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It is easy to deceive anyone who is not expecting to be deceived, especially if they have been conditioned since childhood to trust their doctors and Health Canada ( or the FDA).  As a result, every 14 minutes prescription drugs kill a patient!

Widespread Big Pharma practices that ensure patients and doctors don’t learn about the true dangers of prescription drugs are staggering in their level of deceit.

Not only are drug company clinical trials conducted over a mere 2-6 weeks with selected participants who do not remotely reflect the usual patient population, but many clinical trials are ended early because of severe drug reactions, including death. These results are hidden away in drug company vaults until a lawsuit forces their release…but by then it is very much too late. We are not hearing the truth about these drugs from Health Canada or our doctors; we are hearing it from lawyers and victims.

Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, clarifies that aspect of the scandal:  “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”(Marcia Angell, MD, The New York Review of Books, January 15, 2009)

Terence Young, a Canadian Member of Parliament, author of Death by Prescription, lost a child to a prescription drug adverse effect.  Since then he has been investigating how drugs are approved and monitored and is advocating for changes in the ‘wild-west’ way the medical-pharmaceutical cartel is permitted to operate in Canada.  He testified during a Canadian Senate Standing Committee Hearing (Oct 2012) on the Post-approval monitoring of prescription drugs (see testimony mid-way in video)   that in very recent years, 27 drugs that were supposed to be safe were taken off the market, but as in the case of Vioxx, which killed some 65,000 before being pulled, not until many had been maimed or killed.

As Young pointed out, adverse drug reaction information is buried in linguistic acrobatics in medication pamphlets and medical ghostwriting.  But the bigger problem with the system is that drugs can be fast-tracked to market on the say-so of the drug company, without testing and without proper safety measures in place.  In fact, Health Canada does no independent testing and maintains no adverse reaction database.  Talk about the fox guarding the hen-house!

There is no post-approval monitoring of drugs, no national database for the reporting of adverse effects by the public and if/when doctors decide to report adverse effects to the drug companies, the drug companies are free to downgrade the effect…so that suicide attempt could be classed as aggression or depression.  Most times doctors dismiss adverse effects as being the result of the issue being treated!

As Dr. Healy, CEO and principal founder of Data Based Medicine Americas Ltd stated: “It is important to distinguish between suicide and death by misadventure. Suicide is the deliberate termination of one’s existence while in one’s right mind. Taking one’s own life under the influence of drugs is death by misadventure, not suicide. This distinction has huge legal, financial, insurance, and religious implications, as well as being of great importance to family and friends.”

As Young noted, in Canada death by adverse  pharmaceutical drug reaction  is too often listed on a coroner’s report as ‘death by natural causes’.  Adverse reactions due to pharmaceutical drugs alone cause 10,000 Canadian deaths each year and 150,000 injuries, but as Janet Currie, Director of Psychiatric Medication Awareness Group testified at the same Senate Standing Committee Hearing, these figures represent a very small portion of the actual damage incurred.  Most are not being reported to, or addressed by, Health Canada, the very agency we are conditioned to believe is on guard for us.

Off-Label Prescribing

Another major problem noted by Young and Currie was the profoundly unsafe practices of off-label prescribing by doctors, as this practice accounts for 5-20% of prescribing practices in North America.  Particularly troubling are doctor claims that they do not have the time to actually look into drug company claims of safety and efficacy…they just follow drug company dictates.

Off-label prescribing happens when a doctor gives you a drug that Health Canada has has not approved to treat the condition you complain of. This practice is legal and common, thus even toddlers are getting drugs never tested on children and never approved for use in children.  Besides begging the question “Why bother with Health Canada or the approval of any drugs at all?” we can also ask “Are off-label drugs safe?”.  

It’s hard to see how they can be safe, since most drugs have side-effects that cause problems beyond the original issue a patient sought help with.  Bottom-line, it seems that because of the fact that Health Canada does not do any of its own testing, relies entirely on drug company claims, does not monitor drugs after approval including those fast-tracked, that fast-tracked medications do not have any scrutiny before or after being marketed and that a drug can be prescribed at will by any physician for any reason and without explanation if something goes wrong, it is quite safe to say that anytime you put any pharmaceutical medication into your body you are playing a game with worse odds then Russian Roulette.

Drug Company Free-For-All

As a result of what seems to be a free-for-all prescription drug system with no safety precautions in place and what appears to be an absence of monitoring or consequences (except to the patient) for the drug companies and doctors who prescribed these medications, the fact is also that psychiatric drugs, heart medications and antibiotics are commonly prescribed off label.  Thus antibiotics are prescribed for viral infections even though they are designed to destroy bacteria only, and also, more often then not, when neither a bacterial nor a viral infection can be ascertained. Typically drugs are prescribed without any attempt to try natural remedies and therapies and/or dietary and lifestyle changes first, to the serious detriment of the patient who is looking for good health.

It’s not uncommon for depression medications to be used to treat chronic pain.  But what about the addictiveness and brain disabling effects of the antidepressants?  Well, the fact is that those little bits of information are not provided to patients even when the risks overwhelmingly outweigh the benefits and even when there are many natural alternatives for chronic pain.  In fact, hypnotherapy, self-hypnosis and meditation have been shown to be very effective in resolving chronic pain issues.

Study after study is showing alarming issues with vaccines and antibiotics.  Ethical doctors everywhere are urging people not to vaccinate themselves or their children and to use antibiotics ONLY in emergency situations.  Studies are repeatedly showing that statin drugs  cause adverse effects including muscle deterioration and are rarely as effective in controlling blood pressures as natural therapies that address lifestyle and dietary factors.  Let’s remember that the heart is a muscle!  Worse yet, anti-cholesterol drugs are shown to be linked to cardiac issues, increased risk of diabetes and memory loss …for starters.

The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) studies have shown that some newer antipsychotic drugs typically used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are also prescribed for depression, dementia, and other conditions despite there being no evidence that these drugs work. As revealed in the January 14, 2009 AHRQ study “Use of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs Increases Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Adults“, they increase the risk of cardiac death.

These facts are even more disturbing when we learn (Medication Madness by Dr. P. Breggin and others) that depression and schizophrenia sufferers do not have chemical imbalances  and can usually resolve their conditions very well within 6 months to 1 year with few, if any, relapses when the patient IS NOT medicated.  Once medicated, these issues worsen, become chronic, severe and irreversible.  The fairytale that any of these drugs are ‘helpful’ in the long-run is actually a tale of willful harm for profits, well documented by ethical doctors and scientists since 1970.

That relapse rates increase as a direct result of psychiatric drug intervention, that drug therapy in seniors seriously increases suicide rates, that drugs actually cause depression and drug therapy increases the rates of stroke is never discussed by doctors or mainstream media.  This is astounding considering the many studies showing the absolute ineffectiveness of antidepressant drugs and the increased cancer risk associated with their use. 

Psychiatric and pain management drugs are now the gateway drugs to illicit drug use and in fact facilitate the addiction to drugs with alarming ease. Most patients are not told these drugs are highly addictive and when the doctor is confronted later, typically there continues to be denial.  Doctors are not trained in the safe withdrawal of a patient from an addictive drug, thus patients find themselves trying to navigate a withdrawal mine-field alone.

With the newer psychiatric drugs, we are seeing epidemics of drug-induced bipolar, cardiovascular, kidney, pancreatic and liver issues.  These were rare in adults, almost unheard of in children…now psychiatric drugs have helped create an epidemic of drug-induced chronic physical illnesses.

The medicalization of non-diseases such as emotional reactions and everyday life experiences harms both the individuals so labeled and society’s fabric. The problem is that the treatments are causing epidemics of chronic diseases such as diabetes in addition to medication madness.

You can add to that the new drug-pushing habit of convincing people, through equally unsupported claims of ‘genetic’ links to illness, to undergo unnecessary surgery and ingest damaging drugs.

Grace Joubarne, Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in the drug-free, diagnosis-free resolution of emotional/mental issues of all types. Offices in Ottawa and Belleville, Ontario, Canada  1-888-390-3553  email: graceplacewellness@gmail.com   www.graceplacewellness.ca

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