A Controversial Illness?

I ran across this article recently – Critical Review of ABC Nightline’s De Facto Presentation on Dr. William Rea and Chemical Sensitivity – and I’ve done a slow burn ever since. The article is a review of a Nightline piece about The Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Texas.

It seems from the very first, the Nightline piece had no intention of being objective journalism:

Nightline began the episode with “What if you “thought” that the world around you was making you sick? If you “feared” that the house you live in, the car that you drive and everyday activities such as watching television and talking on a cell phone were making you ill? Dr. William Rea “says” he has treated more than 30,000 people, from all over the world, who “believe” the world around them has made them sick. Very sick.”

There, there, dear. It’s all in your head. If you just thought differently, then you wouldn’t feel so bad. Puh-lease! Why in the world would I want to feel this way if there were a choice? Why would I choose to be a recluse. It’s not really who I am. It’s just what I have to do.

The article, by Lourdes Salvador, makes some very good points by applying critical thinking to the Nightline piece. I encourage you to read it all.

Ah, if we read on, we get a glimpse of what is really going on. Dr. William Rea, the founder of the Environmental Health Center, hasn’t been published in the journals published by the drug pushers – er – companies. You see, MCS isn’t generally treated with drugs.

And, after all, isn’t it the American way that every health issue can, and should, be resolved by drugs? How often do you got to the doctor expecting to leave with a prescription. It was so in-grained in my father that he would plan it. “I have a doctor appt. at 11:00 am. From there we can drop the prescription at the pharmacy, go to lunch, and then pick up the prescription.” No matter what he went in for. It’s even impacted how doctors treat patients. Doctors are part of the problem with antibiotic sensitive bacteria. It’s much easier to prescribe an unneeded antibiotic for a viral infection than to try to educate the masses.

It’s almost un-American to have an illness and not treat it with a drug. And that is courtesy of our local drug pushers – er – companies.

But, really, should an illness be treated differently just because drugs aren’t the solution? I think not. What are your thoughts?


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4 thoughts on “A Controversial Illness?”

  1. Well, I believe that we should try and treat EVERY illness WITHOUT drugs until we have exhausted all efforts. I watched a show on ADD/ADHD and bipolar disorder in children the other night. The psychologist seemed to just talk to the parent and then prescribe the medication. They didn’t discuss the child’s diet, exercise habits, sleep habits, home environment, any major changes in the child’s life, parental involvement – I don’t see how you can prescribe a pill to a CHILD without knowing all of that. Western medicine does a lot of really great things but it also fails us in a lot of ways. We should be treating the “whole person” – not just the symptom.

  2. But, there’s no MONEY in a treatment that doesn’t involve drugs. If they cure you, then you’ll go away. And there goes their income stream.

    Sounds harsh, but it’s real.

    What I want to know is, what if all these people that the drug pushers say are crazy are right?

    What if the myriad health issues we have today are due to the chemicals in our environment?

    Seems like frequently I read about another food additive such as dyes, msg, artificial sweeteners that are blamed for ADHD and hyperactivity and who knows what else? What if these people are right?

    What if I’m right in my theory that says the rampant shootings in this country are related to all those chemicals?

    Chemicals that we didn’t have a hundred years ago. And got along without.

    What If?

  3. Well, we daily consume poisoned foods, live in unsanitary environments, work at monotonous jobs, drink contaminated tap water etc etc. If you live in an unhealthy world, you will not feel good and have to make up for it with drugs. That’s not a good solution IMO. You can’t isolate the individual from society; we’re all part of the same machinery.

  4. Medicines often do more harm than good, and are fatal in many cases. It is always best to seek alternatives and to take steps to prevent illness through diet and exercise.

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