27 Dec Suzanne Robotti
Exploring the Hidden Dangers of Prescription Drugs. A Personal Odyssey of Side Effects and Alternative Treatments …
Suzanne Robotti – Health – Effects of Pharmaceuticals on Health
Why are we swallowing so many drugs? Are they necessary? Are they safe? Suzanne Robotti created MedShadow.org to protect lives by uncovering the hidden risks of medicines so everyone has the ability to make informed decisions about the risks, benefits, and alternatives to medicine.
Today we explore the lesser-known stories behind medicine, the side effects they may harbor, and the long-term impact they can have on our lives.
Join us for a journey through the world of pharmaceutical side effects with our guest, Su Robotti. Listen in as Sue shares her personal experiences, including the effects of a drug called DES that was prescribed to her mother during pregnancy. Her compelling story, both as a DES daughter and a woman who became a parent in an unexpected way, shines a light on the profound impact of medication side effects.
This episode also offers an in-depth exploration of ADHD and the controversy surrounding medication-based treatment. Hear Su’s personal narrative about navigating ADHD diagnosis for their child and seeking alternative solutions. In addition, we discuss the wider implications of prescription drug use in society and the need for greater awareness of alternative methods for managing chronic conditions.
Lastly, we take a critical look at the potential dangers of prescription drugs and the use of natural remedies. Our guest Su introduces her nonprofit organization, MedShadow.org, which aims to educate people about medication side effects and alternative treatments. Su’s insight, drawn from her role on the FDA advisory committee, is invaluable for those seeking to make informed decisions about their health. Remember, every pill comes with a story, and this episode tells many. Join us as we navigate the complexities of medication, health, and personal choice.
(0:00:00) – Pharma Side Effects
(0:04:14) – ADHD Medication and Alternative Approaches
(0:07:29) – Medications and Health
(0:19:08) – Risks of Prescription Drugs and Remedies
(0:24:25) – Supplements, FDA Regulations, and Healthy Lifestyle
(0:35:17) – Med Shadow
(0:00:00) – Pharma Side Effects (4 Minutes)
This chapter explores the topic of becoming a pharmaceutical side effects expert, as Suzanne (Su) shares her personal experience with medication side effects. We discuss the history of a drug called DES and its harmful effects on pregnant women and their offspring, including Su as a DES daughter. The conversation also touches on her decision to not adopt children and her unexpected journey of becoming parents to their 12-year-old nephew. Overall, we explore the impact of medication side effects and my personal journey with it.
(0:04:14) – ADHD Medication and Alternative Approaches (3 Minutes)
This chapter explores the topic of ADHD and the use of medication to manage it. Su shares a personal story of their child being diagnosed with ADHD and being prescribed Ritalin, but they were hesitant to give their child medication without fully understanding the long-term effects. They hired a specialist who conducted proper testing and found that their child did not have severe ADHD, but rather learning disabilities that could be managed with coaching. The conversation highlights the importance of asking questions and seeking alternative solutions before resorting to medication.
(0:07:29) – Medications and Health (12 Minutes)
This chapter continues the topic of ADHD and the use of medication for treatment. Su shares her personal experience with ADHD and raises concerns about how medication can sometimes suppress individual skills and personality. We also discuss the prevalence of prescription drug use in society and the lack of emphasis on alternative methods for managing chronic conditions. Our guest introduces her nonprofit organization, MedShadow, which aims to educate people about medication side effects and provide information on alternative treatments. We also touch on our Su’s role on the FDA advisory committee and her involvement in voting for the approval of certain drugs. Overall, we delve into the impact of medication on individuals and the importance of considering alternative options for managing health conditions.
(0:19:08) – Risks of Prescription Drugs and Remedies (5 Minutes)
This chapter explores the potential dangers of prescription drugs and the impact of aging on the body’s ability to process medication. We question the accuracy of the statistic that prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death and emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy liver and kidneys for proper medication processing. We also discuss the use of natural remedies, such as essential oils, and highlight the potential risks involved. It is cautioned that not all natural supplements are safe, as they are not regulated by the FDA and may contain harmful ingredients. We also address the prevalence of misleading or dangerous supplements sold online. The chapter concludes with a discussion on how consumers can ensure the safety and effectiveness of the supplements they take.
(0:24:25) – Supplements, FDA Regulations, and Healthy Lifestyle (11 Minutes)
This chapter explores the topic of supplements and the importance of independent verification labels. We discuss the need for stricter standards in research presented to the FDA and the ethical concerns surrounding drugs being allowed on the market without proven benefits. Using the example of a synthetic progesterone given to pregnant women at risk of preterm birth, we highlight the potential side effects and lack of proven benefits. Overall, this chapter emphasizes the importance of finding reputable brands and advocating for more rigorous regulations in the pharmaceutical industry.
(0:35:17) – Med Shadow (2 Minutes)
This chapter explores the topic of drug safety and the importance of advocating for our own pharmaceutical choices. Our guest, Su, shares insights from her website Med Shadow, which provides information on the potential risks and side effects of various medications. She highlights the need for careful medication use and prioritizing overall health. Su also mentions her involvement with DES Action, an organization for individuals who may have been exposed to the drug DES. The conversation concludes with a reminder to always research and make informed decisions about the drugs we take.
If you’d like more information about Su Robotti and/or MedShadow, please visit: MedShadow.org
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