Here’s a fun one. Think about this for a moment. You hear it all the time: heart disease is the number one killer in the country. Let’s assume that for a minute that it’s true. I have no idea one way or another. This “epidemic” causes us to go to the doctor where they begin to prescribe beta blockers, and a whole host of other meds to treat the heart, to make us live longer, and they are proven to work.
Here’s the problem: the side effects of these “miracle” drugs that prolong the human life, is that almost all of them have a side effect that includes dizziness, anxiety, or blurred vision. So If you’re a doc, and you’re treating high blood pressure, and you give a pill that lowers the blood pressure, your job is done. What you don’t realize is that you may have started a downward cycle that unravels the patient’s very existence as he knows it.
So for the “minor side effect,” the patient goes and gets glasses so he can see, or other stimulants to help battle the anxiety. Regardless, as the doctor, you prescribed medication for his heart that may be the neurological end of your patient. And the worse part of it: it is all attributed to “the general aging process.” Even if it is singled out as a side effect of the drug that you’re on. No one realizes that poor vision is a problem in and of itself. And no, glasses, contacts, and Lasik are not the solutions.
So maybe my heart only makes it to 70. I’m good with that. Please do not give me medication to prolong the life of my heart that let’s me live to 90 miserable as I lose my mind.