Life Is A Zig-Zag Pursuit Of Truth; We Tend To Get Stuck Along The Way
Ruhling pays tribute to his mentor, Mervyn Hardinge, MD, PhD, DrPH, whose doctoral degrees in medicine, pharmacology, and public health reflect the same zig-zag course that Ruhling experienced in his education, http://RichardRuhling.com
When Ruhling was preschool, he told his father, “I want to be what you are, but why aren’t you a fireman?” His dad was a physician who took his young son on house calls and Ruhling decided that being a doctor would be okay.
But 30+ years later after some zig-zags, Ruhling learned what his mentor did, that medicine based on pharmacology, is not what the public thinks it is and does not usually address the true causes of disease.
While doing physicals on executives, several told Ruhling that sugar, cheese or meat bothered their joints.
When people don’t know the cause of their problem, they “Ask the doctor.” This is the beginning of a slippery slope that can take them down fast. Most of the drugs in the Physician’s Desk Reference have a long list of adverse effects and some are serious.
Adverse Drug Reactions put 2.2 million people in hospitals and 106,000 died, “making these reactions between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death.” Journal of American Medical Assoc, 4-15-1998
How many died at home? 199,000 according to the Western Journal of Medicine, June, 2000. Deaths in and outside hospitals from prescription drugs totaled 305,000, with 8 million admissions to hospitals and 3 million to long-term care (nursing homes–these people were messed up for life, and the drug companies get a free pass from the Supreme Court—they usually can’t be sued for death or damages they caused.
“From 1998 through 2005, reported serious adverse drug events increased 2.6-fold…fatal adverse drug events increased 2.7-fold.” Archives of Internal Medicine, Sept 10, 2007, p 1752. But those same figures continued to 2017 suggest deaths increased 7-fold by 2017 because the TV drug ads, the overlooked cause of ADR increase, continue.
Applying the 7-fold increase in deaths from 1998 to 2017, it’s 2.1 million and most of these people weren’t in the hospital when the drug was prescribed. On the other hand, two-thirds of deaths from heart disease are over the age of 75, and a high percentage of these are in a nursing home where the average number of prescriptions is 7 (reported in 2002 with a trend to more Rx’s). And when a resident dies, no autopsy is done to determine the cause. The death certificate is usually signed as “heart disease.”
2,100,000 deaths/year is nearly 7000 deaths daily–like two 9-11’s daily! On 9-11, Congress grounded all planes. Why not stop the drugs or hold their makers responsible? For each death, 40 people are hospitalized with serious ADRs, and 15 go to a nursing home, messed up for life in most cases.
Confronted with such figures, a U.S. Senator told Ruhling that he was wasting his time, saying “they own us,” referring to the pharmaceutical industry that spends $400 million/year on congressional re-election campaigns. (Marcia Angell, MD, former editor of New England Journal of Medicine, 60 Minutes’ interview).
Her book, The Truth About the Drug Companies, reveals skewed studies and clever ways of reporting facts that mislead. An obscure fact is that drug companies don’t do long-term studies. Why not? They don’t want to know the results!
Congress voted for ObamaCare—20,000 pages written largely by drug companies, but Congress declines ObamaCare for themselves. Congress was wise; shouldn’t we be too?
When Dr. Hardinge learned of Ruhling’s intent to do seminars on lifestyle and nutrition, Hardinge shared a quote—“In the widest sense of the word, every drug is by definition a poison; toxicology and pharmacology are one, and the art of medicine is to use these poisons beneficially.” Drills Textbook of Pharmacology in Medicine.
Before Ruhling became board-certified in Internal Medicine, he noted that most diseases in the textbook were of “unknown etiology.” If scientists don’t know the cause, how can the drug be the cure? It’s largely a false science of symptomatic care when people prefer to eat, drink, smoke and abuse themselves as they please. We love our free country that lets us choose, in most cases, how we will die, often with minimum symptoms, says Ruhling.
When Ruhling got headaches, he couldn’t see a relationship to foods, nor did a neurologist who taught medical students who said “food would be a very rare cause” for his type of headaches.
Later Ruhling learned that mainstream medicine doesn’t usually see how foods or chemicals that we become allergic to can cause most of our symptoms.His headaches were due to whole wheat, pasta, pastry—foods he had been over-doing. He says most chronic disease is due to what we’ve put in our mouths from birth, but it gets more complicated if we take prescriptions because they are all chemicals that cause toxicity sooner or later.
Ruhling notes the last message in the Bible is a call out of Babylon that we “partake not of her sins and receive not of her plagues…for by her sorceries [Greek word is pharmakeia] were all nations deceived.” Rev 18:4,23. Every nation practicing western medicine is on the brink of bankruptcy. We spend huge amounts trying to prolong life a little longer. Why are we so afraid to die if we have lived well? asks Ruhling.