Category Archives: Drugs

Ask This Question Before Taking Statins

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From the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service:

“(OMNS Dec 3, 2013) Before taking statins, ask yourself one question. Why is it, given two people with identical environmental backgrounds, that on average one of them dies early due to cardiovascular disease? Is it because that individual has taken less statin drugs? Of course not. It is likely due to something different in their genetics, which causes differences in enzymes and levels of other proteins. This leads to differing requirements for essential vitamins and minerals.”

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Niacin Beats Statins: Supplements and Diet are Safer, More Effective

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From the Orthomolecular News Service:

“Statin drugs can produce serious side effects in adults. Such risk is of even more concern for the still-developing bodies of children. Statin side effects may include liver damage; elevated CPK (creatine kinase) and/or muscle pain, aches, and muscle tenderness or weakness (myalgia); drowsiness; myositis (inflammation of the muscles); rare but potentially fatal kidney failure from rhabdomyolysis (severe inflammation of muscle and muscle breakdown); memory loss; mental confusion; personality changes or irritability; headaches; difficulty sleeping, anxiety; depression; chest pain; high blood sugar and type 2 diabetes; acid regurgitation; dry mouth; digestive problems including bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation; nausea and/or vomiting, or abdominal cramping and pain; rash; leg pain; insomnia; eye irritation; tremors; dizziness; and more.”

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NBC’s Vitamin Ignorance

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From the Orthomolecular News Service:

‘(OMNS Nov 12, 2013) I would like to apologize for NBC News. It seems that the organization that brought us Lowell Thomas, John Cameron Swayze, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley has lowered its standard of reporting. NBC’s supplement-bashing headline article, “Vitamins don’t prevent heart disease or cancer, experts find” displays an ignorance of clinical nutrition that is difficult to ignore, and, thanks to its media prominence, can’t be.’

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Pharmaceutical Drug Marketing to Our Children: Bordering on Criminal

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, June 11, 2013

Pharmaceutical Drug Marketing to Our Children: Bordering on Criminal

by Helen Saul Case

(OMNS June 11, 2013) I can’t be the only one noticing. In fact I’m pretty sure I’m not. Drugs are being marketed directly to our children. If you don’t believe me, just take a closer look at the commercials plastered about our TV shows at an estimated and alarming 80 an hour (1), many targeting our little ones with images of animals and cartoons. Everywhere in the world, except the United States and New Zealand, direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical drug advertising is prohibited (2). Perhaps it’s time to think about why it should be banned here, too.

TV ads are designed to make an impact. They are meant to foster brand familiarity and loyalty. They appeal to our emotions. They often emphasize our shortcomings as fathers, mothers, friends, and spouses. Commercials influence us into thinking that using a particular product is a normal, ordinary, good idea: an everyday thing to do that everybody is doing.

I remember being shocked the first time I saw a pharmaceutical drug ad on TV. I couldn’t believe that anyone would take a medication with a list of side effects that seemed so much worse than the disease it supposedly helped treat. Now, it is easy to become numb to them. The sheer volume of drug advertisements we are inundated with on a regular basis practically ensures we accept them as a natural part of life. Now that their presence isn’t as shocking, it is easy to pay more attention to the beautiful imagery on the screen rather than the described dangers of the drug. I can rattle off brand name after brand name, and I’m not even paying attention, nor do I have any interest in them.

Until recently. When my baby girl starting pointing at cartoons and animals in pharmaceutical ads, I had had enough.

Profits and Preschoolers

There is no money in selling something nobody believes in. Drug companies want their commercials to be appealing. When I was little, I once asked my dad why they called a certain candy a “Thin Mint.” He said because no one would buy them if they called them “Fat Mints.”

Drug ads are alluring, especially to young eyes. The commercial for the drug Abilify, a buddy for your antidepressant, has a friendly little cartoon “A” coming to the rescue of a happy little Rx pill and a lovely cartoon woman. Variants of their commercial showcase a childish depression cloud and a rainy cartoon umbrella. A quick glance would have you believing you are watching children’s programming meant to teach about the alphabet or the weather.

The antidepressant Zoloft bouncing cartoon ball can’t be described as anything but cute (who doesn’t love a cowlick?) and even more “adult” commercials like those for the inhaler Spiriva have real live elephants capturing the attention of my toddler.

How about those positively mesmerizing Lunesta commercials with the peaceful glowing butterflies? (She loves those.) An entire nation appears to be on drugs as the butterflies, indicated with thousands of illuminated specks, glow across a map of the United States. They capture your attention as a voice softly coos, “Join us.” This particular ad doesn’t even tell you the name of the drug, and therefore doesn’t have to tell you what is wrong with the drug, either. The commercial advises you to seek out their website, ProjectLuna.com, which dons a name rather similar to their “unnamed” product. Of course, they’ve already made you familiar with their drug in numerous other broadcasts, so they don’t even need to tell you what it’s for. It’s kind of like the Nike Swoosh. We all know what it means.

Do adults really need cartoons to understand what a drug can do? Or is there a more sinister plot afoot?

Drugs for the Whole Family

Some of you are telling me to turn my TV off. What business has a toddler watching “Let’s Make a Deal” anyway. And while I hear you, I can tell you that unless I leave the TV off all the time, she’s going to see a drug ad sooner or later. She does love books and magazines, especially ones with animals. Maybe we will just stick to those. Of course, the most recent publication we received wasn’t any better.

My cat receives a magazine in the mail from her veterinarian. It encourages her to come in for her checkups. She can’t read very well, but if she could, she’d see the pages are dotted with drug ads appealing to the emotions of her owner.

Drugging pets is big business. For example, Pfizer Animal Health is now Zoetis, a multi-billion dollar company, just one in a multi-billion dollar industry. There is real money to be made medicating our “companion animals.” And unless you have some sort of animal prescription drug coverage, which is highly unlikely, you will be paying for those meds out of pocket. And we are. A New York Times article about our “Pill-Popping Pets” indicated that “surveys by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association found that 77 percent of dog owners and 52 percent of cat owners gave their animals some sort of medication in 2006″ (3). That means half to three-quarters of our furry friends are being drugged. By us. (Apparently, there is even a pill for all that puking my cat has been doing (4). Who knew?)

A Lesson to Be Learned, Again

Have we forgotten about Joe? Perhaps we should take a step back in time and consider the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Joe Camel, the cartoon promotion for Camel cigarettes, “which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleges was successful in appealing to many children and adolescents under 18, induced many young people to begin smoking or to continue smoking cigarettes and as a result caused significant injury to their health and safety.” R.J. Reynolds was accused of promoting a “dangerous” product through “a campaign that was attractive to those too young to purchase cigarettes legally.” Joe Camel was “as recognizable to kids as Mickey Mouse.” After the campaign started, the FTC claimed “the percentage of kids who smoked Camels became larger than the percentage of adults who smoked Camels” (5). Were kids starting to smoke, and continuing to smoke, because of good ol’ Joe? Were they too young to know what hit ‘em?

As to “medicine,” I used to use very little of this stuff for infants. Now, I categorically state: just say no to drugs. – (Pediatrician Ralph K. Campbell, M.D.)

We’re Asking for It

Maybe kids can’t get their own prescription, but they know someone who can get it for them. We lead by example. We are going to our doctors and asking for drugs for ourselves and for our children. Our doctors are all too happy to dole them out. They’ll even throw in some free samples to get you started. There are billions of dollars spent every year advertising drugs directly to us, and it is working. The most heavily advertised pharmaceuticals see the largest increase in prescriptions and purchases (6).

A Slippery Slope

I believe advertising drugs in a child-friendly way is dangerous. For example, what kid doesn’t have a bad day? Or a ton of them? Being moody is part of being human, and it is certainly part of being an adolescent. Putting the idea in a young mind that being upset is an emotion that should be medicated is tricky territory. Critics of the pharmaceutical industry agree that “a lot of money can be made from healthy people who believe they are sick” (7).

Kids want to be happy. Parents want to help their children feel better. They may see minimized risk due to the positive associations drawn from drug commercials. We may be overconfident in drugs and in the doctors that prescribe them. We may think, “Well, if my physician gave it to me, it must be okay.”

Making drugs a common and everyday part of life: it appears that’s what pharmaceutical companies are trying to do. I think back to school trips I took with my middle school students. We are required to carry their medications when we travel, and each year, over the course of many, the hefty Ziploc bags I lugged around filled with medications grew and grew until I practically had my backpack overflowing with them. Eight to twelve kids, and a backpack full of meds. What was happening? I was surprised, but perhaps I shouldn’t be: One out of every two people in America is taking prescription medications (8). And so too is their cat.

It took 23 years before Joe Camel was taken out. How long before we pop the Zoloft bubble and squash the Nasonex bumblebee?

Safety of Supplements versus the Dangers of Drugs

I believe drug treatment for disease should be last on the list, and nutrition should be first. Are there folks that need medicines? Yes. But what about natural, effective and safe ways we can combat allergies, depression, and trouble sleeping? I haven’t seen any commercials about niacin (B3) for mental disorders. Or about the importance of high-dose vitamin C. Or the health benefits of optimal doses of vitamin D. We often turn away from nutrition and toward medication. This, ladies, gentlemen, and children, is wrong.

Just Say No

Drugs are dangerous (9). The front page of Zoloft’s own website states “Antidepressant medicines may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults especially within the first few months of treatment” (10). With over a hundred thousand deaths every year due to pharmaceuticals taken as directed (11), I really don’t want my kid to be among them.

The old adage is true: just say no to drugs. And if the results of the “Say No to Drugs” campaign (12) are any indication of how well it works to do so, it will be a sorry success indeed.

(Helen Saul Case is the author of The Vitamin Cure for Women’s Health Problems and coauthor of Vegetable Juicing for Everyone.)

 

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References:

1. Spiegel, Alix. “Selling Sickness: How Drug Ads Changed Health Care.” October 13, 2009. Accessed June 2013 from http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113675737

2. Woodward, L. D. “Pharmaceutical Ads: Good or Bad for Consumers?” ABC News, February 24, 2010. Accessed June 2013from http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Wellness/pharmaceutical-ads-good-bad-consumers/story?id=9925198

3. Vlahos, James. “Pill-Popping Pets.” July 13, 2008. Accessed June 2013 fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/magazine/13pets-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

4. Cerenia. Accessed June 2013 from http://online.zoetis.com/US/EN/Products/Pages/cerenia_home.aspx

5. Federal Trade Commission. “Joe Camel Advertising Campaign Violates Federal Law, FTC Says. Agency Charges R.J. Reynolds With Causing Substantial Injury to the Health and Safety of Children and Adolescents Under 18.” May 28, 1997. Accessed June 2013 fromhttp://www.ftc.gov/opa/1997/05/joecamel.shtm

6. Findlay, S. “Research Brief: Prescription Drugs and Mass Media Advertising.” National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM Foundation), September 2000. Accessed June 2013 from http://www.nihcm.org/pdf/DTCbrief.pdf

7. Ibid.

8. Carroll, J. “Half of Americans Currently Taking Prescription Medication.” Gallup News Service, December 9, 2005. Accessed June 2013 from http://www.gallup.com/poll/20365/halfamericans-currently-taking-prescription-medication.aspx

9. Mercola, Joseph. “Pharmaceutical Drugs are 62,000 Times More Likely to Kill You than Supplements.” July 24, 2012. Accessed June 2013 from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/24/pharmaceutical-drugs-vs-nutritional-supplements.aspx

10. Zoloft. Accessed June 2013 from http://www.zoloft.com/

11. Starfield, B. “Is US Health Really the Best in the World?” JAMA 284(4) (Jul 26, 2000):483-485.

12. Reaves, Jessica. “Just Say No to DARE.” Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001 Accessed June 2013 fromhttp://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,99564,00.html#ixzz2Va6a9TK7

 

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Excessive Calcium Depletes Magnesium Levels

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In a previous article, My Parents’ Health & the National Health Service, I briefly mentioned that my mum had managed to cure her constant headaches by taking magnesium supplements. Just recently, while I was meditating, I had a lightbulb moment, where the penny suddenly dropped.

I suddenly realised that the reason why my mum had become deficient in magnesium is because she takes high strength calcium supplements. For several years, the doctor has been prescribing her high strength calcium supplements due to her osteoporosis,  which is due to old age.

Here’s the thing:

Calcium and magnesium work together. If you consume too much calcium without consuming adequate magnesium, you deplete your body’s magnesium levels.

According to nutritionist Patrick Holford, the ideal ratio of Calcium to Magnesium is 3:2.

MILK IS A BAD SOURCE OF CALCIUM

Why? Well, aside from the fact that milk is meant for baby cows rather than adult humans (that’s probably a whole article in itself), milk is rather low in magnesium in relation to its calcium content.

Almonds are a good source of calcium and magnesium. According to the website nutritiondata.self.com, a 95g serving of almonds contains 251mg of calcium and 255mg of magnesium, as well as good amounts of other minerals.

Again, I would like to point out how pathetic it is that my mum’s highly paid GP didn’t even know that giving her high strength calcium supplements without also giving her magnesium would cause her magnesium levels to go down and for her to experience headaches which he was unable to treat.

THIS IS SERIOUS!

If you’re sat there thinking, “Yeah, so what? Big deal! A headache’s not the end of the world, and besides, doctors aren’t nutritionists.”  Well, they should be. If a doctor has no proper understanding of how nutrients work in the body, that’s quite scary isn’t it? If he doesn’t know that excessive calcium causes low magnesium, and low magnesium can cause headaches that don’t respond to drugs…well, then, what else doesn’t he know?

How many people get put on unnecessary prescription drugs because their doctor was not adequately trained in nutrition? That’s not health care, that’s symptoms management. It’s just like painting over cracks in a damaged wall. Sooner or later the wall’s going to fall down, no matter how much you cover up the problem and pretend it’s not there.

On balance, my doctor was good when I injured my knee, and he referred me for physiotherapy. They’re very good with physical problems like that. But there are so many other health problems where their only answer is to prescribe a drug which will hopefully treat the symptom but will come with a long list of possible side effects.

Nutrients Work Together

Nutrients tend to work with other nutrients. As a general rule, if you take a high dose of a particular vitamin (for example vitamin C), make sure you also take a good high-strength multivitamin. If you take a high dose of an individual mineral, make sure you also take a good high-strength multi-mineral supplement.


References

  • Patrick Holford – the Optimum Nutrition Bible
  • http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-deficiency/causes-depletion/#excesscalcium
  • http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/
  • http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/69/2
  • http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3085/2

Attitudes to Health Desperately Need to Change

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Here is a short video about health care:

I thought I’d use that video as a “jumping-off point” and talk about some of the related issues.

The USA doesn’t have a National Health Service like the UK does, which is a major pathetic failure of one of the largest and most prosperous countries in the world. I wonder how many of the problems in American society are at least partly due to many people not having free access to basic health care.

Although the UK does have the NHS, there are both good and bad aspects to it. For example, if you are badly injured in an accident, or stabbed, or need an operation, you can be very glad that the NHS exists. But what about keeping people healthy and preventing disease? The NHS is terrible in this regard. Doctors are trained to prescribe drugs to treat symptoms once people become ill. They are not trained to treat the root causes of illnesses or keep people healthy to prevent them getting ill in the first place. You can read more about why this is the case in my earlier article: The Pharmaceutical Industry Doesn’t Want You to be Healthy.

Many people are fat and unhealthy. There has been so much talk in recent years of the state of our planet, and how we’re damaging the planet by driving cars and boiling kettles, while our political leaders travel on private helicopters and send their military forces to bomb other countries and kill people. I don’t really want this to be a political site, so I’m not going to rant endlessly about all those insane double standards. But how we treat each other is just as important (perhaps more so?) than how we treat the planet, and how we treat ourselves affects how we feel, and how we feel affects how we treat others.

One of the biggest threats to the survival of the human race is the sheer amount of utter rubbish we shove down our throats. Look, the basics of this are not rocket science. Your body needs good fuel. If you put rubbish fuel into your body, it’s not going to function properly. If you eat mostly burgers, chocolate and ice cream, and drink mostly beer and coke, you’re going to get fat and ill. THIS IS A FACT. If that upsets you, it’s because it’s true for you. If what I’ve said kind of describes you, then you are a drug addict, and your drug is junk food. Junk food is as addictive as heroin and smoking. Surely it’s only a matter of time before it’s viewed on the same terms?

Prevention is better than cure, and food is better medicine than drugs. If you put junk food into your body until you get fat and/or ill, then have to take pills to feel better or have an operation to fix the problem, that is like urinating into your car’s fuel tank and then needing to get major mechanical work done on it as a result. It clearly doesn’t make any sense, does it? Why is there so much caution around high dose vitamin supplements, when the alternative is prescription drugs with serious side effects?

Why do people eat junk food?

  • It’s easily available and cheap.
  • It briefly makes you feel high.
  • A short while later it makes you feel low, so you need more of it to feel high again.
  • So the cycle continues.

Something that makes you feel high, then low, and which wrecks your health? Doesn’t that sound like a drug to you? It certainly does to me.

Why do some depressed people eat too much junk food?

  • Low levels of the brain chemical serotonin can make people feel sad or depressed. 
  • Eating high sugar foods causes serotonin to briefly rise, making the depressed person briefly feel happy.
  • A short while later, their serotonin will drop back down, and so will their blood sugar level, making them feel depressed again.
  • So the cycle continues.

So as you can see, obesity is not so much of a psychological problem, as some people suggest, but a physical brain chemistry problem. To learn more about brain chemicals and how they affect how we think and feel, see some of my previous articles:

The comparison between junk food and smoking.

When my parents young adults they smoked. So did many other people, and people were less aware of the health dangers of smoking. These days, smoking is widely recognized as being a major health problem and a bad habit to have. Although many people still smoke, at least the medical world unanimously agrees that smoking is extremely bad for health and everyone should stop smoking; and gradually steps are being put in place to try to make smoking more of an awkward activity, and also to encourage people to quit.

I’m hoping that we are going to go through the same process with junk food. I think now we are at the stage where people are becoming more and more aware of just how much of a problem it is. If someone is morbidly obese and at risk of heart problems or diabetes, and it’s all because they eat too many things like burgers, chocolate and ice cream, how is that really any different from someone having lung cancer because they have spent years smoking 20 cigarettes a day? They are both in bad health and are going to die young, all because of what they put in their mouths.

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References

  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7533668/Junk-food-as-addictive-as-heroin-and-smoking.html
  • Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford
  • Optimum Nutrition for the Mind by Patrick Holford

My Parents’ Health & the National Health Service

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For several years, my dad has had low grade prostate cancer. After his diagnosis, he agreed to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices that I made for him. His condition remained stable for several years, although he did find it difficult to urinate.  Then last year, a routine blood test indicated things were getting worse, and he was put on anti-hormone treatment to shrink his prostate. Around this time (spring 2012), he also developed a severe urine infection, and needed to have a catheter fitted in order to urinate. This is the worst I’d ever seen his health.

After the urine infection, the doctors were giving him more attention. They were concerned about his inflamed lymph nodes, and were worried that the cancer may have spread. Autumn 2012 he had an operation, a biopsy on one of the lymph nodes in his abdomen. Whilst he was recovering from the operation we went to collect him from the hospital, and he was really dopey and “out of it” due to the high strength pain killers he was on.

Any operation is a trauma for the body, and its need for nutrients increases during such a time. I was keen for him to take supplements to help his recovery. Eventually, after much persuasion  he agreed to take a high strength multivitamin and mineral formula (Patrick Holford’s Optimum Nutrition Formula), as well as 1,000mg per day of Vitamin C and a high strength fish oil supplement.

His health rapidly improved, and now, a few months later, he is in better health than he has been for several years. Of course, he is 70 years old, so he doesn’t have the energy of a young man, but he is definitely in better health than before this whole crisis happened.

The results from the biopsy showed that the cancer had not spread, which is great news. He now finds it easier to urinate, which means the anti-hormone injections are working. However, I think his recent general improvement in health is due to the supplements. Older people in particular have a higher need for nutrients, and this is even more the case when they are suffering from illness or have just had an operation.

But what makes me angry is that nutrition supplements are not available on the NHS. Clearly, a person’s body will recover from an illness or an operation better if their body is optimally nourished, so why aren’t nutrition supplements part of the standard treatment?

Just quickly, while I’ve got you here, I’d also like to tell you about what happened to my mum a short while back. She was suffering from very bad headaches for a long time. She went to her GP repeatedly, and all he would do is prescribe her some very strong painkillers. The drugs didn’t work. He couldn’t help her. I researched nutritional treatments for headaches, and she tried Niacin (Vitamin B3). That didn’t work either. However, also suggested was Magnesium. That DID work. She doesn’t have headaches anymore. Now, I’m genuinely enraged and disgusted that her GP didn’t know about Magnesium and suggest it. The salary for a GP in the UK is £53-81k. He’s paid that kind of money and yet he can’t cure a headache? It’s pathetic!

References:

http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/doctors/pay-for-doctors/

The Pharmaceutical Industry Doesn’t Want You to be Healthy

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If there was a magical pill that everyone could take just once, which would then make everyone perfectly healthy and perfectly happy for the rest of their lives, with absolutely no side effects, IT WOULD GET BANNED!

Especially if that pill was a nutrient or food rather than a patentable drug.

Why?

Because the pharmaceutical industry would totally collapse if there was no future money to be made from future drug consumption; and because the pharmaceutical industry is big business, and big business means big power, they would have the power to block such a magical cure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHXXTCc-IVg

Doctors are trained to treat symptoms with drugs.

Okay, I should be careful here not to insult all doctors. Every doctor is slightly different in their approach, and some are better than others at helping their patients with making positive lifestyle changes. But there does appear to be an general preference for treating symptoms with drugs rather than addressing any underlying causes.

Bad health is good for the economy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIm8fHxqUAM

Maybe it works kind of something like this:

  1. We have fast-paced lives. We are over-worked, underpaid, and we just don’t have the time or knowledge to cook for ourselves.
  2. Fast food restaurants and snack manufacturers provide cheap food quickly.
  3. We get addicted to this rubbish junk food, which gives us a brief high due to the sugar, saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and additives, but ultimately leaves us feeling lethargic and vaguely ill. This is like putting muddy water into your car’s fuel tank and then expecting to drive to the other end of the country. It’s just not going to happen is it?
  4. We have no energy, but that’s okay because we can just buy one of those amazing energy drinks which “give you wings”. Yeah, they do get you high for a few minutes, but soon afterwards you’ll fall flat on your face again with a thump. This is like putting rocket fuel in a small car. You’ll zoom down the road at 300 mph and then crash into a house.
  5. All this refined sugar means that we will have started using up our body’s reserves of B-vitamins, which are needed to keep our energy and mood up; but that’s okay because we can go to our doctor and get prescribed an antidepressant, patented and sold by a large pharmaceutical company.
  6. But what if there are side effects to the antidepressant? Well, that’s no problem because there will be other drugs to combat those.

This is all great for the economy. Lots of money quickly changing hands. People addicted to the cycle of paying money for things which harm them, and then paying for other things to combat the symptoms of that harm.

Big business never has your interests at heart. This includes the ones that sell you the things you think you want; the things that give you a brief high but which actually perpetuate the horrible lack of energy which drives you to keep buying them.

If the whole world suddenly woke up tomorrow 100% healthy and happy, it probably wouldn’t last very long. Pretty soon, most big businesses would collapse. Then society would probably collapse.

So my advice to you is: don’t improve your health. Stay unhealthy. The world needs unhealthy people to feel ill and needy and buy from the big companies. We need to improve the economy. How dare you even think about improving your health and letting the economy suffer as a result!

You’re supposed to be fat, lethargic and depressed. How else are these big companies ever going to make enough money selling you their weight loss pills, energy drinks and antidepressants? How dare you even think of being a slim, healthy, happy person full of natural energy, you selfish f***er!

But ultimately my advice to you is this: don’t blindly follow other people’s advice; even mine. Don’t listen to me. Think for yourself. Make your own mind up.

That’s if you still have a mind of your own. That’s if the refined sugar and drugs and reality TV haven’t numbed your mind into submission.