by David Christopher MH

In the 60’s and 70’s herbs were cheap and drugs cost a lot of money.  Today herbs are expensive and drugs are free, or nearly free.  Well, nothing is ever free. It irritates me that taxpayers including myself pay for these “free drug” that many of us will never choose to use. I know no one in my field lobbied for today’s circumstances. Only the giant pharmaceuticals benefit from this scenario and it was they who were most likely the ones behind the efforts to lobby the government for this special arrangement. So now many people ask, “Why should I look for alternatives when my insurance pays for standard medical care”? Their point is well taken until you look at the terrible side effects of these “free drugs”.

Most drugs are designed to relieve symptoms not cure disease. The problem is many symptoms are the body’s way of eliminating disease, so when you block what the body is trying to do you end up prolonging the disease or creating a new one.

A classic example of this is with the world’s best-selling drug, Lipitor. Doctor’s draw blood to test cholesterol levels. If the levels are determined to be high then this drug is prescribed. The drug blocks the enzymes in the liver that produce cholesterol, which the body uses to repair cells, make vitamin D, manufacture hormones and use for fat metabolism. The body will not make more of something than it needs. If cholesterol levels are high and the liver is still making cholesterol then it must be assumed that the existing cholesterol is damaged and cannot be used, especially in the repair of cells. If Lipitor is used then the body has no useable cholesterol and cannot repair damaged cells, like heart cells. Therefore if a person is suffering from coronary heart disease and takes Lipitor, they will not have the cholesterol to repair the heart and are more likely to die of heart failure.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons the U.S.A. spends the most money in the world on health care, yet ranks 25th among nations in overall health. We as a nation are 14 trillion dollars in debt to the Chinese alone because we have an unsustainable medical system which is bankrupting the country and cannot even deliver good health. The Affordable Health Care Act gets rid of known inequities in an already convoluted system, but at what price? It mandates that we all participate in a system that can never deliver proper care. We are throwing our money into a bottomless pit and it is endangering the lives of all of us.

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer. 

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