Author: David Healy

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520275764

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 4157

This searing indictment, David Healy’s most comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. Healy, who was the first to draw attention to the now well-publicized suicide-inducing side effects of many anti-depressants, attributes our current state of affairs to three key factors: product rather than process patents on drugs, the classification of certain drugs as prescription-only, and industry-controlled drug trials. These developments have tied the survival of pharmaceutical companies to the development of blockbuster drugs, so that they must overhype benefits and deny real hazards. Healy further explains why these trends have basically ended the possibility of universal health care in the United States and elsewhere around the world. He concludes with suggestions for reform of our currently corrupted evidence-based medical system.

Pharmageddon: a Nation Betrayed

A National Trial Lawyer Reveals an Industry Spinning Out of Control


Author: Stephen Sheller,Stephen a Sheller Esq

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615893167


Page: 204

View: 3013

We've heard the stories. Pharmaceutical companies failing to warn of side effects. Marketing drugs illegally. Whistleblowers bringing incriminating evidence of corporate machinations leading to huge verdicts and settlements. And in this true-legal thriller, it all started with butterfly ballots putting a presidential election on hold. Meet Stephen A. Sheller, an attorney whose career reads like an encyclopedia of the biggest legal cases of our time. Sheller fought tobacco companies and exposed fraud in their efforts to promote light cigarettes as safer than regular smokes, filed the first suit over the butterfly ballots in the controversial Bush v. Gore presidential election of 2000, and recovered a staggering $6.4 billion by going after pharmaceutical companies whose actions superseded patient safety. Pharmageddon: A Nation Betrayed is the inside story of Sheller's fights to hold accountable powerful pharmaceutical companies for aggressively campaigning for their product's distribution in spite of dangers and side effects many prescription drugs carry. From uncovering the devastating effects on children and elderly to defending all of our rights in an increasingly complex legal system, Sheller has uncovered greed and avarice displayed by these multi-billion dollar corporations. Discover what happens when a legal champion takes up a cause.

The Microbiome Solution

A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out


Author: Robynne Chutkan M.D.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698193911

Category: Medical

Page: 304

View: 6051

The author of Gutbliss and one of today’s preeminent gastroenterologists distills the latest research on the microbiome into a practical program for boosting overall health. Michael Pollan’s widely discussed New York Times article, “Some of My Best Friends Are Germs,” was just the tip of the iceberg. The microbiome—the collective name for the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut—is today’s hottest medical news topic. Synthesizing the latest findings, Dr. Robynne Chutkan explains how the standard Western diet and lifestyle are starving our microbiome, depleting the “good bugs” that keep us healthy and encouraging overgrowth of exactly the wrong type of bacteria. The resulting imbalance makes us more prone to disease and obesity and negatively affects our metabolism, our hormones, our cravings, our immunity, and even our genes. But beyond the science, what sets this book apart is Dr. Chutkan’s powerful three-level program for optimizing your gut bacteria for good health. Dr. Chutkan shares: Why hand-sanitizing gels and antibiotics are stripping our bodies of their natural protective systems Essential prebiotics and probiotics Recipes with ingredients that replenish the microbiome for each rehab level Cutting-edge research on the connection between the microbiome and the brain An intro to the stool transplant, the superfix for a severely troubled microbiome Dr. Chutkan is one of the most recognizable gastroenterologists working in America today, and this is the first book to distill the research into a practical, effective plan for replenishing our microbiomes. The Microbiome Solution will bring welcome relief to the millions who want to grow a good “gut garden”—and enjoy healthier, happier lives.

Psychiatric Drugs Explained E-Book


Author: David Healy

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702039535

Category: Medical

Page: 344

View: 6014

This version is now out of print. An edition with e-book is available under ISBN 97880702041365. Psychiatric Drugs Explained contains a clear and comprehensive guide to the uses, benefits and impact of psychotropic drugs. It explains how people taking the drugs experience their side effects compared to the benefits they may bring. The fifth edition has been fully revised and updated to include the latest thinking on the rationale for drug treatements to help mental health professionals and service users understand therapeutic decision making. * Organized by disorder * Comprehensive review of drug effects, action and side-effects * 'User issues' boxes to highlight particular problems experienced * Website addresses to allow searching for further information * Questionnaires to help assess side effects Information on: * New antipsychotic drugs and metabolic complications * New antidepressants * How drugs and therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy interact and compete * Drugs that affect sexual functioning * Evidence-based medicine

To Kill a Chiropractor

The Media War Against Chiropractors


Author: J. C. Smith

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781542744119


Page: 304

View: 4767

To Kill a Chiropractor The Media War Against Chiropractors Mark Twain warned -never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel, - undeniably describing the century-long battle the chiropractic profession has fought against the AMA to -contain and eliminate- chiropractic by ruining its reputation with -chirophobia- - the poisonous and unwarranted defamation against chiropractors. Dr. JC Smith makes the case this medical-media war is fueled by Big Pharma spending billions annually on incessant direct-to-consumer advertisements to influence both the public and medical news reporters. Unquestionably, neither Big Pharma nor most MDs want any mention of nondrug solutions, especially chiropractic care for back pain. Chapters describing yellow journalism at major networks include -Banned at CNN- highlighting Sanjay Gupta, MD, who consistently avoids mentioning chiropractic care as an alternative to opioids or back surgery. -All Things Not Considered- at NPR reveals the virtual absence of chiropractic care due to NPR's largest sponsor - the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, maker of OxyContin. To Kill a Chiropractor is a thought-provoking and entertaining analysis of the back pain epidemic, the leading cause of disability in the nation. Incorporating 700 references and expert scientific opinions, Dr. Smith cleverly utilizes childhood stories, such as the Chicken Little fable to characterize the hysterical media attacks on chiropractors; Dr. Toad taking patients on his -wild ride- to drugs, shots and spine surgery; and Dr. Frankenstein promiscuously prescribing opioid painkillers like Halloween candy creating the current Pharmageddon with millions of new monsters dubbed the Walking Drugged, perhaps including you or someone you may know. Please visit the website @ Chiropractors for Fair

The Trauma Therapies


Author: John Marzillier

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191662321

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

View: 9321

It is well recognized that those who go through a major trauma can go on to experience psychological problems. Many seek psychological help and there is a now a range of psychotherapies specifically for those who have been through trauma. In this authoritative book John Marzillier describes and reviews the various forms of trauma therapy, examining what the therapies consist of, their research basis, their similarities and differences, and what they tell us about trauma and its effects. Designed specifically for therapists, and engagingly written, the book ranges from established therapies such as prolonged exposure, EMDR and imaginal reliving to newer developments such as mindfulness meditation, compassionate-focused therapy and energy psychology techniques. Aware that therapy is more than a collection of techniques, Marzillier discusses the nature of psychological trauma, the therapeutic relationship and what psychotherapy can offer. The domination of a quasi-medical model, notably in terms of PTSD, and of evidence-based psychotherapy has led to a misleadingly simplistic notion that effective trauma therapies are those based on exposure. This book does much to dispel this notion. For all psychotherapists and counsellors, this is a valuable book describing the many and varied trauma therapies. It shows how therapists of all persuasions can benefit from further understanding of how best to help those who have been through a major trauma.

Genetic Governance

Health, Risk and Ethics in a Biotech Era


Author: Robin Bunton,Alan Petersen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134258895

Category: Social Science

Page: 10

View: 3531

Ethical and practical issues around genetic research are of major international concern, both in academia and in the public domain. Questions concerning what interventions are possible and appropriate with the increasing amount of genetic information available, challenge our understandings of ourselves, our health and wellbeing, and the role of medical ethics, public health, surveillance and risk. However there has been little reflection on the socio-political effects of this new genetic knowledge and the changes in practice that are currently impacting on our lives. Containing contributions from key international researchers, this book examines the broader issues of genetic debates and looks at how prediction and risk assessment is being changed in the arenas of health, medicine and reproduction, bringing new insight on the dangers of surveillance, regulation and increased inequality. Developed out of the Taylor and Francis journal Critical Public Health, the book considers the implications of developments in genetics for contemporary liberal governance, as well as for the future of healthcare and public health.