ILoveBlackAmericanWomen wrote:America has the most top notch "professional medical equipment" and medicine YET we are the sickest in the world. North American medical system is a shame. We are being pumped with drugs that are made to slowly kill us. They don't want to cure us because if we are cured they don't make money. Prescription drugs CAUSE disease. If you have an illness a medical drug will not cure but mask the symptom and give you side effects. Then you keep getting different meds. The answer is natural herbs.
Well, I mostly agree. Herbs for the most part are better. Herbs aren't totally different from drugs. It's learning how to use an herb correctly, that's the key. And there's not much clear and concise stuff written about herbs and how the human body works, and Western medicine tends to view the human body like a Mr. Potato Head. I find lately Chinese medicine is actually really helpful, in it's perspective of how disease works, yin and yang, jing, qi, etc.
Going with the Mr. Potato Head thing, the Western medical thought process is a bit screwy. Take cocaine. Cocaine has been drank as tea from it's leaves for thousands of years in South America, with no negative effects. Westerners discover it, think "wow, wouldn't it be a grand idea to make an extract of this that's way more powerful?" And then get mad when they make something hundreds of times more concentrated and it has negative effects, were they supposed to be surprised by that?
The drugs can have their place I guess, but herbs overall tend to be more "balanced" in how they work. IE, they'll contain compounds to make other compounds work better in the herbs. I think whole herbs made into tea or something are usually better than extracts for this reason.
Anyway, as far as why America doesn't have it, easy. War. Can you think of another country that's been perpetually at war since WWII? Our defense budget is the same as our Medicaid/medicare/SSI expenditures. And corporations and the government. Japan doesn't even allow genetically modified foods into it's food chain. I think also, too, one difference in America is a lot less drugs are over the counter. Supplements thankfully aren't regulated too much. But like, I know in most Eastern Bloc countries, steroids are OTC. The governments in those super unfree oppressive countries trust their citizens with their bodies more than we do in USA. You can buy 100 pills of, say, Dianabol, for $12. Just ask the pharmacist and away you go. The redundancy of a doctor's visit isn't needed. In much of the world, lots more drugs are OTC and cheaper.
I don't think a national health insurance would really solve anything, though. The problem I think stems from our terrible mentalities, why we are so unhealthy. I think it stems from, partially, feminism. The new liberated women not having to cook for their husbands. Then the husband has to work harder to pay for frozen food for the family to eat, not just once a week or something, but EVERYDAY. We spend 8 hours a day watching TV, doing nothing outside. Our lives are stressful because we spend so much time working, simply a lot of times to pay for food. We're paying artificially high prices for food, because we don't know how to cook anything from scratch anymore. America is literally like this:
It's a society of fast solutions and zero longterm or bigger picture planning. So we take the fast easy solutions with our food, then the doctors take the fast easy solutions with our health, and that's why we are where we are with our lives.