Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Staying away from doctors is my goal as well.  They're completely overburdened and don't really have time to figure out your case or history.  If your insurance is good, they'll sometimes order all sorts of tests that turn out to be unnecessary.  And they're simply deluged by propaganda from the drug companies -- drug fads are a huge problem.  

Are you blue? have cramps? back pain? joint pain? neural pain? depressed, nervous, a bit shy? -- change your brain chemistry!  Take these epilepsy pills!  We don't know how or why they work but they sometimes do!!  

Paxil for depression and Neurontin for epilepsy are two of the most prescribed drugs.  I had a friend who was put on them and it turned out she just needed her gall bladder removed.  Another friend on them and it turned out she had a degenerative spinal disease.  I could go on and on -- and the docs present these medicines as though they're pain pills of some sort.  People don't even know they're taking pills that are designed to alter your brain chemistry or prevent siezures.  It's beyond absurd.

Ohhhh, the stories I could tell!  Don't get me started!!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 04:37:50 PM EST
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