6 Ways to Avoid Unnecessary Drugs
6 WAYS TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DRUGS
1. DON'T GET IN THE HABIT OF TAKING A PILL FOR EVERYTHING
Some people will take a pill to fall asleep, stay awake, lose weight, have sex, not get pregnant, go to the bathroom, and believe it or not there are even infomercials on late night television for "memory pills" which can allegedly help you remember names and phone numbers!
Don't fall into this trap by reaching for a pill every time you have a minor ache or pain.
If you were in perfect health, but you decided to start using a wheelchair all day because it was easier than walking, it would only be a matter of time until you actually needed the wheelchair, because if you stop using your legs they will eventually atrophy and become too weak to support your body weight. And you can develop a similar dependency on ANY drug out there (from caffeine to pain killers) if you rely on them long enough.
ALL drugs can cause harmful side effects. (If you doubt this, simply walk into a drug store and try to find a drug that doesn't come with a list of potential harmful side effects on the label.)
In fact, one of the most common ways for people to commit suicide is to simply take pharmaceutical drugs in really high doses, and it is estimated that at least 100,000 people in the U.S. alone die each year due to side effects that occurred from taking the normal and recommended dose of a pharmaceutical drug.
Even if an "immortality pill" was invented that would make anyone who took it immoral, I wouldn't take it, because I don't want to spend eternity suffering from side effects.
2. FIND AND FIX THE ACTUAL PROBLEM
One time I saw a commercial where an older man was sitting at a dinner table in front of a big bowl of chili, and he proudly said that his wife made the best chili in the world, but that he looked sad and said that unfortunately couldn't eat it anymore, because eating spicy foods like that would result in bad heart burn. Then happy music started playing, and he said that thanks to a new drug which can be taken shortly before a meal, he can now enjoy his wife's chili again without discomfort.
But the discomfort that this man would feel whenever he ate things like chili was his body's way of telling him that he shouldn't eat things like that, and all the drug is really doing is allowing him to ignore the warnings from his body that he shouldn't do it. (And if he continues to ignore what his body is trying to tell him, he will eventually end up with a problem far more serious than "heart burn"... Like a "heart attack"!)
Did you know that the drug commercials like these (which are commonly shown on American television) are actually banned in many other parts of the world? And did you know that it's because they blatantly encourage viewers to reach for a drug instead of taking responsibility for their choices in life?
When I was younger, I used to have a medicine cabinet full of drugs, and any time I would feel even a little bad I would quickly reach for a drug to make me feel better. (I can even remember times when I would feel fine, but I would tell myself that it was going to be a rough day at work, so I would go ahead and take some "Tylenol" before I left for work just to be prepared for the headaches that I was expecting to get later that day.)
I want to make it clear that I'm not "anti" drugs now-a-days, and I'm certainly not encouraging anyone who is on prescription drugs to just throw their pills away. But what has changed for me is that I now view reaching for a drug as a "last resort" rather than an "impulse", and if I were to wake up tomorrow feeling sick, the first thing that I would do is ask myself "why" I felt sick and what I should do (or what I should stop doing) to to feel better and avoid feeling that way again in the future.
3. DON'T PLAN AND PREPARE TO GET SICK IN THE FUTURE
Something that blows my mind is the fact that when people go to the store and buy "headache pills", they will buy a HUGE bottle with 100, 500, or even 1,000 pills in it!
The way that I see it is that if you are expecting to need that many "headache pills" in the future, you will probably end up with a future full of headaches!
It has been over a decade since I have taken a pharmaceutical drug, and although I believe that "diet" and "exercise" have played a big role in my enjoying over a decade of wellness, I also believe that the fact that I don't expect to get sick has also played a big role. (I don't have a "medicine cabinet" in my house, I'm not a "germophobe", and during the winter I don't get the "flu shot" or "stock up" on cold and cough medicines, because I expect wellness rather than sickness.)
To put it more simply, "we become what we think about", which leads me to my next topic...
4. POSITIVE THINKING
The idea that our mental thoughts could have a serious impact on our physical health, used to be laughed at and considered nothing more than new age nonsense, but in the year 2008, "antidepressants" officially became the most prescribed drug in the United States, so it would be hard for anyone to still deny that the way we think can have an impact on our health.
Yes, you can worry yourself sick, and you can slowly kill yourself by spending your life feeling stressed out and angry at the world around you. And if "negative thinking" can cause health problems, then "positive thinking" must have the potential to prevent and reverse health problems.
There are a lot of great motivational speakers out there, so I would encourage you to start reading, watching, and listening to people who leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.
"Wayne Dyer" is someone who has inspired me a lot over the years, and below is a short video clip from one of his lectures that is sure to bring out the "good tears". (Which you should be crying regularly for optimal mental health.)
FIND YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE
Most drugs don't make you "feel better". They make you "feel less". And for those who are in a lot of physical or mental pain, drugs can provide a temporary escape from what they are feeling.
There can certainly be situations where people are in so much pain that it would be better to take a "pain killer" than have to endure the pain, but a lot of people get addicted to these kinds of drugs and will want to continue taking them long after the pain is gone.
It wasn't that long ago that one of the biggest fears people had was "having to have surgery", but now-a-days you can overhear people talking about how excited they are about an upcoming surgery because it means that their doctor will be giving them a prescription for "Vicodin" again.
One of the reasons that people get turn to drugs is that they don't know what they want to do with their life.
Working at a job that isn't fulfilling will literally suck the life-force out of you, and it doesn't matter whether your job is lifting 100-pound boulders or answering a telephone, you are going to feel drained after spending 8 hours doing something that your soul just doesn't want to do.
The advice that a lot of people give is, "Do what you love." But if you can't think of a job that you would genuinely love doing, then I would like to ask you the famous question by "Andy Stanley" which is, "What breaks your heart?"
Is there something going on in the world that really breaks your heart? If the fact that children are dying every day due to starvation bothers you then make it your personal mission to find a way to start doing something about it, because making any difference will make you feel better, and the more you do it, the more you find yourself in a situation where you are "doing what you love".
5. LET FOOD BY THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need."
- Ayurvedic proverb
Not only would a lot of the pharmaceutical drugs that people are on become necessary if they changed their eating habits for the better, but a lot of the nutritional supplements that people take (which are also drugs in many cases) would become unnecessary.
I'm not going to say that supplements aren't helpful or even "life-saving" in certain situations, but I will say that getting too much of a nutrient can be just as dangerous as getting too little, and in places like "The United States" the majority of nutritional disorders are due to overconsumption and not underconsumption.
A lot of people have the mentality that "more is better" and that if consuming a little bit of something is good for us, then consuming lots and lots of it would be even better, when in reality, the ultimate healthy thing would be to get just the right amount of what we need. (No more, no less.)
Before you buy a supplement (or even an expensive "superfood" just because it is touted as being high in a certain vitamin or mineral) ask yourself questions like, "Am I actually deficient in this nutrient?", "How much of this nutrient do I actually need?", and "Is there no other foods that provide this nutrient?"
What is the best and worst case scenario of consuming more a nutrient than you need? In the best case scenario, it will just be a waste of your money, and all of the unnecessary excess that you are consuming will simply be eliminated from your body as waste when you go to the bathroom. And in the worst case scenario, all of the unnecessary excess that you are consuming will create a terrible burden on your body which could lead to stress on your organs and various health problems.
Please start filling your refrigerator up with fruits and vegetables and you will likely find that your medicine cabinet starts to empty on its own.
6. DON'T WATCH, READ, OR LISTEN TO THE NEWS
Below are 3 reasons why I feel that watching the News can wreck our health...
REASON #1 "You can't fill your mind with negativity and expect to be healthy."
It's no secret that the News focuses on the negative. Negative News stories tend to get the highest ratings, and if viewers are scared enough or outraged enough they will literally feel unable to stop watching it.
Back when I used to watch the News, I noticed that not only were they BLATANTLY trying to raise my anxiety levels by doing their best to make me feel really scared, angry, or depressed every time I tuned in, but whenever they would go to a commercial break, they would show commercials for drugs with messages like...
"Do you suffer from depression?"
"Are you living with unbearable anxiety?"
"If so, then ask your doctor if this new drug is right for you."
I used to believe that I needed to watch the News in order to be "informed", but then I started to realize that the News was actually an "infomercial" for drugs, where they would give me every reason they could come up with to feel bad, and then they would show commercials for drugs to make me feel better.
Luckily, I decided to just stop watching the News, and like magic, the anxiety that I would get from watching the News disappeared when I simply turned it off and stopped watching it!
As long as the News is partnered with drug companies, they will continue to do whatever it takes to to keep not only their ratings as high as possible, but also your anxiety as high as possible, so please stop watching the News.
If you don't watch the News, I can assure you that you will still be informed about the most important things that are happening in the world from loved ones such as friends and family. (But unlike the News, when your loved ones are telling you about world events, their intentions aren't going to scare you and to make you feel so bad that you have to go to a doctor and ask for a drug just to feel better after talking to them!)
REASON #2 "Desensitization".
I personally recommend that you don't even have websites like www.yahoo.com set as your Internet home page, because if you do, the very first thing you will see every time you get on-line will be the "Top News Stories", and since negative stories tend to get the most clicks, it will almost always be negative "clickbait" headlines like, "17 Killed in Bus Bombing in Israel" or "Over 400 Die Due to Hurricane Charles", or "Global Death Toll Nearing 1,000,000 As Cases Continue to Surge!".
After seeing headlines like these enough times, you can easily start to become desensitized to them, and within only a few seconds of seeing the most tragic headline, you will be browsing YouTube or Facebook and will have already completely forgotten about it, and I feel that this kind of desensitization to tragedies is just as unhealthy as getting depressed about them.
REASON #3 "It creates distractions."
Keep in mind that media outlets have an agenda to make you think a certain way, and therefore, they are only going to cover stories that fit their narrative.
So if the media is suddenly putting all their focus on something trivial (like a tweet from a celebrity) and trying to convince you that it is the most important issue on the planet at that moment, you might want to stop and ask yourself what else is happening in the world at that moment that they are trying to distract you from.
REASON #4 "It promotes prejudice thinking."
The word "prejudice" means to "pre-judge", and I feel that the News teaches people to be prejudice.
If you don't use your mind, the media will gladly use it for you. And when you watch media programing like the News, they aren't just trying to fill your head with negativity, they are also programing you to take on a "you're either with me or against me" mentality towards the world, and those who allow themselves to become "hardwired" to think in this divisive way, will not be immune to mental health issues in the future.
There is an old saying that says, "there is strength in numbers", but that's not always true. There is only strength in numbers when there is "unity", and the News is set up to have a very polarizing effect on our society. (Which ensures that we won't unite, and that we will continue to believe that we need lots of rules and rulers controlling over us for our own protection.)
It is estimated that the actual time that the News devotes to covering "bad news" compared to "good news" is roughly 17 to 1, and if you were to meet 18 new people today, I highly doubt that 17 of them are going to be bad people, and that only 1 of them will be a good person. (If anything, it would be more likely to be the exact opposite.)
But the News focuses so much more on the negative, that it leads to people feeling unnecessary fear and distrust towards others, because they are so used to hearing about the worst in people that they start to expect the worst in people.
"Albert Einstein" once said that the most important decision you will ever make in life, is whether you believe that you live in a "friendly universe" or a "hostile universe", and the News wants you to believe that you are living in an incredibly hostile universe.
I grew up in the country, and there weren't a lot of places to work, so once I became an adult I moved to the city, and I found a job working at a factory. On my first day at the factory, I was in the break room with my co-workers, and they all started talking about the guns that they owned. Because I was new to the area, and because of the way they were talking about their guns as if they were the most important thing they owned, I was a little concerned, and I wondered if I had just moved into a neighborhood that was more dangerous than I had previously thought. So later that day I approached each of my co-workers individually and asked them why they owned a gun, and every one of them gave me the exact same response...
"DON'T YOU WATCH THE NEWS???"