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Modern medicine is little more than a grand con perpetrated by medical journals, drug companies and the FDA

Friday, May 28, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: prescription drugs, drug company profits, drug companies

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It's time to seriously question the myth that "we have the best health care system in the world" here in the United States. In reality, we have the worst health care system of any industrialized country: no other country kills as many people with prescription drugs, radical surgical procedures, chemotherapy and other treatments while spending the equivalent of 15 percent of the entire national economy on it. It's time to face the facts: our health care system is a system designed to generate profits, not to make people healthy. It's bad medicine, inside and out.

In fact, much of the system is geared towards keeping people sick -- because that's what generates repeat business. DIsease prevention efforts are stonewalled at the FDA, good nutrition is almost never taught at medical schools, and drug companies continue to dominate the direction of so-called "modern" medicine. Why? Because drugs generate profits.

Organized medicine is the largest con ever perpetrated on the American people (right up there with the war on Iraq). Drug companies invent fictitious diseases like ADHD and fear of public speaking, dishonest medical researchers are hired to manipulate drug study results, the FDA approves the drugs based on the fraudulent results, then drug companies legally bribe doctors into prescribing the drugs to patients. Once a drug is firmly established in the medical system, more research is fraudulently conducted to convince people that they need the drugs "for life." Take the recent research on statins, for example: the drugs are almost completely worthless for preventing heart attacks, showing a very tiny effect that is dwarfed by a mere 10 minutes a day of physical exercise, and yet the drug industry demands that tens of millions of people start taking statins every day for the rest of their lives! What a brilliant con! Amazingly, doctors are going along with the con, too.

Yet in the case of statins and other drugs, nobody talks about the side effects: like the fact that statins destroy your body's ability to generate sex hormones, causing men to lose their sex drive. There's also the fact that most drugs are nothing more than grand experiments where the public is being used as guinea pigs. The true impact of these drugs will only be known years later, and even then, you can bet that the FDA will drag its feet pulling dangerous drugs off the market, making sure the drug generates the maximum profit possible, regardless of how many people are harmed.

See, we don't really have a health care system in the United States: we have a system of corporate greed that parades as medicine. It's really a system of exploiting the public for power and profits, and the primary players are drug companies, medical schools, medical journals (which have drifted so far from credibility that their "scientific" publications can only be called laughable), and of course the FDA. It's a system of extreme corruption, where greed -- not health -- remains the primary driving force.

Now, if you want to create the best health care system in the world, here's what you do: 1) ban all direct-to-consumer drug advertising. 2) Arrest and prosecute FDA officials for their crimes against the public, clean house at the agency, and install a new Dept. of Internal Affairs at the FDA. 3) Ban drug companies from influencing medical schools in any way. 4) Ban drug companies from bribing doctors with free trips to Hawaii, free dinners, and other obvious bribes. 5) Ban medical journals from accepting advertising from drug companies. 6) Make disease prevention, nutrition and physical fitness the top priorities at all medical schools. 7) Invest taxpayer dollars in large-scale public service announcement campaigns to teach people how to be healthy in terms of nutrition and physical exercise. 8) Ban all metabolic disruptors from the food supply (ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils). 9) Use taxpayer dollars to make all fitness center memberships free of charge to all citizens (give a $40 / month credit to every adult, allowing them to shop around and choose whatever fitness center they want). 10) End the ridiculous taxpayer subsidies on corn and sugar. Foods that cause disease should not be made cheaper for consumers, they should be made more expensive.

There are probably a hundred other suggestions that would improve the situation, but these 10 represent a good, solid start. If we want to be healthy, we've got to make major policy changes and start putting health, not drug company profits, as our top priority.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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