Pharmaceutical Rollercoaster – It’s Not Easy To Get Off

Author: Shelley Bennetts   Date Posted:12 December 2018 

Pharmaceutical Rollercoaster – It’s Not Easy To Get Off  

Having grown up in the age of new pharmaceutical developments, our older citizens adopted new synthetic drugs with gusto. The older generation have seen the effects that antibiotics have had on diseases that were once killers; they have witnessed the eradication of polio, the control of life-threatening heart disease, diabetes, smallpox and influenza. They have seen childhood diseases controlled through vaccination, and life expectancy soar to new heights. Understandably, many of them have abandoned the old remedies in favour of modern medicine. It has proven itself in their lifetime, allowing them to live well beyond the years expected when they were children. There is a trade-off though. The trade-off is the growth of  age related diseases, which many of our older citizens are heavily medicated to combat.


The pharmaceutical roller-coaster is hard to get off once you’re on it. No pharmaceutical drug comes without side-effects, and those effects need to be countered with yet another drug…and so the ride goes on.


Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for pharmaceutical drugs. However, increasingly health practitioners, including doctors and pharmacists, are pointing towards a more conservative approach to their use. The new generation of medical research is reviving many of the old remedies. Many thousands of scientific research projects are proving the effectiveness of natural medicines, and they are being recognised for their ability to support our biological systems without the adverse side-effects of so many synthetic drugs. Naturally occurring plant chemicals, like curcumin are gaining great significance for their healing abilities and their minimal side effects, their low cost and their natural abundance.