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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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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The Best Decision I've Ever Made was doing Scientific Research

It opens up so many doors, and teaches you so much more about life then just what you're researching/


Growing up, I have always been interested in science and why things happen the way they do. I've always asked why, and I've always wanted to dig deeper into some questions and topics. This is a natural part of life that many people do, and honestly more people should do throughout their lives.

Asking questions is something that can lead to change and to more answers and clarity. How? Simply through research and finding answers to these questions by ourselves.

In high school, I took a Science Research course, and I took it for three years. I researched a question I had always wondered about, which was how to predict severe weather more accurately. I was scared of it, and I wanted to find a solution to better protect/prepare myself and the people around me.

I didn't quite find the answer I was looking for or any answer for lack thereof, but I learned some incredibly valuable life skills and values. One of them being how to easily overwhelm Microsoft Excel by putting a million data points (I am not exaggerating) and trying to make into a graph.

Jokes aside, one of the bigger lessons I learned through scientific research is how to persevere through something that is tough. Meteorology is not a common interest nor is it a populated field, so getting someone to mentor me in this project was incredibly difficult and getting data for my experiment was even harder. It's kind of weird how something that impacts all of us and everything doesn't have a lot more people in the field.

Also, it's complex and there isn't a lot of uniformity to it. It's hard to find control variables and to find things that stay constant throughout because the weather is one of those things that are constantly changing. That's not fun when you're trying to run an experiment and trying to see what causes something to happen.

This ties into another lesson I've learned through scientific research, I learned how to problem solve and how to be resourceful. My experiment was difficult to run because I only had access to a few places to get data. I had to use things that gave me a million data points because I had to use things that documented every minute for an entire year.

It was a lot, and it was difficult. However, with the help of mentors and teachers, I persevered, and I learned how to make the most of the limited resources available to me. I learned how to analyze these new graphs that I've never analyzed before.

I learned how to read in between the lines and interpret things that weren't clear. It was hard, but now I can apply these skills to everything else I do in life. I learned more than what was related to my topic in science research.

Scientific research is an imperative thing to do because it teaches so much more than just your topic matter. It can teach you about life, and it gives you life skills that you will need to use in almost every other aspect of life. I know it has given them to me.

The best part about scientific research is that it can lead to a breakthrough. You can change the world by asking a question and running an experiment on an answer to that question. It's so weird that something that seems so simple (it's not that simple, but anyone can do it), can have such a profound impact.

Research can be done in anything, it can be done things that aren't heavily science-based like marketing or it can be a scientific approach to ballet. If there's a question or a gap in anything, then there is a way to find that answer. That could be running an experiment of your own.

If you have the opportunity, do research. It will change not only your life but the lives around you because it could lead to a breakthrough. That breakthrough could be something that our world needs.

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