In the past two weeks there has been a lot controversy and media attention given to the pharmaceutical drug industry.
On November 17, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a statement that they would like to begin the ban of advertising pharmaceuticals on television. The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the World where advertising on TV is legal and the AMA has finally decided to step up. The amount of hours a person will watch of pharmaceutical drug commercials before 18 is in the 5 figures. Also, the United States makes up 5% of the world’s population which means we should be consuming between 5 – 10% of the drugs produced. Sadly, the United States is consuming between 75 – 80% of ALL drugs produced so the AMA is right there is DEFINITELY a problem.
I have had this discussion with many of my medical doctor patients and they all agree it’s preposterous that these companies can advertise to the layperson. They said what they see happening is patients coming to them saying, “Hey doc, I think I need to take that drug I saw during XXXX commercial on Monday night.” The educated and intelligent medical doctors who will do what is right for the patient would rarely write the script but sadly many will do what the patient says and write the script. This means they are doing what the patient WANTS and not necessarily what the patient NEEDS. Many doctors I have spoken with do this because they say the patient will go to another doctor or the patient will complain and they don’t have time to deal with that.
In my practice, the reason our results and satisfaction scores are so high is that we tell the patient what they NEED to hear and not what they WANT to hear. Many of my patients when they first come in want quick and fast relief, which is common in our World, but the fact is healing takes time. Anything or any process in the World that is successful always requires time.
When evaluating your doctors or any professional you work with it’s important they are giving you the information on what you NEED and not just what you WANT.
Do I always love what my accountant says? No! Is he right? Yes!
Do I always love what my nutrition advisor (Jessica) says? No! Is she right? Yes!
Beyond what the AMA has stated, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis came out with a new song called “Kevin.” This song’s main lyrics:
“Doctor, please, give me a dose of the American Dream
Put down the pen and look in my eyes
We’re in the waiting room and something ain’t right
All this is on you, we’re overprescribed”
The song discusses the state of the average American lifestyle and how we take one drug for a problem but then another drug for the side effect of the primary drug.
Are all drugs bad? No!
The problem happens when people subsidize pharmaceutical drugs for their lifestyle problems of poor diet and lack of exercise. Here is an important article I wrote a couple weeks ago about how we can become our best doctor. – http://draustincohen.com/how-to-assemble-your-healthcare-team/
This is not my traditional ‘to-do’blog post but it is more of a wake-up call to many of you who could be going down this rabbit hole. As we approach the New Year and many of you have great health goals, I want you all to know I am here for you. Whether it’s on Facebook, Instagram, or email please let me know how I can be of service, and if you live in Atlanta I’d love to see you in the office.
One thing I have noticed is people are their healthiest when under chiropractic care and usually I find the better people feel the more inclined they are to take care of their health.