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A bright, beautiful life is gone. Thank you, Big Pharma.

This morning, I awoke to a newspaper article about a local dental hygienist who was killed by a hit and run driver while walking by the beach.  I held my breath as I read further because they initially used her first name in the article and she didn’t go by that name.  But shockingly, it was indeed our friend and hygienist of 20 years, Stephanie Collins, who was lost.  This is my first post that I’ve written through tears.

We are heartbroken by this news as are all of the people who knew Stephanie.  She was an absolute ray of sunshine!  I never saw her when she wasn’t happy and glowing. She was 49.  She had a son.  She had a great relationship.  She was loved by her co-workers and her patients and her friends.  The worst part of this is that it didn’t have to happen. The sidewalk was very, very wide – maybe 15 or 20 ft wide. To run someone over like that, the driver would have to purposefully aim and jump the curb.

The woman who hit her kept going and was eventually stopped by a witness who saw it, when they blocked the road with their vehicle, and she was unable to continue.  The woman was obviously on drugs – PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – and even told the officer she’d been aiming for a bicyclist!  This is just heartbreaking on so many levels.

We all have so many questions and may never get any answers.  First, this woman who hit our friend appears to be age 43.  In the newspaper article which detailed the police report, she’d been taking Xanax and Benadryl for sleep, she said. One doesn’t expect a 43 year old to have sleep issues.  Those are more common with older individuals.   She said she was trying to quit the Xanax and was taking another drug, Trazadone which is an anti-depressant and sleep-enhancer.  The big question?  Who prescribed these drugs and why was she not supervised?  It would seem that this ‘medical professional’ would be complicit in this crime.  Yes, I know doctors can’t be responsible for their patients when they’re out of their sight, but still, they ARE responsible for making sure the patient doesn’t have that many drugs available at once.  Of course, the drugs could’ve been obtained illegally.

Still and yet, this is just another tragedy that has been brought on by this country’s dependence on and adoration of prescription drugs.  PrescriptionDrugsDrugs are prescribed to sleep, to stay awake, to lose weight, to gain weight, to allow those with heart issues to eat crap, to allow smokers to stop smoking (though in reality, they’re just substituting one addiction for another), to allow drug addicts to stop taking the hard stuff and become addicted to a lesser drug.  Drugs are taken like candy by those who are looking for a quick buzz, a long high and a big ‘down’.  Big Pharma counts on the addictive habits of Americans for their massive profits. Reports have shown that the main desire of pharmaceutical companies is indeed to ‘hook’ patients on their drugs, thus gaining a lifelong customer.

Drugs are readily available to most all people because doctors’ have a ‘cut ‘n’ drug’ attitude.  If they can’t cut it out and can’t drug it out, then they don’t want to deal with patients.  In my experience with myself and family members, doctors these days are truly not healers.  They are interested in the billing.  They spend the minimal amount of time with you, rarely making eye contact, and watching the clock so they can hurry you along to the billing window and they can go to the next patient.  Disgustingly, a doctor visit isn’t complete unless a patient walks out with one or two scripts in hand.  Because of this tendency in the current ‘Western Medical’ thinking, very few people are really healed.  The big band-aid is the script.   The sad part?  So many patients aren’t happy unless they walk out with these scripts.

THIS is how so many drugs become available illicitly.  Doctors just write the scripts and that is that. Out of sight, out of mind.

When did the sense of personal responsibility disappear?  When did doctors decide it is ok to hand over dangerous drugs to people who are incapable of understanding what they’re taking?  The concept of ‘the magic pill’ is drilled into the public’s collective minds every single night at the news hour with all of the commercials by pharmaceutical companies. “Ask your doctor…”  Seriously?   A GOOD doctor who knows what he or she is doing or who CARES about patient care will prescribe only the minimal amount that might be necessary.

I can’t help think during this sad time, how a beautiful, bright life was taken because of greed by doctors and Big Pharma, and an ill-informed patient.  How many others are suffering because of these bad decisions?  And how many more will be affected by similar medical malfeasance?

As for us?  There is a reason that we refuse prescription medications.  If we keep ourselves well and if we make sure we never become ill, then we won’t need any of these poisons.  And should we have an issue, we try going the natural route first.

And today, we’re just sad.

 

 

 

It pays to invest in wellness

My husband will turn 65 the end of November, and thus I’ve been forced to look at Medicare in detail.  Let me tell you, it’s ugly!  The many myths I’ve believed have now been shattered.  Medicare is not a panacea.  MedicareAs a matter of fact, my husband’s Medicare will cost us more for basic annual services such as blood work and checkups than our existing ACA coverage does.  (Affordable Care Act)  AND he’ll pay $104 monthly which is higher than current premiums, with far, far higher potential financial exposure than the current coverage offers.

It’s discouraging to think that our government pushes those at age 65 into a program that really isn’t the best thing for anyone.  Luckily for us, we do everything in our power to stay away from the standard Western medical community by remaining well.  Unfortunately accidents do happen and my husband was hospitalized because of an accident in 2010.  He was also hospitalized because he ate some bad stuff in 2012.  In looking at our coverages, it appears that we would pay far, far more using Medicare than we’d have paid with our previous insurances.

So, it’s become increasingly clear that we MUST keep ourselves healthy.  This country is not like France nor is it like Canada, where quality health care is available for all at a minimal cost, if any cost at all.  In the US it’s every man for himself.   Thank goodness for the wellness-minded providers!  At least you are getting quality for what you pay where with the standard medical community, your results are always questionable and quality is long gone.

I invite you all to contribute to a list that we can all share, of health-minded providers, natural healers and alternative healers in the comment section below.  You can include health food stores, wellness providers, integrated medicine providers and any other alternative provider that you deem worthy.

I should also add that the same holds true for our beloved furry and feathered family members.  The same lack of respect towards wellness, the same cut ‘n’ drug thinking applies to veterinarians.

And if you have been reading this blog, you know that I am a strong believer that reading labels, organic eating, healthy choices and meditation will go a long way towards healing.

I’ll start the list here, but urge everyone to please, please add to the list!

Mitzi Schardt, MSN, NP – Fort Myers / Cape Coral, FL

Robert Murdock, NaturalFamilyPhysicians.com / Fort Myers and Cape Coral, FL

Whole Foods nationwide

Natural Pet Care LLC – Metarie, Louisiana  (They do phone consultations)