The Price Is Right?
People tend to make us their last stop, after their “real” doctor has exhausted every drug and surgical procedure at his disposal; but, also because, as I’ve been told, “My insurance doesn’t cover you.” But what are you getting for “nothing”, a deluge of drug side-effects that could conceivably ruin your life? You could be looking at skin rashes, impotence, blood diseases like ITP, headaches, nausea, seizures, chronic fatigue, nerve and muscle pain, loss of bladder control, dizziness, mood changes; and indeed, some drugs actually cause diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart disease. That’s quite a constellation of “prizes”!
As my teacher, Dr. Robin Murphy, once famously said, “Modern medicine has no hypothesis, no laws, no principles about what it’s doing.” Despite good marks in trauma care and diagnostics, in the care of chronic disease, modern medicine falls flat; even in acute disease there’s often a lot to be desired. For one thing, imagine having no cure for viruses! How is that possible? Think about coughs, colds, sore throats, the flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, the childhood diseases–all viruses! And how does your doctor respond? With a prescription for antibiotics! But antibiotics don’t work against viruses! I know this comes as a surprise to many. See below on how big a problem this really is:
Prescriptions for Viral Infections Threaten Effectiveness of Antibiotics
A vast majority of people who see their doctors for sore throats or acute bronchitis receive antibiotics; yet, only a small percentage should, according to analyses of two major national surveys being presented at IDWeek 2013™. Those illnesses usually are caused by viruses, and antibiotics – which only treat bacterial infections – do not help. Harvard University researchers analyzed the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and determined that doctors prescribed antibiotics in 60 percent of visits for sore throats and 73 percent of visits for acute bronchitis. The antibiotic prescribing rate should be about 10 percent for sore throats and nearly zero for acute bronchitis.
How can you explain a mistake in prescribing of this magnitude? Are doctors not taught in medical school what antibiotics are for? If so, that’s quite an oversight! Are they knowingly giving the wrong medicine? Or maybe they just don’t care? Maybe they’d rather give “something” than have to admit, “Hey, we got nothin’!”
Do you want more shocking news?
Is US Health Really the Best in the World?
12,000 Americans die each year from unnecessary surgeries
20-30 percent of patients receive contraindicated care
44,000-98,000 deaths per year from from medical errors
7,000 deaths per year from medication errors in hospitals
20,000 deaths per year from other errors in hospitals
80,000 deaths per year from hospital infections
106,000 deaths per year from side effects of drugs
Over 1.4 million Emergency Room visits per year caused by pharmaceutical drugs. http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/overdose/facts.html
Total USA in-hospital deaths per year caused by mainstream medicine: 225,000
As bad as these statistics are, you can be sure they’re under-reported. Hospitals don’t want to be sued and colleagues cover up for each other. It certainly doesn’t inspire confidence in the medical community.
If Modern Medicine has any treatment “principle” at all, it can best be summed up as: Symptoms need to be suppressed! But suppression is not cure. Suppression only means “held back by force”, meaning the complaint is always right beneath the surface, ready to bounce back when the medicine wears off!
Would we tolerate this level of “expertise” in any other field? Imagine a brick-layer trying to explain why the wall he built could collapse at any time unless he can come back monthly for re-cementing. Imagine the roofer saying that no one has yet to figure out how to keep roofing shingles from falling off without repeated monthly re-attachments. “There’s just no real cure for a leaky roof,” he explains. “Someday a cure will be found, we’re working on it! We’re racing for the cure! Until then, see you in a month!” In fact, what would our world look like if doctors were in charge of it? Planes would fall out of the sky, buildings would collapse, water pipes would burst…
Did you ever stop to wonder what your doctor means when he says, “There’s no cure for this disease”? He only means there’s no drug! That’s all he means! Now, I know that some of you are thinking, “Well of course that’s all he means! Drugs are all we have! Drugs are all there is!” No, I’m afraid not. Drugs are a relatively recent invention. They exist because of their amazing profitability, not because they actually fix anything. I don’t want to imply that they have no place. They do have a place, but they are not all there is.
It’s like a supermarket with only one vegetable — spinach. You go to the manager to complain. “Where are all the other vegetables?” He says, “We have vegetables, they’re right there, see? Spinach!” Imagine him steadfastly refusing to acknowledge the existence of other vegetables. Only spinach exists as far as this grocer is concerned, all the other vegetables are, according to him, fake! (Then, of course, you find out the grocer owns a spinach farm!)
Conventional medicine has decided there’s only one legitimate treatment– pharmaceutical drugs–and everything else is fake: Medicinal foods, super foods, vitamin and mineral supplements, raw juices, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, reiki, Transcendental Meditation, high-dose Vitamin C, cranial osteopathy … all fake, “quackery”, according to modern medicine; so much so that if you’re dying, rather than say, “I could refer you to a naturopath or a homeopath since there’s nothing more we can do for you,” the hospital would prefer that you just die. And why? Because the drug companies, yes, it’s all about the drug companies, can’t let wind of any other kind of medicine leak out into the general public! And especially if IT succeeded after conventional medicine failed? Oh my gosh, how would that look? At no place is this more apparent than at the FDA. See below from the FDA’s own website:
“If a dietary supplement label includes such a claim [that it can improve your health], it must state in a “disclaimer” that FDA has not evaluated the claim. The disclaimer must also state that the dietary supplement product is not intended to ‘diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease,’ because only a drug can legally make such a claim.”
So there you have it, folks; only drugs can legally treat disease; so, “no cure” means simply “no drug”.
“You mean there may actually be a cure for my disease and they won’t tell me?”
YES, that’s what I mean! It’s unfortunate that the one thing they allow themselves to use doesn’t cure anything! Drug “therapy” never gets to the bottom of what’s wrong with you, it only suppresses symptoms so that you’re unaware of them for a brief period of time, which brings us to the other big failing of modern medicine, in case I haven’t already mentioned it: Drugs can’t cure a single chronic disease!
How do we know drugs can’t cure, that all they do is suppress? Because if you stop your drug, your symptoms come roaring back, often worse than before! It’s called “rebound”, and indeed, the package insert that comes with your drug often says as much. For example, here is the warning that comes with the high blood pressure drug, Coreg, a beta blocker:
“You should not stop using Coreg suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.”
Yes, you went to the doctor thinking he was going to make you better. Why are treatments that don’t cure so readily acceptable to us? Because most of us don’t realize that we’re not going to be cured. If this were explained to us, I think there would be a justifiable uproar.
Don’t Paint Over The Sign!
So now we know that the goal of drug therapy is to suppress symptoms, or “manage” them, as they say in the profession; “cure” is not the goal; so, it would behoove us, then, to ask what, exactly, a symptom is; what are they suppressing?
A symptom is a SIGN that there is a problem; it, in itself, is NOT the problem, the problem is the thing that is causing the symptom. If your car’s “check engine” light comes on, that’s a symptom; but, no one considers that to be the problem; the problem is the unknown issue that made the light come on! That’s what has us concerned! We want the CAUSE fixed! We don’t want the mechanic to unscrew the bulb that lights up the “check engine” sign, turning the light off doesn’t change anything! But that’s all your doctor is doing, that’s what drugs do–they “paint over the sign.”
“Your cough won’t bother you now, Mrs. Higgins; that prescription I wrote out for you depresses the cough center in your brain, you’ll stop feeling the urge to cough now.”