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Dishonesty in the medical industry.
Ghosts In The Machine:
Dishonesty in the medical industry


"Medicine, as we are practicing it, is a luxury trade. We are selling bread at the price of jewels. ... Let us take the profit, the private economic profit, out of medicine, and purify our profession of rapacious individualism ... Let us say to the people not 'How much have you got?' but 'How best can we serve you?" - Norman Bethune

"Evidence based medicine is completely worthless when the evidence base is false or corrupted"


The medical system is the third-leading cause of death in the United States (Ref: Starfield B (July 2000): "Is US health really the best in the world?" - JAMA 284 (4): 483–5. doi:10.1001/jama.284.4.483. PMID 10904513) and was named in 2018 by Time Magazine as the worst in the developed world. (Ref: http://time.com/2888403/u-s-health-care-ranked-worst-in-the-developed-world/.

Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-america.html

Ioannidis JPA (2005) Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. PLoS Med 2(8): e124. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124
http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124

What is medicine's 5 sigma? - Richard Horton
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60696-1/fulltext

Most scientists 'can't replicate studies by their peers
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39054778

"Professor David Eddy of Duke University who pointed out that despite the 30,000 biomedical journals in the world, only 15 percent of medical interventions are supported by solid scientific evidence. This is because only 1 percent of the articles are scientifically sound.2 Would you be satisfied with the above when we are spending approximately 14 percent of the total gross national product (GNP) for health care?" - Robert Nash, MD, http://www.orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1996/articles/1996-v11n01-p035.shtml.

Pharmaceutical companies write their own "clinical reports", then bribe doctors to put their names on them.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2003/dec/07/health.businessofresearch

Such "ghostwriting" is not uncommon at all.
Lacasse JR, Leo J (2010) Ghostwriting at Elite Academic Medical Centers in the United States. PLoS Med 7(2): e1000230. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000230
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000230

"This theme issue of JAMA is devoted to presenting new information on the evolving nature of conflict of interest"
May 2, 2017; Conflict of Interest and Medical Journals
http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2623590

2019: Big Pharma continues to top lobbying spending
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/10/big-pharma-continues-to-top-lobbying-spending/

US Health Care System rated worst in the developed world - Time Magazine, June 17, 2014
http://time.com/2888403/u-s-health-care-ranked-worst-in-the-developed-world/

Lobbyists from Big pharma are changing the face of our legal system.
https://visionscarto.net/who-the-u-s-industrial-lobbies

US Healthcare system in crisis: spend doubly more than peer countries, but falling behind in life expectancy
https://www.awaragroup.com/blog/us-healthcare-system-in-crisis/

Big Pharma are controlled by one giant oligarch clan
http://thesaker.is/the-oligarch-takeover-of-us-pharma-and-healthcare-and-the-resulting-human-crisis/

How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/health/pharmacists-medication-errors.html

"All but 2 OECD nations deliver national health care systems for all and spend less (generally much less) than the US government ALREADY SPENDS per capita. Those two nations that beat us in per capita health care spending by the government don't do it by much." - Brian Hanley


confessions





ghostwriting

Documentation of the systematic problem where big pharma authors favorable reports about their products, then get a doctor to publish it under their name.


Safe?

GMOs aren't inherently safe or unsafe, it's what's done with the technology that matters. It appears we've been misled about the safety of some of the applications.


A therapy once only advocated by nutritional scientists (and ridiculed) is now, decades later, mainstream medical science.




It's bad enough our modern food supply is crap, worse is when we're lied to about it because of bad science.







vaccines

A blanket condemnation of vaccines is inappropriate, as is the insistence on a mono-culture of 99% preventions but with commensurate side effects which are sometimes worse than the disease. The myth there is nothing we can do about viruses was debunked just after WW II.

If a vaccine is the only possible treatment that's fine, but where other protocols exist that have been proven to work how is it appropriate that industry misleads the public claiming they don't work instead of pointing out there are options.

The anti vaxx movement is not all people that believe in the mercury/autism myth, many simply don't need vaccines and they are for other reasons not vulnerable to the disease the vaccine is meant to prevent - there's more than one way to skin a cat as it were. Furthermore, by focusing nearly exclusively on surface proteins and inoculations it obviates the need to understand the pathogen and find away to kill it. Certain viruses because of their genes, can never have a vaccine, such as Ebola and HIV, (even if the immune system is trained by an injection, without selenium the immune system can't make the chemicals it needs to kill the virus) and we've spent billions on this in the last 35 years and all we've proved is it isn't possible.

"Klenner's paper (Klenner FR. The treatment of poliomyelitis and other virus diseases with vitamin C. J. South. Med. and Surg., 111:210-214, 1949.) on curing 60 cases of polio in the epidemic of 1948 should have changed the way infectious diseases were treated but it did not." - Robert Cathcart

Vaccines spread disease
Nyt: Soldier’s Smallpox Inoculation Infects Son and Wife http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/18/health/18smallpox.html

News: Two teen boys become the first ever to contract meningitis from chickenpox vaccine: Live virus reactivated over a DECADE after they received the shot, doctors claim https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7731525/Two-teen-boys-meningitis-chickenpox-shot.html

Phil: Philippines to charge Sanofi officials over dengue vaccination deaths https://www.france24.com/en/20190301-philippines-charge-sanofi-officials-over-dengue-vaccination-deaths

Flu shot Increases death rate from flu. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=486407

2012 Chen: 13 out of the 16 immunized measles cases had measles from the vaccine strain http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23363872/

"... with DTaP vaccines will be more susceptible to pertussis throughout their lifetimes" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30793754

2019 Pakistan: 12 Kids paralyzed by polio from a single vaccination for a strain that was already extinct in that country.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/nov/07/pakistan-accused-of-cover-up-over-fresh-polio-outbreak


Lets's test that theory on poor people by not giving them vitamins that were proved effective 100 years ago and watching them die.



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John Oliver did a very cogent piece on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQZ2UeOTO3I

Bernie Saunders claims Democrats too gutless to reign in big pharma.




http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_battling_bad_science