So you think the FDA is protecting us from dangerous medicines and drugs? Think again! It’s gotten so bad that it seems it is protecting the Pharmaceutical companies instead of the consumers it is supposed to protect.
Many doctors are overworked despite all the bad press they get. People who don’t work in the medical environment often have no idea of what it is really like to be a doctor, especially a surgeon or an emergency room doctor. Many are working over 60 hours a week between all the time with patients and the time they must spend reading to keep up in their fields which are constantly changing. One of the major ways they keep up on the research is by reading Medical Journals which highlight the results of drug studies. In a perfect world, these studies would be unbiased and the results would be true results so the doctors could rely on them.
But in more cases than not, the funders of the study have a vested interest in the results, so guess what? They are skewed or even false. Important factors are overlooked, or left out completely, whatever it takes to produce the desired results to report. Scared yet?
Many doctors don’t even have time to read the journals, so Pharmaceutical companies figured out that they could sell directly to the doctors and the whole sales force of “Pharmaceutical Company Representatives” came into being. I guess that sounds better than ” Drug Pushers.” And they aren’t going to interrupt their busy schedule for an unattractive one are they? Don’t even apply if you aren’t attractive, but I digress…
Bottom line: We are being misled by Pharmaceutical companies into believing that their concoctions are safe. In many cases they are worse than the disease. Side effects are still effects; It just sounds better to say “side effects” than it does to say “other effects” or “oops effects.” I would encourage you to research every drug you are prescribed before taking it. Your doctor may care about you, but the drug companies don’t.
And meanwhile, The FDA is helping these very same Pharmaceutical companies by rushing drugs to market and embracing their scare tactic announcements designed to frighten people into taking their products. The H1N1 Vaccine is an alarming example of this. But there are others; it just takes digging through medical blogs. The drug Tamiflu was rushed to market and has serious “side” effects. And some of the new drugs for ADHD are causing alarming symptoms, just to name two of the latest.
As if that were not enough, the FDA also helps industry to get rid of their byproducts by promoting unsafe products under the guise of being healthy! Flouride is a prime example of this, and now they are getting ready to flood the news services and agriculture journals with articles promoting a chalky soil additive that comes from the leftover residue in the flues of coal fired plants. Their prime target: organic farmers! Oh yeah, that sounds so safe and organic, doesn’t it?
I urge you to do research about this, and if any of what you find alarms you, I urge you to contact your Congressional Representatives. In the meantime, you can read more about this at my site: Health News Alerts. I also cover more of the latest developments in the field of Health.
I read many health blogs and newsletters and post summaries at my digest: Health News Alerts. There are resources and a video that shows how to contact your Congressional Representatives. I cite all sources.
Heather Burns writes about Health, Medicine, and Alternative Medicine, including the power of the Mind in matters of Health.
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