It Thrives Because the Masses Abdicate Personal Responsibility
By David S. Lewis
Healthcare has been advanced lately as a human right, something to which all are entitled— like freedom of speech and freedom of assembly—both by Hillary Clinton and the Montana Human Rights Network. Sorry, and don’t get all holier than thou, but healthcare is not a right. Such a thing is not possible, for a right cannot be something others must provide for you, and the attitude that it is a right, with someone else being responsible for your health, is the reason we’re in the mess we are today.
As people defer the health of their bodies and minds to others—pharma-ceutical companies, HMOs, insurance companies, the government—they abdi-cate their own responsibility to take care of themselves, while perpetuating the highly inflated costs imposed by these institutions for what passes as healthcare. They can do this because so many take no responsibility for their well being, while believing the medical profession has the answers. The medical profession does indeed do certain things well—orthopedic and reconstructive surgery, diagnostics, MRIs—but maintaining your health is not one of them, which is why healthcare cannot be a right, because health is a personal responsibility.
Is there, by way of analogy, a right to transportation, something most people need? There can be no such right, because that would force other people to provide what is yours to acquire. The same goes for food and housing. These are necessities that we should help the poor attain, but they are not rights, because others would be forced to provide them at their expense, which forces an infringement upon their rights.
And so personal responsibility naturally forms the foundation upon which true healthcare and a functioning free society is built, along with liberty and a healthy variety of choices. Yet Ameri-cans abdicate en masse responsibility for their health to the American Medical Association, pharmaceutical companies, and HMOs, who take advantage to bolster their bottom lines. The industry, projected to control 20 percent of the U.S. economy by 2017, makes a fortune off of ignorance and self-neglect. Sorry, but the medical profession and pharma-ceutical companies serve themselves, not you, and amount to an institution-alized monopoly sanctioned by the FDA. The situation is so out of whack that healthcare costs necessitate insurance because nobody can afford to pay the bills, and because their is no competition to drive down costs. People follow along like sheep to such a degree that a world without these offending institu-tions seems unthinkable.
We are told, though, that we have the best healthcare system in the world, and that’s true (in certain ways), until you find yourself in a hospital. Granted, the medical profession has made great advances (in Thailand they’re affordable), but having seen loved ones endure what passes for healthcare in America, I’m convinced they would have been better off and lived longer had they stayed away from prescription medications and out of hospitals where they were drugged, sleep deprived, lied to, patron-ized, irradiated, and infected.
Drugs prescribed by doctors and promoted by pharmaceutical companies are a big part of the problem. Let me offer an example. Ninety percent of all dia-betics develop the disease through poor choices as adults. Even though people may be predisposed to the condition, it can be treated with nutrition rather easily. But as insulin is repeatedly taken, the person who puts his faith in a drug, (and a profession adverse to nutritional therapies) becomes an insulin addict with less chance of returning to normal. Diabetes then can slowly wreak havoc with the body and lead to blindness and amputations. And this scenario plays out with other conditions and prescribed medications. Blood pressure drugs can trigger a similar pattern, but can be avoided with knowledge and a little self- discipline.
Another example is prostate cancer treated with radiation therapy, a frequent cause of death for aging males. Read Bob Arnot’s book though, The Prostate Cancer Protection Plan, and find out what the medical profession won’t promote regarding the disease: food as medicine. A medical doctor who stepped outside the mindset of his colleagues, Arnot reveals that prostate cancer (and probably others) can be treated through diet with soy protein and Lycopene (from cooked tomato products). The results Arnot details reveal not only that such therapies prevent cancer, but they can shrink tumors. The trouble is, no one is going to make a killing researching or selling tomato juice and soy products. Unlike drugs, nutrition cannot be patented. Curing people, healing them, never enters the picture because the perpetuation of symptoms yields repeat sales and continuous profit—a strategy that figures in the creation and marketing of drugs, which are mistakenly called medicine.
Obviously, there are times when a prescription or an operation is appropriate, but the word healthcare should be more carefully applied. Prescription drugs and operations are often the result of a lack of healthcare, the failure of people to find remedies that act harmoniously with their bodies.
Have high cholesterol? Take four tablespoons of liquid lecithin a day, a soy product that emulsifies fats, and watch your cholesterol drop to acceptable levels in 3 months. Got hemorrhoids? Eat 2 oranges a day with all the pulp and watch them disappear. Bursitis? Take 20,000 units per day of Vitamin A from fish liver oil (or 3 tablespoons of Cod Liver Oil) and your joints should be better in 90 days. Don’t tell your doctor though, unless he knows more than they taught him at medical school, or more than the sales rep for the pharma-ceutical company told him, because he will tell you what you’re doing is useless. He’s dead wrong though, and doing a grave disservice. In a former occupation, I saw these results over and over again, though it was illegal for me to say so. Similar possibilities exist for other ailments, from high blood pressure to colitis to heart disease, and that’s without delving into remedies offered by other cultures like Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, the promotion of which through medical claims is forbidden by the FDA, a situation revealing the need for a free market in healthcare, rather than a government enforced monopolist system that suppresses all but the American Medical Association.
Tryptophan is another case in point, the amino acid found in milk and turkey that makes you want to take a nap. I sold the stuff over the counter for years to people with sleep problems. It was cheap ($8 for 50 doses), effective (works in 30 minutes), safe (safe as warm milk), and it helped many people while saving them from the destructive effects and high cost of narcotics. We were then told a shipment from Japan had been contaminated, that tryptophan was dangerous, and the FDA banned the product. Later, suspiciously, it became available by prescription, as those who saw how to prevent the product from eroding their multi billion dollar sales in prescribed narcotics effectively did so. Sorry, but I don’t need the FDA or an MD telling me what nutritional supplements or herbs I can or cannot take. It wasn’t necessary throughout history, so why now? —A clear case of government being the problem, not the solution. And if you visit an MD looking for a trytophan prescription, not only will he charge you through the nose for the visit, prescribe a narcotic instead and all kinds of tests, but he will wax indig-nant when he learns you know something he does not.
Perhaps you heard about the FDA in the 1990s under David Kessler conducting armed raids on an herbal tea company that made “false medical claims” by selling chamomile tea as Sleepy Time. Another example was vegetable-based interferon, a harmless product that virtually cured colds and flus (before my eyes). The problem was it worked, and so the FDA cracked down and it’s never been heard of since.
Then there’s the cost of healthcare. Why is it so extremely expensive? Why must a brief stay in the hospital cost as much as your house, necessitating insurance, which is in itself expensive? People like Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama say healthcare must be available to everybody, and want to garner your wages to pay for it, but they never talk about dismantling the artificial system, including the AMA monopoly, that makes it so expensive in the first place. And it is an artificial system because it is controlled and not open to competition. Why, after all, does an aspirin cost $10 dollars just because you got it in a hospital? It’s the same dynamic as the Pentagon’s $1,000 toilet seat. When consumers are not minding the costs, not even seeing the bills, providers jack prices through the roof. Another factor is the malpractice premiums MDs must pay, hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Anybody then ought to be able to see that something is wrong with the system from the top down, including the legal profession and the courts. But candidates and politi-cians don’t address the real problems. They’d rather exploit the issue, your health, to get elected.
Be advised that nobody currently talking about healthcare will do anything but make it worse, because they haven’t the courage to tell you that you are responsible for your health.
Read a book, practise self-discipline, stop thinking someone should take care of you, and don’t insist healthcare is a right to be granted by powerful forces who place profits ahead of helping their fellow man.