So the Big Pharmas Are Up to their Old Tricks AGAIN…
- Why these latest PR lies should make you very angry
- What the mainstream newspapers don’t tell you
- A natural alternative to statins that everyone over 40 should know about. Click here.
We play a game in the People’s Doctor office called “Spot the PR nonsense.”
It’s really easy to play…
Simply pick up any mainstream newspaper, in particular The Daily Mail or The Daily Express, and go to the health stories.
At first glance, these stories seem like regular news items written by journalists who have investigated a story independently.
But in fact, they’re not what they seem…
Instead they are dressed-up press releases, sent from the PR companies that work for big pharmaceutical corporations.
Here’s the latest one that made us particularly angry…
It was in the Daily Express on the 27th January.
“Taking statins in your 30s prevents heart disease in later life, experts reveal”
According to the article, people in their 30s should take statins to stave off heart disease that might occur decades later.
…and that even “slightly raised cholesterol levels” should trigger this treatment!
Okay, let’s think about this…
I am in my early 40s. I am by no means in any physical trouble, other than a bit of back pain. But should I ever get a slight rise in cholesterol levels I should…
….Not think about my diet and exercise levels
…but instead reach for a course of statins that I will take for the REST OF MY LIFE.
In fact, according to these “US experts” I should have been popping the statins now for about 10 years already in order to save myself from heart attacks in possibly 20 years’ time.
I wonder whose interests this piece of advice best serves.
More drugs taken by more people more often = more profit for the pharmaceutical industry.
What do you think?
As soon as I read this article out to the office, everyone agreed that I’d won this week’s ‘Spot the PR nonsense.”
I don’t get a prize, but I DO get to write to you about it. And it’s important that you know what’s going on here.
There is a serious move going on to medicalise healthiness for big fat commercial profits. The drug industry’s PR machine is trying to convince use to take prescription drugs at an ever-younger age, for the sake of ‘prevention’.
It’s a bit like the idea of a “thought crime” – being arrested for something you haven’t done, but that you might possibly do in the future. That would make for a pretty grim and terrifying world, like something out of a science fiction thriller.
But what kind of world are we heading for now?
- Will we be told to start taking drugs as children in order to defend against diseases we might get as pensioners?
- Are we heading for mass medication by companies who serve the interests of shareholders?
- Eventually will everyone be on drugs, whether they’re ill yet or not?
It’s funny how ‘prevention’ is so important to pharmaceuticals when we’re buying up their drugs. But far less so when the true prevention could be down to natural remedies, diet, exercise, mental attitude, toxin-free living and a whole host of other reasons…
Just to explain quickly…
Statins are fast-acting compounds that reduce the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. Currently, they are prescribed by GPs to patients with a 20 per cent risk of developing heart disease.
However, they have serious side-effects…
Last March, Dr Malcolm Kendrick, a GP and cholesterol expert, wrote to the Government Drug Watchdog asking them to ignore the latest evidence from drug company sponsored trials.
These biased trials have been playing down the side effects of statins, including:
- muscle pains
- mental impairment
- liver dysfunction
Even more damningly, Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, warned that giving the drugs to low-risk patients was “a commercialisation device” and not in their interests.
So there you have it from one of the very top experts!
What’s even more irritating to us at People’s Doctor is that there’s a natural alternative that can help without the side-effects…
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is reported to lower lipoprotein, a risk factor for heart disease. It can also help protect heart muscle against the threat of a reduced blood flow.
In one double-blind trial, heart attack sufferers were give CoQ10. After 28 days, they had fewer repeat attacks, fewer deaths, and less pain than the placebo group.
To try CoQ10 yourself, click here.
In the meantime, be careful what you read. If you find any outrageous PR puff pieces, let us know!
Until then, stay happy and healthy!
The People’s Doctor