Pharmaceuticals Are Not People Friendly—Only Patent & Profit Friendly
September 22, 2008 by Bob Livingston
Patent “medicines” are one of the greatest deceptions of our time. They are products of advertising—very sophisticated and expensive advertising.
What do patent medicines do for their buyers? They are palliatives that suppress symptoms. They do nothing to “cure” or in any way enhance the immune system. Nor do they make any claims as such, but the public misses this vital point.
The federal government, through the FDA, has now unleashed the pharmaceuticals upon the American people resulting in massive and unbelievable profits. The American people don’t have a dog’s chance in hell against this monstrous and deceptive fraud. What a scam! What a cash cow!
How much will their profits be when they get Medicare to pay for this worthless crap? Americans spend more than $200 billion per year now, before Medicare takes over. This is more than the federal government pays for education, agriculture, transportation and the environment combined.
What happened to the “war on drugs?” Well, what happened is that the war on “illegal” drugs was, is and will be a spurious issue designed as a decoy for legal drugs—get the picture?
The medical establishment, through massive advertising (propaganda), has for 50 years prepared the public for what we see happening now.
The trigger that unleashed the flood of drugs upon the public happened in 1997 when the FDA relaxed the rules for drug advertising direct to the consumer.
The new FDA rules allowed the drug companies to make claims unimpeded as long as they offered a phone number or website or referenced a magazine ad where consumers could get the “fine print.” The FDA knows as well as you do that people don’t read the “fine print” and most don’t read at all except a few words at a time. The public is helpless before this charade as if they are little children.
Welcome to the “purple pill”, a dangerous palliative for heartburn that netted $5 billion last year under an advertising blitz. This puts Priolosec® (Nexium®), the purple pill, second only to Lipitor®, another medical scam, in sales.
AstraZeneca, the maker of the purple pill, puts on real advertising productions that make Hollywood blush. The advertising leads the viewing audience to believe that the purple pill strips misery from the lives of millions. Even General Motors alone spent $55 million on the purple pill for its workers last year.
The scam continues as patents expire by changing the name of the drug.
What do they not tell? The purple pill (Prilosec®) was the first proton pump inhibitor. This means that it shuts down stomach acid production and eventually maybe even your life with stomach cancer. The purple pill became the first drug ever to hit $5 billion in sales. As the patent runs out, Prilosec® cloned itself with the launch of Nexium®. We’re talking profits and patents big time. Research started on Prilosec®, the purple pill in the 1960s. These people know what they are after.
Most people ignore that heartburn is an important clue from their body that something is fundamentally wrong and so they rely on a drug to suppress the symptoms.
Millions of people suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). It occurs when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus. Some people experience it frequently and severely.
The human stomach is an acid-producing machine and this acid is needed in the stomach for health. When stomach acid is cut off as with the purple pill, it greatly diminishes our primary defense mechanism against food borne infections and even degenerative disease, as cancer. Stomach acid is essential to digestion and digestion is basic to health.
And logically, the very group of people who lack stomach acid—age 55 and up—is the group most often suffering from GERD or acid reflux.
So this is to say that one can have acid reflux and at the same time have low stomach acid. It’s where the acid is that leads us to believe that we have too much acid when we actually don’t. Yes, pharmaceuticals know this only too well.
Now just why does acid reflux on the one hand and low stomach acid on the other cause such a problem with seniors?
The answer is that as we age, our biochemistry changes producing weaker signals for thirst and dehydration. Less hydration naturally expands the effect of stomach acid when it refluxes. We naturally yield to the hawkers of antacids and thereby compound our troubles.
Normal stomach acid is the chief factor in the elimination of waste and toxins. It cannot be overemphasized how important hydrochloric acid is in the gastric fluid.
When stomach hydrochloric acid is deficient or absent, grave results will gradually and inevitably appear in the human metabolism.
First of all, we will have an increasing and gradual starvation of minerals. Food is incompletely digested and failure of assimilation will occur. Then the septic process begins with all manner of general infections such as flu and pneumonia. Deficiency of normal stomach acid gives rise to a multitude of degenerative reactions and degenerative disease.
Because of the lack of hydrochloric stomach acid, a putrefactive (decaying) process occurs producing lactic acid. All the more hydrochloric acid is needed to neutralize other toxic acids as hydrochloric acid is the only normal acid in the human or animal body.
It is very serious to stop the acid pump with the purple pill. Instead we need to make doubly sure that we have adequate stomach acid.
Adequate stomach acid is more than essential. It is vital to immunity and longevity.
This leaves us with the problem of acid reflux, especially with seniors.
What to do: Since it is doubtful that few have too much stomach acid, it is certain that too many don’t have enough.
- Take hydrochloric acid supplements, such as Betaine Hydrochloride, with meals—some use apple cider vinegar.
- Drink adequate amounts of clean, preferably distilled water, up to a gallon a day; even more if you can—you have to build up.
- Get on a low carbohydrate diet especially eliminating sugar. Use Stevia, which has no glycemic index, as an alterative to sugar.
- Use an unsweetened yogurt or buttermilk for a probiotic, or buttermilk.
- Avoid highly seasoned foods especially at night.
- Stay off of all antacids—instead use calcium lactate powder in some water.