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Dangers of Health Screenings

Dr. Julian Whitaker has been one of the leading lights of Natural Health protocols for more than 20 years. In his July newsletter, Doctor Whitaker devotes 3 pages to the very real dangers of health-screenings, which are proposed by doctors, hospitals, or medical centers. I'd like to share that valuable information with you. I'll quote him extensively.

Doctor Whitaker says that the standard medical establishment is actively engaged in"creating a nation of sick people." He calls
it "Disease Mongering." I agree with him completely. Here's how he explains it:

"Disease Mongering is the installation of fear in large numbers of people, by making them think they are sick. It is the driving force
behind the recommendations formulated by doctor's groups, medical societies, and government panels (and often funded by the
pharamaceutical industry) that trickle down to your physicians, who convince you that health-screenings are necessary, and can even
save your life."

Here are some examples of bogus screenings:

1) Cholesterol Screenings -- The "authorities suggest you begin this screening at age 20, or even younger if anyone in your family has high cholesterol. As a result, 40 million Americans have been diagnosed with the "disease" of high cholesterol. Doctors tell those people they need to take statin drugs. "Incredibly, there is NO evidence that statin drugs reduce risk of death from heart disease, except in a small sub-group of men with existing disease."

If you have any doubts about the horrors of statin drugs, do a Search on the "Dangers of statin drugs." You'll be appalled at what you

2) Bone density screenings -- These are advised for all post-menopausal women. The screening will tell one-half of all the women
who take it, that they suffer from "osteopenia," bone density below a certain level. This "disease" did not exist 12 years ago! The pharmaceutical companies invented it, so they could sell tons of
osteoporosis drugs, "even though women with osteopenia have NO significant risk of fracture."

3) Mental Health Screenings -- "which, if things go according to plan, will soon be mandatory for everyone, including pre-schoolers. These bogus screenings detect unprecedented numbers of disorders such as ADD, ADHD, bi-polar, depression, post-traumatic stress -- and the two newest ones,"Social anxiety disorder, and female sexual arousal disorder." Of course, for each of these 'illnesses,' there is an expensive drug that provides an easy cure."

4) Cancer Screening Tests -- "such as mammography, which is recommended for all women over 40, and PSA testing, recommended for all men over 50." These tests "have dramatically inflated cancer diagnoses, and funneled untold numbers of people into bipsies, surgeries, chemo, and radiation therapy."

"Disease mongering is an all-out, no-holds barred effort to turn risk factors into full- fledged diseases that need to be treated with

Doctor Whitaker mentions a statistic from the book by Dr. Carolyn Dean, entitled DEATH BY MODERN MEDICINE. She says that 784.000 people die every year from adverse effects of drugs,
medical procedures, and hospitalizations.

"Screening tests are the first step on the slippery slope of medical intervention. You go in feeling healthy, feeling great, and you
come out with a disease -- and a dangerous drug to treat it with."

Doctor Whitaker also mentions "false positives." On Monday, the doctor tells you that you've got cancer, and 10 days later, he tells you the test was a false positive: a mistake. "False positives are unbelievably common, and extremely stressful."Just think of the mental trauma caused to vast numbers of people by these false positive tests.

So what should you do? First of all, "Avoid free or low-cost health screenings sponsored by hospitals or medical centers. They are
simply marketing ploys to get new patients."

Second, be wary of all screenings which are offered by traditional doctors. Chances are good there's a hook in it.

If you can't find a doctor to give you a second opinion about the proposed screening, Whitaker suggests you visit: ttp://
to find an independent doctor. "For every health problem, there are natural therapies that are much safer than the drugs and surgeries that make up the arsenal of conventional medicine."

Forewarned is forearmed. I hope this information will help some of you. If you have any stories of your own about foolish and dangerous health-screenings, I hope you'll post them on this forum.