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"Medical Crap," a fitting name.  This site is about the abuse of medical science (and its effect up the practice of medicine) by corporations, which we all know have profits as their measure of their performance.

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The first 5 articles form a set, with the 5th contain a summary of the lessons learnt from the first 4. 

MEDICINE IS A LOT WORSE THAN WE BELIEVE.  IT IS LIKE GOVERNMENT, NOT HOW MUCH HAS BEEN DONE, BUT HOW MUCH OUGHT TO BE DONE.  THE HARM SO MEASURED IS ASTRONOMICAL.  BILLIONS ARE SPENT ON NEW DRUG TREATMENTS, MANY OF WHICH ARE NOT BETTER THAN EXISTING DRUG TREATMENTS, OR MERELY MARGINALLY BETTER.  SUCH A MARGINAL NEW TREATMENT ARE WORSE BECAUSE THEY ARE OFTEN MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE.  AND ALL TOO OFTEN THE NEW TREATMENT HAS MORE SIDE EFFECTS THAN THE EXISTING TREATMENT.   THE METHOD OF REVIEW, THE FDA, HAS THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY BEEN AT ITS HIGHEST POSITION DOMINATED BY THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS FOR DRUG COMPANIES. THEIR PRO BUSINESS BIAS COLORS THEIR ACTIONS.   AND SINCE THE PASSAGE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG USER FEE ACT OF 1992, THE FDA RECEIVES $500,000 FOR EACH DRUG THEY APPROVE.  CONGRESS HAS PLACED BUSINESS BEFORE ETHICS.  WHAT WE GET IS A REFLECTION OF BOTH THE PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE QUALITY OF CONGRESSIONAL SUPERVISION. 

 

THE QUESTION ARISE AS TO WHY DO DOCTORS PRESCRIBE THESE NEW TREATMENTS?  SINCE THEY ARE PREVENTED BY LAW FROM OWNING PHARMACIES, THEY DO NOT PROFIT FROM THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS.  THEN WHY?  THE ARTICLE BELOW CONTAINS ONE OF THE TWO PRINCIPLE CAUSES.  SIMPLY PUT, THE DRUG COMPANIES MANIPULATE THE RESULTS OF THEIR RESEARCH--WHICH THEY OWN--TO CREATE ON PAPER RESULTS THAT SHOW THEIR NEW PRODUCT BETTER THAN THEIR COMPETITIOR'S EXISTING PRODUCT.  SINCE THERE IS NO OTHER SOURCE OF EVIDENCE, THE DOCTOR HAS TO RELY UPON THE DRUG MANUFACTURES PUBLISHED RESULTS, THOUGH HE KNOWS THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN EXAGERATED.  INDEPTENDENT RESEACH IS RARE AND EXISTS ONLY FOR A FEW OLDER PRODUCTS.  HE KNOWS THAT FDA REVIEW IS PREFUNCTORY.    MOREOVER, HE KNOWS THAT THE PATIENT EXPECTS THE LATEST DRUGS, AND HIS FAILURE TO DO SO WILL TYPICALLY TARNISH HIS REPUTATION AND POSSIBLE RESULT IN THE PATIENT FINDING ANOTHER PHYSICIAN.  THIS IS THE PRINCIPLE REASON PHYSICIANS PRESCRIBE NEW MEDICATIONS.  HE KNOWS THAT THE AVERAGE PATIENT IS NOT AWARE OF HOW UNCERTAIN THE NEW HYPED MEDICATIONS ARE.      THE PHYSICAN MUST DEAL WITH WHAT IS.

 

THERE IS MUCH ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT.  SINCE PERFORMANCE IS MEASURED BY PROFITS, EXTERNAL SUPERVISION IS NEEDED.  THIS COULD COME FROM THE GOVERNMENT OR BETTER YET FROM THE GOVERNEMT EMPOWERING A COMMITTEE OF PEER- SELECTED UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS TO OVERSEE THE PRODUCTION OF INFORMATION. 

THE PRESENT FDA SUPERVISION OF THE DRUG COMPANIES--Arianna--IS A MOCKERY.

 


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#31 TABLE OF CONTENTS healthfully, over 1,200 pages downloaded per day.


 


#7  TABLE OF CONTENTS skeptically, over 8,000 pages downloaded per day.


 


#201 TABLE OF CONTENTS CURRENT NEWS , over 900 pages downloaded per day


 


#209 THE ARTISTS


 


# 220 POD CASTS & U-TUBE, for those who like the visual on skeptical issues


 


#158   RECOMMENDED GATEWAY PAGE  Gateway to the research on pharma and health


 


#152 RECOMMENDATIONS--CONCISE Bad drugs, good drugs, contra pharma


 


#161  RECOMMENDED HEALTHFUL Improving health including diet


 


#157 Video documentaries, mostly YouTube Healthful diet, bad pharma, GMOs etc. with description


 


 


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#158   RECOMMENDED GATEWAY PAGE


#152  RECOMMENDATIONS--CONCISE Drugs to avoid and take


#159  RECOMMENDATIONS--LONG Topics developed


#160  RECOMMENDED EXPOSIING PHARMA Profits before people


#161  RECOMMENDED HEALTHFUL Improving health including diet


#156  RECOMMENDATIONS NON-TECHNICAL SUMMATIONS  Simple info and recommendations


#157  RECOMMENDED MORE BAD PHARMA More profits before people


#166  RECOMMENDED CRITICS


#17    QUACKERY  (at skeptically.org)


#135  NSAIDS


#102  QUACK THEORIES & PRACTICES (at skeptically.org)


#41   MEDICAL CRAP


#130  MEDICAL CRAP MORE,


#132  IMAGINARY CONDITIONS


#134  ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE


#136  ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH


#137  DRUG NEWS--DISAPPOINTING


#141  BIG PHARMA AT WORK


#145  MANAGED HEALTH CARE


#146  FDA  Exposing the fašade of regulation


#147  FOR THE CHILDREN


#162  CORPORATE DRUGS


#150  BLOOD THINNERS AND ACETAMINOPHEN


#152 INDIGESTION DRUGS


#151  FAILED DRUGS


#159  CRITICS


                    


 


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#31 INDEX  


#35   HEALTH


#36   WOMEN'S MEDICAL ISSUES


#45   MALE HORMONE REPLACEMENT


#148  FEMALE HORMONE REPLACEMENT


#167 SEX


#154 FOOD


#159 DIET JOURNAL ARTICLES


#50   ASPIRIN THE BEST NSAID


#133  THE HEART


#144  HEART MEDICATIONS & TREATMENTS  


#44    ON CANCER


#139  CANCER VARIOUS TISSUES 


#155 CANCER TREATMENTS


#165. CONDITIONS & TREATMENTS


#49    TOBACCO


#131   LONGEVITY


#143  OBESITY


#46    MEDICAL SCIENCE


#47    MEDICAL NEWS


#48    DRUGS AND CONDITIONS


#140   HEALTH & BODY


#138   DISEASES


#142   GERIATRIC PROBLEMS


#149  PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS


#163 NATURALISTIC TREATMENTS (positive)


#153 EFFECTIVE DRUGS


 


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#32 HOME 


#37   BIOGRAPHICAL


#38   LINKS ELSEWHERE


#33  PROSE SATIRE


#34  RHYMED POEMS


#39  RHYMED POEMS ROMANTIC


#40  RHYMED POEMS MELONCHOLY


#42  RHYMED POEMS SOCIAL MESSAGE


#43  RHYMED POEMS SATIRE


#209 THE ARTISTS


#210 SHORT STORY, ETC.


 


 


 


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There is an alarming laxity in the production of research, education of public and doctors, and standards of FDA approval for drugs, as well as the monitoring of safety and effectiveness of drugs.  A link to 2 chapters of the best book on how big PHARMA deceives us and much more by Doctor Marcia Angell (Harvard Professor and former editor of New England Journal of Medicine)

http://www.freemedicaljournals.com/f.php?f=index  over 2 dozen major journals available for free on line

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