Scopolamine: Drug, Medicine & Informed Consent

One of the important considerations in using natural medications is that there are times when the natural ones are more potent and toxic. This is true in the case of Scopolamine. In clinical chemistry, molecules can be configurated in a right handed or a left handed manner (mirror images). When refined for commercial use in pharmaceutical medications, these differences can be used to reduce some of the strength and effect of the natural substance. From my time treating addictions, I know what is presented on this video to be true. From my training in pharmacology, I also know that scopolamine is in many preparations including medications for motion-sickness, muscle spasms, Parkinson symptoms and others. This raises two issues: (1) the importance of informed consent, where the physician fully assures that the patient knows potential risks and benefits, and (2) simply because an active ingredient is noted in a medication that does not provide enough information to understand the clinical chemistry behind the preparation. Here in is a problem. Almost all of the pharmaceutical preparations are proprietary blends. This means that the exact content of the medication is “secret”. Clinically, this may not be an issue in the majority of cases, but for a percentage of patients it will place them at unnecessary risk of exposure to substances that they may not be able to tolerate well. In addition, it places the physician in the uncomfortable position of not being able to fully provide “informed consent”. Some of the advances which have been used to reduce medications intolerance have included genetic testing to determine enzyme and related issues which complicate medication use and drug interaction. At this point, it is essential that patients be proactive, to fully understand the potential benefits and risks, so the development of possible complications can be identified and addressed to reduce potential harm. In healthcare, we are continuously deciding if the benefits outweigh the risks. Regardless of politics, the individual who has to live with the consequences of the decision should be the one making the decision. In the patient’s healthcare, that is the patient.



Let’s Learn to Speak “Earth”

Let’s pretend that the earth can speak. What would the words be like? How would the earth let those that live upon it know to “move over so that things can adjust” or “cover up for a shower” or “hold on because of a coming change?” The earth would grumble or give warnings that some adjustments would be coming. Like laying next to a large bear, smaller bears and other creatures need to be sensitive to the signs that the large bear is going to roll over, or get up and shake.

In ancient times, how did populations of humans survive? They learned to listen to the messages of mother earth. When earthquakes occurred and volcanos became active, it was time to move to some place calmer and safer. When the waters started to rise, people started to move inland or to higher ground. To many, this sounds like “common sense”. Unfortunately, we have become arrogant, and assume that we can just compensate for the disturbance. Our response is “I have all my things here and it would cost to much to make necessary changes.” Like Harry Randall Truman, who lived and died on Mount St. Helens, who predicted it would erupt, many people simply sit and wait for the show. There are consequences for our decisions.

In today’s world, we have complicated the situation by taking our solid ground we stand on and digging multiple holes, tunnels and wells, filling some with water to force oils to the surface for commerce purposes. We have, thus, started a giant Jenga game, where we take out pieces and expect the structure to stand undisturbed.

Perhaps if we are going to live on a large bear, we should not do things to “piss it off”.IMG-20130403-00161

A Little Thought of the Healing Earth

Just a thought . . .
When a volcano erupts, it spreads ash which, in addition to other chemicals, contains Zeolite which is a known filter for toxins including radioactive isotopes. Another purifier is humic acid which is from decaying organic material. Together with the deep earth ash and the decaying organic material, the earth begins to purify itself. The moral of this story is that if we do not help keep our world clean of toxins, we will become part of a solution as organic material which will complete part of a karmic circle.
Rory Fleming Richardson, Ph.D., ABMP