I have worked in several hospitals during my career and unfortunately, I have witnessed a trend, that pharmaceutical companies have taken control of the medical system and scientific research in this country.
I just finished reading a book entitled “ The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It” by Dr . Marcia Angell , and found it to be very
fascinating and eye-opening! 😊
Dr. Angell, MD had been the editor of one of the most prestigious scientific journals, “T he New England Journal of Medicine”, for 2 decades, and during that time witnessed changes that had been happening since the 90s, in the medical and scientific fields.
In this book, she explains how big pharma strategically took over its own regulation and how they basically have the freedom to do whatever they want to do.
She shows how they subtly manipulated their own data, to allow marketing and distribution of new drugs/products.
We saw this strategy in the case of the HPV vaccine.
Merck tested this vaccine using 2 groups of girls: one receiving the vaccine and the other one receiving a “placebo.”
A placebo is “ a substance that has no therapeutic effect, used as a control in testing new drugs”.
The problem is, Merck didn’t use a placebo.
Instead, for the placebo group, they injected girls with the vaccine that did not contain the viral portion of it. In other words, they injected girls with the same amount of aluminum, and other dubious components, when they should have used a saline vaccine, which would be a true placebo.
Then, they proceeded to claim that both groups had the same number of reactions and side effects. Thus, they concluded that the actual HPV vaccine was safe. Soon after, it
was available to use for American girls.
But, this was completely unethical to do. How can you conclude that the vaccine is safe when you inject girls with a dangerous amount of aluminum?
Several countries, like Japan, have withdrawn active recommendation of this vaccine because of its high rates of side effects.
As a matter of fact, in June 2013, the health ministry suspended its recommendation that all girls in their early teens receive the vaccine, causing the vaccination rate to drop from 70%, for girls born in the mid-1990s, to 1% today.
Merck and other companies are now being sued because of the harm that the HPV vaccine has caused over the last decade.
Then, Dr. Angell goes over the case of Viox.
This drug was proclaimed to be a miracle drug, but after years of using it realized that it was killing people. As a result, Merck silently took the drug off the market and are once again being sued, due to the lack of transparency and admittance of major side effects.
Dr. Angell showed how they actually manipulated, concealed and twisted data, to make the drug look like it was safe and beneficial.
You may have noticed that every couple of years or so, a drug is being withdrawn.
The reason is that pharmaceutical companies do not laboriously test the drugs and really look for side effects. They monitor the drugs for a few weeks, or a few months, which is not sufficient enough to determine the long term side effects.
For example, the HPV vaccine, they tested the girls for a few months. Again, not enough time to really find out if it causes any problems.
Finally, Dr. Angell goes over how big pharma “buys” medical doctors.
There is a law against kickbacks, so pharmaceutical companies no longer offer them.
But she explains how they found a legal way to basically do the same thing. For example, by inviting doctors to fancy restaurants and events, for free, giving away free vacations and or bonuses, if they reach their sales quota, etc.
No wonder the general population does not trust the medical community anymore.
At the end of the day, it’s a business. They are in it solely for the money and to make a profit, it’s as simple as that.
Could this be the reason why people are increasingly turning to natural approaches, which are more affordable and which actually address the root causes of health issues?