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    Default The Deadly Price Of Denial : From Statins To Low Carb

    Rob Verkerk
    March 6 2019

    Why the statin protagonists won't win the war

    ‘Fake news’ and ‘deniers’ are two terms we now hear every day. They’ve largely replaced the term ‘conspiracy theorist’ that was long used as a smokescreen intended to stop people distinguishing those who had no evidence of conspiracy, say between governments and corporations, as compared with those whose evidence would be better ignored by the establishment as and when it was advantageous for the conspirators. No surprise this is generally at the public’s or the natural environment’s expense. Did you ever meet a ‘conspiracy theorist’ who was subsequently revered as a ‘conspiracy realist’? This dilemma was something that occupied the mind of our late friend, Liam Scheff, who wrote about it in his 2012 book Official Stories: Counter-Arguments for a Culture in Need.

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    Very interesting!! In short, the author--Dr. Rob Verkerk--states..."the end game should be for society to do everything possible to make sure Big Pharma's bottom line doesn't take precedence over the well being of the public." My take: Big Pharma's bottom line ($$$$) will always win. The public doesn't stand a chance against BigPharma. According to a January 2019 study by Dartmouth College, Americans spent $329 Billion on pharmaceutical drugs in 2016. In that same year, BigPharma spent a total of $30 Billion marketing their drugs--$6 Billion on direct-to-consumer TV commercials and magazine ads, and the other $24 Billion marketing to healthcare professionals (doctors), hospitals, dental offices, medical labs, etc. Big Pharma also controls medical schools, annual nationwide medical conferences, the continuing medical education process, etc., where it has a bully pulpit to continue to push its drugs. So, bottom line: how does the public stand a fighting chance against such overwhelming onslaught from BigPharma? IMHO, it's nearly an impossible feat, but certainly not achievable in the next 5 yrs., as Dr. Verkerk suggest. (**An aside: The U.S. and New Zealand are the only two countries that allow direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising--TV and magazaine ads. It was first allowed in the U.S. in 1985, but really took off in 1997 after the government relaxed certain restrictions.) Result: over 600,000 TV drug commercials in 2016.)

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    Can we narrow "society" down to "Congress"? In theory the people have power via tools like demonstrations and boycotts, but in the case of prescription drugs the issue often becomes one of life and death, where the stakes are too high for measures like boycotts to work. The power to legislate profit rests with Congress. The problem: too often, members of Congress are beholden to corporations in the billions. The system is broken.
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    My previous comment was too narrow; it was limited to the soaring cost of drugs. The trend to deny science and reality in the face of drugs and profit is much broader, and there is far more at risk. Here in the U.S. the dominant issue is "vaccine hesitancy," and the weapon being used is outright censorship in which First Amendment rights are being trampled on. This deserves a thread of its own, which I'll post in the Vaccine forum.
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