Americans Consume 80% of the WORLD’s Pain Medications

by Amy on July 1, 2013

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“The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but consumes 80 percent of its opioids — and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone, the opiate that is in Vicodin.” (ABC News, April 20, 2011)

Holy moley, Americans are a people in pain. Or, at least we think we are. Doctors are so quick to prescribe a pill for whatever we believe ails us. And, people seem to demand them rather than look to discover the cause of the problem, much less heal it naturally. We are a nation of people looking for a quick fix. That said, pain pills do have a place, especially after surgery or with a serious injury.

I guess Americans are paying too much attention to those commercials that end with the line, Ask your doctor if (x) drug is right for you. And, unlike me, they aren’t listening to all of the hair raising side effects to the drug. Sometimes the condition the drugs are designed to “treat” doesn’t sound so bad after you hear the potential drug side effects.

“Accidental overdoses from Vicodin and other narcotic pain relievers kill more people than car accidents in 17 states now”, according to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Along with all of that addiction is an increase in crime. “Nationwide, police are reporting increases in robberies and other crimes by people who are addicted to oxycodone and hydrocodone, the key ingredient in most prescription pain pills. “said Michael Zennie, in his article, “Americans consume EIGHTY percent of the world’s pain pills as prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes.”

More info here, and here.

What to do?

There are many things we can do to improve our immune system and stay or become healthier.

I definitely believe that we are what we eat. So, eating certified organic whole foods as much as possible is vitally important. Junk food is called that for a reason. It’s typically void of much in the way of nutrition. Effectively managing stress is also critical. Some of the ways I reduce stress is: meditation, regular exercise, getting a massage, talking to someone who is supportive, limiting exposure to “the news” and watching and reading funny things, listening to personal growth leaders, like Wayne Dyer (particularly as you drift off to sleep), taking certain herbs and supplements.

And for dealing with pain, illness and injury, there are options like acupuncture, chiropractic, and something you may not have heard of called Quantum Neurology. I’ve been talking to a bunch of Quantum Neurology doctors (for a book a friend of mine is publishing) who are getting amazing results for their patients–miracles every day actually. Here are some videos from some of one of the doctor’s patients : Dr. Chris Cormier. See if any of this resonates with you.

Be well.

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