John Oliver on Pharmaceuticals and Doctors (funny AND damning)

This is supposed to be satire...in this instance it's pretty much straight up the truth...I actually have a hard time laughing at this stuff, but I did enjoy it. He's darn witty even if it didn't make me laugh. Too close to home is all. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Psychiatry retains power despite lost scientific credibility

Influential “thought leader” psychiatrists and major psychiatry institutions, by their own recent admissions, have been repeatedly wrong about illness/disorder validity, biochemical causes, and drug treatments; and also, in several cases, have been discovered to be on the take from drug companies—yet continue to be taken seriously by the mainstream media. While Big Pharma financial backing is one reason that psychiatry is able to retain its clout, this is not the only reason. More insidiously, psychiatry retains influence because of the needs of the larger power structure that rules us. And perhaps most troubling, psychiatry retains influence because of us—and our increasing fears that have resulted in our expanding needs for coercion. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

More Ben Goldacre: What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe (TED talk)

When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world -- except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.

Does your doctor take pharma drug money? Does it influence the treatment you receive?

Does your doctor take payment from pharma? In all, payments to doctors and other health-care providers in ProPublica's database total more than $760 million and cover reports from drug companies between 2009 and the second quarter of 2011.

The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg: Accutane – the truth that had to be told

Bremner fights and wins – Acutane has since been withdrawn from the market – and the truths he uncovers are personal and and political.

Hotel for the mentalists

Part 1 and 2 here and part 3 here. Part 4 here. These were originally posted here. This is Keener's amazing story. I hope you will all start picking it up. There are several more installments some of which she is writing just for this blog in order to finish her story. She is completely... Continue Reading →

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