American medicine does wonders when it comes to the repair of traumatic injuries. But, it does not do so well when treating disease and various chronic health conditions.
It seems that the American public over the past one hundred years has bought into the idea that medicine could provide magic bullets to cure various diseases and health conditions. Take a prescribed pill or capsule regularly (sometimes for life) and you will be fine, healthy and cured. Oh, if life could be so simple and easy!
But, I wonder if this premise (always take a prescribed pharmaceutical drug) is sound. If, as it appears in some instances, that the drugs only biochemically instruct the body to shut its symptoms down, can we believe that the patient has been cured of his/her dis-ease? Are we merely treating symptoms and not underlying causes? As well, when we look at the side effects of many of these potent pharmaceutical concoctions, we must ask 2 questions. How safe are these expensive prescription drugs? And, is it possible that some of these many side effects are in fact the body telling the patient that it still is sick and not cured?
A healthy skepticism is warranted here, and in the area of vaccine safety. We ought not give the doctors of today (in the year 2020) the deference due a medieval priesthood. (The cynic in me also will say that not many doctors enter their profession out of soul deep and sincere concern for the health of humanity, but enter the profession to make lots of money.)
The hysteria over the so-called Corona virus is instructive. The masses are acting much like frightened children as the mainstream media continues to stoke fears. Perhaps collective mental illness is a more serious threat to society that this virus.
And, as to the big drops in the stock market recently . . . Forgive us for chuckling, but for months now there have been articles in the business press saying that this market was extremely over valued. Hey, people, nothing goes up for ever. The Corona virus is just the pretext for the sell-off. But, do not rush to buy the dips, as this may be only the beginning of another major financial crisis that could hit just before the election (similar to 2008, and the rise of Obama). It may be more prudent to take your money off the table for now, and reduce personal debts as much as possible.
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