pillsNPR just posted a story with the headline Seniors In The South Are More Apt To Be Prescribed Risky Drugs. If you have followed any part of my mother’s story for the last year or two, you know that I firmly believe this to be true. Nobody anywhere should ever blindly trust a doctor. Doctors aren’t magicians or gods. They’re people, just like everyone else. They make mistakes often and they are frequently heavily influenced by financial matters which have nothing to do with healthcare.

If you are prescribed a drug, you should do your own research on it.

And, perhaps even more importantly, if your parents are being prescribed medications, you should research them, too. Find out why they’re being prescribed, what alternatives the doctor has considered, and what their potential side effects are.