Following doctor’s orders has become synonymous with danger. In my book, Over-The-Counter Natural Cures, I documented that every year, FDA- approved drugs kill twice as many people as the total number of U.S. deaths from the Vietnam War. Death by medicine flourishes because deceit, not science, governs a doctor’s prescribing habits.
Working as a pharmaceutical chemist, I learned that the deceit comes in many forms. Medical ghostwriting and checkbook ‘science’ are the most prominent.
Doctors rely on peer-reviewed medical journals to learn about prescription drugs. These journals include the Lancet, British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. It’s assumed that these professional journals offer the hard science behind any given drug. This assumption is wrong. Thanks to medical ghost-writing, medical journals can’t be trusted. (more…)
There’s a lot of talk these days about reforming healthcare, and much of this talk is centered around universal health insurance. But the elephant in the room is: no matter who’s paying for the care, our health as a nation isn’t going to improve until we fix the healthcare system.
Americans currently spend $2.4 trillion/year on healthcare. That’s about $4,200 per person. Our nearest competitor, Switzerland, only spends about $2,800 per person. And though we spend far more than anyone, we don’t have the best health. We’re not number two either, nor are we number five, nor ten, nor twenty. In fact according to the World Health Organization, the U.S. ranks 37th in overall health—out of 37 industrialized countries! So we spend the most, but fare the worst. (more…)