Reflection

To Medicate or Not to Medicate – That is the Question

To Medicate or Not to Medicate – That is the Question

Is your health worth a billion dollars?

I would like to think it is – given that your health fundamentally defines what you are able to do with your life, and whether it is one worth living.

I know this first hand as I reflect on my own changing welfare. Having lost over 65 pounds and defeating many diseases, I know that health is worth more than anything money can buy.

Unfortunately, in the modern world where corporations dot so much of the landscape, your health is not worth a billion dollars. Rather, an unhealthy you is far better for profits!

The pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars in profit every year. In 2013, it was reported that the top 11 pharma corporations made a combined total of $84 billion dollars in profit. These figures have only continued to grow into our current fiscal year. The gross earnings figure enters the trillion dollar range when you add other expenses, court costs, employee salaries, etc. and view total earnings as a whole.

Disease is Not in Your Genes!

Disease is Not in Your Genes!

"Genetics" have become a scapegoat for all sorts of diseases - obesity, cardiovascular problems, digestive problems, allergies, arthritis - basically, if you can think of a disease, it is likely you have heard someone refer to it having a genetic link. Genes are really just the coding of our individual bodies. Of course, some of this information is passed from generation-to-generation. This is obvious when comparing a newborn child to his/her parents. 

While it is possible to share some of this "code" for diseases, in a vast majority of cases your genes do not define your performance in life. Just because your father and your grandfather have had histories of heart disease, does not mean you have to carry the torch like an Olympian. Most illnesses that can be chalked up to genes and "cured" by a doctors prescription are entirely avoidable through simple lifestyle changes.