Volume 3, Number 6 - November 13, 2012

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Society At Risk

By Karina Castrillo

We are dying. From the overly-processed food to the bad meds, the chemically enhanced world we live in has become efficient in killing us.

We pay a doctor to alleviate our illness, but he refers us an expensive pill that freezes our symptoms and causes worse side effects.

The vicious cycle begins with our diet. The animals we eat are already sick being bred in factories instead of the fields of a farm because it’s cheaper and faster.

Cows live on their own manure, injected with artificial growth hormones and eat candy and corn.

Chickens are not only treated inhumanely, but live in unsanitary conditions and fed caffeine and banned antibiotics.

Pesticides in our food have been linked to damages in the nervous system and even birth defects.

Everything we eat is highly processed or altered in some way. But food isn’t the only issue.

Toxicity exists in almost every product we own.

Everybody loves the smell of a brand new car. But what we are actually inhaling is the poisonous chemical, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

PVC causes cancer and is harmful to the immune and reproductive system. It is found in plastic wrap, cosmetics, toys, detergents, hair spray and clothing.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is found in cans and containers like plastic water bottles and leads to breast cancer.

After all of this toxic air takes a toll on us, we expect to get a healing treatment.

But let’s not expect that from the pharmaceutical industry. Companies make drugs to make millions, not to cure diseases.

The Food and Drug Administration is supposed to regulate this and protect consumers from bad drugs. Does it really?

The Prescription Drug User Fee Act was passed by Congress in 1992 in order for the FDA to review and approve drugs as quickly as possible so meds can be available to consumers when they need them.

But it serves as an incentive to profit-making because drug companies pay money to the FDA so they will approve its drugs.

The FDA does not fulfill its duty in protecting the health of Americans; it often has to recall the drugs they approve of because they create devastating health problems for people.

Have we not seen enough “bad drug” commercials?

If it cures your urinary tract infection, the side effect will cause blood clots. If it lowers your high blood pressure, it gives you liver problems.

It used to be that when you felt sick, the family doctor would visit your home and bring a remedy that he himself confided in to work.

Today we wait months for an appointment, wait hours at the clinic only to pay the doctor to take a quick glimpse at our situation and prescribe us something the drug company courted him to advertise.

The road to health is never-ending. Soon enough we’re back with other ailments caused by the side effects created by the past prescription.

It almost feels as if we are being treated only enough to survive and have us wailing back for more treatment to continue their profiting.

Sure it is possible to avoid this vicious cycle by eating a more organic diet, but the average person can’t afford to that so they eat the artificial, cheaper stuff.

In order for us to get healthy our system and our lifestyle will need to have major changes. We consume chemically enhanced products and it is obviously killing us.

It’s time to try a more natural approach to achieving health.

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