Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
More proof that medical science wants you on drugs!
Lately, it seems that every other person suffers some one type of pain syndrome or another. And if you are one of them, it’s not only physically painful, but emotionally difficult as well.
This combination is nothing shy of disastrous to your quality of life, and it’s easy to see how this can become quite the cycle. With, of course, no shortage of prescriptions drugs for all your symptoms, as well as drugs for the symptoms you haven’t experience yet!
Let’s first discover how a health “condition” gets labelled as a syndrome and/or a disease.
A syndrome is basically defined as a health condition with more than one symptom; however, not yet classified as a “disease.” In other words, a syndrome is based on more than one symptom that is not directly measured and/or tangible by medical science. This is known as subjective (or anecdotal) pain, because the pain is reported by the patient, but cannot be confirmed to “really” exist via medical science.
“My back hurts”, “I have a headache”, “It feels like bugs are crawling under my skin”; they are all subjective, and usually not measurable objectively. But, if you have more than one of these “symptoms”, then a syndrome is born.
Diseases, on the other hand, are symptoms that can be “verified” by medical science and are no longer considered subjective; but rather considered objective. So a disease has “sound scientific substance”.
Although painfully “real” to the person experiencing these symptoms, sadly they are not viewed as a “real” physical condition per the medical definition of Evidence Based Medicine. And because of this, many of these pain syndromes where often labelled as conditions that were “all in your head”. Sadly, doctors routinely were referred these patients out for psychiatric care.
Though most patients are no longer referred for psychiatric care these days, they are typically given pharmaceuticals that have a direct influence on the person emotional state. This would suggest that medical science still believes these conditions to be the manifestations of the persons mind, and not due to an actual condition.
Medical Doctors Are Over-Medicating
Anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety medication are two of the most common prescribed drugs in the US with over 250,000,000 prescriptions written each year… and growing! So, it isn’t surprising they are also part of the pain syndrome treatment protocol.
But first things first. The people with these pain syndromes need something for the pain, right?
A drug gaining popularity in recent days in the treatment of chronic pain syndromes is Methadone. Methadone has been reported to be upwards to 20x stronger than both Vicodin or Percocet, which also makes Methadone a far more dangerous drug.
Prescriptions for painkillers are at an all time high along with, and not surprisingly, deaths due to overdose from those prescription painkillers!
Tizanidine (zanaflex) is another commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain. One of its more dangerous side-effects is liver toxicity, along with dangerous potential interactions with other drugs.
And to top it all off, people suffering from pain syndromes are probably not sleeping well at night due to the… PAIN! Report this symptom to your medical doctor, and as fast as the prescription can be written, you can add yet another drug to your “treatment” arsenal! By far, prescription sleep medications are the most prescribed medication in the USA! Statistics now show: nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug and near 40% take at least two!
The most common advice medical doctors offer these patients is to simply learn to live with their respective syndrome(s) along with pain management (drugs). And many medical doctors, although not offering much hope for relief themselves, frequently even advice against holistic options such as chiropractic, acupuncture, and sadly, nutritional treatments.
How bleak and sad for the person already suffering!
But the questions that I don’t hear from the medical profession are: Why are these people suffering in the first place? What is the cause(s) of these symptoms?
Cause and Effect
When you look at all the chemicals we are exposed to everyday (in our food, air, and water), isn’t only logical that there would be an impact on our health? Can we really live in a polluted environment without it affecting our nutritional status?
It is a well documented fact that alcohol depletes the body of B vitamins and vitamin C. So, what of all the preservatives, chemicals and toxins from genetically modified foods we now consume? Do they deplete the body as well? Of course they do! This is why I firmly believe that all syndromes and disease start from nutrition deficiencies… and I’m going to prove it!
Pain syndromes such as:
- Myofascial pain syndrome (chronic myofascial pain)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Restless leg syndrome
In the USA, it’s epidemic!
Interestingly, all three have been sabotaged by conventional medicine, and the result is impressively simple:
- Keep the public afraid of nutrition
- Instead give them nutrition guidelines that are useless; such as the RDI (“recommended daily intake”)
- Give them a pharmaceutical drug, which only exponentiates the nutritional deficiency
- And don’t forget that surgery is always another option!
Magnesium deficiency is nothing new. But sadly most people are completely unaware of it. A 2007 Study reported,
“Magnesium inadequacy affects more than half of the U.S. population and is associated with increased risk for many age-related diseases, yet the underlying mechanisms are unknown…”
An interesting article in LifeExtension Magazine, 2005, said the following:
“The latest government study shows a staggering 68% of Americans do not consume the recommended daily intake of magnesium… Is it any wonder that disability and death from heart attack and stroke are the nation’s leading killers?
While the government officially refuses to recognize the effects of magnesium in preventing vascular disease, the National Institutes of Health does publish the following on its website:
- Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
The nation’s leading health agency acknowledges magnesium’s critical role in keeping us alive, yet the FDA has done everything it could to keep this low-cost mineral out of Americans’ bodies.”
But there is something else here that is being missed: the study was only referring to the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), which is the minimal amount needed to maintain health one step above disease and not the amount needed for optimal health, let alone the amount needed to recover from an illness!
The article continues by adding: