So Many Children, So Many Pills, So Much Profit

Sunday, January 2, 2011
Posted in category Big Pharma

This article in the Pharmaceutical Daily (also known as the Wall Street Journal) turned some pill bottles last week: “So Young and So Many Pills: More than 25% of kids and teens in the U.S. take prescriptions on a regular basis.” Frightening and pathetic, but hardly news. I almost never see TV commercials except for when I am at the gym. And I note there is a consistent airing of gay-happy-overjoyed-energetic-lovely people twirling their dance partner, skipping along the beach, planting their 3-acre garden, running a marathon, or sitting by the fireplace with wine and romance, all while taking powerful drugs that have 2,972 side effects that are read off, in hushed tones, for the final 2/3 of the commercial. According to the WSJ article:

But children and teens are also taking a wide variety of other medications once considered only to be for adults, from statins to diabetes pills and sleep drugs, according to figures provided to The Wall Street Journal by IMS Health, a research firm. Prescriptions for antihypertensives in people age 19 and younger could hit 5.5 million this year if the trend though September continues, according to IMS. That would be up 17% from 2007, the earliest year available.

The problem is lazy and reprehensible parenting. Drugs are quick and easy (and cheap or free, thanks to third-party subsidies), and the action of choosing drugs relies heavily on the processes and promises of someone or something else, removing the burden of time and effort from the parent. Dr. Brownstein, of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan (where I am now a client), who is a champion of iodine and unrefined sea saltstates in his blog,

When I look at these numbers I am not sure what to say. Does anybody really believe our society needs to medicate our children like this? Is anybody thinking about the long-term consequences of these medications? Does anybody think we are healthier because tens of millions of children are being medicated on a daily basis?

I think these numbers are an indictment on the failure of our medical system. Children were not medicated in these large numbers when I was growing up. We have been raised to look for the ‘easy fix’. Take a pill for anything. That is good advice for the Big Pharma Cartel, but I can assure you it is not good advice for our children.

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3 Responses to So Many Children, So Many Pills, So Much Profit

  1. Matthew T. says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Karen:  This is right on!  With all the drugs that are sold these days, makes you wonder how the human race managed to deal with life up until “modern times!”  I saw another link that I think goes ‘hand-in-hand’ with what you have mentioned.  It is:

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/40257359

    Notice in the article that young kids (ages 18-25) had the highest levels of “mental illness.”  I cannot help but wonder if this is a government/FDA setup for drug companies to sell more anti-depressants, etc.  There is something to be said for the psychological industry; the profits must be insane.  Case in point, many people I know (including close family members) are ‘depressed’ and are taking anti-depressant medications.  I often wonder if they REALLY are depressed or did the doctor just make that up to push more of the pills so he can get that free trip to the Bahamas?  
      

  2. Iluvatar says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:08 am

    @ Matt T:

    It’s the free trip.

    And this should not be surprising either.

    We are an over-medicated, under-eating, bread-centric, HBO-absorbed, self-indulgent society holding our hands out for entitlements that we confusedly consider as our “rights”.

    When we need a hand; we rarely look to the end of arm.

    I sure AM an alien in my own space & time. Haven’t even had a bottle of (non-children) aspirin in the cabinet for over 30 years.

    It is a major force of conscious action that is required in order to take the stupid vitamin D and calcium supplements – I just can’t take pills.

    And to futher convince you of my alien status – I just found out yesterday, in the 20 bazillion commercials that pack a televised NFL football game, who Paula Abdul is.

    Apparently, she likes to dance, yes?

    Gosh, this posting thingie sure is fun!

  3. Aaron Grayhek says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 11:21 am

    My mother is also a patient of Dr. Brownstein and she had been harping on me to start using and consuming the Celtic sea salt for a while now. Of course, I usually ignore my mother’s advice when it comes to these things. My Mom brought me a grinder with celtic sea salt and I started using it and I actually really like it and it makes a difference.

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