jdreyer wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 13:22:
El Pit wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 05:22:
How does Big Pharma work? Hint: every customer who is actually HEALED from his sickness by medical treatment is a LOST customer. So... Keep 'em paying. Keep 'em addicted. Keep 'em sick, but make them feel better.
We have the FDA and regulations to prevent that.
It's not quite that simple though. Big pharma have their fingers in a lot of pies, and they know how to create their customers.
For example one of my friends is a doctor, and he goes onto these training courses - which are sponsored by meat/dairy/poultry industries, but they're also sponsored by the companies which create statins. You wonder why a "healthy" eating course has seemingly opposing sponsors:
The statin companies know that these foods create cholesterol problems (leading to heart disease, the #1 killer), and they know that the doctors that go on these training courses will be recommending these problem foods to their patients.
The patients then develop the cholesterol related chronic diseases, and then the doctors then recommend they take statins to lower their cholesterol.
The same person that is creating the problem, is selling the solution. Very clever, and very immoral. Not only that, statins do not actually fix the problem, they simply mask it, create a whole bunch of other problems at the same time, and then you have take about 10 different other drugs to combat the laundry list of side effects from each drug. The big money are these chronic diseases, they never go away as long as the patients keep following the doctors dietary advice. (And it's easy advice to follow, when the doctor tells you to eat more bacon)
I don't expect big pharma to be telling people that heart disease is completely optional, avoidable and reversible. That's the doctors job - but when the doctors (who are viewed as trusted sources) have been primed to pass on false information, then that is pretty awful.
So while Big Pharma isn't causing the diseases directly, it's certainly enabling other industries and companies to create the market for them.
It's not just the doctors either, it's the USDA and so on. They're all in bed together, and if it wasn't for organisations like PCRM.org putting in lawsuits against the USDA then we'd probably be eating pork with pre-injected statins and thinking that our genes are the cause of our chronic diseases.
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