Nutrition vs. Rx Drugs: The Over-medication of Americans
The Over-Medication of Americans
*Photo Above: Shows orphans in Nigeria taking our donated "Healthy Alternative Plus" vitamins with their meal. See the letter from orphanage director below.
Approximately 130 million Americans swallow, inject, inhale, spray, infuse, & pat on prescribed medication every month as indicated by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Americans fill many more prescriptions than any other country.
The number of prescriptions have risen dramatically over the past decade by two-thirds. Currently, over 3.5 billion prescriptions are filled each year. Polls suggest that Americans devour even more non-prescription drugs.
While the pharmaceutical industry took in over hundreds of billions of dollars in sales last year, 128,000 Americans died from drug reactions. 2.2 million endured life-altering side effects requiring hospitalization. This makes the pharmaceutical industry the fourth- leading national cause of death after heart disease, cancer, & stroke.
Meanwhile, not one person died from taking vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, essential fatty acids,
Rising ranks of doctors, researchers, & public health experts are saying that America is over-medicating itself. They claim America is buying & taking far too much medicine, too readily & too carelessly, for its own health & wealth.
Concern for our children:
In 2002, two million pediatric prescriptions were written for Paxil alone, many to toddlers. According to a Medico Health Solutions analysis of customer data, the use of behavioral medications for children topped all other areas of drugs in 2003 at 17 percent of total spending. This compared to 16 percent for antibiotics and asthma drugs, 11 percent for skin conditions, and six percent for allergy meds. Antidepressants spending grew by 21 percent over a three-year period and ADHD by 369 percent compared to 4.3 percent in the use of antibiotics.
A 1999 University of North Carolina study found that only eight percent of a surveyed group of 600 family physicians and pediatricians reported having received adequate training in the management of childhood depression. Yet that did not stop 72 percent of the same group from prescribing SSRIs to patients under age 18.
In October 2004, the FDA instructed manufacturers to warn on the product labeling that kids on antidepressants need to be carefully monitored as "there is concern that such symptoms may represent precursors to emerging suicidality."
The FDA also instructed manufacturers to put black box warnings on their product labeling, stating in part: "Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in short-term studies in children and adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders."
The warning urges that doctors and patients closely monitor kids on antidepressants. Black box warnings are the strongest warnings that can be placed on a drug, but do not ban its use in children and adolescents. The FDA's UK counterpart, the MHRA, went further by contraindicating the use of all antidepressants in kids save Prozac.
As the FDA hearings most unequivocally brought to light, psychiatry was complicit with the pharmaceutical industry in overselling the benefits of at least one type of psychiatric medication while downplaying the harmful effects. For years, the FDA has allowed this to happen.
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THANK YOU FROM NIGERIA! (See photo associated with article)
We wanted to sent a huge thank you from Jos, Nigeria! The support you are giving to the children through the vitamins is a big contribution to their health! Giving them an opportunity to be "Healthy" enables them to attend school regularly and learn at a young age that our bodies are of value and need to be taken care of. We have enjoyed watching these children take the vitamins with excitement and joy! Thank you for playing a role in our ministry; we hope to continue a growing relationship as we serve these children together!
Emilee and Jason Munafo, Directors of Back2Back Ministries, Jos, Nigeria
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