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Pharmaceutical Bulldozer will Crush Us All if We Fail to Restrain It
To save ourselves, we must rise up, remove bribed politicians, and mandate legal restraints on the cannibalistic profit-crazed drug industry.
In 2018 and 2019, I described and diagrammed the “Pharma Echo Chamber, Sociopolitical Matrix, and Power Vortex” (PDF download) which is a forward-feeding vicious cycle of 1) bogus research, 2) drug-controlled media, 3) bribed politicians, 4) pharmaceuticalized international policy, 5) corruption of medical education.
Now, in 2020 and 2021, we are witnessing the rabid and unbridled deployment of drug-company control of media and international politics, even when such control is destroying societies, lives, businesses and entire economies; the power and undue influence of the drug industry and its high-tech companions that seek technocratic solutions and interventions into all aspects of life is destroying human society as we know it and will continue to do so unless the population rises up, removes bribed politicians, and mandates legal restraints on the cannibalistic profit-crazed drug industry.
Medical journals/organizations publish pro-drug research which becomes paid advertising when the drug companies buy reprints or direct advertising for millions of dollars (Smith, PLOS Medicine 2005)
Headline-making newspapers, magazines, and television programs re-publish pro-drug information to the delight of their drug advertisers. Positive news about drugs and vaccines is headlined and featured, while actionable information about nutrition is unavailable or tainted with controversy. Medicine-positive television features "medical heroes" reinforcing medical authority, medical dependency, and the drugs-as-salvation paradigms. News stories highlighting fear of infectious diseases serve to maintain constant fear, medical dependency, and xenophobia (eg, "Africanized" bees, Zika, El Niño, Asian flu, Xenophobia: Ebola Stigma, Discrimination for Africans Associated with Disease. Time Magazine October 29, 2014). Many of these stories are revealed as lies after they have served their political purposes; PolitiFact named the panicked US response to Ebola as the 2014 "Lie of the Year", Time Magazine Dec 15, 2014
Science and popular media become an echo chamber of biased pro-drug propaganda; drug companies pay US politicians to promote pro-drug laws (eg, mandatory vaccinations), protect drug companies from liability (eg, National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986), and promote international expansion of US drug use. US politicians gag and censure free speech on topics related to medical dangers by pressuring bookstores and social media to burn books and ban documentary films. Anti-vaccine movies disappear from Amazon after CNN Business report. CNN Business, March 1, 2019
Drug companies become more profitable and therefore more powerful than governments. Drug companies utilize US political and military power by influencing international trade agreements, eg, enforcing mandatory drug/vaccine policies, dismantling consumer protections, replicating US's healthcare bureaucracy, expense, risk; note the Orwellian description of vaccines as "weapons of mass protection" (Milstien et al, Health Affairs 2006) and the deployment of military forces under the banner of humanitarian health aid (National armies for global health? Lancet 2014 Oct 25)*
Drug companies infiltrate media, television shows, education, and public policy. Defunding public science forces schools and journals to rely on pharma funding. Drug companies pay "researchers", professors, and editors to publish and teach information favorable to the drug paradigm and products; medical schools love to receive funding from drug companies. Medical students and doctors are kept insanely busy, exhausted, suicidally depressed/stressed, and fearfully compliant; anyone who questions the drug paradigm, especially vaccines, is a target for censure, expulsion. US medical physicians have the highest rates of suicide. Physicians Experience Highest Suicide Rate of Any Profession. Medscape May 07, 2018
*Examples of US Politics forcing Unhealthy Pro-Pharmaceutical Hegemony:
Notice the language of such "free trade" agreements, "seek the elimination of government measures such as price controls and reference pricing which deny full market access for United States products in overseas markets... legalizing direct to consumer advertising (DTCA) via the internet: Each Party shall permit a pharmaceutical manufacturer to disseminate… information regarding its pharmaceuticals that are approved for sale in the Party’s territory…" Lopert R, Gleeson D. The High Price of “Free” Trade: U.S. Trade Agreements and Access to Medicines. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 2013 Apr, 199-223.
"The United State seeks to redesign national health care systems in its own image... By concluding bilateral and regional agreements, the United States is gaining greater influence over the domestic health care and drug coverage programs of its trading partners... The U.S. (and Australian) pharmaceutical industry perceived a free trade agreement to present an opportunity to undermine the evidence-based, strict and effective procedures underpinning Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)... After the treaty’s conclusion, however, drug manufacturers expressed delight with the implications for prices, profits and investment... Free trade agreements reflect the U.S.’ enduring adherence to market-based solutions, coupled with a conviction that government intervention is unnecessary and unhelpful. Thus the U.S. Trade Representative is mandated to pursue “the elimination of government measures such as price controls and reference pricing which deny full market access for United States products” in overseas markets. This is despite the U.S. health care system itself exhibiting the characteristics of market failure... enabling triple damages for patent violations... The United States deploys an aggressive trade agenda to expand markets for U.S. goods and services " Tully SR. Free Trade Agreements With The United States: 8 Lessons For Prospective Parties From Australia’s Experience. British Journal of American Legal Studies 2016 Dec, 395-418
"There is growing international concern about the risks posed by direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription pharmaceuticals, including via the internet. Recent trade agreements negotiated by the United States, however, incorporate provisions that may constrain national regulation of DTCA. Some provisions explicitly mention DTCA; others enable foreign investors to seek compensation if new regulations are seen to harm their investments." Gleeson D, Menkes DB. Trade Agreements and Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceuticals. International Journal of Health Policy and Management 2013 Feb, 98-100
"Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials. When that failed, they turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the cross hairs. The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced." New York Times July 8, 2018
Global health experts say breast milk is especially important for babies in poor countries, where unsafe water supplies can make powdered infant formula dangerous. The Trump administration’s aggressive attempts to water down an international resolution supporting breast-feeding go against decades of advice by most medical organizations and public health experts." New York Times July 9, 2018
The recent censorship of information that has occurred—originating from the United States but also influencing access to information worldwide—requires commentary, context and concrete documentation of its existence. Perhaps the most important contribution of this article is the demonstration of the interconnectedness of the systems that originate and sustain thought-control and intellectual censorship in what otherwise might appear to be democratic societies. This article contends that information requires context and that while isolated facts may be very important by themselves they cannot be more important or influential than their overall context and the resulting influence they produce. Pharma Echo Chamber, Sociopolitical Matrix, and Power Vortex: A Diagram-Centric Conceptualization. Int J Hum Nutr Funct Med 2019
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