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highlighting the skewed priorities of major drug companies and their products

Using Neuromodulation for Migraine

By | August 18th, 2017|Big Pharma|

Bioelectronics Company That is Targeting Migraine Treatment Raises $6 Million July 4, 2017 - Israel-based medical device company Theranica Bio-electronics raised $6 million in Series A financing, which it will use on the regulatory process for its first product, an acute treatment for migraine. The company said its device is in a pivotal study in [...]

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Hormonal Contraceptives Increase Depression

By | October 6th, 2016|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Kuan Yin Goddess of Compassion Danish study shows that hormonal contraceptives lead to depression in 40% of patients.  This was a study of over one million patients!!  The Mirena IUD increased risk 300%.  This is a huge problem.  I've certainly noticed it anecdotally in patients and personal contacts, but just wow.  That's a [...]

Research Casting Doubt on Acupuncture

By | July 30th, 2016|Acupuncture research, Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Through some web searching, I was able to find a copy of this paper that's not behind a subscription firewall. These kinds of papers have been coming out for decades.  It's a safe bet as a journalist to criticize acupuncture, it's a kiss up kick down, comforting the comfortable gambit. There are no heavy hitters [...]

AMA seeks to ban direct consumer advertising

By | December 8th, 2015|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

I think this is a good first step to reign in Big Pharma. "Last year, the pharmaceutical industry spent $4.8 billion pitching its products and messages to Americans, a 17 percent increase from 2013, according to the market research firm Kantar Media." "But the AMA is now seizing on another reason for a ban. The organization [...]

Freakonomics: Starting a Healthcare Revolution

By | December 2nd, 2015|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health, Follow the Money|

From Freakonomics radio. Podcast here. Transcript here. "Brenner: The major imperative for most organizations in health care is to get bigger and bigger and bigger. And money is like fertilizer. And the way you get bigger is getting more money, more market share, more customers. DUBNER: Brenner believes that the practice of medicine has been [...]

Big Pharma Hazards

By | December 2nd, 2015|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Danish Dr. Peter Gotzsche makes his case for the dangers of the pharmaceutical companies. "The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life… Virtually everything we know about drugs is what [...]

More Medical Research Fraud

By | May 26th, 2015|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

Who do you trust? Follow the Money. "These days, of course, medical research is not just a scholarly affair. It is also a global, multibillion-dollar business enterprise, powered by the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries. The ethical problem today is not merely that these corporations have plenty of money to grease the wheels of [...]

When Medical Devices Spread Superbugs

By | March 31st, 2015|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Follow the Money|

 Germs that are resistant to antibiotics are cropping up with alarming frequency at American hospitals. A lethal “superbug” known as CRE infected seven patients at the Ronald Reagan U.C.L.A. Medical Center and killed two of them. The germs were apparently transmitted on inadequately sterilized medical scopes. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/opinion/when-medical-devices-spread-superbugs.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Knee osteoarthritis treatments: meta analysis, mega study

By | January 7th, 2015|Big Pharma, Fitness and Health, Follow the Money|

I don't have access to the study and can't really make out what they are trying to say, except that they accept and admit the strong placebo effect of intraarticular injections.  Acetaminophen doesn't work, which makes sense since it has no antiinflammatory properties.  They follow for 3 months.  This does NOT seem like strong evidence [...]

Acupuncture for Depression: Scientific American

By | July 2nd, 2014|Acupuncture research, Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks|

  Ancient Wisdom Through the Ages Scientific American takes on the topic of Acupuncture in discussing a research study about acupuncture for depression.  In this particular article, they used electroacupuncture for 6 weeks and the effect was more rapid than with Prozac.  If you click through to the discussion, they, of course, interview [...]

Calm the Nervous System, Calm Inflammation

By | June 26th, 2014|Autonomic Nervous System, Big Pharma, Follow the Money, Heart Rate Variability, Stress|

The biotech community has discovered vagal stimulation and is hot on its trail, as covered in this piece about SetPoint Medical.  Of course, we in the Acupuncture Community have long known this.  It's all a question of who, what, when, where, why and how...  My research is focused on vagal enhancement and clinical results.  I tend [...]

Hormone Replacement Therapy Decreases Heart Rate Variability

By | February 16th, 2014|Autonomic Nervous System, Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health, Heart Rate Variability|

Heart Rate Variability is a measure of the body's stress levels, and my area of research.  In this simple study, they compared women on Hormone Replacement Therapy and those who were not.  Heart Rate Variability was better in when women were not taking Hormone Replacement Therapy.  Go natural whenever possible!! Clin Auton Res. 2014 Feb [...]

Sanity on Statins: Part 4? or is it 5?

By | November 14th, 2013|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health, Follow the Money|

Can I really trust these guidelines??? Lots of news about the latest recommendations for patients with high cholesterol vis a vis drug regimens.  At first I thought it was good news, but now, reading the editorial by Rita Redberg, I realize that these recommendations could actually WIDEN the use of statins.  I will [...]

Statins Controversial in the Elderly

By | October 23rd, 2013|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health, Follow the Money|

Ancient Medicine Made Modern More controversy over statins.  This time for seniors over 70 with no heart risk. There is evidence of harm linked to statin use in seniors, he added, including muscle aches, liver toxicity and gastrointestinal distress; growing evidence of impaired memory and a heightened risk of diabetes; and some evidence [...]

Hormone Use in Menopause Still in Doubt

By | October 2nd, 2013|Big Pharma, First Do No Harm: Risks, Fitness and Health|

Not so sure about hormone replacement... Traveling ( in Stockholm for the ISAMS conference) so won't discuss this at length.  But noteworthy is how nuanced any advantages of hormone therapy are.  Go natural, take herbs and get acupuncture.  First, Do No Harm. October 1, 2013 Study of Hormone Use in Menopause Reaffirms Complex [...]