Dear Editor – A controversial new book published last week suggests that every day sufferings and set backs of life are being ‘medicalised’ into illnesses. ‘Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good’ is written by James Davies, a respected psychotherapist who has worked for the NHS. He reveals that this ‘disease labelling’ process provides the pharmaceutical industry with a highly lucrative market to target with drugs that, on analysis, perform no better than placebos.
It is interesting to note that it is the same industry that supplies the general medical establishment with drugs using the same tactics.
Pharmaceutical companies fund much of the research into their own products and sell their medications to doctors with selected ‘science’ to back up the latest cure.
A House of Commons select committee report revealed, “considerable resources are invested (by the pharmaceutical industry) into building long-term sustainable relationships with stakeholders, ‘key opinion leaders’ and journalists. These relationships are used to promote the use of certain brands and counter concerns relating to safety.” (House of Commons Health Committee. ‘The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry’, Fourth report of the session 2004-05, 2005; section 221, page 60)
Despite huge technological advances in the last 50 years, our health as a nation has not improved. Perhaps it is time to take a new approach to healthcare – one which takes the time to examine each person individually to establish the cause of disease, rather than hurrying to dispense the latest pharmaceutical preparation.
It is increasingly difficult to put faith in medicines produced first and foremost with concern for profit and not the health of the nation.
The Herbal Clinic – Swansea
Meilyr James BSc (Hons) DBTh DAcu AcuC DIr MGNI.
Registered Medical Herbalist, Iridologist and Acupuncturist
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The Herbal Clinic in Swansea provides natural healthcare with the use of organic herbs, acupuncture and iridology.