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Why Pills Don't Always Work

Medicines can kill, but sometimes they don't work. All medicine is tested, but often the RESULTS of these tests are kept secret from the doctors who prescribe them--the people who need to know the most.

In the case of one antidepressant, trials had been conducted comparing it to a placebo. Only one, conducted with 254 patients, had a neat, positive result, and THAT ONE was published in an academic journal, for doctors and researchers to read. But six more trials were conducted, in almost 10 times as many patient, and all of them showed that the drug was no better than a sugar pill. None of these trials were published, and physicians had no idea they even existed. Then this unpublished data was found, and it showed that patients on the drug did WORSE than those on other drugs.

Psychological counseling can help depression, but sometimes more help is needed (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows). In the September 21st edition of the Guardian, Ben Goldacre talked about his personal experience with such drugs, some of which have millions of prescriptions written for them every year. He writes, "As a doctor (in prescribing this medicine), I did something that, on the balance of all the evidence, harmed my patient, simply because unflattering data was left unpublished.

"Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analyzed using techniques that are flawed by design, in such a way that they exaggerate the benefits of treatments. Unsurprisingly, these trials tend to produce results that favor the manufacturer."



"Medicines can kill, but sometimes they don't work."
Um, I think something's wrong with this sentence. It sounds like you're saying it's a bad thing when medicines don't kill, which, unless I'm mistaken, is not what they are designed to do.
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This country spends about 300 billion dollars a year on psychiatric medications. More than the entire rest of the world combined. WHO did a research study on treatment outcomes and found that this country, had worse treatment outcomes than the country of Nigeria. In fact they were so bad that initially WHO did not believe it so they re did the study, and verified the initial results. If those drugs were, only a placebo, it would not be a problem, however, scientific studies, that you will never see anywhere in public media, show that those drugs work by damaging the brain, permanently. They also create the very symptoms that they are supposed to treat. The worse of it is that seemingly innocuous medications can cause mania, in some people, that leads to violent outbursts, of rage, suicide, and murder. Their use has been associated with a number of high profile mass murders. Some of these drugs, can and do precipitate psychotic breaks, by creating what is known as D2 sensitivity. An initial dose, primes the brain, then a second dose leads to full blown psychosis. If your interested I would highly recommend Mad in America, by Robert Whitaker.. It talks in detail how unsuspecting patients were given a drug routinely prescribed for ADHD known to cause psychosis, during routine admissions, so that results of stronger psychiatric medications could be researched, eventually the use of those newer medications resulted in much deeper psychosis in some people.

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