Medications are the number one reason our society’s health is eroding and unwell.

The most dangerous advice anyone can give to another is to “ask your doctor” about anything, especially about any diet and lifestyle changes.

Overmedicating or prescribing is conservatively now ranked the number three cause of death worldwide, according to Dr. Peter Gotzche, a member of the Cochrane Collaboration in the British Medical Journal.

Deaths due to medications are due to the “avoidable side effects and reactions” known and documented to be associated with the prescriptions. 

Wait, avoidable?

It is said to be avoidable because the decision to take the medications was made without complete “informed consent,” which informs the patient of all the possible side effects and “absolute” risks, including the risk of death from the drug.

The absolute risks are not disclosed due to the industry standards in the medical peer review system, journal publications of medical information, and doctors not researching independently, resulting in the gross inflation of medications benefits and negligent downplaying of the risks.

The top 10 pharmaceutical companies have paid over 33 billion dollars in fines and legal penalties for falsifying research data, falsifying or not providing information on side effects and death rates, and unethical marketing of medications to doctors and the public. 

False information penalties and fines are calculated into the standard business costs for pharmaceutical companies and accepted as part of their yearly budget and overall business model. 

Even before a drug is approved, the corrupt process starts with the “medical peer review system.” 

When a peer review board publishes research, the pharmaceutical companies who funded, designed, and will profit from the research findings provide their in-house analysis to be reviewed while keeping the raw data and the full results privately owned and confidential. 

According to the most cited medical researcher in the world, out of Stanford University, Dr. John Ioannidis, “the greater the financial interests in a given field, the less likely the research findings to be true.” 

This came from a paper he published in 2006 after a mathematical and statistical review of, at the time, current medical publications and medical peer-reviewed research.

Most medications on the market and being introduced yearly are old drugs rebranded and advertised for a new application or medical treatment. 

For example, from 2000 to 2008, over 75% of 676 new medications approved by the FDA and 1,000 plus more in France were copies of old drugs with minor changes allowing the patenting of the drugs securing ownership and profits, and rebranding them for the same or new medical condition.

The U.S. medication statistics are mirrored in medical systems worldwide, including entirely social systems found in France and others considered modern medical countries.

Only 11% of newly introduced medications are considered innovative or new.

8% of medications are considered medically beneficial and indicated.

15% are deemed to cause more harm than good.

Only 18% of doctors’ clinical recommendations are evidence-based. (Mark Ebell, University of Georgia)

Less than 15% of medical surgical procedures and less than 5% of prescription medication use are evidence-based.

In the 90s, “iatrogenic” deaths, or death caused by medical interventions, were declared the number three cause of preventable death, causing the equivalent of three jumbo jets crashing every other day full of passengers.

These reported deaths were not from overdosing, medical errors, or taking medications incorrectly or not prescribed by others, but properly prescribed drugs and procedures taken and performed “correctly.” 

These people died because they followed medical advice and took their medications as prescribed by their doctor, who followed the accepted medical standard practice guidelines. 

For example, aspirin regularly kills over 2,000 people a year when taken as indicated on the bottle.

Medical errors are grossly and immorally underreported, making the official numbers of medical deaths, lethal medical mistakes in particular, only representative of the cases they could not hide or deny.

One can’t be healthy while on daily medications. 

Managing medical or health problems with drugs means you are sick, and what’s managed are your symptoms, not your health or recovery.  

People will remain sick as long as they continue to manage health problems rather than work to heal and recover from them.

Accepting medications should be the last option considered and resisted at all times without a clear and objective way to assess their need, benefits, all associated risks, and a detailed plan, timeline, and measurements showing improvement to come off medications when no longer indicated.

You are responsible for your health, healing, and well-being, not your doctor or anyone else.

Invest in your health education or blindly follow someone else’s misguided and industry paid for lead.

You must have a sense of agency regarding your health efforts, lifestyle, and any testing or treatments you decide to incorporate into your life.

When we know more, we can do more.

We can do better!