This is a great example of how diseases are created to sell drugs. For instance, Provigil treats a so-called disease labeled “Shift Work Sleep disorder”. Poor memory and excessive sleepiness is usually a byproduct of a hectic lifestyle with no attention to nutrition or proper rest – not a result of disease. Ironically, one of the side effects of this drug is “sleeplessness” Yep! As you take this drug, your inability to sleep can further deteriorate, resulting in the very symptom “sleepiness” the drug supposedly was created to treat.
There are “life-threatening” side effects associated with Provigil as with many, many prescription drugs. “Properly” prescribed medications are a leading cause of death (http://ethics.harvard.edu/blog/new-prescription-drugs-major-health-risk-few-offsetting-advantages). And deaths caused from prescription drug overdoses and abuse out number traffic accidents making them the #1 cause of injury death in 2012 (http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/overdose/facts.html).
With all the risk associated with prescription drugs, it’s important to note that many if not most drugs are only treating symptoms, not producing cures at a huge cost to our health! When one drug is prescribed to treat a symptom, it’s inevitable another will be prescribed to control the symptoms of an undesirable side effect or condition created by the first drug and so on and so on. Taking a handful of pills as we get older has become normal, everyday life; just an inevitable part of aging in this country. This is not the norm worldwide. Common sense says, “If prescription drugs were actually helping people be healthy, then those taking the most drugs would naturally be the healthiest?” When is the last time you saw a healthy, vibrant person taking a handful of drugs?
The shift from nutrition and holistic remedies to taking drugs as a way of life has only occurred over the last 100 years as the pharmaceutical industry has become a huge “profit driven” conglomerate. Health care is #3 on the top 10 list of Best Performing Industries according to MarketWatch.com today April 1, 2015. “Best performing” means, best return on investment. With such a huge focus on profit, huge conflicts of interest exist between what is best for the patient and what is best for the pocket-book. For example; Oncologist in the US are legally making a profit on chemotherapy drugs. They buy chemo drugs wholesale and charge the patient retail (http://www.cancernetwork.com/articles/four-steps-improve-profitability-your-oncology-practice). Is the doctor prescribing the best cancer fighting drug or the most profitable one? And, is “the cure” really the focus of cancer charities and the cancer industry at large? Susan G. Komen reported only 15% of donations in 2011 actually went to research, down from the 17% reported in 2009-2011. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/08/us-usa-healthcare-komen-research-idUSTRE8171KW20120208).
Treating symptoms is not the cure for disease. All symptoms in the body are serving an important purpose. Without them we would just get sick and die without any forewarning or chance at correcting the condition the symptom is pointing to. Symptoms are nudging us to look deeper and ask ourselves, “What is causing this”? And then seek out those doctors whose only interest is answering that question. In the very near future, as more and more of us awake to the fact that drugs are not creating health, the “doctor in demand” will be a “true healer” with a primary interest in teaching patients how to stay healthy. His or her practice will thrive on “referral” business rather than repeat business. Good Food For Thought..