Employers of 50 people must offer them medical insurance and pay 60% of it while the employee pays 40%, but they are both winners if the employee opts out, pays a $95 fine and stays well. “Stay Well” plans with Health Savings Account were the basis of programs 30 years ago that need another look because the government is pushing medical care which is about prescriptions and vaccinations that have become a leading cause of illness and even death.
The government is pushing medical care as healthcare, but the more prescriptions one takes, the worse one’s health becomes. Drugs create illness due to Adverse Drug Reactions that have made medical care a leading cause of illness and death according to reports in the Journal of AMA (4-15-1998) and subsequent reports (Western Journal of Medicine, June, 2000 and Archives of Internal Medicine, Sept 10, 2007)
The JAMA article defined Adverse Drug Reactions as from a drug “properly prescribed and administered.” It’s not an overdose or a bad prescription. It’s just the way that patient reacted unexpectedly.
But we should expect it! “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, Chapter 5: Intimate Study of Drug Action.
“Pharmacology and toxicology are one”? That’s because pharmacology evolved from toxicology, as it studied what dose of a chemical would kill half the animals and now we’re the animals–it’s just not reported in mainstream media because they like drug money for ads!
Marcia Angell, MD, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and author of The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, decried the drug ads in the media. She told 60 Minutes10+ years ago that drug companies spend $400 million on congressional re-election campaigns; by now it’s a billion?
Confronting a US senator with medical literature that drugs are a leading cause of illness and death, she said, “You’re wasting your time. They own us!” (referring to drug companies.)
**We might wonder how or why a doctor “might use these poisons beneficially,” but if a person’s blood pressure is sky-high from eating chittalings (hog intestines), it’s better to take a drug to get the blood pressure down than to have a stroke (burst blood vessel in the brain resulting in paralysis).
Nathan Pritikin reported to the American College of Cardiology that 186 of 218 patients got off their drugs for blood pressure with a low fat diet and that a high fat diet makes rouleaux (blood cells become sticky and the heart has to pump harder to circulate the blood).
The World Health Organization reports people with uncontrolled hypertension rose from 600 million in 1980 to nearly 1 billion in 2008 [and is] positively and continuously related to the risk for stroke and coronary heart disease.“
Cardiologists should have embraced Pritikin with information on how to get 85% of patients off blood pressure drugs, but their response was negative. They said he hadn’t cured it because if people go off the diet, their blood pressure goes up. He adds that their response shows how broken the medical system is.
Pritikin’s Longevity Center reported 65 patients with triple vessel disease that had been scheduled for bypass surgery, but they went to Pritikin’s center instead. Three years later, 90% never had surgery; and only one had died from heart disease. But in spite of amazing results, Pritikin got no help from mainstream medicine, media or Heart Assoc.
A Harvard cardiologist told 60 Minutes that 90% of heart by-pass surgeries weren’t necessary, and the US News (Aug 5, 1990) reported on Dean Ornish’ center 15 years after Pritikin’s report.
Bill Clinton got the message and began a low cholesterol, low fat diet from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic because with no change in diet, surgery, grafts and stints will soon plug up again.
Dr. Lester Breslow, Dean of UCLA’s School of Public Health, discovered in a 10-year federally-funded study that normal-weight people who didn’t drink or smoke had a 30-year advantage over those with an opposite profile. Breslow’s profiling included exercise, 7 hours of sleep, 5 glasses of water daily, “happy” people, and breakfast.
No breakfast is an indicator of millions who eat at night and can’t burn the extra calories that get stored as fat. Breakfast and mid-afternoon are best meal times when people can eat more. A good meal mid-afternoon should not leave us hungry when we go to bed, and our stomachs can rest when we do. It’s good to avoid a large late meal.
The government can’t run the postal system profitably at 15 times the cost of a letter when I was a child, but they want to run medical care that’s far more complicated because there’s so much money in it–they can’t keep their hands out of the pot.
I thinks my ill-health as a child was due to vaccinations and mercury dental fillings, but I changed his diet in college and have only had one prescription in my adult life. At 71, my last insurance was purchased 40 years ago to cover the hospital bill when our youngest son was born.
I don’t understand where in the Constitution it says the government will provide medical care and drugs subsidized for those who want to eat, drink and smoke as they please.
Our medical system evolved to accommodate quick interviews and a prescription. Most people decline to change habits as long as we can get free healthcare. It’s a great society until the half who pay the pill bill taxes can no longer afford the 2nd indulgent half who don’t, but maybe economic reality is dawning.
Every nation practicing western medicine is on the brink of bankruptcy. General Motors is an example-going broke over medical care for retirees. I called GM to offer healthcare programs nearly 10 years ago. They said they had things “under control.” Medical care in the end is a slippery slope.
Wellness programs for companies that have any depth can cut employee healthcare costs by the employee opting out of the government plan. There are millions of employees who could learn to live well without regular doctor visits.
Medical care is a perversion of Hippocrates’ statement: “Nature heals–let your food be your medicine.”