4 Times The White Coats Got It Wrong

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4 Times The White Coats Got It Wrong

We have unwavering faith in doctors, scientists and ‘experts’. Where has this come from, and it is deserving? Below I’ll share 3 things that the white coats drastically wrong.

 

Smoking

Between the 1930s and 1950s, doctors and the big tobacco companies were implicit in promoting cigarettes. In particular, the big tobacco companies paid off physicians and throat doctors to tell their patients that smoking cigarettes was therapeutic and generally healthy.

It was common to see doctors smoking on adverts with Chesterfield, a big tobacco company claiming that its product was “just as pure as the water you drink.”

 

Icepack Lobotomies

Dr Walter Freeman founded a form of brain surgery called ‘Icepack Lobotomy’, which was declared a mental illness solution.

Between 1937 and 1967 he performed 3,500 lobotomies, of which 14% of people died. The results were varying, but many of his other patients were left permanently crippled or in a vegetative state.

He not only ruined the lives of thousands but went around America teaching other people to do the same. 🤦‍♂️

 

Thalidomide

A very well known catastrophe in the 1960s.

The drug was heavily marketed to pregnant women until it was banned in 1961. It was why 80,000 babies dying before term and 20,000 babies were born with deformed or missing limbs.

It is well-known that The Grunenthal Group, the makers of Thalidomide, knew about the side-effects, but ignored them because of profit margins.

 

Vioxx

Vioxx was a painkiller approved by the FDA in 1999 – it led to the death of 60,000 people.

It has since been proven that Merck, the American pharmaceutical company, concealed data demonstrating an alarming increase in the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Keep in mind that Marck’s revenue was $2.5billion.

Vioxx was taken off the market in 2004 – 5 years after being approved by the FDA. If you ever doubted corruption with big pharma, this should settle it.

 

We think we are at the pinnacle of science and healthcare right now. Be assured; we are far from it. A good heuristic to live by – if it has been around for thousands of years, it is trustworthy. If it is a new phenomenon then be very wary.

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