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Posted November 14, 2015: by Bill Sardi
A team of university-based medical ethicists has given Big Pharma an “F” grade on reporting requirements for new drugs. [Medical Express]
Their research report said: “It may seem difficult to understand failures to comply with federal law, now eight years old, whose origins track back to 1997, and even more difficult to understand failures to meet the over-riding ethics obligation that human research be designed to contribute to generalizable knowledge.”
Posted July 13, 2015: by Bill Sardi
Medicare is now going to incentivize death by paying doctors to talk with their patients and families about end-of-life care. Oh, they say this payment policy would only apply to patients and their families who choose to participate on a volunteer basis. But frankly, patients are putty in the hands of doctors. Would the death rate rise commensurate with Medicare payments to physicians over end-of-life issues?
The problem for government overseers is 30% of all Medicare expenditures are attributed to 5% of the beneficiaries who die each year with one third of that occurring in the last month of life. [Health Services Research April 2004]
Of $554 billion spent on Medicare annually, 28 percent, or about $170 billion is spent on patients’ last six months of life. [Medicare Newsgroup June 3, 2012]
Posted May 11, 2015: by Bill Sardi
How does American medicine shed itself of practices that are no longer backed by science and deal with patient fears and at the same time deal with government efforts to produce more jobs in the healthcare sector?
How does American medicine shed itself of practices now invalidated by science? With Medicare facing a $23 trillion shortfall there certainly are no funds for extraneous medical tests and treatments that science no longer substantiates.
Posted April 25, 2015: by Bill Sardi
The following scenario may not be too far off in the future for American families:
Knock on front door
Parent: Yes, hello
Uniformed officer: Yes, we are with the U.S. Vaccination Corps and we need to see your children’s vaccination papers please.
Parent: We don’t have them here. They were lost in a fire at our old home before we moved here.
Uniformed officer: Well, we will have to take your children away to a quarantine center where they will be tested for antibodies. Please garb the children in these hazmat suits and immediately present the children in this house for transport to a quarantine center.
Parent: Wait. You have no right to remove our children.
Uniformed officer: You have no right to expose other children to infectious diseases. The hazmat team will be here to transport your children to the quarantine center where they will be monitored by board certified doctors with the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you resist, you will be jailed.
Let’s pray the above scenario never happens in America.
Posted May 10, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The view of the food industry is that there will be a billion or two more people on the planet soon and we have to make food that is resistant to insect invasion and more durable under weather conditions. But the hidden agenda is simply increasing bottom line profits possibly at the expense of health.
That possibility will forever be wrapped up in debate. There are those who say “not a single person has ever been harmed by genetically modified foods.” [DailyCaller.com April 29, 2014] One claim is that GMO foods compete with organically-grown crops (no herbicides, no pesticides) and that GMOs pose an economic threat to the few loud-mouthed organic growers.
Posted May 2, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Modern medicine is so taken over by commercial interests, ranging from the delivery of healthcare in the clinic to the research labs at the National Institutes of Health, the regulatory agencies like the FDA and public health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control, all used to give a third-party government stamp of approval to a self-serving profession that is called “the best healthcare system in the world.”
In reality the U.S. has the most technically advanced disease-care system in the world. It is not committed towards promoting health but rather to delivery of repeated treatment to allay symptoms rather than address underlying causes of disease.
While the life expectancy in some backward nations exceeds that of the United States it never dawns upon the public that they are being gamed to ensure Big Pharma and Big Doctor has a steady flow of patients to treat.
Posted April 18, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A New England Journal of Medicine report is the latest to condemn mammography. Its title (Abolishing Mammography Screening Programs) suggests it’s time to close up breast cancer screening centers altogether.
Cited as evidence is a 25-year study among thousands of women detected just 484 cancers and 22% of them were unnecessarily treated with surgery, radiation or other therapies.
Also cited was a larger trial of over a half-million women that showed no evidence that mammography screening reduces over-all mortality. The report is even more sobering. For every breast-cancer death prevented in the U.S. prevented by annual screening beginning at age 50, 460-670 women are likely to have a false positive mammogram with repeat examination; 70-100 a needless biopsy and 3 to 14 an over-diagnosed case of cancer that would never be life threatening.
Posted February 24, 2014: by Bill Sardi
A recent editorial published in the Annals Of Internal Medicine said this about multivitamins: “We believe that the case is closed— supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful. These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough.”
I’ve already addressed this absurd report. There are a number of hidden catch phrases in that statement, such as “well nourished.” Is anybody really well nourished in a processed food society that over-consumes carbohydrates and sugars and brain stimulant-laden foods? According to the US Department of Agriculture, most Americans aren’t getting an adequate supply of essential nutrients from their diet.
Posted February 15, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Examples of price gouging in medicine are growing.
There is now the $1000-a-day pill for Hepatitis-C that is curative if taken over a 9-month course ($270,000 cure) while natural remedies go ignored.
There is the $18,000-$35,000 surgical procedure (gastric bypass) to cure diabetes that can be accomplished by simple blood donation to reduce iron stores.
There is the revelation that sudden-death heart attacks are caused by a calcium plaque that suddenly ruptures inside a coronary artery, not as the result of cholesterol buildup, a falsehood that is used to sell billions of dollars of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Modern medicine hides evidence that economical vitamin C prevents that type of mortal plaque in heart arteries.
Posted September 3, 2013: by Bill Sardi
This is a re-creation of a typical day at a busy American hospital.
The surgical schedule is packed today and all 8 surgical suites will be operating from 7 AM to 7 PM.
In operating room #1 is Dr. John Q, is a distinguished orthopedic surgeon, having a Mayo Clinic degree and many published papers. There are no complaints at the State Medical Board regarding Dr. John Q.