"The editor of the British Journal of Medicine has acknowledged that medical ghostwriting has become a serious problem for his publication: “We are being hoodwinked by the drug companies. The articles come in with doctors’ names on them and we often find some of them have little or no idea about what they have written."If you, my readers, had a chance to get to know me, after a time you would figure out that I am a pretty reasonable person. I am not one easily taken to conspiracy theories, or a very suspicious person. I am the daughter of a career Naval Officer who has a great deal of respect for the traditions and missions of the military. I have been to demonstrations three times in my life, once in college at a pro-life rally in DC, and twice this year at anti-mercury rallies in DC. Both times because I believed that babies who could not advocate for themselves were being harmed. I am, in general, respectful of the establishment, and if I wanted to make a change, my style is to make it from the inside.
I am a republican and a Christian for goodness sake.
I certainly didn't go looking for this fight with the medical establishment. It came looking for me the first time my doctor lied to me about what was in my son's vaccines. In 2000 I was a new mom with a preemie just out of the hospital and had heard the year before about mercury in vaccines. I asked my doctor if the shots he was going to give my son had mercury in them and he looked at me like I had asked him if he still used leeches and said curtly, "nobody uses those any more". I believed him, and was a little ashamed that I had clearly offended him. His nurse then came into the office and injected Webster with 25mcg of mercury.
It is not until 4 years later, after Chandler regressed into autism following his 18 month vaccinations until I started looking into all of this. The facts about mercury, the crappy science that is being relied on to 'prove' it's safety and non-link to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The sad fact that the medical establishment is ignoring the most promising treatments for this heartbreaking disorder because it implicates their vaccines. The fact that Duke University says, flat out, that Terbutaline causes autism and OB's are still using it on pregnant women. It is not until we became victims of medical system that it ever would have occurred to me to dig this hard to find out what is really going on, nor do so much work to try to let other's know what I am learning.
If my upbringing taught me anything, it is that when you find something so out of balance, and have the means to do something about it, you have to. Bonhoffer said, "All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing". So I can't not write about what I am learning.
Which brings me to the article I am posting today. When the editor of one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, one of the gate keepers of medical science, freely admits that around half the material that he is putting his name on is manipulated by pharmaceutical companies, and not even written by those whose name is on the papers, and when the FDA and NIH and CDC have a revolving door policy so that those who are making public health policy are also getting checks from Pharma, then who can trust the medical community any more?
And what does it say about the media that this article with these damning quotes straight from the heads of the worlds best medical journals is being published on a tiny web site instead of the front page of the Washington Post?
...And now we want to insulate Big Pharma from being sued for their products? That is the last check we have on the pharmaceutical companies, other than just not buying medicine or seeking medical treatment any more.
In making medical decisions for my family now, I have to do my own research, and read my own medical articles because even the most well meaning doctor has been lied to by the Med/Pharma/Gov? These are not even separate entities any more. Just Medpharmgov.
My plea to Medpharmgov is this, will someone with some pull, who can't be bought with money or power, please grow a pair and do something about this disaster?
HOW DRUG COMPANIES DECEIVE DOCTORS