Seems today people expect a lot of medicine and their doctors – maybe too much. For some, like my parents, medicine had become some sort of secular religion. They worshiped their doctors. Due to the triumphs of antibiotics, pharmaceutical creations, the ascendancy in life expectancy and highly-touted restorative surgeries, it has lead to the expectation that medicine could fix anything. But a crisis in expectations has lead to disillusionment.
Critics of modern medicine today see it as a more of a business than a noble vocation – a place where profits outweigh the importance and safety of people. Critics believe the healing of human beings has become a vast commercial enterprise, often with under-the-table ties to the pharmaceutical giants.
Prescription drugs taken as directed kill 106,000 Americans a year. This statement about drug deaths is unfortunately true, and it’s been confirmed in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Pharmageddon1 is “the prospect of a world in which medicines and medicine produce more ill-health than health, and when medical progress does more harm than good”.
There is a yearning in people to get back to more natural ways of medicine and healing. The media’s persistent pharmaceutical ads targeting every imaginable demographic and the FDA have almost totally erased the age-old knowledge of natural medicine from our thinking. And increasing disassociation from our roots as careful stewards of the earth hasn’t helped. Almost erased is the notion that God supplied us with an endless amount of healing medicine for our use and that we can steward it with wisdom.It is not surprising then that there’s a redirecting towards ‘alternative medicine’, seen as less invasive, more personal, gentler, of course, more natural than its high-tech counterpart.
Drugs vs. Herbs As Medicine
For 30 years I’ve read that the powers-that-be could conceivably, one day, block the purchase of natural herbs and supplements, claiming them to be dangerous substances, but as one editorial wryly reminded, “even the FDA will never get rid of the weeds. Yes, believe it or not, the weeds are a gift from God and when God gives us something, no one can take it away.”
The editorial goes on to say, “The Bible condemns the use of poisons for medicine and labels it as sorcery, and very plainly tells us that true medicine is leaves. The common name used for medical leaves is herbs. Ps.104:14 says that He has given us “herbs for the service of man.”
Almost prophetically, Thomas Jefferson gave us this warning: “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Remember, this statement was made about 100 years before there ever even was an FDA!
Do you believe for a minute that the government’s health care plan (under any administration) is designed to help us live longer healthier lives? Do you know how easy it is for medical universities (funded by pharmaceutical companies) to convince new doctors that “drugs save lives”? Have you ever wondered what The Bible says about all this?
[I dispensed meds and IVs to hundreds of patients as a student RN on a medical floor in a large teaching hospital, so I was unwittingly a ‘poisoner’. Please understand I am not pointing fingers at anyone in these professions.]
Strong’s exhaustive concordance of the Bible, which lists every word in the Bible, lists the word “sorcery” as word #5332 and tells us that it is translated from the original Greek word “pharmakon.” It gives the definition as: a drug i.e. a spell-giving potion, a druggist, a poisoner.
Look in Webster’s 2nd Collegiate Dictionary published in 1980 under the word “pharmaceutical.” The definition reads: “pharmaceutical” the practice of witchcraft or the use of poison.
The very first place the word “medicine” is used in the Bible is in Proverbs 17:22 and it says, “A merry heart doeth good, like a medicine.” If medicine and drugs are the same thing, this would, at first glance, seem to reveal a contradiction in the Bible. This question is answered in the very next text listed in the concordance under medicine: Ez. 47:12, “Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
The Bible is telling us that medicine is good and it tells us where to obtain it: from the leaves or what we commonly call “herbs“.