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Medical myth remains: most people still believe that high-priced prescription drugs are necessary for innovation

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: medical myths, pharmaceutical companies, prescription drug prices


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It's one of the most widely-held beliefs in health care: that sky-high prescription drug prices are the key to innovation, and without 100,000% markups (or more) on prescription drugs, pharmaceutical companies would halt research and never find cures for chronic disease.

There are so many individual myths in this belief that we have to unravel them one by one. First, there's the belief that pharmaceutical profits go to fund R&D in the first place. In reality, only around 14% of revenues go to fund R&D activities for pharmaceutical companies. A much higher percentage is spent on -- guess what? -- advertising, marketing, public relations and bribing physicians (but it's not called that on the balance sheet). In other words, a far greater percentage of drug revenues are spent on propaganda than R&D.

Second, there's the belief that the cure to chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease is just around the corner, if only we had more money for research and innovation. This is pure medical bunk, and it's the same line the pharmaceutical industry has dished out for decades. Chemicals are not the answer to health: prevention is! To be healthy, we have to stop looking at ways to mask symptoms with drugs and start looking at how we prevent disease in the first place. And that comes from a lifetime of smart nutrition, healthy eating habits, avoidance of processed foods and metabolic disruptors, avoidance of dangerous personal care products, regular physical exercise and daily brain exercises.

Even then, when a person actually gets diagnosed with cancer, diabetes or heart disease, drugs are still not the answer: medicinal herbs, superfoods, acupuncture, homeopathic remedies and other holistic therapies offer all the cures a person needs. Graviola, a medicinal herb from the Amazon, is reportedly 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy in shrinking breast cancer tumors. Spirulina, a superfood from the ocean, contains a powerful cancer-busting pigment phytochemical that has demonstrated truly miraculous anti-cancer effects in lab tests. Chlorella has been shown to greatly increase the survival rate of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. (Read Superfoods For Optimum Health to learn more.) Broccoli sprouts contain such powerful anti-cancer compounds that if the pharmaceutical companies could patent broccoli, they'd charge you $100 a serving! The list goes on and on...

The point is that the cures for chronic disease are already known. We don't need to "find a cure" for these diseases: they've already been found! What we need to do is legalize the cures that exist right now and stop the oppression of natural medicine at the hands of the FDA and organized medicine. What we need, frankly, is a revolution in modern medicine that puts chemical-based medicine where it belongs -- in the history books -- while sharing the benefits of naturopathic medicine.

The next time you hear the lie that pharmaceutical companies need to keep raking American customers over the coals in order to raise more money for "innovation," you'll know it's bunk. That's just a myth propagated by the industry and designed to ensure long-term profits from companies that care nothing about the public health. To Big Pharma, it's all about making more money, regardless of how many lies they have to tell.


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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.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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