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Originally posted by hellfire3
I feel that the average consumer is being duped into paying into the coffers of the drug companies for medicines that don't work as they are supposed to.
Many drug companies have ingnored cheaper, traditional cures for more expensive, lab developed, PATENTED drugs. There are many examples out there of traditional medicines that do work getting the sideline.
One such example is the use of a particular type of sea cucumber (called gamat) that has been used in Malaysia and Indonesia for hundreds of years as a natural antiseptic for wounds. Clinical tests in these countries have shown that topical applications of this medication can prevent and cure infection.
Other examples would be of the common and cheaply available 'honey and lemon' cure for a sore throat. About 70% of sore throats are viral infections in the first place. Antibiotics have no place in treating them. Yet, when you go to the doctor, you get the expensive antibiotic and lozenges that lighten your pocket that little bit more. How many of you have heard of Manuka honey from NZ that is being used successfully to treat chronic ulcers. The antiseptic property of this honey is well documented in scientific trials.
Also, the 'neem' leaf from india that has been used for well over 2000 years to treat some common skin ailments. Some US drug companies tried to patent it a few years ago by extracting the active compound from the leaf, and it caused uproar in India....basically, the companies were telling people that you don't own your traditional cure anymore.
And has anyone heard of the Buteyko breathing method that has helped thousands of sufferers of asthma. Most of them have gone off their medication or have needed very little inhalers with this method. I bet you most modern clinics will not teach you this method of breathing....it would after all affect the profits of the drug companies.
Also, how many times have you been to medical practioners and they give you some medication and tell you...see you in a month's time...month after month after month....maybe your disease is being slowed.....but cured....no way.
It isn't really in the interest of the medical profession and drug companies to cure you totally is it?
Some US drug companies tried to patent it a few years ago by extracting the active compound from the leaf, and it caused uproar in India....basically, the companies were telling people that you don't own your traditional cure anymore.
Originally posted by Tinkleflower
I'm getting a bit confused here.
Is it being suggested that the only drugs on the market should be those without any side effects?
I do hope not; because we'd be signing the death certificates of virtually anyone who takes a life-saving medicine.
Food sometimes gives you nasty side effects. Drugs are much the same - even herbal remedies can kill you. It's the nature of medicine, herbal or otherwise.
(fwiw, there are so many warnings on bottles of aspirin that we could recite 'em word for word without taking a second glance - this is where we, the customers, have a responsibility, too. It's up to us - to a large degree - to decide whether or not we want to risk side effects, or whether we'd rather just live with the illness).
Originally posted by magnito_student
I find it interesting that many medications pushed by pharmaceutical companies end up creating other ailments.