A friend messaged me last night asking if I had seen the Walgreen’s commercial with the woman in her bathrobe, blending up a ridiculous concoction of disgusting & senseless items. The narrator says something to the effect of “Tired of trying friend’s remedies that don’t work? Trust your Walgreen’s pharmacist when you are sick…”
Although my terrible tonic seems to have traveled with some pretty good momentum throughout the social media and blog worlds, I’m not so delusional as to think that a pharmaceutical giant such as Walgreens has caught wind of or is threatened by it.
But they are threatened by something. If natural remedies really were ineffective they wouldn’t bother trying to convince you to stop trying them, right? So why are they using their resources to make natural remedies seem silly and ineffective?
Because any successful business will tell you that the key to profit, growth, and sustainability is repeat customers.
Mainstream medical treatment of illnesses relieves symptoms. It does not support the immune system and often does quite the opposite.
Antibiotics kill the body’s natural defenses against harmful bacteria, making it much more susceptible to future illness. Steroids suppress and weaken the immune system. Fever reducers stop the body’s natural course of action against invaders through low-grade fevers (101 or lower), thus, prolonging the illness. Heavy antibiotic users eventually need more and stronger antibiotics. Heavy steroid users need stronger steroids. Your liver has to filter any drugs you take and when it becomes overloaded, it begins to fail.
Not to mention the eventual domino effect of more prescriptions to combat the side-effects of the original prescriptions.
Last year our family spent exactly $0 on doctor’s bills and $30 on prescription medicine. My Rx was prescribed by my midwife for anti-nausea medication that I reluctantly took very sparingly during my first trimester because I was traveling overseas with my husband (something we booked before I found out I was pregnant.) I was literally throwing up constantly in airports, airplanes, hotel rooms and taxi cabs all over North and South America. We used a midwife for the prenatal care of our second son, which were the only other “medical” expenses we had.
This is how we can afford to buy good whole foods and quality vitamins.
In contrast, the average american family spent $8402 per person on healthcare in 2010.
Our family (there were 3 of us last year) spent $35 total. I don’t consider pregnancy to be an illness, so I am not including it in our figures. That means that the mainstream medical community lost a potential $25,176 on us because we followed a diet that supported health and wellness, as well as treating any illness quickly, effectively, and holistically from home. Thankfully, we had no accidents that required an E.R. visit.
I am not saying that there are no situations where mainstream medicine is needed. If we were in a car accident or other life-threatening situation requiring emergency medical attention, we would accept it. If one of us were to break a bone, or one of our babies were born prematurely or we needed an emergency C-section (true emergencies requiring a C-section naturally happen in less than 2% of labors) we would be thankful for the availability modern technology.
Someone very close to us had a very scary situation recently after a surgery. They contracted an infection from the hospital, and because they had been on so many drugs for so many years, the strongest antibiotics that the Doctors were legally allowed to administer were not working to kill the infection.
They nearly died.
If I am ever unfortunate enough to truly need antibiotics to save my life, I want to know that they will work. That I haven’t ravaged my body through the years with so many drugs that it stops responding to them when they are really needed.
Our society takes drugs like they are Mentos (on average 1 new Rx/month/person), without realizing that Rx drug related deaths have tripled in the last decade, accounting for over 100,000 deaths per year.
The numbers for general wellness in America are not good. Not good at all. We have a maternal mortality rate (pregnancy, labor & delivery) that is going UP, something that should never occur in a progressive, modernized society.
And despite spending the MOST money out of every single country annually on healthcare, the US ranks an embarrassing 37 on the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems.
That’s worse than Costa Rica, a country that spends 88.4% less per person than us on healthcare.
It’s not working. And they know it. But if people are not becoming sick, or are quickly, cheaply, naturally, and effectively treating illness from home, many pharmaceutical industries would die. So it’s in their best interest not to help us find true healing, but to simply manage our illnesses.
To keep us dependent on drugs.
They allow faux foods that contain toxic ingredients in our public schools while banning life-giving, nourishing foods like raw-milk. They don’t allow holistic methods that are cheaply and effectively curing everything from cancer to spinal injury in many European and Latin American countries, but without the horrible side-effects of chemo, radiation and other western treatments.
Oh, and speaking of “them”, the Pharmaceutical industry spent more than any other group on lobbying activities in Washington D.C. from 1999-2006 ($855 million). So when the CDC or FDA uses fear ads to pressure you into doing something that you know, in your gut just isn’t right, can’t be right, listen.
I do not believe they have our best interests at heart.
With thousands of Washington drug lobbyists throwing more money at government than any other entity, and billions of dollars in revenue dependent on the treatment of preventable disease, they can’t promote true healing and prevention.
I recently read an article where every major drugmaker admitted that they were not interested in developing the Tuberculosis vaccine as a cure for Type 1 Diabetes because it “wasn’t profitable”. Not because it didn’t work (because it was showing fantastic results in lab tests) but because it was not profitable.
Don’t be a repeat customer. You deserve better.
live well. be well.