Trust is the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. Whom can we trust when it comes to our health? Can we believe that the health agencies that are in charge of protecting our health are doing so? Can we trust the information we are given is reliable and honest? Is the food we are eating good, healthy and free of harmful chemicals? Are the medications we are given, doing more harm than good?
We may be living longer, but we are not healthy. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports: As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—have one or more chronic health conditions.
I have four: hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines and asthma (which has progressed to COPD). I also have high blood pressure that continues to require medication, even though I have lost weight, exercise and eat healthier.
Is eating healthier even possible?
Monsanto (the chemical company responsible for GMO’s)and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture for nearly twenty years. The USDA determined Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa posed significant environmental and economic harms and initially proposed placing restrictions on it. So why did the agency go ahead and grant full unrestricted approval one month later?
Can we trust what we are told about fibromyalgia?
The author states fibromyalgia is clearly a disease. It is a disease of metabolic dysfunction and it can be effectively treated. The prevailing medical view on fibromyalgia is:
- Unscientific – not based on science
- Counter-scientific – ignores and contradicts published and validated research
- Unethical – fails to provide effective treatment when such treatment is available; condemns the patient to medicalization and suffering
- Commercially leveraged – diagnostic criteria and many review articles discussing treatment are sponsored by drug companies; medical profession benefits financially by having long-term drug-dependant patients
New diagnostic criteria will increase number of fibromyalgia patients.
In 2010 the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia changed and has since been modified. There are reports that the newest diagnostic criteria will greatly increase the number of patients being diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
The development of these new guidelines was sponsored by the research section of Eli Lilly -one of the world’s largest drug companies and the manufacturer of Cymbalta, which is one of the three drugs approved by USDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
The 2010 Diagnostic Criteria, whilst being more user-friendly to primary care physicians with little training in performing the tender point examination, has the potential to lead to even more people being mis-diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. –FibroAction.com
So, you have to wonder, were the guidelines changed to make a diagnosis easier or to ensure more drug-dependent patients?
“Ain’t no money in the cure, the money’s in the medicine…that’s how a drug dealer makes his money, on the comeback.” -Chris Rock, Drugs & Doctors
We live in a world that is dominated by money. Major corporations exert their influences everywhere, including the health organizations that are supposed to protect our health. I don’t know about you, but that just pisses me off!
Whom can we trust?