In Medicine We Trust
”We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.” – George Bernard Shaw
As I search God’s word more, it never ceases to amaze me what I find. Recently, a discovery of modern medicine’s roots was revealed. Yes, it’s no secret I was already a bit anti-medicine.
Of course, I wasn’t always like this. I was just like the average American, eating whatever I wanted without thinking about it and taking my regular trips to the doctor for “remedies.”
But in my heart as a follower of Christ, I recently began feeling very unsettled about this. I couldn’t figure out why, until I started digging deep.
And then someone commented this on my Facebook health page:
“The roots of medicine are in alchemy/sorcery/magic/evil, whereas there are many natural cures in creation which are non-toxic. But many Christians are deceived and fear natural remedies, not realizing the roots of what they trust.”
Really?! So I looked up the word pharmacy and it’s origins and found this Greek word it originated from:
(See the Greek Lexicon: http://www.searchgodsword.org/lex/grk/view.cgi?number=5331)(Interestingly, this word is used in Revelations twice:
|The KJV Strong’s Version – 2 Verses|
“For thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (Pharmakeia) were all nations deceived” Makes me think of the drug companies pushing vaccinations on the poor countries now until all nations are deceived by it. . . but decide for yourself and read on!
“And we have made of ourselves living cesspools, and driven doctors to invent names for our diseases.” Plato
Unknown to many Christians, Scripture has even more to say on the topic of putting our trust in doctors more than God, and even more on God’s healing power. Just a few examples:
“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the LORD, but only from the physicians.” 2 Chronicles 16:12
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.
(I would like to pause here and note that as a health counselor, I have MANY clients who come to me with this very same problem–bleeding, infertility, etc. all getting worse and worse under the care of doctors. This is extremely common nowadays, and I can guarantee that conventional medicine is doing nothing to make this better.)
When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
Sadly, these verses are not just old-fashioned; they are clear examples of modern-day habits of Christians to put their faith and trust in doctors more than God.
“The modern drug industry originated with the IG Farben company in Nazi Germany. They led in funding Hitler’s rise to power. Their drugs and extermination gas made the holocaust and prisoner medical experiments possible. The major pharmaceutical companies of today came from the breakup of IG Farben after the war.
Nazi drug experiments never ceased. They simply moved to America and expanded worldwide.” (http://calltodiscernment.blogspot.com/2009/11/bible-and-pharmakeia.html)
As a God-fearing woman, I want to be sure that I’m not just over-thinking it. So I had to wonder why so many Christians are just as likely to be on prescription drugs as everyone else? Why are half of all the people sitting in church with us on Sunday on prescription drugs? And what makes us follow such a dangerous vaccination schedule?The F-Word
I think we do it partly out of fear. At least I did. We are plagued with fear of disease, illness, and any fear in general that the world throws at us. As children of God, we are to be free from the fear Satan has woven into our society. He has caused us mothers to suppress our instinct because of these fears. He has caused cancer and heart patients to be at the mercy of this medical industry based on fear.Satan has caused us to live in disobedience and then feel forced to be at the mercy of it all. As one writer states,
Satan has made an industry out of generating bogus fear. Satan wants the fear due God. To be sure, Satan is truly a terrifying master to those under his care, but those “in Christ” have been purchased from his mastery and need not fear him any longer. Whenever it is in our power, we should cut off any access Satan has to our minds or hearts to plant bogus fear.
Does that just totally describe the vaccination and cancer treatment industry or what?! What does a doctor do when a patient refuses treatment or vaccinations for their child? They use fear tactics! ”You are going to cause your child to die.” And what language do they put on the vaccine refusal form? Something about consenting to the fact that you are endangering your child’s life. . . Flee Satan!
But we are to be free from fear. As Proverbs 29:25 says,
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
Fear of man is also a major stumbling block and obstacle to truly trusting God. God’s perfect love, if we realize it, will drive out fear.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Once we break free from the medical industry’s bogus fear, we have to ask if the medical industry still has any place in our lives as Christians.
The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding. Job 28:28
Notice also that an essential component of godly wisdom is to not just fear the Lord but to also shun evil. As long as we partake in any of medicine’s evil (namely financially supporting the drug companies), we will not gain understanding.
To consider this further, I think it’s wise to evaluate the fruit that the medical industry as a whole has been bearing. Scripture says:
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Matthew 7:18
My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:12
Has the medical industry demonstrated the kind of fruit that deserves my faith? Because if it hasn’t, then any faith I put in it will be directly disobedient to God’s word.
That leads me to the next factor in our dilemma. I think another reason we are victimized by the drug industry is ignorance. How many of us even begin to consider the fruit that the medical industry produces? Does the average prescription drug user know the success rates of their drug? Does the cancer patient know the statistics of chemo and radiation?
My guess is a big fat “No” or else they wouldn’t be using that treatment.
“If we doctors threw all our medicines into the sea, it would be that much better for our patients and that much worse for the fishes.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, M.D.
1. One in three people in the U.S. have or will have cancer. And amidst the skewed figures put out by drug companies, the New England Journal of Medicine found in 1986 that from 1950 to 1980, the cancer death rate in America has steadily increased.
I have to wonder how it could increase if successful medical technology increased during that time period. And what has been done since 1986? The rates aren’t getting any better and we’ve known this was a problem for over two decades!
An investigation by the Department of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Australia, into the contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year survival in 22 major adult malignancies, showed startling results:
The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.”
[Royal North Shore Hospital Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) 2005 Jun;17(4):294.]
In fact, poll after poll of cancer physicians demonstrate that these physicians would refuse chemotherapy themselves should they develop cancer. That is because they see that the treatment is what kills most cancer patients, not the cancer.
Cancer, especially breast cancer, is a very slow-growing disease. All people have cancer cells in their bodies. Whether or not they progress into what the medical industry considers “cancer” depends on what that person does to their body. If they bombard it with harsh chemicals and treatment, then of course they will likely lose the battle.
Additionally, recent studies prove that radiation and chemotherapy actually make cancer cells more deadly. (More to come in an upcoming article.)
2. Children are taking their own lives and the lives of others as a result of being on mind-altering drugs for “ADHD.” Postpartum mothers are too. Of course, the media reports it as a postpartum depression effect without mentioning the drugs she was on. We all know now that most of the school shootings were done by children on these drugs. The list goes on. . .
(Antidepressants and suicidal behavior: http://www.naturalnews.com/028125_antidepressants_suicidal_behavior.html)
“A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that in one year over two million hospitalized patients suffered serious drug reactions, resulting in 106,000 deaths. And it is estimated that only 1 in 20 reactions are reported.”
“In truth, tens of millions are injured and an estimated 400,000 are killed every year by these dangerous poisons. Anyone taking a prescription drug will be harmed to some degree by these drug-caused diseases.”http://www.breathing.com/articles/prescription-drugs.htm
Since 2001, 2,996 people in the United States have died from terrorism– all as a result of the 9/11 attacks. In that same period of time, 490,000 people have died from prescription drugs, not counting the Vioxx scandal. That means thatprescription drugs in this country are at least 16,400 percent deadlier than terrorism (http://www.naturalnews.com/009278.html#ixzz1Wp1PMm9l)
Even over-the-counter drugs are shown to cause long-term gut problems, kidney complications, and even death with just moderate use.
3. Adverse reactions to immunizations (in children and adults) are reported every day–by the dozens. These results are published for anyone to read. And these are just the ones that are reported.
From January to April 2011, over 5,000 reports have been filed regarding adverse reactions to vaccinations. These are just the ones that were reported. The majority of reactions are not reported as they are not thought to be from vaccinations.
You can go the Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting website and download the files detailing these reports here: http://vaers.hhs.gov/data/data/
There are reports of newborns and young babies having unrelenting fevers for days after shots; even a 2-month old baby going into cardiac arrest from them. Seizures and fainting is also common, and there are reports of patients coming down with Gullian-Barre syndrome for which they will never recover.
Especially when we consider that when a disease does break out, vaccinated ones are just as likely, if not more, to carry the virus/disease. (For instance:http://www.naturalnews.com/033399_vaccines_measles.html). And people who get flu shots and chicken pox vaccines still get those illnesses.
This has been going on for centuries. We see this even in the New Testament:
“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse.” (Mark 5:25-27)
Doesn’t that just sound like today’s trends?!
In the 1700′s, preacher and theologian Jonathon Edwards, said to be “America’s most important and original philosophical theologian,” died from receiving a smallpox vaccination. More recently, famous Christian painter Thomas Kinkade known as the “Painter of Light” died from prescription drugs.
What kind of failure rate do we need in order to see the obvious?
To top it all off, there is so much deception going on with pharmaceutical companies that it’s sickening. And this is not a conspiracy theory. Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Mark Liponis discuss one example of this in their book, Ultra-Prevention:
Prozac: Once marketed for depression, drugmaker Eli Lilly recently targeted a new disease Prozac can cure. Television commercials now ask women if they have the ‘disease’ coined premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PDD (or PMDD). Up until recently, PDD was simply PMS, but women would not have bought Prozac to treat that, so the company relabeled the symptoms and announced that they require a prescription medication to cure. And rather than simply selling it as rebottled Prozac, the company has reissued it with the catchy name Sarafem.
Examples like this go on, including how the DSM-IV listing all the various mental illnesses was written in a large majority by professionals with financial ties to pharmaceutical companies.
Furthermore, there is proof that the majority of medical studies published in American medical journals are biased and that those without favorable reports for particular drugs are hidden. For instance, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) conducted a rather large study to “explore the relation between study concordance, take home message, funding, and dissemination of comparative studies assessing the effects of influenza vaccines.”This 2009 study analyzed hundreds of studies to determine whether there was a link between study outcomes and the study’s funding groups on the influenza vaccines. Here are a few of the things they discovered:
Studies partly or completely sponsored by industry, however, were published in more prestigious journals and are probably cited more, although their methodological quality and size were similar.
The study concluded:
Publication in prestigious journals is associated with partial or total industry funding, and this association is not explained by study quality or size.
(Full study can be seen here: http://www.nvic.org/Downloads/Jeffersonetal-BMJ2009.aspx)
It is no secret that most of the articles printed in medical journals are the most biased sources of information available. Dr. Jefferson, one of the authors of the study cited above, states:
The study shows that one of the levers for accessing prestige journals is the financial size of your sponsor. Pharma sponsors order many reprints of studies supporting their products, often with in house translations into many languages. They also purchase advertising space in the journal. Many publishers openly advertise these services on their website. It is time journals made a full disclosure of their sources of funding.
To me, these things provide me with enough fruit to prove that the medical industry, especially when it comes to drugs, bears much more bad fruit than good.
And I’m not even bothering to get into all the facts about drug companies pushing drugs through without proper testing for the sake of immediate profit.
($300 billion annually are spent for prescription drugs alone. http://healthfreedoms.org/2010/12/21/documentary-reveals-unhealthy-pharma-profits-while-america-weeps/)
(Vaccines projected to be $16 billion by 2016 for just pediatric vaccines with swine-flu related drugs between $10 billion and $15 billion in 2009. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/04/big-profits-linked-to-vaccine-mandates.aspx)
Or the high rates of unnecessary surgery in American hospitals.
(60 percent of all surgeries in America are medically unjustified. . . : http://www.naturalnews.com/012291.html )
We are also ignorant of God’s creation. Let’s look at some examples of God’s medicine:
- When Job was afflicted by boils he seemed to be aware of the principle that the draining sores needed to dry out so he sat in ashes (Job 2:7-8).
- Jeremiah refers to the balm of Gilead which was evidently deemed to have medicinal qualities (Jeremiah 8:22; 46:11).
- When Hezekiah was seriously ill, Isaiah told him to put some figs to boil (2 Kings 20:7).
- The therapeutic affect of happiness of mind upon one’s health comes out several times (Proverbs 17:22, for instance).
- The medicinal use of wine is mentioned in Scripture several times (including 1 Timothy 5:23). Indeed, we know today how good a small amount of wine or other fermented beverage is for the digestive system (especially among the processed foods in America), backing up Paul’s advice to Timothy!
- The good Samaritan treated the wounds of the injured man with wine and oil (Luke 10:34). Wine is an antiseptic and will tend to coagulate blood, thereby assisting healing. Oil soothes and forms a coating.
- The Church at Laodicea is admonished to use their locally-produced eye salve because of their lack of spiritual vision (Revelation 3:18).
- Even way back in Genesis it is obvious that the Israelite midwives had developed obstetrical care to a high standard (Genesis 35:17). It has been said that the procedure of Genesis 38:27-30, for instance, would even be very challenging for modern obstetricians!
In fact, if you read about the history of hospital birthing centers, you will see how the prospect of profits and fame gave doctors the ambition to spread a bad word about midwives. As Garren writes:
“It’s been proven, both in ancient manuscripts and by modern herbologists, that the plants of the earth and the earth itself have all the necessary elements needed for our bodies to combat influenza and even the plagues of the past. The black plague, yellow fever, dengue fever, and so many others are/were a result of living conditions or human interruption of the natural ecology of the earth. Why have the majority of the world’s past plagues started in cities? The humanity living in cities are living in unnatural conditions and their bodies will react to that condition quickly by deteriorating from the inside out.” (http://calltodiscernment.blogspot.com/2009/11/bible-and-pharmakeia.html)
Additionally, pharmaceutical companies have corrupted doctors, all for one thing:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10
“Doctors are given kick-backs for offering particular drugs. The doctor will find any reason to convince you of the benefits of that drug, even though it may not even be intended for treating the patients particular ailment. This sort of greed is responsible for ruining the lives of far too many people whose lives have been altered forever because they trusted their doctor and the pharmaceutical companies.” (http://healthfreedoms.org/2010/12/21/documentary-reveals-unhealthy-pharma-profits-while-america-weeps/)
“Doctors who prescribed the drug company’s products and avoided competing drugs were paid “consulting fees” of tens of thousands of dollars. And what kind of consulting did these doctors do? The kind of consulting that requires nothing more than signing a blank sheet of paper and cashing the check, of course. And thousands of doctors participated in this criminal scam, collecting untold sums of money in exchange for hyping Schering-Plough’s pharmaceuticals to patients. (Medical ethics, anyone?)”
“Doctors were paid even more money to conduct fraudulent clinical trials that would require patients to take the drugs for twelve months at a time, which of course rang up even more drug profits for the manufacturer and resulted in more kickbacks to the doctors. That’s right: they’re literally playing doctor with your life while pocketing the drug money.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/001298.html#ixzz1WiMWwZV6)
Even Plato knew this thousands of years ago:
“Well, it does,” he said, “but what of it?” “This,” said I, “that they will have to employ many of those drugs [pharmakeuein] of which we were speaking. We thought that an inferior physician sufficed for bodies that do not need drugs but yield to diet and regimen. But when it is necessary to prescribe drugs we know that a more enterprising and venturesome physician is required.” “True; but what is the pertinency?” “This,” said I: “it seems likely that our rulers will have to make considerable use of falsehood and deception.” — Plato, Republic.
Plato knew that in order for drugs to be given to people in place of proper diet and regimen, there would have to be considerable deception and lies on the part of the government.
Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. (Anton Chekhov, who was himself a practicing physician)
Is that really the kind of industry we want to trust?!
Unfortunately, the majority of God’s people in America trust in the medical profession to make up for their disobedience and ignorance.
We eat what we want, suffer the consequences, and ask God to give our doctors wisdom–something we should have asked for ourselves to have!
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.” Hosea 4:6
I used to do that. When someone would make a comment about the lack of nutrition in something I ate, I got offended. I rejected knowledge. And I suffered consequences as a result. Not just me, but my children did also.
No more! When we reject knowledge about the food we eat and then put our faith in the medical community, we have gotten so far away from God and His natural design. It’s not about being some hippie-type organic nut job. It is each of our job to seek knowledge and decide whether we trust an industry or not based on the fruit it bears.
Some day, I pray that it will be the norm for people to choose God’s way, that includes eating living foods that He created instead of the dead foods created by money-hungry men.
Maybe then, the people who are drugged up on prescriptions will be offered help and encouragement in the name of Christ instead of pretending it’s not an issue.
I pray that we will be able to help them find emotional fulfillment in God and not in food, especially the kind of food that leads to physical and spiritual disease.
I pray that we will encourage them to let go of disease-causing stress and instead fully trust God, rather than their medications.
Giving Glory Where Glory is Due
I’m seeing that there’s one final missing factor–giving God the glory. He has made our bodies glorious–we are fearfully and wonderfully made–and the medical industry has taken that glory away from God by making us think they’re in control and getting the glory for themselves. It’s time God gets the glory due Him!
Even medical professionals can’t deny the power of our bodies in God’s design:
“Do not fear cancer. As Professor Lewis Thomas, President of the Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital tells us, the human body is incredibly tough. Given the right nutrition, exercise and lifestyle, it will resist cancer for a lifetime.” (Dr. Michael Colgan, The New Nutrition)
I think we’ve just lost track of how wonderfully God has made not only us humans but how wonderfully He has made His creation too. We underestimate the power in His living foods, all the antioxidants and nutrients contained within. We underestimate the power of our bodies to heal itself, inside and out.
And we do it all because the medical profession tells us that the power is theirs and theirs alone.And when we fail to see this glorious creation, we succumb to fear. And we’re back at the beginning.
To be clear, it is not my opinion that the medical industry has no place in our society. In fact, I’ll rush my children to the hospital in cases of trauma!! (After prayer of course!) I am thankful for emergency medical care for reasons of trauma and related care.
But like anything in this world with evil beginnings and bad fruit, we must approach the medical industry with extreme caution. And with God-fearing knowledge. As Garren further states:
The next time you get a “flu shot” or a purported “immunization” shot, think about it… you just might be allowing yourself to be subjected to SORCERY and WITCHCRAFT. Now, that’s not what the media has taught us for the past 60 years, but Plato even understood the need for the rulers to deceive the people in order for the business of PHARMA to thrive. (http://calltodiscernment.blogspot.com/2009/11/bible-and-pharmakeia.html)
We also must be careful not to be fearful of the medical system as well. I know of some cult/religions that refuse any sort of medical treatment. But that, too, is fear-based. We are told to shun evil and trust in God, and that those who trust in the Lord will be kept safe.
Natural healing is not about avoiding doctors. It is about not needing to go to doctors. A dentist is not upset if you are cavity-free. A doctor should not be upset if you are healthy.Andrew Saul, PhD
It is up to each parent to do their research and obtain God-fearing knowledge. We live in a day where knowledge is available at an unprecedented rate. God gives us the ability to acquire information for ourselves. If we seek Him with all our heart, we can identify the knowledge that He wants us to accept. If we do, I believe it will prevent us from grave consequences.
The idea is to be well. The first step is wanting to be. The old Chinese saying is “When you are sick of sickness, you are no longer sick.”
The second step is to do something to improve your health. Each of us is ultimately responsible for our own wellness. I think we should leave no stone unturned in our search for better health. I also believe that you get out of your body what you put into it. Your body will respond to your efforts to improve your health. Andrew Saul, PhD
If we don’t, we are at the mercy of modern medicine.
Instead of having fear of man or disease, being ignorant, and glorifying the medical industry, we have the chance to be God-fearing, wise Christians that give God the glory due Him by the way we treat our bodies. And that is my mission. . .
“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.” Albert Schweitzer, M.D.
Overall, keep in mind that God has already given us forewarning that Pharmakeia is what will lead all nations astray. (See verses above.) Is there reason to believe that our nation will be exempt from this prophecy?
For more information on the difference between God’s medicine and Man’s medicine, check out my post here.
Be blessed with good health and knowledge,
Sara Jo Poff