of Power: The Pharma Industry
Its History, Its Drugs, And How It Manipulates The World
the Middle Ages, knowledge about the healing properties of plants mainly
came from druids and witches. These people knew about nature and healing
and could treat health problems such as inflammation or small wounds with
simple mixtures of leaves and herbs. But this eventually made them a threat
to the Church.
was very powerful and did not accept any solutions to disease other than
prayer, obedience, and generous financial donations. Even if there was no
cure available for a disease during a person’s lifetime on Earth,
a great life in heaven was promised to them afterwards. So druids, witches,
and their natural remedies represented a threat to this model. Labeled as
evil, they were brutally eradicated.
illegal drugs were yesterday’s legal ones
early 1900s cocaine and heroin were legal, everyday drugs. Heroin was used
for calming kids, cocaine for stimulating metabolism and appetite, and both
were prescribed as mood enhancers.
Boehringer from Mannheim, Germany, was proud to be the world’s leading
cocaine producer. Even wines often contained cocaine, and so were consequently
in huge demand. Pope Leo XIII awarded a gold medal to winemaker Angelo Mariani
for his invention of cocaine-enriched wine. On the label of Maltine wine,
produced in New York, people were instructed to consume a full glass during
and after meals, with children recommended to take a half glass full. Metcalf
was another famous cocaine-wine that was popular as a party drink. Vapor-OL
was a mix of alcohol and opium that was claimed to cure asthma and spasms.
bottles were too bulky to put in handbags, ladies instead carried small
cocaine tablets with them when they went out. These were supposedly used
to enhance mood and treat the vocal cords. For avoiding sore throats, such
tablets were seen as essential for singers, mothers with young children,
and teachers. Children were even given cocaine tablets for toothache. It
only cured the symptoms, of course, and the pain soon came back once the
effects of the drug wore off. Even today, dentists use a modified form of
cocaine known as Lidocaine to numb nerves before surgery.
Image: By Maksym Kozlenko (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
example is a drug known as Paregoric, produced by Stickney & Poor`s,
which contained 46% alcohol and a large percentage of pure opium. Unbelievably
it was recommended as a sleeping aid for newborns, who were to be given
3 drops daily. 8 drops daily were advised for 8 day old babies; 25 drops
for 5-year-olds; and an entire tablespoon for adults. No doubt everyone
there are museums in Germany, such as in Dortmund and Heidelberg, where
you can see medicine bottles and jars from those bygone days. It is worth
a visit, they’re very educational!
legal drugs of today
be wishful thinking to pretend that dangerous drug-based medicines no longer
exist. The nightmare is still out there, every day. We are confronted with
it the minute we get sick and go to our doctor seeking medical treatment.
chemical drugs prescribed by conventional doctors cause multiple side effects.
While our body understands – and can safely metabolize – natural
molecules, the synthetic manmade chemicals that doctors prescribe are foreign
the example of warfarin, an anticoagulant (blood thinning) drug, which is
prescribed for millions of people suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Also used as rat poison, it is one of the leading causes of death in hospital
emergency rooms in the United States. For those patients it doesn’t
kill, the possible side effects of warfarin include foot ulcers; purple
toes or fingers; dizziness; bloody stools; coughing up blood; bleeding that
won’t stop; nausea; vomiting; breathing difficulties; shortness of
breath; and paralysis; among others. Many deaths from hypovolemia, a dangerous
decrease in the volume of blood in the body, are linked to the long-term
use of blood thinning drugs.
– another huge market
you ever thought about what the word ‘antibiotic’ actually means?
It means ‘against life’. Make no mistake, antibiotics are toxic.
patients develop the flu, many GPs immediately prescribe them chemical antibiotics.
These kill ALL bacteria in the bowel – including the ‘friendly’
ones. Proper digestion and absorption of micronutrients are then impossible
for days afterwards. But
there are other, safer, approaches. Many natural antibiotics exist that
are based on plants and which won’t harm the beneficial bacteria that
live in the bowel.
plants with antibiotic properties
These natural antibiotics are very powerful. But as they can´t be
patented they are of no interest to pharma companies because the profit
margin is too low. A healthy body is no use to the drug industry; only sick
bodies generate profits.
is toxic and does not belong in toothpaste
extremely toxic substance is fluoride, which is an ingredient in most toothpastes.
Raymond Francis, an MIT-trained scientist, has described fluoride as one
of the most toxic chemicals in our environment and a vast experiment. Only
a handful of toothpastes are decent, the best ones contain natural substances
such as tea-tree oil and sea salt.
product of the chemical fertilizer industry, fluoride is also a main ingredient
of antidepressant drugs such as Diazepam, Flunitrazepam, Rohypnol, Stelazine,
Trifluoperazin, Prozac,and Zoloft.
easy accessibility of antidepressants
38, describes her experience as follows: ‘I just had a baby and suffered
from so called ‘Baby Blues’. I wasn’t feeling well, had
mood swings, and could not easily fall asleep. I was anxious and restless.
I went to see my GP and he prescribed Zoloft to ‘take a bit of the
edge off’. I didn’t think about it and in the beginning it worked
well, I felt less emotional about things and could sleep better, but after
some months I was more depressed than ever before. It was my birthday when
I got a gift and I could not even be happy about it, but felt completely
numb, when I realized I had to stop. It’s months ago that I took the
last pill and even now I have not fully returned to the old ‘me’.
days, even children and teenagers are given antidepressants. Disturbingly,
some 6-year-olds are now on them and the number of young users is increasing.
Consider some of the possible side-effects:
Mania and psychosis
Birth defects and increased risk of autism
Uncontrollable body movements
Increased risk of diabetes
Increased risk of strokes
Increased risk of dementia
Increased risk of nervousness, insomnia, and restlessness
For more information on the dangers of antidepressants, visit the ssristories.org
depression naturally, recent research suggests that large amounts of the
omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, together with a selection of micronutrients,
may be effective.
enormous profits of the business with disease
our governments have a moral and legal duty to start funding scientific
studies dealing with natural health approaches? They should, but unfortunately
financial interests are preventing this from happening.
the pharma industry’s enormous profit margins from chemical drugs,
let’s take a couple of examples:
packet with 20 tablets = $3
Production costs, incl. packet = $0.03
Percentage markup = 10,000% !
x 1mg tablets = $136.79
Production costs = $0.024
Percentage markup = 569,958% !!
might imagine, at the political level, profits like this buy the pharma
industry a lot of influence.
controls the world?
shareholdings in some of the world’s biggest corporations are owned
by a web of globally operating families. In addition to the pharma industry,
these same families also control banks, chemical companies, biotech companies,
news agencies, and other key sectors of society.
us control the money of a country and we care not who makes its laws.”
maxim of the house of Rothschilds, and the foundation principle of European
banks, as described in a report on official US government hearings in 1914.
area of banking, one of the most influential families is the Rothschild
family. Descended from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who established a banking
business in the 1760s, the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper has described
them as a byword for wealth and power, observing that “the Rothschild
name has become synonymous with money and power to a degree that no other
family has ever quite matched." Tellingly, it is said that the original
version of the hit song from the Fiddler on the Roof musical was not If
I Were a Rich Man, but If I Were a Rothschild.
far as the development of the pharma industry is concerned, arguably the
most important influence was an American named John D. Rockefeller. A short
history of his drive to create an industrialized health care system can
be read on our Foundation website. There is also a revealing book titled
‘Rockefeller Medicine Men’ which describes how, in the early
years of the 20th century, Rockefeller created the pharmaceutical investment
industry to further the already massive wealth and power he had accumulated
via his control of the oil industry.
key principles behind Rockefeller’s drug business plan, which form
the laws of the pharma industry today, were as follows:
products must be patentable.
products should not address the root causes of disease, but only treat
products should have addictive potential.
vivid illustration of how key families in the global investment business
link up with each other, in May 2012 it was announced that the Rothschild
banking dynasty had bought a 37 percent stake in the Rockefeller group's
wealth and asset management business. The move brought together David Rockefeller,
then 96, and Jacob Rothschild, then 76 – family patriarchs whose personal
relationship is said to have spanned five decades.
pharma industry’s main goal is not cure, but profit
companies aren’t interested in curing patients, their sole focus is
on turning them into lifelong customers. This means that the marketplace
for the pharma industry is the human body. With help from the food industry,
which produces processed fast foods and sugary soft drinks, the transformation
of health into sickness – upon which drug companies financially thrive
– can easily be achieved.
everything runs smoothly, expensive advertising agencies are employed. The
largest of these are present in multiple countries and offer pharma companies
direct contact with government health officials. They also provide free
medical ‘training’ for doctors to promote new drugs to patients.
it is not all bad news. As organic and healthy lifestyles become more and
more popular, people are increasingly feeling the beauty of reconnecting
with nature. New approaches to education are teaching children to think
for themselves and make their own choices. Natural therapies with micronutrients
and healing plants are increasingly available and are being used by larger
numbers of people. Social media has played a major role in this through
people sharing their experiences online. The inevitable result of all this
is that, slowly but surely, the pharmaceutical industry’s power and
influence is being reduced. While we don’t yet have large hospitals
and universities promoting natural remedies, one day we most surely will.