As reported in Natural News, Arizona State is the second university to install prescription drug vending machines on campus. Of the 50 drugs being dispensed, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and prescription “speed” top the list.Who exactly benefits from such swift access to these drugs? The students, the doctors, the drug companies? I’m sure the drug companies say it’s for the benefit of students but read carefully this Huffington Post article: “When Doctors Go On Strike Patients Stop Dying”.The peer-reviewed journal Social Science and Medicine analyzed five physician strikes around the world, between 1976 and 2003 that lasted between 9 days and 17 weeks. Not a single study found that death rates increased during the weeks of the strikes, compared to other times. The death rates either stayed the same or decreased.
When I first noticed the increase in ADHD medication in New York schools I speculated that kids would grow up thinking that taking meds is normal behavior. Sure enough, drugs are so ingrained in the youth culture that drug vending machines are just another convenience like fast food restaurants both of which can be devastating to our health.
I really don’t know if I want to fight this drug vending machine horror. It would take all my time and energy to mount resistance against Big Pharma. What I can do is report the problem and provide conscious people with safe alternatives. The unconscious majority of the population will happily continue to take their pills until the side effects can no longer be controlled.
Be vigilant and stay conscious about your health and keep questioning the need for drugs or surgery. Every week I get a call or email from a conscious individual who was “talked into” taking a medication that they probably didn’t need and ended up causing them side effects. Doctors can be very persuasive, especially when they think they are right, or they think they know more about your body than you do.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future™
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