Is there any level of risk involved in taking prescribed medications? YOU BET there is. Pay attention, pilgrims.
Colonel Eli Lilly, the founder of the giant pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly & Co (Prozac, Zyprexa, etc) said, “Any drug without toxic effects is not a drug at all.” The task that is set for us all is to work our way through the mire of “what is dangerous, what is apparently benign and what’s the risk of taking this stuff?”
Trust your doctor, OK? …. No.
I’d like to think that any followers of this blog (or friends of mine) who are taking psychotropic medications for depression, anxiety, or any number of mental-emotional problems, would take a look at the RxISK site, and even subscribe to their blog.
Founder, Dr David Healey, was, along with me, a member of an international organization, based in the U.S. that had a somewhat rabid approach to the use of psychotropics. Until I resigned last year, I found it to be quite some fun to stand back and watch a large group of psychologists and psychiatrists lambaste any suggestion at all of the use of medication for mental-emotional discomforts. It was a little like watching a dog bite its dinner rather than eat it (given that the diagnosis of metal “diseases” and the prescribing of meds for them constituted that weekly pay packet for most of these members).
But one of the things that stood out for me was the presence of criticisms against Dr Healey for what is, I think, a somewhat “moderate” approach to the issue. Healey’s injunctions seemed to tolerate the taking of psych meds, but to be very wary of side-effects. In other words, discover the RISKS involved.
My own approach is “take no drugs,” but I also sympathize with a center-line approach, PROVIDED THAT we take the time and effort to KNOW about what you are putting into your body. And since all psychotropic drugs cross the brain blood barrier*, the injunction is to KNOW about what you are putting into your brain!
* well, that’s their purpose – to affect the brain and central nervous system, right?
As I’ve said and written on many an occasion, my adage is not “Say NO to drugs; it is say KNOW to drugs!”
So, in order to stay aware of what is, after all, an insidious drift in our society towards collective psychotropic zombification, take a minute to visit RxISK and perhaps get their newsletters. “The Walking Dead,” indeed.