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Is Your Doctor Poisoning You?

by Ron Brown, Ph.D., author of The Body Fat Guide 

"Ron Brown is a certified fitness trainer who doesn't have an inch of flab on his body. He'll tell you what you can do to become fit and trim too." 
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MOST PEOPLE would probably never imagine that their physician intends to poison them. These people may be alarmed by a publication titled All Medicine is Poison!, in which author Melvin H. Kirschner, M.D., recalled how his pharmacology professor in medical school began the class by declaring, “I am here to teach you how to poison people,” adding, “without killing them, of course” (Kirschner, 2009, p. 13). Ironically, while warning the public of the adverse effects of poison in medicine, Dr. Kirschner (2009) claimed that these same poisons have health benefits. Do we really need poison to stay healthy? This article argues that the "health" benefits of poison in medicine are illusionary, that they have nothing to do with real health, and that they are responsible for medicine’s adverse effects. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the human body has no biological need for medicine or any other poison to sustain normal growth, health, and healing. Doctors my not intend to deliberately harm patients by purposely poisoning them with medicine, but a review of 40 years of research found that mortality rates go down when physicians go out on strike (Cunningham, Mitchell, Narayan, & Yusuf, 2008). 

WARNING: Never attempt to discontinue using prescribed drugs without consulting your physician! The purpose of this article is to inform you of evidence-based research findings so that you may engage in intelligent discussions with your doctor about appropriate healthcare choices that are optimal for you. But don't expect too much support from physicians as they generally lack knowledge of basic epidemiological and research methods (Novack et al., 2006). Physicians and other healthcare professionals rely mostly on the opinions, biases, guidelines, and self-interests of authoritative professional groups and other organizations, regardless how much this information conflicts with the research literature. The concept that modern medicine should be based exclusively on scientific evidence is relatively new, and it will probably take many decades before the profession abandons its centuries-old traditions of treating patients with poisonous substances, regardless how much science reveals the harm and ineffectiveness of medical treatments to patients.

Advocates of medical treatment use many arguments to justify prescribing poisonous medicines to treat disease, and this article addresses some of these arguments based on the germ theory, symptom suppression, and dosage regulation. This article also explains why primary prevention through a healthy lifestyle, rather than prescribed medicine, is a better choice to restore health, heal disease, and improve our healthcare system.

Describing the inherently poisonous nature of drugs, Doctor Kirschner (2009) noted that patients are dependent on physicians’ expert advice in weighing the risks and benefits of prescribed medicines. However, Kirschner failed to mention that physicians often overlook or neglect lifestyle prevention factors as part of their risk assessment, which are the low-risk, drug-free elements of health that prevent disease by avoiding its root causes. Most physicians do not have the time or the knowledge to provide lifestyle prevention education to patients about diet and exercise (Tufts University, 2007), which explains why physicians’ advice is biased in favor of medicine despite the significant risk of medicine’s adverse effects. As patients rely on physicians’ advice and put their faith in medicine to cure their health problems, physicians and medicine become barriers to preventative lifestyle changes.

One may argue that primary prevention is of little use once a patient already has a disease and that drugs are necessary to counteract the disease symptoms, but there is contradicting evidence to show that this notion is false. It can be demonstrated logically through many examples involving plants and animals that drugless primary prevention lifestyle factors that build and sustain health also provide the basis for restoring health and healing disease, without exposing the patient to unnecessary risks from adverse reactions of drugs.

For example, let’s say you care for a flowering plant but neglect to provide it with some normal requirements it needs to maintain healthy growth, such as sufficient water, nutrient-balanced soil, sunshine, exposure to air, etc. It is usually only necessary to provide these missing requirements in the proper amounts to nurse the plant back to health—the same requirements that keep the plant healthy and prevent disease. There is every reason to believe that supplying similar health requirements like proper food, rest, and appropriate exercise is sufficient to nurse humans back to health without using poisonous medicines. Natural Hygiene advocate Herbert Shelton (1968) pointed out that healing may be limited or may be impossible in all cases according to the amount of irreparable damage to the organism, but to the extent that healing is possible it requires no more than removing the causes of disease while providing the primary requirements of health, modified to fit the needs of the organism.  

Instead of asking the research question, "What is the cause of disease, and how can we remove it?" Western medical research asks, "What is the mechanism of disease and how can we disable it with a drug?" The search for the answer drives billions of dollars spent on marketing medical services and funding research to find a cure to be sold in a pill. But by ignoring the logical connection between the cause of disease and the resulting disease process, medical researchers fail to understand that the disease process is the body's self-protective reaction which attempts to eliminate morbid influences, stabilize the body systems (homeostasis), and initiate the healing process. The result of applying medical drug treatment is that the cause of the problem is ignored, the healing and defense efforts of the body are often impaired, and an additional morbid burden is imposed on the patient in the form of a poisonous drug.

My personal opinion is that drug-free primary prevention through healthy lifestyle behavior, not medical treatment, offers the solution to halt the epidemic of chronic diseases in our society, like heart disease, cancers, and diabetes. Unhealthy lifestyle behavior is a major risk factor for these diseases (Ford et al., 2012), and emerging fields like medical nutrition therapy may soon provide evidence-based interventions to heal, prevent, and reverse these diseases through dietary and other lifestyle modifications. Nevertheless, supporters of poisonous medicine, even if they recognize that healing is a natural process, will continue to justify medicine’s use based on various theories of the cause of disease, like the germ theory.

The germ theory of disease was originated by Louis Pasteur (2012), and is often used to rationalize the application of poisonous medicines to attack germs that cause disease. There is little doubt that germs proliferate during disease, but this should not be confused with the cause of the disease, which is often due to lack of necessary elements of health that build resistance toward disease and remove toxic waste products. Germs are ubiquitous, and their biological function in multiplying is to decompose toxic accumulations, just as flies gather and help decompose a garbage heap. To use a poisonous medicine such as an antibiotic to interfere with this normal and natural microbiological process is to delay healing while adding to the body’s toxic condition and causing further damage. For example, antibiotics used to kill bacteria often cause kidney damage (Eyler & Mueller, 2012). Suppressing inflammatory symptoms of bacterial infection gives patients a false sense of security and provides a superficial external appearance of wellness while internal damage from retained toxins continues. The harm caused from suppressing inflammation with medicine becomes clearer with an explanation of how the inflammatory response works.

The body’s natural inflammatory response is an example of how the body normally defends and heals itself without medicine. If a body part is injured, or if there is a systemic increase in internal toxins, an inflammatory response including pain, heat, swelling, and redness rushes immune-response cells to the infected site in order to remove the toxic conditions and restore healthy tissue (Lu et al., 2011). Once the cause of the problem is removed, the only treatment required is to clean, protect, and immobilize the infected area, and provide the patient with warmth and rest during recovery. As previously pointed out, bacteria assist in further decomposing these toxins. Thus, disease is actually a healing response generated by the body, rather than a foreign entity that attacks the body externally and that must be opposed with weapons of microbiological destruction. For example, it has been observed that symptoms of autism diminish in children during fevers (Good, 2013), an indication of a healing response.

People who take medicine to relieve symptoms are often unaware that toxic substances in medicine suppress symptoms by increasing the toxic load on the body’s internal system. For example, consider headache remedies which often contain caffeine. Caffeine is a poisonous substance that irritates the adrenal glands and causes increased serum levels of epinephrine or adrenaline. People use coffee and other beverages as a delivery system to induce the toxic effect of ingested caffeine, which they consider stimulating. As the caffeine dose diminishes, the body counteracts the effect of this poison with a healing inflammatory response which may produce a headache. The cure for the headache is to provide an additional dose of caffeine by taking a headache remedy and temporarily suppressing the caffeine withdrawal symptoms until the next dose of caffeine is ingested (Juliano et al., 2012). Thus, medicine perpetuates a cycle of poisoning by repressing symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. This cycle helps explain why drug addiction is associated with abuse of pain medications as the addict suppresses the pain of drug withdrawal with more drugs (WebMD, 2012). “What’s your poison?” is a popular expression that acknowledges our addiction to toxic substances.

Poisonous medicines may also be administered as an expediency to temporarily restore muscle function. For example, an athlete may have drugs injected into an injured joint to deaden pain and to continue athletic performance. But additional and often permanent damage may occur to the joint, hastening the end of the athlete’s career (Laurance & Clark, 2012). Likewise, the damage from suppressing symptoms through the systemic application of poisonous medicines may hasten the end of a patient’s life. This explains why adverse drug reactions and physician-induced diseases, known as iatrogenic diseases, are among the leading causes of death in Western society (Starfield, 2000), ranked third behind heart disease and cancer.

Another illogical concept used to defend poisonous medicine is the notion that a poison is only determined by its dose. Paracelsus (2012), a sixteenth-century alchemist and occultist declared, “All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy.” It’s true that anything is toxic if provided in excess—too much oxygen, water, food, exercise, or excesses of other healthful substances can be damaging. But it doesn’t logically follow that anything is harmless as long as it is not provided in excess. For example, nicotine is a harmful substance in tobacco leaves, regardless how small the dose ingested. The qualitative relationship of a substance to the biological and physiological needs of the body is the determining factor in determining toxicity, not the quantitative dose. If a substance is non-useable to the body, it must be eliminated or else it will interfere with normal physiological function—it is a poison (The Free Dictionary, 2012). By definition, a pharmaceutical drug is a substance (poison) that interferes with normal physiological function (Lüllmann et al., 1999).

Francis Bacon’s quote, “Cure the disease and kill the patient,” is as relevant today as it was back in the seventeenth century (Bacon, 2012). Advances in healthcare achieved during the twentieth century that are commonly attributed to medical treatments, such as the reduction of many infectious diseases, were actually due to advances in sanitation and hygiene (McKinlay & McKinlay, 1977).  The re-emerging threat of polio due to lack of sanitation in war-torn Syria and in the typhoon-devastated Philippines in 2013 confirms that improved sanitation and hygiene in the early 20th century drastically reduced the incidence of polio and other infectious diseases, long before vaccines or medicines were introduced. Adverse reactions to aspirin have been linked to increased mortality in the 1918 flu pandemic (Starko, 2009).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admits that random controlled trials, the gold standard for demonstrating clinical effectiveness and safety, are not used to evaluate vaccines: "The most common approach now used to evaluate how well licensed influenza vaccines work is an observational or vaccine effectiveness study" (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). But observational studies cannot prove causation, providing a much lower clinical standard for safety and effectiveness that drives vaccine marketing and public health promotion. 

 

The theory of artificial immunity proposes that the more antibodies in the blood, the stronger the immune response. But this theory is flawed because it confuses cause and effect. The production of antibodies in the blood is caused by a natural immune response; this doesn't prove that antibodies cause artificial immunity. There are people with little or no antibodies who have vigorous immune responses, and there are people with an abundance of antibodies who have poor immune responses, thus disproving the theory of artificial immunity. In addition to lacking evidence that artificial immunity is effective in preventing disease, adverse reactions from vaccinations are so common today that the United States government keeps a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS, 2012). The government also administers a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP, 2012) that uses taxpayer money to protect private pharmaceutical manufacturers from lawsuits. 

Drugs and diagnostic tests are often promoted with misleading statistics. For example, diagnostic tests appear to reduce disease rates by “overdiagnosing” cases requiring little or no treatment (Wegwarth et al., 2012). In random controlled trials, one case of a disease occurring among 100 people taking a drug compared to two cases in a control group of 100 people not taking the drug is calculated as a relative risk reduction of 50%, making the drug appear very effective! But the absolute risk reduction between groups is actually only 1% for every 100 people, which is no greater than chance (King, Harper, & Young, 2012). Such misleading statistics are often used to promote ineffective drugs that fail to reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease, like statins (Ray et al., 2010) and anti-hypertension drugs (Diao et al., 2012), and similar misleading statistics are used to promote ineffective cancer treatments.

When the United States government declared war on cancer in 1971, research for chemo, radiation, and surgical treatments increased, but over 40 years of slashing, burning, and poisoning patients has failed to reduce mortality rates (Begley, 2008). The real enemy is how we mistreat our bodies with unhealthy lifestyle factors.  For example, recent studies show that a diet low in red meat is effective in reducing risk for cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases that account for the majority of deaths in our society (Pan et al., 2012). Nevertheless, the biomedical profession continues to claim that disease symptoms are the cause of disease (Campbell, 2013). This error leads to illogically blaming the cause of high blood pressure on lack of hypertension medication, or blaming heart attacks on a deficiency of statins. Managing symptoms, as champion golfer Phil Michelson advocates in drug commercials, is not the same as identifying and removing the lifestyle causes of disease.

Many psychoactive prescription drugs have been associated with suicidal ideation (thoughts) and self harm in patients (Mosholder & Pamer, 2006). Retired Army psychologist Dr. Bart Billings, Ph.D. said he is "100 percent convinced" that increased psychiatric drug use in the U.S. military is responsible for rising suicide rates among active troops (O'Meara, 2012). It has been estimated that 22 suicides a day occurred among U.S. military veterans in 2010 (Kemp & Bossarte, 2012). 

Psychoactive drugs that include various brands of antidepressants, sedatives, drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and certain smoking cessation drugs have also been associated with homicidal ideation and harm to others (Moore, Glenmullen, & Furberg, 2010). Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently issues "black box warnings" on prescription drug labels that list suicidal ideation, no warnings mention homicidal ideation. Dr. Peter Breggin warns that withdrawal from psychiatric drugs can be dangerous and must be carefully supervised by professional practitioners.

Interestingly, President Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had been under psychiatric care since a teenager, had attempted suicide, and his wife, a pharmacology student, overdosed on anti-depressants after his death. Could this mean that Oswald had easy access to anti-depressants that were linked to his homicidal and suicidal ideation? Jack Ruby allegedly took antidepressants before killing Oswald. Was Ruby's behavior a copy-cat crime caused by homicidal ideation and triggered by a drug-induced obsessive reaction to the publicity surrounding Oswald's arrest? WWII dictator Adolph Hitler was known to receive a daily drug cocktail that included "barbiturates and possibly amphetamines" supplied for many years by his physician, Dr. Morell (National Geographic Channel, 2013). Hitler found that the drug stimulation made him more dynamic as a public speaker and helped him rise to power. Did drug-induced homicidal ideation motivate Hitler's plans to carry out the holocaust? These questions about psychotropic drug involvement in such high profile crimes, although highly speculative, seem at least worthy of consideration and further investigation. Other "charismatic" leaders who had strong links to psychotropic drugs include Charles Manson and Jim Jones who massacred the population of Jonestown, Guyana. O.J. Simpson was allegedly on double doses of Prozac when his ex-wife and her boyfriend were murdered. Such high profile crimes do not reveal the number of domestic violence incidents that are also linked to psychotropic drug use.

Many school shootings have been linked to psychotropic drugs. Dr. Julian Whitaker stated, "Whenever a school shooter is taking a drug...the press don't get the information. If they ask about it they're told this is private information. So the public is kept in the dark about the drugging of these kids that leads to this violence" (Citizens Commission on Human Rights, 2011).  A recent survey confirmed that 91.4% of physicians would "never disclose confidential patient health information to an unauthorized individual," and over a third of physicians would not "disclose financial relationships with drug and device companies to their patients" (Iezzoni et al., 2012).    

In conclusion, the answer to the question, “Is your doctor poisoning you?’ is “Yes!” The evidence against medicine described in this paper helps explain why the U.S. medical system is the most expensive and among the least effective systems of industrialized nations (Frech, Parente, & Hoff, 2012). Only when the population recognizes that health cannot be built and recovered with poisonous medicines will we begin to prevent disease and improve health through an effective, efficient, affordable, and safe system of evidence-based primary prevention based on healthy lifestyles.

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