Sickness Cartel — Part 2

Yes­ter­day I post­ed an arti­cle from Dynam­ic Chi­ro­prac­tic on the need for vig­i­lance about the “sick­ness car­tel” — the big drug com­pa­nies, orga­nized med­i­cine and hos­pi­tals, insur­ers, adver­tis­ers, the pol­lu­tion indus­try, and the food indus­try.

The pub­lic needs to know about these major forces that are shap­ing the health of Amer­i­cans and how they inter­act.

  • We’re in the dark about (or choose to ignore) drug side effects infor­ma­tion
  • The pub­lic should be aware of the choic­es avail­able in agri­cul­tur­al meth­ods, and how those choic­es affect the health val­ue of foods
  • We need pub­lic efforts to con­trol the epi­dem­ic of health con­di­tions relat­ed to envi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion.

Today I’m post­ing a let­ter to the edi­tor that the arti­cle elicit­ed.

The Most Pow­er­ful Weapon Against Phar­ma Is the Truth


Dear Edi­tor:

Humans seem to come to Earth with a split per­son­al­i­ty: one side very qui­et and spir­it-ori­ent­ed, the oth­er side a noisy self­ish, greedy, arro­gant, inse­cure pri­mate. Every­one knows these two sides of him or her­self. Rec­og­niz­ing and con­trol­ling them as we age are the keys to growth, matu­ri­ty, wis­dom and peace of mind. Phar­ma appeals to the pri­mate in us because it makes the idea of help­ing your­self seem eas­i­er, since it requires only tak­ing insur­ance-reim­bursable drugs and not chang­ing diet, exer­cis­ing or get­ting body­work.

The pri­mate side of humans has three traits that make it dif­fi­cult to fol­low a rea­son­able and dis­ci­plined path toward health: 1) We tend to be nutri­tion­al­ly rebel­lious. 2) We tend to seek the path of least effort. 3) We tend to be eas­i­ly addict­ed or habit­u­at­ed. These traits fit the drug mod­el per­fect­ly. That’s why chi­ro­prac­tic is reg­u­lar­ly shown to have more high­ly edu­cat­ed clien­tele who knows there are prob­lems with Phar­ma. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, those clients are not the major­i­ty of Amer­i­cans.

As a result, chi­ro­prac­tic will have to take up the cam­paign against Phar­ma by expos­ing its ridicu­lous, unsci­en­tif­ic approach­es to health. We must expose the lies and report the dis­mal and dead­ly track record. Three excel­lent stud­ies are avail­able that show MDs to be the first, third and fourth lead­ing caus­es of death, respec­tive­ly. Two of those are pub­lished in JAMA. The third was refused pub­li­ca­tion because it didn’t put MDs in a good enough light. The Sar­nat-Win­ter­stein project report­ed in JMPT is anoth­er good one.

Pri­ma­ry with Phar­ma is the under­ly­ing assump­tion that a per­son could actu­al­ly regain good health while poi­son­ing him or her­self. When any of my patients list numer­ous med­ica­tions, I typ­i­cal­ly say, “So, you’re try­ing to poi­son your­self back to health with these drugs. How’s that work­ing out?” They always sort of chuck­le and then are dis­mayed as we dis­cuss how they have swal­lowed the hook and used Pharma’s poi­sons. It is absurd to even repeat in your own mind the notion, “I am going to poi­son myself back to health. That should work!” It hasn’t worked and it nev­er will.

I accen­tu­ate Pharma’s side effects and ask them if they think a drug is a vit­a­min the body needs or a poi­son that masks symp­toms only. They always respond that drugs are a mask that often make them feel worse. I always explain how the phys­i­ol­o­gy real­ly works and how drugs are try­ing to block or inhib­it a body process. I fin­ish with, “This is noth­ing you didn’t already know, right?” And they answer yes.

I reg­u­lar­ly cite stud­ies that report the dam­age done by statins; the com­plete­ly back­ward approach to antacids; the omis­sion of their like­ly gluten sen­si­tiv­i­ty, etc.; and the need to not only get chi­ro­prac­tic, but do blood work as well.

Aside from MDs, chi­ro­prac­tors should be mak­ing their patients aware that there is a “health-care com­plex” afoot, sim­i­lar to the old mil­i­tary-indus­tri­al com­plex. It con­sists of the insur­ance, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, med­ical, gov­ern­ment, media and food indus­tries. The largest amount of PAC mon­ey flow­ing to Con­gress flows to them from the health-care com­plex. Con­gress is for sale to the high­est bid­der, and the Tea Par­ty wants them all out. They are as cor­rupt, arro­gant and greedy as they can pos­si­bly be. Enter the FDA, which is the SS of health-care cor­rup­tion. They are the front men for the cor­rupt food and Phar­ma indus­tries and open­ly pro­mote for them while sup­press­ing alter­na­tives. The result is the health-care costs we have and the pathet­ic look of the over­weight Amer­i­can.

TV time is required to get the mes­sage out, but remem­ber that TV’s best cus­tomer is Phar­ma, which gen­er­ates at least 60 per­cent of all ad rev­enue com­ing into TV sta­tions.

The most pow­er­ful weapon we have against Phar­ma is the truth. We have to find venues to say it often.

Tom Camp­bell, DC
Beau­mont, Texas


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

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