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How to Use Antibiotics: Why Less is More

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I’m going to talk about something completely different than the usual obesity, insulin and type 2 diabetes stuff – antibiotics. This is another area where current medical teaching is completely logic-free.

In many ways it reminds me of the entire “Type 2 diabetic patients have too much insulin. So, let’s give them more insulin and see if it helps” argument. Logically it makes no sense. So, instead the medical establishment adopts an “I’m the expert so don’t bother trying to talk sense into me. Just do what I say” attitude.

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Statins Leave Fit Pensioner Barely Able to Walk

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Cholesterol-lowering medications come with side effects, and muscle pain is a common one. Here’s another story about the side effects that pharmaceutical companies attempt to downplay:

Express UK: Statins Leave Fit Pensioner Barely Able to Walk

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Dr. Maryanne Demasi Applauded For Exposing Statin Con

This clip is worth watching. It’s Dr. Aseem Malhotra speaking in Australia, about how Dr. Maryanne Demasi was attacked for questioning mass statin prescriptions on national TV.

If you want to watch the banned Catalyst shows they are embedded below.

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Three Truth Seekers Fighting Bad Science

Is medical science being perverted by profit motives? Is it hurting patients? Here’s what Fiona Godlee, editor of the British Medical Journal, says:

Medicine and science are run by human beings, so there will always be crooks.

There are “dark forces” at work in science and medicine. And the results?

I think we have to call it what it is. It is the corruption of the scientific process.

Both the article below and the video above are worth a look, for insights into how Godlee and two other crusaders try their best to clean up bad science. Not an easy job.

CBS: BMJ editor Fiona Godlee takes on corruption in science

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“Stop Buying Into the Great Statin Con”

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It’s time to stop buying into the great statin con, says Dr. Aseem Malhotra. The benefits have been greatly exaggerated and the side effects have been downplayed, as our knowledge is completely based on studies from the statin industry.

Side effects include muscle pain, weakness, feeling tired, and slightly reduced IQ. Also, for every one hundred people taking statins for a few years one extra person will develop diabetes type 2.

Apparently newer and more rigorously controlled studies (after 2006) on statins show overall no significant benefit at all.

Considering all this statins should probably only be prescribed to people at very high risk of heart disease (usually only people with preexisting disease). Certainly not to a large part of the healthy population.

Huffington Post: The Great Statin Con?

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‘We Are Very Worried’ Former Royal Doctor Demands Statins Inquiry

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Could the risks of cholesterol-lowering statins outweigh the benefits? Is the research on these drugs fatally biased, as it was funded and carried out by statin manufacturers in a way that would be “totally unacceptable” today?

That’s what a new study claims. The UK Queen’s former doctor is calling for an independent inquiry – and here’s what UK cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra says:

These are truly disturbing findings and fit in with the concept that all industry-sponsored studies should be seen as marketing until proven otherwise.

Express: ‘We Are Very Worried’ Former Royal Doctor Demands Statins Inquiry

JCBMR: Beyond Confusion and Controversy, Can We Evaluate the Real Efficacy and Safety of Cholesterol-Lowering with Statins?

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FDA Now Belongs to Big Pharma?

Here’s some scary news from last week: The newly confirmed head of the US Food and Drug Administration, Robert Califf, has taken money from no fewer than 23 different drug companies. He’s also said some very friendly things about Big Pharma.

This has not only scared natural news websites but also caused democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to try to block Califf, saying that…

Dr. Califf’s extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry give me no reason to believe that he would make the FDA work for ordinary Americans, rather than just the CEOs of pharmaceutical companies…

Sanders may be a bit too socialistic for many people, but sometimes that is a good thing. Someone needs to be able to stand up to the drug companies and represent the people at the FDA. Who will do that now?

We would never accept a judge that had been taking money from the defendants. In what way is this different?

This seems like a major win for Big Pharma. Expect them to make even more billions on lethal drugs like Vioxx in the future. And expect Americans to pay even more for new drugs of doubtful benefit and carefully hidden harms.

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If you want to read something really scary I recommend these fantastic books from Dr. Peter C. Gøtzsche, one of the co-founders of the Cochrane Collaboration:

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How Big Pharma Greed Is Killing Tens of Thousands Around the World

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The Queen of England’s personal doctor of 21 years, Sir Richard Thompson, has joined forces with a group of experts led by Dr. Aseem Malhotra. They call for an urgent publice enquiry into the “murky business” of drugs firms.

Together they have warned the public about the drugs firms developing medicines they can profit from, rather than medicines meant to benefit their customers. Quite often patients are given drugs they don’t need, drugs that are sometimes harmful and occasionally deadly for the patient.

There is no doubt that a “more medicine is better” culture lies at the heart of healthcare, exacerbated by financial incentives within the system to prescribe more drugs and carry out more procedures – Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Well worth reading:

Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: How Big Pharma Greed Is Killing Tens of Thousands Around the World: Patients Are Over-Medicated and Often Given Profitable Drugs with ‘Little Proven Benefits,’ Leading Doctors Warn

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New Obesity Drug: It May Help You Lose Weight, It May Kill You

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Obesity drugs are dangerous things. A new “promising” treatment from Zafgen resulted in around 13 percent lost body weight in their latest trial. Unfortunately eight patients suffered “serious” adverse effects, like pulmonary embolism, and two died.

Sound like Russian roulette. Would you play?

Reuters: Zafgen Obesity Drug Succeeds in Mid-Stage Trial, Shares Rise

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How Drug Companies Attempt to Brainwash Your Family Doctor

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Here’s a good article about how the education of family doctors is often taken care of by drug companies:

The Star: Drug Companies Wine and Dine Family Physicians

Not that any family doctor wants or expects to become corrupted. But don’t be surprised when you’re offered a life-long prescription of dubious benefit after a 5-minute consultation with your doctor. It’s just how the system works. Advertising works.

I’ve been to many, many of these lunches and dinners myself during the last 16 years. Eventually they started to leave such a foul taste in my mouth that I stopped going. Except for once in a while to study the method and the shameless bias.

I feel that drug companies should not be allowed to do any sort of “education” of doctors, ever. It’s seriously less like education and more like brainwashing. Doctors who can’t see it are doubly deceived, unfortunately.

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