Conflicts of Interest: A Systemic Issue
Meet Dr. Fiona Godlee and Dr. Marcia Angell
Fiona Godlee is the Editor in Chief of The BMJ. She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
Harvard Medical School's Dr. Marcia Angell is the author of The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It. But more to the point, she's also the former Editor-in-Chief at the New England Journal of Medicine, arguably one of the most respected medical journals on earth.
Both women came slowly to the same conclusion while they were Editors of two of the most prominent medical journals.
“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.”
Interesting, their names. Angell and Godlee 🙌
I listened to a lecture by MIT Bioengineer and world renowned scientist, Dr. Shiva.
I recommend everyone watch it to fully understand how compromised our science and medicine has become. But for those of you that don’t have the time I’ll try and summarize it.
Dr. Shiva similarly recognizes that science is compromised. That when we started the peer review model, only accepting scientific consensus, we greatly compromised its ability to innovate. That only those who have already achieved a name continue to do so as they control what is funded. That it is no longer about ethical science. It is about whoever in academia can raise the most money to fund their studies. The industries that have the ability to sponsor the most science are the same industries the science influences. That scientific consensus can be influenced. You need 99% consensus. What happens if only 60% are uncompromised?
Every influencing and governing authority has been infiltrated by this same corruption.
The problem is systemic. It goes down to the root.
Shiva also addresses how doctors are not the experts on shots as they are claimed to be. That he and other bioengineers are the ones that understand the process. That doctors are taught very little about the biology and engineering of these products and therefore cannot be hailed as experts.
Shiva addresses more than this. He speaks to how the process of engineering a product, quality assurance, risk assessment is entirely missing from this product.
I’ve mentioned the absence of double blinds against a true saline placebo. And Shiva discusses this as well but takes it further. He says the ethical argument they use is completely invalid. When they say they can’t test against a child that hasn’t received it, that endangers the child so therefore they test against a group that had an older version or the active ingredients minus the virus. He says that is completely unscientific. He says in true science you test, test some more, under as many scenarios as possible. But in this one product they use rapid need and ethical arguments that are invalid in engineering quality products.
He speaks to the development of modern medicine by Florence Nightingale who was not only a nurse but she was also a statistician. That she revolutionized the system of medicine to be immediately responsive because her intent was to help get soldiers recovered and back in battle as quickly as possible. That it wasn’t about long term health goals at all. That she worked to compartmentalize the body for efficient quick healing only addressing the part of immediate concern.
This is why in this country we are great at lifesaving medicine but failing in most others.
That is why modern medicine is inferior to holistic approaches which evaluate the entire person. Which address the body as a whole, as all our parts work in unison. Most “alternative” medicines which were really the philosophies that existed before modern medicine understood this. They provided long term health solutions.
Dr. Shiva’s grandma was a village healer. She catered healing strategies to the individual. She studied Ayurveda which back then was a combination of yoga, martial arts, meditation and herbal remedies.
Dr. Shiva through his background and work in academia and the industry says that it is well accepted that the future of medicine is precision medicine. Which is medicine catered to the individual. Taking into consideration the current level of their health.
The holistic philosophy, I’m studying, acknowledges this as well.
That the individual has genetic predispositions. Genetic susceptibilities. That are passed down in families. And unless they are addressed they become worse generation to generation.
Modern medicine acknowledges predisposition but does little to address it.
If you are able to heal the problem then you will bring the person to a higher level of health where they will be able to fight off disease.
They discuss modern medicine having a negative effect on our level of health. That it suppresses these issues deeper. Childhood eczema treated with a suppressant gets driven inwards causing hay fever, which if treated suppressively results in asthma. If you can find the right remedy for this person it will drive the disease outward in a direction of cure. The persons asthma will once again become hay fever, which will turn to eczema, until it completely heals.
Dr. Shiva discusses viral interference which there is a similar theory in homeopathy.
He says that when an immune system is fighting off one virus it cannot become infected with another because the immune system is already in attack mode.
He says that it is a flawed theory to give so many shots at a time because the body cannot arm an immune response to them all.
In homeopathy the theory is the same. That the body will only be effected by the stronger disease.
It makes me think of combo shots and how the MMR is in court for fraud because they falsified the data showing it was largely ineffective against the other viruses. Perhaps due to viral interference?
It is interesting that academia recognizes precision medicine as the future yet it is in supporting the industry and government lobbying our rights away to decline one size fits all medicine.
Well it’s a trillion dollar industry, so perhaps they haven’t figured out a way to fill the vacuum acknowledging this will cause. Perhaps they are looking to patent alternative medicines in their own chemical recipe? Right now they are attacking these alternative methods using legislation and the FDA.
First they said they were dangerous. Then as their methods failed and more and more turned to them and found gentler healing they tried to say they don’t work.
Because mainstream believes success is showing you eliminated a bacteria. Does that prove health? What have we found? That eliminating good and bacteria just allows the dangerous overgrowth of other bacteria. Creates resistant strains. Like the polio shot causing more polio than natural. It’s likely what is happening with measles but they refuse to genotype it even though they expressed the need to after finding a portion of the Disney outbreak was shot strain.
So since they couldn’t prove them dangerous or ineffective, as more and more found real long term success, which really is the ultimate proof. Not death in a Petri dish. But living life unafflicted.
So instead they are also trying to lobby these methods out of existence.
It’s bad for business as the alternative methods and more precision based philosophies have grown in their successes, modern medicine has grown in its failures.
It is abundantly clear that this systemic issue needs to be addressed at its root.
Remove all conflicts of interest. From academia. From the industry. From the governing agencies. From the government.
Because until we do, we can’t trust any of it. It’s bought. It’s corrupt. And not in our best interest.
And in light of the current environment, we must preserve choice. We cannot be forced to have an unregulated. Unliable product. They all profit from, that hasn’t been properly safety tested.