‘To be approved as a drug, harm must be proven’
By Janet Gilles / The Rag Blog / September 2, 2008
The New York Times has two articles undermining the present widespread belief in the American medical care system. It is not so much backed up by science as we would expect and hope, but rather backed up by the bottom line and corporate profits.
Our public health officials say that we can never achieve our health goals while we subsidize junk food, and now Lancet publishes research showing that a heart medicine taken by millions every day does not improve health but does contribute to cancer.
To be approved as a drug, harm must be proven. That is why you need a prescription. If it is harmless, no prescription needed, but on the other hand, without the pharmaceutical sales crew, there is not much chance your doctor will have heard about harmless remedies.
For Widely Used Drug, Question of Usefulness Is Still Lingering / New York Times / September 1, 2008
And the futility of the flu vaccine:
Doubts Grow Over Flu Vaccine in Elderly / New York Times / September 1, 2008