November 19, 2012
The Red Flags Over The Blue Pills
The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are pop culture symbols representing the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red).
Those of us who have learned a few things about price you pay for ignorance versus discernment have already made our choice as to which pill we will swallow. Of course, these are figurative pills, but they have counterparts in reality, and they have consequences.In fact, they have such egregious consequences that it’s been given a name and spawned its own damage control and statistical industries.
The most important thing to be aware of is that the industry’s ultimate desire is to get you medicated and keep you medicated. This makes you easier to manage and turns a tidy profit for them. It should be noted that, contrary to their PR, taking pills (and treatments) makes you more apt to die sooner rather than later, after having spent a fair amount of your sustenance on their little ditties.
Whereas marijuana has been unjustly and unscientifically vilified as a gateway drug, the pill pushers in big pharma wrote the book on gateway drugs. Take one now, and chances are you will be introduced to other pills and endless screenings and tests. Give them an inch …
Dr Mercola breaks down the six pills that the pharmaceutical industry would like to see taken in even larger numbers by the unalarmed and uninformed. The entire article is well worth reading if you are on the fence about going to doctors and taking their pills. Here is a very brief excerpt:
There are two effective marketing strategies employed by drug companies on a regular basis, and they include:
Convincing you that drugs you used to take only when you needed them are now everyday “prevention” necessities in the form of a prescription
Selling you the idea that just being at risk for a chronic disease makes you someone who should be taking a drug for the disease
What makes these two strategies so successful is that by seeing the advertisement, YOU are the one who sells it to your doctor, by suggesting that you need a certain drug, or outright asking for it. According to a recent article by Martha Rosenberg:
“Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in the late 1990s, the number of people on prescription drugs — especially prescription drugs for life — has ballooned. Between 2001 to 2007 the percentage of adults and children on one or more prescriptions for chronic conditions rose by more than 12 million, reports the Associated Press and 25 percent of US children now take a medication for a chronic condition. Seven percent of kids take two or more daily drugs.
Who says advertising doesn’t work? Of the top-selling drugs in 2011, led by Lipitor, Nexium, Plavix, Advair Diskus, Abilify, Seroquel, Singulair and Crestor, none is taken occasionally, or “as needed” and the treatment goal is never to get off the drug, like an antibiotic.”
She lists six types of drugs that are “marketed for perpetuity,” meaning they’re intended to be taken for life. Sadly most of these drugs come with potential side effects that can be far worse than your original symptom, and few of them have been definitively proven to actually provide any significant health benefits. In fact, some of these drugs have been found to worsen the very condition they’re meant to treat (such as antidepressants, statins, proton pump inhibitors, and asthma-control meds), and/or cause other serious diseases.
Dr Mercola’s list of the six drugs marketed for lifetime use:
- ADHD (drugs for psychopathologies, including pediatric mental disorders)
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Proton Pump Inhibitors
- Asthma-Control Medicines
There is a place for allopathic medicine (the suppression of symptoms) for transitory use such as pain relief.
Do I hate doctors? No, but I don’t think their profession has any legitimacy anymore. This is why it’s failing like the mainstream media industry. Enough people have wakened to the fact that they’re being defrauded and scammed that it’s having an impact on their bottom line.
It looks like their primary victim class are senior citizens who still have a deep but misplaced trust in institutions and who do not have access to information except what big pharma tells them. (Have you looked at an AARP magazine or Reader’s Digest lately? It’s practically all pharmaceutical ads.) These folks will be dead in another decade and then what?
Our natural state is health. Homeostatic influences are the natural processes whereby an organism can return to its normal state after being disturbed by a noxious influence. Vis medicatrix naturae goes beyond homeostatic influence, it is self healing
We were much healthier 50 years ago before the AMA, FDA, USDA got their filthy hands into the food supply and the health care business. This is no mistake.
Norman Cousins healed himself from a terminal disease by changing his mindset and wrote a bestselling book–ANATOMY OF AN ILLNESS. Despite its occasional apologia semantics and his groveling at the altar of modern medicine, he had this to say after his experience:
“The will to live is not a theoretical abstraction but a physiologic reality with therapeutic characteristics. Never under-estimate the capacity of the human mind to regenerate.” ~ Norman Cousins
The takeaway from his book includes:
- The most successful patients are those who relish the idea of bucking the odds.
- Self confidence is picked up by the body and translated into higher immunity.
- Life force may be the least understood power on earth.
Cousins reminds his reader what 18th century thinker William James said about human beings tending to live small, far inside self-imposed limitations. (I would love to get James’ take on some things today.)
- THE FAITH THAT HEALS by William Osler
- POWERS OF THE MIND by Adam Smith
It’s too late for Life 101. The gloves are coming off. You still have some choices about what you will and will not allow onto and into your body. Make the most of that while you can. Once you understand the consequences, you can begin to discern the larger game in play. Take a long, hard look at the cancer racket, while you’re at it.
If you want to live: do not talk to your doctor and do not take their pills.
Towards DISCERNMENT for a better world.
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January 11, 2012
An actuarial told me about this during a conversation about the formulas used to assess medical income based on diagnosis. At the time, I was shocked such things could be so categorical, now it confirms a primal distrust I’ve always had about allopathic medicine. But I digress, iatrogenesis is death brought about by medical/pharmaceutical action.
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Wikipedia defines this term this way: “Causes of iatrogenesis include chance, medical error, negligence, social control, instrument design, anxiety or annoyance related to medical procedures … and the adverse effects or interactionsof medications.” They add, “In the United States, an estimated 44,000 to 98,000 deaths per year may be attributed in some part to iatrogenesis.“
The paper, “Death by Medicine” published in 2003 by Null, Dean, Feldman, Rasio, Smith offers the following snapshot:
- In-hospital adverse drug reactions 2.2 million
- Unnecessary medical/surgical procedures 7.5 million
- Unnecessary hospitalization 8.9 million
In 2001, the three leading causes of death in the United States were:
- Iatrogenesis 783,936
- Heart disease 699,697
- Cancer 553,251
American health care is the most expensive in the world, yet it ranks in 37th place for quality.
And people still go to doctors …