On this episode of Those Conspiracy Guys we gargle the hardest pill to swallow in the war for the health of our planet and discuss the murky and insanely diverse machinations of health industry; one of the most inaccessible and necessary institutions on the planet, but it has been corrupt by the force we know as Big Pharma. From earliest doctors and ancient medicines, human have tried to cure ailments both in the body and the mind. From cataract surgery being done over 2500 years ago to caesarian sections being done in the jungles of Africa in the 18th century the medical industry has come a long way to what we know it as today
Outdated medical practices have made way for a more clinical and science based approach to curing physical human maladies. The older remedies though had the cause of the disease at the heart of the treatment, where new cures tend not to be a fix for the disease, but merely a treatment of the symptom. The blame for this may lie at the feet of the owners of the big pharmaceutical companies who, through nefarious wartime shenanigans, managed to bankrupt German drug producers to make drugs used predominantly required during war time and made billions, and still make billions
Treatment and mis diagnosis go hand in hand in todays medical treatment landscape. ADHD and pain medications are routinely used and abused by patients and are woefully oversubscribed by doctors the world over. Over use of antibiotics and heavy treatments for small ailments now leave humanity itself at risk. The opioid and amphetamine epidemic that is raging in the US at the moment is alleged to be the fault of the over prescribing doctors but drug seeking behaviour and reliance on illegal drugs after prescriptions run out is causing detrimental damage to small towns all across America. Opiates especially Fentanyl are causing overdoses in the thousands per year and little is being done about its availability
Price gauging on essential medical supplies is also one of the sins of Big Pharma and characters like Martin Skreli have been held as pharmaceutical neoliberal pariahs in the recent past. But insurance companies acquiescing to this behaviour and congress failing to act to quell these massive price hikes are failures rarely mentioned in news reports. We also look at alternative medicine and natural remedies that were totally fine for human beings for thousands of years and have only recently been replaced by chemical synthetics. Herbs and plants and ancient methods of healing have been regarded as hocus pocus but a modern cynicism for Big Pharma is pushing people back towards this magical thinking when talking about health.
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