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The beginning of the end of chemical-based medicine

Thursday, May 19, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: pharmaceuticals, Vioxx, medical myths


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A recent study published in the medical journal "The Lancet" reveals that as many as 140,000 heart attacks, in the United States alone, were caused by Vioxx, and 44 percent of those likely died from those heart attacks. That means more than 60,000 Americans have been killed by Vioxx if this data are to be believed. If true, it means Vioxx has killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War.

Think about that for a moment. One drug, which was advertised and promised as being a safe drug, a magic pill to end your pain, safer for you than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), has now been shown to be responsible for as many as 60,000 fatalities in this country alone. That's simply staggering. It's almost as if the pharmaceutical industry has declared war on the health of the American public. Because, indeed, the number of American fatalities here exceeds that of the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the war with Iraq combined. It also dwarfs the number of Americans killed by terrorists or terrorist acts. In fact, it dwarfs the total number of crime-related deaths in the United States over the last decade. If these statistics are accurate, Vioxx has killed more U.S. citizens over the last few years than all murderers, rapists, burglars and terrorists combined.

This fact is slowly sinking in to the psyche of the American public, both patients and the doctors. The upshot of it all is: Today, instead of merely discovering Vioxx is a dangerous drug and calling for it to be pulled off the market, we are also, as a nation, discovering the pharmaceutical industry is basically a sham. These companies will apparently market practically anything to people as long as they can make money doing so; and when they become aware of the dangers of these drugs, they are likely to ignore those dangers as long as the drugs generate sufficient profits (and as long as they can continue to conduct misleading direct-to-consumer advertising allowed by the FDA).

In my view, Merck pushed too hard and too far. It got greedy and tried to make too much money on a drug that we now know had the potential to cause heart attacks. As a result, the entire industry has lost credibility, and the FDA is under intense fire for its collusion with Merck in allowing the drug to remain on the market.

I believe the Vioxx scandal and its aftermath will one day be seen as the beginning of the end of chemical-based medicine. By chemical-based medicine, I mean medicine that relies on prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals to alter human physiology for some sort of medical purpose. This is an era of medicine that should have been relegated to history long ago, but has persisted primarily because it has been so profitable. It's an era of medicine steeped in the paradigm of the germ theory, which believed every disease could be countered with an appropriate chemical. Thus, from the mid-1900s on, pharmaceutical companies sought out specific chemicals to counter diseases in the same way penicillin kills bacteria.

Yet they have taken this paradigm too far; they have tried to apply the germ theory to diseases not caused by germs. Cancer has no germs. Diabetes is not caused by a parasite or a microbe. Heart disease is not caused by bacteria or viruses. These diseases are metabolic disorders, and yet conventional medicine continues to try to treat them with germ-theory chemicals.

Now we've witnessed the beginning of the end of that era of medicine. It may take years to unravel and we may see yet more scandals and revelations of dangerous drugs, because Vioxx is only one drug out of thousands that are dangerous. With the internet freely spreading information, drug companies can no longer run and hide from the fatal side effects of their prescription drugs. We are about to see a massive change in the pharmaceutical industry, that will ultimately result in chemical based medicine being largely relegated to history.

It's going to take time, though. The current drug racket system involving the FDA and super-powerful drug companies will take years to disassemble. Investors, doctors and egomaniacs will defend the current system of chemical-based medicine to their dying day. Thank goodness no men are immortal. Real advances in scientific understanding, it seems, only emerge when the defenders of old science finally retire or die. It is the nature of scientific revolutions.

Today, we're witnessing the beginning of a revolution in medicine. Ultimately, chemical-based medicine will be seen as a flash in the pan... a short-lived but notable chapter in the history of human boondoggles. But until that time comes, literally millions of people around the world are going to suffer and be killed under the current system of chemical-based medicine. They will be exploited for financial profit, milked for every penny up to their last dying breath, and then hounded for collections of medical bills even after passing.


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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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