This is me... Liz James....sometimes known as "The Oily Farmgirl". I am a 25+ year veteran of pharmacy... I don't use the word "veteran" lightly, because sometimes it does seem like I am going in to a war zone as we fight "Big Pharma" and insurance companies on a daily basis. Really, more importantly... I am also a holistically minded organic farmgirl..... sharing my world with Charlie, my husband of 25+ years, hand milked dairy cows, horses, chickens, a large organic garden and berry/fruit orchard, dogs, cats, and Henri... our resident Oily Farm Squirrel. Life is full and very busy! Yes, I am not your typical pharmacist. In fact, I am likely the most natural one you'd ever meet. Our farm, our "farmily" and our lives are nearly chemical free in all controllable aspects.
About 18 years ago, I began realizing that so much of what pharmacists (and nearly all health professionals) have been taught about medicine is spoon fed to us by the drug industry. After all, if you're going to feed someone information that you want them to regurgitate later, why give information about "the dark side" of common drugs and drug classes? I mean, would YOU take something that could likely cause dementia later in life if you knew that was a possible side effect? Heck no!...at least I wouldn't. This realization led me to explore and become proficient in other well-care options..... and there ARE other options out there, ESPECIALLY when it comes to pain management. (You'll have to read my blog to learn more ;).