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Inventing diseases to sell drugs

I have known of many tricks of the trade of the pharmaceutical lobby but not this one till very recently although I had a hunch that this could be there. At the same time, I am happy that there are people with some conscience pricking them before death at least. Of late, when one opens any newspaper or journal there are articles on a recent disease in children by name ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and our paediatricians bend over backwards to make the diagnosis and start our children on dangerous chemical drugs at that tender age.

Now comes the bombshell. American psychiatrist, Dr. Leon Eisenberg (87), made a statement to a German magazine, Der Spiegel, a couple of months before his death that ADHD is a fictitious disease which they put together for the benefit of drug companies in the new disease classification in the American Psychiatry Association’s DSM ( Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases).

In his book, Inventing Diseases, Professor Jerg Blech, another German, gives a graphic description of hypertension having been discovered as a disease needing drug treatment through the German plan of Well Man clinics in nice air-conditioned vans, with beautiful nurses, parked around Church squares and shopping malls to give people a free check-up, a dangerous activity when one feels healthy and happy.

Any one that walks in becomes a patient. Actually, it was Leon Eisenberg who once asked his new brilliant resident who is a patient? Pat came the reply: A man/woman who sees any doctor becomes a patient! What rattled Leon further was the answer to his second query: When does that person become normal again? “Rarely ever, if ever, was the answer.” Maybe, this is the reason that pricked his conscience.

There is no proof or test to find out exactly what chemicals are “out of balance” in the brain for ADHD or any other disorder. Most of those drugs are unnecessary as they are known to provoke suicide and homicide. “Since that DMS conference in 1968, Dr. Eisenberg's contribution to mental disease by invention and committee consensus has resulted in drugging millions of children from preschool age through high school. It is currently estimated that up to 20 % of children from nursery school and kindergarten through high school and in foster homes have been prescribed Ritalin. Commonly prescribed for kids “diagnosed” or better still, labelled with ADHD, Ritalin was tested a little over a decade ago by the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The BNL study determined that Ritalin is pharmacologically similar to cocaine with perhaps even worse brain damaging potential,” writes Mike Adams in his recent blog.

Dr. Irwin Savodnik, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, was of the opinion that “the very vocabulary of psychiatry is now defined at all levels by the pharmaceutical industry.” This racket has been going on ever since and has been able to get even health insurance to cover their dark deeds.

Vaccination is another fertile ground for the industry where most of what it sells has dubious value. Lead researcher, Dr. Diane Harper, who was instrumental in creating Gardasil, and cervarix, admitted back in 2009 that the vaccines were essentially useless and more dangerous than the very conditions they were hailed as preventing and treating? A 2009 article published by CBS News, in fact, which is still available online, reveals the truth about these vaccines.

One particular quote, which was pulled out, using the Wayback Machine, reveals that both Gardasil and Cervarix do nothing to prevent cervical cancer, which is their primary claim to fame. “The rate of serious adverse events [from Gardasil] is on a par with the death rate of cervical cancer,” admitted Dr. Harper at that time, refuting a pro-Gardasil piece published by Slate. “Gardasil has been associated with at least as many serious adverse events as there are deaths from cervical cancer developing each year.”

Dr. Harper dropped a bombshell when she told reporters that the public health benefit of getting vaccinated with Gardasil “is nothing,” adding the vaccine has led to “no reduction in cervical cancers.” She quickly withdrew her statements saying the media has distorted her story, almost on the lines of Indian politicians!

Dr. Harper went on to admit that deaths from Gardasil had been underreported by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has given the illusion that the vaccine is somehow safe. The vast majority of HPV infections resolve themselves on their own within a year and nearly all of them within two years. She also admitted that an extremely small number of people experience symptoms from infection. Millions of young girls and now even boys, some as young as nine years old, have received the vaccine since 2006. Some of what she said then is still on line.

Recently, Dr. Puliyal from New Delhi, an expert in this field, exposed the myth of another childhood vaccine, the pentavalent vaccine. But that does not seem to stir the conscience of our greedy powers that be! When I just retired as Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University in 2003, the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi district wanted me to retract an article of mine on polio dangers for malnourished children, which information had, by then, even entered the British Pharmacopoeia. As I refused to do that, he made my colleagues in the university release a paper statement that “I had forgotten my medicine and people should not give heed to my article as the whole university was fully with the government in vaccinating even the malnourished children!” They obliged him, I cannot but pity those statements and our commitment to truth in medical science.

We can go on and on till the cows come home on the fraud in medical research but I highly recommend the following article in the Atlantic Magazine of November 20th, 2010 by Davis Freedman on the important topic: Lies, Damned Lies and Medical Research. The article is a result of a long interview with Professor John PA Ioannidis of Stanford University, who has been pioneering the work to expose these frauds successfully. He is a much respected member of the American medical scene.

“Honesty is the best policy when there is money in it.” — Mark Twain.

( The writer is a cardiologist and former Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University. His email:

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