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The Great American Health Hoax: The Surprising Truth About How Modern Medicine Keeps You Sick―How to Choose a Healthier, Happier, and Disease-Free Life Paperback – February 3, 2015
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About the Author
Raymond Francis, a chemist and a graduate of MIT, once found himself in a hospital, battling for his life. The diagnosis: acute chemical hepatitis, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities, and several autoimmune syndromes, causing him to suffer fatigue, dizziness, impaired memory, heart palpitations, diarrhea, numbness, seizures and numerous other ailments. Knowing death was imminent unless he took action, Francis decided to research solutions for his disease himself. His findings and eventual recovery led him to conclude that almost all disease can be both prevented and reversed.
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New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
There are three things which will bring the end of civilization, even the mightiest that have ever been or shall be . . . impure water, impure air, and impure food.
―Zend Avesta, 3000 BC
Health care in America is a hoax―it is pretending to be something it is not. This hoax is having a devastating impact on our health and quality of life, and it is threatening to destroy our economy and impoverish our people.
The definition of health care is 'the maintenance or restoration of health.' But our healthcare system is not about maintaining or restoring health―it's about managing the symptoms of disease. This is disease care, not health care! Managing the symptoms of disease does not prevent or cure disease. We need to transform to a true healthcare system, and it is up to you to help make that a reality.
Practitioners in our so-called healthcare system wait for disease to happen and then suppress the symptoms with toxic chemicals and invasive, health-damaging surgery. Because the underlying causes of ill health are not addressed, health is not maintained, people get sick and stay sick, and the costs skyrocket. Worse, the treatments themselves cause even more disease, pain, suffering, and death. You end up trading your original problem for a whole new set of problems. Instead of maintaining or restoring health, our healthcare system is a hoax that creates and perpetuates disease at enormous cost to society.
Most Americans today are trapped in a disease-care system that has little to do with health―or with science. We have been tricked into believing that disease care is health care and that chronic illnesses cannot be prevented or cured. This ineffective, expensive, and outmoded approach to health care must be discarded. Health is a choice, and you can learn how to choose it. The truth is that you can prevent or reverse almost any disease―without toxic drugs or surgery―by supporting the body's own innate ability to heal itself. To teach you what you need to know, this book offers a simple model of health that can empower almost anyone to get well, stay well, and never be sick again.
The Great American Health Hoax introduces you to a way of life that can become your highway to health. It will attempt to persuade you that you don't have to be sick. First, there is no fun in being sick, and second, we are going broke trying to pay for the cost of disease. As individuals and as a society, health is the solution. But it's a solution you must choose. After you decide to choose health, you have to learn how to achieve it. Fortunately, learning how to be healthy has never been easier. This book makes health simple.
By providing you with a simple road map to health, you can get well, stay well, and never be sick again. The goal is to educate a sufficient number of people like you so that we can put an end to our epidemic of chronic disease and provide a solution to the biggest social and economic problem of the twenty-first century―the problem of global aging.
Global aging is the twenty-first century's major social and economic problem. By the year 2050, the number of old people will exceed the number of young people. In all human history, this has never happened before. The cost of providing pensions and disease care for the elderly is going to be astronomical, and there will not be enough young workers to pay the costs. This economic crisis is coming and unstoppable. We must act now to prepare. We cannot change the demographics, so the best solution is to reduce the need for care. Time is short, and the need is urgent.
The world is in the grip of a rapidly accelerating prevalence of chronic disease. This pandemic is killing us prematurely, lowering our quality of life, threatening our standard of living, and perhaps even threatening the future of our species. Our attempts to manage this problem through our current disease-care system are escalating the costs and presenting unprecedented political, moral, and economic dilemmas.
Ending this epidemic is a necessity. The alternative is to continue to choose disease, the consequences of which may be catastrophic. The rapid rise in chronic illnesses in children and adults is made worse by the fact that the number of older people is rapidly increasing. Disease-care costs are increasing and, even at present levels, are threatening to bankrupt the world's major economies, with the United States becoming like a third-world country, unable to pay its financial obligations. The resulting economic and financial meltdown will place unprecedented tax burdens on a shrinking working population and have a major effect on everything from our lifestyles to our political systems, and even our military security. Once this happens, daily life for most U.S. citizens will get dramatically worse.
For those who are retired or approaching retirement age, the available resources will not be sufficient to maintain the current level of benefits. This is one reason that learning how to stay healthy is so important. The National Institute on Retirement Security reports, '92 percent of working households do not meet conservative retirement savings targets for their age and income.' Inadequate savings is a big problem for our older population. Rising disease-care costs along with fewer pension plans, stagnant home values, and low savings are a bad combination. Add to that the virtually certain reduction in the purchasing power of the dollar, and it gets worse. Uninsured health costs can be staggering, and more costs are being shifted to the individual at a time when incomes are not increasing. Since the cost of disease impoverishes the majority of older people, staying healthy is not just preferable; it is imperative. The cost of disease is the reason that the fastest-growing segment of the population filing for bankruptcy is age sixty-five and older. With increasing copayments and deductibles and reduction in covered benefits, this problem will only grow worse. To stay healthy, you must take personal responsibility and educate yourself on how not to get sick.
We have been mortgaging our future by spending money we don't have and making promises we can't keep. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office calls the path we are on economically unsustainable. Economists are telling us that the federal government needs to be making drastic changes in order to prepare for this time bomb threatening our future. Significantly increasing the retirement age, drastically increasing taxes, and reducing benefits have all been proposed. While they may be economically necessary, these changes are politically unpopular, so the government is paralyzed and nothing is being done to prepare for the grim realities facing us. So far, the solution has been to borrow money to pay the bills and then to print money and borrow more to pay off the loans. This approach has obvious limitations, with one of them being massive inflation that will reduce the standard of living for retired people and the middle class. Meanwhile, the problems mount daily without being addressed. The biggest danger is to continue to do nothing.
State governments have similar problems. The largest single item in most state budgets is Medicaid, in which costs have risen faster than tax revenues and are projected to rise even faster in the future. Like the federal government, states have been borrowing, and even selling assets, to pay for these bills. For example, Arizona sold its state capitol buildings. The cost of disease is forcing states to underfund the maintenance of roads, bridges, ports, education, and other investments that are necessary to foster future economic growth.
Economists say that the single largest drain on the economy is the cost of disease. Consider that the unfunded liabilities of Medicare are more than six times the unfunded liabilities of Social Security. Indeed, cutting the cost of disease in half could reduce our economic problems from unsustainable to manageable. This goal is worthy and achievable, but it cannot be attained by the current approach of more regulation and price controls.
Solving these problems urgently requires a new level of thinking. Instead, we are repeating the same old mistakes. Thus far, the public debate has been about how to pay for all this disease. Attempts to save a dime here and a dollar there are not the answer. The healthcare system requires transformational change to reduce the enormous waste caused by its inefficient and ineffective delivery system. This inefficient and ineffective system is why there are thirty-six modern countries that enjoy better health than Americans, at costs that are significantly less. Ultimately, the real solution, the win-win solution, is to teach people how to be healthy so that they don't get sick―no disease, no costs. Yet this solution, improving health, is not part of the debate. We need to change that. We need to change the debate from how to pay for disease to how to prevent disease. Better health must be seen as an achievable goal; it must become a priority. It must become your priority.
©2015 Raymond Francis. All rights reserved. Reprinted from The Great American Health Hoax: The Surprising Truth About How Modern Medicine Keeps You Sick―How to Choose a Healthier, Happier, and Disease-Free Life No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
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Francis says there is just one disease - cell malfunction. If cells worked properly, you would not be sick. It follows that there are really only two causes of disease: toxicity - too much of a dangerous thing, and deficiency - too little of a needed thing. American medicine spends countless billions ignoring this, instead pumping patients with toxic drugs, unnecessary surgery, and unscientific, unhelpful treatments. Nothing is meant to cure, only to treat symptoms. If we would just help our bodies stay in balance, we could and should avoid dealing with this evil empire.
By his definition, all drugs are toxic. They are designed to overcome or delay some process, therefore they are toxic. The more you take, the sicker you will become, because something will be thrown out of balance, if not destroyed. Even cows' milk: it drains nutrients from bones because the body needs to neutralize it. Yet those with osteoporosis are directed to drink more milk. This is one of his examples where the treatment worsens the condition.
The book suffers from some issues. It is a very personal rant. There are no grays, just solid blacks and whites. Francis finds professionals to back his positions, but a lot of what he claims depends on obscure, non-definitive studies and reports, most of which he does not cite. A lot of his positions are arguable, such as his connecting vaccination to autism. And Francis loves to repeat himself, five, six, ten times. In italics.
The Great American Health Hoax is packed with advice. It is one of those books for which it is pointless to use a highlighter, because the whole book would be yellow and you wouldn't be able to find a thing.