Everything That's Wrong With The Pharmaceutical Industry

Everything That's Wrong With The Pharmaceutical Industry

The pharmaceutical industry makes their revenue off of people being sick, so why put them in charge of making us healthy?

I'm a Nursing Major but Don't Like the pharmaceutical Industry.

I chose nursing as a future career because it is one of the closest things you can get to magic.

You get to potentially heal people with your own two hands.

I cannot wait for the day when I get to see someone's full recovery and I got to help them through it.

Even though I chose nursing, I have a real conflict with the pharmaceutical industry. I can't stand the idea of them raking in the money, and for what? Giving someone drugs that could lead to addiction or create other issues?

In my eyes, that's all the pharmaceutical industry is, just about the money. I doubt they have any interest in the well being of people.

Personally, I like the idea of an all natural treatment plan with any type of diagnosis.

I don't even like the thought of what people put in their bodies when they eat, but that's a whole other topic.

An individual that is very dear to me suffers with rheumatoid arthritis. RA is when the bodies immune system attacks its own tissue, such as joints. Throughout the course of the day, this person takes about six different prescriptions. About half of these scripts are needed due to side effects of the other half of the medicine. Not to mention yearly flu shots and other vaccines because of the poor immune system. One of the medicines is hydrocodon (a semi-synthesized version of codeine), for pain management.

Roughly %60 of addiction is the addiction to this drug.

Currently, and I'm sure it will continue, more and more prescription medicines contain hydrocodon, which leads to a bigger increase in addiction.

Along with those, a Fentonyl pain patch also is used for pain management.

Now, I'm not degrading anyone for taking them, if you are in pain like I know this person is 24/7, I don't blame you.

Fentonyl pain patches are only to be used when the body is already familiar with narcotic pain medicines, if used otherwise it could result in a fatal overdose.

Monthly this person spends about $200.00 AFTER insurance on prescriptions.

It kills me because the use of these drugs make people zombies. Radical mood swings make it hard to communicate.

I can't help but be certain that natural remedies could be beneficial to anyone in need of treatment, on all levels.

The pharmaceutical industry, makes money off of sicknesses, so why put them in charge of making us healthy?

For example, I am a firm believer in essential oils. For reasons that are easy to assume, the FDA refuses to approve any essential oils. Recently, the FDA sent letters to two of the biggest essential oil manufacturers (doTerra & Young Living) stating they could not even disclose any health benefits with the use of the oils, because they are not approved by the FDA. If done so otherwise they would face legal action.

Then, these manufacturers found their loophole. Independent Consultants. They distribute to individuals whom sell the oils, while providing profit to the people and the company as well. The FDA cannot eliminate the advertisement of health benefits of essential oils that individuals make.

But why won't the FDA approve the essential oils?

Simple, because it would put a damper on the revenue the pharmaceutical industry makes.

Did you know that the pharmaceutical industry re-uses different drugs, just changed the appearance and packing? For example, Zoloft and Prozac. Both can be used for antidepressants, but both contain the same active ingredients. The only real different is the molecular weight of each.

The pharmaceutical industry is the leading industry that makes the most money in lobbying.

So many people fall in debt, and even file bankruptcy because of medical bills.

Some don't even get full recovery.

Pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing than actual research. For example, in 2013 Johnson & Johnson spent $17.5 Billion on marketing and advertisement versus their $8.2 billion for research an development.

Overall, I believe we should focus not on the profitability, but more on the lessening of side effects as well as effectiveness of medicines. (Which could all be done with all natural methods). If natural remedies were used, these remedies would be available to everyone. Making the pharmaceutical industry obsolete.

Pharmaceuticals do have a place in this world, but I think nature is our best solution.

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12 Realities Of A Nursing Student

​​​Why being a nursing student is the best and worst decision you will ever make.

I am a nursing student. This is synonymous with lifeless, stressed, exhausted, compassionate, smart and a plethora of other words. If you are or were ever a nursing student (in which we can't blame you for switching majors, the struggle is real), you will completely understand these 12 reasons why being a nursing student is insanely painful and extremely rewarding at the same time. If you're debating becoming a nurse, then this might serve as a helpful list of pros and cons.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing Is Different Than Any Other Major

1. Free time is nonexistent.

There is always a test, quiz, care plan or clinical that is demanding all of your attention, all the time. Say goodbye to friends, say goodbye to fun and say goodbye to your sanity.

2. Your schedule is insane.

You need to pencil in time in between studying for multiple exams, going to class and clinical hours in order to sleep or eat. When a non-nursing major complains about their 8 a.m. class, you just roll your eyes because you've been up since 5 a.m. and probably won't go to sleep until at least 2 in the morning.

3. You feel extremely stupid.

You perpetually feel unprepared for tests and you're disappointed that your grades won't be perfect any longer. You feel straight-up confused all the time. That 4.0 you had in high school? Yeah, that's not possible in nursing school, boo.

4. You also feel insanely intelligent.

When you spew out healthcare jargon and your non-nursing friends have no idea what you're talking about, you feel pretty damn cool. Plus, you now understand what the heck is going on in "Grey's Anatomy," so you're basically Derek Shepherd IRL.

5. Your teachers are disorganized and make classes practically impossible to pass.

Most of them grade harshly and make your life a living hell. And they usually don't have any sort of education degree or experience. Solid.

6. The two or three teachers you actually like already are, or will be, your friends.

The ones that help you get through the torture that is nursing school are keepers. They'll probably write you letters of recommendation or go out for drinks with you once you're no longer their student.

7. You have to pay to work.

You pay tuition for clinical hours, which essentially means you pay to work. Sure, the experience is invaluable, but that's a lot of time and effort to do for free.

8. Your nursing friends will be your friends for life.

There is a special bond between nursing students friends. You've studied together, you've laughed together, you've cried together, you've drank together. No one can understand the pain and glory that is nursing school like your fellow nursing students. And you know you couldn't have done it without them. No nurse left behind.

9. You see some really cool cases.

Some of the patient cases you see at clinical are nothing short of amazing. Knowing that you helped with an interesting and complex case leaves you with an invaluable experience and greater confidence in your knowledge and skills.

10. You will also see some really gross cases.

There are some images you just can't un-see (or un-smell) no matter how hard you try. I won't go into details, but nurses see some really icky stuff on a daily basis.

11. You will learn useless information.

Just like every other major, you have to take stupid classes that won't ever help you in life. I know for a fact I will never use the knowledge I gained from Healthcare Economics or Computer Skills for Health Sciences ever in life as an RN.

12. When you do have "free time," you kill it.

No one can party like a nursing student. No one. You drink so you can save lives.

No matter how hellish nursing school can be, you'd never change it. You know that being a nurse is what you're meant to do. No other job can handle your crazy, your feels, or your brains. You've been trained for this. Keep trucking through this bitch of an undergrad degree, we are all in this together. Now go out there, it's a beautiful day to save lives.

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Hey Rider, Where The Heck Are Our Elevators?!?

It's not very disability-friendly if you can't have your friends access rooms in any floor above the first.


So if there is ever a complaint I have about resident life on campus, it's that for the most part, the majority of the dorms at Rider University's Lawrenceville campus do not have elevators, which can be pretty problematic for anyone who becomes physically incapacitated. For example, I live on the third floor of Hill Hall, which isn't bad because I happen to like my room, but if I want to do my laundry, I have to go down several flights of stairs and floors to get to the basement which may or may not have occupied machines. It's a little inconvenient, right? Now, imagine I just got injured playing a sport, doing some other physical activity, or I just feel sick. Now it's even more of an inconvenience.

My friend was coming up to my room a couple days ago and she complained that if she ever hurt her leg, these stairs would be the death of her, and I agree! It got me to thinking, what if I had a friend who wanted to visit me, but couldn't because these higher floor rooms aren't wheelchair accessible? You could argue and say that I could visit them, but what if they're not even a Rider student? Not very accommodating, is it? I decided to check the Rider residence website to review how many buildings have access to elevators at the Lawrenceville campus and out of 14 places, only two: Ziegler and West Village, have access to elevators.

Two. Only two.

Now, I understand that Rider University wants to make other locations seem more attractive to incoming freshman, parents, staff, etc., so doing construction for locations such as the Bart Luedeke Center is "necessary," but isn't wanting to promote an atmosphere of wanting to stay on campus for all four years more important? Next year, Rider University mandates that any freshman living 30 miles or more from campus are obligated to live at Rider for two years.

So, in other words, not until junior year can these people decide to live elsewhere. Obviously, the university wants students to stay on campus, but yet the buildings they least renovate are our own residence buildings! I'm no expert but it feels counter-intuitive to make Rider seem attractive to students by updating buildings other than the ones new students will be forced to live in.

Over the summer, many people may have heard about a detrimental article and survey published that criticized Rider University's dorms.

In my local area, this article went viral with countless students and parents commenting on the truth behind the statistics and opinions. The common consensus? Everyone essentially agreed that Rider University's dorms are sub-par. Friends that have visited me have agreed that their own university had "much better" dorms. Now, don't get me wrong, I still love residence life and dorming is fun, even as a senior, but I can't disagree that the dorms themselves need improvements that do not seem to be in any near future. There is no way, in my opinion, that none of the staff members of importance at Rider didn't see the article, because it was quite popular. I expected some sort of announcement to be made in regards to it in order to improve image, reputation, and student life.

I'm not telling Rider to go ahead and start doing construction on every building all at once and force students to deal with it, but making improvements like elevators would be a great addition and start to a multi-layered plan. It's time we raise the bar for student resident life on campus.

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