Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Drugs and Doctors

I don't know why I don't like going to the doctor. I went today to get a tetanus shot, since I haven't had one in 11 years and I'm going out of the country. I haven't actually been to the doctor for around 4 years. I don't get sick very often, and when I do, I don't worry about it and I end up okay. I haven't even had health insurance until quite recently. So I went to the doctor this morning... and I don't know what it is. I just don't like it. It's too... controling. It's too regulated. It's too sterile. There's too many drugs and it's too much money. And it just seems to be missing something. That fake raport the nurses so often use is irritating. I understand it's necessary to calm down nervous children (or adults with phobias), but I don't need some strange lady asking me about what I'm doing with myself, when she doesn't actually care and when I won't actually see her again. But I think that's just a minor irritant. As I was sitting in the little room alone, waiting for my shot, I saw all the pamphlets, all about diseases and drugs, and a sign that said that if you needed to refill your drugs, talk to your doctor today.
Here's my thing about drugs. We don't usually need them, and we should only use them if we really do. Our bodies were made to fight off infections. It's what they do. Now some people's bodies don't work the way they're supposed to, for various reasons. But way too many people, in my opinion, are taking way too many drugs. I just don't trust the drug companies, and I don't trust the ones that peddle their wares. It's a lucrative business, and the doctors make lots of money telling you all the shots that you need to take and all the drugs you need to take and all the visits you need to make to their offices. I don't like that kind of pressure. We wouldn't stand for that if a used car salesman told us to make regular visits and purchases, but since it's about our health, and since none of us really knows anything, we feel compelled to trust our doctors' advice. And since they're all in the same business (the drug peddling business), second opinions aren't what they're crached up to be.

So yeah, I don't the whole system: doctors, their offices, their staff, their wares. I respect people who go into the trade, because I think a majority go into it for the right reasons, though I'm sure plenty do because it's a wealthy occupation. I just don't trust the system. I'm believing more and more in Patch Adams style of medicine. If only we could all see more butterflies and be happy.


kati said...

AMEN brothah!

srchngformystry said...

i love my health care provider and my doctor...especially since they save my life.