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The Sick American

What is the true state of American health? Is medical science about to make disease a thing of the past, or is research proving that the worst is yet to come?

Despite billions of dollars a year spent on medicine, the United States is one of the unhealthiest countries in the world.

Sickness and disease have become accepted as a normal part of life. The public is immune to news of mass epidemics and death statistics in the multiple millions arising from scores of chronic and major diseases. Witness the pandemic swine flu epidemic recorded around the world.

The impetus of advertising from an energetic and profit-greedy drug industry has the average American feeling that there is nothing to fear. One doctor summed up the feeling of security most people have when he calmly assured a desperately ill woman, “don’t worry” we have a medicine for every illness and we’ll cure you too! Two days later she was released into her husband’s custody with the oft-repeated terse remark, “everything has been done for (to) her that medical science can offer!”

A great deal had been “done” to her! She walked into the hospital with an arthritic ailment, but she was carried out – totally paralyzed from the head to foot, able only to move her tongue in slow, painful speech!

Still her “faith” in medicine was not shaken. In spite of the fact that she had been seized in a convulsive reaction from the cortisone with which they treated her, and completely paralyzed from the “gold” shots she was given, she continued to look to the “god of medicine” with his “wonder drug” to save her.

This is not an isolated case. Thousands of people in the United States alone who are added yearly to the staggering millions of arthritic sufferers could all relate to her painful tale.

Add to these sufferers the tens of millions of Americans who are afflicted with heart disease (and thousands die annually) and the millions who suffer from cancer. Today millions of Americans walk around in a mental fog and suffer from everything from temporary blackouts to homicidal fits. Add to the list, every single minute, one more teenager to the tragic list of venereal disease victims.

Add the innumerable hosts of those who are dying slowly but surely from leukemia; those who are stricken with multiple sclerosis, those who shake with palsy; those who live from one needle to the next, fearing death from diabetes; and those who still fall in the throes of paralytic polio. Add thousands struck in increasing numbers by “mystery diseases” that “science” can hardly find names for fast enough to label. Add those who host unwelcome parasites; those who can’t see, or hear; those helpless innocent sweet babies who are born with a congenital defect, add all these and many more and the truth stands out as a product: America is sick!

Man is finding out more and more every day about how his body functions, how it reacts to the various diseases, drugs, treatments. We are always on the verge of a new “breakthrough” in medical science. But will “disease be a thing of the past?

The truth is that scientifically and minutely defining all ailments or diseases, cataloging statistics about it and giving it a fitting Latin or Greek name does not cure the disease! And contrary to popular opinion, it doesn’t even lead to a cure.

The truth is that this method of attacking the problem only shuts the mind to any other possibility for a cure, and plunges pell-mell in diametric opposition to the laws God Almighty set to regulate our bodies and keep us healthy.

The truth is that modern science is dashing about in an increasingly complicated maze of medical statistics, duly cataloged and analyzed by electronic “brains” concerned with the results, i.e., the disease, rather than with the cause, which is broken physical laws. Few seem to realize that living contrary to the laws that govern human health results in the disease. The truth is that modern medical practices are producing more diseased conditions and creating more new illnesses than they are curing!

The “miracles drugs” invented in the last 30 years or so, have turned into medical monsters. The vaunted “sulpha” drug family along with its “miracles” soon produced so many ill side-effects it had to be abandoned. Penicillin then came to the fore as a “miracle” drug, chances are that you have suffered ill effects from this drug, but before its evil side began to be noticed other drugs were already robbing the “miracle” limelight. Streptomycin, Terramycin, and tranquilizers all paraded by an enthusiastic public were seized upon in their turn as saviors from sickness.

Newness became the by-word of modern medicine. If it isn’t new, it isn’t good. Open admission to the sobering fact that what is “good” today will be “no good” tomorrow. Today’s wonder drug produces tomorrow’s medical nightmare! What are the side effects?

In an effort to keep one jump ahead of the bad publicity about the ill-effects of new medicines, the drug companies will come up with hundreds of even “newer” potions every year! This flooding storm of new drugs and their accompanying blizzard of “facts” about how they react drives your doctor and you from one “new cure” to the next in a never-ending quest for relief and health.

The drug with no ill-effect has yet to be made; the doctor who prescribes them knows he must balance risks against advantages! The more man finds out with his electronic analyzers, the more he sees how little he knows. And the unknown factors steadily mount in preponderance over the known factors.

Voltaire summed up this situation over 200 years ago when he said, “we put medicine, about which we know little, into bodies about which we know less, to cure diseases about which we know nothing at all!”

Antibiotics are the current fad; it is an innovation to come from the Pandora’s Box of medical miracles. It is grimly humorous to note that the very meaning of the word antibiotics is: Against (anti) life (biotics)!

It seems to take about three months, on the average, after a new antibiotic is introduced for resistant strains of staph (staphylococcus) to appear, leering up at the bacteriologists for the culture plates. This hospital-inborn infection has spread throughout the entire country and is rearing its ugly head and bringing tragedy to many homes. This germ is no respecter of persons, it attacks any or all with equal vigor.

You never know when you will come in contact with this germ. Your own sweet newborn, that everyone wants to cuddle and pet, becomes a deadly disease carrier! Your fellow-workman may infect you when he shakes hands with you in greeting, innocent of the fact that he picked up “staph” germs the night before when he went to visit his mother in the hospital.

This germ will cause you some illness or live in you until you pass it on to another, hidden, but virile all the time. This “supergerm” lives in ice for 66 days! In your clothing, on the walls, in the meat, the vegetables, the bedding it lurks and lives for months! It surges through the house or hospital on the currents of the ventilating or air-conditioning system. And when it lands on you or some other susceptible human being, it grows overnight into a painful disease doubling its number of germs every 20 minutes.

Formerly harmless micro-organisms have become dangerous enemies. Once harmless in a God-intended microbe balance in the body, these “new” germs are stirred to multiply and produce disease by medical treatment given in ignorance of, and directly in opposition to, God’s laws of health.

Thousands of millions of bacteria and fungi are always present in our mouths, throats and intestinal tracts. Some of them are essential to the digestive processes; others, in the colon, manufacture certain essential vitamins. Even those that do us no direct good, at least do us no direct harm.

The antibiotics work by killing off disease-causing bacteria. But in the process kill off many helpful organisms! This upsets the God-intended health balance. As the doctors themselves put it, “have the very ‘miracle-drugs’ which conquered pneumonia, streptococcus infections, and typhoid fever only saved man for death from germs harmless up to now.” Sulpha drugs, penicillin, and the newer antibiotics may have lulled the human body’s natural defense into inactivity.

The average person wants to keep on having “fun”, breaking laws set to govern health and happiness then, when he or she get sick as a result, takes a pill to erase the pain. Their immediate thought is to do away with the result of breaking health laws without altering the cause.

In this God-defying world, modern society has fallen into the same medical idolatry as ancient Israel in the days of Ahaziah! “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to consult Baalzebub the god of Ekron (the patron deity of medicine)?” (II Kings 1:3).

Our Great God says that He is our Healer (Ex. 15:26)! Anyone who takes upon himself this prerogative is taking the name of God in vain; and, in setting himself, or his theories, drugs and medicines up in the place of god, is also guilty of idolatry!

God promises to heal! “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases” (Ps. 103:2-3)! God commands us to come to Him with our sicknesses: “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall have the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up” (James 5:14-15).

This same God even goes out of His way to perform special miracles for those who do not have direct access to His ministers: “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them” (Acts 19:11-12). This same merciful God rules in Heaven today! He doesn’t need any new miracles. He just uses the same forgiving miracle every time: “by whose stripes (the punishment Jesus suffered) ye were healed” (I Peter 2:24)!

“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting (not “good” today and “no-good” tomorrow like man’s “wonder-drugs”) upon them that fear him. To such as keep His covenant and those that remember His commandments to do them” (Ps. 103:17-18).

God also promises to bring on this disobedient nation a plague of sickness and disease unprecedented in all history: “A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence” (Ezk. 5:12). Pestilence and disease just like this “staph” supergerm now baffling medical science!

And there is no escape from it! Read with your own eyes the prophetic diagnosis of this exact disease, promised to come to this lawless nation! “The Eternal will strike you with Egyptian boils, with tumours, scurvy, and itch incurable, and the Eternal will strike your knees and legs with evil boils, incurable boils from head to foot” (Deut. 28:27-35)!

Why this curse? “Because thou hearken not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep His commandments and statutes which he commanded thee” (v. 45). God warns that things will become so bad that “thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear the day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life; In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning” (vs. 66-67). Utter hopelessness.

Where will you turn? God promises to keep this up until this nation realizes (or you as an individual realize) that is must repent, change its way of living, and turn to God, the only source of life and health!

God says, “What of their gods, the steadfast ones they relied on! Let them protect you! Ah, learn that I, I am the real God; there is no God but Me: Mine is the power of death and life, I heal” (Deut. 32:37-39).

This nation, and every other, needs to come on bended knees before its Creator God and exchange hormones for hope, move from medicine to mercy, turn from tranquilizers to trust, reject antibiotics “against –life” and seek the very source of life: God our healer!

Why don’t you personally claim God’s promises of protection from this prophesied pestilence, a pestilence, as you can see from this article that is already beginning! Ask God to fulfill you personally the promise He makes in Ps. 91 “Thou shalt not be afraid for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (Ps. 91:5-10)! America is sick, God is the cure!

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