The Drug Industry and Western Medicine

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”

Mark Twain

Drugs and medicine

Did you know that the pharmaceutical industry is a significant funder of primary and continuing medical education, mainstream media outlets (via advertising), medical research, and that they spend enormous amounts of money lobbying the government ?  Are you aware that 9 of the top 10 drug companies spend more money on marketing to doctors and consumers than they do on research and development of their products?  Did you know that the very drug companies that stand to profit from their synthetic, patentable creations also design and conduct the research they present to the FDA attesting to those drugs’ safety and effectiveness? Did you know that legal loopholes allow the FDA  to receive funds from the drug industry they are purposed to regulate and that there is a figurative revolving door of employment between the FDA and pharmaceutical companies?  Are you aware that even “independent” non-profit organizations frequently receive money that originated with the pharmaceutical industry?

The implications of these facts are profound.  The drug industry is incredibly influential over Western medicine philosophy, practice and policy for the reasons mentioned.   That influence affects:

  • what doctors learn and don’t learn in medical school
  • what those physicians read in medical journals throughout their careers and how they practice medicine
  • what university researchers devote their time to
  • the “angle” of media outlets that shape public opinion
  • the laws passed in our country regarding our healthcare options and freedoms

Currently, healthcare in the United States is inextricably bound to pharmaceutical medicine – a type of medicine that primarily utilizes drugs and surgery to suppress symptoms of disease rather than uncovering and addressing root causes so that symptoms can resolve themselves to reflect true healing.  The United States does not embrace our modern conventional system of medicine because the aforementioned professionals and entities have fairly evaluated all options and deemed pharmaceutical medicine the best option.  They do so because virtually every influential organization involved with healthcare in the US has conflicting interests with the drug industry.

I am not saying that there is never a need for pharmaceuticals or that they’re all bad all the time as some can be lifesaving, especially following emergency situations such as a car crash.  I am not suggesting that the average medical doctor is not sincere or well intended as he or she may very well be.  I am  asserting that, if you want to be responsible for your health and your family’s health, you should develop informed opinions on health and on your options based on all available information – absolutely including those resources not sanctioned by the mainstream system which, again, is highly influenced by drug companies and is also often biased against natural and holistic approaches. 

And when you do critically consider all available resources you may be surprised and/or horrified at the benefits and risks related to many common Western healthcare practices that are not openly and honestly acknowledged or are even suppressed.  You may be astonished at the safe, effective and comparatively affordable alternatives to mainstream treatments that are available to you, and your life may be changed by all the things you learn and the opinions you develop in the process.  Maybe not and that’s your business.  But if you want to truly be an educated consumer you have to make that journey for yourself with an open mind and heart and just see where you land.

 

Related Resources:

The One Hundred Year Lie, by Randall Fitzgerald

Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, by Kevin Trudeau

Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History, by Suzanne Humphries

Bought Documentary

War on Health Documentary

Associate Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego, Beatrice Golomb discusses rampant conflicting interests and corruption amongst pharmaceutical companies and mainstream medical publications.

How Big Pharma and the Media Sell Junk Science

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