Over-Medicated? A Visual Of the Reach of the Pharmaceutical Industry

Over-Medicated? A Visual Of the Reach of the Pharmaceutical Industry

Wow!  I’m not vouching for this, but it does seem well-researched. The next time someone suggests you pop a pill, think about it first.
 
I wanted to share this as it contains information about our over-medicated world that we may not think about on a daily basis.
 

Over-Medicated America

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12 Comments
  • Cathy Chester
    Posted at 13:12h, 20 February Reply

    Thanks for sharing this important information. I know too well how doctors are on automatic pilot (most of them, not all) and prescribe medication to people, particularly to the elderly who look to them for all of their answers.

    I want to share this post with my MS friends. This is an EXCELLENT graphic!

    • Walker
      Posted at 15:05h, 20 February Reply

      Me too. The part that always bothers me is that many doctors accept gifts and money in exchange for promoting a particular drug!

  • Lynne
    Posted at 13:30h, 20 February Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing. This is very informative and interesting. I always try to use alternative/complimentary methods first.

    • Walker
      Posted at 15:06h, 20 February Reply

      Lynne,
      I’m moving towards a healthier way of eating with the goal of eliminating my high cholesterol meds!

  • Laura Lee Carter aka the Midlife Crisis Queen
    Posted at 13:45h, 20 February Reply

    WOW! Is this what they meant by “better living through chemistry” when we were growing up?

    • Walker
      Posted at 15:07h, 20 February Reply

      In part! There are some people who assume that drugs are the only answer, they have blind faith in doctors and can be swayed by television and print media into thinking they need a particular drug.

  • Janie Emaus
    Posted at 15:10h, 20 February Reply

    I totally agree. Almost everyone I know is on some kind of medication.

    • Walker
      Posted at 15:21h, 20 February Reply

      Scary isn’t it..particularly when you see pharmaceuticals marketing aggressively–for profit, and not always (or often) with concern for individuals.

  • Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com
    Posted at 12:44h, 21 February Reply

    Wow! Awesome graphic. When I read that one in four women takes meds for mental health problems that DEPRESSED me!!! Very sad. One thing is for sure–drug companies are doing VERY well despite the economy! Thanks for sharing. ~Kathy

    • Walker
      Posted at 07:03h, 22 February Reply

      Kathy–the overmedication of women is quite a problem. Doctors are quick to give up a pill and we have been ‘trained’ to think that meds are the best and easiest way to fix what ails us. As you note, the pharmaceuticals are heavily invested in keeping us drugged.

  • Marcia@Menopausal Mother
    Posted at 23:55h, 21 February Reply

    Glad you shared these charts. I’m on meds now and found this very informative!

    • Walker
      Posted at 07:10h, 22 February Reply

      Marcia,
      Thanks. I take meds for high blood pressure and I’m not sure I need them now. My life and the extenuating circumstances have changed. I plan to talk to my doctor about a trial period without the drug so that we can see if they’re really necessary any more–you can’t tell if they’re required until you go off. Fortunately I have a doctor who will listen to my concerns and work with me. I think it’s all too easy in some cases to just assume we need certain drugs. And, sadly, some doctors are committed to keeping their prescription rate of certain drugs high in order to stay on the good side with a pharmaceutical company.

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