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road rage, office rage, bullying, homelessness,
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vs. Big Pharma
all in what we eat. Just as inadequate nutrition
will cause our chromosomes to get shorter faster
and younger, good nutrition can help us to boost
our DNA to help us live longer and stronger and
more active lives as we get older.
- "Why I Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements"
There is no doubt, health is a very personal and
controversial subject. Very personal because each
person makes his or her own decision and choices
about what to eat and what to avoid.
Controversial because those who take an interest
in learning about health matters are battered from
all sides with information, often conflicting with
other information on the same subject.
The term "Big Pharma" is itself derogatory, used
by those (especially by conspiracy theorists who
believe pharmaceutical companies plan to keep
everyone sick to maintain their profit margins)
who advocate good nutrition over running to the
doctor with each runny nose.
Many studies have shown that taking vitamin and
mineral supplements does little or no good for
health. Some even claim supplements can harm
health. It should be noted that pharmaceutical
companies (the international corporations that
make drugs prescribed by doctors) have become
skilled at hiding their sponsorship of supposedly
independent scientific studies.
It has been said that producers of "real food" and
food supplements of value can't afford to conduct
the kinds of studies that big pharmaceutical
companies can, which explains why they have so
little support from scientific studies. Yet
studies exist supposedly "proving" that
supplements are useless and foods not enhanced by
chemicals from big corporations such as Monsanto
and Dow don't offer dependable product. If
producers of 'real food' can't afford to conduct
studies but Big Pharma and the chemical giants
can, does that give you a clue about who is behind
the negative studies?
The claim that advocates of good nutrition and big
pharmaceutical companies are at war over health
information you receive has merit. They are at
When a pharmaceutical company (or a study
sponsored by one or more of them) claims that
nutritional or vitamin supplements are not covered
by law (technically they are not drugs, which are
covered), thus their contents cannot be verified
by their manufacturers, you have to think
"conflict of interest." They have profit in mind
at all times and the money to make the competition
look weak or harmful through studies they sponsor
Nutritional supplements and vitamin supplements
derive from nature, from plants that have grown
and developed since long before humans inhabited
the planet. Have you ever challenged a farmer to
prove that each carrot he sells has the same
nutritional value as each other carrot? Of course
Farmers are not the ones who claim the nutritional
value of eating carrots. They leave that to health
authorities who have studied the chemical
components of carrots and how they affect the
health of people. Nature is not consistent. The
nutritional value of a carrot grown in one field
may differ markedly from that of a carrot of
similar size grown in an adjacent field.
No respectable health authority has ever advised
people to eat only carrots. They advise people to
eat a wide selection of fresh fruits and
vegetables, including carrots and plants of other
varieties, especially those with strong colours
(they tend to have greater health benefits). Yet
food and supplement "studies" take these out of
context of the normal consumption and digestive
systems and find results that make them look bad.
A person who paid attention only to the results of
studies that in effect say it doesn't matter what
you eat, it only matters whether or not you are
sick, may believe that they can eat anything. If
they do get sick, it's bad luck and drugs or (in
extreme cases) a stay in a hospital will fix them
Now we can make the distinction between a healthy
body and an unhealthy body. Note that you will
likely not be able to tell by looking at someone
whether their body is healthy or unhealthy. Nature
has made us strong and fairly resistant to attacks
by pathogens in our young (and therefore
Once our reproductive years have passed, the
effects of an unhealthy lifestyle and unhealthy
eating habits begin to show. People don't get sick
by accident or bad luck. Generally speaking, they
get sick for a very good reason.
Unhealthy eating practices over several years
result in an unhealthy body. An unhealthy body is
vulnerable to attack by disease bacteria and
viruses. The immune system of a healthy body will
fight off these pathogens. The immune system of a
healthy person will kill those bad guys.
But won't doctor-prescribed drugs do the same
thing if you get sick? Yes, sort of. The number of
drugs that will defeat viruses can be counted on
your thumbs. The number of viruses that may attack
your body is so large that it can't be counted.
The common cold alone has about 200 viruses that
cause you to "have a cold."
As to fighting bacteria, doctors have many drugs
they can prescribe. If a doctor doesn't know
exactly which bacterium has caused a disease you
have, he will likely prescribe a broad spectrum
antibiotic. That should get rid of the worst of
the bacteria that are attacking you.
The trouble with that is that the antibiotic will
also likely destroy most of your immune system.
Your immune system, after all, depends almost
entirely on its own collection of microbes in your
gut, in your mouth and on every organ of your
body. Antibiotics kill far more good bacteria--the
ones that form the core of your immune
system--then they kill harmful bacteria. The
doctor takes credit only for killing the bad ones.
Pharmaceutical companies don't tell you that. They
want you to believe that their drugs will kill the
bad bacteria. After that, forget about other
consequences. If you contract some other illness
because you have no immune system to fight it off,
the companies want you to believe that you simply
have bad luck (take more drugs). But that's not
true. You may simply have a knowledge deficit. And
a naïve belief in the ability of your doctor and
drugs to cure you of anything.
But drugs don't cure you. More often than not,
they do you more harm than good.
Cancer, for example, is now considered by many
outside the medical establishment to be a
voluntary disease. That is, you have a choice to
avoid cancer. If you eat properly. Same with heart
disease and most of the other ailments people
suffer from before they reach 90 years of age.
The purpose of this article is not to give you
medical or nutritional advise. Its purpose is to
get you to give direction to your thoughts about
your ability to control your own health.
You make the choice to be healthy, especially past
middle age (though ideally you should begin before
that), or to be a medical patient and regular
customer of Big Pharma. If you choose the latter,
the companies will love you for it. They won't
respect you, but they will love you because you
will be one of the geese that lays golden eggs for
Bill Allin is the author of Turning
it Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic
Social Problems, a book of solutions that
are cheap but effective, as well as hundreds of
articles that are available on the internet. Yes,
health is a big social problem in the world, not
just in the west, but everywhere.
It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's
Epidemic Social Problems