Health Care is the number 1 cause of death in America!

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Is Your Health Care System Killing You?

Cause of Death Deaths Cost Author
Pharmaceuticals 106,000 $12 billion Lazarou1 Suh49
Medical error 98,000 $2 billion IOM6
Bedsores while hospitalized 115,000 $55 billion Xakellis7 Barczak8
Infection while hospitalized 88,000 $5 billion Weinstein9 MMWR10
Malnutrition while hospitalized 108,800 ———– Nurses Coalition11
Outpatient Drug reactions 199,000 $77 billion Starfield12 Weingart112
Unnecessary Procedures 37,136 $122 billion HCUP3, 13
Surgery-Related 32,000 $9 billion AHRQ85
ANNUAL TOTAL 783,936Deaths! $282 billionDollars!

Does this sound like health care to you?

Statistics by: By Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Dorothy Smith, PhD
Full Report: http://www.mercola.com/2004/jul/7/healthcare_death.htm

 

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Our Synthetic Health Care System…

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 Our Synthetic Health Care System…

     Synthetic pharmaceuticals tend to treat one health condition but often produce many other health conditions due to a vast array of side effects.  Lets take the hypothetical situation of Mary, a young energetic professional who is a healthy, happy, 36 year old woman.  Mary goes to the doctor because her stomach is bothering her lately. The doctor diagnosis her with acid reflux and prescribes her Zantac 150, rather than telling her to stop eating Habanero peppers. A few weeks go by and Mary’s stomach is doing much better thanks to the Zantac, however, now she begins getting achy joints late in the evening, a common side effect of antacids. She goes back to the doctor and explains her situation that her stomach is better, but now her joints ache at night. The doctor prescribes Celebrex for the achy joints. A few weeks go by and Mary’s stomach is still doing better, her joints are no longer aching, however NOW she begins having slight chest pains while going on her nightly walk. The chest pains make it difficult to breath at times and Mary is concerned , so she goes back to the doctor to question whether or not these pills are the cause of her symptoms. The doctor responds with, “well if Celebrex gives you chest pains, then lets try XXXX and see if that works better for you.” Mary tries the new pills and instead of having chest pains, she now has irritable bowel syndrome. You get the picture…     

     Mary, who was otherwise healthy before taking the prescribed medicines, goes to the doctor and tells him that she doesn’t want to take any of these pills anymore due to all of the accumulated unpleasant side effects she is experiencing. The doctor responds “Mary, if you refuse to follow my advice as a medical doctor, I cannot be held accountable for your health and well being. Additionally, your insurance company may no longer cover you because you are a liability if you don’t follow my advice.” Mary is now stuck with quite a dilemma; continue on the prescription rat-wheel, or find her self uninsured with newly acquired medical problems. She asks about herbal alternatives to the pharmaceuticals she is currently prescribed and the doctor explains that there are currently no herbal medicines in the United States which are currently prescribed and FDA approved and therefore he cannot even recommend that she take them for fear of losing his license to practice medicine.           Pharmaceuticals are FDA approved if they have reasonable safety profiles. Safety is determined through years of phase I and phase II clinical trials etc.. However, these drugs are not approved in combination with other FDA approved medicines! This is a little known fact. I will say it again, FDA APPROVED PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS ARE NOT FDA APPROVED TO BE COMBINED WITH OTHER FDA APROVED PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS. By taking multiple prescription medicines you are becoming the pharmaceutical companies’ guinea pigs when testing the safety profiles of these drugs. Look at the popular diet pill Fen-Phen, an amphetamine like drug mixed with an SSRI type drug to calm the jitteriness of the amphetamines. The FDA, insurance companies, and doctors alike, knew that this combination was never tested for safety. Nor was either drug ever tested or approved for long term use. It wasn’t even proven to keep weight off after the patient stopped taking this addictive, dangerous “medicine”. Yet the FDA, turned its head knowing that it was the top prescription weight loss pill of the time. Many died, many more were injured. Billions were made.          Pharmaceuticals kill over 150,000 people in this country (America) every year and result in nearly 1 million cases of serious injury. These 150,000 victims trusted their doctors to provide professional health care and abide by the Hippocratic oath, and died because of it. This figure also does not take into account the millions of elderly (the highest population of elderly that America has ever experienced), who are in nursing homes on several “medicines” to extend the quality of their lives. Many of these folks got onto the prescription rat-wheel years ago and are taking several medicines to counteract the effects of other medicines. The combination of all of the drugs plus old age, only worsens their memory, vision, and mobility problems. Try taking any combination of 6 prescriptions every day and see how you feel. That’s one hell of a way to treat America’s elders after they are no longer economically viable to support the economy with their labor and taxes; leach their money slowly with medicines that promise to better their quality of life while they die slowly and painfully, in a confused and lonely state in a nursing home.          There are over 12 million prescription drug abusers in this country, and that number rises every day. The new gateway drug for children and teenagers can no longer be pinned upon cannabis; according to recent studies, prescription medicines from mom and dad’s medicine cabinet are the new gateway drug. And its no wonder. The average American receives one new prescription every month and a half. 9 prescriptions a year due to the “prescribe and see” method of healthcare. This leaves quite an excess of pills laying around the house for youngsters to experiment with.


          Lets now take a look at the system of distribution. The doctors, sadly enough, have lost their rights to properly lend medical care to their patients. I say this because certain health care plans only prescribe certain medicines due to the kickbacks they receive from large pharmaceutical companies as incentives to recommend only their drugs. Additionally, the average pharmaceutical rep has an allowance, on average of $10,000 per doctor for a marketing budget. This includes anything from lunches to fancy trips to Hawaii that the drug companies hold to “educate” doctors on their products. Basically a doctor goes to the seminar and learns how to prescribe the medicine for an hour and the rest of the time, they drink and play golf. $10,000 per rep, per doctor, per drug, per company. That’s a lot of incentives for the doctor to simply sign a piece of paper. Now the insurance company, they will only cover certain drugs as well, often the cheapest for them, and not necessarily the most safe or most effective. Additionally, the FDA is under heavy pressure from pharmaceutical companies to hurry their drugs though the trials process. At millions of dollars per trial, you better believe they want to run as many drugs through the process as possible.
          Lastly, you would think that with all of the miracles of modern medicine that these companies could come up with medicines that don’t  have side effects, are not  addictive, and don’t  have terrible withdrawl symptoms after you stop taking them. Its intentional. Take Adderall for example. A child has a hard time concentrating, so he/she  is diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Adderall, a time released amphetamine. After a few weeks, the child’s grades improve, he/she  is focused, and doing much “better”. When its time for the checkup, the doctor is told about the positive progress and this justifies his diagnosis of attention deficit disorder and warrants the continuous prescribing of amphetamines to the child.   When the child does not take the medicine for a week at summer camp, the child is irritable, tired, and disruptive and as a result, gets kicked out of camp. These withdrawal symptoms also justify the doctor’s diagnosis and prescription of the pills. What is not taken into consideration is that ANYONE who takes amphetamines can focus better, perform better, and feel darn good doing it. ANYONE who stops taking amphetamines will undergo serious withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, inability to focus etc.. So in this way, once prescribed, there is no way for the medicine not to work, or for the doctor’s diagnosis to be incorrect.

 

So we can see here that your health is not in the hands of doctors who have undergone rigorous training to attain the title of M.D. Nor is your health in the hands of the FDA or your insurance company. Folks, your health is in the hands business men with Doctorate degrees in business, not medicine.  KT Botanicals is dedicated to educating the public about alternative medicines and provides highly effective, low cost, herbal products to anyone who wishes to rid themselves of the toxic, synthetic, health care system that is currently in place in America and many other countries.


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Important Advances in Medicine During the 1950’s

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 Important Advances in Medicine During the 1950’s

A Short Article Written and Copywritten by KT Botanicals

 

There were many important advances in medicine during the 1950’s including the first human aorta transplant, the discovery of Hepatitis A, as well as the synthesis of the world’s first wonder drug, Penicillin.[1]  All of these discoveries happened in 1950 alone.  Truly, 1950 was a turning point in modern medicine.  The following is an overview of some of the most important advances in medicine during the 1950’s.

The synthesis of the Penicillin sparked the golden era of antibiotics.  In fact, most of the antibiotics that we have available today were discovered in the 1950s and use the same method of action against infections; “namely by interfering with the formation of a bacterium’s walls, proteins or DNA, so that it cannot reproduce and spread.”[2]  However, researchers were quickly finding that penicillin and other early antibiotics could not kill every illness causing bacteria.  Thus, the term “superbug” was coined.  A superbug, is an organism which readily adapts to the treatment of antibiotics and passes down its resistant traits to its offspring.  Staphylococcus Aureus, or staff bacteria as it is commonly called, was the first of these superbugs, taking only 4 years to develop resistance to penicillin.[3]  Science pushed very hard during the 50’s for the research and development of new antibiotics to win the race against resistant strains of bacteria.  In 1951, the first pharmaceutical to combat alcoholism was marketed under the brand name, Antabus.  Antabus worked by inhibiting the enzyme needed to process alcohol, making 1 drink feel more like 5 or 6.[4]  This quickly proved dangerous and was later removed from the market.  In other news in 1951, a report was underway which ultimately proved that some cancers are caused by viruses, a vaccine for yellow fever was discovered, and neurologists were the highest paid physicians in the country with an average income of over $28,000.[5]  The average American income at that time was a mere $3,400![6]In 1952, much research was being done to combat cardiovascular failures.  For example, the first heart-lung machine is used on a 15 month old girl with a failing heart[7], electric shock was successfully used to revive a patient who had suffered a cardiac arrest, an artificial heart valve is inserted in a human heart, holes in the heart are surgically fixed, and the world’s first pacemaker is invented![8]  Other noteworthy medical achievements include the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Rutgers’s University for discovering Streptomycin, a powerful antibiotic that combated Tuberculosis.[9]  With Tuberculosis well on its way to becoming extinct, another epidemic is at its height.  By 1952, the Polio epidemic had reached an all-time high of over 58,000 reported cases.[10]  The race for the Polio vaccine was now hot and heavy and a cure seemed only moments away.

1953 marks the first successful Polio vaccination for both monkeys and humans by Dr. Dr. Jonas Salk.[11]  By 1954, the trials began to test the vaccine for efficacy.  It was also in 1954 that the first open heart surgery had occurred, a huge step in cardiology.  Yet, with all of the advancements in cardiology, President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack in September of 1955.

Sadly, in 1955, a mere 5 percent of medical school students are women and less than 3 percent are African American, even though the American Medical Association opened its doors to African Americans back in 1950.[12]  Also noteworthy in 1955 and early 56, the first kidney transplant occurred and shortly thereafter, the first kidney dialysis machine is used to effectively filter blood.[13]   Also in 1955, A birth control pill called Enovid, is tested on more than 15,000 Puerto-Rican and Haitian women under the supervision of Harvard University physician Gregory Pincus.[14]  Although there were serious side effects, they were downplayed and it went on to become the first widely distributed birth control pill.  Smoking was also becoming a known health risk in 1956.  It took them a while, but finally in 1956, the American Cancer Society links the smoking of cigarettes to lung cancer.[15]  Despite this warning, it was estimated that 48% of Americans above the age of 14, smoked cigarettes in 1958.[16]

The early to mid 1950’s was a booming time for medical advancements.  There were not too many medical discoveries in 1957, 1958 and 1959, but I will briefly list the most important ones. In 1958 ultrasound was employed for prenatal care, greatly decreasing the rates of prenatal complications.[17]  Americans during this time were also very concerned with the growing problem of pollution caused by the sheer amount of auto traffic in urban areas such as Los Angeles and New York.[18]  The very first national conference on air pollution occurred in 1958.  In 1959, a cure-all vaccine for diphtheria, polio, and whooping cough was released.[19] 

These are, in a nutshell, the medical advances from 1950-1959.  Clearly, some of the most important discoveries in medicine were accomplished during this era.  It is important to note that this was the golden era for synthetic pharmaceuticals.  Before the 1950’s it was still common to see herbal medicines marketed by large pharmaceutical companies. However, patents could not be placed on naturally occurring products, meaning that companies could not exclusively own the rights to market and sell their products.  This all changed with the introduction of synthetic medicines, since they could be discovered, synthesized, patented, and hugely profited from.  Nonetheless, these profitable patents provided the fiscal means to propel the medical advancements of the 1950’s which changed the face of medicine, as the world knew it, forever.


[1] “1950’s Medicine and Health: Important Events in Medicine and Health, 1950–1959.” American Decades. Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli and Richard Layman. Thomson Gale, 1994. eNotes.com. 2006. 29 Oct, 2006 <http://history.enotes.com/1950-medicine-health-american-decades/
important-events-medicine-health>

[2]Merck produces first-in-class antibiotic to fight MRSA” Wai Lang Chu.  05/19/2006 Drugreasercher.com 29 Oct, 2006 <http://www.drugresearcher.com/news/ng.asp?id=67809-merck-antibiotic-platensimycin-mrsa&gt;

[3] ‘How Penicillin Kills Bacteria” Cells Alive.com 29 Oct, 2006

<http://www.cellsalive.com/pen.htm&gt;

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7]“Fifty Years of Open-Heart Surgery” Lawrence H. Cohn, MD. American Heart Association, Inc.  2003  American Heart Association Webpage.  29 October 2006.

< http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/107/17/2168&gt;

[8] Ibid.

[9] The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1952” Presentation Speech.  Nobelprize.org     29 October 2006 <http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1952/press.html&gt;

[10] “Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of the Salk Polio Vaccine.” Remembering Polio.  University of Pittsburg. 29 October 2006.    <http://www.polio.pitt.edu/&gt;

[11] Ibid.

[12] Ibid.

[13] Ibid.

[14] “THE STORY OF THE PILL” Kenneth S. Davis American Heritage Magazine Online August/September 1978    Volume 29, Issue 5.  29 October 2006. <http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1978/5/1978_5_80.shtml&gt;

[15] Ibid.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Ibid.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Ibid.

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