erin-elizabethBy Erin Elizabeth, Founder, Health Nut News

Please see the two video versions of the song (including the lyrics), the backstory, and my story below.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Call Out Big Pharma

Even the LA Times tried to tear this song apart but that’s not really a big surprise, is it? Some say mainstream news is just a mouthpiece for Big Pharma, look at their advertisements, who pays their bills?

This heartfelt song challenges our overprescribing doctors, the greedy pharmaceutical industry and the whole country.  It’s time to step up to the plate and address what is happening as our nation becomes increasingly hooked on drugs.

Many people think it’s only the illegal ‘street drugs’ that are the problem, when in fact, many of those started out as prescriptions; be it Adderall, Xanax, or the Ritalin that kids sniff to do well in school (some adults also take ADHD meds to sit at their desks all day without distraction). Unfortunately, CBS just did a story on how Ritalin can be dangerous for sleep and a new study shows it might not help ADHD at all.

One addict explained to me how the script at the doctors eventually runs out so they turn to the street and end up on oxycontin; more often than not they move on to Heroin which they later try to wean off using Methadone (yet no one wants to talk about cannabis oil which can end the cycle once and for all and has for many).

The Nuns said I was hyperactive at school and the Pediatrician tried to push Ritalin on my mom for me, but she said “no way in hell”.

I was adopted and a sickly child who was in the hospital until I was 2 months old. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the tender age of eight by my Pediatrician who started pushing the drugs telling my mom I was obviously hyperactive (more commonly known now as ADHD).

Back then people weren’t so quick to trust their doctor. My mom actually stood up to him and said no way. Not happening.

So often, in our modern world, we get bullied by our doctors (I hear it from parents whose pediatricians do it every day) to take the drugs they suggest and follow the exact vaccine schedule they follow (like Gardasil which is shown to severely injure children and even researchers are speaking out about its dangerous complications).

I didn’t escape injury though as I was given multiple vaccines at 3 months old, not long after adoption, even though I had a severe cold, during a cold Chicago, January. I had small series of seizures, 104 fever for nearly a week ,vomiting, and ended up in the emergency room.  The doctors did a spinal tap not knowing what it was (they didn’t connect the vaccines at the time) and some say it’s a miracle I survived.  However I did not escape unscathed as I then had severe allergies, ear infections and went through a constant courses of antibiotics for years before I found out about natural health and healing my body.

After a tornado took our house and I’d found my birth parents (all in the span of 90 days) my doctor said I should take Prozac as it was so much stress all at once. I stayed on it a few years, but only felt worse and quit the SSRI cold turkey. I always recommend weaning from any drug under the supervision of a health practitioner, but just knew I couldn’t take it another day. Literally.

Many have great luck now weaning from prescriptions with yet another prescription – for medical marijuana!  I spent a week this Fall in Colorado interviewing grow houses, kitchens and medical dispensaries that help even the hardest addicts (script or otherwise) get off the drugs with the help of cannabis oil. It’s amazing that this plant is vilified when our children are given SSRI drugs and narcotics like they’re candy.

Hopefully this song helps open the eyes of our nation and we start to take the necessary steps to heal ourselves.

Enjoy the song and lyrics and learn <3

Peace, Erin

(featuring Leon Bridges)

Live version (lyrics below)

[Verse 1]

I seen pain, I felt the losses
Attended funerals and seen coffins
21 years old, an angel was lost here
Wings clipped by the grip of 80 milligram sniffs of oxycontin
Everyday through the nostrils
Never went away, never does it stop there
Death a line or two away and a couple tall cans
Cause you never know when God is gonna call, man
Precious, what we all share
I said peace at 5:30, the next time that I saw him was in the hands of the pallbearer
What if I would’ve never gone and dropped him off there?
Blaming myself, in hysterics, screaming “It’s not fair!”
21 years old, book of rhymes he was gonna recite to the globe
Only thing to numb the pain besides that sh*t in his nose
He was gonna quit tomorrow, we’re all gonna quit tomorrow
Just get us through the weekend, and then Monday follows
Then it’s Wednesday, then F it, I’m already feeling hollow
Might as well go crack a pill, might as well go chug a bottle
Might as well go pop a pill and go and bathe in that problem
And escape this world, vacate this world
Cause I hate myself
No praying’s gonna cure this pain

[Hook: Leon Bridges]
Doctor, please, give me a dose of the American Dream
Put down the pen and look in my eyes
Oh, in the waiting room and something ain’t right
All this is on you, we’re overprescribed

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
My man Kev
He went up in jail, institutions are dead
And with our lives, we play Russian Roulette
And try to find a life we can be content
Cause for us, we’re just trying to minimize the fear of being alive
And then my little brother is in the sky
From a pill that a doctor prescribed
And a drug that a million dollar industry supplied
And the cops never go and profile at night
And the, the, the orange plastic with the white top they sell to you
Has us looking for the answers and not instead of you
Quick fix, whatever’ll do
We just gonna neglect the truth
Because a doctor with a license played God and said it’s cool
Played God and said it’s cool
But me? I don’t blame Kev or his mom freebasing while pregnant with him
I blame the pharmacy companies
Country that spends trillions fighting the war they supplying themselves
Politicians, business and jail
Public defenders and judges who fail
Look at Kevin, look at Kevin
Now he’s wrapped in plastic
First dealer was his mom’s medicine cabinet
Got anxiety, better go and give him a Xanax
Focus, give him an Adderall, sleep, give him Ambien
‘Til he’s walking ’round the city looking like a mannequin
Ups and downs shooting up prescriptions you’re handing him
Now America, is it really worth it? I’m asking you

[Hook: Leon Bridges]
Doctor, please, give me a dose of the American Dream
Put down the pen and look in my eyes
Oh, in the waiting room and something ain’t right
All this is on you, we’re overprescribed

[Outro: Leon Bridges]
Doctor, your methods, any old methods
Can’t cure my disease without killing me
You’re killing me, you’re killing me
You’re killing me, you’re killing me

XO Erin Elizabeth, Health Nut News