Personal Health Care Decisions - Finding Your Way Through the Forest

A study was performed at the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas to assess the effectiveness of anti-viral drugs (such as are prescribed for influenza) and published in the January 2010 issue of the Journal “Genetics.”  These drugs work by acting upon the virus’ genetic material and forcing it into rapid mutation, presumably causing them to die off at an accelerated rate.  The results of the study were alarming, however, because when the drugs caused the rapid mutation, 2 different results were seen.  In some cases viral death did take place as expected - however in other cases, the drug’s action didn’t kill the virus but instead directly caused it to mutate into something stronger and more resistant.  Jim Bull, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the study, said "It remains to be seen whether an elevated mutation rate that does not cause rapid viral extinction enhances treatment or may instead thwart treatment by enhancing viral evolution."  Due to their genetic structure, viruses can mutate into infinite combinations of DNA and medicine is always several steps behind in creating drugs to address newly emerged (and potentially lethal) strains.  More to the point, the study suggests the very use of these anti-viral drugs will lead to faster mutation and a greater likelihood of a “super virus” emerging, resistant to any current pharmaceutical drug available.


 At the same time the results of this scientific study were published, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE, representing 47 European nations) unanimously passed a resolution calling for an investigation into the pharmaceutical companies’ influence on WHO’s H1N1 pandemic declaration.  “The step is a long-overdue move to public transparency of a “Golden Triangle” of drug corruption between WHO, the pharma industry and academic scientists that has permanently damaged the lives of millions and even caused death.”  The text of the resolution says among other things, “In order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies, responsible for public health standards to alarm governments worldwide and make them squander tight health resources for inefficient vaccine strategies and needlessly expose millions of healthy people to the risk of an unknown amount of side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines.”

 What is a conscientious person concerned about the health of themselves and their family to do in the face of the different medical demands, assertions, pressures and opinions constantly being forced at every turn?  While everyone would like to believe what their doctor, health care professional, pharmaceutical company and government constantly tell them, reality is that frequently drugs and modern medicine can harm rather than help, and that medical/scientific/pharmaceutical attempts to fool Mother Nature have become a game focused on something quite different than just returning you from sickness back to health. 


Most people are raised to leave the responsibility for health care decisions to what public health officials tell them but in a society where healthcare has become a multi-billion dollar industry that plays a heavy role in funding our governments, ignorance is something you may not be able to afford.  While trying to make sense of the different opinions isn’t easy, finding your own ground becomes a personal responsibility that ultimately will benefit your life and that of your family.  Do your own research, question your own beliefs and those of others around you, and listen to your inner feelings.  Seek out the council of health care professionals you trust, but remain alert to hidden agendas.  Before undergoing any medical procedure or ingesting any medical drug, do your own research and consciously weigh the potential benefits versus the potential drawbacks before submitting yourself.   In some cases, the risk may not be worth the reward.  Remember that the original creed of medicine was and should still be to above all, do no harm.    


Next article: my own story of chronic disease, brain surgery, drugs and finally healing through homeopathy and alternative health care.

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