A new four-letter word for the 21st Century.
Commonly referred to as "meds."
With the same reputation as other four-letter words.
Medicine used to be a good thing.
Mothers would say:
"Take your medicine and you’ll feel all better."
And we would.
Now medicine makes us sick.
It’s too much.
It’s too strong.
Or just downright wrong.
More than 1,000,000 people die every year from medicine.
Not from the disease at hand.
Nor the symptoms.
They die from reactions to medicine.
Or the result of two or more medicines clashing.
Choking to death.
According to trusty Webster, medicine is "any drug or other substance used in treating disease, healing, or relieving pain."
Not any more it isn’t.
There’s even a book out called Death by Modern Medicine.
Written by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical doctor.
Both over-the-counter and prescription drugs kill.
Blood pressure pills.
And any number of combinations thereof.
What’s a body to do?
What comes naturally.
The Green House can help you there.
Meantime, eat your vegetables.
Chew your food.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Get lots of rest.
Wash your hands.
Watch those sweets.
And remember…mind your mother.
Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.