Who’s afraid of Big Pharma? 

Not this guy. I tell you h’what. This is a minor rant I’ve had brewing for some time now but haven’t been able to properly articulate. I’m still not certain if can, but I will try. Here goes:

I’m tired of people lately acting like all health care is a scam or a conspiracy to deliberately murder people. Is there price gouging?  Profiteering?  Absofuckinlutely. There are bad doctors out there, incompetent technicians and lots of suffocating bureaucracy. There are kickbacks and paid ‘experts’ and opportunistic hacks lining the pockets of corrupt CEOs. 

I’m tired of folks blaming capitalism,  since we haven’t really had it in ages. It’s crony capitalism if anything . If newer companies were able to compete on a level field,  Mylan wouldn’t be pulling this epi-pen bullshit. Alas, the major players are firmly entrenched at this time.  The problem with big pharma is the utter lack of a free market in which competition can truly be the engine of innovation and give patients better anf cheaper options. Essentially, all the existing regulations regarding patenting heavily favor the well established behemoths.

What people don’t mention are how lots of drug companies have patient assistance programs which help people get certain meds for dramatically cheaper prices. I’m getting started on Humira for RA and am going through the process of finding out how much it will cost me with my insurance.  If I get approved for Humira Complete I’ll get this 3000$ a month biologic for five dollars a month.  Not bad,  I must say.  They also have a nurse ambassador come to your house who brings you a sharps box, trains you to do your shot if needed and walks you through the process of getting the med through specialty pharmacies. 

I must admit,  I’m a bit biased.  I take meds for hypertension,  bipolar disorder and rheumatoid arthritis. These meds allow me to live a relatively normal and pain free life. I’m grateful for the fact that I have this stuff available to me. 

Very often, the conspiracy theorists are outright deniers of medical science.  People who believe all drugs are poison  (without realizing many are derived from naturally occurring compounds) or believe that doctors are just money-hungry sadists. I’m tired of people attacking medicine as a whole. It’s a terrible disservice to all the hardworking and committed people who toil to care for others.

As I mentioned in my last post, proper diet is important as well as exercise.  But I find it extremely intellectually irresponsible when people try to convince people with chronic illnesses to stop taking their meds or just ‘Live as I do and all will be well’. I’m a freaking Thelemic Libertarian and as such I absolutely despise folks telling other people how to live. It’s obnoxious and insulting.  

I do have one major gripe with the drug companies.  WHY IS POT STILL ILLEGAL?  Because it would hurt the profits from all those nice opiates. No other reason.But I’m not going to just stop using health care soley to protest or prove a point.  I’m just going to continue to vote in favor of medicinal cannabis.  It’s the right thing to do.  

I really don’t know why big pharma is so fanatically anti-weed. They could make a hell of a lot of money off it if they played their cards right. It would significantly improve the quality of life for so many people. I really find the prohibition to be morally repulsive and absurd. 

I’m not saying that a lot of shit isn’t wrong. What I am saying is that I still have some faith in medical science. I reckon it’s done alright by me.

Brain Shivers….

Yes, it IS as strange and unpleasant as it might sound. Drugs that hit certain types of neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine or dopamine are often the cause of this most icky feeling of symptoms. The brain is a big ol’ web of electrical signals that get screwed up by sudden withdrawal from certain central nervous system drugs.

The brain shivers involve the electrical activity in ones brain going slightly haywire from the aforementioned withdrawal from these meds. For me, it was Effexor. My doctor took me off of it way too fast and I had four days with no sleep and blip after blip of weird neurological activity.

It’s sort of like a bad mushroom Trip that just makes you progressively more batshit and just plain miserable.

Coming off this drug was worse than any withdrawal I’ve ever experienced including opiates. Would never wish it on my worst enemies.  I was certain that I would never sleep again. I was sick, upside down feeling and just plain awful after smoking some marijuana finally put me out for the night after day four.

I hope you never have to experience this. Remember to go nice and easy and slow when titrating down on any psych drug.