Big Pharma & Connecting the Dots
So, I’m creating a spot here to stash a bunch of items relating to the pharmaceutical industry. It can be handy to have a posting like this to return to when needed. (Similar examples are the postings ‘Measles Resources, the flu shots posting & the posting Vaccines: Miscellany, A - Z .) I return to these fairly frequently to add materials, & of course am hopeful that they may prove useful to others. (‘30 Things You May Not Know About Vaccines’ is another I find I return to as a helpful resource.)
Tell me now: Is there ANYone who actually TRUSTS the pharmaceutical industry??
Surely everyone knows how reprehensible this industry is? If not, I’d have to say folks have not been paying attention.
Okay. Here is my small (but telling) collection. Know that this undoubtedly represents merely the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
For the sake of ease, I’ll order the items chronologically, with the most recent items placed up top.
Pharmaceutical Fraud: The Dark Side of Vaccines: Merck exposed <July 2019>
Why Americans don’t trust vaccine makers <March 28/19>
FDA medical adviser: 'Congress is owned by pharma' <March 13/19> ** sometimes you have to try twice to get this site to come up.
Merck Manipulated the Science about the Drug Vioxx <undated, unfortunately> Part of a series on How Corporations Corrupt Science at the Public’s Expense <2012?>
Short YouTube on Pharma Lobbying & Corruption <Sept. 30/18>
Vaccines Safe Say Those Who Gave Us Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Phen-Fen, Xarelto, Raxar, Seldane… <Published in Huffington Post on February 1, 2017 but deleted from their site within hours>
…. & please! Let us never forget thalidomide!
** The Tragedy of Thalidomide in Canada <Feb. 14/89>
** Thalidomide scandal: 60-year timeline <Sept. 1/12>
Big Pharma-Backed Democrats Join GOP to Block Bernie Sanders’ Effort to End Drug Price Gouging <Jan. 12/17> The “power and wealth of the pharmaceutical industry and their 1,300 lobbyists and unlimited sums of money have bought the United States Congress,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared in a speech on the Senate floor while introducing the amendment, co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), which would have been attached to the chamber’s budget resolution. It came amid a flurry of legislative activity during Wednesday evening’s “vote-a-rama.”
Bayer-Monsanto merger can’t erase Nazi chemists’ past <Sept. 22/16> Very shocking revelations I suspect most readers have no clue about.
Vaccine Market Size To Reach $77.5 Billion By 2024 <August 2016>
Harvard Medical School in Ethics Quandary <March 2009>
Stronger sanctions needed against companies that suppress data <BMJ, July 2004> Related article: Over a Barrel: Corporate Corruption of Science and Its Effects on Workers and the Environment, by David Egilman
Okay. Well so what, you say?
You’ve just read all those items … right?
You can now see as plain as the nose on your face that Big Pharma is not to be trusted.
Yet when it comes to vaccines
(which are, of course, made by the self-same industry
i.e., the pharmaceutical industry – those very same companies!)
… most of us seem to have assigned the practice of injecting vaccines into our bodies (especially our children’s bodies) our unquestioning, undying trust.
How can this be so?
We know we cannot trust the pharmaceutical industry.
We (may or may not) know that the U.S. government released the pharmaceutical industry from liability for vaccine injury in 1986.
Meaning this: it doesn’t matter how many people are injured or killed by vaccines, the vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued. Whoa. Now that’s quite the get-out-of-jail free card, isn’t it??
& that since that time, over $4 billion has been paid out to vaccine-injured individuals/families.
(Note: see p.s. below for the Canadian scene)
Motherhood & apple pie??
Do you recall the old phrase
“It’s like motherhood & apple pie?”
Implying that motherhood & apple pie are kind of these sacred things – things we never have to question?
Is it motherhood, apple pie
… & vaccination??
If this is so, I think folks need to ask themselves this question: is vaccination really just a religion then?
If it cannot be questioned…
& yet we have all this evidence that Big Pharma cannot for a moment be trusted.
I think folks need to rassle with this a bit.
1 + 1 + 1 = 3
We are not making this connection with vaccines.
We are not connecting the dots.
I think it’s time to connect the dots.
(Past time, really.
But hey. Better late than never.)
p.s. you will find lots of great quotations about science, here. There are quite a few that relate to the pharmaceutical industry/medical system/health care.
p.p.s. It’s important to always remember this: Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US <May 3/16>
p.p.p.s. you might be interested in hearing from dissenting doctors. Doctors who no longer think vaccines are such a hot idea. These folks already went & connected the dots … okay? That posting, btw, also contains a # of links that provide information about VAERS - the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System - such an important thing to understand when it comes to vaccine injury. Note that Canada has no compensation program (except in the province of Quebec), & a very incoherent vaccine injury reporting system. More on the scene in Canada in these 2 important items:
Vaccine Safety Report 7 <Feb. 21/19>
p.p.p.p.s. There are many postings about the vaccine issue on this site. All are gathered up neatly under the heading ‘On Vaccines’ on the main page of this site. (Scroll down below the Quotations. I do tend to get a bit carried away with those. 🙂 )
** Finally, here is the full screenshot image used at the top of this posting. I took it at the 1 hour 14 minute point in the ‘Measles for Dumbies’ episode of Highwire found here. If you’re new to the show, just be patient as it opens up. It always takes quite a while.
A Few Relevant Quotations
“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
“The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.” – Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime editor-in-chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ). Source.
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half may simply be untrue. Science has taken a turn toward darkness.” – Richard Horton, Editor in Chief, the Lancet
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”– Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (My source: this article ‘One Doctor (Out of Many) Explains How Prescription Drugs Are Killing Us’; it’s from a BMJ article here.
Former Pfizer VP: “Universities, health organizations, and everybody is out there begging for money. Nobody has any money. The only ones who do are the big international corporations, and they have lots of money. They give grants for research, pay doctors and researchers thousands of dollars to travel around, speak at conferences and establish educational programs, all in order to make profits for their products. [The safety trials] are supposedly third-party and independent, but the money won’t keep coming unless you support their drug, unless they say what you want them to say. Everybody knows that this is how things work. The drug companies know it, and you know it; only the public doesn’t know it.” Source: Interview with Dr. Peter Rost, in Gardasil documentary, ‘One More Girl,’ posted by Arjun Walia, collective-evolution.com July 7, 2015. (My source: the book Vaccines – A Reappraisal, Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 33)
** more quotations about science here
** vaccine quotes here