Why are we becoming a society that relies on medication for everything?
Let’s look at the evolution of pharmacy according to bag size…
Looking back over the last 20 years, the number of prescriptions the average person took on a regular basis would ?t in a bag similar in size to the small popcorn bags you get at the ballpark. Fast forward to 2015, and we’ve become a pill popping society! Now we put a single patient’s prescriptions in grocery bags and sometimes even boxes! These days we might not actually need to go to the pharmacy to pick up our prescriptions anymore. We can just go to the doctors and they could give us what we need right there and then, even if it’s just a minor problem. I’ve heard that this may not be the case in all states though, so to make sure you are eligible to get a prescription from your doctor at the direct point of care, then these dispensing laws will be able to tell you if this is possible or not. At least you’ll still be able to get what you need from the pharmacist. The amount of medications that we’re taking has seemed to grow in recent years. We are no longer taking just 1 or 2 medications a month but as many as 25 medications on a daily basis! Can’t sleep? Pop a pill. Too tired? Pop a pill. Can’t poop, poop too much, muscle ache, belly ache,…everywhere a pill! What are we doing??? Can we stop the madness? It’s a phenomenon we like to refer to as ‘polypharmacy’ and it’s destroying, not improving, our health.
Are YOU one of those people? The alarms should be going off in your head! But don’t despair! We are pharmacists with a combined 40+ years experience, and we want to help you take control of your health and regain wellness. How? We are here to help you make informed choices about your prescriptions, to understand WHY you are taking them AND the consequences of taking them long-term. It’s about becoming your own advocate for health.
Remember medications are chemicals. Too often we forget that fact. Pharmacists are experts in how these chemicals affect your body and well-being. Let’s talk about those effects, the good, the bad and the ugly! Through our weekly blog we’ll explore different topics such as drug-induced nutrient depletions, supplements, and root causes. We will also have a conversation about nutrition and prevention…allowing YOU to be your own advocate for health and wellness. We believe health is wealth!
NEXT WEEK: How your medications may be depleting you of valuable nutrients. Is your monthly prescription “robbing” your body of necessary vitamins and minerals? Are the lack of nutrients creating more problems, even disease? We’ll discuss and ?nd solutions.
Join us on this journey because we give “Two Hoots” about your health!!