By Matt Hall — Staff Writer
What if I told you hundreds of thousands of people died every single year from drugs? You wouldn’t be surprised. You’d probably think, “Well, they overdosed, or they abused them to get high, or they experimented in a dangerous way and got what was coming to them.”
(Yep, we’ve all been conditioned pretty well to assume it’s the user’s fault when “safe” drugs go wrong.)
Well, the above statement about drug deaths is unfortunately true, and it’s been confirmed in a study published by Dr. Barbara Starfield in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Over 100,000 people die every year from FDA-approved prescription drugs. This number isn’t from drugs that are prescribed by quacks, either. This figure sadly comes from the number of people who die every year from FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs prescribed properly by a licensed medical professional.
Worried yet? You should be.
Even though so many Americans are dying every single year from these drugs, the FDA will do little to step in and make the changes necessary to stop Big Pharma and protect American lives. The wholesale massacre of Americans through prescriptions will continue just so some Big Pharma executive can keep his pockets lined and add another wing to his mansion. Is there anything we can do about it? Fortunately, there is.
How the Big Pharmaceuticals Stay Legally Immune
To know how we can fight gainst the influence of Big Pharmaceutical companies, it’s important to understand how they stay immune from legal recourse for peddling dangerous drugs.
Of course, the harm these pharmaceuticals is causing Americans is 100% legal. How does it stay this way? And how do they keep more honest medical treatments from being approved by the FDA?
The devil is in the details, or rather in the scheme that keeps big companies on top while preventing any other pharmaceutical companies from rising up. Here’s how they stay on top.
Clinical Trials: Perverting a Good Thing
The idea behind clinical trials is a good one: it’s that a new drug has to be tested out in controlled environments to prove they work and prove they aren’t dangerous to humans. However, thanks to the influence of Big Pharma, these trials are next to useless for people like you and me. The tests — which often involve long-term animal cruelty and human testing — are all funded by the pharmaceutical companies. If you were a researcher and your paycheck depended on making sure a new medicine passing a trial, what do you think you’d do?
Unfortunately, many researchers give into the pressure from their bosses and make clinical recommendations they shouldn’t, allowing dangerous drugs to make it to market.
(In fact, many researchers don’t actually write their own recommendation reports, simply signing reports written by pharmaceutical company ghostwriters and passing them off as the work of the researchers.)
These trials have also become incredibly expensive, keeping private individuals and small companies from being able to perform their own trials according to FDA standards. It’s a system governed by money that keeps the big people at the top and the little guys out of the picture.
So If This Monopoly is So Powerful, Is There Anything I Can Do?
The good news is we don’t have to feel powerless. It’s going to be a long time before the Big Pharma monopoly is broken, but in the meantime, there’s plenty you can do to protect yourself and your family.
First, be careful when you take any prescription drugs. Carefully research any side effects,and spend a lot of time making sure you know what’s going into your body and how it works.
Next, if possible avoid prescriptions altogether. This means turning to natural and homeopathic remedies for illnesses and ailments. It’s shocking to find out just how many problems are actually caused by the drugs that are supposed to keep a person healthy! Learn more about holistic medicine and alternative medical treatments. Learn how to naturally address illness, sickness and other problems in a natural way.
Finally, start questioning what big companies and pharmaceutical companies tell us. Don’t simply accept their shiny new medicine is the answer we’ve all been waiting for to save us from all of our problems. (Of course, if you’re reading Underground Health, you’re on the right track!) Share this article to alert more people of this danger that’s right in your own medicine cabinet.