It’s Time For a 21st Century Health Revolution

The cost for ObamaCare has many Americans trying to understand how we can foot the bill. It will connect millions more Americans to a sickness industry gone wild. States are realizing that the mandates within the legislation will force them to spend money through the Medicaid program that they do not have – and unlike … Continue reading “It’s Time For a 21st Century Health Revolution”

The cost for ObamaCare has many Americans trying to understand how we can foot the bill. It will connect millions more Americans to a sickness industry gone wild. States are realizing that the mandates within the legislation will force them to spend money through the Medicaid program that they do not have – and unlike the federal government states don’t have a Monopoly-style printing press. States are now making the effort to fight ObamaCare in court on points of constitutionality. I have an additional idea for the states that is certain to work: disband all the medical licensing boards. At once the runaway costs of the current health system as well as ObamaCare would be stopped, the quality of care would improve, the suppression of health-option competition would be eliminated, and a new Golden Era of healing would be ushered in.

Those clutching desperately to undeserved power and profits will cry fowl and warn of danger to the public health. Their arguments are shallow and worn. Truly criminal behavior by doctors, such as sexual abuse, can readily be dealt with by the regular court system. Standards of training and competency for the most dangerous of medical procedures, such as surgery, can be maintained by an alternate system of certification.

The fact of the matter is that medical licensing boards have forced a brand of Big-Pharma medicine on the American public that does not produce the result of health for a majority of people participating. To the contrary, millions are injured every year while costs skyrocket. It should come as no surprise that President Obama struck special deals behind close doors with the key players involved: Big Pharma, hospitals, and the AMA. Yes, the states do have the power to change everything by freeing themselves of the monopolistic rules and fraudulent practices behind the excessive use of drugs that is costing so much money. The federal government can do absolutely nothing to stop them. Without the licensing boards the whole fraudulent system comes tumbling down.

The Failing Paradigm of Western Medicine
Every American appreciates the ability of Western medicine to help them in a time of true need. Accidents, injuries, surgeries, acute illnesses, and other aspects of health will always be assisted by Western medicine – as appropriate. And wouldn’t it be nice if your doctor was actually free to help you with your health concerns rather than cram drugs down your throat.

The drug-based theory of Western medicine fails miserably in the prevention of disease and in the treatment of many common health problems faced by Americans ranging from depression to obesity, bone health, diabetes, and heart disease. There is a reason Americans pay twice as much for health care with far less to show for it compared to any other economically advanced country: our system is riddled with rampant fraud in the day-to-day practice of medicine.

The highly profitable Big Pharma-promoted scheme of an endlessly prescribed cocktail of over-priced drugs is all but dead – taking with it several hundred thousand Americans every year that are killed by its reckless application. Millions more are seriously injured requiring emergency treatment. Tens of millions find themselves consuming an ever-expanding list of dangerous drugs that do little more than suppress some of their symptoms, change numbers, and cause new undesired symptoms and health problems. As aging baby boomers look more critically at a system of health their parents trustingly accepted, the glaring lack of results casts a cloak of suspicion over a profession once revered.

In the early decades of the 20th century the quick-fix invention of antibiotics sealed the fate of the naturally-minded eclectic physicians, setting back principles of natural health an entire century. Today, 48,000 Americans are killed every year by superbugs that have resulted from the overuse of antibiotics.

In the past decade numerous high profile medication disasters have irreparably ruined the image of the Western medicine brand. The first tremor to shake the foundation occurred in August of 2001 when the statin Baycol was pulled from the market after it was found to be injuring and killing excessive numbers patients.

Then, in July of 2002, a major magnitude earthquake rocked Western medicine. It was found that doctors had been seriously injuring and killing their patients with estrogen extracted from horse urine and synthetic progesterone. Data coming from the Women’s Health Initiative showed that this abnormal hormone drug combination increased the risk of invasive breast cancer by 26%, strokes by 41%, heart attacks by 29%, blot clots by 100%, and total cardiovascular disease by 22%. Based on the 6 million women taking these drugs in 2002 (2 billion in sales), the data suggested that during only one year there were an extra 4,800 cases of invasive breast cancer, 4,200 heart attacks, 4,800 strokes, and 10,800 blood clots – including 4,800 life-threatening blood clots in the lungs.

Numerous aftershocks followed: the painkiller Vioxx was estimated by FDA safety expert and whistleblower Dr. David Graham to have killed at least 55,000 Americans from heart attacks and strokes. Bayer’s heart bypass surgery drug Trasylol killed at least 300,000 people around the world including more than 20,000 Americans after the FDA knew it was a killer (while Bayer lied point blank to the FDA to hide dangers). A widely prescribed diabetes drug, Avandia, was found to increase heart attack risk by 43% in a patient population already at high risk for heart attacks (and still remains on the market).

The common use of antidepressants was found to be based on a fraudulent portrayal of benefit, when the facts show they are no better than placebo for the majority of people taking them. In fact, their use has been linked to an increased rate of heart disease and was recently linked to a 67% increased risk of death. The blatant poisoning of disadvantaged children, elderly in nursing homes, and now our military personnel with the off-label use of atypical antipsychotics has caused early death, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes while placating stress-related symptoms. It’s also worth billions to Big Pharma at mostly taxpayer expense and state Medicaid.

The recent ACCORD trial has now shown beyond any doubt that the aggressive use of medications to change numbers in Type 2 diabetic patients so as to reduce cardiovascular mortality is a complete failure, either resulting in increased rates of death or far poorer health. In other words, the paradigm of Western medicine is unable to fix a problem at epidemic levels in America.

Bone drugs given to prevent osteoporosis are now shown to cause spontaneously breaking bones with long term use. And the statin drugs, the true kings of fraud, continue to speed accelerated aging and health decline in the tens of millions of Americans gullible enough to take them.

These are just some of the drug debacles, there are many others. At this point in time there is no reason for any person to trust anything a doctor tells them to take on a long-term basis in the name of health. Indeed, it is common knowledge that the FDA, which has failed to demand after-market safety testing on approved drugs, has no accurate idea of the true risk profile or effectiveness of any medication, including every blockbuster drug in regular use.

The common thread in all these situations is FDA blessings of the treatments by FDA bureaucrats, typically ignoring the warnings of FDA safety scientists. The dysfunctional FDA culture is often in a revolving door with the industries it is supposed to be regulating – to the extreme detriment of the health of Americans. Furthermore, all of the above mentioned drug scams include blatant illegal marketing activities by drug companies using a variety of strategies including ghostwriting studies, making up fictitious studies, bribing doctors, blacklisting naysayers, manipulating research universities, and major promotion of off-label use. The American Medical Association (AMA) is responsible for enforcing the drug sales through its licensing boards, which ensure doctors do the prescribing or else their livelihood is threatened with license revocation. It is a known fact that most doctors live in fear of their licensing boards.

A Brief History of Medical Licensing Boards

The roots of the AMA trace back to a meeting held in New York City in 1846. Twenty-nine elite doctors of the time wanted to establish a monopoly for their brand of medicine – what was to become Western medicine. Of course, the best possible monopoly is one enforced by the government. By the 1870s the AMA was having success within states at setting up medical boards under the fa├žade of consumer protection. Their actual agenda was to eliminate all competition. AMA members manned state boards with police powers to enforce their decisions. This way they could exclude any practitioner from their group who didn’t practice their way as well as legally go after any practitioner doing anything other than their approved concepts.

By 1912, a complete medical monopoly was in place as the AMA, state boards of medical examiners, and a Federation of State Medical Boards to coordinate their activities was established. In essence this created a fascist merger of state and health-delivery power. Over the next several decades this abuse of power was wielded against the eclectic physicians, shutting down all their medical schools and wiping them out. Today it is wielded against homeopaths, midwives, chiropractors, nutritionists, and alternative health practitioners of all types. And very importantly, the power is used to keep all their members in line – which means prescribe costly and dangerous drugs in ever-increasing dosages to an ever-expanding target list of patients or lose your professional status and ability to earn a living. Who suffers? You – and now with ObamaCare the states are in real trouble.

Resurrecting Medical and Health Freedom
In order to restore health freedom and healthy competition in the health-care marketplace we actually need to remove police-force control, which is an impediment to the free market finding health options that actually produce the result of recovered or maintained health. Oddly enough the primary barrier to such improvement is the medical licensing boards of the states.

The first states to take action in this regard will be the big winners as doctors from around the country will flock to those states, like our founding patriots fleeing the tyranny of Great Britain. They will begin to practice medicine based on getting results and openly compete and cooperate with many other healing modalities. Other states will quickly follow as both doctors and people move to the states with the best system of healthcare – the system that actually makes people healthy.

States need to get a better handle on what is going down in America. State Attorney Generals and Governors need to side with the people of their state and strike a blow to the vast array of organizations that rely on the police power of the licensing boards to maintain an unhealthy and costly health business in America. In case you are wondering that includes HMOs, health insurance companies, Big Pharma companies, large pharmacy operations, chains of hospitals, along with the AMA. Rest assured the powerful lobbies of these groups will fight tooth and claw to keep their corrupt system in place.

If doctors are to be spared the indignity of appearing as little more than drug-pushing puppets squeezed by government-run health care, then we must remove the shackles from their hands – and from the hands of all other health practitioners.

States can control their own financial destiny while improving health care. They can do it by shedding the monopoly rooted in the medical licensing boards. All it will take is a few states to blaze a path and then the floodgates will open. Health freedom should be the rallying cry for any American interested in reducing health care costs while improving health care quality.

How to Keep Good Workplace Health

The workplace, may it be the office, factory, construction yard or any other place, is more or less a person’s second home. Since workers spend a very big part of their lives at work, it is only common sense that employers should be concerned about employee health. Let’s discuss and take a closer scrutiny of common workplace health issues.

At one point or another, the majority of people have had the experience of working. To be able to work better and to be more productive, one needs to work in a safe working environment. A few of the more important workplace health issues that need to be addressed by employers are of course stress and overall mental health, smoking, drugs, alcohol, work life balance and last but not the least diet and nutrition.

Food is one of the biggest and most important things in life. Since food is so much a part of everyone’s lives, not just employees, it’s crucial that everyone is more educated about it and one extremely effective way to educate concentrated groups together is through the company people work for. Imagine, just by eating right a lot of workplace health related diseases and illnesses such as common colds and flu to more serious things like cancer can prevented.

Deadlines, strict bosses, irritating coworkers, all lead to very high stress levels in the workplace. This is why good workplace health programs like hobbies and group activities that are not work related can do a lot of good in decreasing stress. Burnout is very likely for people who have a hard time balancing work and their personal lives.

It is very illogical why people who know that smoking is detrimental to one’s health continue to puff away. A good workplace health policy such as a no smoking policy, implemented strictly among all employees can force people to drop their bad habits. Smoking is never and will never be beneficial to one’s health so getting rid of it at once can only do good.

While drinking is okay once in a while, promoting regular and frequent drinking sessions among employees is definitely a no no. If alcohol is not allowed in company premises, drugs should definitely be forbidden as well as these do not do anything but harm the workplace health. Drugs moreover, should be banned even in an employee’s personal life as the effects of drugs go over and beyond a few hours.

Employers should not shy away, when it comes to workplace health and employee sexual health as sex affects a person’s life as much as any other health related factor. Sex is as much a physical recreational activity as the next and is known to be very good for the heart. Even though sex education isn’t supposed to be a company’s forte, it should be included as it concerns overall employee health.

Even though it is hard to prove otherwise, stress is believed to originate from a person’s workplace. A person can stay healthy and motivated if the working environment he or she is in, is one that is clean, well lit and ergonomically designed. While a lot of companies still have a long way to go, as new and old companies start to relocate to new offices and buildings, more emphasis is now placed on workplace health.

It is a basic necessity for everyone to be educated about the basics of health issues relating to the workplace. In summary, companies need to be aware that they have a major role to play in making sure the workplace is safe to work in. There are no losers when workplace health programs are a success at what it aims to accomplish.

Buying Influence – How the Drug Makers Achieve Corporate Mind Control

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is one of the United States’ most influential disease advocacy groups. Congressional investigators have discovered that a majority of the donations made to the NAMI come from drug manufacturers.

NAMI is not unique in its enrichment by psycho-pharmacy money, far from it, but it serves as an example by which we can see how the psycho-pharmaceutical axis buys undue influence over other groups, including governments and media.

The purpose of the manufacturers of psychiatric drugs is to sell psychiatric drugs and part and parcel of selling a drug is to convince all and sundry that they need them. The assiduousness and indeed ruthlessness with which the drug corporations pursue that agendum is well documented. Indeed, their success in working hand in glove with psychiatry to convince the population to pop a pill at every opportunity has effectively herded the culture into a mire of drug dependency from which it may not recover. It is a great tragedy that the products being pushed off on the rest of us, drugs, do such devastating harm.

This is no more epitomized than by revelations that drug companies may be designing their drugs to be addictive. Certainly the addictiveness of a drug enables more to be sold and greater long-term profits to be made.

One would have thought that advocacy of mental health would include real efforts to get people off drugs or steer them away from them, considering the damage they do to physical and mental health, yet NAMI has long been criticized for coordinating its lobbying efforts with drug makers and for pushing legislation that benefits the drugs industry.

There is little if any campaigning, for instance, to address known causes of the difficulties labelled “mental illness,” such as poor nutrition, to take one key example. Almost any nutritional deficiency can produce depression and the list of physical illnesses that can have depression as a symptom is a very long one. Yet the handling of the underlying medical condition is rarely, if ever, promoted by the psycho-pharmacy.

There is no profit, let’s face it, for the drugs makers in advocating proper nutrition or making someone truly well. The poor patient is then drugged instead, setting in train complications with ill health, brain damage, addiction and so forth. Those complications are of course profitable for the psycho-pharmacy.

As part of his investigation into the drugs industry’s influence on the practice of medicine, Senator Charles E. Grassley (Republican Iowa) last spring sent letters to the NAMI and about a dozen similar organizations, enquiring about their connections to drug makers.

The NAMI, which exerts considerable influence in many state capitols, has refused for years to disclose specifics of its fund-raising, claiming the details were private. However, investigators in Mr. Grassley’s office and The New York Times were able to expose the fact that from 2006 to 2008 drug makers contributed nearly $23 million to NAMI, which is a staggering three quarters of all its donations.

This is an excessive level of donations from a vested interest private-profit corporation whose objective is to sell as many drugs as possible. It is difficult to see how an organization such as NAMI, which would be four times poorer without this stream of drug company money, would not be influenced by it and one cannot imagine the drugs companies would part with so many millions if they were not receiving, in their perception, their money’s worth.

Even the NAMI’s executive director, Michael Fitzpatrick, admitted in an interview that the drug companies’ donations were excessive and that things would change.

“For at least three years of ’07, ’08 and ’09, the percentage of money from pharma has been higher than we have wanted it to be,” he said and promised that the industry’s share of the NAMI’s fund-raising would drop “significantly” next year. What “significantly” means exactly is unclear and remains to be seen.

“I understand that NAMI gets painted as being in the pockets of pharmaceutical companies, and somehow that all we care about is pharmaceuticals,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said, recognizing the legitimate concerns of many. “It’s simply not true.”

That might be more believable were NAMI to see fit to extricate itself from the failed pycho-pharma model, which has brought in train untold ill-health and rapidly increasing “mental illness” (after all if psycho-pharmacy interventions worked, the billions spent on them should be producing a decline in mental health problems not an increase). From this writer’s perspective at least, NAMI appears for the time being to be hopelessly entangled with the psycho-pharma marketing drive.

Mr. Fitzpatrick described Mr. Grassley’s scrutiny as understandable, given the potential conflicts of interest, and this had prompted NAMI to begin posting on its web site the names of companies that donate $5,000 or more.

In a statement, Mr. Grassley said: “It’d be good for the system for other patient groups to do what NAMI has done,” he said.

Patient and disease advocacy groups are often filled with sincere people who are either afflicted with serious mental and emotional difficulties themselves or have family members who have been affected. Many people join such groups in the hope of understanding their misfortune, finding a solution or in some way helping others. Drug makers can appear to them to be natural allies in these endeavors since they find themselves in a culture shaped by the psychiatric-pharmaceutical axis from the fabrication of made-up “diseases” to the relentless drugging touted as “cures” to the marginalization or exclusion of solutions that might jeopardize pharmaceutical profits, such as safe, nutrition-based cures and understandings.

Such advocacy groups, if they can be gotten and kept onboard the drug makers’ wagon, unwittingly become their proxies in the drive to engineer change in a direction favorable to their marketing agenda, as indeed do many politicians and media entities under similar inducements.

The drugs industry’s money helps finance public service campaigns and fund-raising dinners but this can have an insidious effect in turning patient organizations unwittingly into little more than front groups lobbying on issues that affect drugs industry profits and psychiatric influence. Drug makers are not, after all, going to flow large sums of money at organizations who do not help their agenda.

Few have been more scrutinized for their drugs industry ties than the NAMI, which has, for example, fought for years the states’ legislative efforts to limit doctors’ freedom to prescribe drugs, no matter how expensive, for patients under government health care programs like Medicaid, obliging states to provide the most expensive drugs for their poorest patients.

By way of another example, the close ties between the NAMI and the drugs makers were glaringly evident when NAMI held its annual gala in Washington. Tickets were $300 each and before the sumptuous dinner the president of the NAMI’s board thanked the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb:

“For the past five years, Bristol-Myers has sponsored this dinner at the highest level,” he said and then introduced the chief of neuroscience research at Bristol-Myers, who told the audience that “now, more than ever, our enduring relationship with NAMI must remain strong.”

Documents obtained by The New York Times reveal that along with millions of dollars in donations, drug makers have over the years given the NAMI direct advice about how to advocate forcefully for issues that affect drugs industry profits, including urging NAMI to “play hard ball” to resist state efforts to limit access to mental health drugs.

What happens here is that drug company money enables them to tilt the mental health playing field in favour of psycho-pharmaceutical “explanations” and “cures” for mental illnesses at the exclusion of other more workable, safe and less expensive paradigms.

Steeped in the psycho-pharmacy culture, boosted and empowered by drug company money and obligated to those who make it available, groups like NAMI cannot help but dance to the psycho-pharmacy tune.

It is time to level the playing field and quell the power of the drugs giants to dominate the market place not on their ability to affect cures but on their ability to buy influence.