The funny thing here is that every single one of these pills is safe in and of themselves (no, no, let's not debate the sleeping pills...not today, at least!) and is prescribed/endorsed by a real doctor. But there's kind of a left-hand-right-hand thing going on since all the stuff I have has been assigned between, oh, five? different doctors who aren't always up to speed on what the others are doing, even when I write it down for them. My pharmacy cross-checks all new prescriptions against all old ones, so they're theoretically on guard for interactions. They don't track the vitamins, though, and I think it's kind of funny that doctors are all of a sudden prescribing me more of them, along with stuff like the flax seed oil. I've always been one of those people who's wary of "natural" remedies, not because they're natural but because they're not regulated and often operate on your body chemically the same way a lot of prescription drugs do. A lot of natural remedies are fantastic (as my eyes have seen--no pun intended), but vitamins and herbs aren't some magical entity composed of fairy dust. Everything we consume is a chemical of some sort at the end of the day.
Anyway, I'm not really worried about becoming addicted to anything, ODing on Vitamin C, or helping to create the Super Bug by taking antibiotics (though maybe I should be). I'm not really worried about any one of these individual things I take. You see, what I'm worried about is being one of those patients on House. People who watch that show know what I'm talking about. I'm worried some day I'll come down with some crazy ailment no one can diagnose, and they'll go through all my bottles and be like, "Well, none of these can cause it", then they'll realize that it was some one-in-a-million chance of the Vitamin D binding with the fish oil, which then ate my stomach lining, opening the way for a folic acid overdose, which was then all catalyzed by my eye drops. Or something like that. Unlike House, however, I hope they wouldn't almost kill me five times before finally curing me.
In closing, I've got to add one other thing. I respect everyone's religious and political beliefs, so I never bring that up around here. What I don't consider sacred are other people's medical beliefs (at least when they're ridiculous). What I mean by that is that there are an alarming amount of people on the internet dispensing medical advice who have no business doing so--particularly in regard to prescriptions. Whenever I research a medication, I inevitably find posts of things like: "Well, Percocet's in the opiate family, so if you take it, you're taking heroin." Whoa, slow down, friend. Another one I like is when people swear certain things cause completely absurd symptoms: "This will create holes all over your heart." And finally, there are the people who know people: "This guy my brother's neighbor works with took that, and he got rashes and went crazy."
What's sad is that a lot of people then buy into this stuff and spread it around. It drives me crazy. People who have taken certain prescriptions have valuable advice, and I've really appreciated the comments I get around here about certain medical things, like the insomnia. It's good background to know. But people who know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody who took something probably shouldn't be dispensing medical advice. Really, when it comes down to it, all these questions are best answered by one's doctor, and I cringe to think how many people are diagnosing/medicating themselves via Yahoo Answers. AHH. Just typing that makes me irate.
So, that's my rant today. I hope it doesn't sound preachy, and like I said, I always love the input you guys give around here. That's totally different from the absurdity I find in forums sometimes. I just hate when ignorance is spread around as truth and hope that everyone can tell the difference. Glean what good info you can from the web, but rely on your doctor for the decisions. Use the internet for what it was intended: LOLcats and Facebook.