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“The effect of criminal practices by pharmaceutical companies is only possible because of the complicity of others: healthcare systems, professional associations, governmental and academic institutions. Pharmaceutical companies also corrupt at the personal level, politicians and political parties are on their payroll, medical professionals seduced by different types of gifts in exchange of prescriptions (i.e., bribery) which very likely results in patients not receiving the proper treatment for their disease, many times there is no such thing: healthy persons not needing pharmacological treatments of any kind are constantly misdiagnosed and treated with unnecessary drugs. Some medical professionals are converted in K.O.L. which is only a puppet appearing on stage to spread lies to their peers, a person supposedly trained to improve the well-being of others, now deceits on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. Probably the saddest thing is that many honest doctors are being misled by these lies created by the rules of pharmaceutical marketing instead of scientific, medical, and ethical principles. Interpretation of EBM in this context was not anticipated by their creators. “
In Part III of this series, we elaborated a bit on how vested interests can infiltrate our medical system through what we referred to as the questionable institutional ties. This includes, among others, ties between medical publishers and pharmaceuticals, ties between government and food corporations, ties between research communities and their funding partners, and ties between health charities and pharmaceuticals. We also discussed how such ties could reduce the quality and the integrity of our research, promote the adoption of questionable health policies, and potentially misinform the medical communities about the benefits and harm of a treatment.
“And as always, I must say that there isn’t any malice involved. Just as psychiatrist prescribe psychosomatic drugs like candy, and surgeons sell invasive procedures, so does the optometry field dispense diopter correction with total abandon. It’s the whole paradigm of health that is broken. The industry should never be run as a for-profit enterprise. Once you combine health and profit, this is exactly what happens.
Lastly, don’t follow my lead in terms of tone. There is no benefit to confronting or personally attacking anyone for their profession –– the problem goes far beyond the optometrist, the school, and the lens maker. Everybody does the best they can, inside the broken system that is health for profit.”