October 6, 2011
By: Christy Burton
Pharmaceutical industry influence over health care wanes as failure and recession concerns turn patients to what others have done in the past that worked.
She used to get debilitating menstrual cramps every month. For two days in 28, a Canadian woman (who doesn’t want to be identified) rolled around in bed in severe pain and nausea. When she was well she visited a doctor who suggested a drug store shelf staple targeted to women like her. She told the doctor she tried it and couldn’t stomach the side effects.
Why Natural Remedies Aren’t Prescribed.
The woman finally went to a Naturopath, who recommended she try the oil from the evening primrose flower as a preventative and treatment for cramps and bloating. She did. It worked. She went back to her doctor with the exciting news but he didn’t seem surprised at all.
“That’s what my wife uses,” he said to her shock and confusion.
She asked, then why didn’t he suggest that treatment to her, as the only ‘side effects’ were beneficial. Evening Primrose oil is a source of Omega fatty acids. It was a short time before he would be quitting his practice out of frustration with the politicized medical system. “I’m not permitted to do that,” was his response. Pharmaceuticals are okay to prescribe. Natural remedies are not. They don’t go through the rigorous testing process that ‘drugs’ do, and they never will, because they’re already widely marketed and there would be no payback for the multi-million dollar cost of the process. It’s in this spirit that this article is written.
What ‘They’ Use
To avoid the risk of being sued for recommending ‘unconventional’ treatments for ills, this article is written describing what others have used successfully to treat a variety of health challenges. The caveat is responsibly added: any information included in this article is not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical consultation.
It was a shock when computer genius and entrepreneur Steve Jobs died in 2011 at 56 years of age. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, treated surgically, and was believed cured and expected to live much longer than he did.
Essiac, Flor Essence, Prayer and an old Ojibwa Medicine Man
A contributor to this article says a CT scan performed on her confirmed a rapidly growing tumour on her pancreas that left her to be unable to eat, and caused her severe pain, jaundice and exhaustion. She had already met with her lawyer and called her life insurance company to alert them to her fast approaching demise when she made what might have been a last trip to the local church. There, a man sitting in front of her prayed personally and fervently for her healing. So did her chiropractor. So did others. Someone got her some Essiac and Flor Essence, both teas made from a number of North American plants used by the Ojibwa first nations for hundreds of years to cure cancer. She was able to digest that tea when nothing else would stay down, and eventually an MRI confirmed that her pancreas was back to normal. There is a rising question, could prayer and the tea have helped Steve Jobs? Patrick Swayze? The myriads of others taxing health care systems?
In his book, Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, (Alliance Publishing Group), Kevin Trudeau provides ample evidence that money and political influence affect the dissemination of medical information around the globe.
He reiterates many known but rarely advised insights into ways to be healed and get healthy such as adequate, good quality sleep and a nutrient rich, organic diet that doesn’t include processed foods. Nutrition is covered for about 20 minutes of the curriculum for medical doctors according to one graduate of the University of Toronto even though whatever is input directly into a system obviously would have the greatest effect. As illustrated in the documentary Super Size Me, unfortunately, people don’t want to hear that they shouldn’t have what they love and are used to. The result is unmanageable health care costs and early deaths.
There are a myriad of treatments on the market for frequent and uncontrolled urination, but some people have found that coffee drinking causes that unpleasantness for them. Some people need to avoid tea, and many have found that real, pure cranberry products help to reverse the effects and negate the need for adult diapers. Drinking cranberry juice has helped a number of people deal with recurrent bladder infections.
Cold cloths on the head and/or massages can alleviate headaches that normally would be treated with drugs that cause stomach and liver problems. Many arthritis sufferers claim to find great relief from taking natural products like pineapple and cherry extracts, boswellia and turmeric (which has many other uses). Doctors generally prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs for arthritis that result in stomach problems that have to be investigated and treated.
It’s well documented that antibiotics cause digestive problems, but those who know, replenish their intestinal flora and fauna with bacteria like acidophilis.
Hyper acidity and acid reflux, both dangerous conditions, have been successfully treated with diet change; mainly, eating alkaline causing foods.
Trudeau responds to his detractors by saying he really doesn’t stand to gain much by recommending that people excercise and eat naturally to be healthy.
“Licensed health-care practitioners who use natural remedies instead of drugs and surgery report higher success rates than medical doctors using drugs and surgery. They also report virtually no side effects compared to medical doctors who report negative side effects in virtually 100 percent of their patients” (P 288, Natural Cures).
In the wake of what seems to many to be an inevitable global recession, health care is going to have to be an individual responsibility, he says, with research and getting the word out as the key.