Unfortunately, the unexamined assumption has been yes, but the truth is “not completely”.
In some instances of emergency and specific conditions like trauma, fast-growing tumors, and acute heart attacks and strokes, medicine is able to intervene in the disease process, mend broken bones, and stabilize people with heart attacks, etc.
In our conscious or unconscious need as human beings to be “taken care of”, we have submitted ourselves to modern medicine. In doing so we must also accept the dark side of medicine.
This trade-off may explain why we seem to be so quick to ignore the mounting evidence that medicine is the number one killer in America.
An aging population wants nothing more than to know how to create a longer and healthier life span and turns to medicine for the answers. However, medicine, purported to base itself on science, has not entered the field of anti-aging or wellness, and is completely ill equipped to even give an opinion.
At this point, it might be propitious to quote Voltaire, who lived from 1694-1778. He said: “Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing”.
Medicine is becoming quite adept at causing iatrogenic (caused by medical intervention) injury.
Every year, over the past 20 years, two or three studies have surfaced showing a growing number of people injured by Rx drugs, including treatment with toxic drugs used for non-life threatening conditions such as synthetic hormone replacement therapy.
As these studies slowly came before us, as a society we still held on to the notion that medicine was working in our best interest. No one took the time or trouble to compile all the statistics. No one identified the various areas of medicine, each of which causes iatrogenesis. When the different injuries and deaths were added up, the final number was incredible.
In a recent compilation of deaths due to properly prescribed drugs, drug errors, surgical mistakes, medical procedure mistakes, bedsores, malnutrition in nursing homes, and hospital based infections, it was found that iatrogenic medicine is the leading cause of death in America.
According to research done by the Nutrition Institute of America under the auspices of Dr. Carolyn Dean and Gary Null, it was found that the 2001 heart disease rate was 699,697; the annual cancer death rate was 553,251. But the annual iatrogenic rate was 783,936.
That’s just the deaths. The number of people injured annually by Rx drugs is 2.2 million; the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections is 20 million; the number of unnecessary hospitalizations annually is 8.9 million; and we really have no way of knowing how many premature deaths can be attributed to overuse of X rays.
Be prepared for another shock. Most studies that care to delve into the topic of what mistakes actually get reported are pretty clear that only 5%, or 1 in 20 errors, are recorded in black and white. We also know that about 20% of mistakes can end up in death, so the undisclosed 3/4 million deaths may be just the tip of the iceberg.
To add insult to injury, drugs are synonymous with modern medicine. “Drugs” and “medicine” are interchangeable words in the dictionary and in most people’s minds, and it’s hard to believe that drug-based medicine is only about 100 years old because of its pervasive hold on our society.
With the discovery of the “Germ Theory”, medical scientists convinced the public that infectious organisms were the cause of illness, not their lifestyle and dietary choices.
Finding the “cure” for these infections proved much harder than anyone imagined. Right from the beginning, chemical drugs promised much more than they delivered. But far beyond not working, the drugs also caused incalculable side effects.
The drugs themselves, even when properly prescribed, have side effects that can be fatal. Fully half the drugs prescribed are eventually pulled from the marketplace due to undeniable side effects. By then, the drug companies have laughed all the way to the bank pocketing billions of dollars in profits from an unsuspecting society and are busily marketing the next catastrophe.
The leading causes of adverse drug reactions are antibiotics (17%), cardiovascular drugs (17%), chemotherapy drugs (15%), and analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents (15%). It is, however, probably impossible to estimate the morbidity and mortality due to drugs such as synthetic hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills taken by millions of Americans.
NBC’s “Dateline” wondered if your doctor is moonlighting as a drug rep. After a year-long investigation, they reported that because doctors can legally prescribe any drug to any patient at any time for any condition, drug companies heavily promote “off-label”, and frequently inappropriate and non-tested, uses of these medications in spite of the fact that these drugs are only approved for specific indications for which they have been tested.
How modern medicine has become to be the number one killer in America is as incredible as it is horrifying. Doctors don’t think of themselves as killers, but as long as they promote toxic drugs and don’t learn non-toxic options, they are virtually pulling the trigger on helpless patients and transforming the Hippocratic Oath into the Hypocritic Oath.
So, what can you do to escape this dependence on modern medicine? Well, maybe there really is no escape but there sure can be a decrease in the dependence by putting your health back in your hands.
If you are eating the flesh of rotting cow bodies, or rotting pig bodies, or rotting fowl bodies, or rotting fish bodies, or dairy products, you need to stop.
If you are eating refined grains like white flour products and white rice, you need to switch to whole grains like whole wheat bread, brown rice, red rice, millet, Quinoa, buckwheat, etc.
If you are eating the menstrual cycle of chickens (eggs), you need to stop.
If you are eating malasadas and donuts, which are nothing more that balls of white flour covered in sugar and cooked in grease, you need to stop.
If you are shopping in supermarkets and not reading labels, you need to start.
The rule is two-fold: if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it; and, if man made it, don’t eat it.
If you are still ingesting embalming fluid through diet drinks containing Aspartame, you need to stop.
If you are using “Splenda” (sucralose) as a sweetener, which is produced from chlorine, you need to stop.
Everything you are preparing to eat can be transformed into nutritious fare by switching the ingredients.
Whole for refined, tofu and analogs for flesh, organic for pesticide and insecticide laden, soy, rice, cotton, sugar, and almond or rice or hemp for dairy milk, and egg-less for egg mayonnaise.
If you don’t have a clue, get some vegetarian cookbooks and shop in natural food stores. Be careful though as most of their products contain MSG euphemisms.
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You are and should be responsible for your health. Not your doctor, not your health care provider, not your neighbor, you!
Besides, don’t you think that all that money you spend on prescription drugs could be put to a more enjoyable use if it were at your disposal?
Remember, the marathon of life starts with the first step. Don’t be afraid to take that step.