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Chapter 7 - It's All Up to You

I wish we didn't have to discuss these issues. I wish we could implicitly trust the medical community, the drug companies, and the government regulatory agencies. That would give us a lot more free time and comfort too.

We cannot trust them fully; it seems healthier to have a grain of mistrust. For one thing, the human body is simply too complex to know 100% of the answers. In addition, many errors in the industry, especially in hospitals and other medical facilities are due to human error that we cannot get away from. See, with rewards come risk. We could stop going to hospitals because of MRSA and the relatively high rate of mistakes but that means we never visit close family and friends who may need our visits and it might mean we die far younger than we have to because we avoided those life-saving facilities.

The drug industry does want to serve you well. To the extent that it does that, you will keep buying from them. The government does want to regulate fairly and honestly. (That is difficult for me to say as I have seen so much malpractice in government regulatory agencies in my still-young life through my research and training and analysis.) The real problem is that we often have the foxes guarding the henhouse. Many on the FDA boards and other governmental regulatory committees are current or former drug company officers.

Plus, the fact that the government chooses to combine the food and drug administration means that it can never work independently. In other words, the customers of one become the customers of the other. When the food side of the FDA ignores the dangers of a high corn- and grain-based diet, people become sick patients who are then ready for the drug side of the FDA. This is not necessarily intentional on either's part. It is an inherent flaw in the design of the agency.

Both the food and the drug industries should not be regulated by the same agency. And certainly not by current and former executives of the very companies being regulated.

Would a freer market be a safer one? I say yes. If given time that I don't want to spend here I can justify that answer too. But the reality is this: we have what we have. The FDA is here and at least until it implodes under the weight of its own bureaucratic cost, it is here to stay.

So we have a system that is not even close to being a good one. Looking at the plumbing industry, for example, it's a fairly good industry. We all complain about the cost of plumbers but we are always fairly satisfied when most plumbers bail us out of a plumbing nightmare.

But the body is immensely variable and the answer to repair our body is not always available or obvious. Trial and error is the only result and this book has focused on the errors of course. You owe it to yourself and your family to learn about those errors.

But don't just listen to me. Along the way I provided lots of references to back my opinions. Do your own research. Learn more about natural care. Feed your family healthier food.

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