The Big Black Shadow of Big Pharma

hand-black-pillsBig Pharma looms like a Dementor over our medical system. It effectively eliminates light and happiness and replaces it with darkness and despair. There’s no doubt in my mind that Big Pharma harms millions of people every year, many of whom become permanently ill and die prematurely as a result of their drug use. Despite the severity of this crime, most people, including the vast majority of politicians, turn a blind eye to it. If that wasn’t bad enough, some public figures, such as Donald Trump, not only overlook this atrocity, but they actually praise drug companies for the work they’re doing and seem to think that the key to improving public health is to infuse more drugs into an already over-drugged population.

I think nobody’s going to dispute that pharmaceuticals are useful in some medical situations. There’s little doubt that pharmaceuticals have saved lives. With that said, there’s no question that we’re currently overusing drugs. We’re prescribing and using way too many drugs. Instead of fixing what’s actually wrong with our bodies, we try to patch them up with pharmaceutical substances. This action is futile, but it continues to be at the center of clinical medicine nonetheless.

This isn’t necessarily surprising, seeing as our current health care system is built upon a foundation of drug-centric approaches to healing. Moreover, pharmaceutical companies have a lot of money and resources at their disposal and a lot of influence over what goes on within the political system, as well as within our medical system. The result is that we as a society have been indoctrinated into thinking that we can drug ourselves to good health.

Most drugs work like Band-Aids. They cover up or suppress symptoms of disease, but do little or nothing about the underlying problems that drive the development of disease

Some people are under the belief that pharmaceutical drugs cure illness. This is a flawed assumption. Statins, benzoyl peroxide-containing acne creams, antibiotics, and most other medications that line the shelves of drug stored don’t actually cure illness, they merely suppress or cover up symptoms of illness.

Imagine that all of the diseases that are known to affect us humans make up a large forest in which each individual disease represents one tree. Drugs are not capable of stopping this forest from growing. They can cut off or suppress the growth of some branches of certain trees, but in most cases, the trunks of the trees remain sturdy and firmly rooted.

In other words, drugs can suppress some of the manifestations of disease, but they don’t eliminate the foundation upon which disease develops. To illustrate this, let’s have a brief look at the three medications I mentioned above.

Statins help lower cholesterol levels, but they don’t correct the underlying issues that cause elevated cholesterol levels in the first place.  Patients with an unhealthy blood lipid composition may lower their risk of developing heart disease by taking statins; however, they will also put themselves at higher risk of developing a variety of other health problems, seeing as there are many side effects associated with the use of statins.

What about benzoyl peroxide, the next medication on the list? How does that work? It works in a somewhat similar fashion as statins. It doesn’t lower cholesterol; however, just like statins, it suppresses issues that develop as a result of problems that are deeply rooted within the human body. Topical medications containing benzoyl peroxide hinder the growth of certain types of skin bacteria that are involved in the development of acne and may help lower inflammation of the skin, thereby potentially reducing the severity of acne vulgaris.

Benzoyl peroxide is a very popular medication, which is not surprising, seeing as more than 90% of the population in most western countries gets acne sometime during their life. It doesn’t work miracles (far from it), but at present, it’s one of the most effective topical acne medications that are on the market. Unfortunately though, benzoyl peroxide doesn’t eliminate the issues that lie at the root of acne vulgaris. It is not capable of lowering chronic systemic inflammation, fixing a dysbiotic gut or skin microbiota, or correcting hormonal imbalances. It only keeps some of the symptoms of these issues from manifesting themselves.

Okay, that was benzoyl peroxide. Let’s move on to antibiotics. You don’t have to be a genius to understand what antibiotics do, seeing as their action can be inferred from their name and they are widely used in clinical medical practice. Even most kids are probably aware of the fact that antibiotics kill bacteria.

Antibiotics have proven to be very useful in some medical settings. However, as I’ve pointed out many times here on the site, their use comes with a cost. This cost is markedly greater than most people realise. Another thing that seems to elude a lot of people is that antibiotics don’t eliminate the issues that make our bodies susceptible to infections. Actually, in most instances, they weaken our defenses against pathogens.

Many, if not most, cases of infectious illness don’t develop because the pathogen(s) in question have evolved weaponry that we humans are incapable of defending ourselves against, but rather because our defenses are compromised. A body that harbors a diverse, resilient microbiota and a well-functioning immune system is markedly better protected against pathogenic infections than a body that harbors an imbalanced microbiota and a damaged immune system. C. difficile, unfriendly E. coli bacteria, HIV, and many other pathogens have a much easier time setting up shop in the latter body than in the former (1, 2, 3, 4).

In other words, one of the primary reasons we need antibiotics is that the natural defense systems of our bodies are compromised, largely as a result of our modern diet and lifestyle habits, as well as the evolutionary novelty of our current environment.

It’s time we start paying attention to this travesty

In the general press, a lot of attention is paid to crimes committed by terrorists, bank robbers, and other evil-doers. The many deaths that occur as a result of car accidents, smoking, and natural disasters are also written about quite extensively by journalists. Much less attention is paid to the harm and death that occur as a result of the overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, despite the fact that many more people are harmed by Big Pharma every year than by terrorists, hurricanes, or cars.

We humans have a tendency to overlook health hazards that cause gradual damage to our bodies; we primarily pay attention to those that cause acute damage or sudden death. I think it’s long past time that we, and in particular politicians and journalists, acknowledge that our health care system is not working as well as it could be and take steps to address this issue.

Quite recently, I came across a newspaper article that does address this issue. It’s undoubtedly not the only one; however, in general, I think it’s safe to say that the fallacies of modern health care don’t get enough attention in the general press.

We can’t continue down the same path that we’re currently on. We can’t continue to rely on drugs as our primary defense against disease. If we do, we’re going to end up even sicker and more fragile than we currently are. We have to step out from under the big black shadow of Big Pharma, or else, we will continue to fumble in the darkness.

Comments

  1. Eirik, though even children know that antibiotics kill bacteria, our degreeless health minister believe that they kill viruses…
    The entire medical system is controlled and theached by Big Pharma, no need to wonder why they don’t want to go at the root of the problems.
    Politicians are only puppets.
    Why pharma companies aren’t no profit societies?
    It should work like charity associations without billionaire actionists.
    It seems that the conflict of interest is continuously overlooked.
    Is it normal that one who sign mandatory drugs in our country is a chief of the company that produces them? His resume is publically available to be read.
    He’s apparently violating the constitution and nothing is happening to him.

  2. Hi Eirik. Thanks for telling it like it is. You are absolutely correct in your assessment of the prescription drug culture that is so prevalent, particularly in the U.S. People, including the politicians, have been brainwashed since childhood to believe that drugs cure. As you pointed out, they do not. Moreover, all drugs come with side effects that can be very damaging to the human body. Those side effects are usually downplayed by the medical profession, which makes the situation all the more insidious since we’ve all been taught to trust the physicians.

    Inroads are being made in the areas of natural health and healing, but, as yet, far too many people are not being reached. Also, people are lazy. They would rather abdicate responsibility. They want to be able to wreck their health through poor choices, excesses, and neglect, and then expect the doctors to heal them with some magic pill. They either can’t or won’t understand that it doesn’t work that way.

    I expect that widespread positive changes will eventually come about–possibly as a backlash against the harm caused by pharmaceuticals–but I doubt very much that I will see it in my lifetime, or even in the lifetimes of my children and grandchildren. Meanwhile, thanks for sharing the knowledge you’ve acquired.

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