Drugs for Chronic Illness…Don’t do it!

Whenever I write about the topic of Western drug dependence, especially as it relates to pharmaceuticals for chronic disease conditions, my heart breaks for all those who are ordained to go through this form of karmic-grace.  Those who purchase this ride ticket must enter a diabolical and fraudulent merry-go-round bristling with the worst kind of side effects which further reduce one’s health and well-being.

And many of these pharmaceutical drugs are designed to be taken for life, with no safe exit strategy available.

When I was an acupuncture apprentice in the winter of 1998, we had patients coming in with all kinds of conditions, among them: Aids, cancer, lung disorders, anorexia, pain syndromes & so called auto-immune diseases.

One patient, Liz, a 40 year old female wandered into our acupuncture clinic with a fragile gait, as if walking on rice paper.  With a face withered by years of pharmaceutical drug use, her brown eyes were withdrawn and lackluster.

Liz entered the Western Medical System at 18 and was soon diagnosed with the latest fad-label, an auto-immune disease, called Lupus.

Knowing that we have a label, like Lupus, is not helpful when it comes to chronic illness. The label does not identify the underlying physical causative agent, nor does it address the deeper emotional and spiritual dynamics. Labels signify disease processes, syndrome manifestations and symptom complexes. If you research these processes and manifestations, you will find that most have no known cause and no known cure but there are loads of drug treatments.  Often the prescribed medications, when researched, only state: “treats Lupus”–insinuating that all your symptoms will resolve once you start taking said drug.

More and more disease labels are being created by the Medical Establishment with a fraudulent and stated purpose to help isolate the causative agents and cure the said disease- but in truth labels are primarily used to maximize prescription drug sales.

Lupus is a condition with no definitive diagnostic markers. In other words a symptom complex (list of symptoms) that could be caused by many factors, like: virus, bacteria, fungal infections, etc. (The body attacking itself is the current theory with auto-immune diseases, with the over 100 different auto-immune diseases for which Lupus is one).

And yet Western medicine and the pharmaceutical industry claim Lupus is: “a multi-symptom disease, often unpredictable in its activity, requiring expertise from a multi-disciplinary team: rheumatologists, neurologists, cardiologists, and nephrologists.”

This is Pharm-talk absurdity for: Let’s just keep pumping you full of drugs.

The big sell for the pharmaceutical industry, on chronic illness or chronic disease treatments, besides the doctor’s authoritative approval and the patient’s fear, is the lie:

This drug will improve your quality of life or in some cases cure the condition.  Why else would we take these drugs with so many known side effects?

Based on my own research, I have found there to be ten major incapacitating agents involved in most physical disease states (including almost every known disease label): Bacterial infections (often hidden), viral strains (some unidentified), Lyme disease, parasites, dental toxins (metals and root canals and cavitation infections), fungal infections, gluten syndrome, environmental exposure to chemicals and food additives.

For over 20 years Liz had been taking steroidal medication in the form of Prednisone for her Lupus, as prescribed by her medical doctor. (The steroid Prednisone is still one of the primary prescribed treatments for Lupus).  The idea behind steroidal treatment is to: reduce inflammation, tenderness and pain.

Steroids have been used for many different conditions (and numerous disease labels), such as: allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.

The immediate side-effect of steroidal treatment is immune suppression. Yet, immune suppression is only one of over 20 known side-effects or reactions to Prednisone. Others include:

Headache, dizziness, sleep difficulty, inappropriate happiness, severe mood swings, personality change, slow healing cuts, fragile skin, acne, red blotches under skin, increased body hair growth, extreme tiredness, weak muscles, bulging eyes and this does not include one of the most significant side effects: STROKE.

In a 2019 study of 302,826 people administered steroids, 2708 people suffered a stroke. That is about 1 in 100.

Obviously these side effects far outweigh any benefit derived from the steroids and yet millions of people, for decades and decades, have been willing to undergo this drug treatment in a desperate grasp at symptom improvement.

At our clinic, Liz received light touch therapy to calm her spirit.  As my preceptor and I listened, she shared intimate details of her journey and expressed tears of sadness.  We treated her with acupuncture and also let her have some alone time for silent reflection.  For Liz did not need more diagnostic banter, a disease progression monologue or a new drug therapy.  After her treatment an herbal formula, lifestyle aids and dietary guidelines were suggested to further improve her overall body balance.

Over a 3-month period Liz’s condition improved gradually.  During that time, and under her own initiative while working with her doctor’s approval, she lowered her Prednisone down from 20 mg to 5 mg.  Then after another month, anxious to get off the steroids for good, she decided to completely stop against my preceptor’s advice and without her doctor’s knowledge.

A few days later she suffered a moderate stroke and we never saw her again.  She had once again been absorbed into the Western medical system.

The adverse medication reaction Liz experienced is quite common.  When my father was undergoing cancer treatment, one of the experimental chemo drugs prescribed was called Oxyliplatin, which was somewhat new and used mostly for colon cancer, though my father had gallbladder cancer. One day my father informed me that after taking his first dose of Oxyliplatin, he experienced tunnel vision. After his second dose, he went blind for 10 seconds. At the next appointment with his oncologist, he mentioned his episode of blindness.

“Do you think it has anything to do with the chemo?” he asked her.

“Oh no,” she responded, looking puzzled, and then said, “You should see your general practitioner. Maybe you had a mini stroke or maybe you have pneumonia or a blood infection?”

“Dad, it’s the chemo,” I stated emphatically

I went online and checked on the Oxyliplatin and found a recent study showing that blindness was a known side effect of this particular chemo drug. It showed that of 6,670 people in the trial, 33 went blind. Permanently blind! That does not count any who went temporarily blind or had blind flashes like my father.

Western medicine cannot help us with chronic illness or chronic disease conditions.  The strength of Western (allopathic) medicine lies in emergency medical intervention. Western medicine has an abysmal record when it comes to treating chronic illness.

Chemical medicines (pharmaceuticals) like antidepressants have side effects such as “suicidal tendencies.”  For instance one new drug, the first anti-depressant in a couple of decades, Spravato (a nasal-inhalant anesthetic and sedative derived from the hallucinogen Ketomine) has made psychiatrists happy as they finally have a ‘new option’ for severe depression of one particular type (said to affect 5 million people in the United States) and the drug takes effect within hours not weeks.  Spravato however, was never fully tested and side effect profiles are not complete, though some are: Disassociation, cognitive impairment (brain damage), ulcers and fetal toxicity along with increased risk of suicide (in one trial 4 people of the 90 committed suicide (about 5% within 3 weeks after discontinuing the trial or when given a placebo.

These pharmaceuticals are in fact a “pseudo-savior” for people in a quick-fix culture unwilling to make necessary lifestyle changes and take responsibility for their own health.

Today 7 out of 10 Americans have a chronic illness, which is defined as an illness of long duration (lasting at least three months) with slow progression that takes away a significant measure of health. Over the last 30 years, there has been a major increase in fatiguing syndromes, from those that are neurological-based, like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinsons and ALS, to those that involve every major organ and system in the body. So each person will be affected by toxic exposure in a unique way.

We’ve all seen the TV commercials for prescription drugs and medications.  They’re on every channel, inside magazines, and on the internet.

Until a decade or two ago, the side effects montage on these pharmaceutical commercials were hidden in small letters at the bottom of the screen.  Then, with side effects skyrocketing, the pharmaceutical manufacturers (like their Tobacco Industry relatives) were forced to have the side effects read out loud and listed with oversize type.

Now the list of drug-induced side effects are delivered with soothing music, in a gentle non-threatening voice, while subliminal-like cartoon characters play and dance on the screen, a handsome man or gorgeous lady appears in perfect health, all to camouflage or misdirect attention away from the danger and warning signs. You know the kind: “…Let your doctor know if you experience, chest pain, ear hemorrhage…you might also require emergency medical intervention for brain implosion…it’s not unusual to see collapsed lung, kidney failure or…”

What spurred this blog on was a recent encounter with my client. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was dealing with a growing list of symptoms: confusion, hallucination, disorientation, irritability and delusion, not to mention, excessive blinking, bladder issues, (he was having bladder infections without tests being able to locate the assumed bacterial culprit).

Originally I thought most of the signs my client was experiencing related to the Parkinson’s disease progression but in fact they were side effects of one of his prescribed medications for the disease, Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa tablets).  So all of these so called symptoms used to treat muscle stiffness and tremors (the original Parkinson’s symptoms) were side effects!

And once you are on a pharmaceutical like Sinemet, coming off or lowering the medication can increase side effect potential and even lead to death (like many other drugs).

Misdiagnosis is common, especially in the eldercare setting: those with chronic illnesses like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, glaucoma, lung disease, diabetes, etc.  In the United States today, the average person over age 70 is taking over 5 pharmaceutical prescription medications, often over 10. The side effects from these various medications are often attributed to disease conditions and the deterioration of health in the elderly, when in truth they are actually mimicking the most common chronic diseases!  When an astute practitioner, nurse or doctor discovers this and takes the patient off of these unnecessary medications, they often recovery fully as many of the patients do not speak english.

The pharmaceutical merry-go-round is not worth riding.

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