I believe that certain premises contained in this article are true; 1) Americans are unhealthy, 2) Americans eat poorly, 3) Americans don't exercise nearly enough, 4) Pharmaceutical companies do want to make money (isn't that what business is all about?) and 5) Americans are generally less healthy today, b/c of 1,2, and 3.
However, I think anyone who believes that except for Antibiotics today's drugs do not "cure" anyone is slightly misguided. Vaccines are not Antibiotics , and they work without question. The author of this article neglects to mention the eradication of polio, smallpox, leprosy, plague and other once terrible diseases.
The author also neglects to factor in the fact that many ailments are not curable to begin with--some drugs are just intended to let people live longer better lives. The author takes nary a moment to consider that back in the good old days of farm eatin' the average man could barely expect to make it into his late 50's and early 60's. Hmmm. But he was so "healthy" and he wasn't being misled by any big greedy companies?
The truth is, I'm quite sure, somewhere in the middle of this argument between modern medicine and natural medicine. I saw a neat documentary filmed in China that really opened my eyes to Eastern medical philosophy. I think there probably are good things to be obtained from natural sources. BUT modern Science is also impressive, and continues to push the boundaries. You'll never give a man blinded by a landmine sight again with an herb--but artificial eyes are not far away.