A Reality Check On Commercial Medicine

Richard Waguespack, Ph.D., LCSW

Gullibility to the claims of medicine especially when attached to commercial interests has been a mainstay of most US consumers for decades.  Perhaps the best place to begin addressing this major cavity is to make it easier for younger people to witness the health perils of their elders and understand how their lives have been shortened by the false, inflated and misleading claims of “commercial science”.

Physicians Graveling & Blair (2016) in Statin Effects on Muscle and Kidney provide a riveting reality check on statins, the same drugs we thought were too good to be true a couple of decades ago.  They cite a MedWatch record review by Hoffman that 55% percent of those who take Atorvastatin experience muscle problems that can be seriously harmful to overall health.  We are speaking of actual muscle deterioration and disability here.  Many who go off of statins report noticeable improvement soon thereafter.  

In this same article, Graveling and Blair also provide very persuasive evidence from Sissals, et. al. in 2004 that “statins caused the “abrogation of insulin action.””  A number of studies after this time validated this alarm but many others confirmed the myths and falsehood promoted by Big Pharma. Still, the prescribing habits of most physicians did not generally change a large amount until the study of Cederberg, et. al. (2015).

Here, the medical community became visibly alarmed to know: “Our population-based METSIM study including 8,749 non-diabetic individuals at baseline showed that statin therapy was associated with a 46% increase in the risk of incident diabetes after adjustment for confounding factors.”  The article goes on to address renal failure, genetic polymorphisms and other maladies highly correlated with statins.

A radical example of the vestiges of medicinal practitioners trapped in wrongful delivery of healthcare can be found in a recent article (with outstanding video) from Dr. Mercola (2016), Atrocious State of Cancer Treatment in the U.S.   It is here that he points out along with thousands of other authorities that practitioners in oncology are in bondage to very limited protocols for treatment and unable to exercise their own best judgment in using their minds to evaluate all the prospective treatments out there and recommending and facilitating the best ones, including cocktails containing numerous agents known for their curative properties.  Often drug companies, boards and other entities put great pressure on physicians to abandon effective treatments in favor of prescribing new expensive drugs that are often inferior to known treatments, many of which are very inexpensive.

Due to regulatory red tape, drug-company greed, failures in the scientific process and lack of a universal will to do what’s best for each and every patient, modern cancer care fails an unacceptable percentage of the time. As Albert Einstein said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This describes modern cancer treatment in a nutshell (Marcela, 2016).

Mercola goes on the point out how thinking cancer patients today simply cannot naively trust their doctor but must do their own research and seek out treatments they deem best. He gives a number of examples of cancer survivors who discover effective drugs used outside the United States with great success.  He also provides great strategies for food consumption, avoiding toxins and stressors, sleep and exercise.  He gave the example of Ben Williams, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Experimental Psychology at University of California, San Diego, who no one predicted to live.  “He should be one of the statistics — 1 of the more than 15,000 people who die from glioblastoma multiforme in the U.S. every year.1”

Williams book Surviving Terminal Cancer: Clinical Trials, Drug Cocktails, and Other Treatments Your Oncologist Won’t Tell You About, details the multi-faceted strategy he used to overcome the disease. You can hear him tell his story first-hand in the film Surviving Terminal Cancer. At one interval he describes a mushroom extract that’s used routinely to treat cancer in Japan. It has zero toxicity, but it’s not even mentioned in the U.S.”

The presentation goes on to explain that once a patent expires on a drug, it’s potential to rake in major profits plummets. Drug companies typically put them aside in favor of newer, more profitable pursuits. The bottom line is those who can research multiple options for treatment do well to follow their inclinations.

How can we fail to draw the conclusion that we must approach our education and health care with holistic agendas that consider relevant insights, findings and knowledge from a wide range of sources? With so much technology before us and more on the way, we need not just a moral compass, but one that fathoms spiritual, metaphysical and quantum reality that supports participation in life with a viable and sustainable philosophy of being in Being.

We have to pay careful attention to what credible critics have to say about allopathic, osteopathic, integrative medicine and CAM and to make appropriate adjustments in accordance with our best spiritual sensitivities, intuition, conscience and reasonable objectives. There are some beliefs and practices that should never be accepted and others should be considered with caution and restraint.

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