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The insanity of drug layering: where the medical profession has gone wrong, part 1 of 2

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | May 04, 2014


shirtMy friend Ben sent me this t-shirt photo.

“I take Metformin for diabetes, caused by the hydrochlorothiazide I take for high blood pressure, which I got from the Ambien I take for insomnia, caused by the Xanax I take for the anxiety, that I got from the Wellbutrin I take for chronic fatigue, which I got because I have high cholesterol…..”

I talk in this year’s lecture about the insanity of our health care system. Where it went wrong. It’s been co-opted not by the pharmaceutical industry, as you may think, but something worse than that. Your health care system has been co-opted by something far more insidious, and far less related to your health interests:

It’s the CHEMICAL industry. That’s who is behind the pharmaceutical industry. Its entire premise is this:

“If something is wrong with you, eat some chemicals.” (In the 1950’s, openly, Dow Chemical’s public marketing slogan was, “A better life through chemistry.”)

You can call me “anti-doctor” if you want. I love doctors, individually, though, so it’s not true. Several are my good friends. They had great intentions to be healers when they went to school. One saved my life when I had internal bleeding due to a ectopic pregnancy and I nearly bled out during the night before the rupture was discovered and surgically repaired. One set my daughter’s broken arm. I’d want them, not an herbologist or naturopath, if I got in a car wreck.

Medicine does some amazing things very well and saves lives. I know lots of docs who are great at what they do. And they go home and pore over their books and through PubMed to help their patients, after hours.

But 85 percent of what they do, what is billable to insurance? It’s drugs. (Medicine used to be art and science, but it is far more codified than you may think–docs can do only what is in their book of billable insurance codes.)

And the premise is undeniable. I’ve made my bold statement in 28 cities so far this year on my lecture tour, that the agenda of our health care system, the vast majority of it, is now to feed people chemicals to make them whole. (Which makes no sense, and will never work.) Chemicals that the human body cannot metabolize, assimilate, or eliminate.

I usually have M.D.’s in my audience. No one yet has disputed my bold statement. Sometimes they talk to me afterwards. In my next blog,  I’ll share what an M.D. said to me after my Boise class.


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2 thoughts on “The insanity of drug layering: where the medical profession has gone wrong, part 1 of 2”

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  1. Liz Pey says:

    I’m like you – I know a few doctors who are excellent and listen to their patients and want to do what’s best for them. My primary care physician is one of those. In Feb 2012, I was diagnosed with Polymyositis and had no choice at the time but to go on Prednisone. Being mobile was far more important than taking this drug. I’m thankful that it gave me mobility.

    I was referred to a Rheumatologist. I really didn’t want to go, but I did so out of respect for my primary care physician. I explained that I had been successful in tapering down my prednisone from 60 mg to 20 mg (at that time; now I’m at 6 m/day)….and that through nutrition, I have been doing quite well. He wouldn’t even look me in the eye. He started writing prescriptions. I glanced over at my husband, with a look like, “What is going on?” So I just said, “I”m not interested in taking any more drugs for my condition.” He handed me 6 prescriptions. He explained he wanted me to increase back up to 60 mg day on Prednisone, when I was doing very well at 20 mg/day then. I told him no, that I was trying to taper off the drug.

    So he got up out of his chair and said, “Then you don’t need me” and slammed the door behind him. Oh my. I was livid. He didn’t hear a thing I’d said the entire visit – and clearly ignored the fact that I did not want to take additional prescriptions. And the whole attitude thing. What was that about?

    I never returned to his office. With the exception of my primary care physician, this is the usual response I get when I explain that I’m doing the nutrition thing, that I’m trying to get off this drug, etc. It’s crazy. It’s affected how I view the medical profession.

    1. Bethany says:


      I’ve also had doctors get worked up when I explain natural remedies I’ve used, or when they ask me about vaccinations for my kids. It took me years to find a primary care doctor that was okay with my views. Thankfully, we have a fantastic doctor now, even though we have to travel a little ways to get to her. It’s sad, though, that there are not more doctors who are open to holistic health care.

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