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bob_jones
16-04-2009, 08:54 PM
Dr. Grace Jackson is a North Carolina-based psychiatrist and a good friend.


Dr. Jackson published Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent in 2005. This valuable book details how the brain actually works and how psychoactive substances interact with this most vital of human organs. With its publication, Grace Jackson has done a service to humanity in that her book demythologizes this mysterious all-important process in terms understandable to the average person. I consider this book an Owners Manual for the human brain.

She is now completing her second book.


Her new book will focus on dementia .... and how psychiatric drugs can cause this condition.

This book is in the pipeline as we speak.


Here is the letter she sent to the Federal Coordinating Council, the body that is trying to decide how to spend $1.4 billion taxpayer dollars
on Comparative Effectiveness Research


Vince






April 12, 2009

Dear Federal Coordinating Council:

This statement is written with respect to the allocation of money (1.1 billion dollars) from the 2009 Recovery Act fund for the purpose of achieving Comparative Effectiveness Research.


Recommendation #1 Prioritize the End of Corporate Fraud



Research into the comparative effectiveness of medical treatments is a laudable goal, but only
if it does not repeat the same errors of the past. When, in the early 1990s, medical
journals, medical schools, residency and postgraduate training curricula, and health care
facilities came under the influence of Evidenced Based Medicine (or EBM), the favored treatments
in American medicine came to reflect the following values and priorities:


1) symptom suppression (rather than elimination of root cause of illness)

2) short-term studies (e.g., Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trials)

3) fraudulent research designs (e.g., placebo washout/lead-in)

4) concealment of data unfavorable to the interests of the drug industry

5) academic censorship (e.g., non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements)

6) distortions in the medical literature (ghostwriting, file drawer effect)

7) treatment by consensus (rather than treatment based upon science)


Each of these developments contributed to the hegemony of sham standards of care.

Effectiveness Research will be meaningless if it repeats these errors of the past.





Recommendation #2 Focus Upon Basic Science and Biology


The current system for approving new medications and medical devices emphasizes proof of efficacy
in principle, rather than proof of effectiveness in fact. This system has given rise to the
introduction and widespread use of one, after another, copycat therapies based upon dubious
definitions of benefit (e.g., checklists of subjective symptoms in psychiatry; measurements
of “risk factors” and surrogate endpoints as substitutes for real progress in ameliorating the
symptoms of chronic disease). Most critically, the past 20 years of American medicine have
diverted attention away from the study of basic physiology and the mechanisms of disease.

Unless and until the treatment paradigm in American medicine returns to an emphasis upon
root causes of illness and disease, and upon the eradication or amelioration of those causes, the
system of healthcare will continue to reflect interventions which are largely futile for patients.



What might be done:


1) identify environmental sources of illness and map the epidemiology of risk factors and diseases related to same [e.g., the U.S.A. needs a nationalequivalent of Green Cross International]

2) re-evaluate national healthcare policy with respect to HPDP [Health Promotion / Disease Prevention]

-- verify or refute high cholesterol as the necessary and sufficient cause of heart disease

-- verify or refute the existence of cumulative safety thresholds for diagnostic radiology

-- verify or refute the long-term harmfulness of the current immunization schedule
(particularly, with respect to autoimmune dysfunction, diabetes, asthma, obesity,
and neurobehavioral syndromes)

-- verify or refute the long-term harmfulness of fetal ultrasound

-- verify or refute the long-term hazards of fluoridation

-- verify or refute the validity of Gallo’s work, positing HIV as the cause of AIDS

[see Nortin Hadler’s books: The Last Well Person and Worried Sick]



Recommendation #3 Prevent and Mitigate Iatrogenic Harm




The allopathic model of medicine is failing America because authorities will not acknowledge
the unnecessary harmfulness of synthetic chemicals. All of the existing training
programs, textbooks, Board Certifications, and treatment algorithms emphasize the use of
pharmaceuticals that are based upon short-term drug trials, and short-term studies in lab
animals. Yet, human subjects (at least, in the U.S.A.) are increasingly encouraged to consume
multiple medications for life. This philosophy of lifetime, prescription drug dependence ignores
the scientific realities of what happens to patients under the influence of chronic medication.

Unless and until health care providers, policy makers, and regulators recognize the problems of
allostatic load (the body’s adaptations to therapy which ultimately result in diminishing
benefits or worsening disease) and prioritize the avoidance, amelioration, and/or reversal of
target organ toxicity, no amount of “effectiveness research” will be meaningful.


What might be done:




1) effectiveness research must involve considerations of treatment UTILITY
( Benefits and Hazards)

2) effectiveness research must include considerations of Target Organ Toxicity
[e.g., how various treatments harm the diseased organ] and allostatic load [e.g., how various treatments induce changes in gene expression which may result in delayed but potentially l long-lasting effects]

3) effectiveness research must include considerations of treatment effects
upon the environment (e.g., xenobiotic diffusion via sewage; air pollution
from hospital incinerators) and environmental effects upon treatment
(proximity of treatment facilities and patients to radon, radioactive waste,
Superfund or other toxic waste sites, petrochemicals, etc)


Recommendation #4 Recruit the Best Treatments from Around the World




The federal government gives lip service to the importance of research in the areas of
complementary and alternative systems of health care. However, the U.S.A. has become a
pharmaceutical oligarchy which permits no challenge or rival to allopathic medicine. No
amount of effectiveness research will be meaningful unless and until the yoke of pharmaceutical authoritarianism is broken. Ideally, effectiveness research will incorporate the “best treatments” (herbs, diet and lifestyle modification, environmental modification) from around the world.


Recommendation #5 Protect the Privacy of Patients and Physicians


Given the pervasiveness of corporate fraud and the denigration of integrity within the American
health care system – particularly, as these have progressed in the era of Evidence Based Medicine
-- patients and physicians require protection from harmful practices. Treatment facilities, insurance
companies, and State Medical Boards mandate compliance with a corporately shaped, corporately biased Group Think. Clinicians have lost the right to practice medicine by using their best clinical judgment, informed by an understanding of basic science, direct observation, and the consideration of the unique circumstances of each and every patient.

It is extremely unlikely that America’s pharmaceutical oligarchy will ever be displaced
or transformed into the kind of system which serves mankind, rather than profit and power.
This being so, the results of effectiveness research must not be allowed to infringe or
violate the privacy of patients, nor the rights of clinicians who desire the freedom to honor
the ethical principles of patient autonomy, physician beneficence, and physician
non-maleficence.


What might be done:




1) patients and providers must be allowed to opt out of electronic medical
records system, health care registries, and other databases where biological
and social information can -- and most likely will -- be used to ration health care,
restrict employment or travel, or reduce entitlements

2) patients must be protected from medical tyranny (i.e., medical blackmail ---
the allocation of therapies or benefits based upon compliance with
dubious and potentially harmful treatments)

3) health care providers must be protected from medical tyranny (i.e., medical
blackmail in the form of Pay-for-Performance programs, “Consensus” Statements,
Sham Peer Review/Disruptive Physician proceedings, etc).

Summary


Effectiveness research is a laudable goal, but only if it is conducted in a way which avoids the
tragic errors of the past (i.e., the corporate medical fraud which has gained traction under the
influence of EBM, the Daubert decision of 1993, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the Bayh-Dole
Act, Direct-to-Consumer Advertising, etc), and only if it anticipates new challenges of the future.

Particularly in the context of emerging technologies (brain mapping, gene mapping,
high-speed information exchange), there will be ever more opportunities for the leaders of
allopathic medicine -- and for the leaders in government -- to enslave, rather than to serve,
the providers and consumers of health care.

Ultimately, effective health care must also be ethical health care. This will require a return
of integrity in the conduct of American medical research. It will also require a health care
system which prioritizes the delivery of services that are consistent with fundamental human
rights, and with the human species’ duty to protect (rather than to plunder) the planet’s biosphere.

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute these ideas and opinions.


Respectfully,

Grace E. Jackson, MD

Wilmington NC 28405

nirvana
16-04-2009, 09:52 PM
Just sent a link to a friend off mine about this. My friend developed tardis dystonia due to these phychiatric drugs .




Peace:)