Why are American doctors so quick to write prescriptions? Isn’t the human body ever capable of healing itself? The truth is, the human body can sometimes heal itself of lifestyle diseases, with the right care, exercise and nourishment. However, certain conditions may be off the table for self-help.
Prescription medicine and infection
Prescription antibiotics cure infections. Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish biologist, literally lifted the veil of death for thousands with his discoveries of enzyme lysozyme in 1921 and the antibiotic substance penicillin in 1928. We sometime forget that, before the advent of this form of prescription medication, one of the leading causes of death in the United States was infection. Pneumonia, tuberculosis, gangrene, fevers and appendicitis all snatched people in the prime of life. Today it is shocking and heartbreaking when a child dies, but before 1928, it was very common to lose at least one child from the family circle, usually through infection.
Now the USA has a very low child mortality rate, as do all developed countries, but the rest of the world suffers the results of infectious disease for infants and children.
What are the benefits of vaccinations for humans and domestic animals?
Rabies vaccine for warm-blooded animals was developed in 1885 and improved in 1908. The World Health Organization estimates that rabies vaccine saves more than 250,000 people throughout the world every year. Since then, hundreds of important vaccines have been developed for domestic and farm animals, saving animals and the humans in contact with them from death and disease.
The diseases that human vaccinations prevent can be very dangerous and sometimes lead to death and debility. For instance, Haemophilus influenzae type b, or Hib, is a disease caused by bacteria. It can lead to bacterial meningitis, pneumonia, seizures, mental retardation and deafness. This disease was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis for children under five until a vaccine was developed to prevent it.
Polio was a terrible disease, killing and injuring thousands of children and adults. Some adults today bear the crippling reminders of polio’s cruel reign. Thanks to vaccinations there are now no reports of polio in the United States. Vaccines are very safe and effective, and the diseases they prevent are becoming denizens of the past.
Prescription medicine and diabetes
Insulin is a very important hormone therapy developed in 1922 by Canadians Federick Banting, M.D., and Charles Best, a graduate student.
Diabetes was understood as a ‘sugar sickness’ in the 1920’s. Patients were kept on a near-starvation diet, which was all the nourishment they could successfully metabolize. In spite of this, they soon thinned to skeletons and died.
In 1922 a Canadian was given the first successful insulin treatment extracted from an animal. The new prescription medicine was deemed a ‘miracle cure’, which it certainly was. Insulin today is a life-changer for diabetes patients, enabling them to live completely normal lives.
Today in the USA prescription drugs are closely regulated and tested. The Drug Quality & Security Act insures that manufacturers, wholesaler drug distributors, repackagers and pharmacies in the drug supply chain establish systems to verify each prescription drug identifier safely. Getting this type of verification can sometimes be a little stressful. However, there are lots of resources out there pharmacies can offer such as DQSA license verification.