boycott pharma. not an option for everyone of course, myself included at certain times. but disease management is certainly the status quo.
my low- to middling- income co-workers are all busily raising money for cancer research, ms research, you name it - i try not to be a downer around the staff room table, but sometimes i can't help saying that i won't throw what little money i have into that particular machine. it's like buying lottery tickets, except the big winners don't seem to be the patients.
i was just looking at the case of interferon the other day. when a pharma product is just a synthetic replacement for something the body is supposed to be making on its own, i'm far more likely to drill down and try figure out HOW the system generates that product when it's healthy, what it needs to do it, whether the process uses a nutrient that is known to be low in ms patients, and go from there, rather than just dump in some analog as a crutch for a broken system.
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com