Nightly News—Prime Time Drug Pushers?

Nightly News—Prime Time Drug Pushers?

The use of performance-enhancing drugs, or “doping,” by professional athletes has earned them many scandals and much condemnation. But there is a far more troubling reality about the doping of rank-and-file Americans that is unveiled every night on our network newscast. The reality is that these high-paid network script-readers—NBC’s Lester Holt, CBS’s Scott Pelley, and ABC’s David Muir—are little more than front men for America’s corporate drug pushers of the lowest sort.

If one is able to endure the insidious Ryan Lochte/Brian Williams-like propaganda these elite anchormen deliver so convincingly as “news,” one will eventually get to the main event—the paid advertisements. In 7-minute, 8-second-per-half-hour doses, one gets hit with a dizzying assortment of over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs, relentlessly pushed on viewers as cures for their every ailment. One week of monitoring the commercials aired during the nightly newscasts of CBS, NBC, and ABC reveals that if one seeks simply to get the latest news, one must wade through oceans of pure snake oil[1]:

Advil • Align • Alka Seltzer • Alleve • Bayer • Biotene • Boost • Botox • Breo • Centrum • Chantix • Cialis • Claritan • Clear Eyes • Crestor • Dulcolax • Duo Fusion • Eliquis • Enbrel • Ensure • Entresto • Farxiga • Flonase • Glucerna • Humira • Jardiance • Linzess • Lyrica • Movantik • Mylanta • MyraFiber • Namzaric • Nasacort • Neulasta Onpro • Nexium • Nicorette • Opdivo • Otezla • Phillips • Polident • Preparation H • Preservision • Prevagen • Prevnar 13 • Prilosec • Prolia • Restasis • Salonpas • Sea Bond • Stelara • Symbiocort • Trintellix • Trulicity • Tums • Viagra • Viberzi • Victoza • Xarelto • Xeljanz • Zantac

The list of products and potions advertised include more than 50 over-the-counter and prescription drugs! They even push a drug called Cosequin, a health supplement for dogs.  Along with each television ad, of course, is the requisite recital of the drug’s terrifying side effects—over distracting slow-motion images of pure bliss—a list that takes at least half the commercial time. The russian roulette-ian risks for these “cure alls” range from mere  “feeling sad or empty” and suicidal thoughts to internal bleeding, strokes, and outright “death,” and all are followed by a kindly narrator’s invitation to “Ask your doctor about…”

It is no mystery why Mayo Clinic researchers found that “70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two.”[2]  With age, that drug intake only increases. And it is costing the American people dearly. Major health insurance companies are abandoning “Obamacare,”[3] claiming that the high cost of prescription drugs have eaten away at their profits. Great news for Big Pharma, but all of this hyper-medication is not only making the patients sicker but also killing them in record numbers. Across the country, almost 19,000 people die and an untold number are permanently injured by side effects every year as a result of those “ask-your-doctor” pharmaceuticals.[4] 

Well, we have asked our doctor about it, and The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad has written a very Nightly News-worthy prescription in his monumental book How to Eat To Live:eat2

Fasting is a greater cure of our ills—both mental and physical—than all of the drugs of the earth combined into one bottle or a billion bottles. Allah (God), in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, has taught me that fasting, with the right kind of food, is the cure for our ills. He has said to me that there is no cure in drugs and medicine. And this the world is now learning. We can take medicine all of our lives until it kills us (yet, we are still ailing with the same old diseases).

[….]

When we were eating the right food in the right way, we had no doctor bills and no medical bills. There were no medicines to be found in our medicine cabinets. However, as soon as we changed and began to eat between meals (24 hours), we began to call on the doctor and his drugs—and it brought about one complaint after another.

How incredibly timely is this advice?! Rest assured, however, that such sage but unprofitable advice will never cross the lips of Messers Holt, Pelley, and Muir, whose paychecks are anchored to Big Pharma’s big TV budgets.

Fasting sounds like the prescription we need. First we limit our food, and next—and maybe more important—we limit our network news.


 

[1] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/confirmed-snake-oil-works-better-pharma-pills

[2] http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/nearly-7-in-10-americans-take-prescription-drugs-mayo-clinic-olmsted-medical-center-find/

[3]https://www.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2016/04/12/insurers-are-abandoning-obamacare-exchanges

[4] http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Causes_of_Death#sthash.cYxPDIgn.dpbs; http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/26/prescription-drugs-number-one-cause-preventable-death-in-us.aspx

Resources:

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/250-examples-natural-remedies-beating-pharmaceuticals

http://kellybroganmd.com/drug-side-effects/; http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/01/28/seven-tips-to-fix-your-cholesterol-without-medication/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/02/10/doctors-receiving-drug-company-money.aspx

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/01/26/patients-are-in-the-dark-about-drug-pros-and-cons/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/24/pharmaceutical-drugs-vs-nutritional-supplements.aspx

http://www.allaboutfasting.com/

http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/Muhammad_correct_on_fasting_scientists_find_765.shtml