Are you amused by drug commercials, which portray some drug as a miraculous cure for some condition — making life wonderful again — and then spew out a list of dangerous side effects which, for those paying attention to that list, would make never want to take the drug. A blood pressure medication may be advertised as something that will return your life to normal again, letting you walk through beautiful fields of flowers just enjoying life as the actor does on the commercial; but the side effects include headaches, nausea, vomiting, and maybe death (which will significantly reduce your blood pressure). Why would you ever take this drug?

How did we get to this absurd state, and why are so many drug commercials occupying so much expensive air time? One might think that these commercials would self-destruct, turning everyone off of the drugs that they are trying to sell. Instead, they are obviously making money for the drug companies, because they stay on the air. So why is the public ignoring the warnings and seeking the drugs being advertised?

Evolution of drug mania
Wild as this situation is, it was once wilder yet. Over a century ago, drugs were all over the counter, no prescription needed. Doctors could recommend drugs, but it was up to the patient to buy them or any others they chose. There were also relatively few drugs available, but later as that quantity grew, and horror stories of drug-caused deaths became more common, public opinion shifted from self-medication being an individual right to the need for expert guidance and control of drugs, so federal regulation determined that many drugs now had to be prescribed by medical doctors. Doctors also were given sole responsibility to give their patients information about the effectiveness and dangers of those drugs. This quickly switched drug company advertising from public ads to physician ads. Medical journal ads, direct sales representative visits to doctors’ offices, and influence in medical training programs and research studies increased dramatically, while public advertising ceased.

With doctors being the sole gatekeepers of these drugs, distrust in doctors increased along with a generally increasing distrust of all authority figures during the 60’s. Doctors were often overstating the value of certain prescriptions and downplaying the dangers. The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) regulated advertising, requiring more data about the drug’s nature, especially side effects and contraindications, to be included. In the 70’s, consumer groups and the consumer rights movement were rapidly expanding. A debate raged as to whether doctors should have such strong control over informing their patients as to the dangers of drugs. This debate raised public awareness of the potential dangers of prescription drugs, and drug companies started diverting some of their advertising funds to public advertising once again, trying to make the public more favorable to drug use. Presently, pharmaceutical companies advertise to both doctors and patients, in a constant effort to boost both their reputations and the quantity of drug prescriptions. In a historical article published in The Milbank Quarterly, a publication of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, this transition to the proliferation of drug commercials, along with the required listing of side effects, is explained in detail.

Where we are now…
Pharmaceutical advertising is limited in its claims of the effectiveness of its drugs. Since they are limited, and must disclose known risks, why is the American appetite for drugs so strong? An average of 45.8% of all Americans have taken at least one prescription drug in the last month, and that number rises to 85% for those older than 60. In a statistical study published in Demography, researchers from Pennsylvania State University reviewed data from medical expenditure and mortality databases to determine how long average people can expect to be taking prescription drugs and how this compares with other nations. The research that they reviewed shows that Americans are less healthy and live shorter lives than their counterparts in other developed, high-income nations. One major reason they cite for this: “medicalization”, where normal life conditions became viewed as medical conditions that should be treated — this is a perception change where Americans in particular think it appropriate to simply take a drug to deal with something previous generations would have considered not appropriate for medical treatment, such as obesity, hyperactivity, various aches and pains, and even mental stress. This becomes a vicious cycle: as side effects from a drug makes people feel bad, they turn to more drugs to treat those symptoms, because they see drugs as desirable aids rather than harmful siren songs. Another reason is the shielding of some drug costs through health insurance plans, which disguise the true cost the public is paying for drugs and make them appear to be more affordable. Medicare (Part D) is a nationwide insurance program that spreads much of the actual drug costs across the populace, so those with low drug usage help pay for the high drug usage of others. The rise of chronic diseases, for which drugs are partially responsible, also is driving people to seek relief through drugs. Of course, pharmaceutical advertising plays a large role, tugging at customers’ emotions and their desire to feel well.

There was even more data in the study: “polypharmacy“ has increased dramatically in America. In the mid-1990s, most people were taking one prescription drug; now those taking medications are likely taking five or more. Women take even more prescription drugs than men on average: a boy born today can expect to be taking them for 48% of his life, while a girl born today can expect 60% of her life will be lived with drugs. What do we get in America for our pill-popping approach to health? U.S. average life expectancy is around 76.4 years, while comparable nations have an average of 82.3 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks U.S. life expectancy in 34th place among all countries in the world, almost at the bottom of the list of wealthy nations and below some middle-income countries. At the same time, U.S. healthcare spending is nearly double that of other wealthy nations.

These statistics are indicative of a self-inflicted wound in this country. Somehow prescription drug use has crashed through the protective barriers erected to inform the public of the risks of drugs, and even while we hear the warnings, we are willing to go ahead and take some or many prescriptions regularly. We apparently believe the reward outweighs the risk. We rely on doctors to tell us what we should take, but they are under pressure from patients to alleviate their symptoms while simultaneously being assured by the drug companies that their drugs will do exactly that, so the doctors prescribe often despite the risks. If you were a doctor, would you retain more patients by a quick fix or by pushing for diet, sleep, hydration, and exercise changes?

We’ve made drugs easy to get, hidden a lot of the costs, and told the public they can feel good again with the right prescriptions. Very few drugs cure anything however: most just treat symptoms and only for as long as you continue to take the drug. Of course there are exceptions: in medical emergencies and in life-threatening situations pharmaceuticals shine, and they were designed for emergency medicine, but that’s where they should stay instead of trying to solve chronic health conditions. Even necessary drugs such as insulin for a diabetic are only necessary until the underlying condition is fixed. While economics, doctor’s medical training, and public perception of drugs are significant reasons for the drug epidemic in this country, the root cause is our desire to get rid of symptoms. If we stopped “medicalizing” symptoms and recognized that our conditions come about for a reason (or a number of reasons) which can be corrected with lifestyle changes, we would no longer have a prescription drug epidemic. Instead, we would only use drugs when they were really necessary, and work hard to get off of them as soon as possible.

The better (and far cheaper) way
So, what are our alternatives to drugs? First, we must change our perception of drugs: they aren’t wonderful cures. They may be a necessary evil in some circumstances, but even drugs we are told that we must take for the rest of our lives can usually be dropped with lifestyle changes and some patience. And we must stop turning to drugs for symptom-squelching. Recognize pain and other symptoms as what they really are: the body yelling for help. Give it the help it needs, it will stop yelling, and our symptoms will recede.

Do you want better cardiovascular health? Exercise would be a good start. Cure obesity with diet, not pills. A lot of symptoms will back off with good daily hydration. Sleep is your restorative time — get plenty so you can rebuild naturally rather than drugging up to start the day and taking downers to force sleep. Above all, reduce stress because disease starts in your mind, gets translated into signals in your brain, and then broadcasts to your whole body. Good health is the best anti-drug, but it takes an all-out effort to gain and maintain health. If we, as a nation, sought health with half the vigor with which we seek medication, we would regain a good worldwide life expectancy rating, massively cut healthcare costs, enjoy life more, suffer less disease, stay more active, and avoid the downward spiral that the average 5-7 side effects of each drug we take causes in our health.

Dr. Nemec’s Review

Let’s get right to the point. Medications are meant for emergencies, and in most cases everything else can be taken care of with diet, exercise, hydration, sleep, and balancing the mind, brain body connection, which reduces all stress on the system.

Let’s go back to our ancestors. There were practically no pharmaceutical medications: their medicine came from natural remedies. Their medications came from plants all having various medicinal properties: in fact, today many pharmaceutical medications are chemical mimics, but unfortunately with 5 to 700 side effects, which the plants do not have. The beauty of natural medicine is: there are very few side effects if any, and they are not toxic — they do not damage other organs and gland systems — and they have many beneficial effects at the same time.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said it well: “Let your food be your medicine.”

In 1903, Thomas Edison, an American inventor, was concerned about the healthcare of his time and stated: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Let’s take just one condition: high blood pressure. We’ve had many patients come into Revolution New Medicine in the last 40 years with severely high blood pressure, some on four different blood pressure medications, each one having 5 to 700 side effects, and some of these patients even with four medications still having critically high blood pressure!

When they started our program at Revolution New Medicine, which focuses on:

1. Reducing subconscious and conscious stress programs– this alone reduces blood pressure tremendously because it reduces pressure and stress on the system throughout the whole body.

2. Customized nutritional genetic formulated diets,

3. Health, healing, and longevity-promoting oxygen levels at the cellular level. We do unique oxygen therapys to get the oxygen to the cells — but that’s not enough. You must maintain a high level of oxygen at the cellular level, and that can only be done by removing all the causes of inflammation throughout the body. Simply stated: inflammation equals swelling — we will call it flooding at the cellular level. If you have chronic inflammation, as 90+% of Americans do, then you have decreased oxygen levels at the cells, and this leads to disease processes: to begin with — the most important — cancer stem cell formation.

4. Hydration therapies to remove excess extracellular water. This is the result of chronic subconscious and conscious stress programs, inflammatory thoughts, inflammatory mindset, inflammatory brain, diet and lifestyle. When the body becomes inflamed, it starts to swell in the spaces between the cells, and this has disastrous effects. Most importantly, it causes hypoxia (low oxygen at the cellular level). It also causes greatly reduced nutrient absorption because of the flood in these extracellular spaces leading to nutrients and oxygen not being able to get into the cells, and waste products toxins, chemicals, and carbon dioxide not being able to efficiently get out of the cells — so basically the inflammation chronically sets up the stage for early cell death, premature aging, or — even worse — cellular mutation and cancer stem cell formation. This is all a product of an inflammatory mind, brain, diet, and lifestyle.

5. Sleep is so vital to one’s total health in mind, brain, emotion, and body. Sleep is much more complicated than just trying to get more. There are sleep cycles, sleep phases, and types of sleep patterns that all need to be addressed; when these are corrected, not only does that take tremendous stress off the system, which would of course decrease the need for four blood pressure medications, but also raises the level of health of multiple systems; if we’re not sleeping properly, cells are dying more quickly than they’re being replaced, because sleep is the body’s time of healing.

6. Exercise is not optional for health, healing and wholeness of body, mind, emotion and spirit. You should never look at exercise as optional in your life. It is just as important as eating, drinking water and sleeping. At Revolution New Medicine we have customized exercise programs for the unique genetic signature, symptoms and conditions, age, and goals of the patients. Exercise is more important than you can imagine in affecting your health in beneficial ways.

7. Prayer and meditation. When we live a life connected to the source of life, this brings life to every cell in the body. This also greatly reduces conscious and present stress, which in turn reduces the amount of inflammation made at the cellular level.

The result of being on our program with continual assessment, teaching and coaching: patients with extremely dangerous high blood pressure and four medications were able to stop all of them and restore a blood pressure of 120/70. No medications, no side effects, no toxicity, no cost for medication, and with the added benefit of many other symptoms and conditions being resolved, and feeling like they have dropped 20 years of age. This is the true American way — let’s bring it back, let’s get back to what Hippocrates and Edison said. It’s the only way; there is no other. The pharmaceutical approach should not be used for things that you could resolve with balancing the mind, brain, emotions, and body with diet, lifestyle changes, and natural therapies. This renewed mindset could resolve up to 90% of medication usage throughout the entire country in a matter of one year. Now think about that for a while, just think what that would do for our world health ranking, let alone prevent us as a nation from going bankrupt, spending billions of dollars in unnecessary pharmaceutical prescriptions, doctors office visits, and hospital stays.

This should be the common goal of all of us, instead of being fat and lazy, not only in body, but also in mind and thoughts on how we see our world, not from a selfish, self-centered perspective just trying to get rid of symptoms in the moment, without any consideration of what this action will do long-term; not only for us individually, but also for us as a nation.

Isn’t it time for you to take control of your health and your life instead of letting others control you? Isn’t it time for you to become independent of a system that now holds the keys of your health and your life in prescription bottles?

There is a better way! It is time to become proactive instead of being reactive!

 

Here are the ways we can help you in your health journey:

  1. Outpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-has the most benefit of teaching, treatment, live classes and personalized coaching. This program has the most contact with Dr. Nemec with 3- 6 month programs that can be turned into a regular checking and support program for life. This is our core program that has helped so many restore their health and maintain that restoration for years.
  2. Inpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-is our four-week intensive inpatient program for those that are not in driving distance, usually over 4 hour drive. This is the program that is an intensive jumpstart with treatment, teaching, live classes and coaching designed for all our international patients along with those in the US that do not live in Illinois. This program is very effective especially when combined with our new membership program support.
  3. Stay at Home Program-is offered to continental US patients who cannot come to Total Health Institute but still want a more personal, customized plan to restore their health. This program also includes our Learn Membership Program.
  4. Membership Program is our newest program offered for those that want to work on their health at a high level and want access to the teaching at Total Health Institute along with the Forums: both Dr. Nemec’s posts and other members posting. And also, to have the chance to get personalized questions answered on the conference calls which are all archived in case you miss the call. The Membership Program has 3 levels to choose from: Learn, Overcome and Master. The difference is at the Overcome and Master levels you received one on one calls with Dr. Nemec personalizing your program for your areas of focus.