Vera Resnick-Weisz, DHom Med (Lic), IHM. Classical Homoeopathy. Local and online homoeopathic treatment available
I have often been mystified as to why anyone would continue taking a drug with heavy-duty side effects when it isn’t helping. Or when research is showing that it will not give the promised protection against a specific disease. I often wondered what kind of emotional reaction such a person would have.
I’m publishing the following case because it sheds light on a pattern which may be familiar to some. This is a pattern where people are so convinced of a truth, in this case the complete benevolence and efficiency of the medical system and big Pharma, that their emotional state is totally out of sync with reality. The following case is published with the patient’s permission – some details have been altered to maintain privacy.
A patient, a 60 year old man, came to me with the following history.
He had symptoms which he later discovered should have been easy to diagnose and treat. But his GP – in all respects a fine, dedicated person – failed to see the obvious, and put him through an invasive series of tests.
How did he feel about that? I asked.
“It was uncomfortable and I have to admit the machines were frightening, but I trusted the doctors,” he said. “I felt great relief and appreciation for modern testing technology, and completely believed that they knew what they were doing.”
The tests led to a prescription, from another doctor. He was told he would have to take pills for the rest of his life.
And what were his feelings then? He said the following, with some degree of embarrassment:
“This will sound strange, but even though I didn’t feel too happy about it, I liked the feeling of belonging. So many of my friends were already taking pills, and now I was part of the club. I also felt that the medical system cared about me, was protecting me and would keep me well and healthy. ”
The prescription led to debilitating side effects, which in turn were incorrectly diagnosed and further medication was prescribed, with increasing side effects which lingered until our consultation, almost 10 years after the event.
What happened then? I asked. How did you feel?
He responded: “I did not doubt the doctors who had become involved. I believed modern medicine was doing its best, but I couldn’t expect it to be perfect. I became angry at my own body, feeling it was letting me down, and even that my medical state was somehow my fault, that I was damaged goods..”
He was sent to a specialist who was furious with the previous doctors, and explained that all the symptoms were side effects. The specialist prescribed a different drug. My patient asked about side effects of the new prescription and was encouragingly informed “It’s the same crap…”
I was fascinated – and somewhat worried – by the absence of any anger. Again I asked my patient how he felt at that stage:
“I felt trust that this man was saving me from side effects of the previous drug. I was a little bit uncertain about “the same crap” that he had given me, but I took it daily for the next two years anyway.”
After two years, more symptoms appeared which the specialist diagnosed as cumulative side effects of the drug. He was considering an invasive, irreversible procedure, but decided to order another blood test, and discovered that he had misdiagnosed the entire condition. My patient told me the specialist kept saying how interesting the case was, and asked if he could include it in the book he was writing.
Even at that point, my patient reported that he felt no anger. He mentioned feelings of disappointment but seemed to have no sense of outrage at two years of inappropriate, harmful drugging. He said he felt stupid about this now, but at the time, he even felt slightly honored to be part of research.
I have seen so many people do this – take conventional drugs on a regular basis, suffering side effects, sometimes debilitating and even irreversible, with no significant improvement, even where modern research has shown that contrary to previous tests (usually funded by the manufacturer) the drugs involved do not bring significant long-term benefits for the patient.
Many, if not most people over 40 are taking some kind of drug once a day, or at least several times a week. The upper limits of test results are constantly being brought down to bring more potential “users” into the fold, and dispensing of chronic medications has dramatically increased over the last decade as a result.
Sadly my patient’s story is not uncommon. Which only leaves me with more questions. Where is the anger? Where is the outrage?