She spends around $300 a week to keep up her habit. Her doctors don’t recommend quitting cold turkey because it would cause her to shake, hallucinate, or become suicidal.
But it’s not heroin or cocaine she’s addicted to, and it’s not a street drug dealer who got her hooked…
Her doctors wouldn’t think of sending her to rehab; after all, they were the ones who got her addicted in the first place…
It’s all 100% FDA-approved legal and prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. According to her doctors, the drugs are improving her quality of life. Michelle, however, feels more like they’re a massive merciless financial burden. Healthcare is ridiculously expensive.
McKinsey & Co. Consulting firm did a study that ranked the world’s countries in the order of money spent on healthcare. In the #1 spot was the United States. No other country comes close to beating them; Americans spend more annually than what country #2 through #11 spends combined.
Want numbers? Consider that $60 billion a week, on average, is spent on healthcare. By year’s end, it is estimated that this will increase to a total of $2.8 trillion.
So maybe you aren’t one of the 31% of Americans with a daily regime of 3 or more pills, like Michelle. That doesn’t mean healthcare isn’t a financial burden. After all, it’s nearly impossible to never go to a hospital without warning, whether for yourself, your partner, a close friend or a relative.
Going to a hospital sucks, there is nothing fun about it. You’re only there because something is wrong. You’re scared, what could possibly be the cause? This uncertainty grows worse as you endure the endless waiting that accompanies a hospital visit.
Waiting to be admitted, waiting to see a doctor, waiting in line to undergo a test, waiting for results, waiting for the doctor’s diagnosis…
Then, when you can finally leave the realm of eternal waiting, there comes a moment of dread when you (wait, again, in line to) receive your bill.
It’s like the old joke, “my doctor told me to avoid any unnecessary stress, so I don’t open his bills”.
People can go their whole lives thinking that this is the only way to stay healthy. They think, “if I get sick, it’s going to cost me more time and certainly more money than I want to spend”.
Thank God they’re wrong.
That’s how the big pharmaceutical companies and profit-motivated hospitals want your mind to work; they don’t want you to know that there are alternative options to being healthy.
There are options that can help you avoid drugs, their chemicals and nasty side effects, and, maybe best of all, they can save you money. It’s easy to do when you don’t have to pay for the inflated markups companies put on their medicines and supplies.
A single 325mg acetaminophen (a generic and common anti-inflammatory drug) pill costs $1.50 when charged by a hospital. You can buy this same pill online for about $.01 a pop! Another example is diabetes test strips. They cost as low as $0.55 a piece online. On a hospital bill’s receipt however, they’ve suddenly become worth about $18 each.
Natural cures can be a much more economical way to stay fit. Take Celebrex for example; it is a pharmaceutical drug used to treat arthritis, and it costs the user around $4.00 a day. A powerful natural alternative that saved my mother from joint pain only costs around $1 a day…
6 reasons the benefits of natural supplements outweigh pharmaceuticals:
1. Pharmaceutical drugs are made from inorganic, or artificial, compounds. Because they are inorganic, the human body has trouble properly absorbing and digesting them. The drug’s chemical compounds can become stuck in the body by being lodged in its various tissues.
The polar opposite, natural supplements are organic; they’re made from naturally occurring compounds. They’re highly compatible with the body and they even stimulate an overall healing effect on humans.
One beautiful thing about supplements is that there are already known natural alternatives for the most common conditions and illnesses, and we cover them regularly here at HWB.
2. FDA regulation doesn’t mean what you think. In fact, one reason that many people seek out supplements as an alternative to traditional Western medicines can be best described by a study done by the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine. It concluded that “the credibility of the FDA, the [pharmaceutical] industry… and health care providers has become seriously diminished in recent years.”
They continue by stating that people have an “inaccurate perception that the FDA approval represents a guarantee of safety… and certainty about a drug’s risks.”
3. Not only are they good for you, natural supplements tend to be way less expensive than their pharmaceutical counterpoints. Big pharmaceuticals companies are notoriously greedy and, as I’ve shown, they heavily markup prices on everything they sell. Their goal is to profit, not to improve lives.
Supplements are also lighter on your wallet because they are made of natural ingredients. Pharmaceuticals are made of chemicals that require a lab to produce.
4. Dr. Sharoee, a supporter of the National Health Research Institute said, “In the long term, prevention is the key to the healthcare crisis and nutritional supplements offer an immediate solution.”
5. There’s also a big difference in the frequency of adverse side reactions. The New England Journal of Medicine determined that there are more than 1.9 million cases of hostile side effects reported due to use of pharmaceutical drugs every year in the United States. Over 170,000 of those cases lead to the patient’s death.
Nutraceuticals are the clear winners in this category. There were only a few hundred reported cases of bad side effects due to their use. The American Association of Poison Control Centers also completed an extensive and detailed study (it ended up being over 170 pages long!) which concluded that no deaths were caused by any dietary supplements that year.
6. Pharmaceutical drugs have consistently been frequent companions of certain diseases. A painkiller habit in is linked to an increased disposition to chronic kidney failure. Increased fluid retention, a common side effect of drugs, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Even something as seemingly harmless as taking a daily aspirin or ibuprofen can put you at risk. Their continued use has been linked to an increase in breast cancer in women. It is also linked to heart disease in both sexes.
Michelle is currently trying to make a change. She spoke to her doctor about natural options to her medicines and how they might be incorporated into her healthcare routine.
Before making any kind of change in your healthcare regime, consult your doctor. There is always the possibility of a bad drug interaction.
Will you become one of the few and informed who knows all their treatment options? Can I motivate you to at least ask your doctor a question or two about natural health during your next visit?
Or will you stay deceived into thinking that chemical-filled man-made medicines are the best option? Will you be fooled by the likes of the FDA, the drug profiteers and big bad Pharma?
Somehow I don’t think you will…