Caveat Emptor is an old expression which loosely translates into “Let the Buyer Beware.” This sage advice may be applied to a variety of spheres of our lives. From purchasing a car, to marrying a particular person. It would behoove us to vet as best as we can anything in which we invest our time, heart, and health. In particular to Naturopathic Earth, let’s examine medications.
As you know, I am not the biggest proponent of Big Pharma medications. Though certain outliers exist where these medications actually improve a malady and/or may save lives, many of them either don’t work or create more side-effects that are more of a hassle than the ORIGINAL malady. NPE recommends that we exhaust ALL possible natural remedies (or as I like to call it “Original Medicine”) which in general tend to be more benign before going down the road of Big Pharma drugs.
Why? It is not in the best interest of pharmaceutical companies to “cure” us of any disease. From where would they derive their profit? A case in point would be antibiotics. Big Pharma spends very little in R&D on antibiotics anymore. This dearth is especially concerning given that we are one “superbug” away from a pandemic or the literal obliteration of much of the human race. Why doesn’t Big Pharma spend money on antibiotic research and development? Because there is very little money to be made from it. The big money lies in chemotherapy, psychotropics (mental health), vaccines, and high-end designer drugs.
I have loads of distrust toward Big Pharma. In short, they don’t give a damn about us. They collude with Big Food to get us sick with toxin-laden, sugar-laden crap food so we develop diseases. You see, they want us in some sort of state of chronic illness for the remainder of our life. No profit is to be made if we are perfectly healthy. They have a large market at their disposal. But what makes this large market come to them? Illness! So you see they need us to continue to get sick to continue their existence.
What is the other way they guarantee we come to them? Advertisements! Have you watched the national news? Every commercial is a Big Pharma drug pawning their wares. These commercials are so clever because it puts in your head the name of this drug and through the clever manipulation of your emotions via the propoganda of the commercial, you think your life will improve, like the fake family in the drug commercial, if you take the drug. So we go to the doctor and say “Hey, I have such and such problem…can you write me a script for _________.” Marketing at its best. We are just sheeple going to the slaughter.
List of Maladies
Going back Caveat Emptor, I did a recent activity with my high school students in which I requested that they bring in drug advertisements from whichever magazines they had at home. The reason for this activity was to demonstrate to them that Big Pharma “hides in plain sight” the horrible adverse effects of their “cures.”
Now while many kids did not participate in this extra credit assignment, most were shocked by the openly-admitted side-effects in these common drugs. Each drug is, of course, is different but some of the more interesting and/or amusing adverse effects were:
- Sudden Death
- Loss of Sensation in extremities
- Prolonged Erections (Priapism)
- Increased Suicide/Homicidal Ideation
- Liver Damage
- Increased risk of cancer (e.g. hormonal contraceptives)
And these are just the more peculiar ones!
Mind Altering Drugs
Returning to psychotropics, the students are very surprised when I tell them that one of the most controversial side-effects on antidepressants, in particular the SSRI family of Paxil, Prozac, and alike, is suicidal and homicidal ideation. In other words, taking these medications increase your chances of having suicidal and/or homicidal thoughts. If you don’t believe me check out the drug inserts themselves!
There are very sad compilations on Youtube of children who were prescribed psychotropic drugs who took their own lives soon after. Moreover, many of the school and office shooters were on these medications, including the Columbine and Sandy Hook kids. This news is not really in the mainstream media.
This is why it is so important to read the inserts of all OTC and prescription medications. The dangers of them are in plain site and in many cases, exacerbate your current malady or create another one. In some occasions we must take these drugs. You might be in that situation. But let’s first exhaust the original medicine route first. You could be saving yourself a world of hurt!
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