As children and early teens, we can pretty readily be excused from bearing full responsibility for something we know was incorrectly done or just plain wrong-simply by the dismissal, "Awwww, he/she didn't know any better. Don't punish them this time. Let it be a lesson learned. " And with a sigh of relief, all's well and life moves forward, records clean, unbesmirched.
However, by the time, we reach puberty and beyond, the "didn't know any better" reason/excuse is no longer valid (nor should it be). Accordingly, as an adult, and particularly as a health care provider (HCP) [Health Care Facilitator (HCF) truthfully is more accurate as with the proper access to wellness, individuals and communities can provide their own health] the excuse of not knowing any better has absolutely no place or value.
Earlier this week, I read a GreenMedInfo article about the numerous toxins in children's vitamins, Top Pharma-Brand of Children's Vitamins Contains Aspartame, GMOs. I can't imagine anyone wanting their child-or any child to be poisoned this way. Yet, when a patient asks for a recommendation for children's vitamins, and they're pointed to the vitamin section of the pharmacy, unless there's a #pharmacistwithintegrity that knows that the "Pediatrician's # 1 choice, Flintstones Vitamins (Bayer), is full of toxins (like GMO corn, cupric oxide, and hydrogenated oil,) your patient will be on their way to "toxin intoxication" which frequently manifests (sometimes years later) as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or some other chronic, preventable disease.
Health Care Facilitators, especially pharmacists, I realize that having to relearn a lot of what you were taught (or not taught) may be frightening. After all, you've spent time, money, and great effort on earning the right to practice as a pharmacist. I get it. But, that right to practice isn't a license to kill and create (albeit through complicity with big pharma) chronic diseases that could have been easily prevented.
It's not easy, either; but, it must be done.
Initially, I wanted to just crawl back to the safety of popping pills in baggies and prescription vials and on occasion, perhaps, answering a few questions about drug-drug interactions and the best time to take a diuretic in between the constant gruel of standing for 14 hours straight without a meal break.
But, I could no longer deny that it was actually ME directly contributing to the growing incidence of chronic preventable diseases. Instead of preventing diseases, I was suppressing them (to only get uglier over time) with pharmaceuticals-disease suppressants and getting paid greatly to do it.
When I learned this, and accepted it as the truth that it is,
I no longer was able to say,
I didn't know
I didn't know any better.
So when you know better; but, you don't do better,
then it's you
that is helping the U.S. to spend the most money per capita on healthcare, but have the worst outcomes.
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