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How To Defeat the Drug Monopoly

This morning's USA Today has the answer. Through the pharmacists. The issue is receiving press as some pharmacists are refusing to dispense birth control pills. While some pharmacists cite religious reasons for opposing birth control, others believe life begins with fertilization and see hormonal contraceptives, and the morning-after pill in particular, as capable of causing an abortion. Whatever your stand on their decision many states are upholding it, as states from Rhode Island to Washington have proposed laws that would protect such decisions.

Can you imagine what would happen if we were able to convince the majority of pharmacists that the conventional drug based paradigm is fatally flawed and that over 95% of the drugs used in this country are not safe and should not be used? Some drugs should be banned altogether. Interferons that cost over $1000 a month are a classic example. They are used for severe automimmune diseases, like MS, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's and do absolutely nothing to address the cause of the problem, can cause terrible side effects and enrich the drug companies.

Statin drugs are another classic example. Far less than 1% of them are ever appropriate as nearly all elevated cholesterol problems can be relatively easily controlled with simple lifestyle modifications. The same is drug for proton pump inhibitors like Nexium most hypertension drugs and the list goes on and on and on.

Yesterday I hired a new physician, Dr. Betty Go, to work in our center. She has been trained in natural medicine for about ten years but for some personal circumstances, she had decided to practice in Seattle in a traditional setting. Initially she thought she could help those in that setting understand the need for treatments that address the cause and help facilitate the paradigm shift. But once she got there she realized that there was no way she could continue to write prescriptions for patients who just did not get it. That was my blessing as we will now have an outstanding physician to help us address the serious backlog we have for new patients that require help to recover their help in our center.

I really think that educating pharmacists about the truth regarding health and how it is achieved could go a long way toward defeating the conventional drug based paradigm.

USA Today November 9, 2004

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