I want to introduce this segment by sharing that my mother, who has been in heaven for over 20 years now, died prematurely due to a bad call by the medical team during a hospital stay for a broken hip. The medications they administered for pain interfered with her ability to breath which ended her life in the hospital. She suffered from pulmonary problems and was on oxygen, which should have been the first clue not to give her a pain medication with the side effects that clearly warn of breathing difficulties. Im sure the hospital did not mean to hasten my mother’s death, or cause her undo suffering, but that is exactly what happened. The problem is that the medical world has been so indoctrinated in routine standard of care that dangerous drug interactions are on the rise.

Of course, medicine is crucial and many times needed–there is no debate about that. It is not my intention to paint an ugly picture of something so important and life-saving as the progression of modern medicine. It is, however, my desire to address the overuse, and negligent prescribing that is occurring across the country by the health care industry that is not only unnecessary, but dangerous to the person who takes it in trust.

It’s time to take charge–be our own advocate! We need to ask questions and do our own research before taking a prescription medication. Access to technology, and therefore answers, is easy in this day and age. Look up side effects, also look up drug interactions as well as interactions with pre-existing health conditions–these three simple steps could spare harm to your body, and even life itself. Don’t be afraid to say no.

Below is a well done news report on a drug interaction that could have been prevented. It is eye opening and will make you ask the important question–what am I being prescribed?


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