The Nature of the
(Taken from "The Wellness
Directory of Minnesota" ~ http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/editorial/pharm.htm)
One of Ralph Nader's goals when he ran for president, was to stop
corporate welfare. He figured if Congress was so thoughtful to cut
welfare to mothers and children (less than 3% of the federal
budget), then perhaps it was time to eliminate corporate welfare
(greater than 17% of the federal budget).
Nader was quick to focus in on corporate welfare to the
pharmaceutical industry, because the American people pay for drugs
twice: first in funding the research to prove a drug is safe and
effective, and then again when their doctor prescribes the drug, you
pay at the pharmacy.
Now there is a lot of talk about conspiracy theories and doctors
suppressing therapies and the FDA suppressing therapies, but whether
or not there is a conspiracy is a moot point. There doesn't have to
be a conspiracy. We have capiTalism, a system in which every person
has the right to grow up and make money. Every major corporation has
the right to make as much money as possible, and for some reason,
major corporations get more welfare than little corporations. Thus
it must be assumed that large corporations are much more important
than small corporations.
The pharmaceutical industry is an example of the worst parts of
capiTalism, capiTalism at its least respectable low and capiTalism
at its most ludicrous high.
The following article is reprinted with permission from Dr
Matthias Rath's book, Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks . . .
But People Do!
The purpose and driving force of the pharmaceutical
industry is to increase sales of pharmaceutical drugs
for ongoing diseases and to find new diseases to market
By this very nature, the pharmaceutical industry has
no interest in curing diseases. The eradication of any
disease inevitably destroys a multi-billion dollar
market of prescription drugs. Therefore, pharmaceutical
drugs are primarily developed to relieve symptoms, but
not to cure.
If eradication therapies for diseases are
discovered and developed, the industry has a basic
interest to suppress, discredit and obstruct these
medical breakthroughs in order to make sure that
diseases continue as the very basis for a lucrative
prescription drug market.
The economic interest of the pharmaceutical industry
is the main reason why no medical breakthrough has been
made for the control of the most common diseases such as
cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart
failure, diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis, and why
these diseases continue like epidemics on a worldwide
For the same economic reasons, the pharmaceutical
industry has now formed an international cartel by the
code name "Codex Alimentarius" with the aim to
outlaw any health information in connection with
vitamins and to limit free access to natural therapies
on a worldwide scale.
At the same time, the pharmaceutical companies
withhold public information about the effects and risks
of prescription drugs and life-threatening side effects
are omitted or openly denied.
In order to assure the status quo of this deceptive
scheme, a legion of pharmaceutical lobbyists is employed
to influence legislation, control regulatory agencies
(e.g., FDA), and manipulate medical research and
education. Expensive advertising campaigns and PR
agencies are used to deceive the public.
Millions of people and patients around the world are
defrauded twice: A major portion of their income is used
to finance the exploding profits of the pharmaceutical
industry. In return, they are offered a medicine that
does not even cure.
Keep in mind that the above was written by a medical doctor.
Before there were pharmaceutical companies, medicines were made by
scientists and doctors to cure illness. Take Dr Paul Erlich, the
father of chemotherapy. Today we think of chemotherapy being used for
cancer, however, chemotherapy is simply medicine from chemicals.
Chemotherapy treats disease with drugs. Dr Erlich wasn't a medical
doctor as we define the term today; he was a research scientist who
also treated patients. He is the discoverer of the "magic
bullet" also known as 606 (because there were 605 failures
before it) that cured syphilis. Dr Erlich set out to cure a disease.
He did not set out to treat symptoms. He was awarded the Nobel prize
for Medicine because of his work with the immune system.
Today doctors practice medicine and scientists, when they
independently come up with a cure or a therapy that seems to work,
get harassed. Take Dr Lawrence Burton who demonstrated to scientists
and science writers his amazing therapy that wiped out tumors in
rats in two hours. He was forced to leave the United States and set
up a clinic in the Bahamas. Or take the inventor of 714X, Gaston
Naessens was asked to leave France because he was practicing
medicine without a license (and curing cancer without a license). He
lives in Canada today and still gets harassed by the authorities for
helping to cure cancer.
And then there's the story of Royal
Pharmaceutical companies insure their profits by supporting
medical schools and physicians. The pharmaceutical industry is the
single largest supporter of medical schools. Thus, the schools teach
the medicine that the pharmaceutical industry wants them to teach.
Doctors get kickbacks for prescribing certain drugs.
And then there's the FDA. Former FDA Commissioner Dr Herbert Ley
stated: "The thing that bugs me is that people think the FDA is
protecting them. It isn't. What the FDA is doing and what the public
thinks it's doing are as different as night and day."
For more information on Codex, and this is important to all of us
since they've already started to limit the use and sale of vitamins
in Germany, here are some links.
This first one is to a site by the Codex people. If you read
everything here, they sound like a bunch of really nice people out
to protect you: http://www.fao.org/docrep/w9114e/w9114e00.htm
This next site has a great description of what/who they are and
what they do and what they are setting out to do: http://www.all-natural.com/codex-1.html
Here you can read about your health freedom, and some strides
taken in protecting our health freedom: http://www.lef.org/shop/fda2.htm
And finally, here is a site that talks of Dr Rath, who wrote the
above piece, and what he is doing in Europe to fight this