Monday, 14 May 2012

The Health Debate (5). An epidemic rise in chronic diseases

The mainstream Media reports regularly on two general health matters. First, they tell us about all the wonderful new 'medical breakthroughs', and new 'wonder drugs' that are on the Big Pharma horizon. We are led to believe that these new understandings and treatments will eventually banish diseases of all kinds, forever! There is usually the additional implication in these news stories - that we are all beholden to conventional medicine (ConMed) as we are all living longer largely because of its amazing successes in treating illness.

Second, the Media will often tell us, at a different point in time, about a variety of chronic diseases that are reaching, or have reached, epidemic levels.

So how can these two matters be matched up? Why are we spending more on health than ever before, yet suffering more chronic disease too?

Clearly the two stories cannot be adequately matched! So this should lead to another topic for 'the Health Debate' - but unfortunately it never does. 

What is causing this rise in chronic disease? Why is conventional medicine, despite its many claims, unable to deal with this rise in chronic disease? And most important, does ConMed treatment, in all its forms, contribute to this rise in chronic disease?

Certainly the increased consumption of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, especially during the last 60 years (following the inauguration of the NHS), and the epidemic rise in chronic diseases, have run parallel to each other. Unfortunately, this rarely seems to register within the mainstream media journalism. Here, for example, are just some of the possible connections between increased medication, and increased disease (there are many more, some highlighted in this blog over the last few years).

* In a previous blog in the series, the connection between HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and breast cancer was made, and the declining rate of this cancer since 2002 when prescriptions for HRT declined after it was found to cause breast and cervical cancer.

* The prodigious rise in the use of Statin drugs over the last few years is another example. Statins have only recently been associated with both diabetes, and prostate cancer - so are Statins one cause of the epidemic of both these diseases? The Media has spent enough time in recent years allowing ConMed spokesmen to tell us how 'safe' these drugs are, and how we should all be taking them : perhaps now they can spare a little time asking why they have been telling us this, when it is palpably untrue, and may be connected with an increase in both these diseases.

* The link between vaccines, especially the MMR vaccine, and the Autism epidemic is increasingly well documented, but vehemently denied by the ConMed Establishment. BBC News, and other mainstream Media outlets, appear to be afraid to take on this issue, and they currently absolutely refuse to discuss it.

* The link between incidents of extreme violence, including the many mass killings in recent years, have been associated with people who are on antidepressant drugs. Yet with each incident, the association between violence and these drugs remain studiously unasked.

* The huge rise in Dementia, including the earlier incidence of the disease in many cases, is routinely discounted by the Media as being the result of 'the population living long'. Yet the number of Big Pharma drugs that cause 'confusion' is legion. It seems likely that such drugs play a role in the increased experience of dementia diseases like Alzheimers.

There are many, many more such examples of Big Pharma drugs causing disease - certainly, they are not just simple 'side-effects'. And what is clear is that the mainstream Media are either not aware of this (and so are not doing their job properly), or they are aware, and are just not interested in investigating, and informing their readers, views and listeners about the connection.

If the Media bothered to ask just a few simple questions, it might prove to be illuminating, certainly if they were asked seriously and persistently by journalists who understood the health debate, and realised that it was important for their listeners, viewers and readers needed to know!
  • Do conventional medical treatments, especially Big Pharma drugs, cause disease? Are these so-called 'side-effects' and 'adverse reactions' actually new diseases? Should we not start calling the outcomes of pharmaceutical drug-taking  'disease-inducing-effects', or DIEs?
  • Does giving Big Pharma drugs (that can cause disease) not merely make people more sick, and lead directly to these diseases becoming increasingly common? If patients take one drug for one condition, and then have to take two drugs for two conditions, and so on, is it not making us more, rather than less dependent on conventional medical services?
  • Why is conventional medicine and the various treatments available to it, unable to deal effectively with these diseases?
  • To what extent are the DIEs caused by pharmaceutical drugs responsible for the rising incidence of these chronic diseases?
  • Are there other alternative medical therapies, like homeopathy, that can deal with chronic disease more safely, and more effectively? Therapies that do not cause disease in the first place?
Conventional medical drugs and vaccines are not the only reason for the phenomenal increase in chronic disease. But they are, without doubt, a very significant cause. The neglect of this issue by the mainstream Media has meant that most sick people don't realise that their health may have been compromised by the drugs and vaccines they have taken to make them well! It means that every patient who goes to his/her GP accepts the treatment he/she is given without full knowledge of the possible consequences.

In other words, patients are not giving their 'informed consent' to medical treatment because they have not been given the information - by the ConMed Establishment, or by the Media.

The sixth part of this series on "the Health Debate" will follow shortly, and it concerns why drug testing, and drug regulation have not protected patients was dangerous drugs, and from the DIEs they cause.

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