$14,500/year for Cholesterol Drug Is Only Part of the Price, Says Expert
A new cholesterol drug, Repatha, illustrates the greed of drug companies. The cost per year is $14,500 and it’s available in an auto-injector—so you can give yourself the $600 shot every two weeks and go to the Emergency Room if you develop an allergic reaction like shortness of breath, says Dr. Richard Ruhling, a retired internist who taught Health Science at Loma Linda University. He offers the following insights.
So what’s the “need”? The “need” is most people’s opinion that they can’t change their diet when they haven’t really tried.
A low-fat, low-cholesterol diet allows all the fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes that a person could ever want to eat, along with modest servings of nuts. Those who eat nuts five times a week had half the cardiovascular risk according to National Institutes of Health, and they have other benefits, so why the fixation on a pricey shot?
Maybe we like to brag about our auto-injection? Maybe we like gambling? Sooner or later it will give us trouble that the greedy drug companies didn’t discover because they don’t’ do long-term studies. Their party line is—“See your doctor if…” They make a tight combination.
Shouldn’t we do as the slogan for teenagers says--“Just say no to drugs”
We can replace the risk with benefits from a healthy diet that is calculated to reverse most diseases. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said, “Nature cures…let your food be your medicine.”
Modern medicine has DuPont’s slogan—“Better living through chemistry,” but if you know anyone taking a bag of pills, you know the slogan is a lie when applied to drugs because they all have a long list of adverse effects and it’s only a matter of time will a person gets one of them, and the more Rx’s one takes, the thinner and slipperier the ice gets.
Ruhling was sickly as a child, getting a penicillin shot most winters, but since he became a vegetarian in college, he has had only one Rx in the last 60 years and believes his health now is better than when he was in his 30’s.
Dr. Neal Barnard, author of Program for Reversing Diabetes said the DVD titled “Eating” is a brilliant program. Joel Fuhrman, MD, said the DVD is “a mind-blowing video.” Dr. Ruhling says he has spent his life trying to motivate patients to eat better and this DVD is the most effective tool he has found. It features Dr. Esselstyn from the Cleveland Clinic encouraging patients to take control of their health.
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