Friday, January 2, 2009

Are Americans Too Soft?

Sometimes I think Americans are too soft. How many could survive traveling almost a year in a covered wagon? How many women could give birth without an epidural? What about experiencing "restless legs syndrome" without medication or "social anxiety disorder" (shyness?) without medication? How about suffering a common cold without needing antibiotics .

It's not entirely our fault. Now that pharmaceutical and medical device companies can advertise directly to consumers, we are lead to believe that everything has a medical label and can be cured by medication or surgery. Every condition is given a medical diagnosis and there seems to be an expensive, daily dosed medication that can help.

I believe we live in a wonderful age where medical science provides benefits and cures that were never thought possible. But I also know that many "conditions" are the result of inactivity, stress, poor diet and boredom.

Do we even know what is normal anymore? We now have imaging technology that finds "incidentalomas" in the body and we don't even know if they cause symptoms. We can detect cell changes that "might" become cancer...or might not.

I don't want to turn back the clock to the pioneer days but I do think the pendulum for "treatment" for every condition in life has swung too far. And I do think we are too soft.

10 comments: said...

Wow, wow, wow!

You have hit the proverbial nail on the head for me.

I mean, whatever happened to rugged individualism?

We don't all need to be John Wayne, but my goodness, there are just too many weenies out there these days.

I see too many kids out there who have a facade of a manhood, with their earrings, tattoos, and big pickup tricks - while playing video games all day long.

Across the street from us lives an English school teacher. She has three boys who live with her, including two in college and one a junior in high school. They are good kids, but they don't bother to rake or mow her lawn. She has to hire it out.

Are you friggin' kidding me?

The folks of World War II has been labeled our greatest generation. I wonder if the men and women of our generation could even begin to live up to that legacy?

Linda Leighton said...

I would agree that we are too soft and that many expect a magic pill/fix for everything without the hard work. What I find really disturbing is the young women who are already talking about plastic surgery in junior high to fix what they don't like so they can be perfect. So sad!!

tracy said...

i k n o w i'm too soft...what a baby. Great post, Dr. Brayer.

Quiact said...

This Makes Me Sick

When I was a child, I heard the phrase 'war-monger', I had to find out its definition, as I had no idea what that phrase meant.

I knew others could, and were, labeled with this phrase, as I had heard it in the past directed at others whoever said these two words.

So I felt a need to know what these words meant, and how they affected others who heard them.

Finally, I found the answer: a warmonger is one who promotes war, which is undesirable or discreditable.

In this case, one labeled this would have an affinity for what others are reasonably opposed to share the same topic, which is war:

Today, it is quite clear that others promote other things besides war.

Disease mongering is when a large pharmaceutical corporation implements various unethical if not illegal activities in order to sell more of their products by either creating or expanding a particular illness.

They do this by creating the perception that others are likely ill in some way when, in fact, they are not.

Drug companies do this by seeking more of those who should be patients in need of treatment with the drug maker's promoted medications, regardless if they are in need of such treatment or not, clinically.

How this is done by these companies will be described soon.

The drug makers clearly place the needs for their drugs to be for medical conditions whose treatment regimens are to be viewed by others as incomplete or unmet.

The companies want to let the public know of the progressive increase for the disease states and how their products treat this illness better than what is available now or has been used in the past.

How ironic it seems that drug companies, who make drugs to delay the progression of, or cure diseases with these drugs, wish for others to become as sick as possible to profit from their suffering that they create with disease mongering and sell more pills.

This disease-mongering in fact does occur often to widen the diagnostic boundaries of an illness, disorder, or syndrome by creating awareness of such medical conditions to the public.

The drug companies do this by utilizing in several ways the delivery of fabricated if not baseless information during this process.

Usually, the pharmaceutical either creates or expands a disease state by deception directly to consumers, often.

Then the consumer, who now believes that they are ill, go see their health care provider.

The health care provider, due largely to the unfamiliarity of the patient’s symptoms expressed by the patient, if not the drug the patient is requesting, usually writes a prescription for the drug requested by the patient.

First, let's take a look at this label of disease mongering. It is inappropriate in that, unlike diseases and illnesses, mongering occurs with medical disorders and syndromes as well.

It is accurate and factual, however, that disease mongering does happen with deliberate intent and reckless disregard for the well-being of others by drug companies.

There was a book written by Ray Moynihan and Allan Cassels called, "Selling Sickness" in 2005. The book thoroughly described how big pharmaceutical corporations are turning all of us into patients, and into a over-medicated society.

Disease mongering progressively continues to create patients with illnesses, disorders, or syndromes that in fact may not exist without any intervention to discontinue this behavior.

What the drug company implements to make sure this happens includes the following:

1. Paying medical journals to publish fabricated clinical trials involving their promoted medications after paying those involved with such a clinical trial to create such fabricated data. That is disease mongering to the health care provider.

2. Subjective screenings, such as those for various mood disorders.

These screenings, as well as the affective disorders, which were rare until about 1995, involve leading questions often- created by the drug company.

It was around this time that the United States was becoming more of a psychotropic nation with the amount of these drugs being prescribed to the citizens in large quantities.

These screenings that involve the leading questions responded by select groups of people.

They are asked these questions by certain disease state support groups who have been converted into front groups after being funded by those big pharma companies who produce drugs for particular mood disorders.

A- Disease creations I: Social Anxiety Disorder, or social phobia:

This condition is in the DSM IV which was published in 1994, and some were forced to delete the statement regarding this disorder that said, "Social Anxiety Disorder is not well-established, and requires further study."

Aside from what may be simply amplified introversion, social phobias are likely due to societal dysfunctions and certainly should not be labeled as a pathological condition requiring pharmacological treatment.

B- Disease creations II: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

I call this a mid-life crisis, yet it was entered by instruction by the APA (American Psychiatric Association) into the DSM (the psychiatrist's bible) in 1993. Anxiety about the inevitable does not require pharmacological treatment.

C- Direct to Consumer Advertising:.

Most memorable were those commercials for erectile dysfunction. Their absurdness in creating these commercials appears to have multiple psychotic components:

A healthy man who could probably run a marathon is having a decent time with his wife at some upper- middle class location.

He is smiling all the time. Because now, his marriage is secure due to his ability to copulate- which was apparently absent before this wonder drug entered his system.

Of course, it is not possible to have a happy marriage without intercourse, right?

Then there are other conditions which are entirely natural in the human lifespan, yet have been determined to be diseases by those who can profit off of these lifespan events.

Examples include osteoporosis and menopause, as well as erectile dysfunction, which was known as impotence before Pfizer coined the 'disease' erectile dysfunction as it prepared to launch Viagra.

It’s insane the FDA approves pharmaceuticals for these natural events that occur normally in a human being.

Finally, there are the required medical guidelines for various disease states, such as dyslipidemia.

Drug companies that make medications to treat this disease are more than happy to support the financial needs involved in creating these guidelines.

Dyslipidemia, for example:

Publications such as the Lipid Letter, and Lipid Management, both offered more aggressive management of the lipid profiles of the patients of the readers.

And both publications were funded completely by those big pharma companies that promote statins.

Same with cholesterol screenings that occur often that are implemented by those drug companies with drugs that treat the disorder of dyslipidemia.

A myth is something unproven. A false belief, or invented story.

Disease Mongering is not a myth. Large pharmaceutical corporations promote illness and disease- not desired by anyone and discredited by many, and these companies do this for profit and profit only.

Dan Abshear

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There is a cure to any disease. it is because of the development in the health care industries with the inclusion of technology. At the same time the cost for cure is also high even if these are covered by health insurance policies.

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