Letter: Dependency on drugs suffocates care

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Brief history of medicine:

2000 B.C. — Here, eat this root.

1000 A.D. — That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.

1850 A.D. — That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1940 A.D. — That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.

1985 A.D. — That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.

2000 A.D. — That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.

The concept of better health through better drugs is not working, and more importantly, is killing us.

“Medicare, private insurance and the private sector cannot afford the cost of today’s broken sick-care system. (Life Extension, lef.org.) Pharma interests don’t want you to know that Americans have been forced to pay $200 for a bottle of medicine that costs only $2.10 to make. Greed obviously comes ahead of compassion. Corrupt disease care legislation, combined with suffocating FDA regulation, will bankrupt the U.S. of America with hyper-inflated ‘health care’ prices it has created.” As author and physician Dr. Andrew Weil said, “The face of medicine needs changing. We must stop treating symptoms with chemical drugs.”

Char Thomas

Vancouver