Who is Manit you may ask?
Manit is my brother in law (pictured above). Manit was an amazing person. He at a very young age (about 13) became addicted to crack cocaine and ran away to become a male prostitute. In his adult years, he overcame all this adversity. He managed to kick the drugs and became a contributing member of society. He worked as hard as I have ever seen anyone work. He became a cook and worked tirelessly to feed our soldiers at both the VA and the air force mess hall for years and years. He bought a house and worked hard to pay for it. He was never late on a mortgage and worked hard at loving his family. During his harder years, he had contracted HIV but he did not let this get in his way. He worked hard and had a life, a car, got himself new teeth (He had lost his due to his early crack addiction) and got himself citizenship. Citizenship was something that the rest of the family had but he had to work hard on his own to get. I had a lot of respect for Manit and I loved him dearly. Manit would always call us almost daily just to talk and check in on us and was always the first person to support everyone during family struggles and hard times.
Manit was found yesterday at his house by my father in law. He was sitting on his couch staring at the TV, only Manits soul was no longer with him. For the last 2 weeks, Manit had been experiencing extreme back pain and my mother in law finally convinced him to go to the emergency room were a doctor quickly wrote him a prescription and sent him home with minimal investigation. It was this prescription that Manit overdosed on and left this world before his time.
Prescriptions, particularly pain killers are up tremendously over the past 20 years. Home deaths related to prescription drugs are up around 3,000% since 1983. “Medicine” by definition is supposed to help people and so not enough people stop to look at it and deem weather they really need it and that includes doctors. I am not going to sit here and say that no medicine helps anyone and that no medicine has ever helped anyone but we live in a pill culture. We have the Pharmaceutical drug lobby and we have doctors getting kickback from prescribing certain drugs. We live in a culture giving Lipitor to 16 year old for crying out loud.
The mixed medicine message even applies to over the counter drugs. Several months ago I was stricken with a nasty nasty cold. I actually needed medicine but in order to get the medicine, I had to take it with corn syrup. Medicine is flavored to make it easier to take down. Good luck finding over the counter medicine with without corn syrup or flavoring in it these days. In the 40′s and 50′s medicine was viewed as gross and you would only take it if you really needed it but nowadays the stuff actually tastes good! What kind of message is that sending to our kids.
I would go on but I don’t think I can right now and hopefully you get my message. Medicine is a double edged sword. It can harm as easily as it helps and this sword needs to be responsibly wielded by people, parent and doctors everywhere. Think of doctors and drug makers as knights in the fight against disease and ailment. These knights need to fight with honor that can be too easily corrupted.
Manit, you loved everyone and we loved you back. This love will live on in our hearts.
Manit will be cremated and placed with the Monks and the temple that he loved so dearly. He loved Madonna and I ask that if you hear a Madonna song you dedicate it in Manit’s memory. Manit, you were like a little prayer…
You must be my Lucky Star
‘Cause you shine on me wherever you are
I just think of you and I start to glow