23 Sep Swimming In The Soup
There is a revolution happening here on my blog…
I was raised in a family that used over the counter drugs and prescription medications regularly. My childhood illnesses were medicated every single time. The feeling around sickness in my household was that it was inconvenient, scary and to be avoided at all cost. This paradigm was downloaded from the TV set, reinforced by our family doctor, practiced by my mom and then infused into me and my sister. Our family was one more unconscious cog in a cultural belief system — indoctrinated without any awareness. It felt comfortable and normal to swim in this allopathic sea.
A Zen story tells that a fish cannot be aware of the ocean it swims in because water is everywhere, present all the time. Most of our bodies have been flooded with medications from such a young age that we cannot see life without chemicals. Nor do we even consider that maybe the body can heal without them. Nor do we care. Drugs are not just on the corner in an inner city, but next to the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in the mini-mart. They’re a part of our tradition. They’re commonplace, like flies in a garbage dump — pervasive yet expected.
The explosion of medications available to the public in our parents’ generation was exciting. It impacted our daily lives and still does. Most symptoms have a corresponding drugstore treatment. Doctors went wild giving antibiotic prescriptions. We entered an era of “better living through chemistry.” Drugs have become the answer to every ill, every symptom and used by every body. Prescription drugs started to be used for extensive recreation and an entire generation methodically got high on a laundry list of chemicals. Both legal and illegal drug use catapulted into the daily life of the majority of Americans.
Drugs saturate our lives at every stage of development. Pregnant moms are given drugs, drugs are used during labor, we get injected and medicated as kids, we get high on illegal drugs as teens, we self-medicate our illnesses as adults and give drugs to our kids when they are sick. We use them consistently throughout old age to manage the aging process. And ultimately, most people die with a chemical soup surging through their veins at their last breath.
This is our operating system, launched without a conversation about how medication use impacts our bodies and minds. Or how it influences our culture. The acceleration of the use of drugs has outpaced mindful conversations on how to effectively choose them.
In true American fashion, more is better. We lead the healthcare bandwagon with the saturation of drugs into every age group, without wise mentoring. Important questions about how we should moderate the use of drugs are left unanswered.
We are ranked 37th in worldwide health- not even in the top 25! We live longer but are more debilitated in old age. Our final days are spent unconscious on drugs and hooked up to machines, unable to connect with our loved ones. There are more diagnosable diseases every year and more drugs available to treat them. A disturbing truth is that drugs are developed and then diagnoses are made to apply them.
We’re a sick nation even though we’ve become the ultimate interventionists. It feels good to throw drugs at an illness because it feels like we are doing something. But what if waiting and seeing, allowing the innate intelligence of the body to rebalance and recalibrate, was doing something? What if awareness trumps autopilot?
We need to create a philosophy — a wise way to make decisions. Swimming in a sea of chaos, we’ve become disconnected from our bodies and from nature. We have created our own monster of consumption, which roars for prescriptions from physicians, whether or not they are indicated.
What if we began to adopt a way of thinking that stopped expecting drugs to save us? A way of thinking that includes choosing medications, but not always as our first inclination, our first compulsion?
I want nothing less than to change our culture.
And this begins with families…
One by one the culture of families reshapes our country’s culture. How about making the shift in your family from a prescription culture to a culture of wellness?
Wellness is the state of being healthy in body and mind as the result of deliberate effort. If we don’t pay attention, health is likely to go away. Taking medications may not be the best way to be deliberate. Eating well, moving our bodies and being conscious about our words (Make Your Kids Healthier With Words) builds a culture of wellness much more than taking a daily regimen of pills. Mindful decisions about using medication includes considering other possibilities. Building a culture of wellness in your family allows your children to enjoy greater health, happiness and consciousness — arising from considered choices.
What if we created an expectation of health in our kids right now?
What if we were to raise a generation committed to a culture of wellness?
What if the ocean we swam in was clear, without chemicals?
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