Ron Paul is Right: Why His Health Choice Bills are Important to Our Future

2012 presidential candidate, Dr. Ron Paul, is a staunch advocate of personal liberty, and has been dubbed “Dr. No,” as he is the only member of Congress that will support no federal legislation that is not in line with the U. S. Constitution.

 He is also the only candidate publicly voicing and acting upon his belief in health freedom.

Indeed he is the acknowledged national leader in fighting for the preservation of individual choice for you and your family to determine what you eat and how to best take care of your health.

In the wake of the government’s escalating assault on personal health decisions, he has introduced the Health Freedom Protection Act, HR 2117, to ensure Americans can receive truthful information about supplements, natural remedies and the medicinal benefits of traditional foods and herbs. This bill prevents the FDA from prohibiting the distribution of scientific articles regarding the role of nutrients in protecting against disease. He also supports the Access to Medical Treatment Act, HR 2717, which expands the ability of Americans to use alternative medicines and new treatments.

 In addition, Paul has introduced the Raw Milk Decriminalization Bill, HR 1830.

Addressing a congressional committee, Paul said, “Hard as it is to believe, the federal government is actually spending money prosecuting small businesses for the ‘crime’ of meeting their customers’ demand for unpasteurized milk.” And yet, notes Paul, “The FDA has consistently failed to protect the public from dangerous drugs, genetically modified foods, dangerous pesticides and other chemicals in the food supply.”

 Many deaths and crippling side effects have been caused by cell-disrupting and DNA-altering prescription drugs. A recent exhaustive investigative report by the LA Times revealed that every 14 minutes a person dies from prescription drugs, an upswing the Times says has doubled in the last decade!

 Among the biggest offenders are Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, Soma and the new Fentanyl. (Read more about prescription drug side effects and deaths, and the numerous FDA raids on farmers and health food businesses, in a previous article on this site, ‘Food and Health Freedom Under Assault.’)

 And now the FDA, in collaboration with pharmaceutical drug giants, has furtively targeted a bombshell new law at natural health companies. The purpose? To emasculate the health choices guaranteed by the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA), enacted because public demand for these health choice protections had spurred more letters to Congress than any pending law in the previous two decades!

 Little wonder the FDA launched a sneak attack on the eve of the July Fourth weekend! 

 Soo…Why is our federal ‘protector of health’ wasting its time and our tax resources on raids on Amish farms selling raw milk (pasteurized milk is dead milk) to their neighbors, and supplement companies selling herbs?

 Instead of worrying about foods, herbs and raw milk that people have been consuming since the beginning of time, shouldn’t the FDA be concerning itself more with strange, unnatural chemical drugs—many of which are clearly causing numerous problems? Drugs that the FDA approved?

 The answer is simple. Money. Power. Monopoly for the petrochemical profiteers who lobby and help finance our government agencies, and hold office within them.

 Those who watch television have undoubtedly noticed that a substantial portion of commercial time on TV is occupied by promoting patented pharmaceutical drugs. (Real food and herbs cannot be patented.) Note also that ten minutes later you may see a law firm offering to help if you or a loved one has suffered adverse effects from a drug!

 Read on for some insight into why the health choices and diversity contained in Ron Paul’s bills are important to at least 160 million Americans who are waking up to the fact that modern medicine as generally practiced today, while tremendously profitable to a few, has not resulted in the health benefits commensurate with their cost…

 Over forty percent of working Americans either have medical bill problems or are strapping themselves paying medical bills. And according to The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are the major factor in sixty percent of personal bankruptcies in the United States.

 Consider where we are today:

 About 5.5 million Americans have currently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s 1,232 per day. With the aging of the population and current lifestyle trends those numbers are projected to double or even triple within a decade or two. Worldwide, there are about 35 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a primary factor in brain disease is as simple as iodine (nutritional) deficiency. In fact, WHO classifies most modern diseases as “lifestyle diseases.”

 In the United States, medicine and medical care for Alzheimer’s patients is a $183 billion annual industry.

 The leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease, with the highest rates in Mississippi and the lowest rates in Minnesota. The countries with the lowest rates of heart disease are Japan, Spain, France and Switzerland. (They all take much less medicine than Americans, and eat more healthily, too.) Death rates from heart disease have fallen in the U.S. in recent years, though the number of people suffering from heart problems continues to grow.

 Treating heart disease is a $316.4 billion annual industry in the United States.

 In the 1980s, one in seven Americans was diagnosed with cancer. By 2003, victims suffering one or more types of cancer numbered one in three. Liver cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and thyroid cancer, especially, have steadily increased in the last two decades. Liver cancer rates have tripled since 1980.

 An interesting anecdote is that the overall U.S. Hispanic cancer rate is 40 percent higher than rates in Latin America.(That difference is undoubtedly partially due to more widespread diagnosis in the U.S.)

 Treating cancer is a $150 billion per year industry in the U.S. Two drugs alone account for multi-billion bites…Herceptin ($6 bil) and Avastin ($7.4 bil).

And then there’s diabetes. It afflicts about 26 million in the U.S., including one in 400 kids. Millions more are undiagnosed. The rate of those diagnosed is 12.6 percent of Blacks, 11.8 percent of Hispanics and 7.1 percent of Whites.

 Diabetes began exploding in the 1970s with the huge expansion of fast food outlets and processed foods, followed by obesity. Childhood fast food intake has increased 500 percent between 1980 and the present. Childhood obesity has increased 219 percent. Rates of diabetes among U.S. women doubled between the 1970s and the 1990s.

 Diabetes treatment is currently a $113 billion industry in the U.S. and expected to triple before too many years have passed, according to CNN.

 But the most scary thing of all if you are concerned about the future of your children, grandchildren and the long-term outlook for humanity…is autism. This one frightens the wits out of the medical establishment!

 According to the Academy of Pediatrics, as recently as the 1970s, only one in 10,000 children were autistic. By 1995 it was one in 1,000. Four years later, in 1999, it was one in 500. In 2005 it was one in 166. In 2007 it was one in 150. In 2009, it was one in 91.

 That’s a 1200 percent increase since 1980!

 Boys are four times more likely to get autism than girls. Why? No one knows for sure. And the above figures are exclusive of Down Syndrome, cystic fibrosis and other age-old ailments which have remained at approximately the same low rate.

 So far autism direct medical costs add up to a $35 billion annual bill—miniscule compared to the cost of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. However, rates of autism have escalated so fast that the annual cost is expected to multiply as experts try and decide what causes it and pharmaceutical companies rush to devise more petrochemicals to treat it—although a growing number of people believe that petrochemical vaccines and other foreign substances introduced into the formative bodies of tiny children may be what causes it in the first place!

 Then there’s depression and other mental disorders, much of which is related to the above diseases.

 Treating depression is estimated to cost Americans over $40 billion a year.  Treating children alone is $9 billion, and losses to the workplace are estimated at $34 billion.

 Our purpose here is not to deny that prescription drugs and other forms of conventional medicine are all bad. There’s probably not a one of us who has not had their life saved or improved by the genuinely miraculous treatments available today.

 However, we have been overdosed on suspect chemical treatments and underdosed on nutritional prevention. Clearly conventional medicine and modern frankenfoods have not brought vibrant health, mental well-being, and slim and supple bodies to the majority of people.

So, a growing number of people are seeking additions or alternatives. Choices. We dream of conventional medicine, alternative medicine and the government agencies who are supposed to be looking after our well-being, cooperating for the health benefit of all.

 But that is not likely to happen if we allow international corporations to finance and thus dictate our personal food and health decisions.

 Paul states, and this is why we have singled him out, “What I deal with in politics is your right to freedom of choice.”

 And by the way, Paul (alone among members of Congress) has years ago CHOSEN to opt out of the automatic annual pay increases for members of Congress, returning that money to the Treasury; and he has also CHOSEN to opt out of the Cadillac health insurance coverage the public pays for members of Congress; and he has CHOSEN (alone among members of Congress) to purchase his own health insurance.

 Paul also served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, and as an obstetrician and pediatrician has delivered over 4,000 babies.

 Regardless of who you may support for President, you have to admire a person of principle, one who practices what he preaches. No big corporate lobby supports him (of course). His donations come from everyday people, including more donations from serving military than all the other candidates combined.

 Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

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