“Everyone knows someone who needs this information!” (TM)
I am very concerned that the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, including diabetics, are getting caught in the crossfire of the results of greedy Wall Street, too-late and ineffective fiscal policy decisions by the US federal government, a bail-out that does not help those who need help the most or one that gets at the root-cause of the nation’s financial woes — improperly offered mortgages, massive devaluation of existing homes with no adjustment in the value of the mortgages owed and the highest number of foreclosures in recent memory. People are also getting laid-off, as the economic crisis worsens, especially in our nation’s economic back-bone of small businesses, and for many, unemployment or reduced time / wages means not getting the medicines they need, at all OR taking less of them, without consulting a physician as to the impact of that.
Last week’s article was about many practical steps to take to start to protect your family in uncertain times. You can read it at: https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/stocks-crash-food-prices-rise-panic-is-possible-how-to-cope/
It is imperative that you call your physician’s office if you think that you are in jeopardy of not being able to take your meds already as prescribed. Tell your physician the real reasons for your problem, so hopefully you will get the consult free, and will get the information you need. Ask about ALL the medications you are taking, not just what to do or where to go if you can’t buy your diabetes meds!
There are many medications that you just cannot stop taking safely, without guidance.
When my husband went to see his cardiologist last week about a needed change of a newly prescribed medication which he had not responded well to, I asked him to discuss the protocols for him to take, in case there was civil unrest and he could not get his medications (that’s a potential issue everyone faces, even if you think you are financially stable, this discussion still applies to you).
I knew one of his medications, Atenalol, is absolutely critical to know how to wean yourself off, if you have to. You cannot just stop taking Atenalol; doing so can be life-threatening. My mother is also on this med, so I was concerned for 2 of my family, and luckily, for the first time, a doctor told us how to get off this medication safely.
Maybe he was only forthcoming because the question was posed as a critical societal possibility that no-one would have any way of avoiding, rather than a personal issue. Others haven’t wanted to answer, in the past. But, hopefully, doctors are now going to help people understand what they should be doing with their meds, in case of civil strife and lack of supply AND in case of financial turmoil that results in lack of ability to buy some meds already prescribed.
For people on insulin, who need to worry about refrigeration, you should see if there are other options, if electricity is down for weeks or more. And, also ask how else to cope. There are documented stories of people cut-off due to WW2, of them improvising about insulin, but hopefully there are other options now. I’m not familiar with this and think you should only get your doctor to research this.
Not only are fewer prescriptions being taken as prescribed, but physicians are actually writing fewer prescriptions, for the first ime in about 12 years, maybe as they hear more and more patients say ‘they can’t afford them’, an article at the New York Times reports. The piece also states that “the average number of prescriptions filled by each person in this country increased from 8.9 a year in 1997 to 12.6 in 2007“. That’s horrendous.
Get an annual assessment of all your meds. Get rid of any that your physician decides you do not need, and really let them know you want as few meds as possible. “Overall spending in the United States for prescription drugs is still the highest in the world, an estimated $286.5 billion last year. But that number makes up only about 10 percent of this country’s total health expenditures of $2.26 trillion. … Already, a migration to generic drugs means that 60 percent of prescriptions over all are filled by off-brand versions of drugs. But with money tight, even cheaper generic drugs may not always be affordable drugs.” The NYT article has got a great deal of useful information. The link is below.
Other nations do not overly medicate their populations the way Americans do; here, physicians are really brain-washed about pills, especially by the drug companies, and with outrageous drug commercials in the media, at almost every break, doctors are being bombarded with patient requests about meds they’ve seen advertised.
We just have to get off this drug merry-go-round whenever it is safe to do so. Get your doctor to offer you as many safe, natural alternatives as possible, and if that doctor won’t or can’t, find a holistic MD or ND who will.
Now, as the flu season is almost upon us, diabetics will be told to go en masse to get flu shots. My husband went after seeing his cardiologist; my mother wants to get hers. Against my doctor’s wishes, I am not getting mine. I am not advocating you do that. You must decide, along with your doctor, what’s right for you.
But in the couple of times in the last 15 years or so that I did get the flu shot, those were the times I got the flu, and I got it badly. I don’t exactly know why (I have some suspicions), but I do know that I stay healthier without the assault of the shot on my immune system. I now trust that what I am doing for myself is a healthy regimen, but you may not have established as healthy a regimen as mine, so declining a flu shot is NOT advice from me for you to follow.
To help you, whether you get a flu shot or not, I will add the following information. Dr. Mercola, DC, well-regarded online holistic practitioner, says that the newest science is showing that in the winter months, when exposure to the sun on our skin for reasonable amounts of time, declines to almost zero, this is when the flu gets prevalent, and that Vitamin D (the substance made in our skin, when we are exposed to sunlight) is what protects us against influenza. Dr. Mercola has a video at the link below which explains the dosages required and the protocols for amounts of vitamin D to take, if you do feel like you are getting ill. Keep several bottles of Vitamin D with you at home this winter, but take only as he and your doctor prescribes, as you can overdose on Vitamin D; it is fat-soluble and stored in your tissues to some extent.
Well, hopefully all will go well for you this week, as we careen toward Halloween and the US Election. Lots of news stories are ripe for bursting, but we’ll have to see when and if they break. Meanwhile, look for alternatives to candy to give the kids at Halloween!
Best to all — Em
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