Noah, thanks for your feedback and response, again, I can honestly understand your concern, but...a drug, is a drug...and to be quit honest...children shouldn't be taking any drugs unless authorized under doctor's care.
The point I've been trying to make, is this...drugs are indeed needed, and some of them can cause serious side affects...
I do not resort to drugs unless absolutely necessary...and actually visit the doctor very little. But if and when the need arises, Noah, sometimes when your in severe pain, there are no other alternatives...
that is when the patient must discuss in detail the perscribed drug with his/her doctor and assume responsiblity for taking that drug.
I don't believe there will ever come a time when a medication will be 100% safe to 100% of society...there is risk and responsibility.
If one cannot count on self to keep one safe, then who can we count on...point being...we've got to stop pointing fingers and intellegently convene with our doctors...ask questions, inform ourselves...and if the doctor doesn't want to take time, then it's ok to find another doctor....but somewhere along the line, society must inform itself and logically decide if they should be taking meds.....
Again Noah, what drug do you know is safe?
Vitamins can even cause side effects...did you know that?
I decided at a young age to be dependent on me, and stay away from taking meds unless absolutely necessary. Because I know they'll come a time in my life, when I will have to take them, as everyone else will including you, for whatever medical problem...
Noah, think about all the parents out there who have children with behavoral problems and the doctors tell the parents these children are hyper...so they medicate them....now that horrifies me...
A very good friend of mine is a phycologist and it's proven that very few children are hyper....and yet, b/c the parents want a quick fix, the doctor sedates these kids...where is the logic in that? This in my assumption, should never be allowed?
These drugs which children are taking can have some very very dangerous side effects...and yet, I bet if you talk to these parents and ask them if they are aware of the side affects...very few of them have ever read the enclosed literature?
Noah, it's a no win situation...if you become gravely ill, your going to need something...insulin, pain killers, medication for severe arthritis...alergies...rhuematory disease, you name it...bottom line is...what is the alternative...live with severe pain, or take the only available drug on the market?
Respectfully, you may say what you like, just as any journalist, or news reporter, and what are the chance the facts are 100% correct, or...are they perhaps simply trying to sell a story?
Noah, do you have any idea how the news media effects the stock market? Very powerful stuff my friend...
I hope down the road, through further studies, one day, our technology will unveil something marvelously safe....but until then, older people Noah, have no other alternative, then to relieve their pain the best way they know how. And until your in that kind of pain, you cannot predict, what you would do. Keeping in mind, it is, in fact and the only fact...the patient's choice?