When a doctor first suggests a medication, or any treatment, it can be difficult to know what to do. It is impossible to sift between a doctor’s opinion; message boards; drug company trials; old fashion thinking; or new propaganda.
The key messages in this piece are to be two fold:
1) Doctors are not wizards and;
2) Pills are not magic.
Daily medication can not be as immediately powerful as, say, getting drunk for example. Not daily.
I say this because all too often I run into people who seem to think doctors are magic; the bearers of salves, balms and pills to make them feel better.
And this is all too true, so they do…up to a point.
As does the guy in the trench coat on the corner (no, not the naked guy; the next corner). These are not daily solutions.
More than this feeling in the aether that doctors know everything; people show anger when it is revealed that their doctor can not fix them this time.
That doctors can be trusted, have done their homework, are not hitting up the anesthetics trolly between cases, and that they just generally have your best interests at heart – is completely taken for granted.
Furthermore, especially while healthy (or young, or both), a lot of people opine, as a matter of course, in both word and behaviour, that doctors can can pretty much fix ANYTHING as well.
The truth is far from this. Doctors are closer to tradies then they are to
magicians. And many of them would be the first to say so. Certainly to each other.
‘‘I have no F**kn’ idea what happened in there. I did everything completely right *shrugs*. NEXT PATIENT! I’m going to do the same thing again; it usually works”.
And the thing is, “well, this usually works *shrugs*” : that is good science! But it is also the reality of science that people do not apply to medicine. So the myth continues.
This notion generalizes across all science, somewhat, serving as an excuse for one not to take responsibility across behaviour sets; but it finds a genuine locus in medicine. And there is more marketing in medicine than in most of the sciences.
And not just of brands.
Medications can be named “selective”, for example, without being all that
selective. Indeed, all medications are a hammer, hitting every target they
match. And hormones are worse again.
Progesterone has effects on the same receptors as Valium for example; it has been suggested that PMT is actually a form of benzodiazapine withdrawal, with Post Natal MDE, in part, a more severe form of this effect (UC Psychiatry, 2013). Also there are pheromones that can affect us at a distance.
We once had no confirmation of this, with the part of the brain to receive such signals apparently missing in humans. Now, undergraduates are taught about synchronizing menstruation in dorm rooms, and of partners selecting for histocompatabilty (*or familiarity) by the seemingly “sweet” sweat of their partner – located in double blind trials.
Similarly, mothers note the change of scent when their children hit puberty. And males can be influenced during their partner’s menstruation period, such that their brain alters – decreasing sex drive & causing them to become hyper attentive to all crying children (UC Psychiatry, 2013).
If low dose chemicals can show measurable behavioural effects like this across a room, or on contact; one is right to be hesitant in what they swallow.
But a pill to make you drunk, while sober, with no further work on your behalf: this is simply not currently a possibility, nor is it likely to ever become one.
And there is good reason that this is the case.
JJR. (2013). Psychiatric Medications (Top 5 and the Truth), J Chron. Lett. & Sci (1), Sept, Jaded Medicine Collection, Ed 5.
*Art from Kyle Designs.
Follows from: *Series Beginning*.
Follows to: “Why ‘You’ Personally Can’t Have the Drunk Pill“