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What if you died from nothing?

Updated on January 22, 2012

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Died from Nothing?

The days of men/women are definitely longer in length, but in this age of intelligence there is much that seems ridiculous.

A few years back a co-worker/friend of mine asked me a question, he tried to ask it twice before finally deciding on how to put it into words, here is what he ended with "Rob"... 'yes Ralph' very long pause...."Rob"...'yes Ralph' another very long pause....and then "Rob"...a somewhat irritated 'yes RALPH' and from him as if giving labor "Rob..wouldn't be a bitch if you died from nothing?"

"Ralph..that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, are you nuts?"

A little history here: Ralph and I are painters, Ralph had been painting for about fifteen years and had stopped drinking for about twenty I believe, but prior to that Ralph was/is a full blown alcoholic/recovering alcoholic and huffing oil based paint fumes can't simply increase your mental capacity and speaking of mental capacity we both worked at a mental facility, anyway the rest.

"Well Rob, I mean if we were to die from nothing what would happen, like what would the doctors tell your wife or kids and umm just you know?"

I thought a bit and considering the usual jibberish we spoke about during work, I must admit for Ralph and even myself I did consider the thought and spoke "Ralph that may be the most intelligent thing I've heard you say."

Think about it

What Ralph said way back then sure may seem funny,-in a silly way-but he had a valid point that I'm not even sure he was aware of. With so many newly diagnosed illnesses and conditions that have sprung up since I was a boy it's a wonder any of us could live beyond 30 lol.

Maybe you have noticed how many advertisements on TV are about medicines or treatments? They are aimed at anything from vanity to depression and to tell you the truth I don't know where we will find ourselves as a people in say 50 years, will we need a pill to treat our children from the hidden/not yet known side effects from medications?

Back in my youth I suffered from day dreaming,-actually I rather enjoyed it-but to this generation we may call this disorder ADD or ADHD and treatable by a medication perhaps Ritalin.

Lets look at some of these side effects addiction, anxiety, insomnia and more . You know I wish that maybe sometimes we as a people might just wait and see what happens, at least in the case of children, the "maybe they'll grow out of it" could actually happen.

For almost all medications, I have found that what they were originally intended to be used for is not what they end up treating. I have a problem with that concept of let's see what this does for this or that illness, condition or disorder. I believe unfortunately a driving force behind pharmaceuticals and their usage as well as the diagnosis beforehand could be motivated by greed. This is big business, in fact it is as of the year 2000, a 145 billion dollar a year industry. Now 10 years later it has doubled to 307 billion "Houston, we have a problem" There is a big problem here. I know our population did not double, did we become such a sickly country in 10 years?

Have you ever seen the movie "Sleeper" by/with Woody Allen? In the future somethings that were thought to be bad for you are now determined to be beneficial, now I'm not bashing all diagnoses nor am I bashing the treatments (as a whole), but this trend is becoming one of utter idiocracy.

Bad for you?

Do we care really or is $ the reason?

An excerpt from the modern form of the Hippocratic Oath:

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

Understanding? Sympathy? Doctors upon graduating may take this oath, but it is up to them (self-policing) whether or not the deem themselves in violation. For I believe that most doctors do care about their fellow man, yet when you put one in charge of their own self-evaluation what happens? We only need look to politics, religion, business and other positions that bestow authority and provide opportunity for wealth to see what can happen. So I question the legitimacy of a claim to care in a sometimes uncaring world or at least a world that only lives for moments, until a new crisis or cause comes along.

Perhaps I am a closet cynic or pessimist after all and if I have offended by being so overt in this matter; In the words of "Sting" (The Police) "I have only come here seeking knowledge,"


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    • noturningback profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      Thank you for your comment and the time you spent to read this Hub. As I said before, my friend, Ralph, sure seemed to asked a non relevant question, but then again...

    • ananceleste profile image

      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California

      You are absolutely right. We are lab rats! Sometimes I just listen to any comercial for X medication and wonder, What in the world...? You really dont want to know how all of that fit into the scheme of things. As a former nurse, I know what is going on inside the pressure cooker; and it isn't a stew...


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