I have a very different goal in mind for my Bipolar Manifesto website, Facebook and Google+ presence, and this blog in particular. The past couple of years I have spent quite a lot of time reading blogs and information. I embarked on a quest to know as much as I possibly could about living life with Bipolar Disorder. In my reading I have come across a few poignant truths that I would like to pass on to you.
– The “natural remedy” industry is more full of crap than the pharmaceutical industry.
There is a sea of propaganda about “the power of natural cures” and “what big pharm doesn’t want you to know” available on the internet. These people are actually worse than pharmaceutical companies because they are exploiting fear to shill their snake oil.
I cannot tell you what will and will not work for you. NOBODY can. Your brain chemistry is as unique to you as a fingerprint. “Natural” remedies have just as much of a chance of working for you as manufactured ones. The only way you’ll know is if you try it yourself.
– A majority of the people that complain about “big pharm” have no idea how they work.
Quick, how do new drugs get developed? How do pharmaceutical companies make their money? A pharmaceutical manufacturer spends a ton of money up front to develop a particular drug with absolutely no guarantee that they will be successful. If they are successful, they are awarded a few year patent so they can make their money back and attempt to turn a profit. The patent expires and then generics can go into production. In many cases, the drug ends up working for something entirely unrelated. Viagra started off as a cancer medication.
What does that mean to the consumer? The idea that keeping people perpetually sick to make money is entirely counterproductive to their business model. Yes, prices are terrible and it never seems like doctors know what they are talking about. Prices are terrible because of insurance companies not because of pharmaceuticals. Medical science has always been inexact- ALWAYS. You cannot apply one cookie-cutter solution to everyone and have success. That is exactly what doctors are forced to do in the interest of time and minimizing potential malpractice suits.
– There are no easy answers; never have been, never will be.
Thus I come to the goal for my body of work within Bipolar Manifesto. I’m not here to provide you the same regurgitated garbage you can find all over the internet. My entire focus for Bipolar wellness is empowering people to make their own decisions, think for themselves, and understand what constitutes success. If you want to try natural remedies, great! If you want to go a pharmaceutical approach, great! If you think therapy is useless and psychiatrists suck, more power to you!
My personal opinions and beliefs are irrelevant, as are many of the propagandists trying to shill their crap. The truly important things are to embrace fact and reality to find your wellness.
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