Why do Americans spend so much on pharmaceuticals? | PBS NewsHour


Are you wondering if you are one of the many Americans that are struggling to live in the real world?


Here’s a short “reality checklist” that might help.


Answer “yes’ or “no”


* Do you carry a loaded gun to church on Sunday?

* Do you believe the US government is a threat to your freedom?

* Do you consider loud music a threat to your life?

* Is the word Muslim just another word for terrorist?

* Would you kill someone who threatened you with popcorn?

* Do you believe cable news is real news?

* Do you believe reality TV is real?

* Do you believe good people need a gun to defend themselves against bad people?

* Can you tell the difference between good and bad people?

* Do you believe dark skinned people in hoodies are dangerous?

* Do you believe in evolution?

* Do you believe Iraq had WMD?

* Do you believe Obama is a muslim?

* Do you believe school teachers should be armed?

* Do you believe shopping centers are dangerous?

* Do you use medication to fall asleep?

* Do you use medication for anxiety?

* Do you believe every American should own a gun?

* Do you need more than 2 guns for self-defense?


It might be helpful to know that a large number of Americans suffer from at least 3 (if not more) mental illnesses;


1) Neurosis (Anxiety Disorder) 
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things.People with the disorder, which is also referred to as GAD, experience exaggerated worry and tension, often expecting the worst, even when there is no apparent reason for concern. They anticipate disaster and are overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. 

2) Psychosis 

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes:
False beliefs about what is taking place or who one is (delusions)
Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)

3) Dillusional/paranoia 

Paranoid personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of distrust and suspicion of others, but does not have a full-blown psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. Persons with paranoid personality disorder are very suspicious of other people. As a result, they severely limit their social lives. They often feel that they are in danger and look for evidence to support their suspicions. They have trouble seeing that their distrustfulness is out of proportion to their environment.


This is born out by looking at the number of Americans who are prescribed anti psychotic medications,


Anxiety and anxiety related conditions negatively impact individuals, and our society:
40 million people in the U.S. will experience an impairment because of an anxiety condition this year.
Only 4 million will receive treatment, and of those, only 400,000 will receive proper treatment.
Those who experience anxiety and stress have a very high propensity for drug abuse and addictions.

Further statistics show:
65% of North Americans take prescription medications daily, 43% take mood altering prescriptions regularly.
There were over 3.3 Billion prescriptions filled in America in 2002 (12 times the U.S’s population – that’s 12 prescriptions for every man, woman, and child in the U.S. that year).
Paxil and Zoloft (two of the more popular anti-anxiety medications) ranked 7th and 8th in the top ten prescribed medications in the US (these two medications totaled almost $5 Billion in sales in 2002).

1 in 5 Americans on psyhtropic medication

The use of psychotropic drugs by adult Americans increased 22 percent from 2001 to 2010, with one in five adults now taking at least one psychotropic medication, according to industry data. In 2010, Americans spent more than $16 billion on antipsychotics, $11 billion on antidepressants and $7 billion for drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The rapid growth of all three classes of drugs has alarmed some mental health professionals, who are concerned about the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs by elderly nursing home residents and the prescription of stimulants to children who may have been misdiagnosed with ADHD.

Americans live in a sedated state of mind

Americans now spend over $750 million annually on over-the-counter sleep aids, and over $2 billion annually on prescription sleeping pills. This is a 23 percent increase since 2006 and a 60 percent increase since 2000. Medical experts and sociologists wonder if widespread insomnia has become a “cultural benchmark,” the most obvious symptom of an exhausted, anxious society.


Illicit Drug Use

Illicit drug use in America has been increasing. In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month. This is up from 8.3 percent in 2002.
If we are to believe that the USA is #1 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious society the world has ever known how can we reconcile that with the reality that we live in constant state of anxiety and fear and spend billions of dollars trying to cope with an imaginary world we believe to be real?
What’s of even greater concern is that we are passing these “crazy-making” beliefs on to the next generation who stand to inherit the worse of what we have to offer as a society. For example, children as young as 3 years old are being trained on the use of assault weapons by their parents. Even Hitler waited a few years longer to brainwash the youth and history shows how that ended.
Unfortunately we live in a culture that values money and profits above almost all else. And, as cultures of old we admire and some would say even worship the people who have become rich, powerful, and to some heroic playing on our fears and weaknesses. The gun industry, the defense industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the cable media industry; all focused on keeping you neurotic, psychotic, and paranoid.
Time to wake up folks!



Adelson Wooed by Republican Presidential Prospects at Vegas Meet


The order in the air is unmistakable. Even all the way out here on the coast.  It’s not at all surprising given the large number of BS artists who have congregated in LasVegas; aka-Sin City.  Hookers, pimps, and John’s, also known as Republicans, doing what they do best. Laying out the plans on how to screw the American people. 


The list of possibles is not impressive at least in appealing to an educated voter. New Jersey Dough Boy Chris Christy; though a few pounds lighter is definitely still the biggest pile of BS in the frey. Imagine the Interstate system being shut down in Blue states after a Christy win. Or, worse yet challenging a guy like Putin to a nuke duel. That’s the kind of loose canon we’re looking at if, God have mercy on us, one of the full-blown wackos manages to buy their way into the White House.


If we’re lucky, “What goes on in Vegas, will stay in Vegas.”

#Suey Park et al – Get-A-Life!

These tweeters are twits.


They are surrounded with racism. In the south it’s so bad it seeps out of almost every politician and right-wing wackos that reminds me of a bad case of diarrhea.


Suey and the army of twits that have taken on this issue should be ashamed of themselves. Colbert is not the enemy as lily white as he is. In fact he and Stewart do more in their half-hour skits to shine the light on racism than almost any other so-called civil rights organization in the country.


If the twitters want to take on racism there’s plenty of fat targets out there like most Republicans so how about hashtag “cancel Republicans” and “cancel Koch Bros”. Need more? 


I’m reminded of that U-tube character who came to Britney Spears defense when I say;\ #leave Colbert alone! U bastards!


Stephen Colbert vs. the Hashtag Activists

Pope Francis to the 1%; you reap what you sow.

Pope Francis removes ‘bling bishop’ | Al Jazeera America

Looks like Francis is not backing down on using Jesus’s playbook in leading Catholics down the path of salvation. I just wonder how many of the 1% will come along willingly? 

The “money gobblers” are not an easy crowd to play to; even for the Pope. If they get the least bit uncomfortable with this “give till it hurts” approach to living the right life they start to unravel. First come the nuances about  making generous donations for self-serving projects like remodeling a cathedral that usually comes with a nice tax write off and how that might all go somewhere else. Churches are scrambling to scoop up fallen rich Catholics; especially the “prosperity gospel crowd.”

As a Catholic it is indeed refreshing to finally see a Pope walking the talk. Let’s hope some of his genuineness rubs off on politicians like Obama who, for the most part, got the talk down pat but are lousy at doing the walk. 

As for the “special” people who think they are above it all and have been blessed, my guess is they will continue doing whats best for them and to hell with the Pope. Buying the 1st class ticket to heaven is the only hope they have and my guess is 1st class has been converted to coach. 

There is still hope, however, since both Jesus and the Pope are know to be compassionate and forgiving. 

All the 1% need to do to get back in God’s good graces is following the guidelines Pope Francis laid out in;



humpty dumpty fell off the wall and broke

This clown pushes arrogance to new highs.




Takes taxpayer dollars to hire his own attorneys who then exonerate him. OMG! FTF! BSC!




How these people are ever elected to office still remains a mystery to me. Is it that no sane person wants the job? Or is it the power brokers need unstable people because they are easier to manipulate?


Or is it that Americans are so dumbed down (just plain stupid) that they mistake reality with fiction?




Christy is an overstuffed sociopath that makes for great news cycles and great fodder for night show comedians. Putting him in a position that requires trust and common sense? Please!




What we see is what we get. A giant pain in the ass that needs to go away before he does any more damage to a political system that has fast become a breeding ground for full blown wackos.






Chris Christie Says Port Authority Chairman Has Resigned

Army awards general a medal for rape

He sexually assaulted a subordinate and threatened to kill her and her family and the government “dismissed” the charges; the most serious of many charges, in a plea deal.


This comes after a teary eyed (hard to believe) horny old man begged for leniency from another grey haired (probably horny) old man  after copping to a slew of other offenses against subordinate females in his ranks during his reign of terror.


The idea that an over the hill old man with control issues would  terrorize women for sex is not unusual. Hell that’s what the Cialis/Viagra “boner” pill market thrives on. It’s even covered under Medicare!


But what happened to “red lines?”  Assault and threats to kill aren’t exactly  sexually arousing except maybe for sadists and into whips and chains..


So, once again we are given an example of how the “good old boy” club works in the military.  


Sinclair, 51, one of only a few generals to face court-martial in the last 60 years, pleaded guilty Monday to

* twice misusing his government charge card to pursue the affair, 
* disobeying an order not to contact his mistress, and 
* making derogatory and sexist comments about other female officers.

A week earlier, Sinclair pleaded guilty to 

* impeding an investigation by deleting sexually explicit emails and photos from a civilian woman, 
* possessing pornography in a war zone, 
* conducting inappropriate relationships with two other female officers and 
* asking the lieutenant for a date.
Serious charges, right? I’m kidding, of course. Pornography in a war zone? WTF?
Only a full blown idiot would impose such a ban on a bunch of testosterone cranked corn fed kids with raging hormones. A sure fire way to create an atmosphere where suicides and rapes are rampant. Idiotic!
So, our recalcitrant general drenched in tears of remorse, throws himself at the mercy of the court, begging for leniency; which on it’s face is absurd, but what’s even crazier is this;
Under a plea agreement, the Army dismissed charges that Sinclair sexually assaulted the captain and threatened to kill her and her family if she exposed the affair. Also dropped were charges that the general had engaged in “open and notorious” sex in a parked car in Germany and on a hotel balcony in Arizona. If convicted on the most serious charges, Sinclair would have faced life in prison and registration as a sex offender. 
That is comparable to awarding medals for rape and sends a clear message to women in the military; nothings changed.



More Evidence that Half of America is In or Near Poverty


In the Great Depression, it was common for people down on their luck to panhandle and or beg for money from the more fortunate. Most of these people were the labourers who built railroads, skyscrapers, roads and the like. Now that those were done, they didn’t have jobs, and to make matters worse, the Stock Market crashed and those same people lost what other paper reserves they had. A protest song was written and became a hit at the time when my grandparents were young and raising their families. So “Brother can you spare a dime” became a slogan for lashing out at governments for not fostering economic growth and wealth of a country. 

Fast forward today;

The bottom half of America own just 1.1 percent of the country’s wealth, or about $793 billion, which is the same amount owned by the 30 richest Americans. ZERO wealth is owned by approximately the bottom 47 percent.

This nonexistent net worth is due in great part to the overwhelming burden of debt for Americans, which now includes college graduates entering the work force. The average student loan balance has risen 91 percent in the past ten years.

 This is based on the Census Department’s Relative Poverty Measure (Table 4), which is “most commonly used in developed countries to measure poverty.” The Economic Policy Institute uses the term “economically vulnerable.” With this standard, 18 percent of Americans are below the poverty threshold and 32 percent are below twice the threshold, putting them in the low-income category.

The official poverty rate increased by 25 percent between 2000 and 2011. Seniors and children feel the greatest impact, with 55 percent of the elderly and almost 60 percent of children classified as poor or low-income under the relative poverty measure. Wider Opportunities for Women reports that “60 percent of women age 65 and older who live alone or live with a spouse have incomes insufficient to cover basic, daily expenses.”