Originally Posted by JCW247
Thanks for your feedback Rheanna. Honestly I don't know who to believe. All I know is Doctor's are sometimes motivated by these Billion Dollar Drug Companies to push there drugs with side effects.
Look forward to more feedback.
I will grant you that the drug companies are trying to make a profit by getting as many people as possible to take their products. But ALL companies are trying to make a profit. My concern is that people lose sight of the FACT that the folks who push " alternative products" such as chelation therapy are trying to get us to ignore the fact that they are selling a product/service that is VERY expensive and their purpose is also to get rich by selling us something.
I see a few main reasons why doctors are pushing the drugs of Big Pharma.
One, their training is to look for a specific disease/imbalance and prescribe something for it. Two, they no longer have time in the office visit to sit down and chat with us and find out that we are feeling lousy because we don't get any exercise and we eat too many McDonald's products. Three, patients themselves push the doctor to "give them something" instead of looking to their own lifestyles as potentially changeable. Four, because we refuse to take responsibility for our own lifestyles, we wind up getting diagnosed when our problems are far advanced.
Fifth, medicines from Big Pharma are required by law to show side effects on their labels. Naturally, this scares us, and we look desperately for something gentler but just as strong (notice a contradiction here?) to cure us. People who push "alternative therapies" are not required to publish side effects for their products/services, because they ARE required by law to NOT declare that their products/services can actually heal anything. So they use careful wording to say that "many people have been helped" (this is called personal endorsement and testimonials and anecdotes) and so on. If they come right out and actually word their advertising to say "this product heals the following diseases/conditions" then they are practicing medicine without a license and will get their hands slapped and get attacked by the courts. I encourage you to read the wording of these advertisements carefully. By attacking the motives of Big Pharma and regular medical doctors, these advertisers are playing into our perfectly natural fears that the medical cures are worse than the disease. Sometimes that is the case -- cancer patients go through hell when they take chemo and radiation. But doctors and BigPharma are relying on lots of tests to make sure that there is SOME positive outcome and reason to use this harsh therapy -- that is, there are more patients who survive WITH the treatment than would survive without it.
The problem with alternative therapies is that there are no checks and balances -- if a medical treatment shows unfortunate side effects (uh, death is pretty unfortunate!), then they are forced to change their treatment or withdraw it from the market. If alternative therapists cause unfortunate side effects, then they simply don't report it in their advertising. And they say, well, it wasn't MY therapy that was the problem, it was ... Big Pharma! And more people are encouraged to avoid tried and true therapies because of the fear that these alternative therapists create.
Sometimes these more gentle therapies do turn out to have some real benefit. Then they are incorporated into regular medical practice. But the real problem here is that people with MAJOR problems are avoiding therapies that have a good chance of working, and going after pie-in-the-sky promises from people who have no reason to include their failures in with their lists of testimonials from people who would rather give their money (bunches and bunches of money!) to kindly alternative therapists than to those mean, bad old doctors and Big Pharma.
Enough rant for the moment.