Thursday, March 19, 2009

Our Chemical Romance

Although i feel this clip speaks volumes and is quite brilliantly presented, it should be noted that i do not endorse the slight negative connotation this film tends to indicate toward “street” dealers.

The big pharmacy conglomerates et al. should indeed be the only ones fined & jailed for “pushing” their largely unstudied, research lacked, hazardous, destructive, side effect laden, chemically synthesized “medication”, packaged to heal & help, & intended for children, teens, parents, & adults. “Street” dealers are at least candid “no, this was not ‘intended’ to stop your headache, depression, or panic attack, {even though it may do those things} but it will make you 'high'.”

Perhaps, if our nations stopped pumping so much money into making & pushing more chemically engineered pills intended to “fix us”, we then could be looking more into those naturally occurring drugs & chemicals the “street dealers” are selling & dumped into prison for. By funding research into them, we may quickly find {or begin to listen to those who have already found} that many of these so called “street” drugs can actually heal us beyond anything the big name pharmacy drugs could only hope for & lie that they do {for centuries}.

We should finally end the “war on drugs” & focus our energy on unmasking the real dangerous drugs;

the ones we give our children to make them more manageable to teachers {ie. Ritalin}

  • side effects: "hypersensitivity (including skin rash, urticaria, fever, arthralgia, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme with histopathological findings of necrotizing vasculitis, and thrombocytopenic purpura); anorexia; nausea; dizzines; palpitations; headache; dyskinesia; drowsiness; blood pressure and pulse changes, both up and down; tachycardia; angina; cardiac arrhythmia; abdominal pain; weight loss during prolonged therapy. There have been rare reports of Tourette's syndrome. Toxic psychosis has been reported. Although a definite causal relationship has not been established, the following have been reported in patients taking this drug: leukopenia and/or anemia; a few instances of scalp hair loss. In children, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy, insomnia, and tachycardia may occur more frequently; however, any of the other adverse reactions listed above may also occur." {Novartis}

the ones given to our teens, young adults or ourselves for feelings of depression or not feeling “normal” {ie: Prozac}

  • warning: "Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders." {Eli Lilly}
  • side effects: "nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, weakness, tiredness, sweating, yawning may occur, unusual or severe mental/mood changes ( such as agitation, unusual high energy/excitement, thoughts of suicide), uncontrolled movements (for example, movements of the lips/tongue), shakiness (tremor), restlessness, inability to keep still, decreased interest in sex, changes in sexual ability, blurred vision, numbness/tingling, bloody/black/tarry stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, easy bruising/bleeding, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness/spasm, seizures, change in amount of urine, males may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing." {Eli Lilly}

Well, in that case... i say Fuck normal.


{the opinions stated in the above post are mine & should not be taken as medical advice. i am a strumpet not a doctor. it is simply a rant & in no way meant to be offensive to anyone relying on any of the medication listed above. i believe in choice. Which means it is your choice if you want to take pharmaceutical drugs & it also means it's your choice if you want to take “street” drugs, recreationally or medicinally. However, i also believe strongly in transparency & passionately believe that people should be given real choices, based on having various options, accurate & truthful information & not be bombarded with false hope, misinformation & judgemental, narrow-minded, one-size-fits-all health care.}


Pyke said...

Aimy- you raise some very good points here, but I would be interested in hearing what street drugs you think would be healing? Marijuana? Heroin? Cocaine?

If you are thinking on the lines of something like marijuana, then I would agree. If you are taking about something like crack, then I would disagree.

However I do think that there should not be any laws against the use of any street drugs, because it is a health issue, not a criminal one.

Thank you for the interesting blog entry.

nefaeria said...

hello Pyke,

after reading your comment, it has brought me to start expanding from the original post. give me a few days to get my follow up together, to answer you more completely & continue this conversation. :)


cammie said...

A great entry that makes a person think!