What Women MUST Know

Women must realize that their natural functions are being medicalized and pathologized for profit. Steroid hormones in the form of the pill and hormone replacement therapy are dangerous drugs with many risks and side-effects. It is time for women to take responsibility for their health, because their health is big business and no one else will do it for them! ~ Dr. Sellman holds a Doctorate of Naturopathy and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (magna cum laud) – Sociology and Psychology.

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Should Pregnant Women Avoid Using Cell Phones?

Read more: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/should-pregnant-women-avoid-using-cell-phones.aspx?e_cid=20120223_DNL_art_2 

“Through this study, we concluded that receiving a certain period of microwave radiation from cellular phones during pregnancy has certain harm on fetal rat brains.” 

The 2008 study revealed that mothers who used mobile phones were in fact 54 percent more likely to have children with behavioral problems. When the children also later used the phones themselves, they were:

  • 80 percent more likely to suffer from difficulties with behavior
  • 25 percent more at risk from emotional problems
  • 34 percent more likely to suffer from difficulties relating to their peers
  • 35 percent more likely to be hyperactive
  • 49 percent more prone to problems with conduct

Antibiotics no help against most sinus infections: study

Antibiotics don’t help fight most sinus infections, although doctors routinely prescribe them for that purpose, according to a U.S. study.

Researchers whose work was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that antibiotics didn’t ease patients’ symptoms or get them back to work any sooner than an inactive placebo pill.

Antibiotics are known to fuel the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria and experts have grown increasingly worried about overuse.

 

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-sinustre81e055-20120214,0,1406059.story

http://in.news.yahoo.com/antibiotics-no-help-against-most-sinus-infections-study-021252246.html

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/features/article/antibiotics-no-help-against-most-sinus-infections-says-study/

How Doctors Do Harm

Read more: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/13/how-doctors-do-harm.aspx?e_cid=20120213_DNL_art_2

And therein lies the crux of the problem — medical treatments are often ordered even though evidence to support their effectiveness is lacking, and oftentimes they end up doing more harm than good, sometimes even causing the patient to die.  Why? Sadly, it’s often based on financial gain.

Dr. Brawley continued:  “Even without evidence, some patients and their doctors had faith that it worked. The procedure was common because some doctors taught that the transplant was beneficial to patients. Truth be told, it was very beneficial to the doctors and hospitals offering it … The American health care system is fundamentally flawed and encourages inappropriate behavior and a subtle form of corruption. There truly is a combination of greed, ignorance and apathy within health care that is a cancer on this country. There is nothing wrong with medicine as a business, and nothing wrong with making an honest profit. However, in some cases, greed needs to be replaced with public interest, a concern for the national good.”

What Can I Do?

I think Margaret Mead said it best. She said that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

One of the first questions that comes up is, “But, but what can I do? I’m an individual. I’m one person. And these problems are so large and global, and it’s just overwhelming.” Fair enough question.

My answer to that is don’t look at the big, overwhelming issues of the world. Look in your own backyard. Look in your heart, actually. What do you really care about that isn’t right where you live? And fix it. Create a healing zone in your neighborhood and encourage others to do the same. And maybe these healing zones can sprinkle a map, little dots on a map. And in fact, the way that we can communicate today — where Alaska is instantly knowing what’s going on in China, and the Kiwis did this, and then over in England they tried to … and everybody is talking to everyone else — it’s not isolated points on a map anymore, it’s a network we’ve created.

And maybe these healing zones can start growing, and possibly even overlap, and good things can happen. So that’s how I answer that question. Look in your own backyard, in fact, look in the mirror. What can you do that is more responsible than what you’re doing now? And do that, and spread the word.

~ Mike deGruy – Hooked by an octopus.  http://www.ted.com/talks/mike_degruy_hooked_by_octopus.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2012-02-07&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email

$29 Billion Reasons to Lie About Cholesterol

Read more:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/01/29-billion-reasons-to-lie-about-cholesterol.aspx?e_cid=20120201_DNL_art_2 

Millions of people around the world take medications known as statins to lower their cholesterol.

The current value of the cholesterol-lowering drug industry is estimated at around $29 billion — and this is clearly a conservative estimate considering spending on cholesterol drugs in the United States alone reached nearly $19 billion in 2010.

But have the facts about cholesterol and heart disease been distorted by drug companies eager to increase their profits?

 

Challenging Medical Ghostwriting in US Courts

Read more:  http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001163

SUMMARY POINTS

•             Despite growing concern about medical ghostwriting, pharmaceutical companies, universities, medical journals, and communication companies employing ghostwriters have thus far failed to adequately stem the problem. As a result, some commentators have proposed that legal remedies could be sought by patients harmed by drugs publicized in ghostwritten papers.

•             In this Essay, we build on a recent analysis by Stern and Lemmens in PLoS Medicine to outline specific areas of legal liability.

•             For example, when an injured patient’s physician directly or indirectly relies upon a journal article containing false or manipulated safety and efficacy data, the authors, including guest authors, can be held legally liable for patient injuries.

•             In addition, guest authors of ghostwritten articles published by Medicare- and Medicaid-recognized peer-reviewed medical journals used as clinical evidence for indications for off-label uses may be liable under the federal False Claims Act for inducing the United States government to reimburse prescriptions under false pretenses.

•             Paying guest authors of ghostwritten papers may influence clinical judgment, increase product sales and government health care costs, and put patients at risk by misrepresenting risk-benefit. Therefore, both physicians and sponsor companies may be liable under the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

•             Although guest authors and pharmaceutical defendants may argue a First Amendment right to participate in ghostwriting, the US Supreme Court has firmly held that the First Amendment does not shield fraud.

Conclusion

In addition to openly infringing academic standards and contributing to fraud, the crisis of credibility resulting from medical ghostwriting persists in published reports on the efficacy and safety of proposed treatments. The situation is so dire that the public is forced to seek judicial intervention to curb dangerous, unethical medical ghostwriting. Stakeholders, including universities, journals, pharmaceutical companies, and academic KOLs, have largely failed to heed public calls for honesty in reporting clinical research. Since these complaints have fallen on deaf ears, we believe the courts now have the task of restoring the integrity of the medical literature.