Medicine through the ages

                                                    0001 AD   Here, eat this root

                                                   1000 AD   that root is heathen; here, say this prayer

                                                   1850 AD   that prayer is superstition; here, take this potion

                                                   1940 AD   that potion is snake oil; here, swallow this pill

                                                   1985 AD   that pill is ineffective: here, take this antibiotic

                                                  2000 AD   that antibiotic is dangerous; here, eat this root.

After making many changes over thousands of years are we really any further ahead?  Or should the real question be “Are we even headed in the right direction?”   The following statement is from the book Gemmotherapy and Oligotherapy for Natural Healthcare Practitioners written by Dr. Anthony Speroni:

“The pharmaceutical experiment, conducted on Americans and millions of others around the world, over the last sixty (60) years, proves one thing for certain. That is: You cannot establish good health by managing diseases and masking the symptoms caused by illnesses.”

Yet, here we are, continuing to blindly follow the same practices that by certain measures are only making us feel more sick than our illness made us feel. Does that not parallel the insanity scenario? Doing the same thing but expecting a different result! Consider the trillions of dollars that have been spent on pharmaceutical drugs and cancer specifically, but we still have not found a cure for cancer??   That alone is what makes me want to pause and ask the question, “Are we really headed in the right direction?” 

We continue to create new drugs that come with their own laundry list of cautions and “may cause…” statements, that in reality are disclaimers to protect the pharmaceutical manufacturers and gives them license to make questionable products and test them on the public. Not only is that not ethical, but how is that even legal. Would you buy a new car without a warranty, or because the salesman tells you its safe and you won’t have any problems with it? Continuing down this path is definitely not sustainable by any stretch of the imagination. Having gone through this ‘pharmaceutical experiment’ as it has been called, it’s clear to see that any drug that has ever been made or any drug that ever will be made cannot build or restore a healthy cell in the human body. 

It is delusional thinking to believe that our current approach is capable of getting us to a healthy end goal even if it was a sustainable system. Both science and medicine have already recognized that the majority of disease conditions are caused by toxins, pollution, unhealthy lifestyles, poor nutrition and a few other nasty habits. Not a deficiency of drugs! It never has been a deficiency of drugs.  

If we continue down the pharmaceutical path it’s like trying to straighten that piece of string by pushing on it. And believe me, the pharmaceutical companies are pushing hard. Over the last two decades the FDA (U.S.) has approved roughly 20-25 new drugs per year at a development cost of 1 Billion to 2.8 Billion dollars each! Yes, that’s right, billions. Do the math on that. That’s the part that suggests to me that the current practice is not sustainable. How can people afford to buy these drugs unless they are subsidized by governments; then how can government afford to keep paying for these drugs if they don’t get compensated somehow. Relying on drugs is not sustainable.

We need to look at health from a different angle.

A lot of our health concerns stem from the unhealthy farming practices that has farmers possibly producing higher volumes of food, but that food is loaded with chemicals that harm us plus, it lacks the nutrition that it had even 25 or 30 years ago. The soil has been so overworked by monoculture practices that it has been leached of all its nutrients and has nothing left to pass onto the plants. Don’t even get me started on the GMO practices!!  Eating foods laden with chemicals (both plants and animals) is only a destructive approach in trying to fuel our bodies. It does nothing but alter our physiology and send us on that path toward illness and disease. Then we think we can correct those health problems with more chemicals that do nothing but alter our physiology even further. That makes no sense whatsoever. We need to stop and have a serious look at how we can make the necessary changes to get us back on the road to health. That includes getting away from the destructive monoculture farming that occupies a lot of our farm land and looking at healthier alternatives to pharmaceuticals.

Great strides have been made over the last 50 years or so, in regards to understanding the human physiology and from my perspective it seems that the more we know, we realize that there is far more to know. However, that’s very exciting territory to penetrate and it can actually provide us with greater benefits than building another questionable ‘drug’. Even research into our microbiome has shown us that we may be able to turn ‘off’ certain disease processes that we are predisposed to by simply feeding our microbiome certain nutrients that it requires to make these changes happen. I can’t imagine the money invested to arrive at this knowledge is anywhere near the 20 billion dollars it cost to make last year’s 20 new drugs, however, the benefits derived from this knowledge allows us to move toward that healthier end goal we need to achieve.

According to there are many benefits we can receive by building a healthier microbiome in our gut. It can provide us with better digestion, improved immunity, healthier weight management, improved bone health and better brain function. And that’s just the beginning. There is more to be discovered, but these identified findings alone impact many health challenges that face society today. Just a small portion of the money spent on the health concerns associated within these 5 areas could likely go a long way in supporting further research and give us a better understanding of how we can help our immune systems function in a healthier way. 

Money focused in these efforts is like an investment for our future.

Here’s a novel thought.  Let’s say we calculate the cost to develop 20 new drugs for one year to be 20 billion dollars ($20,000,000,000.00). Then let’s imagine taking just one half of 1% of that money and focusing it toward real health related initiatives. That works out to be 100 million dollars ($100,000,000.00). Can you imagine the advancement in real health that could be developed? This is where the answers to our health problems lie; not in masking our symptoms with more chemicals. Boosting our natural immune system is a far better approach to our health than overriding our physiology with more chemicals; and in the long run it will be much cheaper.

Here, in Canada we have a pretty good medical system. I certainly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the excellent care I received when I had my emergency surgery. However, it is still not a real health care system. It’s actually a sickness care system that is designed to manage disease and mask the symptoms caused by illness. The follow up protocol for my condition was chemo, radiation and then another round of increased chemo; in other words: cut, poison and burn. I believe future generations will look back at our methods and regard them as pretty barbaric considering our level of science, technology and understanding of the human physiology. Continuing to pour volumes of money and resources into these types of practices does not really make the best sense, nor does it get us any closer to that healthier end goal we need to achieve.

It just seems like we’re fighting a forest fire in a draught while the arsonist is still in the forest torching more trees.

Some things need to change!