He spoke of Hollywood’s, “huge problem with celebrity doctors who not only initiate people into the drug experience but then they perpetuate it so that people become dependent on them. I think this is something that really should be investigated because it’s a disease.”
Dr. Chopra called prescription drug addiction, “the number-one cause of drug addiction in the world, and particularly in the United States.” Not street drugs, Dr. Chopra has observed, but medical prescriptions given legally by physicians.
In a bittersweet eulogy to her ex-husband, Lisa Marie Presley spoke on her MySpace blog of Michael’s concerns about dying like her father, Elvis.
Health Populi’s Hot Points: Since Michael’s death, which occurred on my birthday, I’ve been wrestling with what we can learn from this tragedy. We lose yet another young, creative spirit to what could turn out to be a preventable cause.Last night, we watched La Vie en Rose, the life story of Edith Piaf. This just happened to be one of the 3 DVDs that Netflix sent us this week. The timing was ironic; Edith received shots and consumed innumerable cocktails of drugs throughout her life, snuffed too-early like Michael’s and Judy’s and Elvis’s and Heath’s and countless other creative spirits.
“Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general. I can’t recall the exact subject matter but he may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my Father’s Death. At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, ‘I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did.’ I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that.”
It really does take a village when it comes to health. Enablers and sycophants: be gone.
All I can say is: We Are The World.