The New Drug Of Choice

It has been called a “magical” drug. Its chronic abuse has destroyed lives, families and loved ones. Its users claim that they cannot stop using. It has become their way of life. They can’t imagine what life would be without it.

What drug am I referring to?

Credit cards.

The abuse of credit cards is quickly becoming the epidemic of the 21st century and it is claiming lives and making indentured servants of consumers worldwide. The credit card “pushers” fill consumers mail boxes with their “drug” and frequent college campuses to turn our children into junkies.
Like cocaine it drains your bank account. The addicts come from all walks of life. The addiction is not prejudice to race, color or religious background. It strikes at the heart of consumers and few seldom recover before damage is done.

There is even a 12 step group that’s sole purpose is to help the addict.
From the Debtors Anonymous preamble:
“Debtors Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive debting.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt. There are no dues or fees for D.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
D.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stop debting one day at a time and to help other compulsive debtors to stop incurring unsecured debt.”

Debtors Anonymous started in 1968 when a core group of recovering members from Alcoholics Anonymous held their first meeting to discuss the problems they were experiencing with money.
By 1971, the essence of the D.A. Program unfolded in the discovery and understanding that the act of debting itself was the threshold of this disease, and the only solution was to use a Twelve Step program.
Credit cards most definitely are part of our society, no matter if you make purchases online, offline, in person or wherever you are. It is difficult, if not impossible, to rent a car or make a reservation without one.

Credit cards are available with every turn of your head and misusing you credit lines can mean trouble for your financial future. The sad fact is that people use credit cards to pay for things they cannot afford. A credit card gives us the opportunity to pay more for an item purchased.
Why do seemingly intelligent people do such things?

There are probably more answers (or excuses) to that question than I can count, but it can be safe to assume that “convenience” would grace the list somewhere. Using the thinking above though, does it really make sense to “conveniently” pay more for a product or services price? This is addictive thinking. The main feature of addictive thinking is denial. Denial is the trick the addicts mind plays on them to excuse the use of their “drug” no matter what harm it causes.

You keep using because you’re obsessed with the desire to feel good.

Although there is no such thing as debtors prisons, being a slave to your debt can feel quite constricting. When you are no longer working for your family, but you creditors, there needs to be an intervention. You need to stop the addictive acting and thinking. You need recovery.
Once you are out of debt, say with the help of debt settlement, there are several ways to prevent yourself from ever having to suffer from this horrible addiction again.

Easier said than done, right?

With a little discipline and a lot of persistence, you can happily maintain a lifestyle that will never be in need of debt again.

It’s all about a budget. Sit down and determine the total amount of take-home pay that comes into your household every month. Next, determine the nature and amount of all necessary expenses, including mortgage, auto, food and utilities. The amount that you have left after all necessary expenses have been paid will represent your extra spending money for the month. By spending no more than what you make, you will never again have to worry about needing being in debt.

Shop with a store list, it’s so easy to wander into the jewelry or sporting goods section, but there are often greater rewards with discipline. If you shop with a list and stay within the areas that sell only what you need to buy, you won’t be tempted by impulse purchases. Although excessive spending is not the only reason why many are in need of debt settlement services, it is one of the leading causes of debt.

Keep a journal, or track your spending with a personal finance program on the computer, at least for 30 days. A financial journal is a very responsible step toward managing your money and avoiding debt problems in the future. I call this my 30 day challenge.
How many times have you wondered where your money went? If you are like most, the answer to that question is all too often. Rather than wondering what happens to your hard-earned dollar, write down every single purchase in a daily journal. This will help you to see exactly what you are paying and where you your money is going.

Clip Coupons. You can save a lot of money every week simply by clipping a few coupons. Whether you find them online or in the Sunday newspaper, coupons are a terrific way to save money. Even if you only save $10.00 per week in coupons, that’s $40.00 per month. For most households, that money could be put toward a necessary expense.

Save. Every month, put some amount of money into a savings account. Many banks will allow you to open a savings account with no minimum deposit. Whatever you can afford, even if it’s just $20.00, putting money into some type of savings will provide you with a cushion for later use. Being able to access savings will be a great help if you should ever get that impulse to charge again. Remember, YOU ARE AN ADDICT! With addictive thoughts and actions. Your efforts to break the pattern are fine, but NEVER forget the problems caused by the old, charge it mentality.

The Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel and the FDA

According to the Los Angeles Times, the California Association of Physicians and Surgeons, and even the Center for Diseases Control’s own admission, well over 100,000 people in this country die each year from “properly” administered prescription drugs. This is absolutely shocking!

One study has shown that more than two million American hospitalized patients suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) within a 12-month period and of these, over 100,000 died as a result. Likewise, roughly 36,000,000 adverse drug reactions are reported annually, resulting in more than 33.6-million admissions or hospitalizations all from drugs that the FDA has pronounced “safe effective.”

The media is not doing a very good job of reporting this ADR crisis. Instead, we hear the constant media drumbeat about the dangers of firearms, which are currently politically incorrect yet represent a minuscule fraction of the deaths in this country. Doctors who want to politicize gun deaths should clean up their own glass houses first. The real crisis is the failing health care or more accurately described as the sick care system. There are numerous reasons for this crisis.

One reason is that conflicts of interest represent a very real problem for public servants and those entities which have relationships with various government agencies. Numerous researchers have reported that the FDA receives money from the very entities it is suppose to be regulating and one consequence of this is the suppression rather than advancement of disease cures. Consider the following:

“According to a USA Today study, more than half of the experts hired to advise the government on the safety and effectiveness of medicine have financial relationships with the pharmaceutical companies that will be helped or hurt by their decisions. These experts are hired to advise the Food and Drug Administration on which medicines should be approved for sale, what the warning labels should say and how studies of drugs should be designed. The experts are supposed to be independent, but USA TODAY found that 54% of the time, they have a direct financial interest in the drug or topic they are asked to evaluate. These conflicts include helping a pharmaceutical company develop a medicine, then serving on an FDA advisory committee that judges the drug.

The conflicts typically include stock ownership, consulting fees or research grants.

Federal law generally prohibits the FDA from using experts with financial conflicts of interest, but according to the article, the FDA has waived the restriction more than 800 times since 1998.” (1)

The corruption of undisclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies by supposedly unbiased researchers along with the staggering cost involved in bringing new drugs to market, which conveniently eliminates competition from all but the cartel heavyweights has been sparingly reported in the mainstream press. Consider one exception to this silence:

In the book a “World Without Cancer” by G. Edward Griffin. Griffin describes the politics of cancer therapy, in which he blows the lid off the all powerful international chemical and drug cartel that has dominated the direction of health care since early in the Twentieth Century in the United States. Griffin argues that not only has the Rockefeller-Farben cartel (2) been instrumental in fostering chemical based drug treatment as the basis for health care and they have been the dominant adversary against safer non-drug treatments. If Griffin is correct, who is the FDA protecting and serving? Clearly, not the consumer!

It should be noted that pharmaceutical drugs have absolutely no nutritional value, and at best offer temporary relief of symptoms while doing nothing to address the root causes of disease. Additionally, pharmaceutical drugs should be used very carefully because of the toxicity factor also known as the LD50 rating. LD stands for “Lethal Dose” and LD50 is the amount of a drug, given, which causes the death of 50% of a group of laboratory test animals. Also, it is well known that drugs can damage the liver and kidneys.

Do not forget, as sited above, adverse drug reactions are responsible for over 100,000 deaths each year plus the pain and suffering for those lucky enough to survive an ADR. The way to good health does not necessarily include the ingestion of toxic chemicals. Likewise, the reason for disease is not that we are deficient or lacking in deadly debilitating pharmaceutical drugs. In many cases, disease is the result of nutritional deficiencies and the resulting weakening of the immune system.

The recent ongoing attempt to abolish and subvert the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, which brought a measure of freedom back to consumers, in regards to their personal choices in the area of nutritional supplementation, should raise the ire of everyone who is concerned about their own health. This is an example of the pharmaceutical cartel and their political cronies within and along side of the FDA at work. Never forget, America is about freedom, especially freedom to make informed decisions concerning our own health care information, services we choose, our choice of treatments and products that we believe to be beneficial for our own health and wellbeing. See the National Health Freedom coalition web site (3)

36,000,000 adverse drug reactions and 100,000 deaths annually is a crisis!

Notes:

1. An article by Dennis Cauchon, the USA TODAY Newspaper, Sept. 25, 2000

2. G. Edward Griffin, World Without Cancer, Westlake Village, CA, American Media, 1997.

3. National Health Freedom Coalition at: nationalhealthfreedom.org/

Statistics can be found at: cancure.org/medical_errors.htm.

© 2004 By Jack Kettler

The Age-Old Question “How Do Pharmaceutical Drugs Get in Drinking Water” is Really Nothing New

The fact that drugs get in our drinking water is so alarming. It makes things like toxins in water seem like old threats. But today, water supplies across the country have trace element of drugs. This discovery is causing experts and ordinary citizens to ask the question: how do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water?

When a probe finds drugs in drinking water, it sets off all kinds of bells and whistles. The first area of concern for most people is how the drugs end up in their drinking water. The next thing people need to realize is that not all of the drugs they take stay in their bodies. When drugs are ingested or injected into our body, we do not necessarily use all of the drugs. These excess drugs get flushed out in urine and feces.

Some say this is a good thing since pharmaceuticals can overpower your system. On the other hand, it’s not welcome news for the ecosystem. These drug elements find their way into our streams, rivers and other water systems, as well as into our municipal water treatment facilities.

As you might know, addressing the quality of tap water is nothing new. But the newest threat of drugs in our waterways is just one more to add to our already tainted water. But simply asking “how do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water” is not enough. The more urgent problem lies in the fact that such drugs are not easily filtered out of our drinking water.

When a scientific probe finds drugs in drinking water, it usually reveals what levels and what type of drugs. A study by the Associate Press, for example, found low levels of drugs from over-the-counter medications to highly potent narcotics. Still some say that even in small doses, the pharmaceuticals are toxic to the body. The main reason for this is the fact the people might be ingesting them over a continuous period of time.

No one knows just yet what this long-term exposure will do. The problem of drugs in water is growing rapidly worldwide. In the Unite States alone, traces of drugs are found in most sources of drinking water.

How do pharmaceutical drugs get in drinking water supplies? Review the following to brush up on the different types of water sources and their safety:

Underground aquifers supply around 40 percent of the drinking water in the United States. Sadly, drugs can seep into aquifers even in rural areas.

Well-water is not controlled by public water treatment facilities. People dig wells and have the misguided faith that this is a totally safe way to collect healthy drug-free water.

By and large, bottled water suppliers do not test water for the presence of drugs.

Lastly, don’t be fooled by some water purification devices and companies. Some ineffective home filtration systems do not filter out all the harmful chemicals and drugs in water and can also become contaminated with drug by-products. Click on my bio and find out the home filtration systems that do.