Bad Pharma: Any discussion of what people take for health must be prefaced by an assessment of the ploys of the major
pharmaceutical corporations, hereafter called (big) pharma. On point are three statements. Harvard Professor Marcia Angell
MD, states; “We certainly are in a health care crisis ... If we had set out to design the worst system that we
could imagine, we couldn't have imagined one as bad as we have.”
 Dr. Philippe Even describes it; “The
pharmaceutical industry is the most lucrative, the most cynical and the least ethical of all the industries. It is like an
octopus with tentacles that has infiltrated all the decision-making bodies: world health organizations, government agencies,
parliaments, high administrations in health and hospitals and the medical profession."
[3 ]Dr. Des Spence a British
Medical Journal columnist describes this process: “Conduct questionable research and control the original data,
then schmooze health regulators and patient groups to established more inclusive drug-treatment protocols that is supported
by the questionable science.” The 800 pound gorilla (a phrase used by Dr. Marcia Angell) gives the continuing education
class required for doctors, who then repeat to patients what they have learnt from the gorilla who are thought leaders
Sales reps, and often officially approved in schmoozed treatment guidelines. In our corporatist state, the FDA is a friend
of pharma; and our corporate media won’t offend its major source of income. The same forces which caused the tobacco
companies to glamorize cigarettes in the 1920s fully aware of its health consequences, to aggressively market them, and to
produce junk science to deny their harm; these forces operate upon all corporations, including pharma. Pharma is very good
at persuading doctors and the public that their new drugs are developed based on the latest sophisticated advancements in
medical science, and thus that they are much better than older drugs. While there are some, the vast majority of new drugs
are short term barely better than nothing at all (a placebo) in phase III testing for the FDA. They are not compared to older
drugs. They then are hyped based upon subsequent junk science phase IV studies generated by pharma’s marketing departments.
This information is fed in required continuing education classes to doctors by well-paid thought leaders. Their control of
research which produces junk science and their influence upon treatment guidelines has turned upside down the decision process
and forced doctors to rely upon thought leaders rather; a process that Prof. Ben Goldacre, MD calls, ”expert based
medicine”. Every move made by pharma is designed to increase profits, which is the fiduciary duty of pharma. Knowing
what has happened to medical science: an incredible amount of harm has resulted, and this website is dedicated to exposing
Take a deep breath and absorb the dismal state of medicine; and if inclined to read more, start with Marketing
Science. What follows is the summation of several thousand hours of analysis of journal articles and medical textbooks on
over 60 health/treatment topics. This information has been used in the development of the http://healthfully.org/rg started
in 2004. The results are at variance to the gorilla’s marketing science.
The purpose is both to advise and educate:
advice on what works, doesn’t work, and to educate on the relevant basic biology. What follows below is based on
careful analysis of the journal articles adjusted for marketing-science bias. For confirmation of claims here made, go to
http://healthfully.org/rc/ and /rl. Based on a large body of published journal articles, three drugs are clearly very healthful.
Aspirin and natural hormones,estradiol and testosterone--have come under attack by pharma (corporate medicine). Minor health
concerns with these drugs are blown out of proportion by junk science, and their benefits contradicted by more marking (junk)
science, or simply ignored. The third Q10 is totally safe; thus only its benefits are denied and/or ignored. Pharma’s
recommended doses are well below the ideal. That is to be expected from profit seeking corporations, since these drugs would
dramatically lower the sales of their block-busters. Moreover, physicians are taught by pharma in continuing educations class
that that if a patient insists on taking aspirin or hormones, they are warned of “serious health risks. and they
should be taken in the lowest dose for the shortest time.” At http://healthfully.org/rc/index.html you will find
the evidence based upon meticulous journal research (links provided) and the basic biology of the medical conditions. Remember
that Pharma hawks remedies by hyping benefits and hiding side effects. They do junk science to support those claims and to
eliminate off-patent competition such as from aspirin and hormones. The corporate forces that shape the tobacco companies
are at work upon pharma. Corporations are profit-maximizing entities.
Health is essential for quality of life. Given the proclivity for injurious behavior (the prime examples being obesity, tobacco,
soldiering, and recreational drugs) I can only conclude that the rational function of the brain is primarily social,
including the generation of reasons for what is inexcusable; and the rest of what we do is quite similar to
the actions of our cats and dogs. I wish that all people would develop a love of philosophy (the term in Greek
means love of wisdom). With such love there would be a commitment to hold beliefs in proportion to the evidence
in support there of, and there would be a drive for to live a truly moral life.
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