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    I'd suggest that you don't throw the baby out with the bath water. I agree that pharma is making way too much money and in some cases is ruining the health of 10s of 1000s of Americans. Most people are too ignorant or too lazy to study the drugs that their doctors are prescribing, and also many people simply think that their doctors know best. However, pharmaceuticals do save lives. And yes there are some holistic health and complementary healing methods that are appropriate for certain situations but if someone has MRSA (flesh eating bacteria) they would want the necessary antibiotics that can kill this deadly bacteria. There are a host of diseases for which drugs are the only answer. Also if someone is in excrutiating pain, self-hypnosis may not be enough. There needs to be a balance between which medications are really helpful and necessary and which ones are harmful.In my book, Happiness Is Growing Old at Home, there is a section on alternative medicine and a section on how to manage medications. www.agingathome.info

    Ideally, pharmaceuticals would be a last-ditch temporary solution to health crises, because we know they often cause as much or more trouble (with long term, widespread use) as they solve. I find it interesting that Maria uses MRSA as an example of a disease that requires pharmaceuticals. My brother has been dealing with MRSA and two points jump out. One is that his medical doctors, with all their pharmaceuticals, were not able to help him--over a year of fighting constant infections with many different oral antibiotics, antibiotic creams, and whole-body antibacterial washes/precautions. The drugs did no good because the staph bacteria is resistant. Why is it resistant? From over use of antibiotics in throughout our society. The only thing that has helped my brother has been alternative therapies designed to support his immune system (probiotics, good fats in the form of coconut oil, butter oil, and fermented cod liver oil, and avoiding sugar).

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