June 29, 2016
“Probably as much as 75% of the medicine of sickness is unnecessary and its cost can be avoided.”
– Dr. Ghislaine Lanctot, Author Of The Medical Mafia
” One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”
– William Osler, M.D.
This is my first glance at Dr. Abramson’s work, and it did not disappoint.
Overdo$ed America – The Broken Promise Of American Medicine By John Abramson M.D., does an exceptional job of eviscerating what the conventional medical establishment has been doing for an extremely long time: misrepresenting medical data at the expense of the American populace’s health and well being.
Abramson’s foray into the heart of the medical establishment is something to behold. He does what nigh no one within his field does, or even the mainstream establishment does, which is hone in on duplicitous dealings of the Medical Industrial Complex in many ways.
From manipulation of statistics, to scientific information that is highly inaccurate, no stone is unturned in this journey into the web of medical deception.
Both of those books destroy any semblance of reality within the psychiatric/medical establishment. Abramson did the same in respect to prescription drugs, and in an extraordinary way.
The data collated within the doors of this book help individuals see the many intricacies that are unknown today.
Not only did the FDA allow in 1981 the drug companies to change the direct-to-consumer [DTC] advertising rules, allowing the pharmaceuticals to advertise to people, but they also further loosened the restrictions in 1997, opening the flood gates.
Therein began the normalization of advertising and drugs within the American landscape, which happens to be illegal in every country in the world except two: New Zealand and the United States. That fact should give incisive folks pause.
Furthermore, the author delves into the pharmaceutical disasters that were Paxil, Celebrex, Vioxx, HRT, and more, but he doesn’t stop there. Abramson also deconstructs how the supply side of medical care functions, and how it often increases costs, but not the benefits of health.
Another noteworthy point is the fact that the cholesterol guidelines are delved into at length, as the author covers many of the issues plaguing those guidelines.
There is a lot more covered by the author, and he also mentions some sensible solutions that can be carried out by individuals and the establishment.
All in all, this is a top-down analysis of a great portion of the issues plaguing conventional medicine, and why American’s health care costs have increased, but health has remained stagnant.
If you care about your health, or that of a loved one, society, solutions, and/or the intricacies of medicine et al., consider this compulsory reading. The fact people don’t know about this information is costing lives, in the hundreds of thousands, and that’s not an exaggeration.
Preventable medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, at over 400,000 deaths a year. This book harpoons directly into the heart of the matter, and not knowing this information in the age of information is akin to willingly choosing ignorance when solutions are at hand in various modalities.