20 Signs That The Pharmaceutical Companies Are Running A 280 Billion Dollar Money Making Scam

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Pharmaceutical Drugs - Photo by Tom VarcoIf you could get 70 percent of Americans addicted to your drugs and rake in $280 billion a year in the process, would you do it?  If you could come up with a “pill for every problem” and charge Americans twice as much for those pills as people in other countries pay, would you do it?  If you could make more money than you ever dreamed possible by turning the American people into the most doped up people in the history of the planet, would you do it?  In America today, the number of people hooked on legal drugs absolutely dwarfs the number of people hooked on illegal drugs.  And sadly, the number of people killed by legal drugs absolutely dwarfs the number of people killed by illegal drugs.  But most Americans assume that if a drug is “legal” that it must be safe.  After all, the big pharmaceutical companies and the federal government would never allow us to take anything that would hurt us, right?  Sadly, the truth is that they don’t really care about us.  They don’t really care that prescription painkillers are some of the most addictive drugs on the entire planet and that they kill more Americans each year than heroin and cocaine combined.  They don’t care that antidepressants are turning tens of millions of Americans into zombies and can significantly increase the chance of suicide (just look at the warning label).  All the big pharmaceutical companies really care about is making as much money as they possibly can.  The following are 20 signs that the pharmaceutical companies are running a $280 billion money making scam…


#1 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#2 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years of age say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.

#3 The 11 largest pharmaceutical companies combined to rake in approximately $85,000,000,000 in profits in 2012.

#4 During 2013, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs.

#5 According to Alternet, last year “11 of the 12 new-to-market drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration were priced above $100,000 per-patient per-year”.

#6 The CDC says that spending on prescription drugs more than doubled between 1999 and 2008.

#7 Many prescription drugs cost about twice as much in the United States as they do in other countries.

#8 One study found that more than 20 percent of all American adults are taking at least one drug for “psychiatric” or “behavioral” disorders.

#9 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#10 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.

#11 A shocking Government Accountability Office report discovered that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.  In fact, the report found that many states seem to be doping up foster children as a matter of course.  Just check out these stunning statistics

In Texas, foster children were 53 times more likely to be prescribed five or more psychiatric medications at the same time than non-foster children. In Massachusetts, they were 19 times more likely. In Michigan, the number was 15 times. It was 13 times in Oregon. And in Florida, foster children were nearly four times as likely to be given five or more psychotropic medications at the same time compared to non-foster children.

#12 In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

#13 The total number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled between 1996 and 2005.

#14 All of those antidepressants don’t seem to be working too well.  The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 rose by close to 30 percent between 1999 and 2010.  The number of Americans that are killed by suicide now exceeds the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents.

#15 According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 36 million Americans have abused prescription drugs at some point in their lives.

#16 A survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 percent of all U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs.

#17 According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

#18 According to the Los Angeles Times, drug deaths (mostly caused by prescription drugs) are climbing at an astounding rate….

Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, years for which more detailed data are available. Deaths more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69, the Times analysis found. In terms of sheer numbers, the death toll is highest among people in their 40s.

#19 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#20 Each year, tens of billions of dollars is spent on pharmaceutical marketing in the United States alone.

The American people deserve better than that.  Every year, the United States spends more on health care than Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia combined.  In fact, if the U.S. health care system was a separate nation it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet.

For all the money that we spend, we should be the healthiest people in the world by a wide margin.  Instead, life expectancy is higher in dozens of other countries and we have very high rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  For much more on the colossal failure of our health care system, please see my previous article entitled “50 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is A Gigantic Money Making Scam“.

So what do you think about the pharmaceutical companies that are making billions of dollars by getting the American people addicted to their super-expensive legal drugs?

Please feel free to express your opinion by posting a comment below…

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  • Tim

    There are pharmacies everywhere. In my area, there’s a CVS or a Walgreens on every corner. And then many grocery stores have pharmacies. I buy a few things at the local Publix grocery store, and the pharmacy in that store seems to always be busy. And many Walmarts have a pharmacy, and we know how ubiquitous Walmart is. And then there’s Rite Aid. Even some Target stores have pharmacies. I didn’t realize just how many pharmacies there are in my locale until I thought about it.

    • Nana

      You can buy shampoo on nearly every street corner, right?

  • Tim

    Here’s an interesting tidbit. Our English word pharmacy comes from the Greek word pharmakeia (transliteration). This word appears three times in the Greek New Testament. In the King James Version of the bible it’s translated once as “witchcraft” and twice as “sorcery.”

  • Jim Davis

    I am on ZERO prescription drugs, and doing fine thank you. My former quack MD tried to put me on statins, so I fired him and got a competent physician.

    • Nana

      Wait until you are elderly like me and your body starts falling apart. You will be glad for the blood pressure meds, the thyroid meds, the arthritis meds, blood thinners, the glaucoma meds, the diabetes meds, the nitroglycerin and the cholesterol meds. I didn’t take anything either until I got to be about 50. Now I need 3 of those to live longer. My neighbor is grateful for her chemo drugs, and my cousin is grateful for the dialysis that keeps him alive. We all eat right and take care of ourselves, but our bodies aren’t supposed to last forever. It buys us a little more time and better quality of life. We take the bare minimum.

      • Jim Davis

        Are you sure the meds are actually helping you? Maybe they are the CAUSE of some your problems.

        • Nana

          Yes, I am quite sure. Without thyroid meds, I am nearly too tired to walk. Without blood pressure meds, I have dangerously high BP and risk a stroke. Without glaucoma meds, my brother was going blind. Without nitroglycerin, my neighbor has heart attacks. Without diabetes meds, my half-brother gets open sores on his legs. Without chemo drugs (which have horrible side effects), my best friend would be dead of cancer. There are many, many, many legitimate drugs without which many people won’t be alive. The responsible educated person takes only what is needed for survival and health. There isn’t a drug for everything, and there isn’t a drug that will make your life meaningful. But it is foolish to condemn medication that helps people live longer and live healthier.

          • SeeTheTruth

            I do wish you well and hope you get better from your meds NaNa but I also understand what the other responders are trying to say. As someone who’s a big believer in natural Eastern medicine, my parents were also told once that they needed to be on a buffet of meds to control numerous issues. After taking some of the medication and hating the side effects, they decided to turn to all the things people mention about food and exercise, on top of using Eastern herbal meds to address their issues. If anyone is familiar with Eastern medicine, they will know that they use natural remedies that may or may not also contain the same compounds are in the medications you take. The only difference is that is milder, contains other natural elements that help your body properly utilize the compound, less aggressive and addresses the actual cause rather the symptoms. My parents are in their mid 70’s now and are NOT on any meds at all. When they have any issues, they turn to Eastern natural meds to coax the body to regain balance. I think it may be something that would benefit you as well in the long run rather than turning to pills. I can promise you that I know plenty of people who are also genetically predispositioned to have certain ailments and they also have found comfort and healing the natural way. Pills sometimes, address one issue but creates another and it’s something I learned early on when I was a Pharmacy major. It’s sad the government hides these facts from us. Again, I wish you health and relief from your ailments.

        • mel

          My doctor put me on all sorts of drugs too. For the last three years I felt like I was dying. Then last week I read what the side effects were for Simisvatin. I stopped taking it and feel ten years younger.

          • NoPillsPls

            Unfortunately, I’ve realized these days that doctors are not what they used to be. Many come from fancy schools or get into the field for other reasons other than to help people. It’s sad. They are the same people that robotically buy into the drugs that gets marketed to them and they prescribe them to their patients, sometimes not realizing it’s effect on their patients. I always tell people, even if your not a doctor or pharmacist of so forth, you’d still be surprised how using your basic knowledge from science class and common sense can save you from this medicine mayhem!

      • krinks

        Sorry but diabetes and eating right don’t go together. If you did one you wouldn’t get the other. Proper eating will get rid of it also.
        Age 49 on nothing.

        • Nana

          Exercise and proper eating CAN actually clear up type 2 diabetes in most people but not in everybody. Nothing clears up type 1 diabetes. I don’t have diabetes but have relatives who do.

          • krinks

            Proper eating can clear up Type 2. Those that say it can’t more than likely have too little self control to eat properly, which is how they got it in the first place.

          • Nana

            I have known a couple of skinny people who ate right and still got diabetes. Genetics plays a part in illness, too. Eating right maximizes your chances of being healthy. I have also known nonsmokers who got lung cancer and COPD. It happens. Genetics.

          • mrhdiver

            Nana, I highly recommend a book The China Study by T. Colin Campbell. I believe that you have an excellent chance of regaining your good health. Best of luck to you.

      • bman

        I’m 62. As I turned 60 my dr insisted that I start “Maximum Medical Management” (Drugs, Drugs, More Drugs) for my just-diagnosed (by 2 MDs and a heart specialist) Coronary Arterial Disease. I said I would try natural alternatives first. She said I would be “wasting my money”. THREE WEEKS LATER I went back for a follow-up and watched her quite literally go pale as she checked me out. BP now 115/78 (was 170/110). She cancelled some further testing she had scheduled for me: “No longer necessary.” As I left she took my hand with both of hers and said “You’ve done wonderfully!” I would bet my home that she never told ANY of her other heart patients.
        You eat right: I’ll bet you eat GMOs and other food covered in pesticides, herbicides and various other poisons.
        You take care of yourself: I’ll bet you’re not following ANY kind of a REAL exercise regimen.

        • Nana

          Good for you, and yes, I do exercise. Exercise is recognized as the key to long life. Our bodies seem designed to die off when we quit exercising. I grow an organic garden with heirloom seeds and watch what I eat. I actively campaign against GMOs. But you can’t always beat genetics. I can do no more than I already am about high BP that runs in my family and a failing thyroid. Meanwhile, there are many good doctors (especially young ones) who use herbal meds and go for simple solutions first and teach their patients to keep healthy rather than fight disease. You can find one of those instead of a lazy one who prescribes powerful drugs as the first step for everything.

          • mrhdiver

            Look into iodine. So many diseases relate to iodine deficiency. Iodine used to be added to salt and bread as well as other baked goods but was replaced with bromine which is harmful (but cheaper). Bromine as well as chlorine (in your tap water) and fluorine (also in tap water) take the place of iodine in the thyroid by attaching to the iodine receptors (leaving no place for iodine to attach) resulting in even greater iodine deficiency. If you have EVER taken an antibiotic, the good flora in the gut have been damaged. It is essential to take probiotics after antibiotics to restore the natural balance of gut flora or digestion will always be impaired. There are very specific probiotics that are needed depending on which antibiotic you have taken. It’s worth researching to get maximum health restored. Great choices though are kimchi, unpasteurized sauerkraut, kombucha (you can make these yourself), natto (many can’t tolerate the smell, slimy nature but can be obtained in pill form), unpasteurized yoghurt and kefir.

        • mrhdiver


      • yoshua

        I highly doubt you eat right, you probably eat all GMO food, aspartame, MSG and tons of other poisons, oh cant forget the fluoride water!!

        • Nana

          None of those, and I can’t do anything about the fluoride in the water. Why would you rudely insist that I am lying about the way I eat?

          • mrhdiver

            Probably because the USDA is clueless and we tend to listen to them. If you are ill, detoxing and juicing works fabulously in restoring health. Doctors remove gallbladders instead of advising patients to do liver/gallbladder flushes which fills the toilet bowl with gallstones and clears your body to do it’s fine work. I was astonished when I did this simple procedure and it costs virtually nothing.

      • mrhdiver

        I installed a reverse osmosis system to eliminate fluoride and other toxins from my water. My daughters have installed them and I installed one for my mom. My tap water measures at nearly 300 particles per million, my R/O water measures at 18-24ppm. Wow. I paid only about $150 for the system.

    • Sheriff J W Pepper

      me too, I’m 53 and I don’t even use aspirin.
      mostly vegan diet, .. no sugar or fried junk.
      exercise a lot.
      avoid all toxins the best I can.

    • mrhdiver

      Me too. I’m 62 and fired my doctor who prescribed blood pressure meds, a statin and heart meds. I am in perfect shape physically. Perfect weight, I’m a competition figure skater (started skating 5 years ago) and think happy thoughts. I have learned more about how to maintain good health from – get this – the Internet. So many diseases that show up particularly at age 50+ can be attributed to lack of vitamins and minerals – particularly K2 which is needed to direct calcium to bones and teeth instead of arteries and joints. Imagine no osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, aortic stenosis or arthritis! (read The Vitamin K2 and Calcium Paradox) Lookup adrenal fatigue to see how our bodies are affected by stress – chemical, physical and psychological. Most of us are seriously Iodine deficient. Imagine regaining your health by not following the USDA recommended diet but eating grass fed butter, grass fed beef, organic vegetables and fruits, healthy oils. Our food supply is not only deficient in vitamins and minerals due to commercial agricultural practices but it is tainted by antibiotics and poor quality feed. We must be our own health advocates. I take no meds at all. No prescription and no over the counter. It took some research to get here and it works for me. Read Death By Medicine by Gary Null or Death By Modern Medicine by Dr. Carolyn Dean for true eye openers! All substantiated by facts.

  • Heartsick in Ky

    Huge money making scam indeed! And most people don’t care to spend their last dime on doctoring and prescription drugs because they already have them in the grip of addiction and these people need their FIX! If there was any shame left in the medical industry, this mass wholesale drugging of our society would be stopped. But greed and shame do not walk hand in hand.. I’m afraid the last glimmer of hope for America’s future has been reduced to a burning ember. RIP America..

    • Nana

      Are you saying that I should stop my BP meds and risk a stroke and shorten my life? Should my brothers stop their diabetes and glaucoma meds and risk death and blindness? Should my best friend quit chemo and die quickly of cancer? Should my friend’s daughter quit her schizophrenia meds, hear voices again, and maybe go shoot up a school or theater? Many meds have legitimate purposes, and those of us who need them would be fools to not take them.
      Are there abuses of Rx drugs? Of course! Education has a big role in the solution to that. But please don’t suggest that Rx drugs are all bad. If you want drugs to fuss about, find ways to fight heroin and cocaine which are destroying our young people. Please don’t condemn my thyroid meds.

  • Dale Day

    Thanks. I’ve seen this first hand during my trips to Mexico and it disgusts me.

    I sure wish we had more doctors and clinics who practiced holistic medicines. I can attest to having a curandera tell me some cures which worked better than anything out of a laboratory.

    • laura m.

      Dale: I agree. TV drug ads are constant and I feel like ditching the cable tv like others have. These crappy ads run day and night. Fish oils thin the blood, thyroid pills are a hormone drug more like a food supplement as some people are lacking it. Most drugs are unnecessary. Eating wheat , corn and all stuff made from it can lead to diabetes, etc. News with Views has drs writing articles (Mercola, etc)on various health issues cured naturally. Most people are too lazy to do research and break away from mainline medicine.

      • Nana

        Do your research. Don’t just accept what a website says because you want to agree with it. Much dangerous “info” is on those web sites. You may be too young to remember the scam “natural product” Laetrile that was sold in other countries to cure cancer and was made from peach pits. People staked their lives on it and went to Mexico to take it and pay lots of money and died. There are plenty scams in the alternative med market as well. A few years back a guy wrote a book promoting water as a cure for everything and made a lot of money selling the book telling how much water to drink. It didn’t cure anything but thirst, but it made him some cash.
        Most drugs are unnecessary for most people, but if you need one, it’s necessary for you. I don’t need Insulin, but I do need Synthroid. Many conditions can be treated with alternative meds, but some cannot. BTW, many alternative treatments have bad side effects as well. Just because something is “herbal” or “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Or safe in large amounts or combinations with other things.

    • Nana

      There are plenty. You just have to seek them out. Many of our younger doctors are going back to natural cures as a first line of treatment. They’re slower to heal, but many work quite nicely. Find the right doctor. But don’t expect a “natural” solution to every disease. They just don’t exist for everything. Nothing replaces a failing or surgically removed thyroid except thyroid Rx.

  • seth datta

    Why are generic cancer drugs sold in India for mere cents on the dollar costing thousands of dollars? Of course its a racket. Big business/big pharma is in bed with fedgov and MIC.

    • Nana

      Because the US taxpayer is footing the bill for medicines for those countries. I thought everybody knew that. I’ve bought Rx in Mexico far cheaper than I can get the same Rx here. It’s the same meds, made by the same companies. But we have to pay more so our gov can send cheap meds to other countries. This is political. Purely political.

  • Hope

    Quite a few years ago, and for a few years, I battled depression and anxiety. I went on meds for a few months, and decided to come off them. I had withdrawal symptoms, and the depression/anxiety returned.

    Anyway, what I figured out was that my depression and anxiety were due to not ‘genetic’ factors, but due to my lifestyle. I was making very poor choices in my life.

    I believe that is the cause of problems for most people. They refuse to firstly even examine themselves, and see what is not working in their lives. Pills will only mask the symptoms, but they will NEVER go away unless you really think about your life and how you are living it.

    Most people in their struggles REFUSE to turn to God, and many even turn to satanic concepts which delve them deeper into their struggles. Psalm 119:71: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.”

    Here is an article I wrote about my struggles:

  • Gay Veteran

    “…They don’t care that antidepressants are turning tens of millions of Americans into zombies and can significantly increase the chance of suicide (just look at the warning label)….”
    and also murder, but the government doesn’t want you to know that so they can gut the Second Amendment

    • Nexusfast123

      Nothing to with amendments, etc. Has everything to do with profits.

      • Gay Veteran

        not just profits.
        why have so many young men who have been on these psychotropic drugs committed murder? why is the government using these murders to attack the Second Amendment?

        • Graham

          Spot on. The connections should be clear to all but many fail to see the bigger picture, let alone how just about everything arises out of “full spectrum dominance”.

        • I don’t believe some of those mass shootings were the work of drugged up loners. At all. It’s funny how everyone instantly believes the stats in this article, but nobody has the minerals to admit how unlikely the Aurora and Sandy Hook massacres were considering the official story of drugged-up loners. Big Pharma is yet another distraction, as is Big Agri. The real issue of the one that begs, “Why is our government killing us?”

          • Gay Veteran

            the government uses these kinds of attacks (and Terrorism! be afraid!!!)to gut the Bill of Rights

        • Nana

          Liberals shut down the mental hospitals in the 80s and dumped all those schizophrenics under the overpasses to give them the “least restrictive environment.” Now mentally ill have few places to go, and families have no place to put their mentally ill relatives where someone can help them and make sure they take meds they NEED to be even close to normal. So the mentally ill go shoot up schools and theaters.

          • Gay Veteran

            these meds are turning some of them into mass murderers

          • Nana

            LACK of appropriate meds can do that. Male schizophrenics don’t like taking their meds that help them be normal because the meds cause impotence. So, unsupervised, they quit their meds, go back to hearing voices, and sometimes obey those voices. Without meds, schizophrenics are extremely paranoid as well. Getting the right dosage is tricky, as all are different. This requires medical supervision.
            And thank you, Gay Veteran, for serving your country and risking your life to protect the rest of us. We owe you! You have my respect.

          • Gay Veteran

            I was only a cog in the imperial war machine

        • Nana

          Because they are schizophrenics or have some other condition like this and usually aren’t on their meds that would help them. This administration is using anything it can get to attack the Second Amendment rights of sane, law-abiding citizens. And the mainstream media is helping them.

    • Nana

      Antidepressants don’t turn people into zombies. Tranquilizers do. Antidepressants replace a chemical the body has quit making for some reason, so they can be normal again. Tranquilizers dope people out of their minds. That isn’t normal. The two are very different. Tranquilizers are very often abused.

      • Robert (qslv)

        Antidepressants often cause rebound mania. Many of the shooters were in this manic state when they did their crimes. Zombies don’t plan and execute murders. A normal person in a drug induced manic state can and will kill.

        • Nana

          The one way that happens occasionally involves suicide, not murder. A severely depressed person may be put on an antidepressant and perk up just enough to be able to plan a suicide. They are at risk of that for the first few weeks on an antidepressant, and doctors watch for it. Depressed people don’t run out and shoot up schools. Really crazy or evil people do.

      • mrhdiver

        Just so ya know, Prozac is 94% fluoride. So we who have fluoridated water are on antidepressants. I installed an RO system though. Oh and by the way, a side effect of Prozac is erectile dysfunction. Maybe the proliferation of TV ads for ED are related??
        Flouride is cumulative in the body. So all the US govt. websites that claim it’s safe because of small dosages added to water systems aren’t entirely honest. Or they’re just clueless.

    • Sheriff J W Pepper

      This sums it all up, lol :


  • thoiter

    It is a massive scam, and it’s frustrating that more people can’t see it. As to your questions “would you do it?”, the answer is no, I wouldn’t. The rampant greed that we see all around us is destroying everything.

  • tommy robinson

    thats put me right in the mood for some mind numbing opiates.

  • MS drugs all need to be scrutinised and whos having lavish lifestyles out of ill people with MS too

  • Rufus T Firefly

    O wonder!
    How many goodly creatures are there here!
    How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in’t

    Actually American medicine is the best in the world, in that we have higher survival rates than anyone from cancer and other diseases, along with our propensity to gorge our fat faces, shoot ourselves and not exercise.

    • pete

      nana is a perp. its so obvious.drs kill hundred of thousands a years. fact!drugs kill even more. they only mask the underling illness. when the colpase come hope you have some of your fluoridated meds on hand.

  • Debbie

    I use a mild blood pressure med and occasional antibiotic if I absolutely have to-never fill pain meds or anything else-doing just fine thanks.

    • Nana

      Eat right and exercise, and this may last a long time. I hope so. But those of us who are old often need meds for parts of our bodies that are wearing out. It’s that or die. My 88-year-old cousin takes no regular meds. Good genetics and good lifestyle. My equally good lifestyle hasn’t protected me from some bad things I inherited from another side of the family. We do our best and minimize meds. And pray.

  • piccadillybabe

    It’s really tragic the way we are being led quietly down the road to our own demise by being mandated to buy into a system that is our worst enemy. Many are so far gone mentally, physically and financially with prescription drugs they cannot see the light of day anymore. An do not forget, MJ is the root of all evil. It is a gateway drug!

  • gordonshaw

    Let food be your medicine. Be kind to your body, the brain is downstream from your gut so eat well. Go to your library and read something like Martha Herbert’s book on nutrition, sort your life out. Man can’t replicate nature, so why swallow all that artificial crap. We don’t know the chemical ins and outs of natural phytochemicals, we aren’t there yet. Two weeks of healthy eating and you will emerge from the fog.

    • Tim

      I like your avatar. My maternal grandparents had that picture on their kitchen wall when I was a boy.

    • Sheriff J W Pepper

      food is medicine.
      and don’t eat bad shit like sugar, soda, deep fried, etc

  • Random_acct

    Great points. People are using drugs to mask deep spiritual problems. Turn to Christ, confess sin and repent. That is the start to getting whole again, not using anti-depressants.

    • Nana

      That is always the solution to spiritual problems. But if your body is not making a necessary chemical you need, replacing that chemical temporarily can help you pull yourself together enough to find God. Then more healing will take place. And never discount miracles. God is real.

      • Random_acct

        I understand your point.

  • Jodi

    I know one too many people who will do anything to get their hands on prescription drugs for a simple headache. I few years ago, a family member approached me for some medicine for a headache and when I pulled out my bottle of ibuprofen she turned it down & told me that wasn’t good enough. She was hoping I had a prescription. Prescriptions are bad news.



  • cqsallie

    I thought I’d written a screed, but….
    I recently had to go to a doctor and get a prescription for something akin to a folk cure. $50 co-pay and $149 for a substance that I should have been able to purchase over-the-counter, jolted me into reality. Everything these big pharma types can have labelled as a disease they will. Obesity is now a “disease,” so a program of eating lite and exercise will now enter the realm of “by-prescription-only.” We’re a pretty dumb bunch of people, but ridding oneself of itch mites shouldn’t require a doctor and prescription. Do ya think?

    • Nana

      There are many herbal and “grandma” remedies that work about as well as antibiotics, chiropractor treatments and acupuncture that work as well as some surgeries, just take a little longer. Many doctors start with those. Find a new doctor, especially a younger one. Apple cider vinegar is a miracle “drug.” Read about it. You usually have alternatives. Explore them but please be wary of charlatans there, too.
      Obesity is CALLED a disease now for political reasons to justify making others pay for fat people’s having a doctor tell them regularly to stop eating so much. I’m fat, and it’s all my fault. I have never eaten a bite of food while asleep or at gun point. My brain operates the hand that holds the fork. I do not have a disease called obesity. I have less will power than I used to.
      BTW, many patients demand a prescription for OTC meds so that insurance will pay for them. Instead of paying $3 for a bottle of 200mg ibuprofen and taking 4, they get an Rx for 800mg which costs insurance $20, and then we all pay more in insurance premiums.

      • Robert (qslv)

        Nana, if you lost the weight, most of your health problems would disappear.I cured myself of type 2 diabetes (metabolic syndrome) with diet, exercise and a considerable weight loss.

        • Nana

          Congratulations to you! Good job! Normal weight and exercise are THE keys to good health. Weight loss and exercise can clear up Type 2 diabetes for most people. I’m not diabetic. It will do nothing for my inactive thyroid or cataracts. It will do nothing for my friend whose thyroid is surgically removed. It won’t cure my friend’s child’s schizophrenia or my nephew’s Down’s Syndrome. Normal weight and good diet are the ways to maximize good health, but that doesn’t CURE everything. We can prevent many diseases and avoid many drugs by eating right and exercising. You showed that.

  • Thanks for the great article! It seems to me that both the medical-pharmaceutical establishment as well as the military-industrial complex are run a crime syndicate whose members are a bunch of homicidal maniacs with psychopathic tendencies.

    I don’t think the article touches on vaccination and fluoridation which are both public health scams used to poison us and our families for profit and to keep us doped up to the point where most people can’t even think straight anymore.

    Most people are completely unaware that vaccination programmes are part of an agenda designed to reduce the world population and that vaccines are not designed to protect but to harm children.

    It’s time for everyone to wake up and to smell the stench of corruption, but I fear that even though many people ARE waking up, many more will continue to watch the idiot box and accept what CNN and the CDC tells them as true.

    • Nana

      Without those vaccines, millions of innocent people would die every year of preventable diseases. Would you choose to bring back smallpox, which has been wiped out by vaccination? Should we sit back and let children get tetanus or rabies or polio or hepatitis? That’s the alternative.

      • mrhdiver

        Read Vaccine Nation or watch youtube videos by Dr. Tenpenny, Dr. Gary Null, Dr. Tent and others who demonstrate the ineffectiveness and damaging effects of vaccines. Smallpox and most other communicable diseases were eradicated by improved sanitation, refrigeration and vector control. And it might surprise you to know that President Roosevelt didn’t have polio but actually contracted Guillain Barre’ from daily swimming in a lake polluted with sewage.

  • Arizona

    AMERICA can’t be saved,that sound mind the LORD gave them has been drugged out of them,ask any kid who has parents on drugs,or grand parents for that matter…………………

  • susan

    every single drug has some kind of bad side effect whether you find it out now or years later–you are better off not taking any prescription drugs and finding a natural alternative to your illness, aches or pains.

    • Nana

      A natural alternative is always the best solution, if there is a natural alternative. For some problems, there isn’t. Many doctors start with natural alternatives. As my doctor says, “Many Eastern medicine solutions and herbal meds work, just more slowly than modern medicine. Better to start with those if you can.” Apple cider vinegar cures sore throat faster than any prescription. There are many. But there isn’t an herbal or other treatment for everything. Sometimes we have to bite the bullet and use prescription drugs. Just do your homework on them.

    • Sheriff J W Pepper

      They are not “side effects”, . . they are EFFECTS.

  • 2Gary2

    I get my prescription from Canada. Pills in USA=$120 for 5 -100mg pills and in Canada it is $130 for 60 of the same 100mg pills. Oh the evils of single payer. NOT! F the free market USA.

    • onegoodnathan

      US Pharmaceuticals is far from a free market. it is now a fascist merger of corporate and govt powers, nice try tho.

  • Nana

    I am so glad you have found good health again and found God. Many people turn to drugs when it is lifestyle that is the problem. Drugs make their problems worse.If you have an actual biochemical imbalance,then you need meds to replace chemicals your body no longer makes. Otherwise, those meds won’t help you. Tranquilizers are our most overprescribed drug, and if somebody needs them more than a few weeks (say, to deal with a death in the family or other major crisis), then they are harmful. Antidepressants work by replacing a natural chem that the body is supposed to make but isn’t, and if antidepressants don’t work, it’s usually because your body is making that chem. Something else is the problem. Drugs surely are not the answer to all medical problems, but they are the only answer to certain ones. God is always an answer.

  • Robert (qslv)

    From a site called “Shmoop”:

    The drug in question here is soma, a hallucinogen used by those in power to subdue the citizens in Brave New World’s futuristic, totalitarian setting. It is described as “the perfect drug,” with all the benefits (calming, surrealistic, ten-hour long highs) with none of the drawbacks (no guilt, no hangovers). The citizens of the “World State” have been conditioned to love the drug, and they use it to escape any momentary bouts of dissatisfaction. The problem, as one character identifies, is that the citizens are essentially enslaved by the drug and turned into mindless drones.
    Science fiction has become science fact.

  • Weezy

    What an excellent article. This Olympic confirms what I believed all along. FDA= corruption. Holistic healing is the only natural way I am curing my diagnosis and the results so far are fantastic!

  • fubar

    >>>#14 All of those antidepressants don’t seem to be working too well. The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 rose by close to 30 percentbetween 1999 and 2010. The number of Americans that are killed by suicide now exceeds the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents.

    spend 20 minutes watching tv. you will see probably 5 commercials touting drugs where one of the listed side effects is increase in suicidal thoughts, and not all of them are “psychiatric drugs”.

  • memnock

    I have fought liver cancer twice and finally ,I have gotten a liver transplant.Now I take over 30 pills a day and one of the drugs has made me diabetic.So now I take insulin twice a day.All of this comes at a cost of almost 7,000 dollars a month.But I’m still alive!!!

  • Greg

    Whatever one may think of the relevance of vaccination the fact remains that in an alleged free country one should not be forced or coerced into being vaccinated.
    With respect to children they are wards of the state and the state will do whatever they deem necessary to protect their investment. You forfeit your legal parental rights when you apply for and purchase a marriage license. This contract with the State is said to be a specific performance contract as to the privileges, duties, and responsibilities that are attached to it. This results in an implied agreement to be subject to the State’s statutes, rules, and regulations and all court cases ruled on related to marriage law, family law, CHILDREN and property. THEY WILL BE VACCINATED.

  • Greg

    We are never born with a deficiency of pharmaceutical drugs. The creator of all things has ensured us that we are not deficient and has supplied us with the natural necessities to healthfully sustain ourselves.

  • Steinar.

    Greed cares nothing about the victims. It’s very human to, when one has a money machine, to keep on cranking it, exponentially. But it is a crime against humanity. Sure there are some meds that save lives – insulin f ex – but avoiding all the sugar prevents that. I’m going to be 71 next month and have never spent a night in the hospital and have not swallowed a single pill in those 71 years. And I don’t intend to start now. Eating healthfully, keeping active and cultivating faith in God makes the very most of this racket appear to me for what it is: a, yes, cruel, merciless racket run by, often, callously greedy people.

  • Paleo-Life

    I think NANA works for the drug companies. Just joking but sadly, when it comes to diet & eating right (not the the US food Pyramid) people like NANA don’t get it or are mistaken on what eating right really means. And, the medical community is always way, way behind on things like this.
    Now as many here my Dr wanted to put me on high blood pressure pills and satins too, I said beat it. In my quest to get healthy again, i came across Dr Cordain’s Paleo book (today there are now many quality Paleo type books out there) and it saved my life. With diet & exercise my health is now the same as a 20yr old (I’m 48). But with that said, I don’t fully blame the Dr’s or the drug companies because most Americans are lazy and want an easy fix, pop a pill. So the Dr’s & drug companies give people what they want. So as with most things in life, no one will look out for you better than you will.

  • mrhdiver

    Steven, I’m sad that you believe that article along with its references. Do more research to see the very damaging effects of fluoride to the body. And follow the money.

    • Steven Hartman

      I agree that Fluoride can be toxic, but only at higher concentrations than what you will find in drinking water. I cannot find a single peer reviewed article that says otherwise. Of course, there are many news articles and blogs that rant about how it is terrible to put in the water, but those are not reputable. Where are you getting your info from?