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Why I Don’t Financially Support Medical Charities

I can tell before I even start typing that I’m not going to make any friends with this post and worse yet, I might lose some. I must be honest though and tell you that I don’t give a penny to help out breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism, heart disease, AIDS or any other charitable entity — and I never will.

Why is Tom Baker such a jerk? Come a little closer and I’ll tell you why.

First, let me start off by saying that the people on the front lines; the organizers, the money collectors, the individuals who have lost loved ones to these terrible and heart wrenching diseases, the runners, the cyclists, and the walkers. I believe wholeheartedly that they are sincere in what they are doing and their hearts are in the right place. I believe with no doubts whatsoever that they would like to find a cure. I believe they want to help someone beat whatever disease they are battling. I know that they are out there to help prevent someone from experiencing the same hurt and anguish that they and their family had to deal with.

These people, I believe are sincere in what they do.

What I don’t believe is that the pharmaceutical companies in the United States really want to help find a cure for ANYTHING! There is a much greater profit in doing business the way they have been doing it. You see, drugs that are on the market today don’t address the problem. Every drug on the market today (whether over the counter or prescription) only help to ease symptoms. They do nothing for the root cause of the problem. From headaches to fever and diabetes to high blood pressure, all the drugs do is help ease symptoms. It is much better for the drug company’s bottom line and the stock holders quarterly earnings to keep the sick patient feeling better and keeping them alive for as long as possible, than it is to cure them of that illness once and for all.

You cannot convince me at all that pharmaceutical companies are even looking for a cure. If by chance they are looking for a cure, it would be to put it under lock and key in the hopes that no one else ever discovers it.

I could go on and on about why I distrust the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies in America, but I’m not trying to alienate all my readers. I realize the different pathologies and diseases are tearing families apart every day. I’m not trying to make light of a horrible situation. I am trying to show why you might want to direct your finances in a more positive direction.

The direction I am speaking of is eating healthy to avoid some most of the ills of the world. You might not know it or you might not believe it but you are the major force behind your health and longevity. Not your doctor and not heredity. You are the master of your health fate. No matter what age you are you can start RIGHT NOW to begin eating better.

“While we are certainly born with genes that help determine everything from our height to our risk of heart disease, we are making a monumental mistake by assuming that we can’t control our genes–especially when it comes to aging.”
~ Doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz.

Cut out red meat or cut down significantly. Eat more fish and vegetables. Eat less salty, fried and sugary foods. Read the labels, go online and research the best foods. Instead of giving $50.00 to Susan G. Komen, who will most likely use the money to sue any other charity with “For The Cure” in their name, buy organic. Organic fruits and vegetables are free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Live longer for your children and the grand children you might have one day.

Quit smoking! Drink less alcohol. Wipe the dust off and hop on your bike and ride around the block or two. Walk down to Blockbuster and watch a documentary on food that will make you look at fast food and want to throw up! Try Food, Inc., Forks Over Knives, or King Corn. You can even rest on your lazy butt and watch The Future of Food for free on Hulu.

     

The people who are on the front lines and genuinely want cures found for these diseases, I applaud you But when all is said and done and these charities fork over the millions to drug companies, rest assured, they are not looking for a cure. They simply want to prolong the life of those affected by masking the symptoms. Demand better. Find foreign researchers, especially in Europe who care more about people than they do money.

Food Facts*

Most cancer is preventable, with about three cases in four directly related to lifestyle choices;

Controllable factors of greatest impact appear to be smoking, diets rich in animal foods and low in vegetables and fruits, inactivity, obesity, and exposure to hazardous materials;

Experts estimate that improving diet and exercise alone could prevent 30-40% of all cancers;

Just eating more vegetables and fruits could eliminate 20% of cancers. Avoiding tobacco could bring this figure up to 60-70%.

Although I do not financially support charities, I do support organizations that help spread awareness of different diseases and those who try to educate individuals on preventing and reversing the effects of illnesses. And that is all I care to say on this matter.

* Food facts courtesy of Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina

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