Susan Kelleher & Duff Wilson
Did you walk into your doctor's office this year for
your annual checkup, feeling really good, knowing that this exam would
please your doctor, only to hear you need to be taking a new drug? Were
you confused when you remembered your last exam showed the same results,
only last time your doctor did not prescribe a drug? So what is the
Well the difference is the standards your doctor
used this time are different than the last time. The thresholds
have changed. Now you are suddenly sick just like 40% of all
Americans because the definitions of diseases changed.
How can that be?
Who makes up
these criteria of when you qualify for an additional drug. You can have
three guesses. Let me give you a hint, it has something to do with
the same people that manufacture the drugs being prescribed. You
know the same companies that advertise on TV telling you to ask your
doctor if you shouldn't be taking the purple pill.
But it is worse than that. Many of the other third
parties that promote, endorse or recommend drugs take money from
the, you guessed it, drug companies. In fact this is so widespread
it is unbelievable. Every hear, take an aspirin a day to keep from
having a heart attack? This media campaign fattened up Bayer's
bottomline. (Not everyone should be taking an aspirin a day. The
side affects of doing so for a healthy person could be worse than
the odds of it helping a heart attack.(1))
Some of the third party non-profits research
companies are funded 100% by the drug companies. These research
companies publish reports for the media and medical community. These
reports influence what you hear and what your doctor knows about
drugs and when to prescribe them.
A lot of people that are healthy now think they
aren't. They are being told by the media & their doctors they should
be taking a drug. Often the side effects of the drugs are far worse
than any possible reasons for taking them in the first place. Many
of these aliments are made up diseases. Create a drug then come up
with a disease to treat with it. And the drug companies cannot do
this alone. It takes the cooperation of your doctor.
How wide spread is this?
In 2005, Susan Kelleher and Duff Wilson published
an article called "Suddenly Sick" in their newspaper, the
Seattle Times. They interviewed more than 160 doctors, patients,
medical analysts, regulatory officials among others in Europe,
Canada and the US. And they reviewed thousands of pages of medical
journals, government transcripts, and records. Their conclusions
will surprise you.
You need to read this report. It is all about how
big pharmaceutical companies influence what your doctor tells you. Below is a link to
the web page The Seattle Times web page for this particular article.
If you are taking a drug or drugs, or concerned about your long term
health and whether you are getting a truly unbiased opinion from
your doctor, you must read this.
SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT ASPIRIN A DAY TO PREVENT HEART ATTACKS -
Center for Medical Consumers
Daily aspirin therapy- Is an aspirin a day the right thing for you?
It's not as easy a decision as it sounds. Know the benefits and
risks first. - Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research