TAKE A PILL, BE WELL

There’s a new wave of illnesses on the horizon according to the CDC.  These antibiotic resistant diseases could take us back to the days of consumption, whooping cough, measles, mumps, and polio.  Why, you may ask?  The simple answer is because of unrestrained use of synthetic pharmaceuticals and other lab produced chemical combinations.

As a society, we have become dependent on drug manufacturers and prescription writers (aka doctors) to make us feel better while we endure illness.  Some of those illnesses attacking the brain as well as trunk organs and skin (MRSA) are treated chemically and some of the mitigating lab-combined  chemicals produce other maladies.  Though the side effects can be more detrimental than the original ailment, there is generally another pill, ointment, vaccine, or elixir to counter the negative reactions.

The antibiotics fed to farm animals and the toxins sprayed on our fruits and vegetables or their genetically altered seeds ultimately affect our well being as we consume them.  Even organically raised animals and vegetation is impacted by the chemicals introduced into the atmosphere daily by Dow and Monsanto.

Many of the very medications offered for our health are manufactured in the less than sterile environs of developing countries to overcome cost concerns.  Molds, fungi, E coli, Klebsiella, and salmonella are not uncommon in the clean rooms and other areas of the labs.  Some are made under the same conditions in the United States.  All are supposedly under the watchful eye of the FDA.  Money, however, tends to blur the vision of the agency.  In spite of their desire to control the world of pharmaceutically managed health, the FDA often overlooks the very harmful effects and side effects of new medications.

The FDA, itself, does no testing of its own.  They accept the biased studies of the drug companies until reactions from users indicate otherwise.  In other words, we the public are the true testers.  The FDA website http://www.fda.gov/drugs/developmentapprovalprocess/howdrugsaredevelopedandapproved/default.htm   offers the following:

“The mission of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is to ensure that drugs marketed in this country are safe and effective.  CDER does not test drugs, although the Center’s Office of Testing and Research does conduct limited research in the areas of drug quality, safety, and effectiveness.”

“Some companies submit a new drug application (NDA) to introduce a new drug product into the U.S. Market.  It is the responsibility of the company seeking to market a drug to test it and submit evidence that it is safe and effective.  A team of CDER physicians, statisticians, chemists, pharmacologists, and other scientists reviews the sponsor’s NDA containing the data and proposed labeling.”

The new ‘superbugs’ will proliferate around the globe.  Population control may no longer be a concern for our world leaders.  Some may even welcome the help.

Now, about that itching…

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