The Prescription Pill Epidemic: Why we are taking pills for everything and anything

“These days, you need a pill for everything: a pill to sleep, a pill to wake, a pill to eat, a pill to crap. What the hell is it all about!?”
– My 93 year old Grandma (who’s been saying this for years)

prescription pillsRight on, Grandma! Let me take a stab at why I believe this to be true. Society is in a state where we have never been so far removed from nature. If 95% of us were just dropped off into the wilderness, there’s no chance in hell we would live a week. We know how to sit at a desk and work and make money to keep living, but our raw survival skills are completely diminished.

Although what’s in front of us seems normal–or it’s become what’s normal to us–it’s not normal. We rarely know where our food comes from, most of it’s ridden with chemicals, pesticides, processed beyond the point of recognition and then served in plastic–a hideous material as well as a carcinogenic. Lets break down Grandma’s colorful words a bit more, shall we?

A pill to sleep
We’re on technology all day long, whether it be the TV, computer, tablet, smart phone, etc, etc, etc, we don’t even realize how casually we’re on these things. We’re bombarded with bad news, visual stimulation, violence, we’re having rough days at work, and interacting less with other people, staying up late and not getting enough sleep.

These machines are stimulating our eyes and minds and we’re using them right up to the point we sleep. How are you going to get a good night sleep after cramming all that into a day? And don’t get me started on energy drinks and caffeine!

A pill to wake
After a bad night’s sleep (as noted above), we’re then setting our alarm clock to make sure we don’t sleep in (when that’s all we need is sleep), we force ourselves awake, we’re groggy from not getting enough sleep OR ALSO from taking a pill to sleep, we get up, don’t eat when our body’s starving, start loading up the caffeine to amounts that aren’t normal for human consumption and wonder why we’re constantly in a state of tired and over-stimulated. Now, what’s easier? Adjusting all the mal-aligned patterns? Or taking a pill?

A pill to eat
Although under-eating is seemingly not much of an epidemic in this country, as a society, we’re overworked, don’t have time to eat and stressed out beyond comprehension. Our bodies are very resilient, they really adjust to a lot of torture we put them through. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re hungry when our bodies are, we get in the habit of depriving ourselves of food and then do end up needing supplements to resume basic living functions.

A pill to crap
People don’t understand what a well-balanced diet means. We always hear “eat your veggies” growing up, but we never learned the incentive. Well, there are a ton of diseases and disorders that come from complications of not eating a well balanced diet. I know plenty of people that simply eat meat and potatoes, some are lucky enough to be thin (which may be prone to stroke) and most I would say are overweight (prone to heart attack). I know there are a lot of people who have conditions intestinal disorders, but I feel like it’s a change of intake or lifestyle that has to at least be tried before reaching for that pill box.

Other pills (which Grandma has brought up in other quotes):
Again, we’re severely over stimulated and overstressed. Times are not simple, we’re constantly on the go and watching our lives so-casually pass us by. We’re on Facebook watching other people living the lives we think we want and our heads are spinning. What we need to do is figure out what is and isn’t working for us and adjust our lives accordingly instead of numbing ourselves up to not deal with anything.

In all these cases, instead of dealing with the problems, we’re just medicating. Quick fixes never work, they just hold the problems at bay, so although times aren’t easy right now, we need to work on what’s not working for us rather than sweep it under the carpet and hope we don’t trip over it.

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