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Here’s a story by Al-Jazeera English about US pharmaceutical companies, that I doubt would be allowed to air in the US media.

I have had awful negative side effects from three of the drugs I have been prescribed over the last 6.5 years. I gained over 100 pounds from one drug (which I lost because another drug is now causing weight loss!), and another made me so sick with neurological problems I thought I had MS. A third causes withdrawal when you don’t continually increase the dose, so I lived unknowingly with withdrawal symptoms that were the same thing I was trying to eliminate by taking the drug.

I am slowly tapering from most of my medications because I have serious fears about taking them long term. I have been seeking out alternative ways to handle my symptoms, but it really hard to be able to afford it. I am glad to see in this video that at least something is being done to stop pharmaceutical companies, but it is not enough in my opinion. They bring up a lot of good points in this, and I hope it helps people understand the reasons why we should always be soooo careful with the drugs we take. Patients with chronic illness must look like walking money bags to some doctors… They can try out all different ones on us, and get paid for every Rx they write! I don’t take new drugs unless I have done my own research on the possible side effects, independently of any information my doctor is giving me.

(Source: hysterical-woman)

Gilded Chinese Pharmaceutical Factory 

(via OddityCentral)

Medicine Through The Ages

via ellenfaith:

2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root.

1000 A.D. - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.

1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.

1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.

2000 A.D. - That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.

(Source: ellie--faith)