Quite arguably, health is the most important aspect of our lives. Without good health, every other facet of life is made less enjoyable or put in jeopardy. Therefore, the ability to make informed decisions about health matters is of the utmost importance. Unfortunately, dissemination of health information seems to be less about quality of life and more about money and power.

Western medicine arguably uses the most advanced techniques available for the care of traumatic injuries. Death from battlefield injuries is at an all-time low. Entire limbs and organs can be replaced or repaired. Automobile accidents, gunshot wounds, workplace mishaps, falls, and other trauma injuries are routinely fixed all across the globe with remarkable success rates.

In contrast, non-traumatic issues have an appallingly low rate of successful treatment. Preventable and/or treatable diseases make up 13 of the 15 most common causes of death in the United States. This amazingly represents 74 percent of deaths. The question must be asked, why are preventable deaths so commonplace? I am led to believe that much of this is due to a general hostility towards competing ideas.

The vast majority of medical science which purports to suggest a treatment dramatically different than the contemporary procedure is relegated to quasi-science and “quackery.” This is despite a large number of studies and empirical evidence suggesting the efficacy of these treatments.

My own personal experience began with a diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or commonly referred to as acid reflux). Orthodox treatment prescribes acid blockers to reduce stomach acid content, but “alternative” treatments prescribe the opposite. I took hydrochloric acid pills (and changed my diet) and have been cured for many years.

Many studies and individual experiences suggest that cancer can be prevented and/or cured through diet alone. There is ample evidence suggesting that HIV does not cause AIDS. Despite the government’s War on Fat, evidence suggests that saturated fat does not in fact cause heart disease or obesity, but rather prevents them. Despite evidence to the contrary, many well respected and powerful medical organizations deny a causative link between sugar and diabetes. There is even evidence that Alzheimer’s is a third type of diabetes.

So why is there such a resistance to treatments that appear to work well to prevent and treat these conditions? Consider the relatively recent legal battle between General Mills and the FDA. As most people are likely to recall, Cheerios advertisements – and even the box itself – claim that eating Cheerios can reduce your cholesterol. Likely due to pressure from drug makers seeing competition for their expensive cholesterol treatments, the FDA told General Mills that its claims were untenable since Cheerios would need to be classified as a drug.

Power and money are at the root of this issue. It is an undisputed fact that food can prevent and cure disease (scurvy anyone?), but it is very difficult to profit from disease prevention when something as simple as an orange or a bowl of Cheerios can cure it. This is typically where many people are quick to anoint corporations as evil, but it is wise to remember that these restrictions on information and competition would not be possible without government agencies such as the FDA making absurd restrictions on the dissemination of information.

The bottom line is that a little due diligence and research can successfully prevent a large percentage of the ills which plague humans today.