From an article in The Atlantic entitled “When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes,” written by David Epstein, and ProPublica.
A separate but similarly themed study in 2012 funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing, which sought to reduce spending on needless procedures, looked across the same decade and identified 156 active medical practices that are probably unsafe or ineffective. The list goes on: A brand new review of 48 separate studies—comprising more than 13,000 clinicians—looked at how doctors perceive disease-screening tests and found that they tend to underestimate the potential harms of screening and overestimate the potential benefits; an editorial inAmerican Family Physician,co-written by one of the journal’s editors, noted that a “striking feature” of recent research is how much of it contradicts traditional medical opinion.
That isn’t likely to change any time soon. The 21st Century Cures Act—a rare bipartisan bill, pushed by more than 1,400 lobbyists and signed into law in December—lowers evidentiary standards for new uses of drugs and for marketing and approval of some medical devices. Furthermore, last month President Donald Trump scolded the FDA for what he characterized as withholding drugs from dying patients. He promised to slash regulations “big league. … It could even be up to 80 percent” of current FDA regulations, he said. To that end, one of the president’s top candidates to head the FDA, tech investor Jim O’Neill, has openly advocated for drugs to be approved before they’re shown to work. “Let people start using them at their own risk,” O’Neill has argued.
Here is the link. It’s quite the read. I have watched medicine change, over the last three decades, and how this is expressed is beyond anything I could have written. Hats off, thank you guys, and I’m both relieved, and disheartened, because the conclusions drawn aren’t very flattering, and I’m part of the machine, I do my little part, but, I couldn’t agree more.
In the end, though, it makes sense that, coming to terms with the truth of this, how corporatized some of this has gotten, and greedy, and it’s to everyone’s best interest to see this all a little more skeptically, it will perhaps pique a whole lot of people’s interest in alternative medicine, since insurance is so expensive, and covers less, now than before, it seems, paradoxically.
Anyhow, I think this is another opening shot, because of course, it’s all tied together, and BigPharma is weakened, and when one falls, many industries will take a hit in the integrity zone, practitioners included. I think it has already begun, but this is another piece of the bigger puzzle, with the insurance industry, and hopefully, health-care CEO’s being called to task.
In the end, it’s a choice we made that is failing us, looks like, and it’s our bodies, after all. Once this stuff gets personal, the genie is out of the bottle. I’m convinced there’s much more to come.