So here's a little fact to get started. Did you know that in 1970, there were 2 Billion pills prescribed in the US? Seems like quite a bit right? But, in 2007, there were 113 Billion pills prescribed! So, that must mean as a society as a whole, we're getting healthier right? Not quite.
Chronic diseases (Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, heart disease, etc.) have been on an exponential rise for the past few decades. We've also seem a new epidemic never witnessed before in the event of Childhood Obesity. And, of course, these problems aren't just due to the over-prescription of medication, it also has to do with poor diet, lack of exercise, environmental toxins, and the like, but I think that the Rx meds have a little to do with it as well.
If you watch even only half an hour of TV per day, chances are you see at least one commercial for a new prescription medication. What I want you to do next times is block out all the fancy "benefits", catchy music, and bright colors aimed at making you want to try the new drug. Just listen for the boring drone of the side effects voice and see how "good" of a thing those drugs can be. In fact, most drugs have serious side effects that need another drug prscribed with it to counter-effect the acts of the first drug. Also, most of the time, many of the side effects of drugs sound like symptoms of chronic diseases.
So, you tell me, do you think there might be a slight connection between the two? The fact is, the American society as a whole is a reactionary society when it comes to health. If something's broke, fix it. Don't worry about trying to prevent something bad from happening. Prevention is what Chiropractic is all about. Maintaining health is what Chiropractic is all about. Eating what's good for your body, exercising, and keeping a positive mental outlook will help prevent most, if not all' of these chronic diseases from happening in the first place.
All the information you need is actually already there. It's inborn into your brain. All lot of the time, if you sit down and use common sense about what your body needs, you'll be able to make the right choice.
If anyone's interested in a good book to look into, check out Overdosed America. It delves way more in to the topic than I can in the blog.
Disclaimer: This should in no way be a recommendation to stop taking any of your prescribed medicine. There is a time and place for some.