Doomed by Big Pharma
A few years back, Dr. Steve Nissen, president of the American College of Cardiology, along with ten other prominent physicians, offered an outstanding proposal that would immeasurably improve medical care in this country. So excellent an idea, in fact, that it doesn't stand a chance.
And what is this great idea? To take control of medicine back from Big Pharma, who have all but destroyed it, and let doctors practice medicine with excellence.
And why will this admirable idea die a lonely death?
Big Pharma endows medical schools. In deference to that huge rush of money, med schools teach what Big Pharma want taught.
As a result, most of the 40% of people in this country who have thyroid problems will never feel well again. Med schools teach that thyroid problems are easy to diagnose and easy treat, neither of which is true.
And they edict the only medicine that should be prescribed for hypothyroid people is the synthetic Synthroid-or its generic look-alike, levothyroxine. Neither version works worth spit.
Natural thyroid replacement medications, such as Armour, are maligned and dismissed. Eager med students buy into the lie.
Patients complain about not feeling better, so doctors wave blood test results at them, saying the tests prove the patient feels just fine, haggard appearance and pleas for help aside.
Doctors don't know, having never been taught, that thyroid tests also aren't worth spit, either. Synthroid/levothyroxine makes the blood test normal, but not the patient-who continues to gain weight, lose hair, wonder why their brain doesn't work, and on, and on-unnecessarily dragging through life not knowing where to turn to get help.
An army of reps, usually young and female, frequent doctors offices to reinforce the message. And bring goodies intended to keep the company's name front and center in doctors' minds.
Big Pharma funds studies
Big Pharma also offers free continuing education courses at fine resorts-the better to pound the message home again.
And Big Pharma funds "studies" that get into major medical journals. The "studies" uniformly prove, by hook or by crook, the point they were set up to prove, and gullible people line up to buy the latest prescription poison with enthusiasm. And too often live to regret it. If they live.
If a magazine carries ads for pharmaceuticals, know for sure the magazine's editorial content will never disagree.
And so it goes. We're talking very deep pockets and a willingness to pass around as much as it takes.
So I salute Dr. Nissen. He must care about patients and about good medicine. I wonder if he realizes how unusual that makes him.
Trying to be a good doctor in today's world could make a stone weep.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.