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America’s ‘Good Medicine’ Mindset

The idea that you can give someone a disease, or something worse than that disease, by giving them a medicine designed to cure that disease or prevent the patient from contracting it and spreading it to others is so counter-intuitive, so unethical. After all, isn’t the first principle of medicine to “first, do no harm”? And yet…

I think one of the greatest songs of all time is the one by Gary Jules (popularized by that great 80s group Tears For Fears) that starts off…

All around me are familiar faces / Worn out places, worn out faces / Bright and early for their daily races / Going nowhere, going nowhere / And their tears are filling up their glasses / No expression, no expression / Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow / No tomorrow, no tomorrow

It really is a Mad world, mad world. The song is now probably permanently stuck in my head. I hum it to myself constantly as I research the endless examples in which “modern” medicine and industry sponsored science and medical doctors relying on it have been responsible for accidentally, intentionally, or incompetently infecting, sickening, maiming, or killing millions of people.

Even if you just count the number of people who have been severely harmed by the pesticide DDT (Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane), cigarettes, the Salk inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), the Sabin oral polio vaccine (OPV), the drug DES (Diethylstilbestrol), and the drug Thalidomide, or the US syphilis experimentation victims in Tuskegee, Alabama and Guatemala and Nepal, and probably countless other places… the number of casualties is mind boggling. Then add to this mix the millions of people who have died or been seriously injured from taking tainted prescription drugs or drugs that were simply poorly conceived of in the first place, you are talking tens of millions, and likely hundreds of millions of people.

But you get my point.

I’ve read estimates that peg the number of deaths in the United States caused by medical mistakes at more than 400,000 annually.1 2 3 These sort of errors apparently now make up the third leading cause of death in our country, behind heart disease and cancer.2 3

Of course, given all those charming old cigarette ads sponsored by industry and endorsed by science and hundreds of thousands of doctors, and the cancer-causing SV40 (simian virus 40) which contaminated the early polio vaccines given to some 100 million Americans during 1955-19634 (and millions more around the world), you can even make a good case that modern medicine and industry science and clueless doctors have actually contributed to heart disease and cancer as well. Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admit that up to 30 million Americans “could have received an SV40 contaminated dose of vaccine.”5

Sure, you remember those Chesterfield ads… “Good—they’ve got to be good! Night and Day… 152,503 physicians (in the U.S.A.) guard 122 million American lives!” Or how about the ones for Camels… “More Doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.” Oh, and Lucky Strikes… “20,679 Physicians say Luckies are less irritating. ‘It’s toasted’ Your Throat Protection against irritation against cough” … That’s definitely one of my favorite Mad Men scenes.

Then there was that prophetic warning by Dr. Bernice Eddy of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before Congress in 1972… “If you continue to allow these contaminated [polio] vaccines to go out, I guarantee you that over the next 20 years you will have epidemics of cancer unlike the world has ever seen.”6 7

Somehow, the idea that so-called medicines, including vaccines, can actually make you physically, mentally and emotionally worse off (sometimes much worse off) hasn’t quite sunk into the American psyche. It may be one of the main reasons why Americans are getting sicker and sicker,8 9 while of course the pharmaceutical industry is getting richer,10 11 more powerful and dangerously more influential.

At some point in the future, the proverbial light switch will switch on, the light will begin to flicker, and the American mainstream will exclaim, “Oh my God, what the hell have we done.”


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6 Responses to America’s ‘Good Medicine’ Mindset

  1. Peggy Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I think the drug ads on television are the single most despicable way that Big Pharma is infiltrating our consciousness. We are bombarded every 5 minutes with ads to try a new drug for everything from ED to gastric troubles. Then the patient goes to the doctor and requests the new drug and of course the doctor hardly knows anything about the drug and prescribes it.
    We have become sheep and are killing ourselves with our own stupidity. Wake up and THINK. Don’t be a sheep, question everything!

    • Donna Reply

      August 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      The reason we are bombarded with pharmaceutical stuff is because that is what is purchasing TV time. People could also learn more about what they are eating might be the cause of part of the problem. And what is in the air that we are breathing – some more than others in highly toxic areas. As well as what keeps being dumped in the water -“to prevent tooth decay?@!#. All my kids got was flouridosis. Then there is the issue of how to approach the dioxin and Agent Orange clean up in places where it was dumped to eliminate the jungle cover. 3 generations later, babies are still born with horrific genetic modifications. But now you can buy it at the hardware store or where you get the seeds. Duo-Enlist glyphosate and 2-4D Didn’t anyone read Silent Spring? Or have we just been dumbed down by that which sells ad time and the idiocy that TV-land is. Well, I’m preaching to the choir, but I challenge people to call their senators now with regards to the food labeling issue – is it GMO?

  2. owldog Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    If there is one word that defines the medical establishment’s disposition towards adverse events (sometimes deadly and fatal)happening within 48 hours (usually about 12 hours or less)of a vaccination – if there is one word they use to defend the vaccine, that word is “COINCIDENCE”

  3. Walter Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Vaccine “science” should stand on its own merits. Real “science” doesn’t need teams of industry lobbyists to make its case. Either vaccines are proven, safe, and effective, or they’re not.

    The fact that vaccine manufacturers are immune from liability doesn’t support their “proven, safe, effective” case very well.

    Since January of 2014, twice as many vaccine injury victims have won court decisions than the previous eight years combined. More required vaccines, more vaccine injuries. Yet the government, vaccine companies, and doctors will all tell you it’s just coincidence.

    Pro-vaxxers forget that anti-vaxxers were once pro-vaxxers that may have had a child injured or killed by vaccines, or learned from those who had.

    Anti-vaxxers studied ALL OF THE AVAILABLE RESEARCH, and used their CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS to make an INFORMED DECISION whether to vaccinate their children.

    It certainly is not a hasty, reckless and ignorant decision. In fact, trusting your doctors, the CDC and the drug companies without verifying their claims might be.

  4. Walter Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    The motto for modern medicine is “First, deny any harm is being done.”

  5. Brenda Miller Reply

    July 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Marco,

    People are waking up to this notion that mainstream medicine can not be trusted to tell us the truth. People don’t need doctors. The medical community routinely hides facts from us, twists data, reports to us relative statistics, and admits that about half of all medical studies can never be replicated. I think if they released actual numbers, medicine would be the primary cause of death for the US population, not diseases such as cancer or heart disease.

    Just look at the toxicity of the chemotherapy and high-dose radiation that they use to kill the cancer. Cancer is YOU folks – it’s your body they are killing! They have no clue about illnesses. How ironic and twisted modern medicine actually is. To push pills and vaccines that won’t do what they say that may lead to a long list of serious adverse health reactions is a good business model, don’t you think? And a dead patient is worth much more money than a living patient is worth to them.

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