Who is Selling Your Health?


Who is selling our health down the drain?

And how can they get away with it?

The criminal justice system is trying hard to stop drugs.  They even have a new tactic in their war on opioids… charging dealers of illegal drugs in overdose deaths.

But the problem grows because its promoted by two of the most powerful sales groups in the world.

They have a huge success…

Nearly 70% of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug.

That’s simply amazing.

More than half of Americans are taking at least two prescriptions, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center.

We could say “well done” to these salesmen… except their success is killing us as a nation.

The sales process begins by getting us in front of a doctor.

Even if we are not sick!

A big part of the health care establishment recommends annual checkups even though they do not help.

They can even harm.

Harvard Health Publish, a part of Harvard University, published an article “A checkup for the checkup: Do you really need a yearly physical?”. The article said:

Careful reviews of several large studies have shown that these annual visits don’t make any difference in health outcomes.  In other words, being seen by your doctor once a year won’t necessarily keep you from getting sick, or even help you live longer.  And some of the components of an annual visit may actually cause harm.  For example, lab tests and exams that are ordered for healthy patients (as opposed to people with symptoms or known illnesses) are statistically more likely to be “false positives” — that is, when test results suggest a problem that doesn’t exist. Even if these inaccurate findings affect only a tiny percentage of the more than 200 million adults who would undergo such exams, the monetary, practical, and emotional costs are huge.

Despite their worthlessness, it is estimated that 45 million Americans have annual health checkups.  Why does so much of the medical establishment recommend annual checkups?

Well, why does the auto sales industry recommend you to “come on in and test drive each year’s new car”?

Sales…  money.

Who is a better drug salesman than an examining M.D.?

Let’s not single out MDs.  They are as caught in the system as the rest of us.

This health care scam is fueled by the uber rich pharmaceutical industry selling our health for money.

According to a 2015 study total drug spending in 2014 was $374 billion, up 13.1% from the prior year.   Then U.S. spending on prescription drugs in 2015 rose 12.2% to nearly $425 billion.   Expect 2016 and 2017 will be more because there is drug money at work, influencing our lives, everywhere.

There is drug money in our TV.

Drug money has an impact on what we read.

Drug money is thrown at our politics.

The system gets us to spend more and more money, so the drug companies have more money to influence the system to get us to spend even more.

Of this we can be sure.

And its ruining our lives.

Insurance companies make the problem worse.

Insurance is a volume business.  Insurance companies make a percentage on top of the money they pay out.  If drugs cost more… if more drugs are prescribed and paid for by insurance… insurance premiums rise as do insurance company profits.

Insurance is business.  Business seeks profit… even if the process creates a crisis.

The New York Times article “Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers”  explains why.

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.

At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications.

The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

ProPublica and The New York Times analyzed Medicare prescription drug plans covering 35.7 million people in the second quarter of this year. Only one-third of the people covered, for example, had any access to Butrans, a painkilling skin patch that contains a less-risky opioid, buprenorphine. And every drug plan that covered lidocaine patches, which are not addictive but cost more than other generic pain drugs, required that patients get prior approval for them.

The Drug Enforcement Administration places morphine in a higher category than Butrans for risk of abuse and dependence. Addiction experts say that buprenorphine also carries a lower risk of overdose.

UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, places morphine on its lowest-cost drug coverage tier with no prior permission required, while in many cases excluding Butrans. And it places Lyrica, a non-opioid, brand-name drug that treats nerve pain, on its most expensive tier, requiring patients to try other drugs first.

They raise premiums and then will only pay for the cheapest, most dangerous and deadly drugs.

The system is stacked against us.

Two of the most powerful classes of sales people… MDs and insurance brokers are selling our health.

Here is one way to stop this process from putting its foot in your door.

cemetary

This family cemetery is on our farm.  The headstones show their ages; 86, 91, 95, 100 and 115.  The 115 year old lived from the late 1700s into the early 1900s.

These simple farmers did not have hospitals or annual checkups.  There were none of the top drugs used today to treat the variety of ailments from pain to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  There was no Levothyroxine, no Hydrocodone/acetaminophen, no Lisinopril, no Metoprolo, no Atorvastatin, no metformin HCL, no omeprazole.

None of these things existed… just simple living, good food.

Pure water.

Active lives.

The drug problem does not simply start with MDs and insurance brokers.  Modern life, stress, debt, fast food, poor eating habits, lack of exercise and a multitude of toxicities  lead to the imbalances that are masked by the drugs.

Learn (and use) old-time health tips that have been sued globally for millennia.  See ideas on nutrition, exercise and purification below.

Gary

(1) www.health.harvard.edu: Do you really need a yearly physical

(2) NYT.com: Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers”

 


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