Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dr. Richard Ruhling Believes Affordable Health Care Is Bogus, Offers Wellness Plan

Ruhling cites AMA data from 1998 showing that adverse drug reactions put 2.2 million people in hospitals with 106,000 deaths, but deaths and illness increased 2.6 fold through 2005 (Archives of Internal Medicine) and the TV drug ads continue, making medical care the leading cause of illness, disability and premature death

Employers of 50 people must offer them medical insurance and pay 60% of it while the employee pays 40%, but they are both winners if the employee opts out, pays a $95 fine and stays well. “Stay Well” plans with Health Savings Account were the basis of programs 30 years ago that need another look, says Dr. Richard Ruhling, a retired physician who taught Health Science at Loma Linda University.

“The government is pushing medical care as healthcare, but the more prescriptions one takes, the worse one's health becomes,” says Ruhling who became board-certified in internal medicine. He says “drugs create illness due to Adverse Drug Reactions that also make medical care a leading cause of death.” Journal of AMA, 4-15-1998.

That article defined Adverse Drug Reactions as from a drug "properly prescribed and administered." It's not an overdose or a bad prescription. It's just the way that patient reacted unexpectedly.

Ruhling says we should expect it: "Drug action always represents artificial interference with the natural functioning of the organism. In the widest sense of the word, every drug is by definition a poison, pharmacology and toxicology are one, and the art of medicine is to use these poisons beneficially." (Drill's Textbook of Pharmacology in Medicine, Chapter 5: Intimate Study of Drug Action).

Pharmacology and toxicology are one? Ruhling says pharmacology evolved from toxicology, as it studied what dose of a chemical would kill half the animals and now people are the animals. This is just not reported in mainstream media because mainstream media gets ad revenue from drug companies.

Marcia Angell, MD, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and author of The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, decried the drug ads in the media. She told 60 Minutes10+ years ago that drug companies spend $400 million on congressional re-election campaigns; by now it's a billion. Ruhling says a US senator, confronted with medical literature that drugs are a leading cause of illness and death said, "You're wasting your time. They own us!"

We might wonder how or why a doctor "might use these poisons beneficially," but if a person's blood pressure is sky-high from eating chittalings (hog intestines), it's better to take a drug to get the blood pressure down than to have a stroke (burst blood vessel in the brain resulting in paralysis).

Nathan Pritikin reported to the American College of Cardiology that 186 of 218 patients got off their drugs for blood pressure with a low fat diet and that a high fat diet makes rouleaux (blood cells become sticky and the heart has to pump harder to circulate the blood).

The World Health Organization reports “people with uncontrolled hypertension rose from 600 million in 1980 to nearly 1 billion in 2008 [and is] positively and continuously related to the risk for stroke and coronary heart disease."

Ruhling says cardiologists should have embraced Pritikin with information on how to get 85% of patients off blood pressure drugs, but their response was negative. They said he hadn't cured it because if people go off the diet, their blood pressure goes up. He adds that their response shows how broken the medical system is.

Pritikin's Longevity Center reported 65 patients with triple vessel disease that had been scheduled for bypass surgery, but they went to Pritikin's center instead. Three years later, 90% never had surgery; and only one had died from heart disease. But in spite of amazing results, Pritikin got no help from mainstream medicine, media or the Heart Association.

A Harvard cardiologist told 60 Minutes that 90% of heart by-pass surgeries weren't necessary, and the US News on August 5, 1990 reported on Dean Ornish's center 15 years after Pritikin's report. Bill Clinton got the message. He began a low cholesterol, low fat diet from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Lester Breslow, Dean of UCLA's School of Public Health, discovered in a 10-year federally-funded study that normal-weight people who didn't drink or smoke had a 30-year advantage over those with an opposite profile. Breslow's profiling included exercise, 7 hours of sleep, 5 glasses of water daily, maintaining a "happy" attitude and eating breakfast.

Ruhling says that no breakfast is an indicator of millions who eat at night and can't burn the extra calories that get stored as fat. He says breakfast and mid-afternoon are best meal times when people can eat more. A good meal mid-afternoon should not leave us hungry when we go to bed, and our stomachs can rest when we do.

The US government can't run the postal system profitably at 15 times the cost of a letter when Ruhling was a child, but he says they want to run medical care that's far more complicated, because there's so much money in it, they can't keep their hands out of the pot. Ruhling thinks his ill-health as a child was due to vaccinations and mercury dental fillings. He changed his diet in college and has only had one prescription in his adult life. At 71, he says his last insurance was purchased 40 years ago to cover the hospital bill when their youngest son was born. He wonders how we got to government providing medical care and drugs subsidized for those who want to eat, drink and smoke as they please.

Our medical system evolved to accommodate quick interviews and a prescription. Most people decline to change habits as long as we can get free healthcare. It's a great society until the half who pay the pill bill taxes can no longer afford the 2nd indulgent half who don't, but perhaps the economic reality is dawning.

Every nation practicing western medicine is on the brink of bankruptcy. General Motors is an example—going broke over medical care for retirees. Ruhling called GM  to offer his healthcare program nearly 10 years ago. They said they had things under control. Medical care in the end is a slippery slope.

Ruhling offers a wellness program to companies to cut employee healthcare costs by their opting out of the government plan. His website has videos at http://LeadingCauseOfDeathPrescriptionDrugs.com.


Dr. Richard Ruhling is the author of 'Apocalypse 2013: How To Survive The Fall Of America' available at his website below and Kindle. ‘The Bridegroom Comes’ and ‘Why You Shouldn’t Ask Your Doctor - Choices That Can Save Your Life’, are also available at his websites and Amazon.

Dr. Ruhling is available for media interview and can be reached using the information below, or by email at ruhling7@juno.com.


Dr. Richard Ruhling