Sorry Doc, No Pills
The last time I went to see my doctor he asked me how a particular medication he had prescribed were working for me. “Errr…well doc, I um…haven’t taken it in sometime.” “Oh you missed a few doses?.” He asked. “Hmm…well a bit more than that.” “A month?” He persisted. I had enough of the game and blurted out, “I stopped taking it way back.” He still was not satisfied. “Like how far back? Last month?” “Try like almost a year ago.” I watched as he wrote in my chart, ‘medication non-compliance.’
I have always hated medication in any form. I am anti-vaccine and as a matter of fact, I am not that into doctors either. Don’t get me wrong there are some great doctors out there who do a wonderful job keeping our motors running. They have saved many lives. Some has taken many lives also. I usually take what my doctor tells me with a grain of salt and some common sense. “You should get the H1N1 vaccine for yourself and also your family.” He once said to me. I resisted of course. Why take it when the common flu was way deadlier than H1N1? I never take flu shots and have never had the flu.
When my blood pressure was in the keep-an-eye-on-it range, my doctor hastily put me on a range of medications without first discussing healthier alternatives. He didn’t talk about how maintaining a healthy lifestyle could benefit me. Our society’s growing dependence on the pill is alarming. (Not that pill). That magic in a bottle is the cure-all for what ails you. Can’t sleep? Take a pill. Can’t have an erection? Well duh, take a blue pill. Feeling ok? Take a pill in case. It’s mostly all in the mind as studies have shown. The placebo effect?
Growing up in St. Vincent, even though the myth would say that as a third world country, diseases are rampant in those parts, I have never seen the various forms of illnesses as I see in Canada. As a matter of fact, I never knew anyone with food allergies. Peanut allergy? Unheard of. At least by me. Now so many kids are allergic to just about anything. Good thing there’s a pill for that. If that fails, there’s always an app.