I’m writing about modern medicine in context of the false claim that America offers the best medical care anywhere in the world. You may have your head in the sand on this topic and believe what may have existed in the distant past. The USA ranks 37th in quality of healthcare in the world. [The Patient Factor] Even the long-standing annual decline in the US death rate came to an end in 2015. [New York Times, June 1, 2016]
It’s not just that America throws a lot of money at health care and doesn’t get a proportional return on its investment. It’s as Judge Judy Sheindlin says in her new book: “Don’t Pee On My Leg And Tell Me It’s Raining.” And we’re not talking about loss of bladder control here.
From the top to the bottom of our society, from mega-wealthionaires to those who intentionally qualify for welfare, from the Federal Reserve that robs savers blind and a stock market that is manipulated to doctors who continue to prescribe problematic statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, modern America is defined by its fraudulent practices. Ivan Illich wrote about this in his 1982 book Medical Nemesis. It’s just that the mindless public keeps coming back for more.
It’s all a charade. It’s all a giant misdirection. The scientific underpinnings of modern medicine are false and misleading, backed by manipulated statistics and given the trappings of false credibility by prestigious institutions like Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medical School and bought-off public health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.
Furthermore modern medicine is seemingly validated by the 4th estate, the nation’s news media and its cadre of biology-trained journalists, whom we now find promulgate fakery.
If you think handing questions to a Presidential candidate prior to a televised debate was outrageous, the machinations aired by medical journalists on behalf of Big Pharma and the medical industrial complex are even more disturbing given that life and death is in the balance. [New England Journal Medicine June 1, 2000]
Judge Judy’s book talks about personal responsibility, but when it comes to maintaining health, we’ve all been fed a pack of lies. Those individuals who did make an attempt to take responsibility for their own health were misdirected.
The public has been misled into thinking fat and cholesterol are to blame for current diabesity epidemic. That somehow Americans around the late 1970s unconsciously began overeating in unison. This was about the same time when high fructose corn syrup and statin drugs came into common use.
The Food Pyramid, which was first proffered in 1992, that promoted carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, cereal) as the basis of the diet, has now been ditched as well.
The 5-A-Day five servings of fruits and vegetables also failed to reduce mortality and was replaced by a recommendation to consume 9-13 servings of plant foods, which is frankly impractical.
We’re talking about being gamed to the point of being pawns in profit-driven medicine. Little can the population imagine diet plans were schemes to produce more disease to treat, not less.
The U-turn is the unapologetic abandonment of cholesterol-fat phobic diets and the destruction of the Food Pyramid that spawned, along with high-fructose corn syrup, the diabesity epidemic that has gripped the country over the past 3+ decades. [Washington Post Feb 10, 2015]
The Food Pyramid that emphasized the consumption of more food (refined sugars and artificial sweeteners and carbohyrdrates – bread, rice, pasta, cereal, in preference over fat and oils) when we now find the ages-old practice of fasting rather than gastric bypass operations may be the cure for bloated health care costs. [Forbes.com Jan 2, 2017]
What more, the dated practice of blood letting would do more to allay the chronic disease (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, brain disease) that characterizes age-related maladies than any combination of prescription medicines. [LewRockwell.com May 3, 2014] Bloodletting is a valid approach to cancer treatment. [Veterinary Quarterly 1993; British Journal Surgery 1988] But bloodletting has only become a footnote in history. [Canadian Urological Association Journal 2011] [National Geographic Oct 27, 2016]
How trusting is the public in a country that has fostered the contrived idea it offers the best healthcare in the world?
For example, take statin drugs. An estimated 25 million dutiful Americans take statin cholesterol-lowering drugs. A study to assess the life-prolonging effect of statin drugs reported that these drugs prolong life by only about 10-27 days for healthy adults and 3-4 days for high-risk adults. Surveys show 70% of patients would not accept such a treatment if fully informed. [British Medical Journal 2015]
It is absurd to dangle a seemingly large benefit (30% relative reduced risk for a non-mortal heart attack) that in hard numbers is only ~1%. Statins reduce the risk of a heart attack over a 5-year period from 3 to 2 people per 100, or 3% to 2%, which is a relative 33% reduction but in hard numbers just 1% would avert a non-mortal heart attack.
The risk of side effects posed by statins is also very small when presented in absolute versus relative risk. But when all reported side effects are considered (diabetes, muscle damages, elevated liver enzymes), the side effect ratio is greater than the absolute benefit ratio.
For example, the increased risk for diabetes associated with statin drugs in hard numbers is only ~1-2%. [Diabetologica March 4, 2015] Statins induce a low risk for muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) of 2-3 patients per 100,000 patients per year. But this figure may not be completely accurate because 4 out of 10 statin drug users cease taking the pill due to side effects like rhabdomyolysis. Muscle aches are reported to affect better than 8 in 10 statin drug users. [Clinical Investigative Arteriosclerosis Oct 4, 2016]
Another 3% of patients on statin therapy exhibit elevated liver enzymes, a marker of liver damage. [American College Cardiology Nov 17, 2016]
At the very least physicians should consider employment of vitamin D to help overcome the muscle-related side effects of statin drugs. [North American Journal Medical Science March 2015; Vitamin D Council]
Despite repeated claims statin drugs offer overwhelming health benefits, i.e. reduced risk for death from coronary artery disease, statins largely prevent non-mortal heart attacks. Most sudden-death heart attacks are not induced by cholesterol deposits but rather are the result of an electrical storm in the heart that would more appropriately be addressed by the provision of electrolytes (potassium, magnesium) that maintain heart function.
Even when the news media took modern medicine to task over the ineffectiveness of statin drugs, a resultant decline in statin drug use was only transient. [British Medical Journal 2016]