Well, I won the Oscar contest amongst friends and I’m not sure how considering I was off on several categories. I wasn’t able to enjoy the pre-Oscar shows as I was busy preparing the Oscar-themed food pictured below! Juno mini cheeseburges and orange tic tacs. No Country For Old Men taquitos. There Will Be Blood chocolate (oil) fondue and a red velvet cake in the shape of a bowling pin. and a few Sweeney Todd meat pies!!!
Great article in today’s Washington Post:
Feeling depressed? No problem, pop a pill.
That’s what more and more Americans are doing these days to quell what ails their troubled souls. The use of antidepressants in the United States has exploded in the past couple of decades, and drugs such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, which didn’t even exist 20 years ago, are household names, almost household staples.
And why not? The television ads make it seem so easy: An agonized man or woman stares listlessly into space or slumps on a bed or couch, holding their head in their hands. Then they take a pill and suddenly morph into a happily engaged and joyous being, back on the job or walking in a park, awash in sunshine, surrounded by grandchildren, a golden retriever nipping at their heels, while lush music plays in the background.
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I’ve been off the Lamictal approximately six weeks and it’s been incredible difficult to gauge my symptoms and/or side effects, if any. The extreme irritability is gone but I’ve been incredibly fatigued and depressed lately. I’ve been sick more than I’ve been healthy. What bothers me is, it could be a number of things. It could be the crap in our food, the cigarettes, our fireplace (carbon monoxide?) It could be the constant weather changes in my area which led to the disastrous tornadoes a few days ago. 70 degrees one day, 30 degrees the next. Maybe a new pillow or bed would result in less tossing and turning and therefore more sleep. It could be stress from non-stop work the past month. Or stress from losing my health insurance. It could be from the great sadness I feel after reading too much news and seeing firsthand our country being taken over by corporations. Or stress from unpaid bills.
Do you get my point? It could be many things and possibly a combination of all of the above. It might not have a damn thing to do with the fact I’m no longer medicated. And so, how does one begin to figure it out and feel better? I’m certainly not going to medicate the problem. And not because I lost my health insurance, although that’s part of it. Mostly because I believe 90% of the medications on the market make us sicker. Frankly, I don’t know what to do and I’m open to suggestions.
From the BBC:
Hollywood actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of six different types of prescription drugs, New York authorities have revealed.
The Brokeback Mountain actor, 28, was found dead in January in an apartment he had been renting in Manhattan.
The city medical examiner’s spokeswoman said Ledger died “as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects” of the different drugs.
They include painkiller Oxycontin and anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax.
Spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said: “What you’re looking at here is the cumulative effects of these medications together.”
Traces of painkiller ibuprofen and sleeping pills, Restoril and Unisom, were also found in Ledger’s blood.
Ledger’s father Kim said: “While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath’s accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.”