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Dangerous New Drugs

August 25th, 2010 · No Comments

A recent study conducted by Donald Light, a professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, found about 85 percent of new drugs offer few, if any, new benefits.

The research titled, “Pharmaceuticals: A Two-Tier Market for Producing ‘Lemons’ and Serious Harm,” is an institutional analysis of the drug industry and how it works based on a range of independent sources and studies. The research paper was presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

In one study of 111 final applications for drug approval, Light said 42 percent lacked adequately randomized trials, 40 percent had flawed testing of doses, 39 percent lacked evidence of clinical efficacy, and 49 percent raised concerns about adverse drug side effects.

“Sometimes, drug companies hide or downplay information about serious side effects of new drugs and overstate the drugs’ benefits,” Light was quoted as saying. “Then, they spend two- to three-times more on marketing than research to persuade doctors to prescribe these new drugs. Doctors may get misleading information and then misinform patients about the risks of a new drug. It’s really a two-tier market for lemons.”

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Are Conventional or Alternative Doctors Incompetent

August 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Which doctor is incompetent? Conventional or Alternative?

This is important in determining how to overcome your health condition.

Questionable and Deceptive Medical Practices

This rift between large medical organizations which set policies as to what constitutes accepted standards of care is prototypic of the raging conflict between conventional and non-conventional or alternative medicine.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), being the “new kid on the block,” apparently treads lightly and seeks to merely “complement” conventional medicine in order to avoid a confrontation with conventional medicine, which sees any challenge to its supremacy as “unproven, unsafe, worthless, incompetent, unprofessional, improper, unlawful, fraudulent and felonious.” Most of NCCAMs projects and grants are aimed at research into indigenous healing practices such as herbal medicine, and very little is focused on functional medicine, the author’s field of expertise.

From the conventional medicine perspective, functional medicine practice is negligent and from the functional medicine perspective, conventional medicine practice is negligent because each group is violating the “accepted standards of care” of the other group. Therefore, each group appears to be fraudulent to the other.

Functional Medicine

Any outstanding doctor needs to be a great detective and should be using functional medicine to determine the real cause of your symptoms.

Functional medicine is defined as “personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes, instead of symptoms, for serious chronic disease,” and functional medicine is popularly classified as a type of Alternative Medicine. Functional medicine relies heavily on investigating biochemical, nutritional, metabolic, toxicological, allergic, immune, hormonal, neurotransmitter and genetic variables using diagnostic laboratory testing of stool, urine, saliva, blood and hair samples.

Thus functional medicine seeks to determine the underlying causes of drug abuse or chronic disease, rather than palliative treatment of symptoms with medications or herbal products (see Diagram below, Conventional Medicine vs Functional Medicine Method of Establishing a Diagnosis).

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