Do You Fill Your Days with Noise?

There is no doubt that we live in a fast-paced loud world. Radio, television, computer and cell phone generated videos, music services streamed right to our smartphones, crowds, kids playing, dogs barking, horns honking – do you ever just sit in silence?

If the answer is “no”, you may need to rethink your routine.

Noise is on a basic level – distraction.

The question becomes, what are we all distracting ourselves from?

Why do we feel the need to fill our days with all of this programming and entertainment? Can we no longer just simply “be”?

The act of deliberately sitting in silence and allowing yourself to simply be allows your mind and body to relax and more importantly actually tune in and hear your own inner thoughts. When this becomes a super relaxed state it can delve into meditation.

Meditation and even simply sitting in silence allows you to connect with your higher self. It allows the body, mind, and spirit to refocus. We all need this on a daily basis as it boosts not only your mood but your health and the overall state of being.

Use today as your test day. Just make note of how much noise you are really around, including random chatter. Tomorrow, now that you are aware, take some time to yourself and just allow yourself to sit, breathe and be if only for a few moments. Then compare the two days – at the end of each day checking in with yourself asking “How do I feel?”

Technology is wonderful, friends, family, life in general, but it also can wear down your internal battery. Taking time to yourself is not only important, it’s vital and many of us get so wrapped up in daily living that we sometimes overlook the most important person in our lives – ourselves.

Prescription drugs can be dangerous to your health

Have you ever really stopped to listen to what the drug commercials say? The manufacturers are sincerely hoping you haven’t.

They fill your TV screen with beautiful pictures of happy couples dancing, walking on beaches, making family dinners, and being healthy and active. They seem to have the life that (hopefully) you want. The words they are speaking though often are incongruent with the visual images.

Lets take a look at just a couple of these ads:

Chantix – Chantix is prescribed to help people stop smoking

While it may help you stop smoking – is this list better? Smoking seems far less dangerous!
Chantix may cause: Changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depression, suicidal thoughts or actions – even after stopping Chantix. Swelling of face, mouth, throat or a rash, nausea, trouble sleeping, vivid, unusual, violent dreams. I have seen this one misfire first hand and let me tell you, the personality change I saw was terrifying.

Lunesta – Lunesta is a prescription sleep aid

Lunesta may cause: Instances of walking, eating, driving while asleep without remembrance have been reported. Changes in behavior may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, and confusion, worsening of depression including risk of suicide. Tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may lead to death. Unpleasant taste, headache, dizziness and drowsiness may occur.
The commercial then ends by saying, “There is a land of restful sleep, we can help you go there” and shows a happy woman sitting up in bed, well rested. Yes you may awaken well rested…or of course you may have had a violent dream and choked on your swollen tongue in the middle of the night. Are you really willing to gamble?

Xarelto Rivaroxaban – A Warfarin alternative

Bob, our subject, is shown driving happily down a country road thrilled that he no longer has to deal with blood monitoring and loving Xarelto. All is well in his world. But pay attention to how the words begin to change at the one minute mark or so, even though the story goes on visually. “Xarelto can cause bleeding which may be serious and can rarely lead to death.” Along with that Xarelto has also been shown to cause:
Back pain
bleeding gums
bloody stools
bowel or bladder dysfunction
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
coughing up blood
difficulty with breathing or swallowing
dizziness
headache
increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
leg weakness
nosebleeds
numbness
paralysis
prolonged bleeding from cuts
red or black, tarry stools
red or dark brown urine
vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
Less common
Fainting
pain in the arms or legs
wound secretion
Rare
Burning while urinating
difficult or painful urination
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain or swelling
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blurred vision
chills
clay-colored stools
cough or hoarseness
dark urine
diarrhea
fast or irregular heartbeat
fever with or without chills
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
hives
itching
joint or muscle pain
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
nausea or vomiting
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
severe headache
skin rash
sore throat
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
tightness in the chest
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
and
yellow eyes or skin
wow, that was a mouth full!

While the medication you take may help with the original issue it has been prescribed for the list of side effects really should give you pause. They are often far worse than the original condition and in some cases can be life threatening.

Medications do not generally heal or fix health issues. They mask and cover the symptoms often leading to new symptoms, which in turn may require another new medication to mask and cover – which is how so many people tumble down the allopathic path ending up on a dozen medications, which may or may not react with one another.

Just because no known interactions have been noted doesn’t mean it isn’t possible… Every person is biologically a little bit different. The pharmaceutical industry has to intention of curing or healing anyone…. Their intention is to get you to keep buying their product. They are a business.

Next time one of these commercials comes on, I suggest closing your eyes. Listen and block out the imagery. See how different it comes across.

Before starting any prescription medication do your research and make the decision and educated one.

Originally published: http://www.hcbl.com/blog/prescription-drugs-can-be-dangerous-to-your-health/