'The truth, as explained by Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ), one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world alongside The Lancet, is that “it is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” (source)
Arnold Symour Relman, a Harvard professor of medicine and also a former Editor-in-Chief of The New England Medical Journal also made it quite clear that “The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” (source)(source)
At the end of the day, when it comes to medicine, it’s not really about healthcare, it’s more so about making money. This is why prescription drug use is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It’s also why substances that can’t be patented like cannabis, for example, never really get funding for clinical trials because pharmaceutical companies can’t make money off them.
Pharmaceutical companies are not in the business of healthcare, which is why doctors don’t know much about nutrition and are simply trained to use and prescribe drugs, while at the same time being convinced that these medicines are completely safe and effective and the best way to go about treating, healing and curing diseases.
A recent interview with Michael Pearson, the CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, outlined the importance of keeping the shareholders happy. The interview was with regards to raising drug prices, and really sheds light on the importance of making money and how it always seems to be the main focus of pharmaceutical companies.
The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life… Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors… the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe.'
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