Mitch Albom is a columnist for the Detroit Free Press. He is also the author of several best selling books. Do you remember hearing about, or perhaps reading his first book Tuesdays with Morrie?
Yesterday Mitch’s Free Press column was titled Pills-a-poppin’: Our medication nation. The title informs us of the content.
Mitch wrote about a recent experience his eighty three year old father had. Mr. Albom suffered a medical emergency. The doctors he visited at the hospital were amazed that he wasn’t on a multitude of medications. Mitch and his Dad were amazed by the doctors’ amazement! They learned that the average American fills twelve prescriptions a year and most medicine cabinets are filled with little brown bottles. This hospital experience with his Dad inspired Mitch to investigate the use of medications in America and in Sunday’s paper he told us that we are a pill-poppin’ nation.
I was delighted to read this article. Recently I’ve seen other similar pieces. I hope articles of this type have the effect of waking us up. It would be beneficial for Americans to realize that supporting the systems of the body is a better way to go than attempting to modify through medications.
The human physiology is an ecosystem. It is a manifestation of the natural world. If we live within the laws of nature we have an excellent opportunity to foster our health without utilizing dangerous medications that have adverse side effects. By living within the laws of nature we do not create fertile ground for disease to flourish.
Are you scratching your head and wondering what the dickens I am talking about when I mention something as lofty sounding as “laws of nature”?
Let’s begin our lesson on laws of nature with one axiom—and that is this: cows don’t eat pizza at midnight!
In other words we cannot eat “whatever” at any random time of day, cannot neglect exercise or over exercise and cannot give up regular hours of sleep without becoming ill. We need to mind the body. We need to pay attention to lifestyle.
In our book Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way Sandra and I explain that Ayurveda offers a manual on utilizing the laws of nature for the creation of heath. This ancient science gives advice for prevention and offers interventions to nip diseases in the bud. It teaches us that through lifestyle and natural interventions we can successfully tap into our internal pharmacy.
Ayurveda gives us a message of empowerment. We do not need to run to the doctor and request a pill for every problem we experience.
Through Mitch’s column I learned a few facts that I previously was unaware of. Did you know that the pharmaceutical industry typically spends nearly twice as much on advertising as it does on research? Did you know that only the U.S. and New Zealand even allow direct-to-consumer drug ads?
We are inundated with ads encouraging us to run to our physician and request a pill for any problem we may encounter. Is this empowering? Of course it isn’t. It is downright dangerous, expensive, and in many cases unnecessary.
I encourage you to read about prevention. Of course I think you should start your investigation by picking up a copy of Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way but the truth is that there are many good books on this ancient wisdom available. Chopra’s early books are quite good and if you contact MAPI. com you can order a copy of Contemporary Ayurveda by Hari Sharma and Christopher Clark.
I’m with Mitch in hoping that Åmericans will make a paradigm shift and move away from poppin’ pills and turn toward natural means of prevention and health maintenance. I hope you are with me on that. I know many of you are. I frequently hear from readers who tell me their success story in treating problems through natural interventions and alterations in life style.
Today I want to thank Mitch for sending out a wake up call and of course, as always Sandra and I send our best wishes to you for perfect health and happiness!