Our air, food and water are now degraded. (Photo courtesy of UW Digital Collection on Flikr Commons.)
It's a sobering thought that our culture is destroying the foundations of everything we need to be healthy. The air, the water, the food and the communities we need to thrive are being systematically degraded.
Big agriculture means GMO monocultures, pesticides, feedlots with animals pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones all enter the food supply. Amid all this destruction the pharmaceutical companies, offer to make us well again, for a price.
For instance, Novartis makes Atrazine™, the most widely used weed killer in the US. It is a proven endocrine disrupter leading to infertility and increased breast cancer rates, but not to worry Novartis has just the drug for that in its oncology stable, Femara™. It typically costs several hundred dollars per month.
Pharmaceuticals are poorly tested, one at a time, by those with vested interests. They are then prescribed in entirely untested deadly cocktails. Later, with monotonous regularity, these so-called wonder drugs are often recalled after many thousands of deaths and injuries. Our precious children are given more and more vaccines, none of which are properly tested for safety. Parents, who are sure their children have been irreparably damaged by them, are ridiculed or ignored, even as autism soars to 1 in 88 children. (CDC: 2008). As sane, conscious people we need to ask our selves:
"How can the answer to mass poisoning be more poison?"
In the US, each year, almost 1 in 4 deaths will be due to cancer. Even more will die from heart disease. Levels of diabetes and obesity are also soaring. As a result this generation will be the first to have shorter life spans than their parents.
Prescription drugs, taken as directed, cause an admitted minimum of 106,000 deaths, annually, according to a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association, "Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients: A Meta-analysis of Prospective Studies" http://tinyurl.com/JAMAreport. Given the well established tendency to always deny liability, the true figure is likely to be much, much higher.
Aside from causing deaths and illness, conventional medicine, by ignoring the root causes of illness, is tacitly supporting the continued sale and marketing of millions of noxious substances and the relentless degradation of our world that comes with it. Chronic health care based on business as usual and pharmaceuticals is expensive and unsustainable.
How can holistic medicine break this cycle? By perceiving the problem more deeply. Our symptoms are not the dis-ease,they are friendly warnings that dis-ease exists not only in our bodies, but also in our environment.
Pretending this isn't happening and refusing to recognize our total inter-dependence will only lead to deeper and deeper dis-ease.
To return to health we have to salvage the building blocks that are its foundation. Sometimes we will only be able to make personal changes. At other times we can work with our fellow citizens to change the law. We can insist on a “polluter pays” principle and fines large enough to really make an impact on bottom lines. We can focus all our creative energies and talents on repairing the catastrophic and escalating damage our species has done over the past few hundred years.
If reading this has left you feeling depressed and anxious about how messed up things are, fear not, Krishnamurti once said:
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”