Category Archives: Pharmaceuticals

More Bad News For Psychotropic Meds

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.

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Homeopathic products and the FDA

Nutritional supplements, homeopathic products, generally safe but questionably effective. What is the role of he FDA?

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Placebo effect, research to indentify the suggestible

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.

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Research on supplemental T troubling

In this case the RR for some groups was more than 2.

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Homeopathy and Pharmacology–health foods and supplements rules

Believe it or not, in this regulated world junk remedies have not been regulated very well.

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A Look At Overdiagnosis

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.”

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NYT times spews babble on pain meds. Josh Bloom provides a different view

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.

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