Over the next few weeks, we are proud to feature excerpts from the article “Side-FX: The Drug Industry’s Influence on Health Care” by Keith Wassung. These articles focus on the impact prescription drug companies have on American health care and our society as a whole. 

Part 1: The Drug Industry’s Influence on Health Care

The United States has the most extensive health care system in the world. Americans pay more for health care than citizens of any other country. In 2010 the U.S. spent over two trillion dollars, an average of sixty-eight hundred dollars for every man, woman and child.


United States Health Care Spending from 1960 to 2007Yet the United States ranks as one of the least healthy nations in the developed world. Our infant mortality rate is worse than 20 other nations.

People live longer on average in 25 other countries. We are in the top five in incidents of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune disorders.

Time Magazine covers featuring 10 Ways to Cure the Health Care Mess and The Sorry State of American Health


What has gone wrong? Why are U.S health care costs rising faster than any other country even as our overall health declines?

It is important to note that the United States has the best emergency, crisis and trauma health care system in the world.

A team of doctors in surgery

Medical doctors are very successful at repairing damage to the human body and at saving lives.

But these types of trauma cases represent a very small percentage of all health problems-less than one percent of all health issues are emergency in nature.

The majority of health problems are treated with drugs, which is a major cause of our health care crisis.

Prescription bottles

  • There are currently 25,000 prescriptions and 200,000 over the counter drugs on the market.
  • 4.4 billion prescriptions are written each year in the United States alone.
  • The average family has 29 different drugs in their medicine cabinet.
  • 329 billion dollars are spent each year in the U.S. on prescription drugs.



Drugs are foreign to the body. Drugs work by altering the body’s natural biochemistry in order to suppress symptoms. Even with suppressed symptoms, the true cause of the problem may grow worse with the body’s natural healing mechanism compromised by the drugs. In, fact by interfering with normal cell function, drugs cause cellular malfunction which is the same as causing disease.

ExemptionUnfortunately, when drugs cause disease, we have been trained not to call it disease. Instead we use the deceptive term “side effect”. In 1984, the drug industry attempted to obtain a legal exemption from the liability laws that apply to virtually all manufacturers.

Why? Because even the people who make the drugs know they are not safe.

In addition to toxicity, drugs also cause severe nutritional deficiencies by depleting the body of essential nutrients. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and steroids all damage the human digestive system by impairing the ability of the body to digest food and absorb nutrients.


“There is no healing force outside of the human body.”
Dr. Issac Jennings

Sneezing Lady

Healing only occurs from within the body, never from the outside. Symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever; vomiting, diarrhea and pain are methods that the body uses to eliminate germs and other foreign materials.

When drugs are given for relief, the body’s natural healing process is interrupted and this can cause even more health problems.


Symptoms represent the body’s best efforts to heal itself. By treating symptoms, you are suppressing the body’s natural response and inhibiting the healing process. Instead of treating symptoms, doctors should stimulate the body’s defenses to allow for completion of the healing process.” 1

Dr. Stephen Cummings

Iatrogenesis is a term that is used to describe a health condition that is physician or drug induced.


REFERENCES:  1. Cummings, S. Everyone’s Guide To Homeopathy, Putnam Publishing, New York, 1997