“You need to be on a cholesterol-lowering drug!”
People have been obsessing about cholesterol and saturated fat for 60 years! One out of 4 Americans over 45 is on a cholesterol-lowering drug. If there’s anything your doctor is sure of, it’s that too much cholesterol and saturated fat can kill you! I can promise you there’s a Crestor prescription waiting for you, with your name on it, at your doctor’s office, all ready to go! I guess your doctor has never heard of the Framingham Study which has been going on for 70 years, one of the longest studies ever done in the history of medicine! What this study concluded was that the lower your cholesterol was, the more likely you were to die of heart disease! It also found that eating saturated fat didn’t raise your cholesterol levels at all! Needless to say, this study is almost never talked about.1/
“You need a yearly mammogram to prevent breast cancer!”
You need to get a mammogram every year like you need a hole in the head! According to the LA Times:
“For every 10-percentage-point increase in screening rates, the incidence of breast cancer rose by 16 percent…”
Sounds to me like mammograms CAUSE breast cancer! The British Medical Journal reported on the largest mammography study done in recent years, which concluded that mammography had no advantage over annual breast exams!2/
Plus, here’s something else you should know about mammography, something called “over-diagnosis”. Apparently 25% of diagnosed tumors, even though meeting the criteria for “cancer”, never grow and never materialize into anything, and if you hadn’t gotten a mammogram, you never would have known about them; but because you’ve been “diagnosed”, now you are aggressively treated with surgery, chemo and radiation and endure needless suffering and disfiguring.
False-positives is another problem. They occur 20 to 56% of the time according to the Archives of Internal Medicine. The Cochrane Database Review says that mammography leads to a 30% rate of over-diagnosis and over-treatment.3/
The Lancet Oncology in 2011 reported on a study that showed that the more mammograms women got, the more breast cancer they developed in later years compared to the controls.4/
Is it really hard to believe that radiation causes cancer? (But these are big expensive machines, and somebody’s gotta pay for them!)
“Unfortunately, our time is up.”
“Why is my doctor always in such a hurry to get me in and out? Why do I always have to wait so long in the waiting room? Why is the waiting room always so over-crowded?” While lawyers are paid by the hour, doctors are paid by the diagnosis and the procedure. It makes absolutely no financial sense for the doctor to drag out your appointment when the more patients he sees, the more money he makes. A doctor’s appointment in the United States tends to last only 10 to 16 minutes.5/
“But the United States has the best medical care in the world!!!”
I don’t think so. Americans are in the worst health compared to other industrialized nations. We have the highest rates of: obesity, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, injuries and homicides compared to 17 other developed nations, such as Italy, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, England, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Sweden, etc.6/
(We’re number-one! We’re number-one!)
“You need the full battery of diagnostic tests!”
This is what happens to people with good insurance; not only are they over-tested, they’re over-medicated; in other words, anything the insurance company will cover, they’re getting! Insurance will only pay a doctor X-amount of dollars for each diagnosis. But this number can be enhanced by ordering all the tests for which the insurance company is willing to pay! The more tests, the more opportunity to make a “diagnosis”, and the more diagnoses, the bigger the pay-day and the more drugs you can be put on. This works especially well if the doctor is performing the tests himself in his own office. Unfortunately, some of these tests can actually be stressful and harmful to the patient. For example, having to fast before the test, having to drink barium, having to drink glucose, having to undergo CAT scans which expose you to 1,000 times more radiation than a chest X-ray…. What I’m saying to you is, you can’t assume that all the tests you’re in line for are actually needed.
“An infant can safely receive up to 10,000 vaccinations at once.”
So says “Mr. Vaccine”, Dr. Paul Offit (aka, “For-Profit Offit”), who holds a 1.5 million dollar research chair at Philadelphia’s Childrens Hospital, paid for by none other than vaccine-maker Merck Pharmaceuticals. According to Philadelphia Magazine, “Offit is the world’s number-one vaccine pundit. He writes opinion articles about vaccines. He writes books about vaccines. Offit just published his fifth book, Autism’s False Prophets. He recently helped convince a famous Hollywood actress, Amanda Peet, to become a spokesperson for vaccines. He even invented a vaccine. … The vaccine he co-invented now sells as RotaTeq. It’s a prevention for a diarrheal disease called rotavirus … CHOP [Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia] sold its royalty stake in RotaTeq for $182 million, and Offit received an unspecified chunk: his share of the intellectual property, ‘in the millions,’ a life-changing windfall. Offit discussed the patent money with me on several occasions … To Offit, getting the money felt like winning the lottery…”7/
Paul Offit sat on the CDC committee that makes recommendations for the vaccine schedule, in other words, he got to vote on his own vaccine!!! (Can anybody hear The O’Jays singing “Money money money mon-ey….MONEY!” or is it just me?) The moral of the story is, you can’t be the spokesperson for the safety and efficacy of a product if you make millions of dollars from it! Oh, you can try, but your credibility is shot! And notice that Children’s Hospital, itself, made almost $200,000,000.00 from selling its interest in this one vaccine! It makes you wonder to what extent hospitals in general have vested interests in pharmaceutical patents, and is this the reason why no natural treatment is available in any hospital?
“It doesn’t matter what you eat.”
So say doctors who get next to no nutritional training in medical school! But what can you expect from a profession that allows the hospital cafeteria to be replaced by McDonalds? How indifferent to food do you have to be to let this happen? Here is some of the misinformation doctors are passing on:
1) Saturated fat puts you at risk for obesity and heart disease. Actually…no. The correct answer to that is sugar, and white flour, which turns to sugar in your stomach, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil. In that context, most of what people are eating these days is nothing but sugar and unhealthy fats. This is where your heart disease comes in.8/
2) If you’re diabetic, replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. Really? They’re neurotoxins! Originally, Aspartame, aka “NutraSweet”, was rejected by the FDA. But the drug company, G.D. Searle, was determined to get artificial sweetener, Aspartame, approved by hook or by crook. In 1977, the FDA issued a report that blew the lid off G.D. Searle’s criminally flawed Aspartame studies. Here’s what the report found:
- Deceased lab animals were not immediately autopsied, some not for an entire year after death. Decomposition rendered any data from them inaccurate.
- Tumors found in lab animals were reportedly cut out and thrown away.
- Animals from whom tumors were removed were labeled “normal,” and obvious tumors were deemed to be “normal swelling.”9/
Yes, I know this is shocking but, par for the course, as I’ve come to realize. So what did G.D. Searle do? They offered the US Attorney who had them under investigation, a job! So of course, the investigation stopped! In 1977, Searle was taken over by none other than Donald Rumsfeld, famed for instigating the invasion of Iraq as George W. Bush’s secretary of defense. Rumsfeld, not surprisingly, was a friend of Ronald Reagan’s. When Reagan became president in 1981, he convinced Reagan to replace the head of the FDA with the friendlier Dr. Arthur Hayes. Hayes approved Aspartame and then resigned. He was immediately hired by the manufacturer of Aspartame! All I can say is, if you see the word “diet” on a food package or soda, drop it and run like a rabbit!
3) Eggs will raise your cholesterol. No, they won’t. Eggs are very good for you. According to Science Daily, eggs can help prevent heart disease and even cancer. Of course, this only applies if you’re eating organic, free-range eggs.10/
4) Drink your milk, milk is good for you. Unless it’s raw milk, no it isn’t. Pasteurizing and homogenizing milk changes its molecular structure. As such, it’s a processed food and can lead to allergies and immune disorders, and on top of that, it contains bovine growth hormone, antibiotics, veterinary drugs, the cows are housed inhumanely, they are over-crowded and often sick… Try to find raw milk if you’re going to drink milk. Check with your health food store to see if they carry it.
5) GMO’s are a non-issue. GMO’s are a disaster! Genetically Modified foods have caused tumors, premature death, organ failure, gastric lesions, liver damage, kidney damage, allergic reactions, etc. in lab animals. The insecticide used on GM plants, “Round-up”, contains a toxin called Glyphosate, believed to be responsible for the die-off of bees.11/ Without bees, we’re sunk! Every processed food at this point should be presumed to contain GMO’s. This means you can’t eat out, you have to buy organic, whole foods, and you have to cook from scratch. Sorry.
“There’s no cure for this disease.”
How long can they get away with saying that before their white coat of credibility stretches thin enough for everyone to see through? Imagine a car repair shop known for repeatedly saying, “We can’t fix that.” How long before their business failed?
“Hello, can you fix my dented fender?”
“Oh no, we couldn’t possibly fix that, no can do.”
“Well, what about my rear bumper, all the paint’s been scraped off in an accident.”
“We can cover it up with bumper stickers!”
“Well,” you say, still unperturbed, “The engine is making a noise…”
“We can disguise it by making an even louder noise in the muffler.”
Of course, it seems preposterous because no one would put up with that kind of incompetence in the car repair industry. Imagine how stupid we would have to be as consumers if we tolerated, accepted and believed that the so-called car “repair” industry couldn’t repair a single car! We’d have to be insane, almost hypnotized, to keep taking our cars there time and time again! So why do we keep going to doctors who say there’s no cure for this and no cure for that as if that’s just the way it is? Do you think I’m exaggerating? Here’s what they still have no cure for:
The common cold
Any virus at all including the flu
High blood pressure
I’m not sure when to stop….I’m sure I could go on.
Maybe they can’t cure these things because they’re invested in NOT CURING THEM. What if their livelihood depends on NOT curing them? Believe it or not, you know who can explain this better than I can? Comedian Chris Rock! See the video below. He says, “There’s no money in the cure, the money’s in the medicine! That’s how you get paid, on the come-back! That’s how a drug dealer makes his money, on the come-back!”
What you’ve got going here, is a massive drug cartel, massive drug-dealing dedicated to symptom-management, not cure; and they are cleaning up, cleaning up! You heard what Philadelphia Magazine said; frankly, I don’t think the magazine even realized the implication of what they reported! Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia made 182 million dollars selling its interest in one drug, ONE drug, the RotaTeq vaccine. Do you really think they’re invested in only ONE drug? Does that seem credible? Why would you invest in only ONE drug when you, as a hospital, are in a position to ensure that your medical investments succeed?
I think now I understand Dr. Matthias Rath’s open letter that appeared in the NY Times in which he said:
Largely unbeknownst to the American people, there is a war going on that has claimed victims in every family. This war is escalating and threatens every human life. It is a war being waged in the interests of the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry, which is not a health industry, but rather an investment business [based on disease]. 12/
And I thought to myself, “An investment business???? What does that mean?” Well now I think I know!
It’s like when Dick Clark owned the publishing on pretty much every record he played on Bandstand!
But he knew not to stop with Publishing! He knew that if he was in a position to make these songs into hits, he could also invest in every aspect of the recording industry: the pressing plants, the record companies, the management companies, and he could start his own record company and his own touring company! It’s like, if the record sells, then the record company makes money, the artist’s manager makes money, the publisher makes money, the song writer makes money, the touring company makes money…therefore, why shouldn’t Dick Clark be all of the above! And the record will sell because he’s gonna play it…on his show…his wildly popular, nation-wide, show…! So, yes, Dick Clark invested in everything that was part of the infrastructure of “Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
But at least those songs didn’t hurt anybody! In fact, most of them were great! (“Cuz we’ll be rockin’ on Bandstand, Philadelphia, PA…”–Chuck Berry) But can the same be said for the drugs hospitals are pushing? Pushing drugs on people that cause disease rather than cure disease…? Who does that? What kind of a sick, maniacal outfit…what kind of a medical mafia…? What else can you call it when the drug you’re taking for a disease actually causes 20 or 30 other diseases?
Do me a favor, pick up a drug, any drug! And now look at the side effects! What about one of the Statin cholesterol-lowering drugs that 1 out of 4 people over the age of 45 are on, like Crestor! Let’s see what diseases Crestor causes (you can call them “side effects” if you want, but to me Diabetes is a disease and so is kidney failure). Here are the diseases Crestor causes, courtesy of www.drugs.com:
For the Consumer
Applies to rosuvastatin: oral tablet
muscle cramps or spasms
muscle pain, stiffness, tenderness, wasting, or weakness
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach pain
unpleasant breath odor
vomiting of blood
yellow eyes or skin
Some of the side effects that can occur with rosuvastatin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
Body aches or pain
dry or sore throat
tender, swollen glands in the neck
accumulation of pus, swollen, red, or tender area of infection near a tooth
acid or sour stomach
arm, back, or jaw pain
bloated or full feeling
bloody or cloudy urine
burning feeling in the chest or stomach
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
chest pain or discomfort
chest tightness or heaviness
difficult or labored breathing
difficult, burning, or painful urination
difficulty with moving
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
excessive muscle tone
fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
feeling of warmth or heat
feeling sad or empty
flushed, dry skin
flushing or redness of the skin especially on the face and neck
fruit-like breath odor
general feeling of discomfort or illness
lack of appetite
lack or loss of strength
loss of appetite
loss of consciousness
loss of interest or pleasure
muscle tension or tightness
pain or swelling in the arms or legs without any injury
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
pounding in the ears
sensation of spinning
shortness of breath
stomach pain, discomfort, tenderness, or upset
swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
unable to sleep
unexplained weight loss
unusual bleeding or bruising
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to rosuvastatin: oral tablet
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) have been associated with rare cases of severe myopathy and rhabdomyolysis, accompanied by increases in creatine kinase, myoglobinuria, proteinuria, and renal failure. Concomitant use with gemfibrozil (fibric acid derivatives), niacin, cyclosporine, erythromycin (macrolides) or azole antifungals may increase the incidence and severity of musculoskeletal side effects. Other variables associated with an increased risk of statin-induced myopathy include, advanced age, small body stature, female gender, renal and/or hepatic dysfunction, perioperative periods, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, and alcoholism.
Milder forms of myotoxicity (i.e., myalgia) are commonly reported and occur in approximately 5% to 7% of patients taking a statin drug
Musculoskeletal side effects including myalgia, asthenia, back pain, arthritis, arthralgia and pathological fracture have been reported. Musculoskeletal side effects reported with other HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors have included elevated creatine kinase, myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, tendon rupture, and dermatomyositis.
Renal side effects including various forms of renal failure have been reported in patients taking rosuvastatin (the active ingredient contained in Crestor) although causality has not been determined. Patients who are candidates for statin therapy (e.g., patients with diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and/or heart failure) may also be at higher risk for kidney failure even when they are not taking statins.
Proteinuria with or without hematuria has been reported during rosuvastatin therapy, and appears to be dose related.[Ref]
Hepatic side effects including elevations in serum transaminases, hepatitis, and rare cases of jaundice have been reported. Other hepatic side effects reported with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors have included chronic active hepatitis, fatty changes in the liver, cirrhosis, fulminant hepatic necrosis, and liver failure.[Ref]
Respiratory side effects including pharyngitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, cough, dyspnea, pneumonia and asthma have been reported.[Ref]
Nervous system side effects including headache, dizziness, insomnia, hypertonia, paresthesia, vertigo and neuralgia have been reported. Other nervous system side effects reported with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors have included drowsiness, fatigue, weakness, cranial nerve dysfunction, tremor, memory loss, decline in cognitive function, peripheral neuropathy, polyneuropathy, and peripheral nerve palsy. Memory loss has been reported in postmarketing experience.[Ref]
Psychiatric side effects including depression and anxiety have been reported. Other psychiatric side effects of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors have included decreased libido, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, delusions, paranoia, agitation, and nightmares. Psychiatric side effects reported postmarketing have included cognitive impairment (e.g., memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment, confusion) associated with statin use. These cognitive issues have been reported for all statins. The reports are generally nonserious, and reversible upon statin discontinuation, with variable times to symptom onset (1 day to years) and symptom resolution (median of 3 weeks).[Ref]
Gastrointestinal side effects including diarrhea, dyspepsia, nausea, constipation, gastroenteritis, vomiting, flatulence, periodontal abscess and gastritis have been reported. Gastrointestinal side effects associated with other HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors have included abdominal pain, pancreatitis, and anorexia.[Ref]
Other side effects including flu syndrome, urinary tract infection, peripheral edema, abdominal pain, accidental injury, chest pain, infection, pain, pelvic pain and neck pain have been reported.[Ref]
Cardiovascular side effects including hypertension, angina pectoris, vasodilation and palpitations have been reported.[Ref]
Endocrine side effects including diabetes mellitus have been reported. Endocrine side effects associated with other HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors have included hypospermia, gynecomastia and thyroid function abnormalities. In addition, acid maltase deficiency (the genetic disorder also referred to as Pompe’s Disease) has been revealed following HMG-CoA therapy in at least one presymptomatic patient.[Ref]
Hematologic side effects including anemia and ecchymosis have been reported. Hematologic side effects including hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), and leukopenia have occurred with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. These effects may be manifestations of a hypersensitivity reaction.[Ref]
Dermatologic side effects including rash and pruritus have been reported.[Ref]
Other abnormal laboratory values associated with rosuvastatin (the active ingredient contained in Crestor) therapy have included elevated creatine phosphokinase, transaminases, glutamyl transpeptidase, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin, and hyperglycemia, as well as thyroid function abnormalities.[Ref]
Genitourinary side effects associated with other HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors have included erectile dysfunction, impotence, and testicular pain.[Ref]
Hypersensitivity reactions are reported rarely with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and include anaphylaxis, angioedema, allergic reaction, urticaria, fever, chills, flushing, malaise, and dyspnea.[Ref]
You know, it occurred to me while reading this dizzying array of diseases and disorders that I had it all wrong earlier when I said it was like taking your car to a repair shop that couldn’t fix anything. Actually, it’s like taking your car to the “repair” shop and the mechanics smash your car to pieces and give it back to you! Of course, you would say, “Hey! What have you done to my car?” And if your mechanic was a doctor, he would say, “Hey, I didn’t have nothin’ to do with that! It was a coincidence that your car fell apart while I wuz workin’ on it! Ya know what yer car’s got? Lemon Syndrome! It’s genetic! And besides, where else are you gonna take yer car? The best car-repair industry in the world is right here in the United States! We’re the envy of the entire world!”
“Oh, that mechanic is right! I’m going to send all my friends to him!”
You would have to be under some post-hypnotic suggestion if you ever went back to that mechanic again! But that’s what we do–medically speaking! If you think my analogy is strained, you need to read the above list of “side effects” more carefully. I realize it goes on and on, and the inclination is to gloss over them, but Crestor causes, among other things, heart disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, and kidney and liver failure! Have a look at just this part: “Other hepatic side effects reported with [Crestor] have included chronic active hepatitis, fatty changes in the liver, cirrhosis, fulminant hepatic necrosis, and liver failure.[Ref]” No one with any common sense would ever take this drug, but we have elevated doctors and hospitals to the level of royalty and will accept anything from them–any advice, pronouncements, etc.– without a moment’s hesitation.
Now, speaking from a “drug dealer’s” perspective, try to pick out all of Crestor’s “side effects” that would lead to MORE doctor visits and MORE drugs! The possibilities are intoxicatingly endless! Crestor causes High Blood Pressure! That’s a big-ticket item! All the heart drugs, the Beta-Blockers, the ACE inhibitors, the Calcium Channel Blockers, the diuretics, etc. can come into play now! What else? All the muscle and joint pain this drug causes could easily lead to prescriptions for synthetic opiates and anti-inflammatories. The insomnia could easily justify a course of sleeping pills…AND, when you consider that all the drugs enlisted to treat these things have their OWN side-effects, leading to more prescriptions and more doctor visits, there’s nothing you can say except, GENIUS! Well-played! It makes the illegal drug trade look anemic by comparison; utterly pathetic and amateurish! But boy oh boy, the government is sure cracking down on illegal drugs, isn’t it? And you know what else? They caught up with Dick Clark too! They made him divest himself of all his interests in publishing, record companies, pressing plants, artist management and so on; but, doctors and hospitals? Why are they allowed to invest in the products they work with? Wouldn’t that influence the decisions they make about treatment? Is your child getting vaccinated because it will help him, or because Children’s Hospital owns the vaccine? It certainly makes one suspicious of the motive behind the hyper-aggressive vaccine schedule in infancy and childhood. Where are the safety studies showing that 3-9 vaccines at once is OK?
“No cure” for this disease? They’re not looking for a cure! As Dr. Rath, Linus Pauling’s associate, was quoted as saying earlier, this is an investment business based on disease; it doesn’t work without disease, disease is what makes it all possible, and it appears that their goal is for the amount of disease to increase exponentially. Luckily, diagnosing disease is very easy nowadays because the lab test “normal” ranges are constantly being adjusted downward, just like the number of vaccines a baby “needs” is constantly being adjusted upwards. Just last month in “Tidbits 27”, I talked about how the doctors who lowered the “normal” range for cholesterol were on the payroll of the drug companies that make Crestor (and the other cholesterol lowering drugs)!13/ Are you surprised? Well, then, Joan Rivers has a message for you: “Grow up!”
P.S. This Just In…
Some heavy-hitters in the medical field have just made some jaw-dropping announcements:
Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, said: “Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”/14
Dr. Marcia Angell, editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, wrote: “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.”/15
Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic, University of British Columbia’s Neural Dynamics Research Group, reported: “Vaccine manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and health authorities have known about multiple dangers associated with vaccines but chose to withhold them from the public. This is scientific fraud, and their complicity suggests that this practice continues to this day.”/16
Dr. Relman another former editor in chief of the NEJM said this in 2002
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”/17
So, let’s recap: Fraud, lies and conflict of interest.
I’ve asked the O’Jays to play us out:
Money money money money….
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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