Why Medications Do Not Work
This tells why medications are used even if they do not work. The healthcare industry or medical industry is made up of companies or businesses that want to make money. A third year medical school student, Alexis, says that a medical doctor makes an average of $500,000 a year. Business Insider says:
The average primary care doctor made $195,000; the average specialist made $284,000. But those averages hide quite a bit of variability based on different factors.
Alexis was talking about medical doctors in a hospital. Also her father is a medical doctor and convinced her to become one based on the money you can make. She usually gets 100 in her medical exams. People get confused about this industry. The purpose of it is to make money. Healthy people are bad for this business and sick people are good for this business. Alternet says:
We don’t trust or like Big Pharma, which we suspect puts profits before all else. Big Pharma haters would even accuse them of preferring to treat disease rather than cure it, and get us addicted to the treatments. After all, where's the money once a disease is cured?
Shouldn't a business put profits before everything else. Medications can be patented and marked up thousands of times unlike herbs that have been used for thousand of years. One medical doctor, Joel Fuhrman, was on the Dr. Oz TV show and said that medications do not work. He treats people with fasting and a change of diet. See MD Explains Why Medications Do Not Really Work.
The purpose of this article that was written November 27, 2016 is to tell why medications do not work. If you take a drug for high blood pressure and it raises blood pressure then that is no good. But if that medication is for something else then it is okay if it raises blood pressure. Then you can take another drug to treat high blood pressure.
If you read up on that medication you find that the side effects outnumber the benefits. So medications are good for a certain problem but then weaken the other systems of the body so they are bad for health. All the systems are interrelated so whenever you hurt one, you hurt them all. Of course the goal of any business is to make more money.
I have lots of articles on herbs and you see that each one has many benefits besides all the nutrition each one has which is necessary for good health. See 13 Best Herbs for Health and Healing. On the other, it is said that 40% of medications used are to treat the side effects of other medications. It is best to use herbal foods like blueberries that are the best food for anti-aging or cherries that reduce pain and inflammation better than aspirin or pomegranates that clean out plaque from inside of arteries.
I have not had a cold, flu or headache in the last 15 years. I have an article about strengthening the immune system so you do not get the flu. This also prevents other things like cancer that are related to the immune system. See How to Avoid the Flu and Colds.
The body sets up a counter effect whenever you put an effect on it from the outside. Homeostasis is defined as the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes. An example of this is exercise. This raises blood pressure, heart rate and other stresses on the human body. The long term effect of this is the opposite effect.
For more on the above, see What Your Resting Heart Rate Can Teach You. Here is another example. Air Force jets could make turns so fast that the pilots would pass out. So they hired a medical doctor to do something about this problem. So the doctor developed a way to squeeze the throttle of the jet so it would increase blood pressure and the pilots would not pass out.
So it worked but it had a side effect. It lowered the blood pressure of people that had high blood pressure. This shows why exercise has such a good effect on the body. If one is 150 pounds overweight and has a bad diet, to lose that excess weight and adopt a good diet, they may lower one's high blood pressure. Say another person is very overweight and has a bad diet and takes a medication and it lowers his blood pressure to normal. Do you think that the person will be as healthy as the first person? Everyone needs a good diet and exercise no matter who they are.
This also explains why it is not good to take drugs to reduce anxiety or reduce pain like with alcohol or marijuana. The body creates a long term effect that is the opposite to the short term effect of the drug. In fact Buddha says that people learn from mistakes because of the pain that it causes. But with drugs that reduce pain, the person does not learn and a person can keep repeating the mistake over and over again. That is why doing that is the worse thing that you can do to yourself according to Buddha.
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A Medical Doctor Gets Cancer
There is a story about a doctor getting cancer. David Servan-Schreiber M.D., Ph.D. got brain cancer. He figured that its main cause was growing up in an area where they sprayed pesticides by a plane that they found caused cancer. He let other MDs treat it and it was cured. Then it came back. This happens a lot.
So he figured that he would learn all about what causes it and what can fight it. He consulted the top people who knew all about cancer. He cured it himself with a change in lifestyle. Then he waited 15 years and it did not return. Then he wrote a book about fighting and preventing cancer called Anticancer: A New way of Life. He lists many changes you can make and foods that fight cancer like green tea, turmeric, mushrooms and berries.
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