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United States Health Care: A Grand Hoax

Posted by naturalhealthmd on March 19, 2007

A recent book I’ve completed “Money Driven Medicine” is one that I suggest to anyone wantng to know the truth about the health care of the United States, compared to the rest of the world. In short, the United States Health Care spends nearly twice as much money as does most other parts of the world, and yet we are the most unhealthy. Does this not tell us something? Maybe our so called ” Health Care” is more about generating the big dollar and not concerned with our health.

Here are some other facts about the health care of the united states:

– Patients in the US spend four times as much at hospitals
– US population pays up to 65% more for their medication

There is serious problem in our US healthcare. Let me ask this quetion: What do you all think we can do about it? Is it to late?

**Key Fact: It’s estimated that by 2020, 25% of our total money spent in the United States will be on health care. **

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News Alert: FDA blasted by top lawmakers over drug saftey

Posted by naturalhealthmd on March 16, 2007

Top U.S. lawmakers at a recent hearing criticized the FDA for drug safety problems. The hearing focused on the FDA’s handling of a Sanofi-Aventis antibiotic, called Ketek, and several prescription anti-depressants. Problems with these drugs, and also Merck’s now-withdrawn Vioxx, were cited.

The hearing included accusations that the FDA stifled scientific dissent regarding the safety of these drugs. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., the chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, questioned whether the FDA is working for the American people.

On Monday, the FDA withdrew its approval for two of the three uses for Ketek – treatment of sinusitis and bronchitis – after reports of severe liver damage among patients started to surface last year. It still is approved for pneumonia. Ketek was approved by the FDA in April 2004.
( Source: newstarget)

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My Comment:

My grandmother passed away from the side effects of Vioxx. She started taking the medication and soon after, her kidneys began to fail, and Dialysis soon followed. Her medical doctor ( M.D) admitted that Vioxx was a bad choice and stated the cause of her death was rooted with taking it.

The FDA was designed for a great purpose and a great cause, however,  they have became more involved with supporting the drug companies and not the American people. This article reminds us that we should take what the FDA and drug companies with caution.

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The Real Reason The FDA Doesn’t Regulate Alternative Medicine

Posted by naturalhealthmd on March 15, 2007

**ARTICLE** 

To many Americans, the FDA is the “good guys” when it comes to regulating medicine and helping us figure out what is good to put into our bodies and what is not. However, over the years, the FDA has acted more and more of a business instead of a part of the government. The FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) is more often concerned with keeping their clients happy, the drug companies, instead of the health of Americans.

According to the JAMA ( Journal of American Medical Association), drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death. Being very committed to Natural Health, I do think there are times when drugs are needed. If someone has been in a bad car accident and needs immediate surgey, I do not think that a high dose of vitamin C is going to get the job done. However, all drugs do come with a side effect; it’s a matter of weighing the options when it comes to taking the drug.

With drug’s being such a large part of the death in America, there seems to be a bit of conern as to if the FDA is doing their job correctly. Of course, it is not hard to understand why their are drugs becoming “FDA Approved” almost daily when drug companies spent $17 million to federal election campaigns. Not to mention the 40 congressman that are lobbyist for the drug companies.  With this little information, it’s not hard to see why so many drugs ( and so many side effects) are being released with that FDA stamp of approval.

 But what about alternative medicine? Why will the FDA not regulate or consider regulating alternative medicine? This question is not really a difficult one to answer when one considers the consequences that would occur if the FDA ever regulated alternative medicine.

There are many Americans that believe FDA is the police when it comes to drugs and what can help someone with a certain disease. Whatever the FDA regulates must be safe: this is the attitude they adhere to. These people would’t dare touch anything that the FDA doesnt regulate; this includes alternative medicine. In my opinion, the FDA realizes that federal funding from the drug companeis ( Millions of dollarss) would be reduced and the alternative medicine industry would not pick up the slack. The FDA would never sacrafice funding from this outlet; even if this means they will not regulate alternative medicine.

If the FDA doesn’t regulate alternative medicine, this allows the government ( or anyone) to always claim that the qualitiy of alternative medicine can never fully be trusted. This is true to an extent. There are several companies that sell low-quality products to many people and basically take their money. I have written an article about this; you can check it out under the alternative medicine category. While this may be true, there are several “great” quality companies that offer excellent products. As long as the FDA doesnt regulate alternative medicine, no one can claim that alternative medicine is fully safe.

Drug companies don’t want people to ever fully heal. They see people as customers; the job of a business is to keep as many customers as possible. It’s safe to say that people are the drug companies clients. As long as we are sick, we are helping drug companies make money. This is the whole idea of business: to make money.

Alternative medicine on the other hand, seeks to heal the whole person. To make that person disease free and to allow a person to fully heal from a disease and live life with enjoyment naturally.

If the FDA ever regulated and approved of alternative medicine, most of America ( and the world) would seek alternative medicine before drugs, due to the side effects associated with drugs. Alternative medicine comes with little to no side effects and is therefore more safe than drugs. This would, again, cut down on funding from the drug companies to the FDA and would mean that the FDA would lose money; something they are not willing to do. Remember, everything is about the money.

The FDA will never regulate alternative medicine, unless one day it feels threatened by the great results that come with alternative medicine. Alternative medicine is a great way to heal your body naturally and without side effects. You hardly hear of someone dieing from an herb or natural remedey; and trust me, the government would expose that quickly.

The FDA doesn’t need to regulate alternative medicine; if it did, alterative medicine would suffer. Even an FDA head man, Dr. David Graham has admitted to the FDA and it’s dishonest. If they started regulating alternative medicine, this dishonesty would increase.

The FDA has a good idea and needs to be regulating drugs ( probably needs to improve it’s quality), however, it doesnt and can’t afford to regulate alternative medicine. Afterall, if everyone started to realize that acid reflux,arthritis, CFS, CANCER, diabetes, Obesity and all other diseases could be cured with alternative medicine, there wouldn’t be a need for drug companies. However, this day is far from becoming reality.

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