Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Kids, Don't Take Drugs.

I always thought that being able to promote pharmaceuticals on TV and in print just reeked like week old cheese. Having worked in TV for a bit you get to see some of the motivations behind the people paid to create those ads and they are far from noble. Below is a quote for this article. It's definitely worth a read even though it is a thinly veiled pitch for the author's book. The book kind of sounds like a Fast Food Nation take on the drug industry.

"Pharmaceutical medicine, as practiced today, is a grand medical hoax involving the mainstream media, the FDA, drug companies, medical journals, medical schools and even M.D.s. They've all quietly agreed to do whatever it takes to maximize profits at the expense of public health, regardless of the science or the ethics involved. So-called "evidence-based medicine" has become modern-day quackery. Statin drugs, for example, have now been proven to offer absolutely no medical benefit whatsoever to women, with zero reduction in the risk of heart attacks or strokes. HRT drugs have been scientifically proven to actually cause breast cancer and heart attacks, not prevent them. Antidepressant drugs cause diabetes, and diabetes drugs cause liver damage. I could go on, but you get the point. "

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