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I’ve researched a lot of near death experiences and those who have experienced both life and death say that dying is easy, living is hard. And unfortunately, I believe that even thought I don’t want it to be that way.

 

Waking up everyday, going to work in rush hour traffic. Dealing with annoying people. Giving your love to the people around you and not being appreciated. The list goes on of things that can wear you down and make you want to curl up into a ball and stay in bed, or even worse….do illegal drugs and or alcohol.

 

I think a lot of people do drugs and alcohol to escape reality. And I do not judge them, I want to help them. 

 

At work in the hospital I sometimes sit in a room with social workers and over-hear the social circumstances of the patients. It’s heart breaking. Many of them are sick and dying because of illegal drugs and alcohol. They are young (40’sand 50’s) and they have children that still need them. It’s a sad situation for everyone involved.

 

From excessive alcohol use people develop hemorrhages and bleed from their throats and intestines. Their livers become enlarged and their bellies painful and swollen. In the end stages of cirrhosis they turn yellow and their minds go delirious.

 

I’ve seen a young female abuse narcotic pills to the point that her intestines died and they had to be cut out. Now she poops from a hole in her stomach.

 

Almost all IV drug abusers end up with bacterial infections in their blood. The infections destroy the heart valves and other random parts of their body. One lady had an infection in her eyeBALLs and they had to take her to surgery multiple times to put needles into her eyes and inject antibiotics. I don’t know what happened to her, but I’m afraid she went blind.

 

Another young man in his 20’s has a chronic infection in his prostate. He lives with chronic pain and swelling around his anus.

 

But the sadest story was a young man in his twenty’s that had to be put on hospice. He was sent home to die a quiet death because his heart valve got infected. They cut it out and put a new one in. He kept doing iv drugs and the new valve got infected and destroyed. There was no tissue lift to sew a new heart valve onto. So he was sent home to die. His family was devastated.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is help for those people. It can come in the form of antidepressants pills.

 

I’ve seen and heard a lot of people bash prescription pills and antidepressants. But antidepressants can help people and change lives. They can give hope to the hopeless. They can help people keep living and keep giving their all until their circumstances change.

 

Because it is true that antidepressants don’t fix your personal problems. But they can give you the strength to wake-up and resolve your problems and create a better life for yourself. They can give you strength to hold down a job, sustain relationships, or take care of your children.

 

Even antianxiety (valium like drugs) and narcotics have their place in medicine. If someone is physically addicted to heroin or some other substance, it’s better to be on a prescription drug than street drugs….until the addiction can be resolved.

 

All drugs are booth good and bad depending on the circumstances. Beware of people who say all antidepressants are bad or all pain pills are bad or all valium-like drugs are bad. They are not. They are a safety net and a crutch for people who are sick and need them. And there is no shame in being sick and needing drugs. The shame comes from being stubborn and unwilling to change and improve your life. The meaning of life is to live and learn. We all have different lives, just like books and movies are different. We are experiencing different story-like lives and we should NOT compare our lives to those around us.

 

What complicates life is that our “happy hormones” in our brains can dry up with age, disease or pregnancy. I don’t care how wonderful you are as a person, if this happens to you, you’re going down. The quality of your life will decline, your relationships will suffer.

 

Dr. Amen, a brain specialist who wrote the book “Magnificent Brain” talks about doing brain scans and brain imaging on people with dementia and other diseases. Sometimes dementia is cured with giving an anti-depressant and then the person is restored to their usual self. I was amazed to read that he can physically see with a brain scan who needs anti-depressants.

 

Dr Amen opened my eyes to the fact that there are physical causes to needing anti-depressants. It’s not just personal problems that lead people to take antidepressants.

 

Please don’t self medicate with drugs and alcohol. You’ll only end up hurting yourself and your relationships. Instead, go to your doctor and ask for an antidepressant, then you can work on putting your life back together. Exercise to restore your brain chemistry, get connected with people and form relationships, join groups that interest you. Read self-help books to start healing your life. Do what is right and good. Purposefully make and create your dream life. You can have the wonderful life that you want. There is so much help out there.

 

In my book I write about a drug that is used to help people stop abusing their bodies. It’s a special antidepressant that restores multiple chemicals in the brain. It’s been tested to be good for people with bulimia, cocaine addictions, and smoking addictions.

 

This blog is already too long. I’ll have to tell you about this special drug in a future blog so please stay tuned….subscribe. Or buy my book when it comes out.

 

xoxo

 

 

 

medication

 

As a pharmacists of 22 yrs I’m well aware of the dangers associated with prescription drugs. However, the benefits of these dangerous drugs usually outweigh the risks. For example, one of the most dangerous drugs on the market is warfarin, a blood thinner. This dangerous drug is also a rodent poison. It’s deadly, however, this rat poison thins the blood and prevents blood clots that would normally result in fatal strokes, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolism.  My point is that often we knowingly take dangerous drugs because they do more good than harm depending on the situation.

 

However, I have to tell of a dangerous situation that people are unknowingly putting themselves in. People who have had heart attacks, strokes, and heart surgery are taking NSAIDS like ibuprofen and Naprosyn and at risk of dying. And we all know how final death is…right? That’s why I’m writing this blog. I know so many good people who don’t understand what’s going on and are accidentally putting themselves at risk. There are better choices.

But the real question is why don’t more people know about this interaction? The FDA has put out numberous warnings and alerts. Maybe the FDA should take more action, IDK. I think the FDA needs to take some of these drugs off the market. In 2004 and 2005 two drugs, vioxx and bextra, were taken off the market because they were associated with a high rate of death. Then in 2011 a study was done evaluating all the NSAIDS and looking to see which ones cause the most deaths and how soon after starting did the deaths occur. Well, it was discovered in this study that one of the drugs still on the market…diclofenac….was EVEN MORE DEADLY and dangerous than the ones taken off the market. Yet, to this day diclofenac is still on the market? Why? Because it takes a lot of energy to generate change. Who has the time and energy to campaign against this deadly drug diclofenac? I wish I did, but I’ve got a busy life with people who need me. This is the study http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/123/20/2226.long

So what’s the solution? In my opinion it is to educate people that the NSAIDS are deadly, and most deadly to People who have coronary artery disease (known angina or who have had a heart attack), people who have high blood pressure, and people who have had a stroke are at the greatest risk. Also, people who have just had cardiovascular bypass surgery. These people should be using alternate drugs and dietary supplements for pain and inflammation.

One such supplement that has appeared in my newsletters and databases is Tumeric. It was put to a comparative test against diclofenac and came out superior. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22407780?dopt=Abstract It was used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis wich involves pain, redness, and swelling of the joints. Several of these measurements were recorded in the study and turmeric did very well. There are other reports that tumeric works even better when combined with other dietary supplements. I encourage all my readers to go to Consumerlabs.com and look for a tumeric product that has been tested to be what it says it is. Please see my blog on supplements to know if you are getting a legitimate dietary supplement that is what it says it is.

One product to STAY AWAY from is glucosamine/chondroitin. In my news letters and databases I frequently get study results saying that it works by the placebo effect. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20847017?dopt=Abstract I asked one of my colleagues

about it who just got out of pharmacy school and she said that the professors in school told her the same thing. It works by the placebo effect. It’s products like this that confuse consumers and they don’t know which way to turn. Keep reading my blogs and I will tell you everything I know. (I make NO money from writing these blogs. I do what I do because of people like my parents who are hard-working, good and UNeducated in medicine. There is no shame in not knowing medicine. You can’t go to business school, law school, AND pharmacy school. My parents rely on me too steer them in the right direction. And I loving respond. I’ll do the same for you if you want, K? 🙂

More pain medication alternatives: Ask your doctor about, lidocaine patch. This product requires a prescription and you can put it on your back, your shoulder or anywhere you have chronic pain. Also, diclofenac GEL. Yes, you heard right, the deadly drug in a pill form also comes in a topical gel and that is very effective in reducing pain without causing deadly side effects.

Over the counter pain medications, aspirin, Tylenol, topical sports rubs including capsaicin which is concentrated chili extract that over-stimulates the nerves so they don’t transmit pain. There are others.

Also alternatives to NSAIDS are narcotics which cause constipation, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, impaired thinking. You want to chose pain meds that help to keep living. Avoid drugs that stop you from living. Avoid drugs that cause you to withdrawal from people isolate yourself. Sometimes narcotics can do that if you’re not mentally prepared for the side effects. Controlled substances with fewest side effects are Tramadol and Lyrica. I’d use those first before I’d use codiene, percocet, hydromorphone, morphine…ect

Use medications to benefit you and keep you living life to the fullest. Don’t let medications rob you of your life and wellbeing. Stay well, and stay well-informed. You do have choices. Choose wisely. xoxo