Current Posts – 15 May 2016

I’ve recently had a Berlin Wall moment. That’s when something wrong headed, grim and seemingly impregnable suddenly collapses. For nearly 70 years the Cancer Act has forbidden any therapy other than drugs surgery and radiotherapy to claim it can treat cancer. And now senior figures are saying drugs are too expensive, we need to get better at prevention and learn to harness the body’s own mechanisms. Read more…

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Junior doctors are not alone in complaining about a contract that forces them to behave in ways they predict will harm patients. Some GPs are quietly rebelling over the one-size-fits-all guidelines they are required to follow, which inevitably mean more drug prescriptions and fewer options for treating or preventing chronic diseases. Dr Joanne McCormack explains why she has become convinced that cheaper and safer life style changes make much more sense.

I have been heralding the arrival of a new super son-of-statin drug for months. One that gets cholesterol really, really low and is super expensive. Well it is here and it promises not to cause the awful muscle pains that affect at least 20% and maybe 40% of statin users, say its promoters. Isn’t that interesting? After years of being told statins were virtually side effect free. Who to believe?

The link between suicide, anti-depressant SSRIs and children was first made public over ten years ago. We don’t need to worry though, say the experts, because children only get the safest sort of SSRI – Prozac. But is Prozac really any safer? Documents sent recently to HIUK suggest that Prozac’s superior safety is a myth based on spin and misrepresentation. Prozac needs an independent investigation. Read more…

Peter Lurie

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