Unnecessary supplements & drugs such as vitamin D & statins
"With billions of dollars on the line, companies are loath to declare a new drug ineffective. As a result of the lag in publishing negative studies, patients (spend money to) receive a treatment that is actually ineffective." Sharon Begley reports* for Newsweek last year on the new chief of Stanford University's Prevention Research Center, Dr. John P.A. Ioannidis', work against baseless health and medical claims.
Can you imagine ~ we consumers are spending nearly $1 trillion a year unnecessarily. We are being duped by corporate American greed...again and again and again.
"People are being hurt and even dying because of false medical claims...not quackery, but errors in medical research." Dr. Ioannidis further explains, "I wouldn't be surprised if a large proportion of surgical practice is based on thin air and claims for effectiveness would evaporate if we studied them closely." George Lundberg, former editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, estimates that "strictly applying criteria like Ioannidis pushes would save between $700 billion to $1 trillion a year in U.S. health care spending."
Dr. Ioannidis has collaborated with some 1,500 other scientists in finding that the majority of biomedical studies are wrong! "From clinical trials of new drugs to cutting-edge genetics, biomedical research is riddled with incorrect finding."
Recently, two huge 'pillars of preventative medicine' fell: Statins (drugs like Lipitor and Crestor) and vitamin D supplements or calcium pills. A major study concluded that there is "no good evidence that statins help people with no history of heart disease." Pzifer has been making about $20 billion a year on this drug which may be unnecessary for many people who are buying it! And in November, a panel of the Institute of Medicine concluded that having blood tests for vitamin D is pointless since almost everyne has enough viatmin D for bone health without taking supplements or calcium pills. Americans currently spend $425 million a year on vitamin D pills!
While we consumers are very fortunate indeed to have people like Dr. Ioannidis on our side, remember this age-old piece of advice: Without proper diet, medicines are of no use. With proper diet, medicines are of no need ~ Ayurverdi
Make good food choices for your health and well-being and avoid being at the mercy of sickening and often deadly corporate greed. Get educated or get taken advantage of!
*The January 13, 2011 Newsweek article by Sharon Begley is titled: Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine Is Wrong