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Ghostly medicine

All of us at WDDTY are shaken to the core by the recent disclosures that most studies in the medical literature are marketing dressed up as research. For as many as 90,000 published drug trials, a drug company hired a PR firm—a ‘medical education and communication company’ (MECC)—to carry out its clinical trials, engaged a ‘ghost’ to write an article with a positive spin, enlisted a prominent academic to put his name to the paper he’s had nothing to do with—and then succeeded in getting it published in a peer-reviewed journal. 
 
This widespread practice came to light a few months ago during the discovery process of a class-action lawsuit against drug manufacturer Wyeth by 14,000 women who developed breast cancer after taking HRT. 
 
The 1500 documents afford an unprecedented glimpse into the underworld of pharmaceutical marketing. The paper trail reveals how an MECC called DesignWrite, hired by Wyeth, launched a major damage-limitation exercise after a major study demonstrated an unequivocal link between HRT and life-threatening illness. 
 
Wyeth’s HRT products had reached annual revenues of $2 billion, but nose-dived by 65 per cent in 2002, when the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study found that hormone replacement therapy—specifically Wyeth’s version—increased the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, stroke and heart disease. 
 
DesignWrite proceeded to flood the professional press with positive reports of Premarin, cast doubt on the WHI, downplayed the cancer-causing potential of HRT and claimed cardiovascular benefits, while promoting unproven uses of HRT such as for preventing dementia. 
 
A few months later, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, which produces evidence-based consumer-health information, encountered “serious obstacles” in trying to wrest all sponsored published and unpublished studies from Pfizer on its antidepressant reboxetine. Eventually, it emerged that the company had withheld three-quarters of its patient data from unpublished trials. After these hidden data were finally handed over, the Institute concluded that the drug was “overall an ineffective and potentially harmful antidepressant”.  
 
There’s no way to determine the full extent of such dirty research, although one review concluded that as much as three-quarters of every journal is ghosted. As Dr Joseph S. Ross of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine put it: “It’s almost like steroids and baseball. You don’t know who was using and who wasn’t; you don’t know which articles are tainted and which aren’t.” 
 
These disclosures undermine the entire edifice of modern medicine. The BMJ now plans to encourage efforts to “re-evaluate the integrity of the existing base of research evidence”—in other words, virtually the whole of existing medical research needs to be done all over again.
 
The most insidious aspect of this story is the topic of this month’s special report—that the extraordinary disease-fighting power of a simple nutrient like vitamin C has been virtually ignored by the modern medical press. The published medical evidence was promising 70 years ago—long before MECCs were around to tinker with the data.


Published 02 November 2010 09:46 by Joanna Evans

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chanks said:

Dear Joanna

Thanks for this report.

Whilst I was unaware of the details, I am not surprised, as Barry Groves has described (with evidence) these unethical practices in the first chapter of 'Trick and treat' (2008).

Regards

Chris Hanks

November 2, 2010 11:50
 

grovecanada said:

 You know, I casually look at wikipedia which has a Premarin article, & I find more obtuse language & terminology designed to obfuscate...Obviously, the exact recipes for these drugs are being protected for the sake of making money on them...The other motivation, which I always forget, is that men tend to like it when women take progesterones- in whatever form they come in...You can mention breast cancer, ovarian cancer, brain tumours, & more to a man, in reference to progesterone therapies like birth control or hormone replacement therapies, & all he will see is the possibility of no financial burden from extra offspring, or a woman who is not screaming & powerful from normal female hormones that are unsuppressed by progesterones...You see, progesterones make a woman docile, easier to manage-like drugging the inmates at the local psychiatric ward...

 Until more women become health practitioners, scientists, even drug makers,- this bias towards drugging females will prevail...Even though the male offspring of women who took progesterones as contraception suffered from gender dysphoria & failed adrenal glands, men still continue to market these hormone therapies as viable alternatives...Women, under the power of this perspective continue to endorse the idea too...

 For the record, Madagascar Periwinkle, taken as a tea, works as a home "chemo" or detoxification from progesterones, whether you Ever took them as birth control, or later took them as HRT Hormone replacement therapy...

November 2, 2010 12:52
 

Sandra Durán said:

Masdagascar Periwinkle?   Where do we get that?   I would say that an enormous percentage of women have taken HRT, including myself and all my friends.  Where could we find this tea?   We do not live in Europe or the U.S., we live in Ecuador, South America and, top our distress, most items or books mentioned by WDDTY are not available locally.

November 2, 2010 17:36
 

lottadoc said:

Grovecanada, do you have any references to back up your assertion that male offspring of women taking progesterones have had gender dysphoria and adrenal insufficiency?

I am not aware that progesterones make women docile, though they are used as treatment for PMS/PMT, and so this would fit. However in my experience it is women who complain of their own PMT and desire some chemical remedy or indeed any remedy, and not their menfolk. I freely acknowlege that some men do want their women to be docile. PMS/PMT is largely a consequence of the prolonged non pregnant state, which is not what mother nature intended, but is a price that women (and men) pay for birth control.

November 4, 2010 13:14
 

dpedler said:

To Sandra Durán:  Madagascar Periwinkle is the common name for Vinca Rosea (old name) Catharanthus roseus (new name).  You may be able to find it in Ecuador since it has been introduced all over the world (and had a reputation in the US & Canada for crowding out native under-story species). I haven't found a reference to C.Roseus as a detoxifier for HRT but I haven't spent much time looking.

http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_periwinkle.htm

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