A few years ago, I covered certain disturbing findings regarding psychiatry and its relationship with the pharmaceutical industry: The major psychoactive drugs are no better than placebos; the “chemical imbalance” theory of mental illness is mostly nonsense; and psychoactive drugs are being given to children as young as two.
Category Archives: Pharmaceuticals
Nutritional supplements, homeopathic products, generally safe but questionably effective. What is the role of he FDA?
The issue should not be about the genomic marker for placebo vulnerable–such a gene would be extremely hard to identify since placebo inclined is not well defined. Why do these people always say stupid things.
In this case the RR for some groups was more than 2.
Believe it or not, in this regulated world junk remedies have not been regulated very well.
The term “overdiagnosis” came into vogue in 2011, with the publication of best seller Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, by MDs H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz, and Steve Woloshin. As lead author Welch explains in his introduction: “While the term sounds like it means simply ‘excessive diagnosis,’ it actually has a more precise meaning. Overdiagnosis occurs when individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms or death.”
Sure people can overdose on opiods–like oxycontin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone. Some people use too much Tylenol or aspirin. Is it an epidemic–I always get leery when I hear crisis or epidemic being used to describe a problem then the report is of a “cluster” or even just a story.