My name is Justin Curnutt and I am the owner of Pahrump Wellness Center formally known as Back to Roots. I have a doctorate degree in pharmacy and hope to enlighten you about the reality of the health care system we live with today and inspire you to take your life and health back into your own hands through natural healing approaches and lifestyle changes. I will attempt to show you why there is no money to be made in natural healing.
Western medicines approach is what we call “a pill for each ill.” In other words, doctors don’t always look at the body in its entirety but rather at each separate condition as its own manifestation. When my clients bring up natural herbs to their doctors many times they are met with dismay or vehement disapproval as being unsafe. However, about 100 years ago, natural herbs were the main remedy for treating human diseases. It has been estimated that more than 25% of modern medicines are made from plants first used traditionally such as aspirin, statins, artemisinin, ephedrine, and paclitaxel. The effect of western medicine treatment is not satisfactory and problems of the adverse drug reactions, side effects, and cost are also very prominent. Complementary and alternative treatments, especially the herbal remedies, have gained more attention and are becoming popular. About 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some aspects of their primary health care. More than two-thirds of American adults take dietary supplements each year. According to a new economic impact report funded by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the dietary supplement industry contributes $121.6 billion to the U.S. economy alone.
How is it that our doctors don’t recommend herbals more often? Why is it that we have to read articles all over the internet and social media just to find potential natural remedies? Let me explain over this article and many of the articles to come why this has come to be and why there is no money to be made in natural healing.
In order to understand why the doctors don’t know much about nutrition and herbals you need to know first about the entities that regulate them. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) being the first regulatory agency. According to the FDA’s legal definition, a drug is anything that “diagnosis, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.” The problem that most of us find with this definition is that there are numerous substances on our planet which have been proven by countless millennia of human experience to mitigate, prevent, and in some cases cure disease, and which cannot be called drugs according to the FDA. How can this be? The FDA has assumed Godlike power, requiring that its official approval be obtained before any substance can legally be used in the prevention and treatment of disease. The FDA’s legal-regulatory control therefore is tyrannical and totalitarian in construct; if they don’t deem it as a medicine then it is implicitly forbidden. Historically the FDA has required new drugs undergo expensive and elaborate multi-phased clinical trials, which are out of the grasp of any ordinary interest who might want to demonstrate the efficacy of a non-patentable (and therefore unprofitable) herb, food, spice, vitamin, or mineral. Are you beginning to see even a tiny bit about why there is no money to be made in natural healing!
After the FDA we need to take a look at “Big Pharma.” The average out-of-pocket cost for obtaining a new drug approval is 802 billion dollars and therefore an investor putting capital into bringing to market a substance that does not lend itself to market exclusivity and therefore cannot produce a return on investment, is committing economic suicide, if not also breaking the law. The investor actually has a legally-binding fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders to make a profit. And therefore capital will not flow into any would be commodity that can be produced or obtained with ease, including most things that grow freely on this earth. Therefore, a medical system that legally requires it make a profit threatens to destroy and/or incriminate itself if non-patented, non-profitable natural substances or therapies are employed. As a result, instead of choosing prospective medicines logically (i.e. because they work, are easily accessible, and safe), billions of dollars flow in the exact opposite direction, capitalizing only those substances which do not come from nature, are synthetic, and most likely unsafe. These substances can then be intensively controlled.
I am just getting warmed up and hope you follow me in the subsequent blog posts as I continue to show you why there is no money to be made in natural healing. I will also take you on a deep dive into the world of pharmaceuticals, doctors, and which herbs I keep in my armament for any and all occasions.