8 Realizations about Pharmaceuticals

The rise of technology in medicine is nothing short of remarkable.  Western medicine is growing in exponential fashion, and it is seems almost every day new procedures and drugs are released that save people’s lives (and help us live longer).  But there are drawbacks, and the purpose of this article is to provide 8 realizations that we must wake up to when delving into the world of prescribed drugs and pharmaceuticals:

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1. Pharmaceuticals is a relatively new phenomenon

If you put things in perspective, human beings have been alive and shuffling around this planet for hundreds of thousands of years.  Herbal and natural remedies have been around for most of this time and Chinese Medicine techniques have existed for thousands of years.  Pharmaceuticals are brand new in the greater scheme of things, and their long-terms effects are still relatively unknown.

2. Drugs do not distinguish individuality

Mass produced drugs are a quick fix solution that interact with our bodies in a one-tract, come-one come-all manner.  Dealing with sickness, disorders and disease is most effective when done so on a person-by-person basis.

3. Pharmaceuticals is a Business

Drug companies are some of the most profitable companies in the world.  They stay profitable through increasing sales, which means that over time more and more people are buying more and more drugs.  We have to become aware that this industry’s primary motivation is for the financial well-being of corporations and not our personal well-being. Ask yourself:  when was the last time the medical community announced the cure of a disease?  It has not happened in decades as cure does not equal sales of drugs. 

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4. New Statistics for Health Needed

Respondents to the above argument will focus on how drugs have been integral to the increasing longevity of human beings.  But what is missing (and needed) is statistic for longevity while “living with independence, strength and happiness”!   

5. Pharmaceuticals lead to more Pharmaceuticals

Drugs lead to more drugs because they are synthetic remedies that ALWAYS cause non-intended inflammation in the body.  For some reason, many of us have blind faith that the scientists who create drugs have the ability to develop medications that only treat targeted ailments.  The truth is, pharmaceuticals can wreck havoc on systems that were perfectly healthy when you began.

6. Mass use can have unforseen long-term affects on humanity

Pharmaceuticals may never vibe with the endless intricacies of the human body.  Over time, the mass implementation of these synthetic chemicals can drastically alter what it means to be human, and even change our genetic code.  Our bodies will adapt and persist, but they will be forever altered by the mass introduction of these laboratory-based concoctions.

7. Be Realistic About Physicians

Working with thousands of physicians over the last several years, I can tell you that today’s doctors are under more pressure and scrutiny than almost anyone.  They have insurance and reimbursement issues, malpractice worries, technology to learn, massive pharmaceutical influences, and to top it off have less time per patient than ever.  When you go to a doctor, keep these facts in mind.  Although he/she is most likely a genuine person that is really trying to help you it is necessary to ask the question “how much does this person really understand my situation”?  Unfortunately, drugs and pharmaceuticals can be a physician’s easy answer to the declining time they

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have with patients. 

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8. Pharmaceutical Industry is Symbolic of Modern Culture

The massive growth of prescribed drug use is very much in-line with the offbeat nature of our culture:  it is fast, easy, and a quick-fix solution that relieves individual responsibility.  Furthermore, the commercialization of drugs is clear sign that money and power are what perpetuate it.  These new, synthetic, and mass produced cures (that rarely cure anything) are ingrained in our culture because they are profitable business. 

In conclusion, although there is certainly a place for technological advances in medicine and wonderful uses for drug treatments, our culture has taken it way too far.  Isn’t it time we asked ourselves:  do we really want these dangerous chemicals being such a common part of every day life?  More sustainable answers lie in 1) alternative and holistic medicine; 2) prevention;  3) making more informed choices about drug treatments when necessary and 4) taking responsibility for our own health!

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  3. qetzal says:

    I agree with a lot of your points (e.g. #1, 2, 4, 7, 8). Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of baloney, to be blunt.

    We have to become aware that this industry’s primary motivation is for the financial well-being of corporations and not our personal well-being.

    Agreed so far. But then you continue:

    Ask yourself: when was the last time the medical community announced the cure of a disease? It has not happened in decades as cure does not equal sales of drugs.

    Meaning what – that pharma could cure diseases if they wanted to, but they don’t? That they purposely ignore and/or suppress cures?

    Sorry, that’s conspiracy talk. The easy diseases to cure – like many bacterial and viral infections – were cured decades ago by antibiotics and vaccines. What’s left now are the hard things. That’s the real reason you don’t hear many new cures.

    Besides, how many diseases have the herbalists, naturopaths, or accupuncturists effectivelly cured? Exactly none, that I know of.

    Drugs lead to more drugs because they are synthetic remedies that ALWAYS cause non-intended inflammation in the body.

    Sorry, no. Every drug does not cause inflammation.

    Maybe you mean that all drugs can have side effects of some kind? That’s certainly true. But it’s true of herbal medicines as well. It’s even true of water. (And I don’t mean drowning; drinking too much water too fast can literally kill you.)

    For some reason, many of us have blind faith that the scientists who create drugs have the ability to develop medications that only treat targeted ailments. The truth is, pharmaceuticals can wreck havoc on systems that were perfectly healthy when you began.

    Yes, patients need to understand that drugs can have side effects. But you imply this is a problem specific to pharmaceuticals, as opposed to ‘alternative medicines.’ That’s just not true.

    It doesn’t matter if a chemical is ‘natural’ or ‘synthetic.’ (And make no mistake, herbal concoctions are most certainly chemicals.) If you put enough of it in your body, it will hurt you. All medicines, conventional or ‘alternative,’ can wreak havoc if used improperly.

    Pharmaceuticals may never vibe with the endless intricacies of the human body. Over time, the mass implementation of these synthetic chemicals can drastically alter what it means to be human, and even change our genetic code. Our bodies will adapt and persist, but they will be forever altered by the mass introduction of these laboratory-based concoctions.

    Now you’re really off the rails.

    If gene therapy ever works, and if we start using it widely for enhancement, that might alter what it means to be human. Eventually.

    But for today’s pharmaceuticals, this is just hogwash.

  4. Teil says:

    “Besides, how many diseases have the herbalists, naturopaths, or accupuncturists effectivelly cured? Exactly none, that I know of.”

    Well actually, One of the only real cures has been the prevention of scurvy…And guess what, a simple vitamin C ingestion is responsible. FACT

    NO Pharmaceutical has EVER cured anything! FACT!
    Pharmaceuticals only treat symptoms. FACT!
    ALL Pharmaceuticals are toxic! FACT. In order for a substance to be called a Pharmaceuticals is has to have an LD50 test result. This means that, the measured lethal dose that will kill 50% of the people that ingest it has to be known. Ironic, Only then can it be released as a Pharmaceutical. FACT.

    Why does the Placebo effect only work on Humans. Because our minds can do more to the body to cure itself than Pharmaceuticals ever will.

    Research again, There are natural remedies that have been put forward as pharmaceuticals because of the healing/curing effect, but because they were not toxic and wouldn’t kill anything, they did not pass the LD50 test.

    Yet despite this, many of the autoimmune diseases treated with such ingredients simply …..went away, cured?? Who knows, but strangely, no diagnosable trace of ever having. Oh the diseases included, Diabetes, MS, Lupus, chrones, etc.

    The blood brain barrier was also dismissed..Heard that often? I guess not…Check your research sources. Most physicians only learn from the pharmaceutical giants. If you haven’t been to med school in the last 3-5 years, you won’t even know.

    Ignorance is Bliss….and deadly.

  5. Dana says:

    I would like to know where I can find the facts behind your information. I’m trying to decide whether or not to keep taking drugs for mental illness and it would be helpful to have references.

  6. Todd says:

    Hi Dana, thanks for asking. This specific article is based on observations and general perspective about how drugs and pharmaceuticals have suddenly permeated our culture. it has become SO normal to just shove these pills into our bodies…without a thought they are prescribed for everyone and anyone.
    We each need to take individual responsibility for our health and well being. Read Spontaneous Healing by Andrew Weil…start understanding that there are remedies that have been around for thousands of years…that our MIND is what creates all illness.
    I am sorry to hear you are sick….and I certainly believe there is a time and place for modern medicine and new technology. But in my experience, it has become the ONLY solution available (seemingly)…and that is dangerous!
    Be well, and feel well :)
    Todd

  7. Marc Hall says:

    “Well actually, One of the only real cures has been the prevention of scurvy…And guess what, a simple vitamin C ingestion is responsible. FACT”

    Scurvy is Vitamin C deficiency, vitamins are classified based on the fact that a deficiency in them causes an illness.

    …also Vitamin C is lethal if you have too much.

  8. Mike Lamb says:

    The reason there are so many illnesses is that:
    We eat chemicals in our food we ingest chemicals in the air we breath, we wear chemicals in our clothing, we brush our teeth with chemicals we drink chemicals in our water supply, we ride in a car loaded with chemicals. And we are still asking why has cancer etc. not cured…People really need to educate themselves about their environment and the chemistry in things they use.

  9. Jon says:

    The problem is people’s perception of “chemicals”. Water is a chemical by definition. We are made of chemicals. To say that we need to avoid chemicals and ingestion of chemicals is a pretty obscure statement. There are many natural ‘herbs’, if that word makes you feel better, that the pharmaceutical companies use to develop drugs. It is actually cheaper for them to use natural sources then trying to come up with some ‘lab concoction’ . And the whole LD50 argument is pretty lame. Too much of anything will kill you. That is something the FDA mandates for all new drug applications. Here is the scary thing about your ‘natural herbs’. They answer to no one. They are not monitored by the FDA. They are classified as a food. The FDA only gets involved when there is a problem. There was a problem recently with a natural weight loss supplement that contained an unmarked anabolic steroid (which is illegal). Make no mistake about it, the natural medicine market is a money making machine in of itself with little scientific proof to back up it’s validity.

  10. Flow Meter says:

    you can say that alternative medicine is cheaper too and usually comes from natural sources ;”~

  11. sharon says:

    is there a vitamin or herbal u can substitute for high blood psi or high chor.

  12. Teresa says:

    I am looking for articles that tell the truth about pharmaceuticals and it is hard to find, so far. I’ve just started. Mike admits he has no references, just opinions. People have been dying from disease through out history. Diseases have been around for a long time. I don’t think our current environment is responsible for them, generally speaking.

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