Who Owns Natural Health?

Most will not realise, let alone believe that natural health is owned and controlled by Big Pharma.

"How?" I hear you say.

To answer this, we need to go back to the start. In the beginning, ALL medicine was natural. There was no alternative medicine. Without getting too technical, herbal, traditional, native, bush, acupuncture, ayurvedic, even energetic and surgery - all had their beginnings from the earliest recorded times. Whether you subscribe to paleo theories or Creationism (or Edenic), medicine in the beginning was natural and according to both geography and natural resources.

Western medicine, which likes to claim their roots in Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BCE), did not arrive until centuries later. In fact, much of what we now know in health care began in places never given credit - India, China, Italy, Greece, the Arab Empire, Israel and Africa. While western formal medical schools were not established until the 16th century, there were medical schools in many nations, with archeological finds proving the earliest surgeries were in place thousands of years ago. All based around natural medicine and always only performed in emergency situations.

During the Renaissance period, the European and English began to translate and dominate the works written in Arabic and Greek, centuries

previously. Much later the same began to emerge with Indian and Chinese works.

As these 'developments' happened, the expert roles also began to change. Originally tribal and predominantly female, the Catholic church began to channel knowledge via nuns and elite women in general. However, it soon became a religious issue as Protestant leaders removed women from these roles - paving the way for wealthy men to control the future of medicine; not only lining their pockets but inextricably linked to government and finance/industry.

Modern medicine as it grew, was for the elite and wealthy - while natural health knowledge was passed down through generations, especially amongst the rural and poor. This was frowned upon by the church and rather than allow valuable knowledge to be taught informally, all things natural were declared to be witchcraft (16th/17th centuries). What better way to destroy valuable knowledge than by 'proving' theories which were impossible to pass - especially when they ended in death either way.

By the 19th century, modern medicine was a male-dominated, elitist and very political industry. Pharmacy had moved from depending upon man-power to collect resources, to synthesising new medicines in laboratories. While this was a direct alternative to traditional medicine, careful propaganda and manipulation of wording had begun. Words such as traditional and alternative had reversed roles; the former now meaning orthodox medicine, while the latter meant anything which no longer fell under the umbrella of science - and usually a euphemism for others such as charlatanism, snake oil, quackery, fraud, etc. Eventually even the word preventive/preventative was mongrelised to mean a wishy-washy realm of modern medicine which of course was centred around pharmacy.

Between the 1830s and the 1860s, laboratory research gave rise to the germ theory; if it were not for political power and money, the more favourable terrain theory would still govern medicine today. By the late 1800s, the vaccine industry had begun - fraught with horrors and a mounting pile of fatalities, this industry, along with synthetic medications accompanied by horrific side effects gave rise to the new arena of medical spin and propaganda.

Loss of manpower during the great wars meant more than ever, synthetic medications were easier and cheaper to formulate and manufacture. Pharmacists were among the new elite, receiving immunity from the war effort other than to spearhead a new era of medicines and the formation of super-pharmaceutical companies which still exist today, in order to keep the burgeoning new industry steaming forward.

Along with the new industry came as much effort to destroy historic medicines. Even the more safe and efficacious were painted as dangerous and ineffective. Many were outlawed, while many more continued to be synthesised into medications.In the 21st century, while no one can argue that there are many benefits in modern medicine, the locomotive has such steam that it no longer seems to matter what works, what doesn't; what is safe or what is life-endangering - so long as it makes money.

And here we are - in the new century, with more disease than ever before, more sickness than ever before, more obesity than ever before - worst of all, more drug dependency than ever before in history. The effort to put the final nails into the perceived coffin of natural medicine has never been so pronounced.

People who enter medicine or even pharmacy for the right reasons seem to not notice or nor care that their future is now controlled by big pharma. Gone are the days of the kindly country physician who takes care of everything; today, a 5-minute consultation is little more than a push for the latest product being flogged by the pharma rep. Even a pharmacist to tries to gently explain to the customer that the prescription scramble that they are now on is not safe and could do with a reassessment is met with anger and egotistical ire from the doctor. Yet they seem to forget the pharmacist knows the drugs they are dispensing. The doctor knows the body - or should.

So how does big pharma now own or control natural medicine? Some of these facts may alarm you. At the very least they SHOULD. Each of the following is now seen as preventive medicine and cleverly lumped in with alternatives.