Modern Medical Misconceptions: What You Need to Know
I have always striven to take the fight to what is commonly referred to as the “Big Pharma”. I firmly believe that while medicines are indeed important, it is just as critical that individuals provide their bodies with the correct levels of nutrients and fluids to remain healthy. Unfortunately, some of us are already losing this battle. Not only are we failing to consume the optimum amount of liquids, but sedentary lifestyles alongside an excessive consumption of fats and salt can lead to conditions that might initially be mistaken as an illness. Still, is medicine absolutely necessary to maintain your health in such cases?
To be clear, I am not an “anti-drug” fanatic. There are indeed many situations when medicine is completely necessary and justified. The main issue is that many modern medical cures are used as panaceas; sometimes resulting in more harm than good. How have we come to this point?
A Brief History of the Pharmaceutical Business : A Massive Misconception
Many will argue that this trend began over 100 years ago; primarily during the first few decades of the 20th century. The owners of large pharmaceutical and chemical firms took on the role of investors within the United States marketplace. This led to a disturbing trend. It was in the best interest of these companies to prescribe medication to the public in order to enhance profits and to maintain a viable business model. In other words, the misconception of illnesses has led to the prevalence of many chemical treatments.
One disturbing health issue will bring the previous observations to light. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Europeans die as a result of the side effects from medication every year (taking third place in regards to the causes of all deaths). So, it should be clear to see that the interests of big businesses have now superseded rational drug use and even the traditional advice of many doctors. To put this another way, treating the patient with knowledge and proactive intervention has been supplicated with the mass distribution of medication.
The Modern Human Condition: A Worsening Health Issue
The first thing to stress is that there is no need to employ witchcraft, snake oil and other types of so-called “miracle” remedies. The human body requires three elements to heal itself and survive:
Let’s break this down into some percentages:
- 60 percent of the human body is comprised of water.
- 19 percent represents protein.
- 15 percent is allocated to fat stores.
- 5 per cent is attributed to minerals.
- The remaining 1 per cent is carbohydrates.
However, the average modern human is defined by a lack of fluid content and relatively low fat intake. While fat can be harmful, it is also a well-known fact that a complete lack of fat is just as debilitating. Nutrients and the appropriate levels of oxygen are equally crucial in terms of long-term health. The main issues here are that a lack of exercise makes it difficult to absorb oxygen and most individuals are not receiving nearly enough nutrients.
Addressing Modern Deficiencies
A lack of vitamins is by far the most challenging situation, as this condition affects many individuals. Did you know that no fewer than 15 vitamins should be taken every day to heal common illnesses and injuries? For example, 30 milligrams of vitamin C should be absorbed in relation to every kilogram of body weight. 100 milligrams of B1 is likewise necessary. If these (and other) substances are not regularly consumed, we will soon begin to display illness-like symptoms. Assuming that medicines are prescribed, they will do little good (there really is no illness present). Perhaps more concerning is that many will begin to develop psychosomatic disorders in relation to the way they feel; a situation that could be more harmful than the side effects of any medication.
20 Kilograms of Apples for Breakfast?
Many pharmaceutical companies have tried to convince consumers that a diet rich in vitamins and minerals equates to eating healthy foods. However, I strongly disagree with this statement. Let’s imagine that we want our child to receive the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. In this instance, his or her breakfast would be quite challenging. Four kilograms of tomatoes, 2.5 kilograms of lemons or a staggering 20 kilograms of apples would be required for breakfast alone. In the same respect, pregnant women will require 15 plates of spinach in order to receive the necessary amount of folic acid. Even Popeye would find this a challenge! This is when the power of vitamin supplements comes into play (not only when one is pregnant).
Four Litres of Water Each Day
I firmly believe that many false indicators of an illness are due to the insufficient intake of fluids. Whether we are ill or healthy, water is absolutely essential. However, 95 percent of individuals do not drink enough water. While two litres is often recommended, this is considered to be the bare minimum. The optimal amount is between three and five litres each day (I consume at least three litres). However, these fluids are also delivered by other substances such as fruits, vegetables and even soups.
An interesting experiment should be mentioned here. An individual weighing 70 kilograms was placed into a room for a single day. Although the temperature was optimal and the subject did not move or even speak, 350 millilitres of water evaporated simply as a result of a metabolic process. Quite amazing, isn’t it?
One interesting observation is that our bodies can become accustomed to such a lack of fluids. As a result, levels of thirst begin to drop (feeding a vicious cycle). The good news is that the exact opposite is also true. If we begin to drink regularly, our bodies will desire more water; leading to the formation of a great habit.
To be continued…