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Is Western medicine packaged, branded quackery?

Posted by fairval on September 23, 2012

An eye-popping article in The Guardian today, which pretty much implies that much of the carefully built edifice of modern allopathic medicine is, in simple words, quackery. The article itself doesnt go so far, but it pretty much means that.

The main charge the article makes against pharma innovators is this – they publish results selectively. If they find a trial is likely to give negative results, either they will stop it midway, or simply hush the results. Check this like from the article:

Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in 254 patients, had a neat, positive result, and that one was published in an academic journal.

But six more trials were conducted, in almost 10 times as many patients. All of them showed that reboxetine was no better than a dummy sugar pill. None of these trials was published.

This practice is quite widespread it seems. Read the full article here..

The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

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One Response to “Is Western medicine packaged, branded quackery?”

  1. JK said

    Western medicine is a combination of some solid research, some experimentation, some excellent measurement through technology and instrumentation, some placebos, some hope, and some quackery… it is absolutely fine, as long as it’s proponents, users and consumers understand it’s limitations. In a given situation, it could work within certain boundary conditions, but once you go beyond these, the understanding that western medicine has of the human body tends to fall short. It is important to not be a dogmatic follower beyond this point. True knowledge of life science is to be found in Indian Ayurveda, which is a study of the holistic human being, comprising body, mind and soul. In Western medicine, the body is well researched and understood to some extent through physical study, the mind is far less understood (in spite of claims to the contrary), and the soul is not even considered as subject of serious study.

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