Due to their intrinsically toxic qualities, all drugs, even the least toxic of them, suppress symptoms, build complications, produce chronic disease and tend to kill. Most of the deaths in acute disease are due to drugging and practically all of the sequelae that follow acute disease are consequences of the drugging practice. Many chronic sufferers maintain their suffering by their habitual drugging and practically all of them shorten their lives in the same way. It should not be difficult to realize that the poisoning practice is disease producing and lethal. Every drug is anti-vital or antibiotic and its employment in the care of the sick is a war upon life.
In the days of heavy quinine dosage in all fevers, frequent cases of temporary insanity resulted from the quinine poisoning. Quinine also produced head noises, deafness and serious nerve impairment. Mercury caused salivation, a loss of teeth, necrosis of the bones and worked universal havoc in the system. Arsenic produced dermatitis and optic atrophy, resulting in blindness. The other heavy metals that were employed--bismuth, potassium, the iodides, gold salts, etc.--each produced their own characteristic iatrogenic diseases. Although the body seems to have been better able to defend itself against most herbal and animal poisons than against mineral poisons and against the synthetic drugs of the present, quinine was far from being the only vegetable poison that produced iatrogenic disease.
There is scarcely an alleged remedy given for the treatment of disease but will, when administered to a healthy person, produce symptoms and morbid actions precisely like those manifested in disease. The virus of every poisonous thing and the filth of every filthy thing has already been grafted onto the drug-medical system and it should not be difficult for the reader to grasp the fact that these poisons and this filth produce disease. That drugs often provide a temporary respite from discomforts and pains is admitted, but the relief is an illusion and the price one pays for it is great. Too many people take drugs for temporary relief and evolve, as a direct consequence, permanent trouble.
When one is seriously ill and has been so for a long time and has been under drug care during this period, is it not possible that the continued sickness is due to the fact that the patient is so thoroughly medicated as to have his system decidedly poisoned and that, in reality, aside from troubles that may grow out of ill considered and unhealthy habits of life to which he may be addicted, his illness is the result of drug medication? When a thought of this kind occurs to one who has been brought up in faith in drugs, he is likely to be both amazed and horrified. The question will naturally come to his mind: "Do you suppose that one so sorely afflicted as I am can ever recover without medicines?"--medicine in this instance being drugs.
The answer to such a question is that it is most certainly probable not only that such a patient can get well without drugs, but that he cannot get well with them, that it is safer and surer to care for the sick by other and less harmful methods. Hygienic care offers such patients their only hope of recovery.
No poor, habitual drunkard is more dependent on his alcoholic liquor for "strength" than are the great mass of the people on drug poisons for "health." To live is but another name for "ill health;" to be ill is to have to be treated; to be treated is to take poison; to take poison is to suffer daily tortures for years and then die prematurely. Our country is teeming with people who are sick from being drugged and they have been so drugged--and it is drugged they have been--as to be sick only from that cause, and they can never again know health but must, until death puts an end to their miseries, linger out lives of unspeakable wretchedness. It is a fearful thing to give a man suffering with some slight ailment that would soon end, a drug that makes him a victim for life! What extraordinary prerogative does the profession have in its ability to kill according to law!
It would be impossible to determine, with the present habits of the people, how much of their suffering and disease should be attributed directly to the taking of drugs, sometimes as medicines, but often as aliment and for pleasure. It is impossible to stress too much the fact that everything that is not strictly alimentary and necessary to form and replace tissues must constitute a tax upon the body and an exciting or disturbing element and to unduly wear the delicate organs that are forced to carry it and dispose of it. Drugs and incurable diseases are corelated.
How much of the physical lassitude and inefficiency so much complained of is the result of the great and undue labor that the body is forced to perform to protect itself from the damages threatened or produced by the taking of these substances into the vital domain? Once we have established tolerance for drugs, their effects are so insidious that they often elude our notice and the one taking them is convinced that he is doing himself good by swallowing drugs. Even in small, but repeated doses, drugs to which tolerance has not been established often do much harm that escapes our notice. The only test we usually employ is that of present transient sensations. If a cigarette, for example, makes us feel better for a brief time, we do not analyze the matter and realize that we "feel" better because we do not feel so well--this is to say, we have re-narcotized ourselves so that we are no longer aware of our true condition. A transient sensation of wellbeing (of narcosis) is mistaken for a genuine feeling of wellbeing and we go blindly on in our stupidity.
Having failed to perceive the true relations of drugs to physiology, the present drugging practices, which have descended from the older practices, are the same in kind, if not in degree. The present-day physician accepts the poisoning system as a finality. But he is, nevertheless, concerned over the patient-killing effects of the new wonder drugs. He talks much of progress, but is forced to recognize that it is a kind of "progress" that brings anguish and despair to hundreds of thousands of its victims.
"There is no cure for the common cold. There is no cure for arthritis. Science has not discovered a cure for Parkinson's disease. We have no cure for diabetes." This melancholy refrain is heard and read repeatedly by people who are suffering and seeking a way to good health. "The cause of arthritis is unknown. We do not know the cause of gall stones. We have not found the cause of multiple sclerosis. The cause of migraine is unknown." This is the second stanza in the same lyric. "The cause is unknown; no cure has been found. We can give you aspirin to relieve your headache; we can give you a laxative for your constipation; we can give you cortisone to relieve you of much of your suffering with arthritis; we can give you drugs that will 'steady your nerves;' we can give you a sleeping potion, an analegesic, a sedative, a tranquilizer, a stimulant. We can palliate your symptoms; we can cut out your organs; but we can do nothing for you that is of any real or lasting value." This is the third stanza in the melancholy song.