"Over the past twenty years, the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs. It has now primarily become a marketing machine to sell drugs; many of dubious benefit. The drug industry is one of the most powerful in the world which few political bodies dare ignore.
Today, many people take pills for all manner of reason. After having had two heart attacks twelve years ago, I take pills today that essentially keep me alive. I know of many more folk who also depend on medication to improve their life and manage dangerous mood swings, but have come across even more people still whose lives have been severely diminished or ruined by pharmacuetical influence and the overprescribing by doctors too busy to talk to their patients.
My own view as far as the taking of bad or unnecessary pills are concerned is that addiction isn't really about substance. I believe that one isn't addicted to the substance, but more to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.
Fortunately, there are many ways to bring about the same good feelings produced by pill popping and altering one's mood. For sixty years now, I have practiced and benefited from Relaxation methods and have taught them for over fifty years. My wife Sheila teaches Yoga and some of my good friends teach Transcendental Meditation. I include a Relaxation tape I made over thirty years ago which can be freely downloaded from my website. This tape has never been sold and was produced to give away. Since 1973, between 5,000 and 10,000 have been freely given away.
In my own experience, I have found that what we constantly search for is usually found within ourselves. He who looks outside self, dreams, while he who looks inside, eventually awakes." William Forde: January 18th, 2016.