This topic is vital to address if you or someone you care about is taking a prescription drug:
“Somehow or another, we need to refocus our efforts to create lives worth living, and improve access to and information about basic disease prevention, which begins with diet and basic lifestyle choices.
60,000 Americans Overdosed in 2016
Opioid addiction and accidental overdoses are now taking a tremendous toll. According to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50! In 2015, more than 52,000 Americans died from some form of drug overdose; 33,000 of them involved some form of opioid.
Preliminary data for 2016 reveals that death toll is anywhere from 59,000 to 65,000. That’s a 19 percent increase in one year, and the largest annual increase of drug overdose deaths in U.S. history. Between 2014 and 2015, drug overdose deaths rose by 11 percent. The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include methadone, oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®).
Americans use 80 percent of global opioid supply
Prescriptions for opioid painkillers rose by 300 percent between 2000 and 2009, and Americans now use 80 percent of all the opioids sold worldwide. In Alabama, which has the highest opioid prescription rate in the U.S., 143 prescriptions are written for every 100 people.”
There are times when prescription medications are absolutely necessary and we are grateful to have them. However we Americans must come to our senses and comprehend that if it isn’t a life-or-death situation, it becomes one when we decide to take a prescription medication. Even routine antibiotics, properly prescribed, kill people. I know several such cases firsthand.
We must self-educate and educate others. We cannot rely on the media to inform us. We cannot rely on the pharmaceutical “industry” to protect us. It is a mega for-profit “industry.” This means health is not often the first consideration.
This year I have a goal to complete my first home self-care guide. Included in the manual will be no-cost or low-cost methods I have learned to prevent illness and disease. Basic outlines for self-experimentation for optimal health will also be included. I started studying the traditional medicines of the world over half my lifetime ago because they are based in living a synergistic life with the earth and founded in the principles of human longevity.
Occasionally I feel it is important to post commentary about big-picture issues that should be avoided so that home self-care might be more useful. In my opinion avoiding chemicals in all forms is essential. Since we can’t avoid all poisons due to environmental hazards and unforseeable circumstances, it benefits us all to optimize our health so we can be as strong as humanly possible.