When I was a kid and got sick, I remember my mother made me toast, tea with honey, and put cool compresses on my forehead to bring down my fever. I would stay in bed with my TV tray and watch The Electric Company or Romper Room while breathing in the steam from the humidifier in the corner of the room. There was no panic or need to rush me to the Emergency Room. I spent a couple of days out of school and then got better. And life went on as usual. The ’80s were such a simpler time, right?
Nowadays, a case of the sniffles puts people into a panic and sends them straight into their pediatrician’s office demanding a prescription for antibiotics. Plying your kid with Motrin or Tylenol for a slight fever has become standard operating procedure. Never mind that a fever under 102 is actually beneficial to the body to help fight off the virus that is making you sick in the first place.
We have become a society that has forgotten how to treat illnesses without running to the ER or loading up with OTC or prescription medication to suppress every aspect of our immune system, which only drives the disease further into our bodies and keeps us sicker longer.
It’s not 1980 anymore; it’s 2013. We’re supposed to be healthier than at any other time in history. It’s been 30 years since I was that little girl eating toast and drinking honey in her tea. ARE we healthier now? “Modern medicine” was supposed to be so advanced by this time that all diseases should be curable. We’ve poured billions of dollars into research study upon research study with the promise of newly approved drugs that will make us healthier, happier and live extraordinary lives. At least that’s what the commercials tell me. Take this pill and you’ll be doing Tai Chi or lying in a bathtub overlooking a glorious sunset with your mate, who looks like George Clooney and just drove in with his pickup truck after a long day of roping cattle and just took an ED drug, so he’s ready for a good time! Um, yeah right.
Look around. Look at the people in your family, your neighbors, your work associates. Are they healthier? Are their kids healthier? Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. Women today have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. One in 74 men and women will be diagnosed with leukemia during their lifetime. And the real shocker, 1 in 2 men and women will be diagnosed with some type of cancer during their lifetime.
And that’s just cancer. The statistics for heart disease are just as sobering. More than half of all men and women over the age of 45 will develop heart disease in their lifetime, according to a new health risk analysis.
What about vaccines? Ah, vaccines. The epitome of health. The greatest medical miracle of our time! Yes, I am being sarcastic. New research finds that vaccinated kids visit hospital emergency rooms more frequently than their unvaccinated counterparts. A new study also finds that these kids are now chronically ill. Don’t forget about the alarming increases in rates of autism, ADHD and developmental disorders. But vaccines don’t cause autism. Except when they do.
So how did we get here? One reason is that we’ve become so brainwashed by the media and the relentless advertising of pharmaceutical medication that we’ve forgotten how to live a healthy lifestyle. Our doctors haven’t helped much in this regard either. They’ve basically become pill pushers too. High cholesterol? Here’s your pill. High blood pressure? Here’s your pill. Can’t sleep? Here’s your pill. The list goes on. No talk of diet or exercise. Just pill after pill. I’ve seen elderly people on 20-30 different prescription medications. Parents would rather put their kids on anti-psychotic medication then take gluten and food coloring out of their kids’ diets as a first-line treatment because diet is “too hard.”
It’s 2013 and there needs to be a fundamental shift in our way of thinking when it comes to health and wellness. Health is not going to come from a pill bottle. We need to get back to that place where having a cold or the flu shouldn’t be considered a reason to go into crisis mode. We’re human. We’re going to get sick. Take charge of your health. Strengthen you immune system. Eat the right foods. Get enough sleep. Slow down. Don’t let the media bully you into injecting toxins into your body in the name of health. Save the trip to the Emergency Room for a true emergency. Most importantly, trust your instincts. Get online and do some research. This is the age of information. Ignorance is no longer an option.