and Treatments that Work
Where did Medicine go wrong?
There probably isn’t a doctor alive who wouldn’t argue that our medical system is crippled, and that our ability to treat is severely restricted by insurance and government company “policies.” The only process of healing that seems to be left is to “force” intense chemical therapy into our bodies. Through a series of manipulative laws, we, the people have willingly accepted that profit is of greater value than the people that work daily to make it.
Since Medicare was introduced in the 1960s, government and insurance companies have been paying the bills and calling the shots. They control the medical “products,” allowing consumers little say in the process. Just look at the term “consumer.” Patients are no longer patients, they are consumers in an industry that controls the “business” of medicine. Yes, business and controlling consumers–not the best ingredients for optimal health.
Bottom line, patients are not happy and doctors aren’t happy. I wouldn’t be happy either if every person that came to see me was taking drugs that were not “curing” them, but only suppressing their symptoms and causing side effects that may be worse then the disease?
Dr. Marcia Angell, summed it up perfectly, “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”
Are you like Dr. Angell and feel like medicine is playing tricks on you to make small risks look enormous, or that the drugs they recommend are hyped, the data manipulated, or they’re playing endless games to scare you into doing what, in many cases, makes the most money? You don’t know what to believe or what to ignore anymore. Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, Scottish doctor, author, speaker, skeptic, in his new book called it, “Doctoring Data.” Here is an excerpt, “…my view of medical experts has become extremely jaundiced. At times I feel they are like those highly decorated North Korean generals with the funny hats. They look splendid, and important, but the only point of their existence is to suppress dissent and keep an idiotic regime in place. In reality, you are not likely to get much nuance from an expert. You are more likely to be ‘educated’ along party lines.”
Even Ghandi saw it coming. When asked for his opinion of Western civilization Ghandi said, “I think it would be a good idea.”
Asked to clarify what he meant, he said, “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
The following treatments and remedies do not require a physician’s prescription. They are commonly used in all parts of the world and very effective–your results may vary. They are NOT the “magic pill” that will all make us all feel better– yet through them we can take a critical look at our health, find solutions, and decide that we are responsible, not our doctors. I also urge you to use common sense. Serious injuries or persistent problems do require a physician’s consultation. If you are pregnant or taking a medication please consult a physician before using any of these therapies.
And finally, while some of these are natural treatments, such as diets or supplements, and others are off-label uses of generic drugs, they all have one thing in common: No one is making large amounts of money from these treatments—especially when compared to the amount of money that is made from the treatments championed by the pharmaceutical industry. To back up this fact, I provide some statistics in this post.
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On October 9, 2015, as unbelievable as it sounds, the cancer-scam-of-the-century was blown wide open. The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) shocking admission affects millions of patients. This may be the reason why? In America today, more money is spent to treat cancer than any other disease. In fact, according to NBC News, $100 BILLION was spent on cancer drugs last year alone. Scientists finally confirmed what many already suspected that patients are often scared into medically unjustified, but extremely profitable chemotherapy treatments, when in fact they never had any sort of life-threatening condition to begin with. Over-diagnosis and Over-treatment in Cancer — An Opportunity for Improvement (JAMA. 2013;310(8):797-798. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.108415)
If you are diagnosed with cancer in America today and you choose to trust the medical system with your treatment, you can say goodbye to your financial future, let alone your health. Even if you have insurance, you will probably end up flat broke one way or the other. Either you will survive and be flat broke, or you will die flat broke.
Cancer stands alone as our most ardent, confusing, and devastating disease. The numbers don’t lie. This year, almost 600,000 Americans will die from cancer. One-in-two men and one-in-three women will be diagnosed in their lifetimes. Despite embellished announcements from government actuaries, the real death rates from cancer REMAINS THE SAME as it was in 1950s. (Christofferson, Travis (2014-10-26). Tripping Over the Truth: The Metabolic Theory of Cancer).
In case you misunderstood, after billions and billions of spent dollars, untold human suffering from the effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery–nothing has changed!
In a 2004 Fortune article titled “Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer,” Clifton Leaf wrote, “It is already the biggest killer of those under 75. Among those ages 45 to 64, cancer is responsible for more deaths than the next three causes — heart disease, accidents, and stroke — put together. It is also the leading killer of children, thirty-somethings–and everyone in between.”
The success rate of drugs designed to treat cancer is even worse. More than seven hundred have been developed, and only one, GLEEVEC, has made a meaningful difference in the lives of cancer patients. Most “targeted” drugs might give a cancer patient a few more months. Some offer no survival benefit at all and can cost more than $ 100,000 for a course of treatment. When it comes to oncological drugs, a relationship between price and value doesn’t exist. The FDA has set the bar low for approval, requiring only that a new drug shrink a tumor, without considering its success: survival. Call it what you will, but to charge a patient a fortune for zero benefit is immoral.
Furthermore, the cost for cancer drugs went from an average of about $ 5,000 before the year 2000, to $ 40,000 by 2005, and in 2012—almost every new drug was priced at more than $ 100,000 in the United States.
Professor Ulrich Abel analyzed the use of chemotherapy for epithelial cancer and found no direct evidence that chemotherapy helps people with advanced carcinoma to survive. He said that the belief that chemotherapy can prolong survival is an “opinion based on a fallacy which is not supported by clinical studies.” Furthermore, high-dose chemotherapy (HDC) still remains the treatment of choice for breast cancer, even though a recent study found that HDC held no benefits and even slightly reduced survival rates.
But cancer is just one piece of the disease “doctoring-puzzle” that we participate in while in search for the “magic pill” that will all make us all feel better. So we spend billions trying to manipulate the world around us, rather than make simple changes that would achieve the same results for pennies.
As a result most Americans view the medical industry as a one-winged-vulture, going around and around in circles, preying on our diseases until resources are exhausted. This may seem a far-fetched idea, but for many it is a cruel reality. Even back in 2003, 75% of all bankruptcies in the United States were directly related to a chronic illness. We work hard for the “man” and expect that compassionate care never be seen as anything less than a human right. How times have changed. When we relinquished our right to good medical care we sent a clear message that we are all for freedom, no matter the length of the leash. This naive resignation and unregulated trust of those we support with our hard earned tax dollars has made us the sickest industrialized nation on the planet–dead last–literally.
The U.S. Public Health Service did a study to determine which nation was the healthiest in the world. Of the 100 participating nations in the world:
America ranked 1st from 1900 to 1940;
In 1978 we came in at 79th; and
Since 1990 we have ranked dead last–the sickest industrialized nation on the planet.
And yet we outspend the runner-up by $1 Trillion! Something is not right when 75% of the population is taking a medication and only a fraction are not. Either the medical system scores a 25% success rate or disease has been forced to flourish, because it makes more business sense! So even though we are taking lots of medications and have the most expensive health care system we are sick and plagued with disease.
Where did Medicine go wrong?
Maybe drug ads are a good place to start. Banned in most nations, because they encourage people to ask for meds they don’t need for conditions they don’t have.
A very brief history of the American Murder Association (sorry, I meant Medical Association) may be able to shed some light on this question:
- 1964–AMA and Tobacco: The American Medical Association (AMA) was complicit in suppressing results of tobacco research. The Surgeon General’s report condemned smoking, however the AMA refused to endorse it.
- 1971–The American Medical Association was convicted in federal court of a “conspiracy to destroy and eliminate” the chiropractic profession.
- AMA and Nutrition: “There is no scientific evidence whatsoever to indicate that modification in the dietary intake of food or any other nutritional essentials are of any specific value in the control of cancer.”
A cured patient is a lost source of income. A sick patient who is marginally “improved” is a manageable patient.
From the Frying Pan (AMA) into the FDA
The FDA is a corrupt organization that is primarily concerned with protecting the pharmaceutical industry. For example, members of the FDA advisory panel who voted that a group of powerful pain killers, including the controversial drug Vioxx (that killed over 130,000 victims), should continue to be sold had financial ties to the drug maker. Dr. David Graham, FDA researcher and Vioxx whistle-blower estimated that 139,000 people died prematurely from Vioxx. He said, “It’s [FDA] more interested in protecting the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. It views industry as its client, and the client is someone whose interest you represent.”
FDA – Unfinished Business?
Codex Alimentaius–What is it?
Bringing food and supplements under the control of new laws is called Codex Alimetarius (The Food Code). The FDA wants to limit the public’s access to dietary supplements because supplements are in competition with pharmaceuticals.
- Dietary supplements could not be sold for preventive or therapeutic use.
- Potencies would be limited to extremely low dosages.
- Only the drug companies and the big phyto-pharmaceutical companies would have the right to produce and sell the higher potency products.
- Prescriptions would be required for anything above the extremely low doses allowed.
- Any food with any therapeutic effect can be considered a drug, even benign everyday substances like water.
- Codex regulations for dietary supplements would become binding.
- All new dietary supplements would be banned unless they go through Codex testing and approval.
- Genetically altered food would be sold worldwide without labeling.
- For more information on Codex: www.healthfreedomusa.org
Are Pharmaceuticals Profitable?
So Xanax costs two cents, let me repeat that, 2 cents to make and they charge $136.00 for it at the pharmacy. The pharmaceutical companies say they need to charge so much to recoup money from that spend on research, however most of the research is paid for by the government.
Here’s the actual cost of the ingredients that comprise some popular drugs:
— Prevacid® retail: $344.77 — the cost of ingredients: $1.01 Markup: 43,136 % !!
— Prilosec® retail: $360.97 — the cost of ingredients: $0.52 Markup: 69,417 % !!
— Prozac® retail: $247.47 — the cost of ingredients: $0.11 Markup: 22,497 % !!
Furthermore, drugs really don’t work very well for most conditions. The Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Government stated that “95% of the prescription and over the counter drugs on the market have not been proven to work.”
“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
What is the number 1 cause of death in the U.S.?
You may have thought cancer or heart disease was the number 1 cause of death in the U.S., but you would be mistaken.
1. Iatrogenic Diseases
2. Diseases of the heart
4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
5. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
6. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
7. Alzheimer’s disease
8. Diabetes mellitus
9. Nephritis, nephritic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
10. Influenza and pneumonia
So what are Iatrogenic Diseases? In plain English–your doctor.
Yes, conventional medicine today is actually the leading cause of death. Iatrogenesis is known as the “inadvertent and preventable induction of disease or complications by the medical treatment or procedures of a physician or surgeon.”
The Nutrition Institute of America funded an independent review of “government-approved” medicine that was published in 2006. Professors Gary Null and Dorothy Smith, along with doctors Carolyn Dean, Martin Feldman and Debora Rasio titled the report “Death by Medicine.”
The researchers found that the iatrogenic death rate in the US (death caused by doctors and/or medical treatments) is an astounding 783,936 a year. That’s 84,059 more deaths than those caused by heart disease and 200,000+ more deaths than those caused by cancer.
Over a decade, these scientists predict that iatrogenic deaths will total about 7.8 million, “more than all the casualties from all the wars fought by the US throughout its entire history,” a death rate equivalent to that of 6 jumbo jets falling out of the sky every day.
They also believe the numbers are actually much higher because most iatrogenic deaths aren’t reported as such: only 5 to 20% of iatrogenic deaths are reported for fear of lawsuits and because codes for reporting deaths due to drug side effects and other medical errors don’t even exist in many cases. The number of deaths due to conventional medicine may be 20 times higher than the numbers reported.
The study authors broke down iatrogenic deaths over ten years as following:
• Adverse Drug Reactions 1.06 million
• Medical Error 0.98 million
• Bedsores 1.15 million
• Hospital Infections 0.88 million
• Malnutrition in Health Care 1.09 million
• Outpatients 1.99 million
• Unnecessary Procedures 371,360
• Surgery-related 320,000
So what’s behind these death rates and adverse events?
— Profit, politics,
— Defensive medicine,
— Lack of research on treatments,
— One-size-fits-all drugs,
— Lack of doctor-patient time, and
— The abuse and over-medication of our elderly.
A new poll from the nonprofit National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) finds that 42 percent of people say they’ve been affected by physician errors, either directly or through a friend or relative. It could mean that more than 100 million Americans have experience with medical mistakes. More alarming, according to the survey, is the fact that in one out of three cases the error permanently harmed the patient’s health.
The media, yes, that includes Googling, often drives unnecessary treatments and the prescribing of unneeded drugs. While cosmetic surgeries may be the greatest of these, C sections, cardiac surgeries, endoscopes, back surgeries and pain-relieving surgeries are also vastly over-used.
Dr. Barbara Starfield reports that the overuse of technology creates a “cascade effect” in treating patients: unnecessary outpatient treatment often leads to more visits, more prescriptions, more hospitalizations and deaths. X-rays, CT scans, mammograms and other such diagnostics are costly and cumulatively dangerous, yet they are given regularly to soothe patient fears and often lead to unnecessary surgeries.
Pregnant women used to have x-rays regularly until a study found that they increased death in children from cancer by 40%.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Sarno says that many back surgeries are based on abnormal x-rays even though multiple studies have found that there is often no connection between abnormalities on x-rays and back pain.
Women and Conventional Medicine
The “Death by Medicine” doctors took special note of the unnecessary procedures practiced on women in America. Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman reports that:
• Thousands of “preventive” mastectomies are performed every year;
• More women than men are prescribed drugs;
• More women then men are given preventive medications that result in side effects;
• One-third of women are given hysterectomies before they’ve even gone through menopause;
• Fetal monitoring is common practice even though it may result in higher rates of cesarean section;
• Menopause and childbirth are considered medical conditions rather than normal biological practices;
• Post-menopausal women on synthetic hormones are at increased risk for cancer, heart disease and stroke;
• Obstetric-gynecologic surgeries represented 23% of all US surgeries performed in 1983;
• Cesarean sections take top billing and hysterectomies come in second place. They estimate that 640,000 cesarean sections are performed each year which increases mortality rates 3 to 4 times and disease rates by 20 times compared to vaginal deliveries.
Our Sick Care System
The “Death by Medicine” doctors say that the overuse of medical testing, technology, surgery and drugs does little to prevent disease and results in most US deaths. What is more important to consider, they say, is the practice of preventive medicine, changes that would address the root causes of disease: stress and its effects on the immune system, a compromised brain/body connection, lack of physical activity, denatured and processed food intake, and exposure to environmental toxins.
Your solution to our Sick Care System? The Forbidden Treatments and Lost Remedies (See list above).
In conclusion, remember this, no disease that is able to be treated with diet, should be treated in any other way. If anything, the history of health and the number one cause of death (Iatrogenic) has shown us a clear pattern of how improper interventions can lead to devastating consequences.
It becomes clear that we must strive to take back control of our own health and not blindly follow improper recommendations that change on a daily basis and can lead to serious health issues.
Physicians can aid us when health goes awry and provide guidance to achieve optimal health, but true optimal heath lies within an individual–you. The most effective method of achieving optimal health is by channeling the intrinsic methods that the body has developed during its millions of years on Earth.
Recommendations that drastically diverge from this pattern will likely lead to poorer health as has been witnessed over the past three decades. While it is easy to assign the blame to the modern day physician, remember the extreme commitment such a profession demands. Most physicians work exceedingly long hours, often on call at inopportune times, pulling them from their family. Most do not have time to research and investigate every finite detail taught during training of follow along with the frequently changing data. As a result, they rely on the recommendations from medical organizations and governing bodies.
Unfortunately, these recommendations are often not based on sound data, or as is often the case, on the wrong experts (pharmaceutical representatives). The problems become apparent when we look at the “war on cancer”–which we’ve lost. The goal of this critical look at medical recommendations is to help the reader bring his or her health back into his or her own hands by using tried and true treatments and remedies that have been with us from the dawn of time. We all must look at our health and decide that we are responsible, not our doctors!!
Preventing a heart attack is worthless if one gets cancer in the process, and avoiding melanoma is useless if in doing so, results in a more malignant cancer. Reducing sodium may result in a lower blood pressure, but this is meaningless if it results in an increased risk of death or diabetes. Unfortunately poor recommendations based on nonexistent or insufficient data are often times perpetuated instead of rescinded, leading to further damage. When people are told to avoid the sun and fatty foods, both potent sources of vitamin D, our health suffers–especially our bones. Instead of pulling back these recommendations, we prescribe calcium, and watch as studies show an increase in mortality from excess calcium supplementation. Covering up poor recommendations with additional poor recommendations only leads to further health issues. Hopefully we can remember our history and if we happen to lose our health we can rediscover our forgotten remedies. Good luck and be well Columbus!