The book The Illusion of Evidence-Based Medicine by Professor Jon Jureidini and Dr Leemon McHenry delves into:

  • corruption in the pharmaceutical industry,
  • unethical drug creation and testing,
  • data manipulation and lying, and
  • the promotion of toxic drugs.

Book summary

The authors expose deliberate misconduct in two major antidepressant trials involving paroxetine (Paxil) and citalopram (Celexa), arguing that evidence-based medicine’s integrity is undermined by corporate interests and flawed regulation.

The book shows that most clinical trials present unreliable or misrepresented data.

Plus, the industry suppresses negative trial results and adverse events (like injury or death).

To make matters worse, universities have become completely compromised due to their willingness to accept funding from pharmaceutical companies, which obviously leads to a violation of ethics ad honesty.

Basically, Big Pharma is creating fake problems with fake solutions, and making bucketloads of money from people who ‘don’t know ‘trust the experts’.

Here’s a summary from the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Medicine is in the toilet

Medical science is losing the trust of millions of people worldwide, thanks to its utter disregard for ethics and because of dogmatic medical types who care only about being right and earning lots of money.

The entire pharmaceutical industry is downstream from antiobiotics and vaccines. People tend to forget the following axioms:

  • Being a doctor is identical to any other occuptation: it’s about getting a salary.
  • A pharmaceutical company makes and sells products just like any other industry: for profit.
  • Healthy people don’t require doctors and medical products.

Sure, it is a bit cynical, but it is indeed the reality. Everybody is looking out for himself, and that is the difficult pill to swallow.

Pfizer is not a social movement. Moderna is not a charity.

Big Pharma will do anything, as the book explains, including buying medical journals, employing biased staff, creating imaginary diseases, creating drugs for imaginary diseases, and creating marketing campaigns for the drugs for the imaginary diseases.

In other words:

  • They want to keep you ill and worsen your health.
  • Their goals are profit and eugenics.
  • Their business relies on treating symptoms, not promoting wellness.
  • They influence global health organisations and governments.
  • They use lobbyists and money to control politicians.
  • They fake trials and misreport drug effects.

Dr McHenry, a bioethicist and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at California State University, joined me in the following conversation.

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