Pill Eating Cult

@zandi458 (27952)
Malaysia
September 21, 2008 8:42am CST
Pill eating has been a way of life today. In fact it has been cultivated and nurtured to such an extent, one could almost say it has become a cult - the pill eating cult. You only have to look to see how we are being immersed in this business of swallowing pills. There is a pill for practically everything and if you go to the homes of your friends you would be sure to find at least a small, if not a formadable stack of bottles, containing pills of all kinds, taken by various members of the household at different times of the day. Of course these are pills and tablets which have been prescribed as part of treatment or supplements. My mom has just been discharged from hospital for heart problem and she brought along with her almost a basket full of various pills. Now it has become part of her daily routine of pill popping along with her daily meals. I think everyone of us here has not escaped this trend in our life. I have been on BP pills for the last 26 years and I see no end to this pill swallowing as I was told that it is a lifelong medication. Do you have this sort of prescription to follow for life?
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18 responses
• India
22 Sep 08
No, not as yet and as long as possible, I would try to be off any kind of continuous medication. The only pill I am on is the PILL for last 11 yrs after the birth of my son. Of all my family members, only my Mom is on medication for multiple factors like thyroid, BP, some eye problem, uric acid and so many I myself don’t know. With due respect to all, some of my observations on this pill taking business are: Some people just suffer from doctor-phillia…they just have to connect with a doctor even after a sneeze and running nose. And if nobody is actually supporting them on this, they feel ignored, neglected, unimportant. A doctor gives them a sense of importance. My mom is a classic example of this. The more one pops the pill, the more the natural immunity of the body is getting depleted…the body is being forced to get dependent on outside help. So don’t reach for the pill or the bottle after a sprain…apply ice and wait for the body to heal naturally. Try something herbal for sore throats and congestions…they maybe time-taking but are safer. Decide on lifestyle and food…mid-thirties should be the landmark for deciding whether we want to have a pill-free existence or be dependent on doctors till we breathe our last. Junk food is cheap and tasty, good food is expensive and bland but so are medicines. The choice is ours. Always remember that when we fall sick, we not only inconvenience ourselves but our immediate family too. And the hard-earned money that we pay on bottles and doctors can be much better spent by having quality fun time with our friends and family. At 35, I have greatly modulated our daily food intake for the entire family, cut down on junk food, cut down on dining out and generally trying to live healthy. I hope I don’t sound preachy or anything, just wanted to tell people not to reach out to that box…not so fast yet!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
I should have known this much earlier. I would not have been a victim of this pill eating cult. Thanks for your info. It is not too late to practice good living as pointed out by you here.
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• India
30 Sep 08
thnx for the BR…glad to be of any help.
@evlo173 (435)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I don't take pills,I take vitamins and minerals for health.I have been interested in health and nutrition since I was in my teens.The pills that doctors give out like candy just only accelerates the aging process and shortens one's life.I am into natural healing.I did took aspirin for a short period, I don't do that anymore. I use whole foods to keep healthy and for healing.I see if some need the pills to stay alive,but it is no good for anybody.too much chemicals.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
Only now when I am burdened by swallowing many pills that I begin to see an alternative to avoid popping in too much chemical based pills. I am also reading a lot of books on natural healing.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
21 Sep 08
Yup I came home with 5 meds they dsaid I would have to take the rest of my life too plavix is the main one for the heart and 2 different one for BP they said as long as I take the and keep presurre down they wont have to try to put a stent in an artery going to kidney. the heart ones to keep blood flowing and I am so made for I was off all the meds from breat removal!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
26 Sep 08
Wow..I see you're taken a handful of medications. It has become a necessity to take various pills to keep us going.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I wished I didnt have to take them. And I look for alternate meds but havent came up with anything real good yet!
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• Sweden
22 Sep 08
Goodmorning! Is there a "pill for every ill.."? I've recommended foodsupplements based in Nature and backed by Science since 2004 and have got tremendous results among friends in Scandinavia.. There are discussions about synthetic/ natural to keep your cells in good health! Biochemical reactions.. is interesting for every body! Have a nice day! BART
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
I have not seen that discussion. It should be interesting.
• Sweden
27 Sep 08
Hi! It's a story about the food pyramid: whole grains, fruits&vegetables, proteins and coldpressed Omega-3oils which are the building blocks of our "metabolism"! Food supplements may bridge the gap between modern diet and natural food.. Every body need "spark plugs" to energize our cells.. every day! Take care BART
@Ithink (10673)
• United States
24 Sep 08
I guess so far I have been lucky, the most I take is a vitamin, for the heart as I have a heart murmur and arithythmia. Other then that so far so good. I do take garlic once in awhile. I have always been one for the natural ways.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
It is better to go for natural medication.
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• Canada
22 Sep 08
I recently got off medication for a bladder infection (I was only on that for 10 days) and in another 10 days I'll finish the ones I was on for severe heartburn for a month, and I take apo naproxen a few times a MONTH for menstrual cramps, but aside from that, no pills, not even vitimine pills. I only take pills when I need them.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
I don't like this daily routine of popping pills. Good that you can avoid taking pills.
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@Rikza1 (295)
• Finland
22 Sep 08
I got a crohn's disease so I have to eat pills every day. It was discovered 2 years ago. I still don't like eating pills and it isn't easy for me. In the start it was very hard and it took me an hour to eat 10 pills. Nowadays its just 4 pills every morning and evening. I can't drink my pills down...I just cant take them with liquid. It has to be something stronger something eatable. I'm hoping maybe one day it will be as easy to take with water.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
I normally take my pills with water but you are doing something different. Everyone has their own way of swallowing pills
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 08
Hi Zandi, my parents have to take their cholesterol and bp pills daily, and my dad is on medication for his heart as well. My hubby is also on bp and cholesterol pills as well. All 3 of them are popping pills daily as a routine. I have yet to start (pray to God I don't have to....); except those I have got to take for flus, fevers, colds, etc.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
You're lucky to escape this swallowing of pills. Take care of your diet and you will not be in the list of pill popping.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I come from a long line of folks that were NEVER pill poppers. My great-grandmother was a nurse, thought doctors were idiots...and was into more natural, herbal remedies ...she never took anything stronger than aspirin and lived to be 98 years old. Now I'm sure she may have had medical issues but if she did she treated the problem naturally. I guess I've inherited my great-grandmother's disdain for the Western approach of healing, that is popping pills for everything. And I can't help think a cycle occurs. What I mean is, is that say you go to the doctor and he prescribes some med for whatever malady..but then you get side effects...so he prescribes another pill to combat the side effects of the first pill. Then you get side effects from the second pill, so he prescribes yet again another med to combat the side effects of the second pill, which is combating the effects of the first pill..LOL. It's like a vicious cycle. I too usually won't take anything stronger than aspirin...only on rare occasions will I take an antibiotic if I get bronchitis....And as far as aspirin I only need one dosage of aspirin and that's good for a whole day and night...in other words I don't have to keep taking it. I do take vitamins and herbal supplements though
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
As I said, pill eating has become a way of life. We almost look down on the people of older civilisations who drank herbal teas and produced all sorts of concoctions from plants, barks and roots of trees, leaves, etc; while in fact we are doing the same, only it's pills we take. These herbal drinks are non toxic compared to the pills which we do no know for sure the side effects. Yes, it's like a vicious circle.
• United States
21 Sep 08
with all my ailments i sure do i always say i take so many pills i rattle when i walk
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
21 Sep 08
LOL You sound like me. I often tell family I don't need food, I take enough pills to fill me up.
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• United States
21 Sep 08
thats a good one mind if i use it sometime?
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
Pill eating has become a way of life.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I do take a lot of pills, not prescription, but vitamins and minerals - to help prevent me from needing prescriptions. I'd rather take the less synthetic approach. I've found a regimene that is pretty natural and has give me wonderful results...
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
It is better to go for natural healing if one is sick. Those chemical based pills will sometimes worsen our sickness.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
28 Sep 08
I definitely agree!
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
27 Sep 08
Prescriptions - Oh how we love taking those pills
Oh yes the wonderful life of prescriptions.... NOT. I like you have medicines that I have to take on a daily basis for the rest of my life. I hate it with such a passion but I know if I don't take them then I'll be in dire straights so I take them. I'm on thyroid medication as well as acid reflux and a number of others. Some I take twice a day but most are once a day.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
Somehow we are all under medication, at least to free us of some internal problems.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Sep 08
hi zandi oh yes I am a part of it. I am 82 and take three blood pressure meds, two diabetes meds, and one arthritis med plus multivitamins, flaxseed oil, calcium, and iron as I am anemic.I always hope when I see my doctor for a check up that he does not find any reason to prescribe for me another pill lol lol lol.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
You are well guarded with all those medications and at that age we cannot escape from taking pills. It is for life extension.
@illfavors (592)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I used to be on about eight or nine different prescriptions, and now I am down to one, which I want to get off of as soon as I can. I really don't like taking pills for anything, but some things I have to. I ask my doctors if there is any other alternate to prescriptions so I can avoid them if possible. However, it is so commonplace to just swallow a pill like you said. It's easy and quick, and most people are comforted by the fact that they have them.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
Pill swallowing has really become a way of life.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I guess I wouldn't call it a cult, but rather a way of life for some of us. I take ten different medications every day, sometimes more if I add in the pain pills I sometimes need. Then there are the liquid medications I have to use to breathe, and the powder one I must mix with water and drink. Believe me, I have a huge basket full of meds sitting beside my chair. I'd rather NOT live this way. But, its either take the stuff or die.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
It is almost impossible to break away from taking medication pills. It has become a way of life for most people.
• United States
21 Sep 08
No, not yet but I do take vitamins and I have always done this since I can remeber.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
Vitamins are also considered pills and the fact that you have been taking vitamins have protected you from taking doctors' prescription.You are on the right track
• India
21 Sep 08
Well friend, I think that you are 40+ and the bills started its business over your. In today's fast growing industrialization and urbanization,the life has become so complex that there are more chances of various type of disorders in the body. Because now people have not do more physical labor and have become more prone to the general disorder of High B.P, Diabetes,Hypertension etc from these there is no escape and only the pills tablets and capsules are the remedy as prescribed by the doctors. I am a patient of High Blood pressure after I met an accident way back thirty years and developed diabetes for the last 19 years and my basket is full of tablets and capsules as a dry fruit and I have daily before breakfast to take it and my system remains in order. The best way to take rid of these medicines, is to have simple food fat fee and use of more green vegetables and fiber rich fruits and salad and I think in addition if we can have an hour of the morning walk and some walk in the evening we can curtail these pills to 75% and rest we have to take. How you see it please comment and have a nice day.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
Thats true. If we ate normal diets, balanced and adequate, then there would be no need to be popping these pills into our digestive system everyday, for our food would contain our daily requirements. Infact it is much better to get our daily requirements from natural sources, then from synthetic preparations.
@KUSHANK55 (2437)
• India
21 Sep 08
hi dear zandi458 pills are the compulsory evil just thrust upon us by the medical community to satisfy their ulterior motives!! infact we can keep ourselves in a better condition without them but then how their shop will run? each tablet creates some kind of serious and harmful side effect which we will be knowing after some more time!! sorry to learn about your mothers heart ailment. i hope she is fine. try omnilife food supplements for better care and amegas bracelet!! good luck!!
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 08
Pill eating has overtaken us rather sadly. We have become non selective, have slothfully allowed the faculties that enable us to reason and to decide to be dulled and lulled into an attitude of taking the easiest way out.