Tuesday, 22 December 2009

The Vicious Circle of Illness

My e-book, freely available by clicking on this link, talks about the 'vicious circle' of conventional medical failure. By this I mean that the more money spent on the NHS during the last 60 years, principally on Pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, the sicker we have become as a nation.

And yet we do live longer! This greater longevity is more apparent than real, more to do with less poverty, improved diet than medicine - and more a statistical device. Take a base figure in the mid 1850's, when large numbers of people died every year in new, industrial and insanitary towns, where people lived in poverty and squalor, longevity was bound to improve during the last 150 years alongside improved public health measures, improved diet, better housing, and so on. But NHS-ConMed has expropriated the credit for this trend. It consistently leads us to believe that our increased life-expectancy was the result of their drugs.

So what about the generation, now in their 60's, who have lived all their lives under the NHS, and have taken more pharmaceutical drugs, earlier in life, than any other generation in history?

New recent evidence from the USA suggests that this generation is actually sicker than previous generations, and that longevity is beginning to level out, and is beginning to reverse. This is just what could be expected - the more pharmaceutical drugs we consume, the sicker we become. Perhaps over the next few years, we will longevity trends falling back.