Interestingly on this you bring up a key issue which gets forgotten along the way in the hysteria about opioids, I got them for dental pain, and ended up with a ton of extras in my medicine cabinet until they just ran out of potency. I could have cared less about them, once they helped with the pain. Not all of us get addicted. I don’t like anything that interferes with my cognitive processes. There are some studies that show that aspirin and ibuprofen ( which of course have their own contraindications forlong term use) are as or more effective for pain. That was outside the scope of this article.
I hear your points. I agree that many meds can be helpful and lifesaving, but so much of what ails us has to do with lifestyle choices ..a topic I wrote on separately. We pill for being ill if I can coin a phrase. And perhaps my larger argument goes to the need for preventative care which keeps us from getting obese, diabetic, and so many other lifestyle related diseases in the first place. But again, that was in other articles.
The more we isolate ourselves via our devices and the less we connect, touch, care for each other, the more depressed and ill we get. Pharma can’t fix that. Those are illnesses of the heart and mind. Facebook has, at its worst, only fed that dilemma. But that’s a different article.
Part of the larger piece I’m getting at which I’m sure you get here Tom is wellness, something that “wells up” from inside us if you’ll forgive the pun. We aren’t a well nation, we can hardly recruit for our own military anymore and the stats for longevity are tending down, not up. I’m a fan for returning to what makes most of us well: better food, more activity, mental engagement away from our devices. But I’m also a dreamer.
Thanks so much for your comments.