I’m Absolutely Worthless!

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Written by Cyndi

Cyndi is about educating. Her greatest love is to teach, both in the public arena and within the large corporate food companies, to enable everyone to make better choices so they too can enjoy greater health throughout their lives. Considered one of the world's foremost experts in Nutrition, Cyndi brings over 40 years experience, research and knowledge.

August 13, 2019

That’s right I’m worthless…absolutely worthless to the pharmaceutical companies because I’ve never taken a medication in my life. 

Let me tell you how I’ve managed to be worthless to these billion dollar profit companies. And for those that may scoff at this claim or think I’m lying, perhaps you haven’t learnt the art of being healthy. I’ll let you in on what I do! It all comes down to the art of being healthy rather than doing health.

Pharmaceutical companies at the moment seem to have a strangle hold on the Australian and worldwide public. The average Australian will pop 46,000 pills in their lifetime; in the UK it’s 40,000. The Australian government gives these companies $12 billion dollars a year to subsidise our drug addiction.

If you think I’m exaggerating, here is a headline broadcast on Channel 9’s Today program on April 24, 2019:

Generation Prozac
3 million Australians reliant on antidepressants.

That’s 1 in 8 Aussies with more than 100,000 children.

This is criminal, no matter how you look at it.

Here are some facts on Prozac (fluoxetine). It is an antidepressant also known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) used to treat bulimia, OCD, panic attacks, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and more. 

Side effects include nausea, upset stomach, constipation, headaches, anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia), drowsiness, dizziness, nervousness, heart palpitations, loss of appetite or increase in appetite, weight changes, cold symptoms, dry mouth, decreased sex drive, impotence, suicidal tendencies (under 25 years of age), aggression and increasing violent behavior.

There is a raging debate about the effectiveness of this drug – some say it is no better than a sugar pill while others believe it is effective for depressive disorders. If you want to hear more about this debate and want more information on the medication, look up psychiatrist Dr Kelly Brogan’s book A Mind Of Your Own or Chris Kresser’s article on placebos being as effective as antidepressants.

I’m not here to debate the good and bad. I’m here to tell you we are a drugged nation and we are worth an absolute fortune to these drug companies.

We will never drug ourselves to health. Don’t get me wrong, there are drugs that are required for life and these are not the ones I’m talking about (I have family members who depend on insulin and factor 8). Although having said that, I had 8 family members die from factor 8 in the 1980’s and 1990’s because Bayer failed to pull this medicine off the shelves despite knowing HIV was present in the blood and plasma. My family members had haemophilia and consequently died of AIDS. But that’s another story. For the purposes of this conversation we are talking about the over prescription and over use of many drugs, both prescribed and over-the-counter.

We’ve become a generation of pill poppers. These pills are not only in the form of medications but also in the form of supplements. We think that health comes from a pill and there is no need to change our diet or lifestyle. In fact, the majority of general practitioners never advise a lifestyle change but rather diagnose and then treat you from their toolkit of pills advised by the sales reps of drug companies (all within seven minutes). I may be being hard, but this is the reality for many of our conventionally trained doctors who learned to diagnose and treat with drugs, surgery or radiation. I know there are doctors out there doing things differently because they’ve had their own epiphanies, but they are being targeted by their regulatory board and are threatened with being shut down. I kid you not!

You Are Responsible for Your Health

So, how does anyone in this day and age get through more than half of their life without a medication?

I’m 58 and I live a life free of medication as do my children and many of my friends. We take responsibility for our own health. We are not lucky, we are people who know how to be healthy and live a life without chronic health issues.  We do not prescribe to the one-pill wonder; we do not believe the propaganda of drug and food companies; we read the fine print on all drug and food inserts; we think and research before we act when it comes to our health. 

We question everything including scientific studies and do not take a doctor’s word as gospel until proven. Food is our medicine. We’ve learnt to decipher fact from fiction and we know you don’t need a degree to be a critical thinker and researcher. I’m not saying that science and medicine is bad – far from it. It is something that I learn from every day. What I am saying is that when money is part of science and medicine, then we must have caution and not jump in on the next new thing. 

We are evolutionary creatures who have stood the test of time, living in nature, with nature and by the rules of nature. In distant times, if we made it past the age of five, then the likelihood of living to a ripe old age increased (and without chronic physical and mental health issues).

What Makes the Difference?

I was brought up in a household where my father was a pharmacist and my mother a nurse. My father could see back in the 1950’s that many of the drugs he was dishing out to the public were in fact not making them healthy, but instead ensuring that as they got older, they were taking more and more medications. Most of his clients were in their 60’s and 70’s. He did not give medications to the youth. Things are different now.

My father believed in the innate intelligence of the body. By giving the body the right ingredients for life, a human or animal should be able to remain free of disease, ward off bacteria and viruses, safely manage a fever and live a drug-free life. The essential ingredients for a healthy life according to him were good quality food, exercise, sunlight, connection and a good attitude of gratitude. Thank goodness my Mum was a good cook and my Dad loved the great outdoors, enjoying hiking and water and snow sports.

I’ve taught my adult children to live these principles and they too are going through life drug free. I’ve never seen my children do illicit drugs, because I believe when there is no drug problem in the house then the drug problem in the street can be stopped in its tracks. My children grew up with a healthy respect/fear for medications – their use when absolutely necessary was okay, but popping them like candy was abuse whether prescribed, over-the-counter or illicit.

Imagine the lack of power drug companies would have if more people took control of their health rather than believing that it’s okay to live away from the laws of nature (sunshine, nature, movement, connection) and eat processed foods laced with additives and agricultural chemicals. Their power to control governments and media outlets and individuals would be diminished. Instead of making drug addicts of everyone, their products would be used as appropriate.

I found it interesting during the Australian elections that there were pledges for more money to be devoted to healthcare – that’s a warning that we are getting sicker.  We heard how the GDP was up or down, that exports were growing or not and budgets were in the red or black, but there was and is no measure for human health and happiness. Obviously we’re not happy if 3,000,000 of our population (100,000 of our children) are on Prozac, just under 50% of the population will experience mental health issues in their life time, more than half have a chronic disease that leads to death, 63% of the nation over 18 are overweight or obese, 30% of children are having problems with weight issues and between 38% and 40% of children under the age of 15 have one or more chronic health conditions. 

On an average day in Australia, 406,000 people visit their GP. There is an increase in autism, allergies, asthma and food sensitivities yet this measure of our society (health and happiness) is avoided in mainstream talk and by our politicians. But to me this is the true measure of how a society is working, not GDP and interest rates. Big finance, big agriculture and big pharma all depend on us being sick and uneducated, rather than healthy critical thinkers.

When is this going to change?

It will not change on a government level; it can only change on an individual level and within families. Education on what the human body needs to be healthy is key. I also believe that we need to trust in our body’s ability to be healthy, become healthy and maintain health without the need for medications. Living according to the laws of nature, eating quality food and getting rest, sun and connection all contribute to the body’s innate ability to do what it needs to do to have health and energy and vitality.

I challenge you to be worthless, absolutely worthless to the drug companies and be healthy in every aspect of your life. I’m here to educate with our online nutrition courses, books, recipe books, documentary What’s With Wheat?, podcasts Up for A Chat, articles, FOREST (foods that are organic, regenerative, ethical, sustainable and trusted) and with practicalities of nutrient-dense food production.

Can one person make a difference? You bet!

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