Why Do People Blindly Trust Big Pharma?
Could it be that we are a nation of drug addicts?
One of the most curious human behaviors I’ve witnessed since the start of the pandemic is how many people are in total denial that a new vaccine technology might have some issues.
The denial ranges from dismissal and downplaying to total disbelief. Here are some of the excuses:
Dismissal: “VAERS (the CDC’s vaccine adverse reaction database) does not prove causation, and besides, just about anybody could file a report.”
(Reality: Filing a report in VAERS is time-consuming and difficult, and comes with a federal penalty if you falsely report. Doctors are required to report side effects for all vaccines, not just covid vaccines.)
Downplaying: “Oh, well a few people get side effects, but the vast majority of people don’t, so the covid vaccines are safe. Sure, some kids may get myocarditis, but they recover and it's just mild and temporary.”
(Reality: If you look at the numbers in VAERS, which in the least are giving us a safety signal, covid vaccines are causing side effects at a magnitude never before seen in any vaccine technology. And myocarditis is never truly “mild” – the long-term effects may be disastrous.)
Disbelief: “No-one ever has a permanent, serious adverse reaction to a vaccine!”
(Reality: This is a flat-out lie. Ask these people if they know what Guillain-Barre is, which is a known, albeit somewhat rare, vaccine reaction that can cause permanent systemic nerve damage as well as death.)
Why are so many people simply refusing to consider even the possibility a vaccine might be problematic?
I have some theories, some of which I mentioned in our latest Holistic Health Podcast. In part, here in America, we have politicized science, and so one side of the aisle (the left) has now been culturally conditioned to think they are better than the other side of the aisle (the right), who are labeled as dumb rubes or rednecks who are “anti-science.”
Of course, there are people such as myself, who don’t identify with either right or left, who believe we are genuinely pro-science – that is, the objective science of yore that actually questioned things instead of pushing blind dogma.
But I think it’s more than just a left vs. right thing.
The Western World Is Addicted to Drugs – Pharmaceutical and Recreational
Let’s face it. The Western world (of which I include my own country of America, but also Canada, the UK, and Europe) has gotten very dependent on drugs as a way of life.
It’s very rare to find a person over 60 in America who is not on at least one prescription medication. Hell, I’m sorry to say I’m one of these people on a prescription – I am taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy) right now as I enter into menopause, and at some point, I’m going to either wean myself off or transition to BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy). But for now, HRT it is. So I’m not coming from this high-horse of “I never take Western medicine.”
I do, but sparingly.
And when I do take a drug, I’m very careful about it and usually not thrilled about it. But I’ve had bad reactions to prescription medicines. I had a full-blown seizure in high school while on antibiotics and Sudafed (half my body was jerking uncontrollably). I developed prodromal seizure symptoms on Zoloft and was told by a neurologist to stop the medicine or I’d likely get a seizure. I developed neuropathy after a few days on Avelox, one of the members of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic family that causes damage colloquially called “floxxing.”
Whenever I take a new medicine or vaccine, there is this cautionary period where I’m waiting to see if some sort of bizarre reaction might follow.
It doesn’t make me too eager to try new medicines.
But I’m not the norm. Or perhaps I’m too much of a wuss. Because it seems most people are more than happy to pop pills for any sort of discomfort or disorder, and they don’t seem as worried as I am about side effects.
The thing that gets me is that I have avoided overdoing it with drugs and alcohol for most of my life. (Yes, I smoked some pot socially in college.) And yet, I know people who have abused all sorts of drugs, from ecstasy to cocaine, who are healthy while I’m dealing with a mysterious chronic illness.
I guess when you can get away with snorting bumps and mixing oxycontin with your alcohol, you get pretty blasé about popping a pill or taking a vaccine.
Mental Health and Medical Interventions
Most Americans seem to love their drugs. But things haven’t always been this way. We didn’t even have Prozac as an option for most of my teenage years. Before Prozac launched in December of 1987, people who were depressed generally underwent talk therapy or perhaps cognitive behavior therapy. Yes, there were early antidepressants, but it wasn’t until Prozac exploded on the scene that antidepressants became not just an option, but the go-to method for dealing with depression.
It took less than three years for Prozac to become the most widely prescribed medication in all of North America by 1990.
I started seeing a therapist in high school due to depression; she was an old-school Freudian style therapist who was a bit intimidating and would kind of stare quietly at you while you babbled about your feelings. She never once suggested I be put on any medication, from my recall.
We used to have this idea that being depressed meant you had some feelings to resolve. Now it is simply put down to “chemical imbalance.” In fact, if you try to suggest to some folks today that depression might have an etiology in life events, you can get a very strong negative reaction. People have this odd worry that you are “blaming them” or make them out to be “weak” by suggesting that depression might be caused by an emotional upset.
It wasn’t until college that someone suggested I be put on medication for my depression, and so I tried Zoloft. It could have gotten me into a car accident because I did not realize that Zoloft was affecting me, until I was driving home late one night from the grocery store and suddenly the lights were all blurry and turned into stars.
Because I had a frightening neurological reaction to Zoloft, I never touched another antidepressant. So I had to find another option, and thus I turned to holistic healing in my early 20s.
God forbid I suggest to anyone attached to their antidepressants that there may be another way to manage it!
I once had a woman stalk me online, literally. (That’s for another article.)
Then there was the time I was in a yoga therapy training. When the subject came up, I told the class that I was “allergic” to antidepressant medication, so I had to find natural treatments. This was not enough to stop a woman, a yoga teacher no less, from pulling me to the side and lecturing me about how her partner’s life was saved from antidepressants.
Some people will be gripping their pills on their deathbeds, convinced it was the only way.
I’m sorry. They are not the only way. If they were, I might be dead by suicide by now.
For some people, the benefits of a medication might outweigh potential side effects, and if it works for you, great. But assuming that it needs to or has to work for everyone is to me the problem.
Despite the insane increase in medicalizing mental health via drugs, and now putting a large number of our children on ADHD, anti-anxiety, and antidepressant medications, our mental health is overall worsening, not getting better. From A brief history of antidepressant drug development: from tricyclics to beyond ketamine:
Major depression is a serious and debilitating disorder that can ultimately lead to suicide (1, 2). The number of individuals affected by depression increased by 18.4% from 2005 to 2015, and more than 300 million individuals are estimated to suffer from depression at present (1). Furthermore, the World Health Organization indicates that depression is the leading cause of disability (1). Therefore, it is evident that appropriate and effective treatments for this disorder are necessary.
Wow. We now have decades of use of the “newer” class of antidepressants like Prozac, and instead of people getting better, depression is just increasing. This isn’t even getting into the massive opioid crisis, illegal drug use, or number of people who are reliant on pharmaceutical medications to manage chronic health conditions.
So, despite these drugs not curing the problem...our newest generations are being raised with the idea that emotional problems can be solved by drugs and medical interventions.
This includes the boom in transgender diagnosis in children. I am in favor of allowing people to express themselves however they want. If you are born male and want to wear dresses and make-up, go for it. But, as a holistic practitioner, I am concerned that cross-sex hormones have potentially serious side effects (like liver damage with testosterone), so for the sake of your physical health, I’d recommend not transitioning medically if you don’t need to.
However, I also believe it is your choice as an adult, and as long as you are properly informed of both the pros and the cons, then that’s your business.
That said, I am definitely against medical transition for children because they simply cannot make that informed choice. But I just read about some doctor with very good credentials who runs a gender clinic claiming that a little baby boy who unsnaps his onesie is flagging that he is actually a she by making the onesie into a dress, and we should intervene early.
Umm...excuse me? Maybe the kid is trans-Scottish and wants to wear a kilt? Joking aside, the kid probably finds the snaps to be uncomfortable and here’s a “highly qualified” professional who wants to put the child on hormones for life because of it.
How many little kids labeled trans are simply being put onto hormone blockers because their parents have some weird ideas of what boys and girls are supposed to do or be? (For more on this, Heather Heying wrote a good article on this whole issue of transitioning children.)
I was a little girl who loved playing with Matchbox cars. I can’t even fathom thinking that a baby girl might be the wrong gender because she hates stupid little pink bows in her hair. But that esteemed doctor obsessed with onesie snaps thinks otherwise. Or does that “expert” have a lot of stock in pharmaceutical companies? Because letting girls play with boy’s toys maybe makes some toy manufacturers more money, but it doesn’t create a lifetime Big Pharma customer.
I recommend reading this article on Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy…on a societal scale? – it also might provide additional light on the subject.
(On a side note: I’m truly hoping this shift into non-binary will get people past the concept of putting everyone into gender boxes entirely, and we can be more holistic on the subject.)
Here’s the problem: The very fact that I wrote something critical about hormone therapy for transgender issues could get me into trouble, which just goes to show how medical and drug intervention has become a sacred cow we cannot question.
The point is, this idea of pumping pills or shots into people to fix problems that maybe don’t need medical fixing is part of the massive mindset we’re up against.
We’re in a culture where drugs and injections are the cure to everything, from our moods to our bad habits to what we want to look like.
The drugs are “the” answer.
And Big Pharma has a lot of money to put into advertising and lobbying to get their messaging across.
Thus, if we try to explain to someone who is pro-vaccine why fostering natural immunity (especially in children) might be better in the long run, they can’t process it.
To not do something when an injection is available would seem like madness to such a person, perhaps.
I just wonder what might happen to these legions of people if, God forbid, we have massive supply chain issues and they can no longer get the drugs that sustain them.
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