How Medicine Hurts Your Health

Medicine is in a mess. Doctors are taught not to even try to fix chronic illnesses; they should just treat symptoms instead. That’s what they learned in medical school, but it means their patients drag through life, out of gas, running on fumes.

Doctors are too hemmed in by regulations–from government and insurance companies–to be the best they can be.

For instance, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Ace of 1996 has a nasty, nasty provision that most people don’t know about. They may well have suffered its effects, though. This law says that, unless it fits Big Pharma’s agenda, doctors can’t do what they should do in patient care. Otherwise they risk jail time.

I kid you not, jail time.

For one thing, this 1996 law disallows “medically unnecessary” tests. And just who defines the term? Insurance companies. And if doctors persist in taking good care of patients through appropriate tests the insurance companies don’t like, the insurance company reports them to the government. And the doctors face the possibility of jail time.

Interestingly, most so-called medically unnecessary tests dovetail nicely with conditions for which Big Pharma has no treatment. Provocative coincidence, that.

And what tests are disallowed? Too many to count, actually. For one scenario, most people over 35 have low stomach acid, also known as hypochlorhydria. But there’s a tricky part: The symptoms of low stomach acid are the same as those of high stomach acid, so there’s no way to tell which is which without a test.

And that’s important because taking the purple pill when you have low stomach acid makes things worse, much worse, actually endangering your health.

So, before prescribing the purple pill, doctors need to test. But testing gastric acidity falls in the “medically unnecessary” category. Big Pharma has nothing to treat low stomach acid, but that purple pill, for high stomach acid, is a big-time money maker, so that’s what you get. Unless the doctor’s willing to risk losing his medical license, and/or get jail time.

I have a friend who took the purple pill for years. As a consequence, along came Crohn’s disease. Then stage 4 kidney disease. This is pretty much par for the course when you take antacids you don’t need.

The purple pill destroyed her stomach acid, making it impossible for her body to digest protein. As a result, the acidity of undigested protein did a number on her intestines. She needs to get off the purple pill and get on probiotics and glutamine to heal her gut.

But, no, she still takes the purple pill, something for the “Crohn’s,” and something else for her kidneys. Life is not good, but she believes she has no other options. Life just dealt her a bad hand, you see.

What about other tests? Doctors aren’t allowed to order the test for adrenal exhaustion; you may even be told there’s no such thing as whacked adrenal glands. Feeling depressed, with no energy, a brain that doesn’t work, and so on is, you’re told, just part of life. Perhaps your toilet training traumatized you.

Other “medically unnecessary” tests include testing for chaos-creating mold sensitivity/allergy; you’re on your own to figure it out. And so it goes.

Some swell idea, this unnecessary test business, eh?

We shouldn’t have to fight, but we do. As the poem says, “Do not go gentle into that good night, fight. . .”

God is good,
Bette Dowdell

About the author: Bette is all about determination. A month before her first birthday, a drunk driver smashed into her parents’ car, and she ended up with a concussion. The concussion put her endocrine system (the thyroid and the rest of the gang) pretty much out of business. Well, that system controls all of health, life was a mess, but doctors didn’t help. So, she got her Oh-Yeah! attitude in gear and researched her way out. Now she writes about how your body works and what you can do to make it work better. Good, eh? Subscribe to her free health e-mails at

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