It’s High Time to Learn The Truth About Modern Medical Drugs!
If you had a product and lied to your buyers and consumers about how good the product was, and that turned out to be a dangerous product, do you think you would get away with it for long?
Nope, probably not. But the big drug companies do!
If you had to guess, would you guess that a $3 billion fine meant that someone had been caught doing something wrong?
Yes, I would too – after all, that is a lot of money!
So, who (or what) am I talking about?
Well, I’m talking about the fine that the British-based multi-national drug company Glaxo Smith Kline had to pay to settle criminal charges for:
* Pushing (yes, “pushing”) their anti-depressant drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin, among others, for unapproved uses. This basically means that the company was telling doctors these drugs could be used, untested, for their patients.
* Not reporting or mis-reporting (isn’t mis-reporting the same thing as lying?) certain safety issues with their anti-diabetes drug Avandia. These safety issues included increased risks of heart disease
* Improper marketing of other drugs
* Lying to the US Food and Drug Administration, which is the charged with ensuring drug safety standards
* Bribing doctors to prescribe their drugs by giving the doctors expensive gifts, vacations and paying them large sums of money to talk up various drugs.
* Defrauding government programs for the elderly and poor.
While this is the largest money settlement ever paid by a large drug company, it’s most certainly not the only one! Other companies have been caught or accused of falsifying data and using unfair market practices.
* The drug company Pfizer has been sued by at least 5 US pharmacy chains of conspiring to prevent low-cost generic versions of a cholesterol-lowering drug (Lipitor) to come to market.
* Two virologists who worked at Merck have claimed that the company falsified the data showing that their vaccine was much more effective than it really was. This one is particularly disturbing – remember that most vaccines are meant to
protect our children!
So, here’s the situation:
More than a few big drug companies have been accused and have been caught at lying about their drugs.
The drug companies will pay HUGE fines, but not a single individual or executive (so far) has been convicted or sentenced to a prison term for wrongdoing.
Now, there is obviously a time and a proper use for drugs.
One of the most serious health problems in the world is chronic disease. Years ago, the biggest killer was infections. Today, we worry much more about chronic heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Yet, the single best way to deal with all these disorders is prevention.
And, the main ways to prevent all those diseases (even cancer, though that is much more difficult to be sure about) is by lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle changes mean diet, nutrition, exercise, stress reduction and personal habits such as drugs (recreational and prescribed), smoking and alcohol consumption.
While there is never a guarantee in life, if you eat well-balanced and nutritious meals, using real, fresh food and not processed, prepared products, you can reduce your risks of chronic disease.
If you combine nutrition with regular exercise, you can reduce your risk of disease even more.
There’s no suggestion that everyone should be an Olympics-class athlete, but everyone could reduce their risk of ill health by increasing their physical activity level!
Also, minimising if not totally eliminating alcohol, tobacco and other drug use can also significantly reduce your chances of chronic disease.
By doing all these things, you can also reduce the necessity of taking the various drugs and medications from those companies that may have their profits and their bottom lines more in mind than you and your health!
Another big lie is that these drugs and medications are all you have to do to be “cured.”
Taking an anti-depressant can be very helpful, but you still have to deal with the factors that caused the depression!
Taking a blood pressure medication may reduce your blood pressure and decrease your risk of heart disease, but if you don’t deal with your weight, your sedentary lifestyle, your alcohol or tobacco consumption, or your stress levels, the drugs may only be delaying the results of those choices.
The point here is that we’ve been taught that the answer to all our health problems lie in a prescription bottle. And, sometimes they do!
For those cures, I applaud all the hard work that has gone into the research and development of those drugs.
But, if that’s our only approach, it is likely doomed to failure because it is not going after the root cause of the health problem.
We don’t always know the exact cause, but we sure have a pretty good clue that; for example, a stressful lifestyle combined with obesity, no exercise, smoking and drinking are a significant factor in heart disease.
So, next time you are given a prescription, just make absolutely certain you need it and that there is not a better alternative!
Try natural vitamins and minerals instead – much of the time they are just as effective and far cheaper.