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Whose Looking Our For Your Health?

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis is the first woman to become editor of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). And I like what she is saying.

In 2006 she began questioning the influence of commercial interests on medical science. New medical discoveries, devices and techniques are funded mainly by for-profit companies. This can lead to a major problem as we are now frequently seeing.

More and more studies, I read about them every day, are saying that omega-3 does a better job than Lipitor. Now that I have taken myself off of all medications my blood pressure has gone down. Why couldn’t the meds I was taking for at least the last 15 years done the same thing. Why did I have cardiac arrest before I found out that Lipitor weakens muscle and that the heart is a muscle.

If you think I’m a rebel you’re right. Already in the 70s my friends called me a rebel with a cause. But I’m for people. Institutions, even the pharmaceutical institution, should be for people. Unfortunately by watching TV you see they have become greedy and pay more for advertising than they do for research.
If you had any experience in this matter, I’d like to hear from you.

Dr. DeAngelis’s article “The Influence of Money on Medical Science” can be found in The Journal of American Medical Association, (JAMA) (doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.jed60051)