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History of medicine fact #40: Drug ads were illegal on television in U.S. until 1997


Selling prescription drugs to the general public is illegal, and even doctors cannot come to your home and sell you pharmaceuticals, yet television advertisements enter our home, usually between our favorite programs, and do exactly that. Since 1997, the United States government has allowed drug advertisers to tell you every reason you need their synthetic pills, but they only communicate a small portion of the side effects and dangers inherent in their use. The only obstacle to you ordering your prescription meds on the phone at that moment, or on line, is your quick visit to the doctor of your choice, and mentioning what you saw on television. In fact, drug companies can put ads on television for drugs with side effects which include heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding and suicide, but not one single organic food or NATURAL SUPPLEMENT can ever claim to prevent or cure disorders or disease, or the advertisers face jail time. This is how upside down healthcare in the United States has become.

“Too Much Medicine” campaign: BMJ speaks out!


On May 24, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published an article titled, “Flu hype and pharma failures: patients deserve better.” In this poignant editorial, the author questions the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for flu vaccine recommendations and lays out the argument that “both the dangers of the disease and the need to be vaccinated are being greatly oversold.” Targeting excessive vaccinations and drug therapy, the BMJ is posturing itself as a potential “friend” of health activists around the world.

How three fateful actions helped lead to the failure of today's mainstream medicine


Three fateful actions dating back over 100 years ago ultimately led to today's mainstream model of medicine: Treating the body as a collection of parts instead of treating and nurturing the whole body; treating illness by managing symptoms with unnatural drug compounds; and ignoring and suppressing safer and more effective natural health and healing. As a result, millions of lives have been lost and many millions more have suffered needlessly.
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Conventional medicine openly admits to confusion over BRCA1 gene


By now, I'm sure you've heard the news about Angelina Jolie testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation and the decision to remove her breasts. This decision has been touted as a brave and reasonable choice, considering the assumed high risk for breast cancer.

Physicians are more suicidal than the general public: A look at why medicine is a horrible career choice


For over a century, medicine has been seen an illustrious career choice for many ascribing young men and women. More students every year attempt to be part of the profession, in what has become a cash cow industry. In the 2011-2012 entering class, U.S. medical schools received applications from 43,919 students; 32,654 were first-time applicants - up 2.6 percent from the previous school term. One fact that is rarely publicized to new recruits, though, is that the image Big Pharma and the medical industry has created of medical doctors is but a shadow of the reality. The profession is riddled with high suicide rates, low quality of life and job satisfaction rates. In a study of 7,905 participating American surgeons, 6.3 percent reported suicide ideation (SI) during the previous 12 months. Shockingly, among individuals 45 years of age and older, SI was 1.5 to three times more common among surgeons than the general population.