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Method Acting Shows How Drug Companies Control Doctors Too!

A University of Washington scientist and physician wrote in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) an overwhelming 80 percent of his peers feel the multitude of drug ads that litter the print and broadcast media tempt patients, more times than not, to ask for medications that don't need. He also estimated some 10 percent think drug ads are a good thing.

However, those estimates didn't hold up in an accompanying JAMA study, based on the skills of actors -- faking symptoms of fatigue and depression -- who were sent to some 150 doctors for a visit and mentioned an ad for Paxil, the heavily promoted and toxic SSRI drug. In fact, actors increased their chances of walking out with a prescription fivefold if they mentioned seeing a Paxil ad!

According to the study, most of the actors who didn't disclose depression-like symptoms were prescribed Paxil, or any other medication. Nevertheless, when they asked for Paxil, an amazing 55 percent were given a prescription for it. Additionally, half of the participants were diagnosed with depression.

That aforementioned Univesity of Washington physician hit the nail right on the head though when it comes to a modern pharmaceutical industry gone amock thanks to big business principles designed to insinuate worthless and often toxic products into our lives: The most overlooked problem in the health care system today is the extent to which it is permeated by avarice.

The mega-pharmaceuticals' typical defense came from Billy Tauzin, a former U.S. Congressman who now heads the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. "We can do a much better job with the advertising." For the sake of your health and your family's, let's hope not.

It's sentiments like these that continue to fuel my fight to obliterate the existing conventional health care paradigm, rife with promises from drug companies of "quick-fix cures," and replace it with one focused on finding and treating the true causes of disease.

Journal of the American Medical Association, April 27, 2005, Vol. 293, No. 16: 1995-2002

Washington Post April 27, 2005

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