Flu Medicine, Frog Mucus & Snake Venom: Much In Common Says Physician
“Viruses are obligate intracellular organisms–they get inside the cells of the body and are not subject to antibiotics that are absorbed from a shot or digestive system into the blood,” says Richard Ruhling, a retired MD who taught Health Science at Loma Linda University. http://RichardRuhling.com
Ruhling sees research as divided with some focusing on esoteric cures like frog mucus while others focus on plant products that enhance immunity. Well-recognized are Vitamin C, bioflavenoids (like the white around the orange that makes Vit C more effective), garlic, and Echinacea.
Ruhling favors the latter and offers a personal experience. Working the Emergency Room, he noticed that he was getting flu symptoms—scratchy throat, headache, runny nose, muscle aches. He took his temperature and it was normal. Taught in med school that viruses are inactivated with fever, Ruhling wondered what he could do to get a fever.
He soaked in a hot tub for 20 minutes and was able to raise his temperature to 102.5 from normal. He finished by pouring cold water front and back but a cold shower would also work—this increases the white blood count and further stimulates your immune system.
If one doesn’t eat, their white cells will be even more hungry to “eat” germs. This technique can get rid of flu symptoms overnight, and it works best if one does these measures when they first realize they are coming down with the flu. Do not take drugs designed to mask symptoms. They interfere with the body’s mechanism. I have seen countless patients in clinic or emergency rooms who have taken cold medicine for a week and wonder why they aren’t better, says Ruhling
This brings back to what flu medicine and snake venom have in common. Ruhling looks at it philosophically. On one hand, we have Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine who said, Nature cures… Let your food be your medicine.
On the other hand, we have modern medicine with DuPont’s slogan—Better Living Through Chemistry. Ruhling says the problem is one of greed. Natural products that heal cannot be patented and drug companies can’t make a fortune on them, so they aren’t interested.
While doing physicals on executives, several told Ruhling that sugar, cheese or meat bothered their joints.
People don’t know the cause of their problem, so they “Ask the doctor.” Then they are on 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.
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.” JAMA, 4-15-1998
At home 199,000 more died, according to the Western Journal of Medicine, June, 2000. Prescription drug deaths in and outside hospitals totaled 305,000, with 8 million admissions to hospitals and 3 million to long-term care (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.
But worse, “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 are the overlooked cause of ADR increase and those ads continue.
Most of these people weren’t in hospitals. Applying the 7-fold increase in deaths from 1998 to 2017, it’s 2.1 million. 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.”
2,000,000 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.
Ruhling shared this information with a U.S. Senator who told him 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).
Angell’s 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!
Wouldn’t it be safer to try to discover the cause and change one’s diet accordingly, asks Ruhling. He notes that drugs ‘muddy the water’ so one doesn’t know if he’s better or not—it takes time to modify the diet and try to figure what’s causing the symptom.
Ruhling had headaches and even a neurologist who taught med students didn’t think food was a factor, but it turned out that wheat, pasta and pastry were the cause, even though he didn’t get a headache when he ate them because the body builds up a tolerance like to nicotine and people don’t get sick when they smoke—they get symptoms when they don’t smoke, as they try to quit.
People with food problems go in and out of symptoms, based on how much sleep, exercise, fresh air, fluids they drink—these are modifiers, but the underlying cause is food or a chemical, says Ruhling.
Back to this article title—where does snake venom fit? Though venom is researched and used as treatment for some things, Ruhling is again thinking philosophically. In the Bible, Moses put a brass serpent on a stick for people to look and live. Christ told Nicodemus that He must be lifted up (for all to look and live) as Moses, John 3:14-16.
But the symbol often used for medicine is caduceus with two snakes on the stick. From a biblical view, this it the devil—the serpent who was cast out of heaven for his rebellion, the cause of evil in the world, (Rev 12:9) usurping the place of Christ who became sin for us on the cross to reconcile us to God.
The devil is behind sorcery in Revelation 18:23, where the Greek word is pharmekeia. Why or how? Drugs do not usually address the cause of illness, but offer symptomatic relief. They appear to cure the problem, but one has to continue taking the drug because they continue eating, drinking or doing the cause which is not addressed by the prescription. The devil is in the details…