In this age of self-care, it is well established that in order to be successful at pretty much anything, you have to take complete responsibility for it. Jack Canfield, co-author of The Chicken Soup For The Soul series of books and success philosopher extraordinare in his opus The Success Principles, says taking 100% responsibility is the most important facet of a successful life. In fact, he puts it on the first page of the book.
Nowhere is demanding and taking full responsibility more important than in the arena of personal wellness and more particularly the use and misuse of medication.
Right across the street from my chiropractic office was a dialysis center, and I cared for some of the nurses and management there. The dialysis nurses had to hook patients with kidney failure to the machines daily to do the job that the kidneys normally do, cleanse and filter the blood. The workers continuously told me that the vast majority of dialysis patients ruined their kidneys from the use of over-the-counter NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, like Advil Motrin and the ilk.
Taking any over the counter or under the counter drug, or any chemical substance for that matter is not advised in One Second Living unless the person has taken the responsibility to research the use and misuse of said chemical and is aware objectively and without emotion of the risk vs. reward of ingestion. Another sad note on NSAIDS is that about 16K Americans die each year from taking them. Over the counter doesn’t mean safe at all!
Many of us have heard about today’s massive amount of heroin addicts much of which is related to doctors and dentists who overly prescribed narcotic pain killers first then later when prescriptions dried up the addict turned to the much cheaper, more available and quite deadly heroin. The sad demise of the musician Prince this year illustrates the problem and he was reported to be drug and alcohol free for most of his life.
Even if people have not switched to heroin, there has been a 700% death rate in the age group of 55 to 64 from prescribed pain killer overdoses.
Again, before taking any chemical or medication learn about it and take responsibility for it. Own it, good or bad. Even when your doctor says you absolutely need a certain drug, research, research research.
Your doctors are your coaches and advisors but this is your one second guru with a reminder that YOU are the prez of YOU.