America’s Medical Industrial Complex

America’s Medical Industrial Complex

The Medical Industrial Complex is a network of mutually relationships between big business, academic medicine, patient advocacy organizations, hospitals,and government. We the people are at the mercy of this massive money machine.

You’re a long-time pain-sufferer. You’ve been shuttled around from doctor to doctor, handed prescription after prescription after prescription. Your medicine cabinet is filled with medications – both prescription and over-the-counter. With modern medicine there’s a pill for everything. Pharmaceutical businesses are quick to create more drugs, and yes, we are living longer due to said drugs – but are we living better? Critics point out that modern medicine has evolved to the point that their treating disease instead of preventing it. After a while, you wonder, “Are there other ways to treat my pain?” You begin to search for alternatives – applying essential oils, taking supplements and other natural remedies such as CBD oil. And wonder of all wonders – the headaches actually begin to improve!

“So what’s going on.”

Synthetic drugs are designed to mimic organic botanical compounds, but they often contain highly processed chemicals. The body has difficulty recognizing synthetic drugs, which makes them harder to process and metabolize. For this reason, these drugs are more likely to induce toxicity and adverse side effects. Common examples of synthetic drugs include most all “prescription drugs”, crack-cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), and methamphetamine. “About 8% of hospital admissions in the United States of America are due to adverse or side effects of synthetic drugs . Approximately 100,000 people die each year due to side effects. This means that the number of people in the U.S. that die due to pharmaceutical drugs are at least three times more than those killed by drunken drivers. Thousands of people also die from supposedly “safe” over-the-counter drugs. All the while pharmaceutical sales reps are taught to use “talking points” when concerns are raised by physicians and surgeons regarding a drugs safety or effectiveness. These techniques are highly refined and designed to deflect, rather than directly answer concerns that are raised by the physician or surgeon when early reports of adverse drug events begin to surface.

If in doubt read the eye opening study by Melody Petersen – Petersen M. Our daily meds: How the pharmaceutical companies transformed themselves into slick marketing machines and hooked the nation on prescription drugs. Picador. 2009. One company in particular flew health care professionals to resorts like Boca Raton, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz. “…where they were wined and dined and trained as speakers to spread the word that painkillers like OxyContin were safe.” As Peterson noted, “For thousands of Americans, this proved untrue.”

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1 Philomena G. Concerns regarding the safety and toxicity of medicinal plants – An overview. J Appl Pharmaceut Sci. 2011;1(6):40–4.
2 A Brief History of American Pharma: From Snake Oil to Big Money, Inside America’s Medical Industrial Complex by Mike Magee – https://groveatlantic.com/book/code-blue/
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5297475/
4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92773/