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Updated August 16, 2006
Health-Essentials.info Health Issues & Alerts
Keeping you informed about health issues and immediate threats to your well-being
In today's world, we have moved so far away from what is natural and healthy — and have accepted all too readily things that are not — we sometimes need a reality check to bring us back into awareness of how messed up things are really getting. That's the purpose of this section of Health-Essentials.info.
This section is divided into two sections:
- Commentary-type articles on some of the ways our mind-set gets twisted in thinking about health and healthcare, and
- Alerts about specific issues that are threatening to undermine our freedom to choose an alternative to conventional, allopathic healthcare.
I hope that you will find the articles helpful — and maybe, challenging in some way.
Yours in better health,
It seems that every day I see something masquerading as healthcare that strikes me as totally insane. Two of my pet peeves are:
- The belief that you need a drug to correct what is nothing more than a nutritional deficiency, and
- Drug companies being allowed to re-define a symptom as a disease, because they just came up with a drug to "treat" it.
(You can see more of why I have these concerns when you think about how the FDA goes about approving the drugs we use.)
That is: These used to be my pet peeves.
"Keeping us safe from ourselves", or "How the FDA got the whole picture wrong"
I don't think there's anything that can compare to the insanity of thinking we need to have the FDA approve the dietary supplements to which we can have access. After all, it has done such a good job with pharmaceuticals. I mean, after all, do we really need to have the people who gave us Vioxx keep us safe from vitamin E? But that is what is in the works almost every day.
There is a bill before the Senate now (S.3546, the Adverse Event Reporting bill) the Dietary Supplement and Non-Prescription Drug Consumer Protection Act. This bill would basically strip our protection, guarding our access to dietary supplements under DSHEA, by effectively reclassifying dietary supplements as OTC drugs — not foods, as they currently are under DSHEA.
But do we really need to be protected from dietary supplements?
A voice of concern and sanity
I hope that this section will prove to be something along the order of a prophetic voice: shining a little light in the darkness, bringing a little clarity to what ought to be, in many cases, obvious issues. But our thinking has gotten skewed by the powerful propaganda of the dominant healthcare system.
It's time we take back our minds, and look at things in the light. No system that has failed us so miserably has the right to dictate for us what is truth.
Articles you will find here
Health Alerts: Immediate threats to your health and healthcare freedom
We live in an environment (here in the United States) that poses many severe threats to your health. Some are environmental, others medical; and some, sad to say, are political — that is, where power and money converge to protect the power and profits of the few over the welfare of the many, trampling our freedom to choose an alternative in the bargain. It's the intention of these pages to alert you to those risks:
- So that you can be aware of what's happening,
- So you can take steps to protect yourself and those you love, and
- So you can take direct action to minimize the risks.
The idea here is to avoid being alarmist or reactionary, while offering you important information. It's just a matter of trust.
Given the unrelenting threat to our freedom of choice, keeping that balance is no easy task.
With so much going on today, keeping abreast of it all is nearly impossible. For that reason, your contributions to this page are most welcome. Send your information to me at Tom@Health-Essentials.info.
Alerts you will find here