It’s so important for individuals to fully understand the risks and benefits of theirs and their loved one’s medications.
Before everything else, I just want to give a personal shout out and kudos to Ms Judy Cohen, Outreach Coordinator with The American Recall Center, which is focused in, from her own words, educating individuals on recall updates within the medical community. This November, They’re focused on bringing awareness to a topic that is not often talked about: medication safety. In doing this,we hope to encourage conversations both online and at family celebrations this Thanksgiving.
Ms Judy, thank you for considering me as one of the
influential bloggers to help spread awareness online. I actually just made myself extra aware of this topic by writing this post.
I may not need to take medicine every day, but I chose to. Apparently I chose this set of chemicals grouped under an alphabetized vitamin “generic descriptor” title, such as “Vitamin E”. These are, and any other vitamins, required less often to maintain the health of a human body.
This is a self-made decision, and luckily I didn’t need any doctor’s prescriptions since this is an over-the-counter medicine. Though, of course, I made sure that I’m on a safe track by reading legitimate online journals and articles for days.
A little review! According to the universal student pre-loved website Wikipedia, A vitamin is an organic compound and a nutrient that an organism (like us, human) requires in LIMITED AMOUNTS. Apparently I wasn’t listening very well in biology class, back in my high school days. So, I was just done reading some stuff online for this and finally gave myself a good review, it made sense: an organic chemical compound is called a vitamin when the organism cannot produce compound in sufficient quantities, and must be obtained through the diet.
Diet? There are good and bad ones, of course. You’ll a get a perfect one ONLY if you make a conscious effort to plan your meals and choose every single food on your plate. Honestly I’ve tried that – calculating calories and weighing sugar and fats over healthy veggies, but it is really stressful – not my stuff. Kudos to all the dietitians out there, one really needs enough college units regarding this to make sure every intake of food for your body is what we call “healthy”. However, I still give myself a pat on the back each time I will survive a very healthy meal, because that means I am sacrificing my love for junk foods. I am no good in medical required quantities but my sister is a registered nurse and I occasionally hear her reprimand (in a loving way, of course) my father who has diabetes whenever he will put two cups of rice in his plate.
Why do you take this medicine?
Because of this constant voice in my head that tells me I need to be on top of my personal goals now that I’m on my 22nd year of my nice life. I wanted to be healthy and prevention is always better than cure. I had always hated my skin since high school because of
genes persistent acne, and now that <em>they</em> finally stopped bugging my life, I have somehow learned the art and science of taking care of my face by at having least a good set of skin regimen, monthly visit to the dermatologist and a daily dose of Vitamin E.
Yes, I take vitamin
E and that is what I’m going to talk about in the next couple of paragraphs.
This is not an advertisement post, but I do take Myra 400 E. It’s been months now, and so far, it’s good enough to keep me buying this product.
I’m in the Philippines, and we Filipinas naturally have morena skin – meaning a fair shade in between white and brown. This means I cannot get a blonde-white complexion unless I regularly take glutathione injections or pills or big doses of vitamin c or soap with for a good year, which is saddening because social statistics shows that we, in general, prefer this skin type. But you know what? I can’t change mine but I can give it a fair and a healthy glow by taking in Vitamin E. I’m a grown woman and I would appreciate myself more with that.
How do you remember to take your medicines?
I have to! I take 400mg of this daily, while 1500mg of vitamin E is the maximum intake (according to one the medical journals that I’ve read and also I bet on Myra’s official site) for 24 hours. I am not allowed to take any other supplement that has a good dose of vitamin e on it because that is just not right for a balanced human system. I don’t have a pill box but I put this in my top drawer wherein I put my earrings, so whenever I go home from work, change my clothes and take off my accessories, I would definitely be reminded to take these good orange and lovely capsules.
What side effects have you experienced?
Aside from the psychological side effect that I’m now-more-conscious to observe my skin? Ironically, my lips gets very dry. I have figured that this is not because of the lipstick that I’m using because this Vitamin E the only thing that I’ve added in my diet. Anyways I have heard that oil supplements (Shark’s Oil pills) can make a great change in moisturizing hair, nails and skin, but that is a totally different story.
Where do you go for medical support?
For my general inquiries (eg medical certificates) and seasonal illnesses (eg random allergies or Tonsilitis), I go to our local doctor’s office. But for this dietary supplement, I read online journals and real-life conversation threads and reviews on blogs by people who take this same medicine / vitamin. Starting a change and by taking in daily a capsule is a bit scary because our bodies may react differently by giving us allergies / weight change – either gain or loss, or it may contradict with other important drugs that we are already taking. It is quite a trial-and-error process, so before I took this, I needed and gathered enough personal testimonies and some intensive research to justify a positive result. I’m glad that it is, somehow, working effectively for my skin.
I believe we all understand that medication safety really is important!
Thank you for reading! Take good care!