Drug Trials: facts or fabrication?

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We are led to believe that Clinical trials, particularly drug trials are designed to facilitate symptom relief for a myriad of diseases and conditions. Doctors base their treatment, in part by the information garnered by these well planned and executed trials. Unfortunately the unvarnished truth is that results are manipulated even fabricated in order to facilitate profit sharing for drug companies and health care providers in too many instances.

Multiple Sclerosis is only the tip of the iceberg as we are learning with great speed via the technology which brings the world into our homes and offices where we can peruse it at our leisure. The family doctor is a distant memory as is the trust we placed in them.

The practice of medicine has become as politically charged as any other industry. The CDC (Center of disease Control) recently revealed that prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs.  Most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, yet those from prescription drug use are increasing. In 2009 for the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents. Overdosing on prescription pain and anxiety medications has grown to epidemic proportions.

Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69. The most commonly abused prescription drugs, Oxycontin, Xanax, Vicodin, and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.

Many medication studies published in leading journals have been found to be sponsored by drug manufacturers and include deceptive statistical reporting and wording. The flu vaccine is a perfect example of medical manipulation, with research concluding the effectiveness of the shots to be as low as one percent.

A recently released government audit shows nearly one in seven elderly nursing home residents are given antipsychotics ; nearly all of them dementia patients for whom the drugs can be lethal.

With the advent of easy internet access, the responsibility for our own healthcare becomes clear. We are the only ones we can trust to monitor the medical professionals we once deemed omnipotent.