The medical industry is a juggernaut entity that carries with it its own sense of legitimacy. Throughout the history of medicine, guilds and professionals have carefully and knowingly cultivated this sense through highly proactive public policy initiatives aimed at praising the impartiality of the industry and simultaneously condemning the “backward and archaic” ways of natural and traditional medicines. However, like any myth-making venture, there are dangerous consequences for creating an image of one’s self that does not entirely reflect reality and we would like to share some of these dangerous myths of the medical industry with you.
- Medical schools and universities are impartial. While Universities seek to have the highest possible level of academic integrity in terms of producing unbiased and uncompromised research on which generations of medical researchers can build, the reality is often something much less than these lofty ideals. Med schools and researchers are in the habit of taking a significant amount of funding from external sources, often large pharmaceutical corporations, to produce research that creates results that benefit those corporations financially. There is even mounting evidence that much research data is compromised to reflect the results that corporations require to patent certain products or make health claims on certain drugs that do not actually do what they purport to do. This has serious consequences not only for the public who become the consumers of pharmaceutical products and medical practices that may actually be either useless against dangerous diseases or dangerous in themselves, but also for the future of research itself. Researchers often build on the past results and findings of other scholars and if said research has been compromised or made partial to those with conflicted, vested interests, the integrity of the entire institution is made questionable.
- Health Canada is impartial. In a similar vein as universities receiving funding from medical corporations, so too does the governmental bureaucracy responsible for protecting our health. Powerful pharmaceutical lobbying groups put serious pressure on bureaucrats within Health Canada to make dangerous drugs more accessible, make natural medicines less accessible and a whole host of other questionable ethical practices. This is the governmental body our tax dollars is paying for to protect our basic human right to health and health justice – why are powerful lobbying efforts from biased corporations even being given the time of day?
- Modern medicine is equipped to deal with chronic, degenerative illnesses. This is a major problem. Many people have come to believe that their doctor can fix anything that is wrong with them, but the reality is that many of the modern, chronic degenerative diseases we are seeing in industrialized nations leave doctors just as baffled. With issues such as arthritis, osteoporosis and other chronic illnesses, the best that many doctors can offer is pain management or inadequate slowing of an illness without actually solving the problem. And worse, when there are natural medicines available that have been clinically shown to produce statistically significant results in reversing degenerative illnesses, doctors often do not know about them or do not prescribe them because they are not patentable. Like universities and our current health bureaucracies, doctors also listen to those around them and the groups most often found dominating health narratives are those with vested interests in pharmaceutical corporations or industrial medical practices.
- On that note, one of the most dangerous myths of the medical industry is that drugs are safer than natural medicines. Whether being told by a doctor, a bureaucracy like Health Canada or researchers at a university, people are likely to believe what these groups tell them about pharmaceutical drugs without realizing how many people these drugs kill or incapacitate (physically and emotionally) every single year. While drugs can save lives in emergency situations, let’s not fail to realize that natural health medicines are infinitely better equipped to deal with chronic illnesses, prevention of illnesses and also carry with them a safety standard that drugs simply cannot measure up to. With zero deaths from natural health products in Canada, it’s baffling that more health professionals do not use them with their patients on a consistent basis.