Post New Article

Looking to Tackle Prescription Overload

Original Article

Posted By: bamapreacher, 6/9/2021 11:49:00 AM

The last straw, for Leslie Hawkins, was her mother’s 93rd-birthday gathering in 2018. Her mother, Mary E. Harrison, had long contended with multiple health problems, including diabetes and the nerve pain it can cause; high blood pressure; anxiety; and some cognitive decline. She was prone to falling. Still, she had been a sociable, churchgoing nonagenarian until Hawkins, who cared for her in their shared home in Takoma Park, Maryland, began seeing disturbing changes. “She was out of it,” “She couldn’t hold a conversation or even finish a sentence (snip) Hawkins had brought a list of the 14 medications Harrison was taking


I visit a number of elderly people in the course of my ministry and I am often appalled by the number of prescription bottles on their night tables or kitchen counters. Our local doctor, to whom I wouldn't go with a hangnail, prescribes and prescribes, as I'm sure too many doctors do. My late wife, whom he "treated," took at least 10 different medicines a day and she only made it to 66. I'm sure the Slimes has some ulterior motive in publishing this but it's true from my observation. Thank heavens my doctor is a U. of Alabama Medicine grad. I have diabetes and hypertension but I only take 2 little pills a day and make out just fine at 75.

Post Reply

Reply 1 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 6/9/2021 12:11:08 PM (No. 810735)
The same thing happened to my mother - overprescribed on Parkinson's Disease drugs. She was hallucinating and didn't make sense most of the time. We took her to a different specialist who immediately took her off of several drugs, and reduced the dosage of others. Almost overnight, she improved dramatically.
11 people like this.

Reply 2 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs 6/9/2021 12:50:29 PM (No. 810766)
Very important read. Thanks for posting.
9 people like this.

Reply 3 - Posted by: jimincalif 6/9/2021 12:50:50 PM (No. 810767)
My mother-in-law is 94. She was in pretty good health and not on any meds until about age 90. But she is going downhill mentally as well as physically, sundowning, hallucinating, getting confused, scared, and acting out against my wife, her husband (who has Alzheimer's) and her caregivers. She is on medication for this now, and frankly her life is much improved. She was really miserable all day previously, so meds have their place. It is important for anyone in this situation to have a family member advocate who can question how someone is being cared for and medicated. Doctors aren't always right and they should be willing to listen to the patient and her advocate and experiment with different treatment regimens to find the best possible approach. At this stage of life there are no solutions, only trade-offs (to quote Thomas Sowell I believe).
7 people like this.

Reply 4 - Posted by: sanspeur 6/9/2021 12:58:41 PM (No. 810775)
this is exactly the thing killer cuomo was trying to stop /S ( reduces medicare costs miraculously too)
2 people like this.

Reply 5 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/9/2021 1:03:07 PM (No. 810780)
This is pathetic, Doctors, if you can call them that, don't give a damn how many pills they push on a person. They have NO CLUE as to the interactions and side effects of that! They are basically pushing pills to make money, just like Big Pharma's Nazis! Mengele would be PROUD!
4 people like this.

Reply 6 - Posted by: Sandpiper 6/9/2021 1:14:25 PM (No. 810791)
This occurred with my father as well, though the culprit physician worked for the care facility where I had placed my dad. The facility liked their patients “compliant” (drugged) and by the time I moved my father elsewhere they had their physician proscribe a multitude of medications, one of which robbed my dad of his ability to walk. The new new dr I got was appalled and quickly worked to reduce the number of medications but sadly some irreversible damage was done.
2 people like this.

Reply 7 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 6/9/2021 1:29:02 PM (No. 810805)
When I was in practice I used to make sure that the elderly patients brought me all the drugs they were taking to the second visit in a paper bag, usually a pretty big one. Inside that bag was an array of drug interactions quietly hidden. We would go through the medications and before they left I would hand them usually two and hang on to the rest. The patient always looked longingly at the ones I retained thinking I was stealing their drugs. Often had strong disagreements with me family caregiver over this A week or two later they were always doing much better on just the one or two medications they really needed. It was usually worse with the indigent patients because they had Medicaid or some other program that didn't require them to pay for their drugs so they were prescribed pretty freely.
9 people like this.

Reply 8 - Posted by: kono 6/9/2021 1:33:04 PM (No. 810810)
Many people's journey to old age features a growing litany of health issues, each of which adds a new prescription or two along the way. Since 1998 I've had 2 inexplicable survivals and 3 explicable ones (1 being very unlikely and the other 2 merely surprising). I don't consider the 10 prescriptions and 4 supplements on my daily list to be unreasonable. While a bit tedious at times, it's better than pushing up the daisies, I reckon. (Though the increasingly idiotic wokenness of the world makes me wonder sometimes whether one of those close calls actually got me dead and sent to hell.)
2 people like this.

Reply 9 - Posted by: red1066 6/9/2021 2:05:09 PM (No. 810828)
I know at least a couple of relatives who took a particular med, and basically became zombies. One was so far out of it, she tripped over a curb, hit her head, and died three months later.
0 people like this.

Reply 10 - Posted by: Saryden 6/9/2021 2:29:41 PM (No. 810841)
My mother was put on fourteen medications by a mid-eastern physician in Illinois. She had several respiratory attacks, falls, hospitalizations, and felt generally unwell. We switched doctors, took away all medications except high blood-pressure and heart... she lived seven more years to 101 and ten months. It is my opinion that doctors receive a kick-back that encourages more prescriptions. Anyone know anything about that?
4 people like this.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Edgelady 6/9/2021 2:33:57 PM (No. 810847)
I started getting off medications for headaches, pain, antidepressants, about four years ago. Now I just have three I take.
0 people like this.

Reply 12 - Posted by: DVC 6/9/2021 7:03:10 PM (No. 811088)
This happened to my MIL. I asked, from many states away, for a list of what she was taking. I recommended her son take her off of everything but her BP meds and in four days she was alert and making sense, could get out of bed and start being a LOT closer to normal. She had been bedridden and semi-conscious for a week before this. Too damned many drugs, including some really powerful sleeping pills had her in a hell of a mess. She was still very sick, but she lived a year and a half longer and was aware of what was going on and able to talk with family most of that time. Docs agreed, and she only went back on two of the six or eight drugs she had been taking.
2 people like this.

Reply 13 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 6/9/2021 11:49:43 PM (No. 811273)
I once told my PCP "As a Medicare recipient, I feel like a walking dollar sign" He didn't see the humor. Being allergic to nearly everything has saved me a lot of trouble. As a side note: Patients receiving free OTC items need to be careful. They are not the highest grade. One burned a hole in my esophagus.
0 people like this.

Reply 14 - Posted by: cactus 6/10/2021 9:28:46 PM (No. 812127)
My mother lived in a different state and was taking a lot of prescribed drugs. She was often having problems - falling, weakness, sleeping. On one of my visits, I went to see her doctor to see if she could get off some of the pills. The doctor told me, “ She’s old. (84) Old people take pills” and refused to take off any of them. She would not change doctors. We sere able to move her to another state where we could watch over her and get a new doctor. We took her off most of the pills and her life was changed. We kept a close eye on all her medications after that. She died at 98.
0 people like this.

Below, you will find ...
Most Recent Articles posted by "bamapreacher"
Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)
Most Recent Articles posted by bamapreacher"
Looking to Tackle Prescription Overload 14 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 6/9/2021 11:49:00 AM Post Reply
The last straw, for Leslie Hawkins, was her mother’s 93rd-birthday gathering in 2018. Her mother, Mary E. Harrison, had long contended with multiple health problems, including diabetes and the nerve pain it can cause; high blood pressure; anxiety; and some cognitive decline. She was prone to falling. Still, she had been a sociable, churchgoing nonagenarian until Hawkins, who cared for her in their shared home in Takoma Park, Maryland, began seeing disturbing changes. “She was out of it,” “She couldn’t hold a conversation or even finish a sentence (snip) Hawkins had brought a list of the 14 medications Harrison was taking
'This violence has to stop': Authorities
arrest 3 teens linked to deadly Florida
graduation party shooting
37 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 6/7/2021 10:03:46 PM Post Reply
Police have arrested three in connection with the Sunday shooting at a graduation party has left at least three people dead and five others injured (snip) The three, arrested Monday and charged with attempted first-degree murder, are Quantayvious McCutchen,19; his brother, 17-year-old Yahtayvious McCutchen; and Keyshad Richardson, 19. The shootings were the latest in a string in the Miami area, police said. No one has been charged with the graduation party shooting itself, which police have said appears to be part of a gang feud. The identities of those killed and wounded were not immediately released Sunday. Two were deceased at the scene
Woman opens fire on family of 6
heading to vacation in
road-rage attack MO cops say
32 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 6/7/2021 2:55:10 PM Post Reply
A family of six came under fire along a stretch of Missouri highway last week while on their way to vacation, and a 22-year-old mother is accused of pulling the trigger. According to police, the family from Tennessee was heading to Kansas City on I-55 in their Nissan Pathfinder on Friday when a Ford Focus started tailgating the SUV. The Pathfinder driver braked to tell the Focus to slow down or go around, KMOV reported. The Focus sped up, got next to the Pathfinder, and the passenger, Shanyka Fouche, pulled out a gun and began shooting, police told KMOV. Bullets flew
Pelosi on Catholic bishop's comments
about receiving Communion: 'I can use
my own judgment on that'
27 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 5/13/2021 6:47:14 PM Post Reply
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed Catholic bishops who do not believe she should receive Communion due to her views on abortion. "I think I can use my own judgment on that but I'm pleased with what the Vatican put out on that subject. Did you read that?" Pelosi, D-Calif., told a reporter at her weekly press conference. "It basically says don't be divisive on the subject. Thank you," Pelosi said before exiting the conference. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will convene for a national meeting next month, with plans to vote on drafting guidelines for Communion.
U.S. arrested two Yemenis on
terror watchlist who tried to
cross border from Mexico
8 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 4/5/2021 8:20:32 PM Post Reply
U.S. border agents in recent months arrested two Yemeni men on a terror watchlist in separate incidents as they crossed the border with Mexico illegally, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Monday. The men, arrested in January and March near a port of entry in California, were on a U.S. government watchlist for terrorism suspects and a "no-fly" list, CBP said in a press release. A group of Republican lawmakers that visited the border in El Paso, Texas, in March said border agents told them during the trip that some people caught crossing the border were on a U.S. terrorism watchlist.
Fox News cancels Lou Dobbs' show;
pro-Trump host not expected to be
back on
36 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 2/5/2021 7:31:02 PM Post Reply
Fox News Media has canceled "Lou Dobbs Tonight," the program hosted by television's staunchest supporter of Donald Trump and of his assertions of voter fraud in the 2020 election, The Times has learned. Dobbs' program, which airs twice nightly at 5 and 7 p.m. Eastern on the Fox Business Network, will have its final airing Friday, according to a Fox News representative who confirmed the cancellation. Starting next week, the program will be called "Fox Business Tonight," with rotating substitute hosts Jackie DeAngelis and David Asman, who filled in for Dobbs on Friday. Dobbs, 75, remains under contract at Fox
Kamala Harris’s inauguration will
normalize female ambition:
Meena Harris
24 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 1/19/2021 6:16:41 PM Post Reply
It seems everyone has an opinion about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ ambition. The Atlantic examined “Kamala Harris’s Ambition Trap.” Bloomberg asked “Is Kamala Harris Too ‘Ambitious’ to Be Vice President?” Over the summer, even the Vice President-elect herself said, "There will be a resistance to your ambition.” Once Harris is actually sworn in, her niece, children’s book author and founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, Meena Harris, believes it will change the conversation around ambition once and for all. “It inherently will open the door for more women of color to achieve and it will normalize ambition. Female ambition,”
Thousands sign petition to fire
Franklin Graham for backing
‘Trump’s deadly presidency’
29 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 1/19/2021 6:09:20 PM Post Reply
Thousands of people are calling for the evangelist Franklin Graham to be fired for supporting Donald Trump after armed rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in the president’s name. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 17,000 people have signed a petition by the Christian community Faithful America that pushes for Graham’s removal from Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The petition, created Jan. 15, is addressed to the board of directors at both organizations. Graham is the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham and is the chairman, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and BGEA.
Nashville police arrest suspect in connection
with highway murder of ICU nurse
7 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 12/11/2020 6:32:37 PM Post Reply
Metropolitan Nashville Police arrested a 21-year-old suspect in connection with the murder of Caitlyn Kaufman, a hospital nurse who was found shot dead in her car on a Tennessee interstate last week. MNPD tweeted that Devaunte L. Hill, a 21-year-old East Nashville resident, is being charged with criminal homicide in connection with Kaufman's killing. He was arrested by a SWAT team early Friday morning. "Hill was brought into police headquarters where he was interviewed by Homicide unit detectives Chris Dickerson and Jefferson Hughes
Cindy McCain endorses Biden for
president in rebuke of Trump
50 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 9/22/2020 9:03:58 PM Post Reply
Cindy McCain endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president Tuesday in a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP's 2008 nominee. Trump has had a fraught relationship with members of John McCain's family since he disparaged the Arizona senator during his 2016 campaign. But the McCains have until now stopped short of endorsing Trump's rivals. Cindy McCain cited the decades long friendship between her family and Biden's and their bond as the parents of children serving in the military. “He supports the troops and knows what it means for someone who has served.”
Chicago looting proves Black America
deserves reparations — here's why
36 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 8/30/2020 4:47:15 PM Post Reply
The summer of 2020 has been a summer defined by agitation. What started in Minnesota following the police killing of George Floyd spread quickly across the nation. This past week, Kenosha, Wisconsin, became the latest flashpoint, as protesters clashed with police and armed vigilantes over the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake. One of those vigilantes has been charged with killing two protesters and injuring another. But another Midwestern city — my city — was the center of attention three weeks ago. In the early hours of Aug. 10
Philadelphia police evade gunfire
to rescue victims as bullets
fly at large block party
13 replies
Posted by bamapreacher 8/16/2020 2:57:52 PM Post Reply
Philadelphia police officers evaded bullets while attempting to reach injured victims when multiple people wielding guns opened fire at a Saturday night block party that drew up to 300 revelers, authorities said. At least five people, including three teenagers, were wounded in the shooting that erupted near a playground in the Poplar neighborhood of North Philadelphia around 11:30 p.m., Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference early Sunday morning. Outlaw said police officers were nearby on patrol and rushed to the chaotic scene when they heard shots and saw what appeared
Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)
Fauci: ‘Attacks on me, quite
frankly, are attacks on science’
44 replies
Posted by Ribicon 6/10/2021 1:39:24 PM Post Reply
A visibly annoyed Dr. Anthony Fauci declared Wednesday that Republican “attacks” against him and how he‘s handled the coronavirus pandemic are “attacks on science.” “People want to fire me or put me in jail for what I’ve done, mainly followed the science,” the White House chief medical adviser told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd. “I could spend the next half an hour going through each and every point that they make. It’s preposterous, Chuck. Totally preposterous.” “It’s very dangerous, Chuck, because a lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science,” Dr. Fauci continued. “Because all of the things that I have spoken about
Joe Biden: ‘Not A Joke’ — Global Warming the
‘Greatest Threat’ Facing America
35 replies
Posted by Dreadnought 6/9/2021 11:09:34 PM Post Reply
President Joe Biden claimed Wednesday that the greatest threat to America was global warming in a speech to American troops in the United Kingdom. Biden asked the nations of the world to commit to “ambitious climate action” to stop climate change and stop the world from warming no more than 1.5 degrees celsius. Biden claimed that when he was elected as vice president with President Barack Obama, the Joint Chiefs of Staff told them that global warming was the greatest threat to the United States. “The military sat us down and let us know what the greatest threats facing America were, the greatest physical threats,” Biden recalled. “This is not a joke.
'I'll tell Mr Putin what I want him to know':
US troops in the UK cheer Biden's
warning to the Russian president and his
tearful tribute to Beau at the start of
his eight-day Europe trip
35 replies
Posted by Imright 6/9/2021 5:16:37 PM Post Reply
Joe Biden had tough talk for Vladimir Putin when he addressed US troops stationed in the United Kingdom of Wednesday night.He referenced his meeting next week with the Russian president, which will cap off his eight-day trip to Europe. 'I'm meeting with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know,' Biden said as the crowd of Air Force personnel burst into applause.Biden is meeting with his Russian counterpart amid rising tension between the two nations. The president has trashed talked Putin before, calling him a 'killer with no soul,' and has made it clear he intends to take Putin to task
Thieves Swarm Louis Vuitton Store
In Palo Alto, Steal $100,000 In
Handbags; 11 Suspects Sought
34 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 6/10/2021 8:29:14 AM Post Reply
PALO ALTO — Nearly a dozen thieves working together swarmed into a Louis Vuitton store in Palo Alto, stealing more than $100,000 in handbags in the second such theft at the Stanford Shopping Center in three weeks, police said Wednesday. “I’m worried about my safety, because I’m working here and I’m an employee,” said Lakshay Soorma who works at a department store located in Stanford Shopping Center. “I have to make sure my clients, my customers, they are safe here too.” Palo Alto police said the latest incident happened on Monday at about 5:30 p.m. A coordinated group of eleven
New paper published by healthcare journal
calls whiteness ‘a malignant, parasitic-like
32 replies
Posted by Imright 6/9/2021 11:29:09 AM Post Reply
In May, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association published research that asserts that being white is “a malignant, parasitic-like condition,” as well as a deranged and dangerous mental condition.The abstract for the paper states: “Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has—a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which ‘white’ people have a particular susceptibility. The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one’s body, in one’s mind, and in one’s world. Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse.
Biden to purchase 500M Pfizer
shots for rest of the world
31 replies
Posted by Ribicon 6/9/2021 6:14:09 PM Post Reply
The Biden administration is planning to buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to share with the rest of the world. President Biden teased the plan Wednesday before boarding Air Force One for his first foreign trip, saying he would outline his strategy at the Group of Seven nations summit in England. The White House declined to comment, but a source familiar with the plan said 200 million doses from the purchase will be donated this year and 300 million during the first half of 2022. The doses will be filtered through COVAX, the main global vaccine-sharing partnership, and go to
Deutsche Bank Issues a Terrifying Warning for
America Under Biden
30 replies
Posted by Dreadnought 6/9/2021 11:11:47 PM Post Reply
On Monday, Deutsche Bank released a report that further confirms a portent of doom for the U.S. economy and Democrats led by President Joe Biden. While many economists and policymakers claim that the recent uptick in inflation is temporary, Deutsche Bank warned that Biden’s profligate spending, the Federal Reserve’s low interest rates, and global economic trends threaten to unleash persistent inflation, which amounts to an insidious tax on the poor and middle class that benefits the government. “Few still remember how our societies and economies were threatened by high inflation 50 years ago,”
Jane Fonda Encourages Anti-Pipeline
Activists in Minnesota to Mess with
Critical US Infrastructure (Video)
30 replies
Posted by Imright 6/9/2021 2:47:00 AM Post Reply
Jane Fonda encouraged anti-pipeline activists in northern Minnesota to mess with critical US infrastructure.The 83-year-old Communist and traitor encouraged activists to “raise a ruckus” and create a headache for the Canadian oil company, Enbridge. “Biden has taken a very clear and very beautiful position on the climate crisis,” Hanoi Jane said. “But we are really facing a potential catastrophe and the science is very clear — it’s not enough to do something good here like shutdown Keystone XL, shut down drilling on the Arctic national refuge and then allow Line 3 to go through.”
Healthcare Journal: ‘Whiteness’ Is a
‘Malignant, Parasitic-Like Condition’
Creating ‘Perverse Appetites’
29 replies
Posted by Imright 6/10/2021 12:09:57 PM Post Reply
A research article published last month in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association describes “whiteness” as a “malignant, parasitic-like condition” that makes the host person “voracious, insatiable, and perverse,” warning that there is “not yet a permanent cure.”“On Having Whiteness,” the apparently peer-reviewed article written by Dr. Donald Moss, a white male and a current faculty member of both the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis discussed, went viral on social media this week once it was discovered.The article’s abstract says the “condition” of “whiteness,” after one acquires it, gives the person
1 in 3 Leftist Women Ended a Friendship
Over Politics
28 replies
Posted by OhioNick 6/10/2021 2:13:03 AM Post Reply
Not a surprise. Critical race theory and resistance fever, like the coronavirus, has clear infection vectors. And the infected tended to be urban and suburban leftist white women. [SNIP] And that's how you end up with the woke mean girls effect from this American Enterprise Institute survey. "Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans are to report having ended a friendship over a political disagreement (20 percent vs. 10 percent). Political liberals are also far more likely than conservatives are to say they are no longer friends with someone due to political differences (28 percent vs. 10 percent, respectively)."
Exclusive: Biden’s Military Puts West
Point Cadets in Solitary Confinement If
They Refuse COVID Vaccine
27 replies
Posted by ConservativeYogini 6/10/2021 1:10:28 AM Post Reply
Military cadets at West Point Academy who refuse to take one of the controversial COVID vaccines are being put in solitary confinement, with more stringent restrictions than those who tested positive for the virus. At West Point Military Academy, a number of cadets are currently rebelling against the push from the Biden administration and military higher-ups to take one of the controversial COVID-19 vaccines. 700 cadets who initially refused the vaccine were brought together into a meeting room, and were briefed as to the benefits of the vaccine. The number of cadets has now dwindled significantly after allegations of daily pressure by “senior officials” at the school
Meghan and Harry Make Legal Threat
Over Palace Briefing on the Naming of
27 replies
Posted by earlybird 6/9/2021 10:10:12 AM Post Reply
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have insisted that they did ask for the queen’s blessing to name their child Lilibet, the monarch’s childhood nickname, after palace sources briefed British journalists that they had made the announcement without getting permission from the queen. Lawyers acting on behalf of the former royals issued a legal threat after the claim was published by the BBC. A British newspaper source told The Daily Beast that a rare legal warning had gone out to the papers advising them not to repeat the allegation that Harry and Meghan had named their second child after Queen Elizabeth without asking her first.
Post New Article