The Medicines Myth
What are medicines for? What do medicines do? Your first instinct might be exactly wrong “Medicines cure disease“. Isn’t that what medicines do?
It is more economically motivating for drug companies to produce drugs that you ‘keep taking’. Drugs that ‘cure disease’ don’t sell as much, because once the disease is gone – the need for the drug is gone. If drug companies only work to cure disease – they will be working to put themselves out of business. There are, after all, only so many diseases. Sometimes I wonder if we have more drug companies than we have diseases.
Dr. Mercola reports: Fatal prescription drug overdoses surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in 2007, according to the Department of Health.
We can cure many of the diseases the top 20 drugs treat.
This is important. The top 20 drugs treat the symptoms of some very common diseases. In many cases, we can cure those diseases, but only without drugs. Maybe not in every case, but in many cases. However, at present, we have no idea how many – because we prescribe drugs instead of cures.
We know how to cure cardiovascular disease. When I say ‘we’, I mean ‘there are people who know’. There are people who know how to cure cardiovascular disease . Some of them are active, making a good living, curing cardiovascular disease. Some are simply people who have learned how to cure their own heart disease – and are ‘being their own doctor’, curing themselves.
No one tracks ALL cures, of any disease, statistically.
Do any drugs cure disease?
I don’t know if there are some drugs that actually cure disease – but I do know that they are not the top sellers.
Health Freedom? We will not achieve health freedom until we begin to pursue healthiness as diligently as we pursue illness.
1. Plavix – the purpose of Plavix is to prevent blood clots in someone who has recently had a stroke or a heart attack. Does it heal the damage caused by a heart attack or stroke? No. Does it heal the blocked arteries that might have caused the heart attach or stroke? Nope. The expectation is that you will take Pavix, because it will suppress your natural, healthy, clotting tendencies – and thus, possibly, prevent another heart attack or stroke. Does your doctor prescribe Plavix to give you time for other, slower treatments that will cure your circulatory system, or heal the damage caused by disease? Nope. Your doctor signs your prescription, adding perhaps some dietary advice, and then signs off until your next checkup.
2. Lipitor – the purpose of lipitor is to lower cholesterol. The purpose of lowering cholesterol is, in theory, to reduce heart disease. Does Lipitor cure? No. Does it ‘heal’ the damage of a heart attack or stroke? No. Does it heal the damage that is caused in theory, by high cholesterol? Nope. It is designed to lower your cholesterol, and hopefully your body will heal from the damage caused by high cholesterol. Does your doctor prescribe Lipitor to give you time for other, slower treatments that will cure your heart disease or heal the damage from your heart disease? Nope. Your doctor signs your prescription to Lipitor and then signs off until your next checkup.
3. Advair Diskus – contains two medicines; one that relaxes the muscles in the walls of the air passages in the lung, keeping them open and thus making it easier to breathe. The other reduces inflammation in the lungs and thus helps reduce swelling and irritation in the small air passages in the lungs It is commonly prescribed for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Does it cure asthma or COPD? Nope. Does it heal the damage or inflammation in the lungs? No, it reduces the effect of inflammation, but does not address the cause. Does your doctor prescribe Adviar Diskus to give you time for other, slower treatments that will cure your asthma, COPD, to heal the damage it caused? Nope. Your doctor signs your prescription, adding perhaps some lifestyle advice, and then signs off until your next checkup.
4. HUMIRA – a TNF inhibitior. TNFα inactivation is used to lessen inflammatory reactions associated with autoimmune diseases. As of 2008 adalimumab has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, moderate to severe chronic psoriasis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Does it cure any of the diseases it treats? No. Is the expectation that your doctor will prescribe HIMURA while they work on another treatment to cure the illness, or search for the cause? No. Your doctor is expected to sign your prescription, adding perhaps some lifestyle advice, and then signs off until your next checkup.
5. Enbrel acts as a TNF inhibitor. TNFα inactivation is used to lessen inflammatory reactions associated with autoimmune diseases. It can be prescribed for is rheumatoid, juvenile rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis and ankylosing spondylitis. Does it cure any of the diseases it treats? No. Is the expectation that your doctor will prescribe Enbrel while they work on another treatment to cure the illness, or search for the cause? No. Your doctor is expected to sign your prescription, adding perhaps some lifestyle advice, and then signs off until your next checkup.
So, 5 of 5 so far. Not one of the five top selling medicines actually cures anything. What’s up with this? Let’s continue.
6. Rituxan – destroys B cells, and is used to treat diseases characterized by excessive numbers of B cells, overactive B cells, or dysfunctional B cells. This includes many lymphomas, leukemias, transplant rejection, and some autoimmune disorders. Put simply, Rituxan lowers your level of healthiness (killing cells that are normally a healthy part of your body), while attempting to lessen the effects of disease. Does it cure any of the diseases it treats? No. Is the expectation that your doctor will prescribe Rituxan while they work on another treatment to cure the illness, or search for the cause? No. Your doctor is expected to sign your prescription, adding perhaps some lifestyle advice, and then signs off until your next checkup.
7. Remicade – is a monoclonal antibody against tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) used to treat autoimmune diseases. Just try to say that with a straight face – and then try to explain what it means. Remicade is a relatively new immunosuppressant, so new in fact that, according to Wikipedia, its actions are not yet clearly understood. It can be prescribed to treat psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. Does it cure any of them? No. Does your doctor prescribe Remicade as a temporary measure and then try to find the cause of, or a cure for your illness? Nope. But like Embrel and HUMIRA, you are warned that these drugs can have serious, even fatal side effects.
8. Crestor – is a statin, used to treat high cholesterol and similar conditions, to prevent cardiovascular disease. Does it cure cardiovascular disease? Nope. Does it cure high cholesterol? Nope. As with all statins, there are risks of diabetes, kidney toxicity and other ‘side effects’ that your doctor needs to monitor.
9. AVASTIN – an angiogenesis inhibitor, it slows the growth of new blood vessels. It is used to treat cancers, because cancers stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. Does it cure the cancer? No. It only attempts to slow it down.
10. HERCEPTIN – is an antibody that interferes with the HER2/neu receptor. It is primarily used to treat slow the growth of certain breast cancers. Does it cure breast cancer? Nope. Studies showed that it increased the life of late stage cancer patients from about 20 to about 25 months. 5 extra months – for a cost approaching $100,000 per year according to Wikipedia.
Do the top selling drugs ‘cure disease’? Nope. Ten for ten.
I could carry on, the next ten best selling drugs in 2011: Seroquel, Diovan, Singulair, Lantus, Atacand, Gleevec, Zyprexa, NEXIUM, Spiriva, and Cymbalta. Not one of them cures the illness they are prescribed to treat. They may treat symptoms, or suppress some aspects of the illness. But none cures.
Article Source: GreenMedInfo