By Dr. Raj Gupta, Owner/Creator/Founder of Soul Focus Wellness Centers
According to The United States Department of Health and Human Services, in 2016, 42,249 people overdosed and died on opioids. 116 people died every day! 11.5 million people misused opioids in 2016! We have an opioid epidemic in this country. And we, Americans, take more prescription medications than any other country in the world! Why? Why do Americans feel that the answer to every health problem is a pill?
It is because we don’t have healthcare in America. We employ a “sick care” model. We only go to the doctor when we are sick. And then, we demand a little blue slip from our physicians. Without which we almost feel like we wasted our time going to the doctor. Doctors feel obligated to give you the little blue slip too. Without which, you feel jilted and upset with them! We abused antibiotics to a point where they are now having a reverse effect, and now we are doing the same things with pain pills. Which is why this nation
Pills don’t correct the problem.
They may temporarily take the pain away, but they don’t fix anything. When the pill wears off, the pain comes back. So here is the question: Why are we in SO much pain, and why do we think that the answer is pain pills? The stats above show that the answer is NOT pain pills. In fact, the disastrous effects of pain pills lead to DEATH.
Wake up America! Why so much overdose?
I am not sure why you are in pain, but I can assure you that it is not because your body is depleted of Percocet® or Oxycodone. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Covering up pain by simply masking it does nothing but get you addicted to pain pills! Pretend your fire alarm at home goes off tonight at 3AM waking you out of a deep sleep. You can stop the noise and annoyance by disconnecting the alarm, but I don’t suggest going back to bed because you may have a fire in your house!
Taking a pain pill masks the symptoms that you are suffering from, but just kicks the can down the road. If you ignore the check engine light on your dashboard, don’t blame the car when it leaves you stranded on the side of the road.
Each day, stress, bad posture (text neck/sleeping incorrectly), our aging bodies (arthritis), and trauma (sports injuries/ car accidents), result in musculoskeletal aches and pains. Life beats us down, but the answer is not to further beat yourself down with drugs!
Have you ever had a pebble in your shoe? Initially, it is an annoyance, but tolerable. After a little time, the pebble becomes more and more of an annoyance until you NEED to do something about it. What do you do? Do you take “Pebble Ease” (the new pill available that is specific for pebbles in shoes)? Do you subject yourself to a “pebblectomy” (surgery that cuts out a small hole in your heal so that the pebble fits in your foot without causing pain?
NO! You remove the pebble that is irritating a nerve. A physical problem requires a physical answer. A pill doesn’t remove the irritant. It covers it up. You must address the problem that is causing the pain.
Much in the same way the tobacco companies were sued and held responsible for the terminal and lethal diseases that their products cause(d), cities and states throughout the country are now suing the pharmaceutical companies to hold them accountable for the death and destruction they are causing from overdose in our society.
Most recently, New York City’s Mayor de Blasio filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the residents of NYC against the pharmaceutical companies. Our culture has been brainwashed to believe that there is a pill for every problem. From our doctors to our evening news, we are led to believe that all problems are solved by a little purple pill — One nation overdosed.
YOU are responsible for YOUR health!
True healthcare consists of doing things that prevent you from getting sick. It is preventative health care. A balance of proper Diet, Rest, Exercise, and maintaining a positive mental attitude. Adopting this lifestyle will allow you to lead a prosperous, fulfilling life without the need for drugs and surgery.