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By education and by trade, I was a drug chemist. My passion for science motivated a successful career in drug design and synthesis – in both academia and industry. As a scientist, I witnessed first-hand the priorities of international pharmaceutical companies (Big Pharma), which ranked wealth first and health a distant second.
In the pharmaceutical industry, making money supercedes science. Science no longer prevails in medicine. Instead, modern medicine has been democratized. Drug approval is a simple matter of 51% telling the other 49% that a prescription drug is safe and necessary. The outcome: deadly drugs are approved for use among misinformed medical doctors and patients. Herein lies a story of deceit and a chemist’s abandonment of modern medicine.
My suspicion of modern medicine began while I was employed by Eli Lilly to design a new generation of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) drugs. Such drugs include tamoxifen and raloxifene. Initially, these drugs were thought to block estrogen receptors (excess estrogen can initiate cancer growth) and thereby halt cancer. As time progressed, though, it was learned that they were also capable of activating estrogen receptors. The end result was a biochemical environment favorable to cancer growth among users.(1)The Journal of the American Medical Association recognized this trend and stated “our data add to the growing body of evidence that recent long-term use of HRT is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and that such use may be related particularly to lobular tumors.”
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The risk of cancer associated with HRT drugs was obscured from doctors by drug companies. This can be seen by the fact that tamoxifen is the gold-standard used by medical doctors to fight cancer among their patients, particularly breast cancer. This explains why medical doctors might not notice its ability to cause cancer – the patient already has it.
At any rate, my task was made clear: Design HRT “knock-offs” that are effective without causing cancer.
My attempt to design safer alternatives was unsuccessful. And after one year, the project was ended. However, access to HRT drugs like tamoxifen was not. They remained on the market.
The fuel driving the continued use of HRT drugs was disinformation via Direct-To-Consumer (DTC) advertising. Since 1962, monitoring DTC advertising has been the sole responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But in a ghastly conflict of interests, the FDA granted the duty of DTC advertising to the pharmaceutical companies in 1997. Officially, this was done as a means of “promoting health awareness to ensure health and safety.” Unofficially, it was done to sell more drugs. DTC advertising dictated that all women over 50 should use HRT to remain healthy. Women scurried to their doctors to ask if “HRT was right for them.” My suspicion grew into conflict.
The disinformation campaign behind HRT drugs was not an isolated case. I learned that drug advertising and science are frequently in direct opposition to each other. For example:
DTC advertising dictates that lowering cholesterol prevents heart disease. Science proves otherwise.
DTC advertising dictates that an aspirin a day will keep heart attack away. Science proves otherwise.
DTC advertising dictates that depression is a disease that must be treated with prescription drugs. Science proves otherwise.
DTC advertising dictates that ADHD is a disease and that our children must be treated with amphetamines. Science proves otherwise.
DTC advertising dictates that infants must be vaccinated to prevent childhood illness. Science proves otherwise.
DTC advertising dictates that blood pressure must be controlled via a lifetime of servitude to prescription drugs. Science proves otherwise.
DTC advertising dictates that chemotherapy is your first line of defense against deadly cancer. Science proves otherwise.
DTC advertising dictates that Type II diabetes must be treated with daily insulin use. Science proves otherwise.
By spreading the aforementioned health myths, DTC advertising forges a belief among the general public which asserts that drugs – not lifestyle habits and nutrition – confer health and longevity. And although, in reality, medicine is only necessary for sick people in times of emergency, DTC advertising has been wildly successful in convincing people that being healthy requires a lifetime of prescription drug use. While it’s true that the advertising usually mentions the potential side effects of drugs, doctors tend to discount them. They simply regurgitate the pharmaceutical-company line that “the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks.” Don’t believe it.
Western Medicine’s plague of deception is deadlier than any virus, illicit drugs, and terrorism combined. Well-documented in scientific journals and reported by media outlets nationwide, FDA approved drugs are killing an estimated 106,000 people every year.(2) That equates to one individual dying every five minutes from “approved” drugs – 300 people dying every day. Which is twice as many deaths in a single year from “approved drugs” as the total number of U.S. deaths from the Vietnam War.(3) This does not count death by hospital medical error, which adds 98,000 deaths to the atrocity.(4) If not killed, an estimated 2 million people are victims of drug-induced illnesses.(5) These may include drug-induced obesity, cancer, kidney disease, autism, depression and heart failure.
Hypnotized by DTC advertising, people are oblivious to the ill effects of prescription drug use. This is evidenced by their willingness to swallow whatever “the doctor ordered.” They drug their children, hop the borders to smuggle inexpensive prescription drugs back into the U.S., beg their congressman for discounts and pay a lifetime of insurance fees in order to snatch up these silent killers. The avalanche of DTC advertising has smothered common sense.
For the general public and medical doctors to fully grasp the effect of Modern Medicine’s Deceit, they have to judge the situation by what a drug is actually accomplishing, rather than what the drug company ads and pharmaceutically-compliant politicians insist. The health benefits of prescription drugs are illusory. Step away from the hypnotic drug ads, close the ghost-written medical journals, discard research studies dominated by statistical contortionists and give yourself a prescription-drug reality check: Very few prescription drugs have any value outside of emergency medicine and those that do can usually be replaced with safer and less expensive natural medicine. This was a troublesome lesson for me, as an aspiring drug chemist, to learn. Unfortunately, it was not the only one.
Humanitarianism among Big Pharma has been abandoned. The technical skills of chemists are not being used for humanitarian purposes. They are being used in a deadly game of profiteering. Those at risk are not the misinformed, high-paid medical doctors but rather their patients. Becoming aware of this ripple effect of DTC advertising led to my abandonment of modern medicine.
I had to face the cold, hard facts: Western Medicine has become a billion dollar empire not out of keen science, but rather deceit. The end result has been one nation under drugs. This subjugation has set a standard of health in America that, by definition, is sick care disguised as health care.
Forward thinking chemists recognize the deadly trend. But few have the luxury of speaking out or resigning. The majority of chemists in the U.S. are foreigners. Their career secures them the right to live and work in the U.S. This demands allegiance to their employer, regardless of the end result of their labors. Admittedly, that this is an intentional act of Big Pharma is speculative.
Individuals outside of the drug industry often question my conflict with Big Pharma. How can a single person denounce a philosophy adhered to by millions of medical doctors? That is simple: I ignore the majority thinking that is steeped in disinformation. I stand firm in science. Truth in science requires only one scientist to verify reproducible results in the face of pharmaceutical tyranny.
Science proves that habits, not drugs, create and eradicate disease. The current devastation of prescription drugs is a warning that healthy lifestyle and nutrition habits must replace blind worship of prescription drugs in the pursuit of life-extension. As people obtain better health intelligence and heed this warning, drug use will recede. A new model of health care based on common sense, not profiteering, will emerge.
1. Sally, A. et al. Estrogen Plus Progestin and the Incidence of Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Postmenopausal Women. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2003;289:2651-2662.
Chen CL, Weiss NS, Newcomb P, Barlow W, White E. Hormone replacement therapy in relation to breast cancer. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2002 Feb 13;287(6):734-41.
Spurgeon, D. Long Term use of HRT Doubles Cancer Risk. British Medical Journal. 2003 Jul 5;327(7405):9
Yoneva T. Taniguchi K. Tsunenari T. Saito H. Kanbe Y, Morikaw K, Yamada-Okabe H. Identification of a novel, orally bioavailable estrogen receptor downregulator. Anticancer Drugs. 2005 Aug;16(7):751-6.
Labrie, F. et al. EM-652 (SCH 57068), a third generation SERM acting as pure antiestrogen in the mammary gland and endometrium. The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 1999 Apr-Jun;69(1-6):51-84.
2. Starfield, Barbara. Is US Health Really the Best in the World? Journal of the American Chemical Society, July 26, 2000-Vol 284, No.4. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7503122/
3. There were an estimated 58,000 U.S casualties in the Vietnam War
4. Moride Y, Haramburu F, Requejo AA, Begaud B. Under-reporting of adverse drug reactions in general practice. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 1997 43: 177-181.
5. Tejal K. Gandhi. et al. Adverse Drug Events in Ambulatory Care. The New England Journal of Medicine. Volume 348:1556-1564. April 17, 2003. Number 16.
// 1. Contributes to fat loss.
It is well documented from scientific research all over the world for many years that physical exercise contributes significantly to weight loss. I will not dwell on this issue fore it is so obvious, but just mention the simple fact that weight loss is a function of the net calorie intake.
If you burn more calories than you take in thorough nutrition, you lose weight and vice versa. When you exercise you burn more calories then when you don’t. So the buttom line is: All other factors equal, the more you exercise the more weight or fat you’ll lose. That’s really simple.
2. Preventing Disease
The probability of developing a large number of various diseases has been proven to decrease dramatically thanks to physical exercising. These include;
About 4/5’s of deaths caused by heart disease and cancer, are linked to life-style factors like stress and lack of physichal training. We also know that diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. This shows that many of the risk factors and diseases caused by inactivity are working together to damage your health. Don’t let these ugly forces do that – start exercising today.
3. Healing or improving disease
We also know that many severe and minor diseases can be dramatically improved or even healed by doing regular exercises. These include most of the diseases I mentioned in the last paragraph. Following a workout plan regularly also decreases HDL cholesterol (“bad” cholestrol) levels, decreases triglyceride levels (a fat liquid that increases the risk of diabetes) and decreases blood pressure (a cause of heart attack and stroke).
Regular physical training also reduces the risk of prostate cancers for men, breast and uterine cancers for women, non-insulin dependent diabetes for both genders and much more. All this is scientifically proven. So, why not start your workout today?
4. Enhance your mental health
We know from many scientific studys that regular exercising leads to an increased release of endorphins in the body. These chemicals help combat depression and make us feel happier. The body releases these endorphins after only 12 minutes into the workout.
Another chemical called serotonin is increased during and after a workout session. Increased levels of serotonin in the central nervous system is associated with feelings of well-being and decreased mental depression. It also helps you feel less tired which can increase your mental alertness. It also helps you sleep better.
5. Enhance your feeling of wellness
When you are in a good shape and fit you’ll feel more upbeat, and your overall mood is improved. You have experienced that you can stretch your own limits, you know you are capable to do more than before you started to exercise. This gives you a feeling of wellness that’s difficult to describe.
Let’s do an experiment: Do an hour of workout today; do whatever you want like walking, bicycling, swimming, jogging, running whatever. Adjust the intensity of the training so that you sweat really good. Then take a shower and sit down. Feel yourself. Now you know what I mean.
6. Increase your persistence
Regular exercising gives you more energy, which can make you more productive at home and at work. Exercise can give you new goals and a sense of purpose – you have something positive to focus on and aim for. This will increase your overall persistence and prevent the likehood of getting off track, whatever your goal is.
7. Enhance your social capabilities
Following a workout plan regularly can boost our self-esteem. It will Help you look better and you will be more confortable with your own company. Exercise helps you to get active and meet new people, which prevents you from feeling isolated and unsupported. It even increases your interest in sex, and can improve your marriage or your partner relationship.
Susun Weed offers 8 steps to follow after a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Give up. Make room for the miracle.
- Inform yourself. Listen to your intuition. Examine all the options, but
only use what feels right to you.
- Accept support. Surround yourself with loving friends, healing music,
special colors, prayer and affirmation. Create a ceremony of healing/wholing
and invite your supporters.
- Anoint your breast(s) with healing herbal oils such as calendula,
dandelion, or poke. Visualize healing energies suffusing your tissues.
- Maximize the healthy qualities of your diet:
- Use organic olive oil and butter to the exclusion of other fats.
- Increase your use of beans, especially lentils, and fermented foods
such as yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, tamari, homemade wines and beers.
- Include immune building and anticancer herbs in your diet:
- Daily use of a nourishing infusion, especially red clover flower
or burdock root or violet leaf infusions.
- Daily use of fresh herb vinegars, especially yellow dock,
burdock, and dandelion root vinegars.
- Frequent use of a long-cooked soup containing seaweed (such as
kombu or wakame), astragalus root, and medicinal mushrooms (reishi,
shiitake, puffballs, etc).
- Daily use of a nourishing infusion, especially red clover flower
- Increase you exercise level. Take a yoga or tai chi class weekly. Walk
daily. Get a weekly massage. Pamper yourself with activity.
- Use drugs
(chemotherapy, tamoxifen, anesthesia, pain killers) as required but:
- consider a short trial of a powerful herb such as poke root before
resorting to drugs; and
- always combine drug use with complementary herbs. For instance,
protect the liver with milk thistle seed tincture.
- consider a short trial of a powerful herb such as poke root before
- Use radiation and surgery as needed but:
- always combine with complementary herbs; and
- be willing to set limits that you feel comfortable with – they can’t
take your lymph glands if you say “No.”
Extra virgin olive oil is very special and unique. This is something that people along the Mediterranean, as well as gourmets everywhere, have known for a long time. Thomas Jefferson is even said to have considered the olive tree as ‘surely the richest gift of Heaven’. Well, recent studies show that President Jefferson might just have been right.
1 – Olive oil protects against heart disease – “Olive oil’s heart effect located”
‘Scientists say they have pinpointed the micronutrients in olive oil that make it a good heart protector.’ ‘Virgin or extra virgin olive oils are best because they have the highest phenol content, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reports’ – Hospital Universitario Reina Sofia, Cordoba (Spain)
2 – Alzheimer’s – “How you can take brain health to heart”
‘Studies have shown that high intake of saturated fat and cholesterol clogs the arteries and is associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Use mono and polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil. – Alzheimer’s Association
3 – “Olive Oil Could Help Fight Colon Cancer”
‘Researchers at the University of Ulster have found new evidence of the link between virgin olive oil and healthy living.’ ‘The team of researchers ….. concluded that a mixture of compounds, called phenols, extracted from virgin olive oil could safeguard against colon cancer. Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the Western world – and the second highest cause of cancer death in the US.’ – University of Ulster
4 – “Virgin olive oil may protect against skin cancer”
‘Scientists now say an application of virgin olive oil after sunbathing may protect against skin cancer.’
– Kobe University School of Medicine
‘Olive oil seems to protect against bowel cancer, suggests research involving 28 countries in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.’ – Center for the Advancement of Health
6 – “Northwestern Study Shows Why Olive Oil Protects Against Breast Cancer”
‘Oleic acid, the main monounsaturated fatty acid contained in olive oil, can cripple a cancer gene that is responsible for 25 to 30 percent of all breast cancers, according to an article by Northwestern University researchers published in the Jan. 10 issue of the Annals of Oncology.’ – Northwestern University
7 – “Olive Oil Reduces the Need for Blood Pressure Drugs”
“Olive oil is widely advocated as being good for preventing heart disease, but has not hitherto been associated with blood pressure reduction. An Italian study now suggests that it may lower blood pressure.”
– Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
8 – “Olive oil ‘acts like painkiller”
‘Researchers found 50g of extra-virgin olive oil was equivalent to about a tenth of a dose of ibuprofen. … an ingredient in the oil acted as an anti-inflammatory’ – Monell Chemical Senses Centr
9 – Circulation – “Blood vessels appear healthier after people consume olive oil high in phenolic compounds”
“Phenolic compounds in olive oil, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties, may explain cardiovascular health benefits associated with the so-called Mediterranean Diet” – American College of Cardiology
10 – Skin Health – “Eat your wrinkles away”
“The study authors speculated that certain foods offered skin protection due to their high levels of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil may offer protection through the same mechanism…fatty acids are present in the skin, and monounsaturated fats resist oxidative damage.” – Monash University, Melbourne
However, there is a proviso: Dr. Robert F. Wilson, M.D., of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis stated the following: ‘not all olive oils have a high phenolic content.’ “So these results might not be true for all olive oil on the shelf at the grocery store”. The reason for this is that many brands labeled as ‘extra virgin olive oil’ are diluted with other oils so the phenolic content is equally diminished.
In view of the foregoing, olive oil consumers should accept no substitutes – Whereas the taste and flavor enhancing properties are more than enough reason to include extra virgin olive oil as part of our daily diet, when the health benefits are factored in – the case for real extra virgin olive oil becomes compelling.
1. Stop SmokingIf you are a smoker, you have heard this enough number of times. Just in the United States alone 400,000 people die from smoking every year. So, people probably don’t hear this enough. There is no other way to say it – smoking is not only bad for your health, it adversely affects everybody around you. Get help – join a support group, use nicotine substitutes, cut back slowly, begin by just taking one step …
2. Drink Green Tea Results of several research studies clearly show that the addition of green tea to your daily diet provides a variety of health benefits. These range from regulating fat metabolism, reducing blood pressure (3) Fights cancer (4) Reduces blood pressure and many more. This is truly nature’s wonder drug. Give it a try.
3. Workout 180 minutes a week
That’s 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Take a walk, go for a run, lift weights or a combination of these. Exercise helps burn fat and builds muscle. Simply walking 30 minutes a day will help burn an extra 175-225 calories! Choose whatever fits your style and schedule. The best time to exercise is in the morning because your body will be burning fat for energy due to the limited availability of carbs in your system. Get up in the morning and get moving …
4. Start Yoga
Yoga has been around in some form or other for thousands of years. This spiritual practice has many benefits and it has quickly become a popular choice to thousands of people strictly for health reasons. Not only does Yoga give your muscles and ligaments a good stretch, it also tones the body, and best of all it helps to relax. You could start by taking yoga classes at a local gym. Once you want to get really serious find a licensed yoga practitioner in your area and enroll in the more advanced classes …
5. Graze don’t binge
Eat smaller meals during the day (4 to 6). This will keep your blood-sugar levels stable throughout the day. Think quality not quantity. Eat more fruits, vegetables, lean meats. Great options include hard-boiled eggs, small broiled/baked chicken breast, and fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery sticks. If you have a craving for something sweet, many delicious options are available such as Yoplait yogurt or Weight Watchers. You don’t have deprive yourself, simply consume these in moderation …
6. Drink 8 glasses of water
It should be no mystery that adequate water consumption is indispensable for good health. Water helps flush out toxins and other wastes in our system. It replenishes keeps you hydrated, reduces hunger, which assists with weight loss, and keeps our skin healthy. Start by drinking 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning. After that, drink a glass at regular intervals including one with each meal. If you are not used to drinking water, it might be a little difficult at first, but very soon, you will get into the habit. Once you get used to general feeling of well-being you will never go back. So, remember – 8 glasses a day every day…
7. Take Supplements
What do we need supplements do? Multiple vitamin-mineral supplements contain a variable number of essential and non-essential nutrients. Their primary purpose is to provide a convenient way to take a variety of supplemental nutrients from a single product. Otherwise, to fulfill our daily requirements for vitamins and minerals we will have to eat massively large quantities of food. Most of these multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplements contain at least 100% of the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (USRDA) of all vitamins. So, talk to your doctor and figure out what’s the best route for you.
“Good habits are hard to develop but easy to live with” and “Bad habits are easy to develop but hard to live with”, according to Brian Tracey, a well-known motivational teacher. You may recognize that to successfully manage habit changes, breaking bad habits may be required in order to develop new ones.Breaking bad habitstakes at least 21 days. Of course, in difficult cases, it can take as long as a year. Here’s an example of the process of how to change an unhealthy habit to a healthy habit. Suppose you’ve decided that coffee is not good for you and right now, you drink coffee with sugar daily. The new habit you would like to institute is to drink herbal tea without sugar.
At first, it may be challenging to break the bad habit of drinking coffee. You will have to use self-discipline for the first few weeks but gradually it will get easier. Once you are able to change the old habit to a new healthier one, it will serve you very well. Habits are remarkable because they don’t require thinking. You just “do it” for years until you find yourself changing the habit again.
Here are 5 easy steps for changing habits:
1. Awareness: You must become aware of your habits. What is this habit exactly? How is this bad habit or group of bad habits affecting you? How is this habit affecting others? For example, smoking often has negative effects on others as well as on you.
2. Wanting to Change : As someone with a health problem, you must decide that breaking bad habits through a conscious effort is a worthy goal. You must convince yourself that the change in the habit is worth the effort involved.
3. Commitment : You must be determined to do whatever it takes for breaking bad habits so that you can better control your life. You make a decision that “no matter what” you will change the habit. You do the work required to stop. Here are some examples of habits you might want to change: Smoking, eating too much, eating processed foods, not exercising, drinking coffee or other beverages with caffeine in them, eating too much sugar or fat, drinking alcohol, procrastinating, etc.
4. Consistent Action : It is important to focus on changing just one habit at a time. Then, take consistent daily actions for breaking the bad habit that has been causing problems and take the actions to develop a new one. We suggest doing this process one step at a time rather than trying to do it all at once. Sometimes changing a habit can be done “cold turkey” like smoking and sometimes it works better to make a gradual change.
Be sure to give yourself positive rewards often for taking small actions toward changing a bad habit. Continual day-by-day actions are what are critical. This is NOT about an occasional action or step. It is about being consistent every day.
5. Perseverance : There will be times when you question whether it is all worth it. You’ll say to yourself that breaking these bad habits is too difficult; that you are too “weak” to change. Your old self, often so comfortable living with the bad habits, is trying to hold on. Breaking your old patterns may require meditation and prayer.
Get support from others, especially other people who want to make changes in their lives and read about people who have been successful in breaking bad habits. Affirm that, no matter what, you will not backslide into your old bad habit patterns.
Now, you are armed with a 5-step process for breaking any bad habit or other condition that requires changing. If you have an addiction to something such as alcohol, these steps alone may not be enough. You may require additional professional help or a support group, but for most cases this 5-step process will do the trick!