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I don’t agree completely or fully with this and I’ll tell you why. There area lot of diseases that don’t go away. If you take heart failure, high blood pressure (the hereditary kind, my husband has and has had it since he was 30), epilepsy, almost all cancers, asthma, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, meningitis and tuberculosis, just to name a few. Some medications are needed for survival. Look at how many children died as children and look how many adults died in their 40’s even a few short 50 years ago. I know with the technology of today, my grandmother wouldn’t have died of breast cancer at 51. So as far as we’ve come, I do see the case of misuse of drugs over and over but I just don’t see how it’s as cut and dried as this woman makes it sound.
So does this then make you leery of doctors? Because they’re the ones who give us the drugs. This is an excellent topic.
Howdy Joy, I just went back and refreshed my memory on this clip. I can’t find anything in what she says to disagree with, but at the same time you bring up a lot of good point that weren’t touched upon specifically. There can be no blanket statements that will cover everything without exception, and this is no different. There will always be exceptions when broad statements are made, and as she said in the end of her video “please self educate, be proactive, share the information with others; the next victim could be someone you love”. She’s not trying to sell you on an idea, she’s trying to get you to question what you are told and expected to believe; suggesting that you do your own research. All too often we take the word of others as the end-all-be-all of whatever the topic may be. As you hear/read me say from time to time “question authority (people in white coats in this case), and everyone else for that matter… including yourself”.
As far as some medications helping to prolong the lives of people, I have do doubt. I don’t think that’s in question. The point is that some doctors are passing out meds when they are not needed, and the quest to create more and more meds to treat illness and disease has higher priority that the search for cures. Why suggest a better diet and exercise when we have a pill for that??? Why look for a cure when we can treat your disease, problem, issue…??? One of the points I would like to bring attention to is just how many diseases were cured back when the technology wasn’t near as sophisticated as it is today, and how many new medications there are on the market today to treat all the issues that didn’t seem to exist when I was a kid.
As far as the topic of genetic/hereditary disease goes, this is a huge topic all on its own. Before even trying to touch on this I would direct you to this post where I have a link to a documentary that gets my highest of recommendations. After it’s gets passed its introduction its first part/section talks about addiction and disease. I would love to get your thoughts on this documentary, please and thank you.
As for the deaths 50+ years ago compared to now, I would point out that there are many people living to older ages without the help of medication. Years ago people didn’t even know about vitamins, living conditions weren’t as clean, toilets weren’t the norm, bandages in hospitals used to be washed and reused, doctors would tend to the dead and then go straight into surgery, work was harder, safety was less of an issue… The list goes on and on for peoples lack of well being in the past. People are products of their environment.
On the other side of the coin people do have more disease today: diabetes, heart disease, cancer… Much of that can be attributed to our environment: genetically modified crops, chemically treated crops, fast food, canned food, frozen food, microwavable food, junk food, soda, sugar (or any number of other sweeteners) in everything, work isn’t very demanding, a majority of our live are spent in bed or on our butts, we tend to be overly sterile, doctors pass out meds like candy, clean drinking water is getting harder to come by, livestock is treated with growth hormones, antibiotics, kept in horrid conditions, fed unnatural foods… This list goes on and on as well.
As for the topic of cancer, it wasn’t really touched on here, but I did do a post a while back. I highly recommend you watch the first film the link leads you to. It is shocking and appalling what we as tax payers are paying for in regards to cancer research or lack there of. It’s also a great follow up to this film giving you much more testimony, facts, figures… I highly recommend it to anyone whose life has been effected by cancer.
Does this then make me leery of doctors? Any time money is a motivating factor I am leery: buying a car, having a car repaired, going to the dentist, going to the doctor, receiving a prescription… Another list that goes on and on. It is an excellent topic and should be discussed and researched at length. All too often we take peoples word on any number to topics. I don’t want you to take my word for anything but maybe food for thought.
My final thought: we should be putting way more effort into curing diseases, not to mention preventing them in the first place.
I have so much to say about this but I will keep it short. Having owned a Natural food store for 25 years that concentrated on nutritional and natural supplements I spent thousands of hours reading about the topic that this video touches upon. It’s shocking when you start researching the pharma companies. Not only shocking but very scary. My Dr. has tried to put me on all sorts of drugs that I have refused including Oxycontin, one of the most dangerous opiate pain killers. Great video which deserves to be shown to everyone.
Well said, Joan. It’s a great starter video, because people really need to do their own research and stop taking the word of people in white lab coats. The facts and figures coming from me mean little to nothing and can be dismissed with an eye roll, but when people learn for themselves, doing their own research, the facts and figures are shocking.
I greatly appreciate your comment, Joan, having done your own research and running your own Natural food store for 25 years, it carries far my weight than my own. Even so I still highly recommend people do their own research, using a wide range of sources from all sides. One expert will only give you one view. 😉
I think it’s great that you are out there learning. That’s the problem with so many people. They just don’t want to “Know” any more. They just pretend that there is nothing they can do to change anything so they “go with the flow”. Well, unfortunately. the flow is going down a toxic river. With the internet around there is no excuse not to keep learning. Ever since I discovered the internet which was over 20 years ago I have spent time almost every night trying to learn at least one new thing. Unfortunately as I get older I don’t retain quite as much but I still make the effort. What I do, is pick a topic and then surf the net to find out as much as I can about it. I have visited so many countries on the net that I feel like a seasoned traveler.
Your response to Joy’s comment was very good. I agree with her in the fact that some medications are definitely necessary. I am on high blood pressure pills and I am more than willing to take them because I don’t want a stroke. Sure losing weight will help and I am always trying to do that but there are many meds that I have been offered that I did the research on and I am glad I didn’t take them. Hormone replacement drugs are a good example. I chose to tough it out which for me was not tough at all. Millions of women just automatically took hormone drugs and than 10 years later found out the terrible side affects from them and had to stop. Those side affects were documented long before the gov’t took them off the market. The same with arthritis meds which had to be taken off the market. I was offered them and chose not to take them, thank goodness. And now they try to sell everyone on cholesterol meds.. No thanks. They have worse side affects than high cholesterol does. And the list goes on. Even when I sold herbs and vitamins I would tell customers to do the research and to not take something until they did.
It’s that way with bath and bodycare products. If people actually knew what they were putting on their skin which actually is absorbed into their bloodstream they would throw it all out. I did. Even much of the natural stuff is crap.
OK, it’s 2:16 AM and I have to be up with the baby. Oh well, I better learn to get more sleep.
Good stuff, Joan, and thank you. Another problems with people today is they think they already know, because someone in a lab coat told them so, or because they saw it on TV, or they read it in a magazine or on a label. The world is so full of disinformation, it’s no wonder people are content to stay blissfully ignorant whether they realize it or not; again, they are just products of their environment.
You are one of the few, Joan, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As you alluded to, we live in the information age and people are starting to wake up. I like to think I’m part of that wake-up call. 😉
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