Big Pharma and Personal Health

Healthy citizens take a huge financial burden off of the federal government. However, does the federal government actually want healthy citizens? The government, since its inception in 1776, has grown in ways the founding fathers would never have dreamed of. While I am a realist and I understand that modern society has become increasingly complex since the 18th century, the government is meddling in areas it should absolutely not meddle in. It costs money to create these bureaus and pay people to run them; lots and lots of money. While I am in no way opposed to the government providing healthcare to all of its citizens, I am opposed to the way with which it controls what we put into our bodies.

Liberals and conservatives fight about many things that do not really matter, such as the death penalty and abortion. Both will continue to happen, no matter how fierce your opinion. And both groups are equally deserving of harsh critique. However, one area the liberals in particular have it right is in regards to personal health. While I am in no means a model of personal health, as I consume inordinate amounts of greasy, processed, and fattening foods, I understand the body’s need to detoxify itself through strenuous exercise and hydration. Many Americans are so worried about Obamacare that they fail to recognize the most important issue. WHY DO SO MANY OF US NEED SO MUCH FUCKING HEALTHCARE. Fuck it and fuck them. Do not rely on the federal government to keep you healthy. If you are relying on a United States federal employee for your well-being, you are relying on someone who is: A- corrupt or B-too stupid to work in business. I will rely on option C- myself, and that is what all of you should do.

If you’re so fucking worried about Obamacare, here’s a thought: get yourself, your kids, and your friends in order. Exercise 30 minutes a day, eat fresh fruits, take vitamin C supplements, and drink lots of water. If you saturate yourself with vitamin C and water, your health will take care of itself. Colds, viruses, and all these stupid fucking reasons we go to our doctor are entirely preventable. These types of maladies are opportunistic, and they hit when the body is under-hydrated and the immune system compromised. On the exercise front: do not do the same thing over and over again. Like these fucking idiots who run 5 miles/day because they want to lose weight, but do not shed a pound. Guess what? Your body and your muscles are fucking smart. They adjust and adapt to repeated use. The best thing you can do is shock your system by doing new routines every couple of weeks. Cross fit is a great example of this strategy. Interval training and body weight resistance exercises, which emulate athletic movements, create balanced lean muscles.

I understand better than most people that certain afflictions are caused by environmental and/or genetic factors.  In many cases, these issues are out of our control. However, if this nation got a higher percentage of people to take care of what they can control, the financial burden to society would be reduced in the realm of 10s of billions of dollars per year. This would free up more money to take care of those who suffer from ailments with which they have no control – In other words, people who truly need healthcare. There are certain people who do actually need pills (chemicals) to help them, but way too many people are being over-diagnosed and over-medicated.

So here is the question: with the current structure of our federal government, and big pharmaceutical companies flush with billions in cash on their balance sheets, do the powers that be even want us to take control of our personal health? The answer is a definitive ‘no.’ If we transformed overnight into a healthy, fit, and energized population, too many companies and government bureaus would be out of business. How do people not see what is going on here?

Personally, I went through a vicious battle with acne throughout my teens and through to college. I was put on numerous drugs such as Accutane and the like, with little to no effect on the acne. However, the drugs did make me very groggy and nauseous at times. No success on the acne front, but they sure made me feel like shit for 5 years. Finally, I took a logical approach. Acne must be something bad in my system trying to get out. Therefore, if I change what I am putting into my system, maybe it will clear up. I removed soda from my diet, started daily intake of pure honey (which has anti-bacterial properties), and increased my hydration level and vitamin C intake. After 2 weeks, my acne was completely gone. Five years Accutane = still have acne + feel shitty all the time. Two weeks lifestyle change = acne gone and feel great. What the fuck is going on here? Why are there doctors out there who devote their lives to their profession, slave over med school, but continue this line of bullshit? Why are there kids out there, 2 years post-graduation with a Leadership degree, hired as pharmaceutical sales agents? Some fucking asshole who was doing keg stands at his frat house last year is now selling drugs (that don’t work) to your doctor who will then give them to your parents or your kids.

The problem is the government is not in the business of healing or creating a healthy populace. They are in the business of keeping their cushy jobs, benefits, and pensions. How do they do this? By making us need them more, and by being fuck dolls for the lobbyists who get paid millions of dollars to protect their business interests. Take one look at the balance sheet of a pharmaceutical company and see how much cash they have on hand. My bet is it will be anywhere from $10 billion to $50 billion. Do you realize how much power you have with $50 billion cash? – Enough power to have control over what the vast majority of the population is putting into their bodies. Lipitor was the highest grossing pharmaceutical product of all time. It does not work. Look it up. Lipitor does not work. Accutane does not work. And I would argue that in most cases, chemotherapy does not work. What the fuck is going on here? I know. It’s business. These guys just want to make money, and there is no money in a cure, so they don’t push it. Doctors don’t push it, and the government sure as hell doesn’t push it. They are just fuck dolls for everyone else. Health should not be a business, and it certainly should not be a big business. Healthcare is largely a personal matter, and it is time that we start taking control of our own fucking lives. We need to stop depending on corrupt bureaucrats and pharmaceutical companies who sell little chemical pills that do not work.

I’ll tell you one thing: if I was a doctor and I saw my patients biting it or otherwise not being cured by these chemical pills, I would have more pride than to stand behind what I was doing. As a former athlete, and having worked in many different lines of business, I fucking hate failure more than I like success. They act so smart and fucking mighty with their med school degrees, yet none of them can seem to figure out that pills do not work most of the time. Lifestyle changes work, but they are just not as profitable.

With all this being said, there might be some light at the end of the tunnel. For the same reason the FDA has approved all these chemical based pills (which don’t work) to be commercialized over the past 100 years, we might actually see some new innovative therapies with curative intent hitting the market. The reason, of course, is money. Right now, government budgets are getting to a point where the people in charge realize they need to lessen the financial burden of healthcare, or else they risk the solvency of the federal government itself. With this in mind, they might finally allow stem cell technologies to hit the market in the next 5-10 years. They might also allow new cancer vaccines and viral therapies to hit the market. There are many biotech companies out there specializing in stem cell treatments that replace damaged cells with new healthy cells. Viral therapies for cancer are pre-programmed to kill damaged cells and leave healthy cells alone. Logically, this makes sense. Putting chemicals into the body does not make sense. Ingesting something called Doxorubicin does not sound natural. Replacing damaged retinal cells with new healthy retinal stem cells makes sense. Putting a living virus, which targets and kills cancer cells, into a diseased body also makes sense.

They say the best diets involve eating only living vegetables. It is clear that the best medicine for any ailment also comes from living things, such as stem cells and viruses. Let’s just hope that for our sake, the government allows these treatments to hit the market, even if it is only in the interest of cutting down the financial burden of healthcare.

– Dennis Wise (guest blogger)