Why Not a Brave New World?


Here is why we are not likely to have a brave new health care world, sponsored by the government, any time soon.

Let’s just make one ourselves…

brave new world

Image from a book review exploring the themes in Aldouse Huxley’s “Brave New World” (1).

That review said: In Brave New World, drugs aren’t just pretty common; they’re distributed en masse by the government. Yes, the government. So much for Just Say No, right? The drug in question here is soma, a hallucinogen described as “the perfect drug,” with all the benefits (calming, surrealistic, ten-hour long highs) and none of those pesky drawbacks (you know, like brain damage).

Drugs distributed en masse by the government?

No way?

The pharmaceutical industry has buckets of money.

Politicians need money…  which means more lies… more drugs.

They are the worst kind of drug dealers.  They have the law behind them.

Don’t you hate it… paying tax dollars to protect these cheats.

The problem is growing worse…

These drug people are slowly taking over the world.

Merri and I were recently in England for our son’s wedding (congratulations Jake and Katrina!).   While there I read this BBC article “Statins: Millions more to get drugs in controversial plans” (2).  The bolds are mine.

The article said: Doctors have been told to offer cholesterol-lowering statins to millions more people in a massive and controversial expansion in prescribing.

Four in 10 adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now eligible for statins, even though many are at low risk of a heart attack or stroke.
The medicines regulator, NICE, says it will save lives.

There has been vocal opposition to the plans, and doctors’ leaders said they had no confidence in the decision.

But all sides of the debate say people who are already taking statins should continue to take their medication.

Major issue

Cardiovascular disease – which includes heart attacks and strokes – is the UK’s biggest killer.
It claims 180,000 lives a year and is behind one in three deaths.
Statins reduce the build-up of fatty-plaques that lead to blockages in blood vessels.

Medicines regulator the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is now telling doctors to give statins to low-risk patients with a one in 10 chance of a heart attack in the next decade if measures to improve lifestyle fail.

Effectively every healthy man over 60 – or woman over 65 – could be offered statins.

Those with high cholesterol, smokers, the obese or with a strong family history of heart problems could be offered the drugs at an even younger age.

NICE said it had conducted the “best and most complete review of evidence in this field” and concluded that giving the drugs to low-risk patients would have benefits.

Con artists!

The “best and most complete review of evidence in this field”… paid for by the pharmaceutical industry, I’ll bet.

George Orwell and Aldous Huxley were both English and they saw it coming!

Someone making money off every healthy man over 60 and woman over 65 in Britain.

Unless you smoke or something like that.

Tax money paying drug makers.

Supporting the political process.  That’s a crime against humanity…

All that money and effort could be more productive, but that’s the way it is.

Here is something better…

Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D wrote “Don’t take another blood pressure drug until you read this ” in a Newport Natural Health  article “5 Best Blood Pressure Supplements”(3). (bolds are mine).

About 75 million American adults have high blood pressure—that’s one in every three people. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is known as a silent killer because you can have it for years and never know it. And all that time, the condition is slowly destroying your health.

If your doctor discovers that you have high blood pressure, don’t be surprised if you leave with a prescription for a beta-blocker, ACE inhibitor, or some other antihypertensive drug. This is often conventional medicine’s first line of treatment.

Like so many diseases, the pharmaceutical industry and conventional medicine have turned hypertension into a condition that can be managed by taking pills, rather than cured through lifestyle changes. But blood pressure meds don’t solve the root causes of hypertension and have some terrible side effects (including dizziness, headaches, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and heart arrhythmia).

Don’t get me wrong, high blood pressure cannot and should not be ignored. It has to be treated. But drugs should be the last—not first—resort.

In many cases, hypertension can be remedied with lifestyle changes and supplements that lower blood pressure naturally. In a moment I’ll tell you what I recommend. But first, let me explain what blood pressure is and why it matters so much.

While there are some factors you can’t control, such as genetics and age, by and large hypertension is a lifestyle disease. Countless hypertensive patients of mine have been able to successfully wean themselves off of their medications and successfully use lifestyle changes and supplements to lower blood pressure naturally.

Lifestyle Changes and Supplements to Lower Blood Pressure

First and foremost, if you have high blood pressure, you must make important lifestyle changes. This includes improving your diet, drinking plenty of water every day, exercising regularly, getting good sleep every night, getting a handle on stress, and putting an end to bad habits like smoking and excessive drinking. If you’re overweight (another big risk factor), practicing these should quickly put you on a path toward better health.

Often, these lifestyle changes alone are enough to regulate blood pressure. But for those who need extra support, there are five nutrient all-stars I recommend. You can find all of these individually, or they often come in combination supplements to lower blood pressure.

1. Magnesium plays a vital role in regulating systolic and diastolic blood pressures, as well as sodium, potassium, and calcium levels within your cells. It also relaxes the smooth muscles in the arteries so blood can flow more easily. One review paper stated that taking between 500-1,000 mg of magnesium daily can reduce blood pressure as much as 5.6/2.8 mmHg.

2. Nattokinase (derived from fermented soy beans) improves blood pressure by preventing the hardening of blood vessels and aiding in the breakdown of a clotting agent called fibrin. This inhibits abnormal thickening of blood. Some research has shown that it can lower blood pressure and clotting factors dramatically in as little as eight weeks.

3. Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant that protects the lining of your blood vessels, known as the endothelium. This is important when it comes to vasodilation—the opening of the blood vessels that allows for smoother blood flow. Studies have found that grape seed extract can significantly reduce both systolic pressure and heart rate.

4. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) protects the heart in many ways. It prevents inflammation and oxidative damage in the arteries. In addition, it has the potential to lessen systolic pressure by up to 17 mmHg and diastolic pressure by as much as 10 mmHg without major side effects.

5. Vitamin D3. People who have higher levels of vitamin D3 in their blood tend to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop hypertension. Additionally, studies show D can lower blood pressure. In a study that compared drugs vs. D3 supplementation, those in the vitamin D group showed a more significant decrease in systolic pressure.

Using these five supplements to lower blood pressure is a much safer way to take control of your health, without the side-effect risks of prescription drugs. If you’re currently taking a blood pressure medication, consider working with your doctor to wean yourself off of it so you can try the natural approach.

That’s why my routine includes a walk, rebounding or ride my bike every day.

That’s why I get in the garden and grow my own food.

I also take Vitality Force each morning.  Vitality Force has four of the five main supplements (Magnesium, Grape Seed Extract, Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin D3.

We can still have a brave new world if we want it, but we have to make it ourselves.  Live a healthy life, create health routines with exercise, good nutrition and a routine to remove toxins from the body.  We feel better and save money when we do.

Gary

(1) www.shmoop.com:  Brave New World drugs and alcohol Book Themes.

(2) BBC News: www.bbc.com/news/health-28352290

(3) www.newportnaturalhealth.com: 5 best blood pressure supplements


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