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Originally published April 1 2011

End your pharmaceutical drug habit and embrace real health reform

by Paula Rothstein

(NaturalNews) It is an unfortunate scenario in the United States wherein 75% of health care costs are spent treating preventable and highly manageable diseases. America pays more than any other country in the world, and yet failure is what we have come to expect. Could it be our dependence on pharmaceutical drugs as the answer to every disease symptom is holding us back from progressing toward real health reform?

Often times, it is merely the act of placing your symptom into the medical establishment that can lead to endless tests and eventually a prescription drug. One drug quite often leads to a series of drugs and additional health challenges. Many patients enter their doctor's office with an annoyance and over time this small thing begins to multiply because the root cause is never addressed. That is the nature of chemical dependence and the drug companies are profiting enormously from society's indifference.

To fully address and resolve a health condition, five basic questions must first be answered:

1. Is the condition caused by deficiency of something? What must be added in to get well? (Example: Vitamin D, magnesium, electrolyte or essential fatty acid deficiency.)

2. Is the condition caused by something one needs to avoid? What is making it worse? (Example: wheat or milk allergy, gluten intolerance, processed carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners, sugar, caffeine.)

3. Is the condition caused by something that needs to be eliminated? (Example: heavy metal poisoning, parasites, toxic relationship or dissatisfying job.)

4. Is there a past interference that is preventing healing and restoration? (Example: trauma, burn, surgery, scar from an infection, emotional event that has been imprinted into the autonomic nervous system).

5. Is there an emotional behavior or a core belief that impedes progress and recovery? (Example: excessive worry to the point it is detrimental, eating the wrong foods repetitively.)

Eastern medicine has a model for health care which offers an integrative approach, using both natural therapies in addition to prescription drugs. We call that "quackery" here in the United States and often blacklist doctors for such behavior. Instead, we are limited to the chemical approach and it is literally killing us.

It is most certain that the pharmaceutical drug companies want you and you do not need to be sick for them to want you. They want your inability to sleep, your anxiety, restlessness, sadness, compulsive behavior and disorientation. They want your addiction, flu-like symptoms and your aching muscles. They want your child's mind and body. They most definitely want to drug the elderly, dwindling their savings on drugs and sick care. The pharmaceutical drug companies will attempt to profit from your every grievance until you have absolutely nothing left to complain about because you are either dead or without money or insurance, whichever event occurs first.

Alternative health arms the patient with the knowledge and tools necessary to embark on a healthy, drug free life. Quite a different thing from mainstream medicine. It is believed that the two types of patients - those choosing all things natural and those choosing chemicals - are becoming more distinct. Of course, this clarity makes choosing one's path that much easier. Intent is of the utmost importance if you are to progress beyond symptom suppression and instead develop a life state which is fulfilling and healthy. If you are tired of living with the side effects of drugs, now would be a great time to make the necessary life changes to get well.


About the author

Paula Rothstein is a freelance writer and certified holistic health coach active in the area of natural health and health freedom advocacy. As a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she has gained insight into the political nature of food, the failings of a drug-dependent healthcare system, and the uniqueness of individual health. For more information, please visit:

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