So you're saying that bacterial infection is a byproduct of a weakened immune system, not sickness is a result of bacterial infection? I think most
people would disagree with that.
Curious since I was simply expounding on your example. To re-quote your original submission “If your immune system is weak, and bacteria infect
and kill you, would you suggest that deadly bacteria are fine and good, and that really your immune system is to blame?”
The order of events of
your example is clear: One has a weak immune system; bacteria invade, person gets sick, and finally dies.
If this was untrue then AIDS has not killed anyone either. AIDS weakens the immune system which increasingly allows other entities to take root and
ultimately kill. Is the culprit not AIDS then? Of course it is, and most people would, in fact, agree.
A more apt metaphor would be a drug dealer selling coc aine to people who then destroy their lives with it.
They are both drugs, surely, however the kinship ends there and the metaphor fails. Automobiles are built by reputable companies, regulated by the
government to ensure safety, able to have civil cases brought against them to redress grievances or compensate for damages in the same way
pharmaceutical companies are.
Drug dealers, on the other hand, are criminal that are not regulated.
But while on the topic of drugs and, by extension, drug addiction:. Effective Treatment Approaches: Medication and behavioral therapy, especially
when combined, are important elements of an overall therapeutic process” Prescription medication can be effective in easing an addict off damaging
Buprenorphine is used, in two forms (one with Buprenorphine alone and a follow-up mixed with Naloxone, for the treatment for heroin and other opioid
addictions. Naloxone is used to blocks the effects of opioids and in treatment for alcoholism. Methadone is also used to block opiate cravings and
to reduce the effectiveness of opiates.(1)
These are a few examples of many.
Speaking of which, I notice you completely failed to respond to the entire second half of my previous post discussing medications, psychotropics and
gender-bending chemicals in the water supply.
There have been detectable amounts of chemicals found in the water supply, including but not limited to pharmaceuticals. While the levels of
contamination are still measured in parts per billion or trillion, there have been signs that some wildlife has been affected.(2)
Some of the unabsorbed medications people take come out in their waste, but it also comes from improper disposal (flushing) of drugs by individuals,
hospitals, and medical centers. Those gender-bending chemicals spoken of above, is replacement estrogen to help millions of post-menopausal women, so
there’s practically no chance they will stop taking it because some fish are having issues.(3)
This is yet another growing pain along the path to scientific invention needing balance with the environment in which we live. There is little to no
evidence that the situation has adverse effects on humans, and considering a good portion of the medication comes from people taking it, we can
extrapolate the benefit from those life quality or health improving medications against whatever the detriment would be. Your examples still remain a
small subset of the whole.
Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic problem in which the primary symptom is pain and the causes are not known. Fatigue and problems getting to sleep
or staying asleep are seen in almost all patients with fibromyalgia, and they feel tired when they wake up. As with practically all medical issues,
exercise and diet management can help reduce symptoms, but it often times does not correct the problem and sometimes it doesn’t even really affect
them. The symptoms, however, may worsen and continue for months or years; certainly not a recipe for a healthy physical condition.
Treatment involves many facets, to include a variety of prescription medication. It’s hard to function, heal from minor illnesses, have any kind of
a positive mental outlook, or even keep a job when you are in pain more often than not and get terrible and/or spotty sleep. Being a “cure” is
not the only criteria one can use to measure successful management in the same way a hammer is not going to fix all problems. It is a helpful tool
Due to character limitations, there will be brief responses to the following:
- Vaccines: The swine flu scare of 1976 was exacerbated by fears there would be another string of deaths like The Great Plague in 1918. That illness
killed 500,000 in the US and 20 million around the world. On doctor at the CDC said that “he and others in on the meetings realized there was
"nothing in this for the CDC except trouble," especially because a decision had to be made fast to get the immunizations manufactured by the
To put things in perspective, 1 death was attributed to the swine flu, 25 deaths to the vaccine, 300-500 had serious damage, and the vaccine was
administered to nearly 45,000,000 people. The final number is the most important to relate the others to.
In regards to vaccines in general, there have always been detractors and belligerence towards them, especially when medical science was (to be kind)
terrible. This topic could be discussed alone and still the surface would barely be scratched.
If practically all those involved globally are all lying and covering the truth, then it’s a conspiracy for the ages that couldn’t be parsed out
in such a limited debate. Here is a helpful link to the Centers for Disease Control about vaccines
and what they have done.
- Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is the most prominent form of diabetes; however it is also a progressive disease that generally gets worse at different
rates for different people. This means that while diet and exercise may help some and some might stave off the worsening, eventually a fair
percentage of those will require additional and more aggressive treatment. The rate of type 2 seems to be accelerating rather than simply increasing.
“The disease has become highly prevalent in Western countries and is rapidly reaching epidemic proportions in the developing world. While the
molecular mechanisms involved in the etiology of this disease remain relatively poorly understood, the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study
(UKPDS) has clearly demonstrated in several investigations that the adoption of insulin therapy in early phases of the disease is capable of
attenuating or even preventing massive beta-cell loss and thus the severe metabolic syndrome and its late complications.”
Socratic question: What incentive do drug companies have to help anyone be healthy?
First, most medication treats ailments that have no cure and many that doctors and scientists are having a difficult time even figuring out why they
happen. This does not erase the fact that they exist, however, and managing the problem is sometimes the best option for those with no other ones to
choose from. Again, curing is not the only criteria to base medical benefit.
Secondly, medications often times either inhibit action or aid the body in doing what it does best, namely heal. Antibiotics are a good example of
this, as is the medication in the treatment of asthma. There are so many types of drugs that deal with ailments that, because of modern medicine and
medical care, now seem rather mundane.
We simply have the luxury of ignoring many issues that we previously had to deal with and with the continued mapping of the human genome, these
improvements should continue to our increased benefit.
Thirdly, to the question. The incentive is to make money by providing medications that are useful in the myriad issues humanity has. The thought
seems to be prevalent that the companies want to keep us sick, ignoring the ideas that many of the problems don’t have solutions yet and that human
need for medical assistance is (at least at present) practically unlimited.
There’s asthma, allergies of all assorted types, growth disorders, menopause, AIDS, Cancer, Infectious Diseases, Addiction, Mental Illness,
Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, pain caused from a variety of issues to name a very small portion of the health concerns humans face. These problems
are not going away and simple diet and exercise isn’t a cure all, although we should all agree that it should be the first step to a healthy life,
let alone a treatment plan.
The incentive, again, is to make money by selling products that work. When they don’t, they pay out the nose and their reputation is diminished.
Obviously this would hurt the bottom line and we've all seen the negative press this type of thing puts out. It's terrible business sense if it's
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4) Fibromyalgia, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine,
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6) Phillips, Patrick, Type 2 Diabetes – Failure, Blame and Guilt in the Adoption of Insulin Therapy, The Review of Diabetic Studies, Society for
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