The conversation on LinkedIn which I referenced in my last post, rages on. I say “rages” because there are people in the debate who absolutely insist that every, single, health problem in the American healthcare system (and others as well) is due entirely and completely to “Big Pharma” and their “lies.”
Here’s one of the latest rants:
“And big Pharma is GUILTY of advertising with the goal of selling drugs, of brainwashing people into believing that big Pharma’s drugs will improve their lives. I believe ALL drugs are liver toxic.
I believe big Pharma is lobbying and spreading lies about vaccines, which are one of their big “cash cows”. NO vaccine has ever been proven beneficial to the people being given the vaccine, and many have devastating consequences. I have a grand-daughter who is autistic, Induced by Vaccines. My daughter believed the lies about claimed benefits and low risks.
There are reports that AIDS was a man-made bio-weapon designed for population control, embedded in a Small Pox Vaccine, administered by the World Health Organization.
Flu scares are created for the purpose of selling vaccines.”
I’m sorry, but I just can’t buy into this Chicken Little conspiracy that the sky is falling and “Big Pharma” is the one and only reason.
Look, there is absolutely no question that pharmaceutical companies have helped (in a huge way) create the healthcare mess we are now saddled with trying to fix in this country. We are bombarded ALL DAY LONG with television ads for this drug and that drug.
When I sought the care of a Rheumatologist last year for what I thought were Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms, the first thing she handed me was a prescription for antidepressants. When women seek help for their perimenopause symptoms they are also very often handed antidepressants. Hello????
So, yes. There is a very serious problem with the influence of pharmaceutical companies in our healthcare system. But, just tell me exactly how we can solve the problem without completely getting rid of drug companies? Because, quite frankly, I’m not ready to give up my Tylenol®, Motrin®, Colgate®, or Crest®.
Thankfully, there was a voice of reason in what I’ve concluded now is a mostly bat-shit crazy conversation. It was Dr. Carl Ivey, a retired, holistic-pediatrician, who had this to say – and I’m quoting him entirely:
“This discussion about “Big Pharma” being the big bad wolf and the “enemy” is beginning to sound like a broken record. For those who are too young to remember vinyl records, whenever there was a defect in the record, the record player needle would be stuck and continue to remain in the same groove and the music would endlessly repeat itself.
Big Pharma is not the real enemy in the problem. It is the low self-esteem and low self-worth of millions of adult individuals who refuse to accept full responsibility for their behaviors,health and their lives. This is known as the “victimization syndrome’, when an individual, or groups of people, or races of people, continue to blame an outside,external entity for all of their problems and misfortunes.
Being African-American and having been born in Alabama in 1945, I have experienced racism close and upfront. However, I learned early that if I truly valued,respected, and loved myself, white racism would not,and could not, prevent me from achieving happiness and success. To be sure, white racism was a challenge, and it actually motivated me to become more creative,more resourceful and,ultimately, more empowered.
Have you ever wondered why millions of Americans and people around the world continue to smoke cigarettes, a legal substance which is one of the most destructive substances on the planet, and is more addictive than heroin and cocaine Many still blame the tobacco industry. But, the real cause is the low self-esteem of people who have the emotional/psychological need to smoke cigarettes and abuse themselves in various other ways. The cause of this low self-esteem in the majority of adults can be found in their unhealthy,dysfunctional,neglectful/abusive childhoods!
The latest findings in quantum physics reveal that the more an individual pays attention to something, the more that which is observed expands. This explains why the “war on drugs” and the “war on poverty” have failed. So stop focusing on “Big Pharma” and blaming “the government” or “the economy” and rather begin to get silent and ponder who YOU truly are. Who we truly are is eternal,non-physical,loving energy! Once you understand this and feel this,everything in your outer,physical world will change.
Okay, so maybe the way Dr. Ivey expressed his point might be a little too “touchy-feely” for some of us. But, what I took away from what he said is that it is up to us to take responsibility for our own health. And yes, I know we hear that admonition so often it has become trite. It goes right into one ear and out the other.
But, it’s the truth.
If we are going to live in a free society, and have an economic system which is based in capitalism, well then, guess what? We’re going to have to put up with some things we may not like. If you want the freedom to speak your mind, then you’re going to have put up with someone else who also has that same right.
If we’re going to have an economy based in free-market capitalism (which I whole-heartedly support, by the way), then you’re also going to have to put up with a few snake oil salesmen. It comes with the territory.
As long as I still have the freedom and the right to reject the drugs which are being hawked to me from sun up until sun down, then I have power and influence in the healthcare system. Drug companies will push what makes them money. If we are not accepting what they are pushing, then they don’t make money, and subsequently, they will be forced to rethink their strategy. Get it?
We are only pawns and victims when we allow ourselves to be.