Insurance companies dictate what medications we can and can’t take or tests we can or can’t have. Thirty plus different medications. Side effects. Drug/drug interactions, FDA. Big Pharma. Generic vs. brand name. Chemicals. Plants. Quality Measures. MTHFR. Pharmacogentics. Addiction. Bad outcomes.
Don’t you see the craziness? Do you see the connection? Because the craziness and the way we just go with it…are eating me up.
We do dumb stuff! Really dumb!
I can’t talk about my essential oils (distilled from plants)…not for real and in an open forum. I can’t tell you all of the reasons why I love them. I can’t tell you the amazing things they have done for my family. No chemicals. I could…but I’d be in trouble. They gave us a list of words we can’t use…which are the very reasons most of us use the oils to begin with. Things like…antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, arthritis and so many more. I’m a nurse for crying out loud. These words are in my everyday vocabulary. But yet I can’t say them when speaking about my beloved essential oils. The same oils I have witnessed do amazing things without chemicals and side effects or worrying about addiction issues.
I can’t tell you that just recently I rubbed lemon oil on my husband’s upper right quadrant after days (week) of intense, sudden, sharp cramping and
pain discomfort (I’m not allowed to say pain when referring to my essential oils). The pain discomfort stopped immediately and hasn’t returned. It’s been 4 days. But it would have been appropriate for me to tell you if we had gone to the urgent care and received a narcotic to help with the pain. We couldn’t have gotten in to see his physician so quickly. We could have had to go to urgent care. However, unless there isn’t really another option- urgent care isn’t something I’m fond of using for my family – for several reasons related to my nursing career…people use them as their primary physician, meds are over-prescribed/over-used/abused, care isn’t coordinated well, etc. But absolutely…sometimes urgent care is needed. But if I can wait – I go to the appropriate physician I have a history with.
We could have gone and had him examined and gotten some medication (narcotics for the pain?) and we would have been told to follow up with our primary care physician. Instead, I rubbed lemon oil on the spot that was bothering him. It stopped. It hasn’t occurred again in 4 days. This was happening multiple times a day. No narcotics. No unnecessary prescriptions or costs. No side effects. No medication interactions. I’m not proposing we don’t see physicians. We need them. They are smart. They diagnose and treat. But we can treat differently…without always prescribing medications. But isn’t that why we go to the doctor? Are we looking for a pill? A quick fix? He will see his primary care physician because we believe in wellness appointments and getting to the root cause. We have a choice. We are empowered.
There are so many things we could learn about using essential oils and so many healthcare issues including addiction. Truly. There are things that could possibly help with so many of the underlying causes of addiction.
Who benefits when more and more pharmaceuticals are prescribed creating side effects and drug /drug interactions?
Up until about 3 years ago – I NEVER would have said it…but I support the use of medical marijuana. I wouldn’t have supported it because…my mother was an addict and I was always told it was a gateway drug. True. It can be. Just like Lortab, Percocet, Xanax, Klonopin, OxyContin, Oxycodone Ativan, etc. …
I’m certainly not advocating the recreational use of marijuana just like I’m not advocating the recreational use of Lortab, Percocet, Xanax or any of the prescription medications we know could be an issue.
It’s a plant. People have had great results with treating anxiety, nausea, and so many other things.
Who benefits when pharmaceuticals are used even if medical marijuana would be better for the individual person?
Health Care Quality Measures
Quality measures are items that Medicare reimbursement will eventually be based upon. Some of the quality measures include things like…Tobacco use assessment and cessation intervention, weight screening, depression screening, vaccination information, etc. Really tobacco cessation? Healthcare providers are judged on whether their patient’s smoke or not? How successful has this program been in all the years that it is been measured? In my experience, most of the smokers will tell you – “I don’t want to quit smoking. I enjoy it.” Tying Medicare reimbursement to physicians/agencies/organizations providing health care to smokers who don’t want to quit smoking – is craziness!
What about tying reimbursement to physician’s/agencies/organizations who perform pharmacogenetics testing, MTHFR testing or other testing they actually have some control over and could see positive results from?
Medication reconciliation is another quality measure for ACO’s – I’m a HUGE supporter of medication reconciliation. But come on! How is it truly measured? The process is complicated. How often is it truly done correctly? How many people actually care that the patient is taking so many different medications and they can barely afford them. Or some even have to choose between food and medication. There are over the counter medications to consider. Several different physician’s ordering medications (primary, urgent care, specialists, etc.) for the same patient. So many pharmacies being used…Wal-Mart or Walgreen’s $4 meds, mail order VA making it impossible for pharmacy’s to check for interactions for all of the medications. When interactions are identified – we are required to notify the physician (rightfully so). They are bombarded with so many interaction notifications because almost every medication has an interaction. But yet our hands are tied. Our elderly patients are falling, confused, having bad outcomes and taking so many different medications. It’s not unusual to for them to take thirty plus different medications. Chemical interactions?
Where is the pharmaceutical company in all of this? Advocating the use of more medications…the newer more expensive ones?
How about a quality measure for reducing the amount of medications a patient takes? How about trying to eliminate some instead of just adding more and more.
Who benefits from less meds, less side effects, less drug/drug interactions, etc.?
Insurance companies’ control what medications can be ordered and what can’t by what they are willing to pay for. They don’t always pay for the medication that was proven to be the most efficacious but sometimes they go for the cheapest. Never mind what the physician has ordered and deemed most appropriate for the patient. Sometimes it’s all based on cost…only.
Then there is the whole generic vs brand and the cost savings or profit pushing? Is there a bigger profit margin for generic medications for pharmacies? Will the person experience a different outcome using generic vs brand?
Insurance will pay for Lortab, Percocet, OxyContin, Oxycodone, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and so many other medications that have helped so many but also because of addiction…have turned lives into shambles. So we can easily get our hands on cheap potentially devastating medications but we can’t talk real about oils that are known to relieve pain discomfort. Why?
I can get the above medications paid for by our insurance company. No problem. But Deplin a medical food that treats some of the underlying causes of the reasons the above medications are prescribed for symptom control isn’t paid for by a lot of the insurance companies! This particular medicine, Deplin has helped someone close to me. It significantly decreased panic attacks and anxiety. Now our insurance refused to pay for it. But they will pay for medicines that are used to treat the symptoms and are addictive. Why? Too costly despite the potentially better outcome? What if the use of pain medication and benzodiazepines led to addiction problems…wouldn’t the cost of addiction treatment far out way the cost of the medication?
Who benefits when additional medication is needed and root causes aren’t treated?
Here’s more information on pharmacogenetics.
Medicare, Insurance and Veterans Administration were going to pay for this amazing testing to help get patients on the right medications from the beginning. Less error in prescribing the wrong antidepressant, antianxiety, pain medications and so much more because the test assesses the persons DNA to see which medications their body can most easily metabolize.
Who benefits when wrong medications are prescribed? Lots of them…?
Here is more information on MTHFR$%&!
This isn’t being utilized enough to help treat root causes for things like anxiety, depression, heart disease, arthritis…etc.
Who benefits when root causes aren’t identified/treated and more and more medications are ordered?
Think about this….who loses a profit if people are using essential oils when appropriate, growing their own medical marijuana, taking less medication which in turn means combining less chemicals, less medication interactions/side effects, being prescribed the right medications (based on pharmacogenetics testing and their DNA) so millions of dollars aren’t wasted on the wrong ones and avoiding hospitalizations?
I’m not advocating that we don’t need medications or pharmaceutical companies. We need them. They save lives. But let’s stop the crazy behavior and do what is right. We would have decreased costs (profits too) and people would benefit more.
Let’s acknowledge the benefits of essential oils without having to worry about the FDA trying to regulate and the pharmaceutical industry getting their hands in it for their cut.
Let’s pay for beneficial testing like pharmacogenetics and MTHFR so we can have better outcomes and treat root causes.
Let’s pay for medications that treat root causes instead of just cheaper more addictive medications that allow for more profit.
Let’s stop treating addicts like criminals. Let’s quit doing dumb stuff where the people in need aren’t benefiting.
Let’s quit doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results – Insanity!!
We have to treat the underlying cause…properly and most accurately.
We have a huge problem. It’s bigger than the FDA, Big Pharma…it’s the insurance companies, health care systems, us and so much more. Sick people make someone a lot of money.
Be your own advocate. Find a great physician. Do your research. Fight for yourself and others. Get informed and empowered.
Do you see the craziness?
Kandy, I love reading your blog!! Thank you for opening up and sharing your beautiful heart!!
My opinion after working 25 years in the medical field (mostly psychiatric nursing). Medical marijuana (to me) is a stupid joke. My niece visited Colorado, she went in one of their stores, they take the marijuana and separate out the chemicals and then say which chemical helps which diagnosis. I admit I haven’t spent too much time researching this topic, it’s a waste of my time. To me it is just another drug that people are selling. It’s all for profit.
LSD….PCP….Heroin….alcohol….Lortabs….Zoloft or Pot….it is all the same! No one knows how to live sober!!
I personally have been forced into sobriety. I used to be great at drinking. I miss it. This is a whole new life for me. I am embracing it and learning from it.
As far as medical marijuana helping people with seizures, anxiety, depression, paranoia….it causes all these too. People think because it’s green and God made it, it’s ok. Poison ivy is green and God made that, should we smoke it too??? Should we separate the chemicals and create new drugs? It’s idiocy, pure and simple!
I’m in home health now and getting more into functional medicine, such as, if you drink caffeinated drinks, you may be more anxious or have trouble with insomnia. I try to teach people to look at how the food they put in their body causes reactions from seconds to days later.
You talked about Deplin helping with panic attacks and anxiety, have you heard about poor dental hygiene causing attacks? I had a client once who had the teeth that we’re screwed into her jaw, apparently it caused an infection she never knew she had(no temperature) the gasses secreted caused heart palpitations. Once she got the screws out and infection gone, no more panic attacks. Her dentist told her that he also believed schizophrenia could be decreased with proper oral hygiene. How many psychiatric patients have you seen with bad teeth?
Also I have researched vitamin D because of my mom dying of colon cancer, finding out that people with low levels have higher incidences of depression. My clients with schizophrenia and bipolar are coming back with low levels too!
I battle negative inner self talk and I love the oils and use a few daily (Valor, Citrus Fresh, Thieves, Lemon and Frankincense). I love how they encourage deep breathing (causing one to center on self and maybe even say something nice and encouraging to oneself). I feel anxiety and depression can be decreased with deep breathing exercises and positive inner self talk. Trouble is, that is the easy way out, some people don’t know how to do it. Oils cost too. I wish I could buy them for my clients.
What is it with us, researching inner peace and trying to simplify life? Lol? Thanks for reading, feel free to delete.
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I think we (as a society) are quick to look for a pill or substance to fix what is broken. And sometimes that medication is truly needed. But other times we are just treating a symptom not the root cause. Great info about the vitamin D and dental hygiene. From what I understand, most of us are walking around with very low Vitamin D. One of my sons and myself have been tested. We were both low and increased our Vitamin D. Negative self talk is so destructive. I think most of us do it and don’t even realize it. I just started a book – The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer. It’s all about the voice in our head. You might find it useful/interesting. I’m only on the 2nd chapter but it has made me aware of how much chatter is going on in my head. I’m so proud of you for your sobriety. Inner Peace and simplifying life – YES!!!! 🙂 Hugs!