The Freedom to Innovate
The freedom to innovate that accompanies
capitalism has improved our lives immeasurably this century. Television,
telephones, automobiles, computers, the internet, and air travel are now within
everyone's reach. Free enterprise has played a major part in everything from the
Dow being up 17,000 percent to the increase in our average life spans from 43 to
76 years with no small impact from the pharmaceutical industry. It's great to be
alive in such an age!
At the same time, government influence in our
lives has grown dramatically. At the turn of the century, "Tax Freedom Day" (the
number of days the average American works to pay taxes) was January 31. Today
it's in May. The politics of our national healthcare system has become a
multi-billion dollar industry in and of itself. FDA officials routinely retire
to work for giant drug companies.
The Intelligence to Discriminate
"As intelligent consumers we need to be alert to
the simple fact that people, businesses, and governments are motivated by money.
This universal truth goes by many names: profit, greed, economically feasible,
bottom line, etc. Whatever the name, know that this "beast" is not going away.
It's just the way life is. It's really no one's fault. There's nothing we can do
to change it, so we must learn to live with it without getting hurt by it. The
only way to do that is to use the intelligence God gave us to maneuver through
this jungle like Tarzan moved through his, being ever careful not to grab the
"Use this web site as
your guide book to the strong vines. It will guide you to the right reading
materials, natural supplements, alternative therapies, practitioners, and
medications. It will flag the quicksand and mark the safe routes. Yes, we may
safely detour but not without taking great care to protect ourselves. To ignore
these truths is to tempt fate or end up in the belly of the beast."
How Time Will
I wrote the above in
January 2000 when I first went on line. Today, five years later, we have
seen unprecedented bankruptcies of respected American institutions, corporate
malfeasance at the highest level, prescription drug induced heart disease,
strokes and deaths,
and diseases appearing in children that were previously only seen in adults...
including cardiovascular disease, obesity, hardening of the arteries, and adult
onset or type II diabetes to
name a few.
Just 10 years ago, a
study found that over 200,000 people each year died from prescription drug use,
compared to only 20,000 who died from illegal drug use. I wonder what
those numbers are today. As a matter of fact, "adverse drug reaction" is
now the most common cause of injury in hospitalized patients.
Are we as a race
ignoring the truths I wrote about in 2000? Are we on the slippery slope
leading into the belly of the beast? How did things get this way?
Could it be that we have forgotten the golden rule? "Whoever has the most
gold makes the rules." Are we really that naive to think that the
government agencies or pharmaceutical companies really care about the public
welfare over their own self-preservation and/or self-interests? Does the
idea that a drug might
actually increase the user's risk of serious disease or death, really shock
anyone? It shouldn't.
Father of Medicine, once said, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine
be your food." For anyone wishing to further their understanding of how to
follow that superb pearl of wisdom, please go to the Library on this site
and scroll down to the book review on
Nourishing Traditions by Sally
Fallon. It is a recipe for how to use foods to heal.
It shouldn't shock us
that drugs don't cure
disease. Our innate intelligence tells us that they only mask symptoms.
In the process, they either suppress or increase our production or use of
hundreds of essential compounds. While there is no doubt that drugs can
save lives under the right circumstances, there is also no doubt that they are
much overused today. We wouldn't ignore or turn off a warning light in our
car to make the problem go away. Why do we routinely do that with our own
bodies? Surely we don't really think that
popping a pill is as
effective as making diet and lifestyle changes. Do we? I know it's
easier and can sometimes buy us some time. But how many of us would drive
a car at length after providing it with a quick fix that was just adequate
enough to get us to the gas station?
If you are plagued
with high cholesterol
or taking cholesterol lowering drugs, I urge you to read The Cholesterol
Myths by Uffe Ravnskov. Research does not support the idea that
lowering cholesterol levels increases one's lifespan. In fact, studies
that report less risk of heart attack from lower cholesterol levels also show
increased deaths from cancer and suicide.
One of cholesterol's
functions is to protect cell membranes and tissue. Common sense dictates
that without this protection, we are left wide open to increase risk of
neurological problems and cancer.
drugs work by interfering with normal liver function. They may also
interfere with the liver's ability to neutralize excess hormones and
environmental toxins. There are even legitimate questions as to whether
using blood pressure medications decreases one's lifespan.
high blood pressure
and high triglyceride levels may be cause for concern, the plethora of
information on dealing with these common problems through diet, exercise and
supplements is all around us. And these natural treatments address the
causes with no negative side effects. For example, scientists now know
that simply walking up a hill for 4-5 hours a week will improve triglyceride
metabolism. Additionally walking downhill improves glucose processing.
So at risk of
sounding redundant, the same truths hold true today that were true five years
ago, and 10 years before that, and 100 years before that. We need to rely
more on our own common sense and less on propaganda if we are to survive.
"Use this web site as your guide to
educate yourself and know that to ignore these truths is to tempt fate or end up
in the belly of the beast." Angel