I found this article to be quite shocking in the New York Times, particularly the following quote:
From 1997 to 2007, the number of prescriptions filled had increased 72 percent, to 3.8 billion last year. In the same period, the average number of prescriptions filled by each person in this country increased from 8.9 a year in 1997 to 12.6 in 2007.
In the USA, that means the average number of prescriptions for every single person is 12.6. That also includes the people that do not have any prescriptions at all, which I would hope would include many kids. Perhaps the poor quality diet in many places is doing them in though. That means amongst people you would expect to be using prescriptions, they probably average 20 or more prescriptions. It makes it hard to believe they don’t have any drug interactions!
I really doubt these people felt any better than people with the same problems 10 or 20 years ago. What they really need is to eat a healthier diet. I’ve read that the average caloric intake by calories in the west is 42%, whereas it should be around 10%, perhaps a bit more for women.
All I know is that I have a low fat diet these days, and I have no prescriptions. But I’ve never used prescriptions outside of the times I have been in accidents and had to go to the hospital for things like healing broken bones, scrapes, and cuts.
I suppose this article in some way does explain how much of the ground water in the USA is contaminated by pharmaceutical products that have been flushed down the toilet.