#KeepsMeAlive #MedicatedAndMighty #HersheysMySavior
How did I get to this point? What drove me to post my own selfie with a beloved commercial product?
My foray into the #MedicatedAndMighty debate started innocently. I clicked on a hashtag which led to several tweets of young women posting selfies with specific pharmaceutical products. I thought to myself, I’ve got to shut these bitches up.
I started off strong:
Nothing wrong with being #MedicatedAndMighty. Just be smart about risks. See http://Rxisk.org . Doctors don't always know. #Study329
And then I let them have it with:
I was #MedicatedAndMighty MAD after learning the meds were making me sick. Now I'm less medicated & more informed: http://Rxisk.org
People soon began asking us to stop posting about our “personal health conditions.” This campaign, they said, was singularly about Combating Stigma.
So I told the fuckers off with:
I was #MedicatedAndMighty SURPRISED to learn that meds can harm as much as stigma. Be informed: see http://Rxisk.org . #study329
And for good measure added:
#MedicatedAndMighty presumes doctors know all about risks and can adequately warn patients. They don't and they can't. See #Study329
As well as:
If you take close look at http://Study329.org you will see why we are all at risk. Not against meds but FOR Rx integrity.
No matter. I was told to change my #PillShaming ways.
Outraged, I tweeted back:
#MedicatedAndMighty We were once you - undisclosed harms pushed us out of the club. It's a social justice issue. See http://Rxisk.org
People reflexively call us "anti-meds" when most of us aren't. More truthful is "anti-harms."
They didn’t care.
I wondered if they might listen to military veteran, Mike Whiter, whose photography project builds awareness of the over-medicating of vets.
#MedicatedAndMighty? Mike Whiter called bullshit. @PHLstoner http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Operation-Overmed-Mike-Whiter-Medical-Marijuana-Veterans-Marine-Philadelphia-308022541.html …
Meanwhile, what looked like sock puppet accounts were popping up and hurling insults at the #MedicatedAndMighty.
I swung into hero and cop mode:
The #MedicatedAndMighty deserve RESPECT regardless of what's happened to others. Genuine concern is not offensive, bullying and taunting is.
No one gave a royal shit.
Next I tried a political approach. Someone was comparing us to the anti-choice movement saying we skewed the issues.
More like BLM disrupting Bernie Sanders. 99% doctors don't believe the Rx harmed. Once #MedicatedAndMighty, now silenced.
The Med harmed are an unheard minority who must disrupt. Those whose meds worked sit in the seat of privilege on this one.
This got me blocked.
I took a deep breath, shifted gears, and tried something philosophical:
We become eager accessories to the great hoaxes of the age. These are the hoaxes we play on ourselves. - Daniel Boorstin #MedicatedAndMighty
Yeah. Back to the drawing board.
I then tweeted:
#MedicatedAndMighty does for pharma what pharma cannot do for itself: promote drug treatments with no mention of risks. Sadly irresponsible.
#MedicatedAndMighty comes with a price. The pharma harmed are paying that price. We should have a voice here.
Soon, the#MedicatedAndMighty Feed BouncerⓇ arrived to throw me out. This. Is. Not. Your. Space. she tweeted. I began wondering if all my tweets were doing was making the sock puppets look bad.
In defeat I finally tweeted:
My #MedicatedAndMighty tweets were misguided. I will not use this hashtag again.
[Round of applause]
But then a question was posed:
@BathysphereHat tweeted: I've seen people say #MedicatedAndMighty is "irresponsible". What responsibility do they think people who take meds have towards them?
I couldn’t resist.
I posted a series of tweets:
A more balanced approach that doesn't celebrate Rx like they are harmless vitamins. Rx Cos HAVE to warn when promoting Rx.
Many go through a rape type experience because docs don't take risks seriously when prescribing and don't believe when harm.
This campaign is for us what a celebration of Bill Cosby is to rape victims. So what if he was decent to most women?
BELIEVE us. Take us seriously. Check it out and inform yourself so we can prevent this type of violation from occurring.
People deserve informed consent if taking meds and right now we aren't given enough information. All tied to profit motive.
Whoopsie Daisy. I lost them at “Bill Cosby.” #MyHeadsOnAStick