Category Archives: Big Pharma

Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine | Welcome to the Alliance for Natural Health – USA

Did you hear the breaking news last night—that multivitamins may shorten your life? Here’s how junk science from the AMA set off the media frenzy.

Bloomberg phrased it this way: “Multivitamins and some dietary supplements, used regularly by an estimated 234 million US adults, may do more harm than good, according to a study that tied their use to higher death rates among older women.” The study’s authors outrageously concluded, “We see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements.”

The study, published in the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Archives of Internal Medicine, assessed the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in nearly 39,000 women whose average age was 62. The researchers asked the women to fill out three surveys, the first in 1986, the second in 1997, and the last in 2004, reporting what supplements they took and what foods they ate, and answering a few questions about their health.

That’s right, all the data was self-reported by the study subjects only three times over the course of the 19-year-long study. To say the data is “unreliable” would be a generous description. This kind of “data” has no place in a valid scientific study.

Then the researchers looked at how many of the women had died by 2008. They reported that the number of deaths were somewhat higher for women who took copper, a little bit lower for women who took calcium, but about average for most of the women.

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via Shame on AMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine | Welcome to the Alliance for Natural Health – USA.

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The National Cancer Institute Cancer Program For Prevention and Treatment From 1975 to 2007 – A Dismal Failure

I have assessed the U.S. Natioal Cancer Program for prevention and treatment of various cancers using surgery, radiation and chemotherapy by analyzing the overall incidence and mortality rates of all cancers combined. The statistics used for the analysis are from the period 1975 to 2007 which include 1) the incidence rates of males and females, 2) the number of Americans afficted with a cancer, 3) the mortality rates of males and females and 4) the number of Americans who died from a cancer.

Two criteria were used to assess the progam of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in preventing cancer: thie incidence rate and the number of Americans afflicted by a cancer. A constant or increasing incidence rate over time, along with increasednumbers of those afflited indicates a dismal failure of the NCI program in the prevention of cancer. Also, if the incidence rate declines but the number of people afflicted increases, the NCI prevention program is deemed a dismal failure. A declining incidence rate, along with a declining number of those diagnosed with any specific cancer, however, indicates succes in the prevention of cancer.

The criteria used to assess the treatment side of the NCI program were the mortality rate and the numbers of Americans died from a specific cancer. A constant or increasing mortality rate of a cancer over time, along with increased numbers of deaths, indicates a failure of the NCI program in the treatment of cancer.

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via Articles of Health: The National Cancer Institute Cancer Program For Prevention and Treatment From 1975 to 2007 – A Dismal Failure.

27 Years: No Deaths from Vitamins, 3 Million from Prescription Drugs

The findings go against the claims of mainstream medical ‘experts’ and mainstream media outlets who often push the idea that multivitamins are detrimental to your health, and that prescription drugs are the only science-backed option to improving your health. While essential nutrients like vitamin D are continually being shown to slash your risk of disease such as diabetes and cancer, prescription pharmaceuticals are continually being linked to such conditions. In fact, the top-selling therapeutic class pharmaceutical drug has been tied to the development of diabetes and even suicide, and whistleblowers are just now starting to speak out despite studies as far back as the 80s highlighting the risks.

Mainstream medical health officials were recently forced to speak out over the danger of antipsychotic drugs, which millions of children have been prescribed since 2009. U.S. pediatric health advisers blew the whistle over the fact that these pharmaceuticals can lead to diabetes and even suicide, the very thing they aim to prevent. What is even more troubling is that half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental condition during their lifetime thanks to lack of diagnosis guidelines currently set by the medical establishment, of which many cases will lead to the prescription of antipsychotics and other similar medications.

Covering up the side effects

In order to protect sales, the link between suicide and antipsychotic drugs was completely covered up by Eli Lilly & Co, the makers of Prozac. Despite research stretching as far back as the 1980s finding that Prozac actually leads to suicide, the company managed to hide the evidence until a Harvard psychiatrist leaked the information into the press. The psychiatrist, Martin Teicher, stated that the American people were being treated like guinea pigs in a massive pharmaceutical experiment.

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via Activist Post: 27 Years: No Deaths from Vitamins, 3 Million from Prescription Drugs.

Obesity expert: Sugar is toxic and should be regulated – opinion – 28 September 2011

While I agree that sugar should be reduced or virtually eliminated in the diet for optimal health, as Robert Lustig does,  I do not agree with draconian/authoritarian approaches to reduce sugar consumption.  To establish a sugar regulatory scheme, would further erode individual rights and hamper the food freedom movement by setting the dangerous precedent that the government knows best what substances you can or can not consume.  I fear this type of expanded regulatory p0wer would be used to deny access to scientifically proven natural cures that are opposed by the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.  The establishment of a “sugar police”,  further entrenches the Federal Government’s interference in your life and needlessly expands the rapidly growing police state in America.   A better approach  for a free society is to inform consumers of the dangers of sugar, and persuade them to voluntarily make healthy dietary choices.

J.T.

It might taste good, but sugar is addictive and fuelling the obesity epidemic, says Robert Lustig

Your lecture on sugar has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube. Why do you think it’s had so much attention?

The obesity epidemic just gets worse and people are looking for answers. Diet and exercise don’t work and the idea that obesity is about personal responsibility has come into question. Many people have said sugar is bad, but they didn’t supply the biochemistry. I supplied that.

Do you think fructose – which along with glucose makes table sugar – drives obesity?

I don’t think fructose is the cause of obesity, but I do think it is the thing that takes you from obesity to metabolic syndrome, and that’s where the healthcare dollars go – diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

So the idea that “a calorie is a calorie” is wrong?

As far as I’m concerned that’s how we got into this mess. If a calorie is a calorie, the solution is eat less and exercise more. Except it doesn’t work. And the reason is that fructose is toxic beyond its caloric equivalent, so if you consume it instead of glucose you get more of a negative effect even if the calories are the same. It’s important that people recognise that the quality of our diet also dictates the quantity. In addition, “eat less” is a really crappy message that doesn’t work. “Eat less sugar” is a message that people can get their heads around.

Why do we consume so much sugar?

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via Obesity expert: Sugar is toxic and should be regulated – opinion – 28 September 2011 – New Scientist.

Six Things Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know – Your Definitive Guide to Wellness Medicine | Dr. Whitaker

Friday, September 30, 2011 by Dr. Julian Whitaker

The large drug companies are cash cows, with a profit margin of about 20 percent–compared to the 8 percent average across all industries.Earlier this year, our government decided to give taxpayer money, lots of money, to Big Pharma. As reported in The New York Times, due to concerns over “the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry…officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.”

Let’s get some facts on the table, including the six things Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know…

1. The large drug companies are cash cows. According to Fortune 500 rankings, their mean profit margin is about 20 percent, compared to an 8 percent average across all industries.

2. The pharmaceutical industry makes the most dangerous products on the planet. Prescription meds are our fourth leading cause of death, and some of them have unthinkable side effects. Psychiatric drugs, for instance, have been linked to countless suicides, school shootings, and other bizarre acts of violence, such as mothers killing their own children.

3. These companies have limited liability for damages caused by their products. For example, if your child develops autism after receiving dozens of required inoculations, you’ll have to sue the federal government, which has agreed to shoulder vaccine-related liability—with taxpayer money.

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via Six Things Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You to Know – Your Definitive Guide to Wellness Medicine | Dr. Whitaker.

Prescription drugs responsible for more deaths than traffic accidents, study finds

Prescription drugs responsible for more deaths than traffic accidents, study finds.