2013-04-22 14.18.35

It’s a dilemma that has been occupying my mind for some time now. How do all those pills we take know where to go? Seriously, I’m pretty sure there are not street signs directing this one to the heart, another one to the stomach, and a third to your headache. Yet each morning, we religiously sort them out and pop them into our willing mouths. If you take 6-7 pills, how does each one know where to go?

The ache and pain ones are very big business, and almost everyone at some time or other takes them, even for a sore finger, or an aching muscle from too much digging in the garden. But how do they get the message that that is what they are for?

Dr. Advice believes that the pain pills go directly to the brain, but I don’t see them making you any smarter than before you take one. Sometimes I think they stop off for coffee in some hidden corner before they get wherever they are going, since it takes them so long to do their job.

And they come in such delicious-looking colors; pink ones, blue ones, jelly-looking ones, (those are supposed to really be good for us), and many different shapes. They even give you small pill-cutters in case they don’t want us to to take the whole thing. I am taking one which needs to be cut into quarters! Now why in the world didn’t they simply cut the prescription mg. down? I’m not sure they really know what they are doing. Maybe that’s why they call it a “practice”.

Those are just the ones the doctor tells you to take. There is such an enormous array of over-the-counter medicine and vitamins it is truly mind-boggling. Do they make us feel better, or even look better? How about old-age wrinkles; is there a pill for them? I could make a million bucks selling them at the retirement homes.

The Native American Shaman has it made; he can do a little chanting, blow some smoke over you, and maybe prescribe a small dry hallucinogenic mushroom and you can float away in a soft blue haze and imagine yourself well.

My lovely aunt, whom Dr. Advice always thought resembled the movie star Ginger Rogers, recently passed away at the age of 99, and to my knowledge, never popped a pill in her life. What does this tell us?
Well, I’m feeling so good about myself right now but I think I’d better go take another pill just to be sure.

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

5 thoughts on “IT’S A PUZZLEMENT”

  1. I think your aunt probably just had the right genes. We are urged to take Vitamin D, magnesium, baby aspirins and a few other supplements, but you are quite correct when you say that these pills do not make us smart. On the contrary, some of them make us stupid. Ranitidine (Zantac), a commonly used heartburn pill and Valium, a tranquilizer, are two examples. Geriatricians are now urging their patients to cut down or, ideally, cut out the use of these medications because they decrease our cognitive abilities.


    1. One of the saddest uses of medicine is those which are given to children unless absolutely necessary. Case in point: ritalin for ADHD. In many cases necessary, but too quickly diagnosed in others.



  2. The big pharmaceutical companies have overtaken health as never before. They just about own us,I know that in Australia and, I suspect in the US as well, we are urged to buy as much medication as our system will allow before collapsing under the sheer weight of the chemicals that are in those tablets.
    Of course, medication has to be taken when an illness or pain has a need for relief of it.
    As for directional pain relief, it is big fallacy to think that pain relief tablets can be directed to a specific pain s a back ache or headache,tooth,period pain etc. You just pay more but a pain relief tablet is a pain relief tablet no matter where the pain chooses to live.
    Many of the pain relief tablets over the counter here in Australia you can’t get without prescription in many European countries.
    Sorry, for the lecture but it is a bit of a worry when so many people seem to become obese because of the effect of all the medication ( and their dodgy diets) that seem to float around their bathroom cabinets. Unbelievable the number of people that are on tablets. We are in the hands of some very big merchants whose primary concern are the final figures on the balance sheet..
    Now where is my aspirin?


  3. There is a book called Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton and his newer book called the honeymoon effect, where he deals with both big pharma, and the pills we take, also on how we are not condemned to our gene pool. What I like about his books is that he opens up conversations others hide from. If you spend lots of money on pills spend a few on these books, they will at least give you a seat at the discussion. Thank you for the posting I enjoyed your telling of the Puzzlement!


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