whose lies they are willing to gulp down and for what reason, many of those you trust begin to look a bit off base. It is time for a thorough review of whose lines are dangling what messages before us. Taking any one hook line and sinker without a good deal of personal research and understanding will most likely result in having symptoms purely brought about by your medication. Get used to studying harder, paying closer attention and asking better questions of those who you night think ‘know it all”.  You will thank me later. Just sayin’.


About otherfishwrap

One of the last of the Baby Boomers, I remember where I was when JFK was shot. Good story. Born during the Cuban Missile Crisis, my life has been spent studying, practicing skills and attitudes that reflect justice and the sanctity of Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit. Trained as an educator, my life has been devoted to cultural development and social justice.
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