“No matter who walks into the door to the ER, we order the same tests, we prescribe the same medication without ever thinking about the sex or gender of our patients. Why would we? We were never taught that there were any differences between men and women.”
The quote above comes from Dr. Alyson J. McGregor (video below), MD, emergency room doctor and the co-founder/director for the Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine (SGEM) within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Their goal is to establish research and educational programs which promote sex- and gender-specific medicine and women’s health as they relate to emergency care.
The statement comes right after she cites a government accountability study which revealed that 80 percent of the drugs withdrawn from the market are done so because of their side effects on women.
Did you know that for the past century, drugs that are approved and released into the marketplace have been tested only on male cells and male animals, and human clinical trials have been performed “almost exclusively” on men?
“So, let’s think about that for a minute. Why are we discovering side effects on women only after a drug has been released to the market?”
The Problem With Modern Day Medical Research
As Dr. Alyson mentions in the video above, most of us go to doctors with, as she states, “trust and blind faith” that the tests they are ordering and the medications they’re prescribing are based upon evidence.
Just to reiterate, 80 percent of the drugs withdrawn from the market are removed due to their side effects on women. And Dr. Alyson points out something very important that we don’t often think about when it comes to these drugs, which is that it takes years for a drug go from being a concept to being available for the doctor to prescribe to the patient. It must be tested on cells in a lab, then on animals, then on humans, and then finally it must go through a regulatory approval proces.
Think about this for a second — we are putting our trust in these doctors to prescribe safe medications. These doctors get their information from, for example, the American Medical Association. The American Medical Association provides research to these doctors that come from the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these drugs. So we have people putting their trust in the doctor, who is in turn putting their trust in mainstream, industry sponsored medical research.
Just as it is a problem for women that most medical research has been conducted on male cells, male animals, and male humans, scientific fraud is equally, if not, more concerning.
The quotes below are just as alarming, especially given the background and credibility of the people saying them. These are few of many statements from multiple professionals.
(I wrote an article earlier in the year pertaining to fraudulent cancer research, but the article also dives into flawed medical research in general. You can read that HERE.)
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” – (source)(source) Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of The New England Medical Journal
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious imporance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” – (source) Dr. Richard Horton, current Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet (Read more about this statement here)
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” – (source) Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and long time Editor-in-Chief of The New England Medical Journal
Hopefully this article gives you something to think about when it comes to modern day medical science. Thanks for reading.
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