Posted by: debstake | September 11, 2008

The Medical Establishment -HUGE Conflict of Interest


Ever since Watergate when I was 11 or 12 I have not had a lot of trust in our government. Apparently, for very good reason. However, I have always had faith in the medical establishment because I thought they were looking out for the best interest of their patients. I learned early on after JR’s diagnosis that thinking was in error.

After JR was diagnosed and he was getting services I was able to focus my attention on why this happened. I know there are parents that only want to heal/treat their child. I am not willing to settle for this, I need to know what happened, how it happened, and just as importantly; WHY it happened. No matter how unsettling it may be. I believe that only after we know how, what and why will we be able to reverse and prevent this from happing to another generation. In my opinion this should be a goal for ALL families who have an  ASD child. It is the only way this insanity is going to be stopped. i certainly don’t want my children to relive their childhoods as parents. It would be too much to expect or tolerate.

The conflict of interest within the medical establishment is a huge problem not just within the autism community but all aspects of medical care (it does seem particularly bad where the vaccinations are concerned however). It begins for doctors in medical school where the drug cartels (my phrase for the pharmaceutical industry), gives away freebies to both school and students. It may seem innocent enough when a student receives a free stethoscope, pens, books, etc. So far as the curriculum is concerned the drug cartels have their hands in there as well. Before long doctors are beholding to these same drug cartels, doing their bidding when they leave school to begin their careers. The problem has gotten so bad that in 2002 an independent organization known as AMSA (American Medical Student Association) was formed in order to grade medical schools on their COI policies. I am sad to say that Hershey Medical school (our local teaching hospital) did not fair very well. The article concerning the AMSA and their scoring system can be found HERE.

Level two is even worse and deals with our government agencies. It is common knowledge and practice that the approval boards within the FDA and the CDC are filled with doctors who in fact have financial incentives to approve drugs. The reason is these same doctors who sit on the approval boards are approving their own products. A perfect example of this is Dr. Paul Offit and his latest rotavirus vaccine. Information can be found HERE.

Level three is the doctor’s office. In my opinion I think the doctor is as much a victim in this whole mess as is the person being treated by the doctor. Doctors get most (if not all) of their information from sales reps who are working for the drug cartels. Sales reps incomes are directly reflective of how many drugs they can get the doctor to push for them. The catch is the doctors aren’t being told of the negative side effects. Or if they are the drug reps are glossing over the issues. Doctors are (or were when the drugs were still available) prescribing killer drugs such as VIOXX, LIPITOR, RISPERDAL and the list goes on and on and on.

However, at the same time that doctors are being led astray by the medical establishment because of lack of time to investigate for themselves; it is up to the customer to check things out for themselves. We can not rely on doctors to do our work for us anymore. And it is high time that the consumer understands that they are the EMPLOYER of the doctor. The doctor works for them. If the doctor can not or refuses to listen to the employer and refuses to have an open line of communication with the employer then the doctor should be fired. Life is to precious to put in the hands of one so arrogant.

The lack of transparency is affecting every area of the medical establishment. This is the primary reason why my husband and I have made a conscious decision to use as many supplements with JR as possible. The only pharmaceutical that he is on is Nystantin for yeast issues.

To understand how the drug companies operate I would like to suggest the following book: The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us And What To Do About It. It was written by Marcia Angell MD. Dr. Angell was, for twenty years the editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine.

The drug cartels victimize many people it seems and it’s high time they be taken to task for their crimes. Enough is enough. They think they are above the law. Well they may well be above the laws of man but, the laws of God will send them to hell on a speeding missile. In the end they will be judged.

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Responses

  1. Fielding,

    How about a prayer that this insanity be stopped?Then we get to say Amen.

    It seems you are a fan Fielding of my writings. I put this post up maybe 20 minutes ago…are u stalking me? LOL 🙂

    DEB

  2. Can I get an AMEN?


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