Thursday, October 26, 2006

Pharmaceutical Drugs - good or bad?

I was recently on a Forum that was having a heated discussion around Pharmaceutical drugs.

Let me weigh in on the topic. Who knows, maybe my story & perspective might help others or at the minimum shed a new perspective for someone on the topic.

This year I had to get off an MS (Multiple Sclerosis) drug that I was on for 3.5 years due to a very serious side effect (which the drug company told me was very rare based on their clinical study that was done over a 2-year period – which here’s the interesting thing, I didn’t start getting that side effect until AFTER the 2 year mark and I KNOW many people with MS who have had the same reaction after that 2 years – just a little side note) Anyway, the Neurologist wanted me to switch to interferons and that’s when I put my foot down and said “Absolutely Not!” – I have spoken to thousands of people with MS and have heard horrible side effects from these types of drugs. As a statistician, I know that all these drugs have been approved by the FDA to help “slow the progression of the disease”, that’s the reason why I decided to go on one of them in the first place (that was my statistician in me making that decision).

However, I came to this crossroad where I decided to research Natural products that would help my body to repair, rebuild and restore. Now, I am NOT saying that I found the cure for Multiple Sclerosis, but remember, none of the drugs out there are “cures” either … they are just intended to “slow the progression” – each having a different mechanism to do that (but with side effects that can be doozies!).

I want to get to the ROOT of the problem! So, I finally found Natural products that the statistician in me deemed as top quality products (they do double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on all their products – it’s the only Natural products company that I know that does this!) I have been on a core set of these products since March and I FEEL great!

Being a statistician (started off as a Biostatistician working with Pharmaceutical companies), has helped me to decipher data, clinical trials and information on a different level than most people --- but I am grateful for that, because I also know how data can be used to mislead others. What I tell my clients and everyone I speak to is that you must go with your gut – if a doctor tells you to take or do something and if it doesn’t feel right to you, ask many questions and if it still doesn’t feel right then don’t do it! Just my opinion …

So, let me lead this to a WHAT IF ….
What if every patient that went to a doctor started asking more questions to their doctor about their treatment path, making sure that they were well-informed of the “why’s” of every decision and felt good about it (as opposed to taking their word for it all the time)? AND What if patients started asking doctors about Natural Products and found out that the doctor offers a Natural products option to the treatment of their health concern ?

So, am I saying Pharmaceutical Drugs are bad for everyone ... NO. But I do know that too many people take their doctor's word for it and willingly take lots of drugs without any questions (some drugs whose sole purpose is to counteract the side effects of the other drugs they are on! ... something is wrong with that picture!) Why not attempt to get to the root of the cause and give your body the proper nutrients to start repairing and rebuilding the damage that has happened throughout the aging process and stop treating every little symptom with a drug! When our bodies have aches and pains or "speak to us" with symptoms, our bodies are trying to tell us something (and I don't think that something is "give me a drug!")

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(and this link will NOT take you to a Pharmaceutical drug!)

Warmest Regards,
Maria C. Lesetz
Lovin' Life
Certified Life Coach for Doctors & Motivational Speaker


Anonymous,  4:33 PM  

Hello there ... fellow MS warrior tracking you down though the blogs.

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