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Thursday, May 10, 2007

In a perfect world...

I was thinking about writing my congressmen (or women) about this issue I've been dealing with recently. You see, I'm not a big fan of taking medication. I much rather find a vitamin substitute. Case in point:

I went to the gynocologist last week because once again I haven't gotten my period since December (and no, I'm not pregnant). This is the 2nd time in 2 years this has happened to me and since having babies has always been a problem in my family I figured I should check this out. Because as of right now, I don't think I want babies and what not, but who knows what the future holds. I could change my mind in a few years and be shit out of luck. Thus, to the gyno I went.

She immediately wrote me a prescription for Provera. I asked her what that was and what side effects this would give me. She said, "Oh, just a little weight gain."

Thanks to the internet, I looked up this Provera because I basically don't trust doctors. And I don't trust medication that will make me gain weight for no reason. To my horror, there was a long list of pretty bad side effects. Blood clots, hair loss, severe headaches, just to name a few. Also, it said that this drug is probably the worst thing out there for you. Well, I knew I wouldn't be taking this that's fo shizzle.

I asked myself, then why would a doctor prescribe such crap? Well, most of them really don't know any better. Some Provera suit guy comes in saying how remarkable their drug is and these doctors just take their word for it. They don't have time to look up how good or bad it is because well, they have patients to deal with.

Believe me, if my health insurance covered homeopathic doctors I'd be going to them. But they don't so I'm stuck.

Anyway, I looked up natural methods of Provera and went to my local natural health store where I talked to a girl who was very knowledgeable and recommended a vitamin (or really drops) called Chaste Tree. She actually has had the same problem and said it worked for her. She said it doesn't work for everyone, and if it doesn't for me there are more vitamins I could try. But Provera is definitely not the only answer. This made my day!

So, of course I looked up Chaste Tree and it seemed legit. It answered all my questions without giving me blood clots!

The bad news is vitamins aren't covered in my health insurance either (does any insurance cover that?) so I end up paying a lot of money. Because not only do I take that but I also take a multi-vitamin, vitamin D and iron. This all adds up. And it's not like I'm taking these for fun. I'm taking them because I'm low in these essential areas and if I don't, I'll be tired. It's just the way shit goes. But I don't think it's fair.

Why would I not have to pay for a drug, but I do have to pay for something natural that is way better for my health? What kind of health insurance are we dealing with here? What are we insuring?

Comments? Concerns?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

its about money. drugs that are synthetic can be patented and sold, natural occurring medicines cannot. its one of the main reasons why fields of poppy are endorsed in turkey (owned and sanctioned by governing bodies and pharamsutical companies) but not in afghanistan and the middle east. drug companies have a bit of stranglehold on what is considered a medicine or a drug. homeopathic curatives are on the outs not because of lack of research but because so far it is impossible to patent things in nature. i went to a medical "drug fair" last year in frisco with some docs in my family and had a good conversation with a few of the speakers (drug dealers, but legit)and thats what came up. my question at the time was "why can't the pharm companies go to the mid east and china and subsidise farming of natural resources that they need and get it at cost? wouldnt it help the country you are doing buisness with by eliminating the black market for this resource and legitimently bring them out of poverty?"
idealist question but when is a shmoe like me gonna be sitting at a table with such big brains :P

thats my two cents.


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