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I should note at the outset that this review is based on an audio version of the galleys and the epilogue from the finished work. Julie Rehmeyer sent me the final version as a PDF, but for some reason my text to voice software (Kurzweil) had issues with it. I understand that it is...
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Medicine’s Future: Will the FDA Let It Happen? 1/5/16 via ANH

Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by *GG*, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. *GG*

    *GG* Senior Member

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    Some of the case studies in the FDA’s report include tests for Lyme disease, autism, fibromyalgia, heavy metal chelation, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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    The medical establishment has long dismissed chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other ailments as examples of hypochondria. This is largely due to the fact that these illnesses cannot be treated by today’s drugs or surgery, which is all that conventional medicine has to offer. It is easier to blame the patient than the doctor.

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    Let's not forget other elements at play than just blaming the patient:

    - Many academic doctors would rather dismiss a new disease as neurosis than admit their failure at curing it. This is blatantly painful in Lyme and ME/CFS.

    - The more authoritative a medical expert is, the most likely he/she is to fall into that trap. There's an interesting study that proves this fact, and how this terrible dynamic actually slows down the progress of science: Study: Elite scientists can hold back science

    - Money, money, money: if treating a difficult and poorly understood emerging disease is an expensive proposition, you can bet your rear end that the insurance lobby will use the right medical experts to deny the disease, and therefore deny coverage. Remember, the ultimate goal of insurance companies is not to provide quality healthcare to its subscribers, but to maximize profits for their shareholders.
     
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    And you think a gov't paying the bills and/or possibly culpable in the responsibility for the disease is going to want to cough up the money?

    GG

    PS You hear of what happens, or doesn't happen in countries with even more Socialized medicine, right?
     
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