This little rant has turned into a bigger question about our desire for a quick fix. This question can be directed our medical industry, economy, and even our police state. I will turn to the medical industry on the topic of drugs, but might write some other topics later on.
Furthering my discussion about antibiotics leads to the question about why medications are so popular. If a person goes to a doctor with some type of symptom or chronic problem, does it seem like medications seem to be the fix to the problem? I am only asking? Does the visit (other than the wait) seem to be rushed without a thorough analysis of the fundamental problem? For example, a person might have insomnia so a doctor might prescribe a sleeping pill without questioning whether the person drinks too much caffeine, does not exercise, etc. I see all these drug commercials with the promise to improve your life (provide that you don't suffer from the large number of side effects) but can these really deliver and are doctors just prescribing these just because a patient asks.
Do you see my point about a quick fix? So why is the quick fix for health so popular? Here are my thoughts (WARNING: CONSPIRACY THEORY)
- A doctor is just trying to get the patient out the door and prescribing a drug is an easy answer. Why? Asking lifestyle questions takes too long (see footnote 1) and perhaps a patients is unwilling to change their unhealthy habits and will not budge until drugs are prescribed.
- A patient just wants to relieve their problem without any lifestyle change. Exercising an eating right is not easy.
- Money, Money, Money. Drug companies make a ton of money selling drugs. They market to the doctors (drug reps), patients (commercials), as well as the government (lobbyists) and they do a good job at it.
- Sometimes the adverse effects of a drug are minimized (again see point 3- Money). These drug companies control advertisements (notice nice music over a peaceful backdrop while giving side affects) and sometimes has some keys ties to government officials (CDC) who will recommend certain drugs or require certain vaccines.
Again, I am not an expert in this field but I believe this is a valid question. I admit that I am a little old fashioned and generally believe that toughing it out though a sickness is a better alternative, so I would love to hear your viewpoints on whether drugs are quick fix alternatives or a better alternative.
1. Our pediatrician for Caleb, although well recommended, tends to be a little busy. Rachael has visited many more times than myself, but in the three times that I have visited, our pediatrician has started the conversation with "Boy that last parent would not stop talking", insinuating that we should make this visit quick. That was just a sidenote. For our 2nd or 3rd visit (I can't remember) when we started seeing symptoms of eczema for Caleb, we asked the doctor about the symptoms and she just seemed to minimize the issue without looking at his skin or even asking about our history. It was not until the end of the very quick visit when Rachael, as an aside, commented about how my side of the family has had many cases of eczema. The doctors face lit up and she finally realized that we were serious. She almost had us out of the door, but realized that this was actually a case of eczema.