It’s not just psychiatry: Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong

From Newsweek, an article that looks at the pile of BS we’re presented with about medicine. Uh…so much for the highly touted “evidence based” medicine and pharmaceutical culture!

Since I started studying the issues with psychiatry and how it’s deeply flawed I simultaneously discovered that it’s all of medicine. I don’t talk about the rest much on this blog but its a highly significant fact.  Anyone who uses pharma for most of the chronic long-term issues Americans have might want to do some research about their treatments.

This article is, of course, also true of psychiatric drugs and pharmaceuticals as most of the readers of this blog already know. Many of us have found out the hard way about the terrible lack of safety in pharma “solutions” for mental distress.

Here is are thre brief excerpts from the Newsweek article:
But what if wrong answers aren’t the exception but the rule? More and more scholars who scrutinize health research are now making that claim. It isn’t just an individual study here and there that’s flawed, they charge. Instead, the very framework of medical investigation may be off-kilter, leading time and again to findings that are at best unproved and at worst dangerously wrong. The result is a system that leads patients and physicians astray—spurring often costly regimens that won’t help and may even harm you..

,,,at NIH Ioannidis had an epiphany. “Positive” drug trials, which find that a treatment is effective, and “negative” trials, in which a drug fails, take the same amount of time to conduct. “But negative trials took an extra two to four years to be published,” he noticed. “Negative results sit in a file drawer, or the trial keeps going in hopes the results turn positive.” With billions of dollars on the line, companies are loath to declare a new drug ineffective. As a result of the lag in publishing negative studies, patients receive a treatment that is actually ineffective. That made Ioannidis wonder, how many biomedical studies are wrong? (Most of them)…

…Numerous studies concluding that popular antidepressants work by altering brain chemistry have now been contradicted (the drugs help with mild and moderate depression, when they work at all, through a placebo effect), as has research claiming that early cancer detection (through, say, PSA tests) invariably saves lives. read the whole article

This article further supports what I shared about the blog I like The Healthy Skeptic, the other day. Pharma and the medical industry make health complicated. It doesn’t have to be.

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