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If you read my personal blog, you might find this familar, but I felt like it needed reposting here too. I know that I sometimes come across as pushy even though I don’t mean to be... well, no, really I guess I do. Please read, and hopefully you’ll understand a little more of why. Aside from Becky’s story, I have seen lives saved through nutrition, and lives lost through lack thereof. It drives me to educate, even though it sometimes appears as if I am hounding. It is only because I love my Fabulous Friends... and I don’t want to write another In Memory of...

When I think about how quickly people turn to drugs to fix their problems it makes me cringe. Why? Because I know enough about pharmaceuticals to know they are dangerous, deadly even. Not just an isolated case here or there. I am talking about unbelieveable numbers of deaths. You can get your head around if you compare it to a jumbo jet plane crashing every day - several hundred people per DAY die from properly prescribed drugs. My question is, if you look at the analogy, how long would the airlines still be allowed to put planes in the air if they were causing several hundred deaths per day? Can you even begin to get your head around that? It baffles me!
Several years ago a friend became a statistic.
...and so I wrote...

In Memory of Becky

My friend Becky died recently. They found her in her bed with a benadryl blister pack in her hand. Apparently she was trying to counteract the reaction she was having to a drug she had been prescribed. She became another statistic. The cause of death was a properly prescribed dosage of a pharmaceutical. So, as Becky's friend I ask, "Where was the double blind placebo study that proved that the combination of drugs she was taking was safe?" I so often hear that question as a challenge when I try to educate people about micro-nutrients. People want to know where the research is that proves that food is safe, but don't think twice about mixing their drugs. Just because a drug has been tested as 'safe' doesn't mean that it has been cross-tested with other pharmaceuticals that are being taken simultaneously. In fact, rarely are drugs tested in conjunction with other medicines to see what the effect would be.
For Becky, it proved to be fatal. What bothers me the most is that she had been to the ER several days before with breathing issues as a result of the drug combination she was taking. I have to wonder if Becky would still be alive today if she had listened to me. I feel like I failed her even though I know she made the choice. I can't help but wonder though, if I had presented it differently, or provided her with more scientific data – would she have listened? My wonderings brought me to the point of writing this article in memory of Becky: to remind me why I am so passionate, to help those I have offended understand why I am so persistent, and to encourage people to take their health seriously.
Some people think I am pushy and a bit overzealous when it comes to promoting nutrients and utilizing natural means for healing and maintaining health. I try really hard, but I have a difficult time walking away when people I talk to prefer to stick with conventional methods. Becky's death has reminded me why... I am zealous because I care. It is because I care that I am writing this article and it is because I care that I have a hard time giving up and letting people make their own choices. I wish I had been more persistent with Becky. Her death has given me a renewed passion to educate people. For those that I have personally offended by things I have said and written, please know that it is because I care.

I recently read an article (with the statistics and references to back it up) that said that in reality the medical system is responsible for almost 800,000 deaths per year outnumbering heart disease and cancer to make "health care" the number one cause of deaths in America. I was astounded. If you want to read the article email me, and I will send you a copy. Sooner or later the medical system is going to crumble. I am already hearing from friends that the insurance companies have begun to "rate" people based on their lifestyle.  If you make unhealthy lifestyle choices the premiums are higher. Why? Because the likelihood of preventable conditions increases when you don't actively pursue being healthy. This is how insurance companies can get around the pre-existing condition exclusions. You might not have diabetes when you apply for insurance, but if you are overweight they can charge you a higher premium and they can raise premiums for those that are already enrolled. Others tell me that prescription coverage is also changing. Insurance companies can't afford to keep everybody happy anymore. Folks are being told that they'll have to buy their own anti-depressants now. What is going to happen to the already failing medicare system when the baby boomers start retiring enmasse? It'll go belly up because of the sheer volume of people with chronic health conditions. The only apparent answer is for us to take control of our own health and preventively seek wellness instead of waiting to be broadsided with illness and degenerative diseases. It makes me sad because so many people are like Becky and are complacently happy taking a handful of medications morning, noon, and night. It only makes sense that if 95 percent of all Americans are going to die of a preventable cause the only way to be a part of the other 5 percent is to actively employ prevention! Don't wait until you are sick and tired of being sick and tired to pursue wellness. In the long run it is cheaper and you get the opportunity to live longer as an added benefit. If you are already exasperated with your health (or lack thereof) it is not too late to change. It is too late for Becky...



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      Lvn4me wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • I agree whole heartedly!  Thanks for sharing.



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      Owlmaria wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • Dee Dee, I know you‘re having a hard time w/ this right now. I’m sorry you‘re so sad. Wish I could reach out & hug you!xoxo



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • Dee Dee, I read your blog and also know you miss your friend Becky very much.

      I feel this is a two edged sword if I use the right phrase.  We need to be healthy and yet, sometimes we can only do the best.  So we also need medicine for cure.  I am glad to be in US for I visited overseas.  They were less advanced and I witnessed the pain and the progression of diseases without advanced medicine.  

      I don’t know what to say and thus I did not say something in the beginning.

      I guess I am just compelled to say “I am sorry that you lost your friend.”  Hugs.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • yes China Doll, in trauma, the US is number one; in overall health care we rank 74 out of 191 countries. I understand that we sometimes need medications.
      But, the medical system is failing us, and people are dying when there are natural, holistic answers that go neglected by doctors because drug companies educate doctors (almost all CME credits are funded pharma training.) They don’t study nutrition at all. Most doctors have never heard of a glycoprotein or glycolipid and even less understand their function in the body (which is Huge.)
      Becky’s death makes me mad. I wrote this awhile back, but was reminded of it today and as I read over it I was flooded with the same sadness and anger that I had when she died; when Joshua died. I have to remind myself that God is in control, but I can’t help but get mad at a system that is allowed to kill over 250 people per day just with properly prescribed drugs - the same number that would die if a plane crashed. Planes help people get places. We even consider them necessary, but they sure would ground them if there were consistently 250 per day killed in plane crashes. When you add up the total number of unecessary deaths it tops cancer and heart disease. Something is wrong with this picture.
      And it breaks my heart. I just wish I could ‘fix’ it.



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      Amy L. Harden wrote Feb 11, 2009
    • You are doing a great work...keep it up...People need to hear what you have to say...you are ultimately saving lives!!!

      I am behind you 100%!



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Feb 12, 2009
    • Thanks Dee Dee for letting us and others know that we do have other choices in our overall health issues.
      You are an angelestatic



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Feb 12, 2009
    • Thank you for your encouragment ladies! I really need to hear sometimes that people understand what drives me.



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