Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:17

How Big Pharma Brainwashes you into Believing you're Sick

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Most of us have our guard up when it comes to direct-to-consumer drug advertising. We know the butterflies, sunsets and puppies in the TV ads are designed to distract us from terms like "blood clot," "heart attack," "stroke," "seizure," "life-threatening allergic reaction" and "death." We are aware that more than half the ads tell us why we don't actually want to ask our doctor about the new wonder drug.

You've properly heard of the latest concern peddled by CBC and Fox News: "The outcome of a silent heart attack is as bad as a heart attack that is recognized while it is happening," "And because patients don't know they have had a silent heart attack, they may not receive the treatment they need to prevent another one." "They may think they strained a muscle in their chest or their upper back".

People who have these so-called silent heart attacks are more likely to have non-specific and subtle symptoms, such as indigestion or a case of the flu, or they may think that they strained a muscle in their chest or their upper back. Some folks have prolonged and excessive fatigue that is unexplained.

Those are some of the less specific symptoms for a heart attack, but ones that people normally ignore because being tired in today's society is the "new normal".

Any heart attack, silent or otherwise, is caused when something blocks blood flow to the heart and damages the organ's muscle. This damaged tissue can die and is replaced with stiffer scar tissue. They're more common in men, but if a woman has a silent heart attack, she's more likely to die than a man.

The "experts" now claim that silent heart attacks need aggressive treatment, because people who have them are three times as likely to die of heart disease and 34 percent more likely to die from any cause. Aggressive treatment means lowering cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure. Some patients may need blood thinners, many benefits from taking low-dose aspirin every day or taking cholesterol pills.

Wow, wait a minute.  Let's really take a look at this recommendation.  One way to build an income for the pharmaceutical companies and medical practices is to hook patients on drugs that continually require re-examination, testing and prescription renewal. Blood thinners, for example, require prothrombin tests to determine how long it takes the blood to clot. Blood pressure pills require monitoring of blood pressure. And once patients start taking acid-blocking medications, they will find it is nearly impossible to stop taking them -- withdrawal will provoke rebound acidity with throat-gripping pain.

Many drugs pushed out by Big Pharma are equivalent to rat poison, but only a handful can actually claim to be rat poison. Meet warfarin: a widely used blood thinner which, prior to being used to treat a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, was used as rat poison.

Although warfarin isn't generally known as a rat poison, it is known for causing a host of health complications, and even death. Medical records reveal that approximately 11 percent of drug complications among hospital patients are the result of anticoagulant therapy. These adverse reactions are more likely to result in permanent disability than are other medical errors.

Researchers found that the rate of interracial hemorrhages associated with the use of blood thinners increased from 0.8 cases per 100,000 people in 1998, to 4.4 cases per 100,000 people in 1999. For people 80 years of age and older, the rate jumped from 2.5 in 1998, to a shocking 45.9 in 1999.

Cholesterol Drugs Actually Cause Heart Disease

Statin drugs for "hypercholesterolemia," which some doctors call a non-illness, have become more potent and are being prescribed in higher doses to increasing numbers of people--even those with "normal" cholesterol levels. What is often overlooked by physicians is that patients taking statins become depleted in Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness and heart failure. What these experts don't realize is that statins kill people--lots of people--and they wound many, many more. All patients taking statins become depleted in Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) eventually--those patients who start with relatively low CoQ10 levels (the elderly and patients with heart failure) begin to manifest signs/symptoms of CoQ10 deficiency relatively rapidly--in six to 12 months. Younger patients can tolerate the statins for several years before they begin developing symptoms.

The bottom line here is that when you treat the symptoms of high cholesterol with a drug you are in no way, shape or form treating the cause. It should come as no surprise that the artificial drugs cause serious side effects.

Aspirin's Mostly Unrecognized Connection to Serious Medical Problems


It has been more than a decade since I stopped recommending aspirin for the prevention of heart disease. The evidence in support of aspirin has always been quite weak, and over the last decade it has become even weaker.

In fact, it looks as though aspirin, even "low-dose aspirin" (LDA), may do more harm than good. It is debatable whether or not aspirin may have some beneficial actions in heart disease protection.

Based on a series of meta-analyses from the Antithrombotic Trialists' Collaborationii, which is an enormous body of research following more than 100,000 patients at high risk for cardiac events, Dr. Cleland concluded aspirin therapy was NOT shown to save lives.

All large, long-term trials involving people treated with aspirin after having a heart attack show no benefit for mortality. In other words, those who take aspirin don't live any longer than those who don't.

Aspirin seems to change the way vascular events present themselves, rather than preventing them. The number of non-fatal events may be reduced, but there is an INCREASE in sudden deaths. Aspirin may conceal a cardiac event in progress.

Proper diet is the key to prevent a silent or your heart attack and stroke


Unfortunately, the recommendation by the media was not to put down that bag of Cheetos or to stop munching on those Oreo cookies.  We have developed this magic pill kind of culture where people feel like they're not doing anything for their health or they're not going to get better unless they take a pill. A lot of this is fed by that direct to consumer marketing that we see on television.

Instead of people relying on the things that work like lifestyle issues, exercise and eating well and not smoking, they are relying on medicines to make them healthy.

Although it may not sound like a cutting edge scientific discovery, researchers have confirmed that eating a proper diet and avoiding processed convenience foods can dramatically lower the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

A research team from the McMaster University's Population Health Research Institute in Canada has found that a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish significantly reduces the chance of a heart attack and stroke in people with cardiovascular disease. The scientists determined that heart healthy dietary modifications prove much more important to prevent future vascular events as compared to those prescribed the typical pharmaceutical cocktail of dangerous drugs.

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