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July 2005

Vital Facts about Medical Drugs

by writer/scientist Rod Jenkins

DEFINITIONS:

  • Drug: “(1) a substance recognized in an official pharmacopoeia or formulary, (2) a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, (3) a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body.” ~ U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
  • Symptom:  "something that indicates the presence of bodily disorder, an evident reaction to a pathogen, something that indicates the existence of something else." ~ Merriam-Webster.
  • Pathogen:  "a specific causative agent (as a bacterium or virus) of disease." ~ Merriam-Webster.
  • Psychoactive:  "affecting the mind or behavior (psychoactive drugs)."  ~ Merriam-Webster.

SOME VITAL FACTS:

  • Our medical practitioners, while courageous and needed, are educated in schools whose curriculum and even text books are heavily influenced by the powerful pharmaceutical industry.  Representatives of the pharmaceutical companies frequently visit your doctor's office promoting the efficacy of their company's drugs and giving away free samples to be dispensed to patients;  Pharmaceutical companies use their giant profits to manipulate and formulate legislation to protect their business and harm that of their competitors (non-drug healing practices as well as proponents of vitamins and health foods) in the U.S. Congress and White House.
  • Standard medical practice is organized around the Theory of Diseases, which is that a person becomes sick because he or she contracts a disease. In this model, each disease is seen as an independent entity which can be fully understood without regard to the person it afflicts or the environment in which it occurs.  Conventional treatments are therefore treatments of diseases, not of people.  With the exception of antibiotics, most of the drugs employed in conventional medicine are designed to act as chemical strait jackets, preventing the cells of the body from performing some function that has become hyperactive.  A smaller category of drugs stimulate targeted areas of the body to hyperactivity.
  • Drugs are substances other than food (see definition above).  The highly evolved intricate electrical and chemical systems of the human body are designed to deal with familiar environments and substances, which of course does not included modern drugs.  Therefore, all drugs are actually foreign substances to the human body and, to be effective, must ‘fool’ the body into accepting them as recognized substances.  Such drugs (once accepted by the body) then create a fundamentally different set of bodily reactions than the natural substance that the body mistook them for.  For example, when patented synthetic hormones are accepted by the human body’s hormone receptors, they provide a different set of signals to the body than their human hormone counterparts would have.
  • According to the American Medical Association, more than one million Americans suffer disabilities from taking pharmaceutical drugs and more than 100,000 of them die each year (more than from highway accidents, breast cancer, or AIDs).
  • Most pharmaceutical drugs are designed to suppress disease symptoms, and do not claim to be a cure for any disease.
  • All drugs have unintended but undesirable side effects.
  • All psychoactive drugs have unintended but undesirable mental and physical side effects, which vary greatly from person to person.
  • Scientists have been unable to correlate any "symptoms" of mental illness with a quantifiable ‘chemical imbalance’ in the brain; there is no laboratory brain chemistry test for mental illness;  the brain chemical imbalance theory is solely a marketing device for U.S. pharmaceutical companies.
  • Depression, nervousness, agitation, irritability, and inability to focus, etc. are routinely caused by pathogens, hormone imbalances, physical disease processes, street drugs, medications, exposure to environmental toxins (including indoor air pollution, cosmetics, etc.), chemicals (pesticides, growth hormones, other additives) in our food supply, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, and/or other non-optimum (but reversible) physical conditions.
  • Treating 'mental' symptoms with psychoactive drugs, while markedly reducing these symptoms in some people, masks the underlying physical problem which, untreated, continues unabated and allows continued bodily deterioration and disease.
  • Treating ‘mental’ symptoms with psychoactive drugs in children under the age of 18 causes a strong worsening of those same symptoms for a significant number.
  • Long term use of psychoactive drugs brings about increasingly serious and undesirable mental and physical side effects.

IT’S YOUR LIFE.  YOU DECIDE.

FOR ME, THE ABOVE FACTS ARE WHY:

  • Except for antibiotics, antivirals, and local pain killers for a surgery, I avoid all medications and drugs.
  • I limit my intake of processed foods (e.g., fast-foods or groceries that come in a box, can or jar) to as close to zero as possible.  Those things that I do buy in a jar, box, or bag have only the principle ingredient, nothing more (e.g., peanut butter that has only peanuts and salt, potato chips that contain only potatoes, salt, and sunflower or safflower oil, bread that contains only whole grain flour, whole grains, molasses, yeast and salt). 
  • I normally avoid foods that are known to cause problems in the human digestive system such as diary (butter, milk, cheese, ice cream) and corn products (including corn chips, corn flower, corn syrup, popcorn, etc.), and anything containing cottonseed oil and hydrogenated oils.
  • I drink primarily filtered water and lots of it, no coffee, no soda, and no fruit juice. 
  • I try to eat only fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats -- things that have some physical resemblance to the original item in nature.
  • I severely limit my exposure to environmental toxins both outside and inside my home.
  • I follow a regimen of daily exercise which includes stretching, aerobics and strength training.

DISCLAIMER:  The above ‘facts’ and conclusions are my opinions based a lifetime of observation, research and study.  The advice offered here is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. A qualified licensed health professional should supervise all matters regarding your health.

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