Friday, November 20, 2009
But somehow it's STILL important to get your vaccine and take Tamiflu. I want a big scoreboard of the 200 million doses the government ordered for the US that ticks down as the vaccines are actually delivered to clinics and pharmacies. So we can see how many are left over and ask for our money back.
Even better let's see a running total of vaccines actually administered to people.
Great use of health care resources "leaders".
While I'm at it wishing for stuff, I also want to see a total of the profits generated from the sales of Tamiflu and vaccinations.
OK go ahead and include the money wasted on advertising the "pandemic".
Notice how the mutations in H1N1 variety of flu virus occur so consistently with Tamiflu? Yeah H1N1 is really good at mutating into a Tamiflu resistant form. So when the worry was "if swine flu mutates it could be more deadly" why would we promote the use of Tamiflu so widely? So widely that the company ramped up production so high that they surpassed their total production adding up the past 9 years? Yeah the company that makes Tamiflu is making more Tamiflu this year than they have in all of Tamifu history.
A drug without proven benefit other than decreasing the natural course of some flu strains a day.
Well at least the swine flu is decreasing before seasonal flu hits but you wait when seasonal flu hits. We'll hear something like "we can't tell if this is yet another wave of more severe swine flu!"
Who writes this stuff?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Talks about pharmacies jacking up prices on Tamiflu for children. Mentions that there are 2.2 million children without health insurance. I wonder how many families had to sacrifice some other purchase to cover the cost of this worthless medicine.
Monday, November 16, 2009
The new recommendations reverse longstanding guidelines and are aimed at reducing harm from overtreatment, the group says. It also says women age 50 to 74 should have mammogramsless frequently — every two years, rather than every year. And it said doctors should stop teaching women to examine their breasts on a regular basis.
Just seven years ago, the same group, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, with different members, recommended that women have mammograms every one to two years starting at age 40. It found too little evidence to take a stand on breast self-examinations.
While many women do not think a screening test can be harmful, medical experts say the risks are real. They include unnecessary tests, like biopsies that can create extreme anxiety. And mammograms can find cancers that are better off not found. Some cancers grow so slowly that they never would be noticed in a woman’s lifetime. When they are found, women end up being treated unnecessarily.
This is huge! The US Preventative Task Force has a lot of impact on what screening tests get done and what doesn't. After nearly 30 years of recommending a test that does more harm than good, it's starting to look like there's going to be some recognition and improvement. This will result in an immediate drop in the number of women needlessly diagnosed with breast cancers that posed no risk to their health. It will cut the needless anxiety from a false alarm dramatically as well.
All you hospitals out there that budgeted to make more money on screening mammograms next year compared to this year, you might want to redo the budget.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
SPIEGEL: For a number of years, as part of the Cochrane Collaboration, you have been systematically evaluating all the studies on immunization against seasonal influenza. How good does it work?
Jefferson: Not particularly good. An influenza vaccine is not working for the majority of influenza-like illnesses because it is only designed to combat influenza viruses. For that reason, the vaccine changes nothing when it comes to the heightened mortality rate during the winter months. And, even in the best of cases, the vaccine only works against influenza viruses to a limited degree. Among other things, there is always the danger that the flu virus in circulation will have changed by the time that the vaccine product is finished with the result that, in the worst case, the vaccine will be totally ineffectual. In the best of cases, the few decent studies that exist show that the vaccine mainly works with healthy young adults. With children and the elderly, it only helps a little, if at all.
SPIEGEL: But aren't those the exact groups that influenza immunization is recommended for?
Jefferson: Indeed. That's one of the contradictions between scientific findings and practice, between evidence and policy.
SPIEGEL: So, what's behind this contradiction?
Jefferson: Of course, that has something to do with the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. But it also has to do with the fact that the importance of influenza is completely overestimated. It has to do with research funds, power, influence and scientific reputations!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Free to watch online but you have to suffer through about 8 commercials
The stuff about Monsanto can be confirmed through other sources and other documentaries. The Bovine Growth Hormone shenanigans aren't touched on in this movie but there are similar themes with that history.