Modern Medicine Worries Me
Friday, February 11, 2011
I'm sure that statement alone worries and offends some people, but hear me out.
If you believe in a higher power, do you suppose the things that tools and medicines man has created are greater than what the creator created? That we weren't given all the tools we need to survive right from the start? If you don't believe in a creator, if you believe in evolution, what do you suppose might have caused us to evolve into creatures that need a little purple (or yellow or blue or green or pink or white or whatever) pill to survive?
And here is where my opinion comes in. We as a race, have become lazy. We don't hunt, gather, or even farm most of our own food as individuals anymore. We are inactive. Humans used to spend most of their day wandering, on their feet. Now we spend most of the day on our butts usually in front of a TV or computer screen. This can't be helped entirely, for many people their job involves an excess of inactivity.
We spend so many hours a day working (and commuting..in our comfy cars instead of on our feet or even a bike) that we don't feel we have the time to prepare or eat a healthy meal. We skip the gym where we might be able to make up for some of our evolutional inactivity because of the lethargy caused by sitting around most of the day and eating unhealthy meals.
Then, modern medicine comes in to save the day. "Here, take this pill to fix you high blood pressure, no need to eat right or exercise!" (I know the doctors tell you to, but who listens?) "You have a headache, it's ok! Pop an asprin!" (Or, you know, it could be dehydration from all those sodas you drank today--a glass of water might help more) "Your immune system is weak from years of neglecting your body and ingesting foods full of artificial ingredients, here, have a shot to fix that." (Though you usually get the flu anyway, or at least feel crappy for a day or two).
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against all modern medicines. I obviously see the need for insulin, and I ended up having to have a c-section to deliver my daughter and save both our lives.
I just see a world where we rely too heavily on drugs to fix things, and not on our perfectly designed bodies. We use pills to counteract the effects of other pills. We suffer side effects that may be worse than the original symptom--all in the name of "good health" which can usually be achieved with some good old fashioned healthy eats and exercise. What I am observing more and more everyday in our quick fix and "I want it now, and I want it my way all the time" society, is that we are killing ourselves for the sake of invented pleasures.
You have to MAKE the time to live your life better, even if it's hard, even if you don't think you can. Baby steps are a fine way to get there, and then maybe we can slowly baby step our society off the drugs and back into a more natural way of living--the way nature, the creator, or whatever you believe in, intended for us to be.