Why should our taxes support medical care for people who eat, drink, smoke and abuse as they please?
We shouldn’t ‘Ask-our-doctor’ for a prescription when the huge majority of symptoms come from what people put in their mouths. It’s usually reversible if they know the cause and they change their habits.
But it’s easier said than done. Doing physicals on executives, several said sugar, cheese or meat bothered their joints, but when I got headaches, I didn’t know the cause. I consulted a neurologist who taught medical students and he said food was an unlikely cause of my tension headaches.
But an allergist, member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, tested me and found I was allergic to wheat—bread, pasta and pastry. When I quit those foods 100%, no more headaches! This concept applies to most chronic conditions when the doctor doesn’t know the cause, and I was board-certified in internal medicine.
The body builds a tolerance to the allergic food, like to cigarettes—people don’t get sick when they smoke—they get symptoms when they don’t smoke, and that’s how food allergy symptoms can manifest.
If I had started down the path of prescription drugs, I would probably be an addict now, as millions are dependent on drugs for relief of symptoms. A trial of avoiding suspected favorite foods or beverages is recommended (especially with caffeine as it can cause a wide range of problems). Avoidance for a minimum of a week will often increase one’s symptoms for 2-3 days before a person sees improvement by the 5th -7th day.
Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine can cause severe reactions on withdrawal, but fatality is rare. Withdrawal symptoms are just a natural response to the body cleansing itself.
“Drug action always represents artificial interference with the natural functioning of the organism. In the widest sense of the word, every drug is by definition a poison; pharmacology and toxicology are one, and the art of medicine is to use these poisons beneficially.” Drill’s Textbook of Pharmacology in Medicine, Possible Mechanisms of Drug Action, Chapter 5.
Toxicology was the science of how much chemical kills half the lab animals. The rules have changed, but the game is the same due to Adverse Drug Reactions as the leading cause of illness, disability and death, supported by the following medical reports:
Adverse Drug Reactions put 2.2 million people in hospitals and 106,000 died, “making these reactions between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death.” Journal of American Medical Assoc, 4-15-1998
But how many died at home? 199,000 according to the Western Journal of Medicine, June, 2000. Deaths in and outside hospitals from prescription drugs totaled 305,000, with 8 million admissions to the hospital and 3 million for long-term care (nursing homes–these people were messed up for life, and the drug companies get a free pass from the Supreme Court—they usually can’t be sued for death or damages they caused.
“From 1998 through 2005, reported serious adverse drug events increased 2.6-fold…fatal adverse drug events increased 2.7-fold…” Archives of Internal Medicine, Sept 10, 2007, p 1752.
But if deaths increased 2.7 fold from 1998 to 2005, they are increased 6.9-fold by 2016, because the cause of the increase, TV drug ads approved in 1997, continue unabated—if anything, they are enhanced. 305,000 deaths/year in 1998 have become 2.1 million/year. These aren’t old people in nursing homes like those dying from heart disease –most of these people weren’t in the hospital when the drug was prescribed.
2,100,000 deaths/year is nearly 7000 deaths daily–like two 9-11′s daily! On 9-11, Congress grounded all planes. Why not stop the drugs or hold their makers responsible? For each death, 40 people are hospitalized with serious ADR, and 15 go to a nursing home, messed up for life in most cases.