Are Pharmaceuticals Best?

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First, let's review from where drugs come.

1) God Made Plants.
2) What is in Plants will cure most illnesses, maybe all!
3) Plants and what is natural CANNOT be patented in the USA!


So Consider: Pharmaceutical Companies can ONLY profit from drugs they have patented. Therefore, Pharmaceutical Companies carefully find what works naturally, then make bastardized copies that they can patent. They then claim the horror they have created is a "breakthrough".


What about the government? The FDA cannot regulate nature. So the claim is that patented fake drugs are approved while natural God made cures are not and cannot be approved by the FDA. This is not a direct lie, but obviously not the truth either. ONLY "approved" drugs (patented fake medicines) that are less efficient and even harmful, can be used in healthcare.


How about the AMA? They get paid off by the pharmaceutical companies with no strings attached. However, if they do not do what the Pharmaceutical Companies want, then the AMA does not get their funds increased. However, if they do what the pharmaceutical companies want, their income from the pharmaceutical companies is increased. So the AMA does not bite the hand that feeds. I understand the AMA has been found guilty of conspiracy against alternative medical practices.


How about the watchdog media? The pharmaceutical companies buy billions of dollars in advertising, with no strings attached. But if the media actually tell the people the truth, pharmaceutical com[panies greatly decreases their advertising with THAT media. So the media watchdogs do not bite the hand that feeds.


How about our legislative representatives? The Pharmaceutical companies contribute to candidates and incumbents on all sides. If the representative votes the way the pharmaceutical company wants, contributions are increased. If not, then contributions are decreased. Without Term Limits, this will continue from the first election won to their grave (Note McCain and Obama).


The Logical conclusion is that the entire medical system worldwide is patterned after the US system, claims that what man makes is BETTER than what God makes. Please consider that Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the tree of Good and Evil. The Serpent, Satin, told them that if they ate of the tree of Good and Evil, they would be as God, so they ate. Are we, as a species, still trying to be a god? Do we really believe we can do anything better than God? Apparently, the Pharmaceutical Companies think so, by their actions and with their dollars.


The US Government will, through Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans Health, pay for killing the elderly and Veterans, with patented cures that do not work, but will not contribute to HEALING them! Remember you VOTED for this system. Do you now understand why BOTH Democratic and Republican Parties continue the government-controlled ObamaCare, at least in part to protect the medical monopolies of pharmaceuticals distribution over natural medicines made by God, and therefore guarantee profits for pharmaceuticals?


Just Food for Thought.


Riley Brown Added May 13, 2018 - 6:03pm
I'm no pharmaceutical expert but think a lot of pharmaceuticals are quite naturally occurring substances that we pay a lot for because the companies that sell medical grade supplies go to a lot of trouble to do things like obtain enough for a dose, and make sure the dosage and purity are medical grade. 
Botox is a naturally produced bacterial neurotic, all the pharmaceutical company does is harvest it. Penicillin is created by molds, again we just harvest it.  All sorts of painkillers come from poppies, no big invention there either.  Stem cells are natural and the upcoming thing, people pay lots for them.
I still see no excuse for not allowing us to purchase foreign drugs at lower prices, giving monopolies to American companies makes no more sense than denying us food and clothing from other countries.
Joe Chiang Added May 13, 2018 - 9:35pm
Riley, you are correct to a point.  Many of the drugs you mention are no longer available in the pure form.  Why, because the pharmaceutical companies cannot charge a lot for them.  So they have new processing and that processing methodology can be patented.  So now penicillin is no longer available.  That might cost $0.05 a pill.  But penicillin type drugs are available for maybe $1.00 or more a pill.  As I mentioned, God made the mold from which we get penicillin, but the new patented penicillin type drug is not natural, it is what I refer to as a bastardized drug trying act like the real thing.  :)
Thomas Sutrina Added May 13, 2018 - 10:21pm
Joe nice article.  The problem is not that you can not patent a natural found drug, but the life of a patent is 20 years so the bastard drugs create a new patent.  The real problem is that profit in America and Europe is to low for these old products.  Third world companies could be producing them but they would have to develop the plant processes because the old methods are lost of technology made them unprofitable.  
Katharine Otto Added May 13, 2018 - 10:32pm
For different reasons, I've long been opposed to drug laws of all kinds.  First, there is nothing in the Constitution about health care.  Second, drug laws raise the price of the substance without assuring that the drug does what it's intended for.  Third, people trust their doctors too much and don't learn about the pills they are ingesting, often not even the medications' names.  If they had to take more responsibility for their own medications, they might pay more attention and realize they don't need most of what they take (my opinion) or that its side effects aren't worth the hassle.  
You're right that the pharmaceutical companies have a stranglehold on the health care racket, because Americans--and by extension the world--have been conditioned to believe there's a pill for every ill.  That doctors have prescribing powers puts them in the cross-hairs for everyone, which is another reason to abolish drug laws.  
Professional journals are financed by pharmaceutical advertising.  No one but me sees this as a conflict of interest.
Jeff Jackson Added May 14, 2018 - 4:23am
I had a class with a student who wanted to try a genetic experiment in the P4 lab, but was denied entrance. While some of these might be natural of origin, isn't rearranging the DNA a patentable process? Just wondering.
Doug Plumb Added May 14, 2018 - 7:00am
I remember back in around 2006, I met a neighbor of mine from childhood, the mother of the family. I hadn't seen them in many years. She said that her daughter had got a nursing degree and went on to sell pharmaceuticals. She said that her daughter had told her that in the future everyone will be on some kind of psychiatric medication.
Dino Manalis Added May 14, 2018 - 8:08am
 We should avoid medicine as much as possible, but sometimes, we need them to treat our ailments, they should be affordable.  That's why the U.S. has to import prescription drugs, like everything else, and implement patent reform to reward innovations temporarily, but prefer greater consumer choice and lower prices long term.
Riley Brown Added May 14, 2018 - 9:59am
Joe, no one stops using drugs because they are not expensive enough or because more expensive designer drugs can do the same thing.  If there is still a cheap drug that works it will be refined and sold by someone else who wants the profit, even if it's not a company that once sold it. 
People do abandon drugs that aren't as effective as they once were or as good as newer antibiotics that modern bacteria havn't gotten resistant to, but as long as they still work people use them.  Penicillin was discovered ages ago and is still cultured, harvested and used.  It's naturally occurring, and cheap.
Katharine Otto Added May 14, 2018 - 1:37pm
If the psychiatric establishment has its way, people will be on more than one psychiatric medication, for all their newly created diagnoses, including social disorder, adult ADHD, and internet addiction.
The psychiatric establishment and I have parted ways over this, because my hope was to set people free, not to enslave them in perpetual dependency on pills to alleviate their emotional woes.  
The "opioid epidemic" is a case in point.  The psychiatric establishment is chomping at the bit to push the agenda for "medication-assisted treatment," which requires special federal licensing and includes two opioids in its 4-medication protocol.  The purpose is not to cure the addiction but to treat it indefinitely.  FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb is all over this, pushing for Medicaid funding for treatment, to the great benefit of the manufacturers of methadone and buprenorphine, as well as naloxone and naltrexone.
Dave Volek Added May 14, 2018 - 3:35pm
You have raised a lot of interesting points in this complex societal dilemma. I have a few points I would like to make:
Even though many of these substances are "natural", it still takes a lot of resources to find, extract, and place these chemicals into the hands of consumers. There is no free lunch just because Mother Nature created the chemical.
My experience is that I have received great benefit from pharmaceuticals: I probably wouldn't be here today to respond to your article. Sometimes pharmaceuticals don't work, and I believe we have processes in place to minimize a lot of damage.
If the pharmaceutical industry really had its way, new drugs would be available a lot quicker-----and if they were found to be harmful, the industry would not be responsible. It's folly to claim this industry gets its way.
One paradox of this industry is that there is seldom any one single step that produces any pharmaceutical. Often a new patent is issued just by tweaking a chemical a certain way, but that chemical itself was the product of a lot of research, much of it done by public universities. So why is an exclusive patent granted to an invention that was 95% created by someone else?
The pharmaceutical industry treats different health care systems differently. I believe Canadians get a better break than Americans.
In my mind, the pharmaceutical industry has become delirious with its profits. It is one industry that is ripe for a lot more socialism.  
Joe Chiang Added May 14, 2018 - 7:40pm
Thomas:  Thanks.  That is why they came up with the phrase "new and improved".  LOL
Katharine:  Drug regulation by the Federal Government is unconstitutional.  This applies to ANY drug, both legal and illegal.
Doug and Katherine:  The psychiatric angle is not only accurate, but expanding.  In education there is an effort called "Social-Emotional" Education to get all children in psychiatric care. 
Riley and Dave:  You are correct about natural medicines.  However, natural medicines CANNOT be patented by law.  Natural medicines have a cost to find, refine, and process the acceptable way to deliver them.  But this cost may be limited to say $100.  When a pharmaceutical company patents a knock off of a natural medication, they may be charging $100,000 for that $100 drug.  Plus the knock off man-made drug is NEVER as good as what God provided.  :)
Joe Chiang Added May 14, 2018 - 7:41pm
Forgive me for gushing a little here.
I KNOW God has the cancer healed.  But it is difficult to hold to that knowledge when one doctor's countenance dropped and the Mao doctor said I only had a few month.  I STILL trusted that God was healing this cancer.  
The Pet scan done Friday report I just got this morning.  The doctor says it looks like just fluids and dead cells.  I have no idea if it was the last Chemotherapy, the Dandelion Root, or essential oils that did the trick, but no matter which it was God that ha healed me.  It is so gratifying to see evidence of God's faithfulness.  I just had to share.  Thanks for permitting me to sound off.
Dave Volek Added May 15, 2018 - 11:12am
Good to hear you are on the mend, Joe. It's hard to really know what actually caused the healing when one is trying out different things. Having a belief in a Creator helps the positive thinking.
Joe Chiang Added May 15, 2018 - 2:40pm
Thanks Dave
Stone-Eater Added May 15, 2018 - 3:07pm
The first line "god made plants" doesn't allow me to comment further on an otherwise, as I think, very good article.
Why the fuck do you guys always have to bring "god" into everything ? I see so many logical and thoughtful articles and comments of which I think .... superb ! And then that "god" thing pops up. I think you have a general problem understanding that things can work without "god".
Joe Chiang Added May 15, 2018 - 4:14pm
Stone, I appreciate your thought.  However I do not agree. 
1.  My God is referred to with a capital G.  Your god may not qualify for a capital G, but mine does.  This is a matter of respect.
2.  I would appreciate it if you would drop the foul language.  It is unnecessary to make your point intelligently.  Again a matter of respect.
3.  You may not believe in God.  You may not believe in gravity.  Your belief or non-belief does not negate or create the existence of either.  
4.  The Bible was written by some 160 individuals over about 2000 years.  Yet, not one scientific statement contradicts each other.  Indeed, "science" proved the Bible wrong many times.  For example, science proved the earth was flat while the Bible said if was spherical thousands of years earlier.  Columbus made his historical trip based on the Bible and not the science of his time.  The Bible indicates that light can be taken apart and put together again thousands of years ago.  Only recently, science has confirmed the accuracy of scripture.  I could go on and on with this.  The science in the Bible has been proven over and over to be exactly accurate once real science has caught up with the ability to properly evaluate the truth.  I think it would be similar for you to state what you believe the Bible says that is wrong.  
5.  As I said, I have cancer.  The doctors (science) have said there is no hope.  Yet God is/has healed me.  You may believe or not believe as you wish.  Your belief or non-belief does not affect God's miraculous healing.  
6.  I hope you find God before you are in a hopeless situation that ONLY God can resolve and then does resolve as so many believers have experienced.
Stephen Hunter Added May 15, 2018 - 6:45pm
So true Joe! Even Obama, the dope smoking communist in some people's eyes had no power to even get Cannabis off the level 1 drug list. Big Pharma is so powerful, and they are the tail that wags the dog of Healthcare and have been since the 1920's. 
Bill H. Added May 15, 2018 - 8:33pm
Cannabis is proving to have many medicinal uses. It has recently been found to also be effective against cancers. Much of this has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
And yes, Big Pharma is doing all that they can to keep this under wraps.
Flying Junior Added May 16, 2018 - 4:21am
I have often wondered just what is the advantage of Oxycodone and Oxycontin over the morphine that a benevolent God provided for us in the poppy.  Less addictive?
If for no other reason than to stabilize and make prosperous the country that we invaded in 2002, would it not have made wonderful sense for the U.S. simply to have purchased raw opium from Afghanistan instead of propagating a twenty-year war?  We could have afforded to purchase it and later to destroy it better than to afford the cost in lives and treasure of a seventeen-year-long war.  We could have produced low-cost morphine.  Maybe you medical students, nurses or doctors can explain to me how synthetic opiates are superior?
At the very least, we could have produced low cost Codeine which is useful in cough syrup.
Now the stupidity has come full circle.  After twenty-five years of failed prescription policies towards opiates, the four-year-old president is charged with coming up with a multi-lateral solution.
Did Kellyanne get the job done, or are we counting on a Trump family member?
Stone-Eater Added May 16, 2018 - 5:57am
As I said, I have cancer.  The doctors (science) have said there is no hope.
I'm sorry for your illness, pardon me. I guess I wasn't reading with enough concentration, I admit. And I understand that in your situation the belief in God may have become an important matter. I don't know how I as an atheist would react in such a situation.
Again - sorry. I wish you all the best and - Bill is right. My room mate here in Switzerland has cancer too, and he's not only smoking grass against the pain but it seems that - believe it or not - pure ginger juice seems to fight cancer. At least the cancer he has - intestine cancer.
Stone-Eater Added May 16, 2018 - 6:09am
BTW: What I guess is that your belief in God can activate self-healing procedures. And that's better than any pharma shit if it works. I have been attending medical symposiums and colloquiums in the University Hospital of Zurich for years (they are free and have helped me in Africa a lot to advise people although I'm not a certified doctor), and the first thing that appears before the speakers start is the mentioning of the sponsors - the guess how much of it I believe. The hospital is known around the world, and especially nephrology and cardiology are on a high level, but for my taste the PUB for certain drugs is too present. You might know that Sandoz or Novartis are some of the biggest drug developers, and often these occasions have a by-taste. But anyway, I've learned a lot by that, and in one case in Senegal I could rightfully tell a friend of a friend not to take that drug because the side effects were contrary to his diagnosis.
Bill H. Added May 16, 2018 - 11:27am
Joe Chiang Added May 16, 2018 - 11:43am
Stone:  Biblical Frankincense is a real essential oil.  It has also been proven in testing to cure cancers.
There is a cancer center in Mexico (chased out of the USA because of its successes) called BioMedical Clinic (formerly Hoxey Medical Clinic in the USA).  It seems to have a 70% to 80% success rate.  Chemo has a typical 30% success rate or 70% successful death rate, depending on your viewpoint.  I might also point out that "Death by Lethal Injection" has close to the same success in causing death, about 90%.  LOL  MJ oil is more effective in curing cancer than smoking.  I believe smoking will give a buzz and lessen the pain, but not cure.  I wish your roommate the best.  It may be advisable to check on the Mexico option.  I am looking at going there as soon as I get my passport, maybe 1-4 weeks from now.  :)
Thanks for the info Bill.
Stone-Eater Added May 16, 2018 - 2:07pm
Thanks for the info but the travel from Switzerland to Mexico would be too expensive for him. But I'll surely check on that oil !
Joe Chiang Added May 16, 2018 - 4:51pm
:)  I understand about the cost.  I'm working on the cost from ND here in the states to the border.  About $2000 travel plus cost of treatment $1500 to $3000 depending on each individual.  BTW:  they have about a 75% success rate curing cancer.  We are getting help through donations from friends and family.  We have an account with a "Go Fund Me" formally "You Caring". 
Looking at buying a $5000 RV for the trip.  A little more up front ($5000 instead of $3000), but LONG lasting benefits especially AFTER cancer is cured.
Stone-Eater Added May 17, 2018 - 7:00am
Thanks. I get back to you on this. My friend has a regular check upcoming and then I'll show to him what you propose.
Joe Chiang Added May 17, 2018 - 8:47am
Stephen Hunter Added May 20, 2018 - 9:06am
Many are claiming success with the use of the non-psycho active CBD oil in treating at least some forms of cancer. Others with ingestion of Essential Oils as well. Seems there are different approaches however mainstream has a system for treatment which it sticks to very militantly. 
There is a good 10 series documentary called the "Truth About Cancer", which is very interesting indeed. 
Stone-Eater Added May 20, 2018 - 11:36am
Thanks Stephen ! Will check that.
Joe Chiang Added May 20, 2018 - 2:18pm
Stone and Stephen:  That series is VERY excellent.  That was how I learned about the Hoxey method. 
I understand there is a test that can be run by doctors in Greece that will identify specific chemotherapy and holistic substances that ones particular cancer is sensitive to.  The cost is about $2000.  Why give maybe 4 or more Chemotherapy drugs designed to kill everything including the patient,  when the cancer is sensitive to say a particular essential oil or just ONE Chemo drug? 
Why is this not already done in the USA?  Why must only doctors in Greece do this evaluation?  The answer is that US pharmaceutical companies want the profits for 5 drugs and if they kill the patient, that is a collateral loss, instead of curing the patient and not receive all those nice profits. 
Joe Chiang Added May 23, 2018 - 11:13pm
Here is a video that is a much watch if you are serious about curing cancer.