Sometimes humor can’t be beaten for driving home a point, especially when it comes to a paradox. The word paradox implies absurdity, contradiction, illogicality, inconsistency, and irony. There are many paradoxes in life but none so ludicrous [preposterous, ridiculous, absurd] as those that exist within the fields of health, healing, medicine, and, most of all, pharmaceuticals, a conclusion I came to after years of listening to double-speak, back pedaling, and the pseudo-science Big Pharma puts out in advertising, lobbying, and advertising scare tactics. Listen closely to their ads and you will understand what I mean.
Probably there’s nothing more illustrative of a paradox than the role of cholesterol in heart disease with the spin the pharmaceutical industry puts on it when Big Pharma realized it could scare the living daylights out of everyone with a reinvention of human physiology, i.e., cholesterol is BAD for you, so you need to take Big Pharma’s cholesterol-reducing statins.
Big Pharma and doctors don’t want you to know that a perfectly healthy liver manufactures between 2,000 and 3,000 milligrams of cholesterol A DAY because you need it for brain function, bone health, to produce hormones of all sorts not just male and female hormones. Insulin is a hormone! So is thyroxine. See this link for a list of human hormones. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_human_hormones) So why reduce cholesterol when the body needs it big time.
When I studied nutrition, a cholesterol reading of 300 mg/dL was considered normal! Now that Big Pharma has its mega-bucks-making statins, any reading approaching 200 mg/dL is considered borderline and your doctor immediately prescribes a statin. If your reading is 240 mg/dL, you are read the riot act of how you will have a heart attack or stroke, but not told the adverse effects of statins.
To understand the paradoxical role of statins in health, may I suggest you read the chapter “The Commercialization of Medical Decisions: Physicians and Patients at Risk” by Howard Brody, MD, PhD, in the book The Risks of Prescription Drugs, [Columbia University Press, 2010] wherein Dr. Brody takes statins to task and exposes the medicalization of Americans, the book’s primary agenda.
Now watch the YouTube video Lipitor Paradox. You will understand just how badly health consumers are being manipulated. However, it doesn’t stop with statins. The most egregious manipulation is found in vaccine pharmacology, I feel. I don’t say that lightly. It would not be fair to everyone involved, especially children IF there were the possibility that there could be some benefit from toxic vaccines. To the contrary—children are being harmed everywhere vaccines are given around the globe even though you may not hear about it in the U.S. media and press.
So the question I must ask is this: Is there a vaccine paradox? Probably, especially in view of the double-speak and counter-information as parodied in the YouTube, Lipitor Paradox. As an old adage claims, “A leopard can’t change its spots” meaning something so ingrained can’t help but perpetuate itself. The analogy being, Big Pharma must keep up its misinformation marketing campaigns. Instilling sickness fear is profitable.
I contend there is a paradox, which vaccine safety advocates have been proclaiming for years. That just may be the reason why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Safety Office Scientific Agenda wants to study and research if neurodevelopmental disorders, including the autism spectrum disorder (ASD), are possible clinical outcomes from vaccines and vaccinations.
Journalist David Kirby of HUFFPOST HEALTH on March 18, 2011 reported this in discussing the new five year study:
“Autism has become a “national health emergency,” the IACC [Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee] added.
“That federal panel, along with the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, HHS’s National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and even the national Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) (http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files…) now all support further research into a possible association between autism and immunization.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby…)
It will be interesting to see how the vaccine paradox unfolds, especially if the CDC does not involve vaccine safety advocates who are vocal about the science connecting neurotoxins and all the other poisons in vaccines with autism, only one of the numerous health conditions being attributed to vaccines. I wonder if the CDC’s new study will stumble upon other diseases like childhood diabetes being associated with vaccines.